Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Beacon Communities

Last week, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) launched a new web resource for Beacon communities, which includes summary videos of each community and their key projects.

Beacon is a program to watch, since it represents a set of innovative pilots that are likely to help us determine what IT-enabled interventions really improve quality, safety, and efficiency.    Healthcare reform will require numerous IT innovations to support accountable care organizations, medical homes, and new reimbursement strategies that focus on quality rather than quantity.

Although Massachusetts was not selected as a Beacon Community, here's a link to the Greater Boston submission, to give you a sense of the depth of work Beacon Communities must do.   The work is so important, that our regional, state, and local efforts are likely to move forward with many aspects of the Beacon proposal, using private funding and other available State and Federal funds.
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