Forum of Experts Envisions Mental Health System Transformation

Forum of Experts Envisions Mental Health System Transformation










Hudson, OH (PRWEB) May 27, 2006

Experts from throughout Northeast Ohio gathered Wednesday, May 3rd to create a roadmap for a transformed regional mental health system. The forum brought together over 60 leaders of state, regional, local and community mental health organizations to discuss the direction of mental health services in Northeast Ohio. The forum concluded with next steps to improve the region’s mental health systems.

“We’ve gathered experts to help identify the first steps in transforming the mental health system in Northeast Ohio,” said Suzanne Morgan, Chairman of the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation. “Professionals in the mental health field have a real passion for the work they’re doing and we want to tap into that passion.”

The featured speakers were Dr. Michael Hogan, Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health, and Justice Evelyn Stratton of the Ohio Supreme Court. Dr. Hogan served as the chairman of President Bush’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. He gave a presentation on the “A New Day” initiative for mental health in Ohio. The New Day initiative is a system of integrated services and collaboration across medical, social and mental health care disciplines, designed to make recovery and resiliency possible for those suffering from mental illness.

“We’ve come so far in the last 25 years in providing treatment, motivation, and support to consumers,” said Dr. Hogan. “Recovery and resiliency are now expected outcomes, but the system is still highly decentralized. We need to build bridges to cooperate and collaborate.”

Justice Stratton described her experiences with the intersecting mental health and criminal justice systems. She has assembled a grassroots organization of over 50 community members, working together to make a difference in the mental health system. She challenged participants to collaborate and cooperate, set aside territory distinctions, assign tasks and deadlines at every meeting, and keep the goal in mind.    

“I’ve been working in the criminal justice system for years, and unfortunately I see the same scenario time after time,” said Justice Stratton. “Someone with an undiagnosed mental illness is sentenced to jail for committing a crime. While serving the sentence, the inmate is diagnosed as schizophrenic. Then years later, they’re released with $ 75 and two weeks’ worth of medication. My group is working to improve the resources they have access to so they won’t end up back in the criminal justice system.”

The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation hosted the forum as the first step to mental health system transformation. The Foundation was founded in 2001 in Hudson, Ohio as a private, grant-making foundation serving mental health, education, and arts causes in Northeast Ohio. For more information, visit http://www.mcmorganfoundation.org.

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Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum Establishes Statewide Network to Improve Patient Care

Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum Establishes Statewide Network to Improve Patient Care











Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum


Baton Rouge, LA (PRWEB) August 10, 2011

The Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum is on the fast track to develop the Louisiana Health Information Exchange (LaHIE), which will give providers access to health records and connect existing sources of patient data within the state. To accomplish this, the Quality Forum has selected Orion Health as its primary technology provider.

“This important decision has been reached due to the efforts of many dedicated Quality Forum stakeholders that include providers, payers, employers and consumers across the state. Their expertise in reviewing and assessing technology solutions from many vendors was invaluable. The states of Maine and Alaska, as well as multiple different regional and provider exchanges, rely on Orion Health to deliver their performance objectives. We are excited to soon offer health care providers in Louisiana a powerful, secure and comprehensive exchange solution,” commented Cindy Munn, the Quality Forum’s Executive Director.

According to Munn, the initial focus of the project will be to develop secure point-to-point messaging to help providers access critical health information and to achieve Meaningful Use quickly.

Additional benefits of LaHIE are designed to improve timely access to patient information, improve patient safety, increase security of records, increase consumer engagement, more adequately measure and improve public health benchmarks and reduce health care costs.

“LaHIE is another critical step in our ambitious agenda to improve health care services in our state and the health of our residents,” said DHH Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein. “While DHH has been working closely with health care providers to enhance the use of electronic health records, bringing this additional information technology into our health care marketplace will make the current technology use more meaningful and make our state more efficient. Louisianians deserve the highest level of patient safety and enhanced access to care when and where they need it. I am grateful for the hard work and dedication of our providers, stakeholders and leadership of the Quality Forum as we continue working in partnership on efforts that improve the health and lives of our state’s residents.”

Quality Forum President Karen DeSalvo, MD, reiterated that the selection of Orion Health’s technology platform for LaHIE is a crucial step forward for improving patient care in Louisiana. “The Forum is also in a unique position to assist physicians who want to join the network. Our experiences with creating LaHIE and managing the Louisiana Health Information Technology (LHIT) Resource Center have provided us with an informed perspective on what help health care workers need to get up to speed quickly with technology,” she added.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) approved the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum’s strategic and operational plan for LaHIE earlier this year. The Quality Forum is a private, not-for-profit organization that serves as the State-Designated Entity to plan and implement LaHIE, to oversee the state’s regional extension center and to lead initiatives designed to improve health care quality for Louisiana residents.

For more information, please visit http://www.lhcqf.org.

About the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum

The Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum is a private, not-for-profit organization, dedicated to advancing evidence-based, collaborative initiatives to improve the health of Louisiana citizens. Its main areas of focus include quality measurement, clinical quality improvement, the patient-centered medical home, outreach/education and health information technology. The Quality Forum serves as the State-Designed Entity to lead the planning and implementation of health information technology grants contained in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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Kitzhaber to Address Health Care Reform at Oct. 14 City Club Forum

Kitzhaber to Address Health Care Reform at Oct. 14 City Club Forum










Portland, OR (PRWEB) October 1, 2005

At its weekly Friday Forum luncheon on Oct. 14, City Club of Portland presents “On the Road to Revolution: Fear and Loathing in the U.S. Health Care System,” featuring guest speaker former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, M.D.

Past efforts to reform the U.S. health care system have taken place largely around the structure of Medicare, Medicaid and employment-based health insurance coverage without examining the assumptions and premises on which these structures were built. These assumptions and premises, says former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, reflect the realities of the 1950s and 1960s, thus shackling the structure of our system to a point in the mid-20th century, while the clinical, demographic and economic environment in which the system operates has changed dramatically. Kitzhaber says that resolving the crisis in our health care system requires the courage to move beyond simply defending programs and antiquated structures toward a critical examination of the outdated operating system that both shapes and constrains the way in which we finance and deliver health care in America today. Join us Oct. 14 to learn more about Kitzhaber’s vision of the future of our health care systems.

City Club’s Friday Forum, which is open to the public, will be held in the Governor Hotel (614 SW 11th Ave.). Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Program begins at 12:15 p.m. and concludes at 1:15 p.m. Luncheon reservations must be made online at http://www.pdxcityclub.org or by calling 503-228-7231, ext. 102, by 2 p.m. Wed., Oct. 12 (members only may call 503-241-9242). Luncheon tickets are $ 20 ($ 16 for members of City Club). Coffee/tea table tickets are $ 5 at the door. General seating, available at the door, is $ 5 (free for members of City Club).

A NOTE TO MEDIA

Media are encouraged to attend and are invited to sit in general seating. Please sign in at the registration table on the day of the forum. For broadcast media, an audio press patch will be available, and a riser for videotaping can be provided with advance notice. Contact Tim Krause at 503-228-7231, ext. 102.

ABOUT CITY CLUB OF PORTLAND

City Club of Portland is a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic affairs organization that promotes civic engagement and active citizenship to build a stronger community. Through unbiased research and compelling programs, City Club connects citizens with ideas and issues that affect our community. City Club is open to everyone who wants to interact with other citizens and shape the future of our city and state. For more information about City Club of Portland, visit http://www.pdxcityclub.org or call 503-228-7231.

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