Regional & State Activities
The AMCNO maintains ongoing relations with allied health associations and other healthcare organizations throughout the Northern Ohio Region. The AMCNO provides representation on inter-professional coalitions such as the Investing in Tobacco Free Youth Initiative, Healthy Choices for Healthy Children, the Ohio Medical Volunteer Corps, the Center for Health Affairs, and many others. For more information on these AMCNO activities see the links on this page.
The AMCNO routinely attends meetings and reviews, analyzes and interprets agency regulations as they are promulgated. The AMCNO is currently involved with the Ohio Department of Health in developing their Statewide Health Plan as well as their patient centered medical home project. The AMCNO is also involved in the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Medicaid health home initiative. The AMCNO has also been in discussions with the Office of Health Transformation. For rules and regulations and other information about these health-related state agencies, visit the following websites:
- Governor's Office of Health Transformation (OHT)
- Ohio Department of Health
- Ohio Department of Job and Family Services/Medicaid
CliniSync, (also known as the Ohio Health Information Partnership) was designated by Governor Ted Strickland in August 2009, to oversee the adoption and use of electronic medical records by Ohio's health care providers. The partnership has received more than $43 million in state and federal funding and is charged with implementing and overseeing a statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE) that will improve access to data and patient information by authorized health care providers while ensuring patient privacy. CliniSync is collaborating with industry experts to provide educational, technical, and procurement services to health care providers who need to implement electronic medical records and achieve meaningful use to qualify for up to $63,750 in incentive payments from the federal government.
The AMCNO is integrally involved with the Ohio Health Information Partnership. The AMCNO has physician and staff representatives on various Partnership committees and we provide input to the Partnership on a regular basis. The AMCNO serves as a member of the Case Regional Extension Center Governance Committee and the AMCNO is also a founding member of the Partnership Learning and Action Network. Click here for more information about how CliniSync and the Ohio Health Information Partnership are helping physicians and hospitals in Ohio.
The AMCNO is a founding member of the Ohio KePRO Learning and Action Network. The AMCNO has joined with other stakeholders, including the Ohio Health Information Partnership, to create Ohio’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) Learning & Action Network to assist physicians and other providers in achieving meaningful use (MU).
Formed as part of a national initiative of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the collaborative works together with the Ohio health information technology (HIT) regional extension centers to provide an environment for shared learning. Members include HIT experts, vendors, physicians, community organizations and patient representatives. We encourage you to join the network at no charge!
You can be part of a learning network that allows you to work with others who are going through similar experiences with the same goals as you. OAFP is working alongside Ohio KePRO [Medicare’s quality improvement (QI) organization] to support Ohio’s Learning & Action Network. The network will offer:
- Assistance with successful submission of data for QI incentive programs including MU with EHR and Physicians Quality Reporting System (PQRS)
- The ability to partner with and connect to other organizations and individuals with similar goals
- Identification of best practices, including EHR implementation strategies and QI initiatives
- Access to aggregate local, regional and national data for benchmarking, as well as resources developed by Quality Improvement Organization network
- Access to information and tools from Prevention National Coordinating Center via Quality Improvement Organization Network.
The founders of Ohio’s Electronic Health Record Learning & Action Network include the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio, HealthBridge, the Ohio Association of Family Physicians, the Ohio Department of Health, The Ohio Health Information Partnership, Ohio Hospital Association, Ohio KePRO, the Ohio Osteopathic Association and the Ohio State Medical Association.
Join the network today!
The Case REC is a regional resource on Electronic Health Record adoption for medical practices in Lorain, Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula Counties. The REC can assist medical practices to capitalize on incentives and available resources to implement electronic records. The AMCNO is represented on the Case REC Governance Committee by AMCNO past president, Dr. Anthony Bacevice. For more information about the Case REC click here.
The AMCNO is pleased to be one of the founding organizations of the Cuyahoga Health Access Partnership (CHAP), a countywide health access partnership created to provide a coordinated system of access to care across all providers for the region’s low income insured adults. This public-private partnership will focus on providing a network of resources to lower-income uninsured residents throughout Cuyahoga County.
The Cuyahoga Health Access Partnership, or CHAP, is a stand-alone 501(c)(3) nonprofit as a joint public-private partnership focused on access to care in Cuyahoga County and founded on the principle of shared responsibility. CHAP is managed by a Board of Directors, represented by all initial stakeholders including major healthcare providers, physicians, health care organizations, safety net providers, government entities, health plans and foundations. Demonstrating the organization’s commitment to this vital work, each founding member has signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
Founding organizations include: Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio, Care Alliance Health Center, CareSource, City of Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic, Cuyahoga County Board of County Commissioners, Kaiser Permanente, the MetroHealth System, Neighborhood Family Practice, Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, North Coast Health Ministry, Saint Luke’s Foundation, Sisters of Charity Health System, The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland and University Hospitals. The AMCNO is represented on the CHAP board by the AMCNO EVP/CEO.
The AMCNO is pleased to be a sponsor of the MedWorks program. MedWorks is a volunteer program of the 501C3 nonprofit organization, MobileMed 1. MedWorks is committed to delivering free healthcare to Ohio’s uninsured and underinsured population. Volunteer doctors, dentists, eye specialists, general healthcare providers and support workers donate their time to help provide free healthcare services for their community. The AMCNO is represented on the MedWorks board by Dr. Laura David, AMCNO past president. To learn more about the MedWorks project click here.
The Center for Health Affairs provides their hospital members with services and resources aimed at enhancing the region’s healthcare community. The center has a long history in Northeast Ohio dating back to 1916. The Center serves as the collective voice of hospitals and the source for Northeast Ohio hospital and healthcare information. The AMCNO president sits ex-officio on the CHA Board of Directors during his/her term as AMCNO president. The AMCNO president provides updates on the activities of the AMCNO and reports back to the AMCNO board on initiatives where the two organizations could work together in the community. To learn more about the CHA click here.
Better Health Greater Cleveland is an organization dedicated to improving the health of people in Northeast Ohio living with chronic disease. The AMCNO has been a participating organization and part of the BHGC since its inception in 2007 and we remain involved with BHGC through their Leadership Team and Transitions of Care committee. Dr. Ronald Savrin, M.D., MBA, past president of the AMCNO represents the AMCNO on these BHGC committees. To obtain more information about BHGC click here.
The AMCNO is working with the County Executive Mr. Ed Fitzgerald on the County Health Alliance Initiative. This initiative will address health improvement through regional collaboration, innovation and accountability. The county would like to achieve this goal through public and community partnerships. The AMCNO board of directors has appointed representatives to the County Health Alliance Advisory Committee. The AMCNO is represented on the county alliance by the AMCNO EVP/CEO and Dr. Laura David, AMCNO past president.
The AMCNO participates as a member of the UnitedHealthcare Physician Advisory Committee. This committee meets on a quarterly basis to discuss UHC initiatives and garner feedback from physicians from across the state Ohio. The AMCNO is represented on the UHC PAC by Dr. Laura David, AMCNO past president, and the AMCNO EVP/CEO.
The AMCNO has partnered with the Center for Health Affairs to form the Northeast Ohio Patient Navigation Collaborative (NEOPNC). Patient Navigation is a patient-centric healthcare service delivery model that focuses on the elimination of barriers to timely care across all segments of the healthcare continuum. Putting the patient first, navigators work one-on-one to virtually integrate a fragmented healthcare system, creating a seamless flow for patients as they journey through the care continuum. The AMCNO is represented on the collaborative by our executive vice president/CEO and Dr. Lawrence Kent, president of the AMCNO.
The AMCNO board of directors was pleased to accept a position on the Northeast Ohio Quality Council – an integral part of the Northeast Ohio Quality Collaborative. AMCNO Past President Dr. Lawrence Kent currently represents the AMCNO on the Council. The Ohio Hospital Association (OHA)-based 34-hospital collaborative, the Northeast Ohio Quality Collaborative, in partnership with the Akron Regional Hospital Association, was established in 2007, and began working on data processing, risk adjustment models, data reports and the collaborative structure. To date, this group of hospitals has demonstrated a nearly 20 percent improvement in performance for pneumonia care. To learn more about the Northern Ohio Quality Collaborative click here.
The AMCNO is pleased to be a part of the Investing in Tobacco Free Youth Steering Committee. The Investing in Tobacco-Free Youth Coalition brings together a diverse group of organizations with a common goal of reducing the toll that tobacco takes on the people of Ohio. The Coalition is seeking to make “other tobacco products” – including spit tobacco, little cigars and cigars – less appealing to youth by correcting the inequity between the other tobacco products tax and the cigarette tax. The revenue generated would be used to fund the youth prevention and community tobacco prevention and cessation programs that were ended as a result of tobacco funding cuts. The AMCNO is represented on this coalition by our EVP/CEO. To view more information about the Investing in Tobacco Free Youth coalition click here.
The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio (AMCNO) is among a broad spectrum of organizations taking part in the Healthy Choices for Healthy Children Coalition. The Coalition is dedicated to preventing and decreasing childhood obesity in Ohio. The coalition is united to taking action to advocate for public policy that supports research-based solutions to the childhood obesity epidemic in Ohio. The coalition works to ensure that public policy is supported with actions that provide parents, educators, institutions and organizations with opportunities to positively affect behavior in the children they influence to create life-long active and healthy Ohioans. For more information about the Healthy Choices for Healthy Children initiative click here.
The AMCNO has endorsed the National Children’s Study (NCS). This research study is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Environmental Protection Agency. It is the first large-scale observational study aimed at understanding the role of prenatal and childhood environmental exposures and genetics which together influence lifelong health, development, and disease. This landmark study will eventually follow 100,000 children from the time their mothers are pregnant until age 21 years. The results could improve children’s health for generations. Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties are two of the 105 counties selected nationwide to be a part of this study, and Case Western Reserve University is heading the research locally. Over the next four years, CWRU will enroll women who are pregnant or are planning a pregnancy in the near future. AMCNO president, Dr. Laura David, is representing the AMCNO and part of this initiative. To learn more about the National Children’s Study at Case click here.
The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio (AMCNO) is a supporter of the Partnership for Patients, a public-private partnership that will help improve the quality, safety, and affordability of health care for all Americans. The Partnership for Patients brings together leaders of major hospitals, employers, physicians, nurses, and patient advocates along with state and federal governments in a shared effort to make hospital care safer, more reliable, and less costly. The two goals of this new partnership are to keep patients from getting injured or sicker and to help patients heal without complication. The AMCNO has signed onto the partnership and pledged to work to redesign activities across clinical settings to reduce harm, reduce preventable readmissions, and improve care transitions; engage with patients and families to implement practices that foster more patient-centered care that improves safety, communication, and care coordination; and learn from and share experiences in order to make care safer and more coordinated. For more information about the Partnership for Patients click here.
The AMCNO is a longstanding member of the Ohio Alliance for Civil Justice. The Ohio Alliance for Civil Justice is a non-profit, broad-based coalition which has been working to reform Ohio's civil justice system since 1987. The Alliance includes Ohio trade and professional associations, small and large businesses, medical groups, farmers and others all committed to this reform effort. On occasion, the OACJ files amicus briefs before the Ohio Supreme Court on behalf of its’ members including the AMCNO. To view background information on the Ohio Alliance for Civil Justice click here.
The AMCNO has been represented on the Ohio KePRO board since Ohio KePRO became the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Ohio. Ohio KePRO is Ohio's Medicare Quality Improvement Organization, working with healthcare professionals to improve the quality of care for Ohio's 1.8 million Medicare beneficiaries. They offer resources and quality improvement information for providers, patients, and families. Currently the AMCNO is represented on the Ohio KePRO board by our EVP/CEO. To learn more about the activities of Ohio KePro click here.
The AMCNO is also a founding member of the Ohio KePRO Learning and Action Network click here for more information.
The AMCNO is pleased to partner with The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) to present seminars that are of interest to both physicians and attorneys as well as on projects of interest to both professions. The CMBA is a nonprofit organization that operates as a center for legal professionalism in the region, promoting the highest ethical and professional standards. It was formed in March 2008 by the consolidation of the Cleveland Bar and Cuyahoga County Bar Associations, which brought together more than 135 years of history. It works to advance the greater Cleveland legal community as a world-class center of professional excellence and model of community service. To learn more about the CMBA click here.
To view more information about the AMCNO/CMBA joint legal seminars click here.
The AMCNO has been involved with the Cuyahoga County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) for a number of years and over time the MRC has been compiling a list of individuals who are interested in participating in the MRC. The Cuyahoga County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) has been working with the AMCNO to officially register physician volunteers and this has been done through a Volunteer Reception Center (VRC). This process will allow the MRC to complete the volunteer registration as well as test the registration process. If you are interested in learning more about the Medical Reserves Corps click here.
The AMCNO is pleased to be a regional partner in The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD); a coalition of hundreds of patient, provider, community, business and labor groups, and health policy experts, committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability, and rising health care costs: chronic disease. To view background about the Partnership for Chronic Disease coalition click here.
The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio (AMCNO) is working with the Legal Aid Society and many other stakeholders in the community including hospitals, health care related organizations, and local law firms to garner additional support for the medical-legal partnership concept. Physicians typically do not have the time to navigate the bureaucratic complexities that can unintentionally hinder low-income or vulnerable patients’ ability to receive benefits from public programs like Medicaid. But because physicians are in a unique position to identify environmental issues affecting patient health, MLPs frequently can then enable lawyers to intervene on behalf of patients before an unmet legal or environmental need reaches crisis levels. Unmet social and legal needs can have a significant effect on patient health, as well as medical conditions. MLPs are designed to identify and resolve these unmet legal and social needs by joining attorneys with other members of the patient’s treatment team. MLP’s have been established as an effective means of improving patient health by addressing unmet needs that physicians practicing without legal collaboration typically would not be able to address.
This is an important issue for the AMCNO and for our community and we plan to continue the stakeholder discussions and the push for passage of legislation in Congress that would provide additional support to medical legal partnerships in our community. For more information on this initiative contact the AMCNO at 216.520.1000. Click here to view the AMCNO representatives testifying before Congressional representatives on this issue.
The AMCNO is pleased to be a participant on the Tri-C Health Information Technology Council. This council was formed to provide input to Tri-C as part of their Region C Midwest Community College Health Information Technology Consortium which provides training in six workforce roles to support electronic record (EHR) implementation. Students are working with RECs, community health centers, and health care associations to support adoption and implementation of EHRs and convey the benefits of meaningful use of health IT to improve patient care. Tri-C is working with Healthbridge and the Ohio Health Information Partnership to garner their assistance in placing graduates in positions around the state. Tri-C is also interested in working with physician organizations like the AMCNO and health care institutions to place graduates out in the community. If you or your practice needs an intern, new staff or training for your existing staff, please contact the HIT project lead at Tri-C to discuss your needs. The AMCNO is pleased to be assisting Tri-C in bringing this program to the attention of our members. If you are looking for HIT help in your practice or hospital and would like more information about the HIT program at Tri-C, go to www.tri-c.edu/hit or call 216-987-2723 and ask for Ronna McNair - the program manager of the Health Information Technology program.