PCPCC and HealthCAWS to Co-Host Webinar for National Audience on Importance of Consumer Engagement in Primary Care Medical Home

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The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) and HealthCAWS announced today that they will co-sponsor a webinar at 12noon EST on February 13th, 2014, focused on advancing consumer engagement industry wide. HealthCAWS Chairman & CEO, Rose Maljanian and Gary Ozanich, PhD, of Northern Kentucky University, will present on industry trends and provide overviews of the Consumer eHealth Readiness Tool and the Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE).

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The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) and HealthCAWS® will co-host a webinar at 12 noon EST today focused on advancing consumer engagement industry wide. HealthCAWS Chairman & CEO, Rose Maljanian will address industry trends and provide an overview of the Consumer eHealth Readiness Tool (CeRT). She will be joined by Gary Ozanich PhD of Northern Kentucky University who will provide attendees with an overview of Kentucky Health Information Exchange’s (KHIE) experience using the tool with their hospital and providers groups.

According to PCPCC’s recent Annual Report, Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) that include successful consumer engagement strategies are crucial to ensuring accountability in patient care, resulting in positive health outcomes. “We are pleased to offer this webinar to our stakeholders in an effort to stress the importance of consumer engagement and its assessment at the organizational level,” said Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH, CEO of the PCPCC.

HealthCAWS views consumer engagement as critical to its organizational focus on Combining Accountability With Support-“the CAWS™.” HealthCAWS has developed tools and technology to help providers drive progression along the consumer engagement continuum as well as advance quality and improve cost within an accountable care environment.

“We are committed to supporting this important audience in collaboration with the PCPCC because we believe that all of the functions and attributes of a PCMH are critical to arrive at the value-based healthcare system of the future that will benefit consumers, all stakeholders and the economy overall,” said HealthCAWS Chairman &CEO, Rose Maljanian.

Technology is an important vehicle to efficiently advance consumer engagement within a PCMH, extending the reach of an already stretched primary care workforce. The State of Kentucky Health (KHIE) Information Exchange has demonstrated tremendous leadership in this regard by providing a comprehensive view of the consumer through data available from the HIE. In addition KHIE, has purchased a bundle of licenses for the Consumer eHealth Readiness Tool (CeRT)-powered by HealthCAWS for many of their hospital and medical group participants.

“We are pleased to join PCPCC and HealthCAWS for this webinar so that others can take advantage of our experience in Kentucky to advance consumer engagement in ehealth in their own regions and practices,” said Polly Mullins- Bentley Acting Executive Director KHIE.

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Founded in 2006, the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) is dedicated to advancing an effective and efficient health system built on a strong foundation of primary care and the patient-centered medical home (PCMH). The PCPCC achieves its mission through the work of our five Stakeholder Centers, led by experts and thought leaders who are dedicated to transforming the U.S. health care system through delivery reform, payment reform, patient engagement, and employee benefit redesign. Today, PCPCC’s membership represents more than 1,000 medical home stakeholders and supporters throughout the U.S.

About HealthCAWS
HealthCAWS is a health care services company focused exclusively on helping payer, population health and delivery system clients improve health and reduce health care costs. By Combining Accountability With Support in an adaptable technology Platform, HealthCAWS mobilizes consumers and providers in a unified effort to achieve the common goal of high quality, affordable care – “the CAWS™.”

About KHIE
The Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE) is part of The Cabinet for Health and Family Services which is home to most of the state's human services and health care programs, including Medicaid, the Department for Community Based Services and the Department for Public Health. CHFS is one of the largest agencies in state government, with nearly 8,000 full and part-time employees throughout the Commonwealth focused on improving the lives and health of Kentuckians.

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