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Crescent City Beacon Community and PCDC Partner to Transform New Orleans' Health Delivery System Through Health IT Innovations


February 6, 2012


Transformation initiative galvanizes more than 10 regional partners in an effort to improve quality and coordination of care for more than 50,000 underserved patients

Today the Crescent City Beacon Community (CCBC) and the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) announced a transformative partnership that will significantly strengthen the New Orleans health care infrastructure, improving care for more than 50,000 underserved patients. The partnership aims to introduce innovative health information technology (HIT) systems and tools designed to improve quality and coordination of care; lower care costs; and improve the health of entire populations.

“Since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, the community has made tremendous progress in rebuilding the health care infrastructure, including significant investments in HIT and achieving high concentrations of medical home practices,” said Anjum Khurshid, MD, Director CCBC at Louisiana Public Health Institute. “We see this partnership with PCDC as an opportunity to create a national model for regional primary care transformation that demonstrates tangible and impactful results for patients, practices, and the healthcare system.”

As one of 17 communities chosen to participate in the Beacon Community Grant Program of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, CCBC was awarded $13 million over three years to improve the quality of health services for populations suffering from type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. CCBC is charged with implementing and evaluating HIT solutions to transform the Greater New Orleans area health care system and improve population-level health outcomes.

PCDC will provide curriculum and training support for 18 of the CCBC primary care practices, including community health centers, to support implementation of clinical and process improvement interventions. The training will focus on four key topics: risk stratification of patients; creating disease registries; developing care management protocols and using care teams to manage patients with chronic diseases; and adopting clinical decision support systems.

“We are delighted to be partnering with CCBC on this important and ambitious initiative that will have a tremendous impact on the health and lives of so many individuals and families in the New Orleans community,” said Ronda Kotelchuck, CEO of PCDC. “By transforming the delivery of primary care through technology, patients will have greater access to care that is truly patient-centered, improves outcomes and reduces health care costs and providers will have access to a rich and meaningful system that enhances their patient care.”

Additional local partners include the Interim Louisiana State University Public Hospital; Ochsner Health System; Tulane Medical Center; Community Health Centers; metro New Orleans school-based health centers; and the Louisiana Public Health Institute. The Children’s Hospital and Touro Infirmary will be critical partners to improve the health of mothers and children in the region. The CCBC is also collaborating with the state’s Health Information Exchange and Regional Extension Center initiatives, which are led by the Louisiana Healthcare Quality Forum.  In addition, BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana provides an important link to regional quality incentive programs.

About Crescent City Beacon Community (CCBC; www.crescentcitybeacon.org): The goal of CCBC is to demonstrate and accelerate the role of health information technology (HIT) in population health improvement across the continuum of care. The area’s major hospital systems and all community-based primary care providers are participating in this historic collaborative. As lead recipient of a grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (HIT), the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) is responsible for convening and coordinating collaborative activities in the community to successfully achieve the goals of the project. The project focuses on reducing the burden of chronic disease, particularly diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

About PCDC (www.pcdc.org): Founded in 1993, and based in New York, New York, PCDC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding and transforming the delivery of primary care in underserved communities and has partnered with more than 250 organizations since 1998 to adopt a patient-centered model of care that maximizes patient access, meaningful use of health IT, care coordination and patient experience, and policy leadership in underserved communities throughout the U.S.