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Los Angeles Is Moving

Learn about the  progress in Los Angeles County’s safety net systems transformations from the 2011 LA Health Collaborative executive summary.  Key points include:

  • Striving to create an integrated delivery system and become a provider of choice, LADHS aims to serve 500,000 patients by 2014 with a payer mix that includes 30% Medicaid coverage and services provided by county-operated health centers and the contracted community clinic network (Community Partners).
  • As the county’s safety net health plan, L.A. Care developed a new managed care partnership with LADHS, enrolled the SPD population in mandatory managed care, was awarded a federal grant establish HITEC-LA to assist providers in achieving meaningful use of EHRs, and established eConsult as an innovative peer-to-peer physician communication and referral system for county safety net providers,
  • Community clinics implemented a high level of innovation., such as pursuing PCMH accreditation from NCQA, developing benchmarks for PCMH elements to determine impact on patient outcomes, creating HIT infrastructure to advance quality improvement, improving patient flow and cycle time, and using patients as secret shoppers to evaluate and improve the patient experience and satisfaction.
  • Hospitals are expanding while becoming leaner operations, attempting to remain informed of ACA rules and regulations, and collaborating to identify ways to improve efficiency and work with scarce resources, such as collaborating with other agencies on developing a countywide health information exchange (LANES).

The full summary may be found here.  In addition, a fact sheet is available on a group initiated in the fall of 2010 to create strong, effective L.A. County partnerships to prepare local safety net institutions for federal health reform.

 

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