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Member Spotlight: Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum

C-TAC is proud to count the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum (LHCQF) among our membership. A neutral convener, LHCQF connects purchasers, providers, consumers and payers with the goal of improving the quality of health and care delivery in Louisiana.

LHCQF was founded after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the state’s health care delivery system along the Gulf Coast in 2005. Efforts began with the development of the Louisiana Health Care Redesign Collaborative, which recommended the creation of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum.

Today, LHCQF uses evidence-based quality improvement methods to drive positive outcomes throughout the state. The organization also understands the need to evaluate each step in the care delivery process.

“I come from a health care background,” said LHCQF CEO Cindy Munn. “We understand that you can’t just focus on, say, hospitals and see the outcomes you want. You have to focus on the entire continuum.”

Since 2010, LHCQF has focused on Louisiana Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (LaPOST) in its quality improvement efforts. The LaPOST model is designed to improve end-of-life care for those with advanced illness. LHCQF has partnered with Vynca to allow providers across the state to electronically complete, store and access patients’ end-of-life wishes.

The focus of LaPOST is empowering consumers and health care professionals with education and resources to help them make informed decisions about end-of-life treatment. LHCQF offers guidance for health care professionals through webinars and on-site events that cover topics like LaPOST and advance care planning. For LHCQF, educating a diverse set of professionals, ranging from physicians and nurses to social workers and chaplains, is an important step in strengthening the continuum of care.

“I’m very passionate about this,” Munn explains. “We’ve got a multidisciplinary coalition we work closely with that represents different points of care to give us feedback on enhancing the program.”

Munn and LHCQF are looking to continue their collaborative efforts as C-TAC members, connecting with an interdisciplinary network and learning best practices that can help them maximize their impact in Louisiana. To learn more about the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, please click here. To learn more about LaPOST. please click here.

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