The State of Maine has contracted with the following organizations to accomplish its SIM goals:
Maine Health Management Coalition - The Maine Health Management Coalition (MHMC) is a non-profit organization whose over 60 members include public and private employers, hospitals, health plans, and doctors working together to measure and report health care value. The MHMC helps employers and their employees use this information to make informed decisions.
Since 1993, the MHMC has played a leading role in health care quality measurement and public reporting, both in Maine and nationally, and has acted as a catalyst for quality improvement. Quality rankings for Maine hospitals and primary care physicians are available at www.getbettermaine.org.
The MHMC was selected by the State of Maine as the lead implementation partner for the State Innovation Model (SIM) award, and will be contributing to a number of payment reform, delivery system reform, data analytic, and consumer engagement aspects of the work.
For more information visit www.mehmc.org.
Maine Quality Counts - Maine Quality Counts (QC) is an independent, nonprofit regional health improvement collaborative committed to improving health and health care for the people of Maine by leading, coordinating, and aligning improvement efforts. QCs vision is: Through the active engagement and alignment of people, communities and healthcare partners, every person in Maine will enjoy the best of health and have access to patient centered care that is uniformly high quality, equitable and efficient.
Under Maine’s SIM award, Maine Quality Counts (QC) will serve as a contractor to the state to provide quality improvement services to help strengthen primary care practices, and to support expansion of quality improvement support to the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and Health Homes efforts in Maine.
The state will specifically look to QC to support an expanded learning collaborative to provide quality improvement assistance to up to 70 additional primary care practices that have stepped forward to participate in the MaineCare Health Homes initiative.
For more information visit www.mainequalitycounts.org.
HealthInfoNet - HealthInfoNet is an independent, nonprofit organization using information technology to improve patient care quality and safety. HealthInfoNet built and operates Maine’s statewide health information exchange (HIE), a secure electronic system where health care providers share important patient health information including allergies, prescriptions, medical conditions, and lab and test results. HealthInfoNet is also the Regional Extension Centers (REC) for the State of Maine, providing education and technical assistance to help health care providers select, implement, and achieve meaningful use of certified EHR technology. HealthInfoNet incorporated in 2006 and is governed by a board of directors and several committees run by Maine people serving on behalf of doctors, hospitals, public health, patients, and groups representing various consumer interests. The organization provides services across the State of Maine, and maintains administrative offices in Portland.
As one of the three partners in the States Innovation Model (SIM) grant, HealthInfoNet has four specific objectives:
- Providing automated email notifications to MaineCare and participating provider care managers when MaineCare patients are admitted to Emergency Departments and Inpatient Settings.
- Providing direct financial support to 20 behavioral health organizations to support adoption of health information technology, including the HIE, to help better integrate “general medical” and “behavioral” health data.
- Allowing patients to access a summary of the information contained in their HealthInfoNet record through their existing health care provider’s patient portal. This summary will be built using the federal continuity of care document (CCD) standard.
- Supporting MaineCare population health initiatives by providing a clinical dashboard of member health care utilization captured in the HIE. This will include working with MaineCare to include discrete MaineCare medication prescription data in the HIE.
For more information visit www.hinfonet.org.