June 1, 2017, Portland, ME – The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) today announced that it has been selected to provide technical assistance on population health measurement to the State of Maryland’s Health Services Cost Review Commission. NRHI is a national organization that represents more than 30 Regional Healthcare Improvement Collaboratives and state-affiliated partners working to transform healthcare.
NRHI has extensive experience in measurement development, analysis and testing, and leads several transformational, multi-region pilots designed to help identify and overcome common obstacles to achieving better health outcomes. NRHI also helps regions understand and prepare for implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), provisions of which will push physicians and hospitals to focus more on outcomes and move in a direction of population health.
“We welcome this opportunity to leverage our deep on-the-ground experience to help Maryland work toward its vision of a person-centered health care system that aligns incentives across all providers and settings,” said Elizabeth Mitchell, president and CEO of NRHI.
Under the contract, NRHI will advise Maryland on the development of a population health measurement framework. Such a framework would include ensuring data availability and quality; soliciting multi-stakeholder involvement; measure selection; implementation planning; ensuring effective use of the measures; and public reporting. NRHI will provide the state with a recommended portfolio of measures that reflect Maryland’s priorities, meet the needs of multiple stakeholders, drive improvement, and lower the cost of care.
In addition to Mitchell, the project team includes Jim Chase, MHA, a senior advisor to NRHI, and the former president of Minnesota Community Measurement (MNCM), one of the country’s leading healthcare reporting organizations. At MNCM, Chase pioneered measures on healthcare quality using medical record data, patient experience of care, patient reported outcomes, total cost of care, and heath equity. Eight measures developed by MNCM have been endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF).
Mitchell also serves as Vice Chair of the Physician Focused Payment Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC), which was established under MACRA to provide recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on proposals for physician-focused payment models (PFPMs) submitted under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 MACRA. She is the former CEO of the Maine Health Management Coalition (MHMC), where she led its performance measurement and public reporting program, and its strategy for engaging the public in the use of cost and quality information. She also established MHMC’s Data and Analytics program with a multi-payer claims database, and was integral to the development of Maine’s successful State Innovation Model (SIM) grant in which the MHMC was named as the State’s “Implementation Partner.”
The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement is a national organization representing more than 30 regional health improvement collaboratives (RHICs) and state-affiliated partners working to achieve better health, better care, and reduced costs through continuous improvement. NRHI and its member RHICs are non-profit organizations working directly with physicians, hospitals, employers, health plans, and patients. For more information, visit us on the web at www.nrhi.org.
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