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Eight policy solutions to improve Virginia’s nursing homes

| Oct 8, 2021 | Virginia

In an effort to address staffing shortages and improve quality of care at Virginia’s nursing homes, legislators deliberated over eight potential policy solutions presented at the Joint Commission on Health Care (JCHC) meeting this week. These included increasing reimbursement rates for nursing home staff, establishing acuity-based work hour requirements, and...[ Read More ]

Q&A w/ Carilion Clinic president and CEO Nancy Howell Agee on moving towards value-based care

| Oct 7, 2021 | Virginia

Nancy Howell Agee has been the president and CEO of Carilion Clinic, Roanoke's largest health system, since 2011 and has guided its seven hospitals and other health care facilities through the COVID-19 pandemic, which has stretched into its 19th month. Agee also gained national recognition as the immediate past chair...[ Read More ]

Virginia Joint Commission on Health Care requests public input on 2022 study topics

| Oct 7, 2021 | Virginia

The Virginia Joint Commission on Health Care (JCHC) is one step closer to determining its 2022 study topics, which will help inform policymakers as they draft legislation in the upcoming session in January.      Potential study issues the Commission discussed at this week’s executive committee meeting include long-term care,...[ Read More ]

VHHA hosts discussion on innovative behavioral health models of care

| Oct 7, 2021 | Virginia

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA) brought together some of Virginia’s top leaders and drivers during its 2021 Virginia Behavioral Health Summit. Behavioral health has been a key issue across the state, particularly due to ongoing workforce shortages at state hospitals and community services boards.     One solution...[ Read More ]

Aetna, Optima are two of the best-performing health plans in Virginia

| Sep 29, 2021 | Virginia

Aetna Life Insurance Company (Virginia) and Optima Health Plan both earned four out of five stars and “accredited” status from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)’s annual review, which was updated this month. The NCQA’s review rated 77 health plans in the Virginia market based on patient experience, prevention...[ Read More ]

Virginia takes steps to address maternal health disparities and mortality ahead of 2022 session

| Sep 28, 2021 | Virginia

Increased reimbursement for maternal health providers, community-based services, and disaggregated data were key themes among Virginia maternal health advocates at the Joint Commission on Health Care meeting last week. Policy makers heard testimonies from three agencies to better inform their priorities for the upcoming 2022 legislative session.      Carol...[ Read More ]

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