Access advisory group — HPIO’s work in 2014 will continue to focus on ensuring that eligible Ohioans can access coverage (coverage and affordability) and that the health care system can provide services to this newly insured population and to those who already have coverage (workforce). Our work will be informed by the HPIO Access Advisory Group, diverse stakeholders who will provide expertise and insights to HPIO staff on access issues; identify policy areas for HPIO attention/focus; advise on HPIO access-related products and events; and share learning and network. The group will meet two to three times throughout 2014.
Prevention and Public Health Advisory Group — This group advises HPIO on products and activities related to prevention and public health, and provides general direction for the Ohio Wellness Prevention Network. This group is made up of representatives from several different prevention areas (such as chronic disease and injury/violence prevention and mental and emotional well-being) and experts in prevention and public health funding, the “health in all policies” approach, and evidence-based prevention. This 12-member group will meet quarterly in 2014.
Wellness and Prevention Network — The HPIO Wellness & Prevention Network is a coalition of Ohio prevention organizations working together to build skills, capacity, and coordination in order to communicate more effectively with public policymakers about the critical importance of investing in prevention and ensuring that all Ohioans live in healthy communities that support healthy behaviors. It has created the Ohio Wellness & Prevention Network website to house its work.
Health measurement — The ability to track Ohio’s progress in improving health value – looking at the relationship between health outcomes and health costs – is critical to evaluating efforts aimed at improving the health of Ohioans. This includes tracking population health outcomes, health costs, health care system performance, public health system performance, health access and evaluating Ohio’s social, economic and physical environment. To track Ohio’s progress in improving health value over time, HPIO has created its 2014 Health Value Dashboard. In addition, HPIO convened a multi-stakeholder group to review, prioritize and select a streamlined and standardized set of health measures that reflect the many factors that impact population health outcomes and health care costs.
Telehealth — HPIO has focused attention on telehealth as a promising practice that has implications for health outcomes, access and cost. Specifically, telehealth cuts across two of HPIO’s strategic objectives – ensuring access to care for all Ohioans and aligning public and private payments with better health outcomes. HPIO’s work around telehealth policy has helped to inform and mobilize telehealth stakeholders to engage in and expedite policy decisions around telehealth at the state level.