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HAP Hosts Listening Session on Population Health Planning at Meadville Medical Center

November 07, 2019

During a listening session held at Meadville Medical Center, HAP and six hospitals from the region educated regional state legislators about population health and wellness initiatives.

Meadville Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Denise Johnson provided an overview of population health and how the hospital, in partnership with Allegheny College, developed its Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) for rural Crawford County. A CHNA is a health assessment that identifies key health needs and issues through systematic, comprehensive data collection and analysis.

Dr. Johnson outlined three health care priorities identified in the CHNA. They included:

  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Substance Use Disorder Care
  • Behavioral Health Care

Tracy Meure, director of Meadville Medical Center Chronic Disease Management Program, provided an overview of how these priorities take health care directly to a patient’s home where care plans are designed specifically for the patient, with the help of their family, based upon existing resources.

Mike Downing, Meadville Medical Center's chief executive officer, community health services, explained the goals of the programs. He discussed how the team collaborates with other community stakeholders like the Crawford County Drug and Alcohol Commission to maximize resources and streamline care for vulnerable patients.

Timothy Ohrum, HAP’s vice president grassroots advocacy, provided an overview of HAP’s 2019–2020 legislative priorities that would help caregivers achieve the goals outlined in the presentation. Priorities included:

  • Securing passage of meaningful telemedicine legislation (SB 857)
  • Supporting priorities as identified in the Joint State Government Commission Behavioral Health Report about the effects of behavioral health holds on emergency departments and patients 
  • Passing workplace safety legislation to make hospitals a safer place to work (SB 351 and HB 1880 and companion bills)
  • Streamlining the physician credentialing process (HB 353) to simplify the state’s physician credentialing process, and create a common credentialing form that all insures could use
  • Creating a Rural Health Redesign Center (SB 314 and HB 249) which would allow for greater innovation on how best to provide care in rural communities

Participating state legislators included:

  • Representative Kathy Rapp (R-Warren)
  • Representative Brad Roae (R-Crawford)
  • Representative Parke Wentling (R-Crawford)

Staff attended for:

  • Senator Michele Brooks (R-Crawford)
  • Representative Mark Longietti (R-Mercer)
  • Representative Tedd Nesbit (R-Mercer) 

Participating hospitals included UPMC Hamot; LECOM Millcreek Community Hospital; LECOM Cory Memorial; Titusville Hospital; UPMC Horizon; and UPMC Jameson. All shared insights about how they address CHNA preparation and establish priorities in their communities.

For additional information about CHNAs, contact Robert Shipp III, PhD, HAP’s vice president of quality and population health; and for information about HAP legislative priorities, contact Timothy Ohrum, HAP’s vice president, grassroots advocacy.

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