Monday, November 28, 2011

Sequoyah Memorial Hospital Receives Prestigious Award & $5000 Grant for Telemedicine Services

Recently, Sequoyah Memorial Hospital was honored to be selected as the 2011 Community Health Champion for the Champions of Health award system sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Hospital Association, Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Oklahoma State Department of Health, and the Oklahoma State Medical Association. The award system benefits the Oklahoma Caring Foundation which has as its mission “to support programs that provide Oklahomans access to preventive health services.” The Oklahoma Caring Foundation was created by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma in 1994 to offer needed health care services to Oklahomans.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Oklahoma Health Professional Shortage Areas - Dental Care, November 2011

CMS Health Care Innovation Challenge


The Health Care Innovation Challenge will award up $1 billion in grants to applicants who will implement the most compelling new ideas to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP, particularly those with the highest health care needs.

The objectives of this initiative are to:
  • Engage a broad set of innovation partners to identify and test new care delivery and payment models that originate in the field and that produce better care, better health, and reduced cost through improvement for identified target populations.
  • Identify new models of workforce development and deployment and related training and education that support new models either directly or through new infrastructure activities.
  • Support innovators who can rapidly deploy care improvement models (within six months of award) through new ventures or expansion of existing efforts to new populations of patients, in conjunction (where possible) with other public and private sector partners.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

ICD-10 Implementation Resources

RolesThe American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has developed a website to help organizations transition to ICD-10. The website contains tools and resources for physicians, healthcare provider organizations, health plans, academic institutions, and long-term care.

To view the AHIMA website, click here.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

FTEs Needed to Remove Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area Designation, November 2011

The map below shows the primary care health professional shortage areas in Oklahoma shaded according to FTEs needed to remove their primary care shortage designation (also known as the de-designation threshold). These values are calculated by HRSA. This map is for illustrative purposes only. For more information about HPSAs, visit the Health Resources and Services Administration website.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas by Priority Score, November 2011

The map below shows the primary care health professional shortage areas in Oklahoma shaded according to their priority score. HPSA Priority Scores are developed for use by the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) in determining priorities for assignment of clinicians. Scores range from 1 to 25 for primary care and mental health, 1 to 26 for dental. The higher the score, the greater the priority. All Federally Qualified Health Centers and those Rural Health Clinics that provide access to care regardless of ability to pay receive automatic facility HPSA designation. These facilities may have a HPSA score of 0. This map is for illustrative purposes only. For more information about HPSAs and priority scores, visit the Health Resources and Services Administration website.