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Stakeholder Awareness of Beacon Program Services

Stakeholder Awareness of Beacon Program Services Surveyed by AcademyHealth, The Commonwealth Fund and ONC

To ensure that the information needs and values of key community leaders are better understood by the Beacon Communities, AcademyHealth, with support from The Commonwealth Fund and in collaboration with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), conducted a series of telephone interviews with select national and community stakeholders.

The 17 Beacon Communities are focusing on specific and measureable improvement goals in three areas that are central to delivery system reform and improvement — quality, efficiency, and population health — to demonstrate the ability of health IT to transform local health care systems.

Most national stakeholders—though not tracking specific activities within individual communities — were aware of the program’s purpose, its emphasis on quality, cost, and population health, and its focus on specific disease areas such as diabetes and asthma.

Nearly all expressed interest in receiving more information on the activities of the Beacon Program, including updates on the overall project, as well as highlights from the individual communities. Several suggested that a quarterly newsletter or report from ONC would be a convenient and effective mechanism for these updates.

As noted, one major challenge for the Beacon Communities is the relatively short timeframe for the implementation of their initiatives and recognition of their impact.  The Beacons should proactively address the unmet demand for information regarding their efforts among their stakeholders, including:
• Discussing implementation obstacles and modifications designed to overcome initial challenges;
• Sharing preliminary impact data and related stories that provide a glimpse at future outcomes;
• Demonstrating the role of health IT in integrating care and improving efficiencies across providers and health systems;
• Working toward more rigorous analyses that provide valid measures of improvements in care; and
• Considering the most appropriate format and level of information that should be shared with specific audiences.

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New Health Center Beacon Award Recipients 2011

HHS awards Affordable Care Act funds to improve quality of care and electronic reporting capabilities in Beacon Communities

$8.5 million to fund 85 health centers in 15 Beacon Communities across the country

HHS awards Affordable Care Act funds to improve quality of care and electronic reporting capabilities in Beacon Communities; $8.5 million to fund 85 health centers in 15 Beacon Communities across the country (09/12/2011 press release)

Organization City State Award Amount
AARON E. HENRY COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER Clarksdale Mississippi $100,000.00
ARKANSAS VERDIGRIS VALLEY HEALTH CENTERS, INC. Porter Oklahoma $100,000.00
BLACKSTONE VALLEY COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE Pawtucket Rhode Island $100,000.00
BORREGO COMMUNITY HEALTH FOUNDATION Borrego Springs California $100,000.00
BOUNDARY REGIONAL COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER Bonners Ferry Idaho $100,000.00
BUCKSPORT REGIONAL HEALTH CENTER Bucksport Maine $100,000.00
BUTLER COUNTY COMMUNITY HEALTH CONSORTIUM, INC DBA PRIMARY HEALTH SOLUTIONS Middletown Ohio $100,000.00
CABARRUS COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, INC Concord North Carolina $99,941.00
CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI CIVIC IMPROVEMENT Jackson Mississippi $100,000.00
CENTRO DE SALUD DE LA COMUNIDAD SAN YSIDRO San Ysidro California $100,000.00
CINCINNATI HEALTH NETWORK, INC. Cincinnati Ohio $100,000.00
CLINICAS DE SALUD DEL PUEBLO, INC. Brawley California $100,000.00
COLUMBIA BASIN HEALTH ASSOCIATION Othello Washington $100,000.00
COLUMBIA VALLEY COMMUNITY HEALTH Wenatchee Washington $100,000.00
COLVILLE CONFEDERATED TRIBES Inchelium Washington $100,000.00
COMMUNITY ACTION COMMITTEE OF PIKE COUNTY Piketon Ohio $100,000.00
COMMUNITY HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES CENTER Detroit Michigan $80,000.00
COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF SPOKANE Spokane Washington $100,000.00
COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER OF BUFFALO, INC. Buffalo New York $100,000.00
COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS , INC. Salt Lake City Utah $100,000.00
COMMUNITY HEALTH CONNECTION, INC. Tulsa Oklahoma $100,000.00
COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS, INC. Moreno Valley California $100,000.00
COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNITY ACTION, INC Cranston Rhode Island $100,000.00
COVENANT COMMUNITY CARE INC. Detroit Michigan $100,000.00
DELTA HEALTH CENTER, INC. Mound Bayou Mississippi $100,000.00
DETROIT COMMUNITY HEALTH CONNECTION Detroit Michigan $100,000.00
DETROIT HEALTH CARE FOR THE HOMELESS Detroit Michigan $100,000.00
DIRNE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC. Coeur D Alene Idaho $100,000.00
DR. ARENIA C. MALLORY HLTH. CENTER, INC. Lexington Mississippi $100,000.00
EAST BAY COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM Newport Rhode Island $100,000.00
EXCELTH INC. New Orleans Louisiana $100,000.00
FAIRFAX MEDICAL FACILITIES, INC Fairfax Oklahoma $100,000.00
FAMILY HEALTH CARE CLINIC, INC. Pearl Mississippi $100,000.00
FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS Okanogan Washington $100,000.00
FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS OF SAN DIEGO, INC. San Diego California $100,000.00
FINGER LAKES MIGRANT HEALTH PROJECT Penn Yan New York $100,000.00
G.A. CARMICHAEL FAMILY HEALTH CARE CLINIC Canton Mississippi $100,000.00
HAMAKUA HEALTH CENTER Honokaa Hawaii $100,000.00
HEALTH & HOSPITAL CORP OF MARION COUNTY Indianapolis Indiana $100,000.00
HEALTH ACCESS NETWORK, INC. Lincoln Maine $100,000.00
HEALTHNET, INC. Indianapolis Indiana $100,000.00
HEALTHSOURCE OF OHIO, INC. Milford Ohio $100,000.00
IMPERIAL BEACH COMMUNITY CLINIC Imperial Beach California $100,000.00
INDIANA HEALTH CENTERS, INC. Indianapolis Indiana $100,000.00
JEFFERSON COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE CENTERS, INC. Avondale Louisiana $100,000.00
KATAHDIN VALLEY HEALTH CENTER Patten Maine $100,000.00
LA MAESTRA FAMILY CLINIC San Diego California $99,932.00
LEWIS COUNTY PRIMARY CARE CENTER Vanceburg Kentucky $100,000.00
MADISON CNTY COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER Anderson Indiana $100,000.00
MORTON COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH SERVICES Tulsa Oklahoma $100,000.00
MOSES LAKE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER Moses Lake Washington $100,000.00
MOUNTAIN FAMILY HEALTH CENTER Nederland Colorado $100,000.00
MOUNTAIN HEALTH & COMMUNITY SERVICES Alpine California $100,000.00
N.E.W. HEALTH PROGRAMS Chewelah Washington $100,000.00
NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH CARE Cincinnati Ohio $100,000.00
NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTHCARE Escondido California $100,000.00
NEW ORLEANS HEALTH DEPARTMENT New Orleans Louisiana $100,000.00
NORTH COUNTY HEALTH PROJECT, INC. San Marcos California $100,000.00
NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI HEALTH CARE, INC. Byhalia Mississippi $100,000.00
NORTHWEST BUFFALO COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE CENTER, INC Buffalo New York $100,000.00
NORTHWEST COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE Pascoag Rhode Island $100,000.00
OAK ORCHARD COMMUNITY HLTH CNTER, INC Brockport New York $100,000.00
OPEN DOOR HEALTH SERVICES, INC. Muncie Indiana $100,000.00
PENOBSCOT COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC. Bangor Maine $100,000.00
PURDUE UNIVERSITY West Lafayette Indiana $100,000.00
RAPHAEL HEALTH CENTER Indianapolis Indiana $100,000.00
SAN DIEGO FAMILY CARE San Diego California $100,000.00
SEBASTICOOK FAMILY DOCTORS Newport Maine $100,000.00
SHALOM HEALTH CARE CENTER, INC Indianapolis Indiana $100,000.00
ST. CHARLES COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC. Luling Louisiana $99,090.00
ST. THOMAS COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC. New Orleans Louisiana $100,000.00
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL VILLAGE, INC San Diego California $100,000.00
THE BAY CLINIC, INC. Hilo Hawaii $100,000.00
THE HEALTHCARE CONNECTION, INC. Cincinnati Ohio $100,000.00
THE PROVIDENCE COMMUNITY HLTH CENTERS, INC. Providence Rhode Island $100,000.00
THUNDERMIST HEALTH CENTER Woonsocket Rhode Island $100,000.00
TRI-TOWN ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY COMMITTEE Johnston Rhode Island $100,000.00
UNCOMPAHGRE COMBINED CLINICS Norwood Colorado $97,381.00
VISTA COMMUNITY CLINIC Vista California $100,000.00
WASATCH HOMELESS HLTH CARE/4TH ST.CLINIC Salt Lake City Utah $99,830.00
WEST HAWAII COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC Kailua Kona Hawaii $100,000.00
WESTERN WAYNE FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS Inkster Michigan $100,000.00
WINDROSE HEALTH NETWORK, INC. Trafalgar Indiana $100,000.00
WINTON HILLS MEDICAL & HEALTH CENTER, INC. Cincinnati Ohio $100,000.00
WOOD RIVER HEALTH SERVICES INC. Hope Valley Rhode Island $100,000.00
$8,476,174.00

Today, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator, Dr. Mary Wakefield, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, announced awards of $8.5 million to 85 community health center programs, located in 15 of the 17 Beacon Communities throughout the United States.  These funds, made available through HRSA under the Affordable Care Act, help support health centers with the adoption of health information technology (HIT) to support long-term improvements in quality of care, health outcomes and cost efficiencies.

Beacon Communities receive funds through the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to build and strengthen their HIT infrastructure and exchange capabilities to improve care coordination, increase the quality of care, and slow the growth of health care spending. Today’s awards from HRSA are intended to enable existing health centers located in Beacon Communities to participate in community-wide health care improvement initiatives that include a strong information technology component. Recipients include health centers in cities across the country, from Cincinnati, Ohio and Detroit, Mich. to Spokane, Wash. and San Diego, Calif.

“Beacon Communities are about empowering doctors, nurses, patients, and community leaders to come together and use technology to make tangible differences in the lives of everyday Americans,” said HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N. “The health information technology they use is a vital tool in reaching and treating the vulnerable populations we serve, and the partnerships strengthened through these awards will strengthen health centers’ efforts to deliver comprehensive, high-quality primary health care.”

“These communities have already demonstrated their commitment to cutting edge health information technology,” said HHS National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Dr. Farzad Mostashari.  “Today’s awards are an important step in giving these communities the resources they need to implement home-grown programs that work for them and that can be sustained for years to come.”

These awards are another part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to improve the quality of care, increase Americans’ access to information and empower them to become active participants in their health. Eligible applicants included existing Health Center Program grantees located within a Beacon Community Program service area.  A list of health center Beacon community supplemental funding grantees by organization and state is available at www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2011tables/beaconawards.html.

For more information about the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Beacon Community Program, please visit http://healthit.hhs.gov.

To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, visit www.healthcare.gov.

For more information about HRSA’s Community Health Center Program, visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/index.html.

To find a health center in your area, visit http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov.

The Health Resources and Services Administration is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  HRSA is the primary Federal agency responsible for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable.  For more information about HRSA and its programs, visit www.hrsa.gov.

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The Beacon Community Cooperative Agreement Program

Improving Health Through Health Information Technology

The Beacon Community Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding to 17 selected communities throughout the United States that have already made inroads in the development of secure, private, and accurate systems of electronic health record (EHR) adoption and health information exchange. The Beacon Program will support these communities to build and strengthen their health information technology (health IT) infrastructure and exchange capabilities to improve care coordination, increase the quality of care, and slow the growth of health care spending.

The 17 Beacon Communities will focus on specific and measurable improvement goals in the three vital areas for health systems improvement: quality, cost-efficiency, and population health, to demonstrate the ability of health IT to transform local health care systems. The goals vary according to the needs and priorities of each community. For instance, some communities will focus in the care for chronic conditions such as asthma, heart failure, and diabetes to illustrate how costs can be reduced and patient care improved through the collection, analysis, and sharing of clinical data.


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Watch Tom Tsang, MD, Aaron McKethan, PhD, and Craig Brammer from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), and the Beacon Communities give an overview of the Beacon Community Program.

Beacon Communities

Listed below are the 17 Beacon Communities, their awards, and snapshot of their goals. To view further information about a specific Beacon Community, click the name of the community.

Beacon Community

Award Amount

Goal

Bangor Beacon Community, Brewer, ME $12,749,740 Improve the health of patients with diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, and asthma by enhancing care management; improving access to, and use of, adult immunization data; preventing unnecessary ED visits and re-admissions to hospitals; and facilitating access to patient records using health information technology.
Beacon Community of the Inland Northwest, Spokane, WA $15,702,479 Increase care coordination for patients with diabetes in rural areas and expand the existing health information exchange to provide a higher level of connectivity throughout the region.
Central Indiana Beacon Community, Indianapolis, IN $16,008,431 Expand the country’s largest Health Information Exchange to new community providers in order to improve cholesterol and blood sugar control for diabetic patients and reduce preventable re-admissions through telemonitoring of high risk chronic disease patients after hospital discharge.
Colorado Beacon Community, Grand Junction, CO $11,878,279 Demonstrate how costs can be reduced and patient care improved, through the collection, analysis, and sharing of clinical data, and the redesign of primary care practices and clinics.
Crescent City Beacon Community, New Orleans, LA $13,525,434 Reduce racial health disparities and improve control of diabetes and smoking cessation rates by linking technically isolated health systems, providers, and hospitals; and empower patients by increasing their access to Personal Health Records.
Delta BLUES Beacon Community, Stoneville, MS $14,666,156 Improve access to care for diabetic patients through the meaningful use of electronic health records and health information exchange by primary care providers in the Mississippi Delta, and increase the efficiency of health care in the area by reducing excess health care costs for patients with diabetes through the use of electronic health record.
Greater Cincinnati Beacon Community, Cincinnati, OH $13,775,630 Develop new quality improvement and care coordination initiatives focusing on patients with pediatric asthma, adult diabetes, and encouraging smoking cessation, and provide better clinical information and IT “decision support” tools to physicians, health systems, federally qualified health centers, and critical access hospitals.
Greater Tulsa Health Access Network Beacon Community, Tulsa, OK $12,043,948 Leverage broad community partnerships with hospitals, providers, payers, and government agencies to expand a community-wide care coordination system, which will increase appropriate referrals for cancer screenings, decrease unnecessary specialist visits and (with telemedicine) increase access to care for patients with diabetes.
Hawaii County Beacon Community, Hilo, HI $16,091,390 Improve the health of the Hawaii Island residents through implementation of a series of healthcare system improvements and interventions across independent hospitals, physicians and physician groups. Engaging patients in their own healthcare is also a primary focus.
Keystone Beacon Community, Danville, PA $16,069,110 Establish community-wide care coordination through the expanded availability and use of health information technology for both clinicians and patients in a five-county area to enhance care for patients with pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure.
Rhode Island Beacon Community, Providence, RI $15,914,787 Improve the management of care through several health information technology initiatives to support Rhode Island’s transition to the Patient Centered Medical Home model, which create systems to measure and report processes and outcomes that drive improved quality, reduce health care costs, and improve health outcomes.
San Diego Beacon Community, San Diego, CA $15,275,115 Expand electronic health information exchange to enable providers to improve medical care decisions and overall care quality, to empower patients to engage in their own health management, and to reduce unnecessary and redundant testing.
Southeast Michigan Beacon Community, Detroit, MI $16,224,370 Make long-term, sustainable improvements in the quality and efficiency of diabetes care through leveraging existing and new technologies across health care settings, and providing practical support to help clinicians, nurses, and other health professionals make the best use of electronic health data.
Southeastern Minnesota Beacon Community, Rochester, MN $12,284,770 Enhance patient care management, reduce costs associated with hospitalization and emergency services for patients with diabetes and childhood asthma, and reduce health disparities for underserved populations and rural communities.
Southern Piedmont Beacon Community, Concord, NC $15,907,622 Increase use health information technology, including health information exchange among providers and increased patient access to health records to improve coordination of care, encourage patient involvement in their own medical care, and improve health outcomes while controlling cost.
Utah Beacon Community, Salt Lake City, UT $15,790,181 Improve the management and coordination of care for patients with diabetes and other life-threatening conditions, decrease unnecessary costs in the health care system, and improve public health.
Western New York Beacon Community, Buffalo, NY $16,092,485 Expand the Western New York network, close gaps in service, and improve health outcomes for patients with diabetes.
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HHS awards $16.8 million to train public health workforce

Grants awarded to 27 Public Health Training Centers

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the award of $16.8 million to support 27 Public Health Training Centers (PHTC) at schools of public health and other public or non-profit institutions across the country.  The PHTC Program helps improve the public health system by enhancing skills of the current and future public health workforce. Institutions accredited to provide graduate or specialized training in public health are eligible for funding.  Most of the funding – $15.4 million – is made available by the Prevention and Public Health Fund included as part of the Affordable Care Act.

“Today’s awards represent a dramatic increase in support for Public Health Training Centers,” said Secretary Sebelius.  “Investing in prevention and public health is the foundation for improving the health and well-being of all Americans.”

Funded organizations (1) plan, develop, operate and evaluate projects that support goals established by the Secretary in preventive medicine, health promotion and disease prevention; or (2) improve access to and quality of health services in medically underserved communities. Other PHTC activities include assessing the learning needs of the public health workforce; providing accessible training; and working with organizations to meet strategic planning, education, and resource needs.

“Whether facing public health emergencies such as natural disasters, or chronic conditions like obesity, a well-trained public health workforce is critical to ensuring the nation’s health and welfare,” said Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., administrator of HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which oversees the PHTC program.

Awards are listed below. For more information on HRSA’s health professions programs, visit http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/.

Public Health Training Center Awards
Organization City State Total
Arizona Board of Regents Tucson Arizona $647,637.00
The Regents of the University of California Berkeley California $649,819.00
Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles California $650,000.00
San Diego State University Research Foundation San Diego California $647,875.00
University of Colorado Denver Aurora Colorado $649,497.00
University of South Florida Tampa Florida $650,000.00
The University of Georgia Athens Georgia $630,032.00
Emory University Atlanta Georgia $650,000.00
Indiana University Indianapolis Indiana $129,267.00
University of Kentucky Research Foundation Lexington Kentucky $647,307.00
Tulane University New Orleans Louisiana $650,000.00
Trustees of Boston University, Boston University Medical Campus Boston Massachusetts $649,977.00
The Regents of the University of Michigan Ann Arbor Michigan $650,000.00
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill North Carolina $643,004.00
Trustees of Dartmouth College Hanover New Hampshire $618,734.00
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New York – School of Public Health New Brunswick New Jersey $647,654.00
The Research Foundation of the State University of New York Albany New York $649,921.00
The Ohio State University Columbus Ohio $650,000.00
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Oklahoma City Oklahoma $649,750.00
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pennsylvania $649,994.00
University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus San Juan Puerto Rico $650,000.00
University of South Carolina Columbia South Carolina $650,000.00
East Tennessee State University Johnson City Tennessee $650,000.00
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Houston Texas $649,801.00
Eastern Virginia Medical School Norfolk Virginia $488,360.00
University of Washington Seattle Washington $650,000.00
Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System Madison Wisconsin $628,480.00
TOTAL $16,777,109.00
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The Beacon Community Program Adds Two New Communities

Beacon Community Program adds Cincinnati and Southeastern Michigan

The Greater Cincinnati HealthBridge, Inc., serving a 16-county area spanning three states, will work with its partners to build upon an advanced health information exchange to deploy new quality improvement and care coordination initiatives focusing on patients with pediatric asthma and adult diabetes. This program will use health IT tools and resources to provide streamlined and secure clinical information and decision support tools to physicians, health systems, federally qualified health centers, and critical access hospitals. The community collaboration will also provide patients and their families with timely access to data, knowledge, and tools to make more informed decisions and to manage their own health and health care. Healthbridge also is a health information exchange and regional extension center.

The Southeastern Michigan Health Association and its community partners will focus its efforts on preventing and better managing diabetes using health IT tools and resources. Specifically, this effort will focus on coordinating care across health care settings by improving the availability of patient information at the point of care, redesigning patient care work processes, and applying quality improvement and other change management strategies to improve the quality and efficiency of diabetes care in the greater Detroit area. The $16.2 million award will be used to create the Southeast Michigan Beacon Community Collaborative, which will leverage existing and additional technologies across health care settings to improve information sharing, continuity of care and improve the quality and safety of care for underserved patients with chronic diabetes in Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Dearborn and Dearborn Heights, Mich. According to SEMBCC, diabetes has a very high prevalence among this target population, 12.8 percent of adults, or 93,000 people.

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Beacon Community Cooperative Agreement Program

Beacon Communities Demonstrating Meaningful Use of Health IT

Beacon Community Awardee Funding Amount Beacon Community Goals for Population Health in Service Area
Community Services Council of Tulsa, Tulsa, Okla. $12,043,948
  • Leverage broad community partnerships with hospitals, providers, payers, and government agencies  to expand a community-wide care coordination system, which will increase appropriate referrals for cancer screenings, decrease unnecessary specialist visits and (with telemedicine) increase access to care for patients with diabetes
Delta Health Alliance, Inc., Stoneville, Miss. $14,666,156
  • Focus on achieving improvements for diabetic patients by electronically linking isolated systems and practices for care management, medication therapy management and patient education
Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Brewer Maine $12,749,740
  • Expand community connectivity, including long-term care, primary care and specialist providers, to existing Health Information Exchange and promote the use of telemedicine and patient self-management in order to improve care for elderly patients and individuals needing long-term or home care
Geisinger Clinic, Danville, PA $16,069,110
  • Enhance care for patients with pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure by creating a community-wide medical home, promoting Health Information Exchange and extending Geisinger’s proven model for practice redesign  to independent healthcare organizations throughout region
HealthInsight, Salt Lake City, Utah $15,790,181
  • Improve Diabetes management performance measures by increasing availability, accuracy and transparency of quality reporting, leverage Intermountain Healthcare’s strategies to reduce health systems costs throughout the region, and improve public health reporting
Indiana Health Information Exchange, INC., Indianapolis, Ind. $16,008,431
  • Expand the country’s largest Health Information Exchange to new community providers in order to improve cholesterol and blood sugar control for diabetic patients and reduce preventable re-admissions through telemonitoring of high risk chronic disease patients after hospital discharge
Inland Northwest Health Services, Spokane, Wash. $15,702,479
  • Focus on increasing preventive services for diabetic patients in rural areas by extending Health Information Exchange and establishing anchor institutions in close proximity to remote clinics that will promulgate successes in health IT supported care coordination
Louisiana Public Health Institute, New Orleans, La. $13,525,434
  • Reduce racial health disparities and improve control of diabetes and smoking cessation rates by linking technically isolated health systems, providers, and hospitals; and empower patients by increasing their access to Personal Health Records
Mayo Clinic Rochester, d/b/a Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minn. $12,284,770
  • Enhance patient management and, reduce costs costs associated with hospitalization and emergency services for patients with diabetes and childhood asthma and address reduce health disparities for underserved populations and rural communities
Rhode Island Quality Institute, Providence, R.I. $15,914,787
  • Improve the management of patients with diabetes through several health IT initiatives to support Rhode Island’s transition to the Patient Centered Medical Home model and adapt infrastructure proven to improve childhood immunizations in order to achieve improvements in adult immunization rates
Rocky Mountain Health Maintenance Organization, Grand Junction, Colo. $11,878,279
  • Enable robust collection of clinical data from health systems, providers, and hospitals in order to inform practice redesign to improve blood pressure control in patients with diabetes and hypertension, increase smoking cessation counseling, and reduce unnecessary emergency department utilization and hospital re-admissions
Southern Piedmont Community Care Plan, Inc., Concord, N.C. $15,907,622
  • Improve care coordination for patients with diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and asthma by engaging patients and providers in bidirectional data sharing through a Health Record Bank, empowering patients and family members to participate in self-management through patient portals, and expanding access to care managers to facilitate post-discharge planning
The Regents of the University of California, San Diego, San Diego, Calif. $15,275,115
  • Expand pre-hospital emergency field care and electronic information transmission to improve outcomes for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease, empower patients to engage in their own health management through web portal and cellular telephone technology, and improve continuity of care for veterans and military personnel through the Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record initiative
University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hilo, Hawaii $16,091,390
  • Implement a region-wide Health Information Exchange and Patient Health Record solution and utilize secure, internet-based care coordination and tele-monitoring tools to increase access to specialty care for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity in this rural, health-professional shortage area
Western New York Clinical Information Exchange, Inc., Buffalo, N.Y. $16,092,485
  • Utilize clinical decision support tools such as registries and point-of-care alerts and reminders and innovative telemedicine solutions to improve primary and specialty care for diabetic patients, decrease preventable emergency room visits, hospitalizations and re-admissions for patients with diabetes and congestive heart failure or pneumonia, and improve immunization rates among diabetic patients

More information about Beacon Communities can be found at: http://Healthit.hhs.gov/Programs/Beacon.

For information about other HHS Recovery Act programs, see http://www.hhs.gov/recovery

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Beacon Community Program

Beacon Community Program

A grant program for communities to build and strengthen their health information technology (health IT) infrastructure and exchange capabilities. These communities will demonstrate the vision of a future where hospitals, clinicians, and patients are meaningful users of health IT, and together the community achieves measurable improvements in health care quality, safety, efficiency, and population health.

The Beacon Community Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding to communities to build and strengthen their health information technology (health IT) infrastructure and exchange capabilities. These communities will demonstrate the vision of a future where hospitals, clinicians, and patients are meaningful users of health IT, and together the community achieves measurable improvements in health care quality, safety, efficiency, and population health.
The Program provides funding to communities at the cutting edge of electronic health record (EHR) adoption and health information exchange to push them to a new level of sustainable health care quality and efficiency. This program is anticipated to demonstrate how health IT can help providers and consumers develop innovative ways of delivering care leading to sustainable and measurable health and efficiency improvements.  The program also will generate lessons learned on how other communities can achieve similar goals enabled by health IT.
An additional $30.3 million is expected to be awarded in mid-August to fund two new Beacon Community cooperative agreements. Please see information about the funding opportunity announcement (FOA), which closed on June 28. In May 2010, ONC made awards in the form of cooperative agreements to the following 15 qualified non-profit organizations or government entities:
Beacon Community Awardee
Funding Amount
Community Services Council of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
$12,043,948
Delta Health Alliance, Inc., Stoneville, MS
$14,666,156
Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Brewer, ME
$12,749,740
Geisinger Clinic, Danville, PA
$16,069,110
HealthInsight, Salt Lake City, UT
$15,790,181
Indiana Health Information Exchange, INC., Indianapolis, IN
$16,008,431
Inland Northwest Health Services, Spokane, WA
$15,702,479
Louisiana Public Health Institute, New Orleans, LA
$13,525,434
Mayo Clinic Rochester, d/b/a Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN
$12,284,770
Rhode Island Quality Institute, Providence, RI
$15,914,787
Rocky Mountain Health Maintenance Organization, Grand Junction, CO
$11,878,279
Southern Piedmont Community Care Plan, Inc., Concord, NC
$15,907,622
The Regents of the University of California at San Diego, San Diego, CA
$15,275,115
University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hilo, HI
$16,091,390
Western New York Clinical Information Exchange, Inc., Buffalo, NY
$16,092,485
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