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Beacon Community Program

Keystone Beacon Community (Central Pennsylvania)

The state of Pennsylvania

Overview and Goals

The Keystone Beacon Community (KBC) is one of 17 Beacon Communities building and strengthening local health IT infrastructure and testing innovative approaches to make measurable improvements in health, care and cost. Meaningful Use of electronic health records (EHR) is the foundation of the exciting work in each community. Funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and led by Geisinger Health System, KBC is working with participating hospitals and clinicians to share Geisinger's advanced medical home program across five counties in central Pennsylvania. On the national payment front, Geisinger is serving as a convener in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Bundled Payment initiative. KBC is focused on:

  • Reducing hospital admissions, re-admissions, and ED visits by patients with chronic conditions such as congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)
  • Deploying a cost-effective, community-wide health IT infrastructure that provides clinicians, patients, and other care team members (e.g., case managers, social workers) convenient access to secure, actionable information for improving care and outcomes at the patient and population level
  • Enhancing patient activation and self-management skills by increasing access to preventive care and helping patients manage their care across multiple doctors and locations using an online patient health tool
  • Providing secure, confidential access to patient information when and where it is needed to support care

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We believe that one of the good things about health IT will be that it will help them stay healthy at home.

–Jim Walker, M.D., Keystone Beacon Community

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