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Updates from Dr. Whibbs
Health First Network Medical Director

August 2013

From the Desk of the Medical Director

ACO Update

HFNI has reached out to our area hospitals to facilitate better communication and data handling. One of the key data sets that helps improve outcomes and the way care is experienced is the data that is generated by acute inpatient episodes of care. Finding better ways to get the right subsets of data to the right providers of post-hospital care in the right time frame significantly improves the integrity of care that we deliver. As a part of that effort, our Care Coordination nurses will be visiting the ACCNWFL physicians and their office staffs to establish more familiar relationships, and present some of the capabilities that we have to offer to both the patients and the providers. We are excited about how this will impact the quality of care in our community.


HFNI is also working with Wellcare on a project that will allow access to more of the cost and utilization data for our IPA providers. The intention is to be able to identify and impact patterns of practice that either facilitate or hinder high quality care. This will include data on HEDIS measures which determine the plan’s star rating, and are the industry standard for overall quality of care. Because star rating is reflective of performance on specific quality measures, higher star ratings reflect the quality of all of our providers. As this project moves along, we will be sharing the results, and looking for some insight from our physicians to help with further improvement.

As your IPA, we are constantly looking for innovative ways to improve both the quality of, and the access to excellent healthcare for all of the people in our community. We are always grateful for your involvement in what we are doing, and what we are trying to do.

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William J. Whibbs, M.D.

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