Secretary Levine & La. Health Care Quality Forum leads local effort on new Medicare, state initiatives
WHO: CMS Acting Administrator Kerry Weems
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine
Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum Board President Michael Fleming, M.D.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Remarks by Levine and Weems begin at 9:00 a.m.
MEDIA AVAILABILITY at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Louisiana State Capitol
Governor’s Press Conference Room, 4th Floor
900 N. 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
CONTACT: CMS Dallas Regional Office (214) 767-3225
DETAILS: CMS Acting Administrator Kerry Weems is visiting Baton Rouge to meet with patients, providers, health plans, and local business leaders to discuss a new Medicare demonstration project offering incentives to physicians using electronic health records (EHR) to improve patient care.
This effort will help reduce errors and improve health outcomes for an estimated 3.6 million Americans. The adoption of interoperable health information technology is one of the Secretary’s four cornerstones of value-driven health care.
ALSO: At the news event, Weems will announce CMS’s approval of Louisiana’s plan to expand its State Children’s Health Insurance Program (LaCHIP in Louisiana) to cover more children.
For more information on this EHR initiative and HHS’s four cornerstones of value-driven health care, please visit www.hhs.gov/valuedriven or www.hhs.gov/healthit.