Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Providers Engaged in Health Information Exchange: Final Report. Bangor Beacon Community

10/29/2013

The Bangor Beacon Community was one of 17 Beacon Communities building and strengthening local HIT infrastructure and testing innovative approaches to make measurable improvements in health care and cost. The Beacon Community received a three year (April 2010 - March 2013), $12.75 million grant from the ONC. Using HIT as a foundation, Bangor Beacon improved the health of patients with chronic conditions including diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), CHF, and asthma. HIT allowed the Bangor community of providers to connect health record information and care management to improve the quality of care and reduce unnecessary utilization. The Bangor Beacon community work is the foundation of the EMHS Pioneer ACO. Bangor Beacon Community's work focused on the following five priority areas:7

  • Improving the health of people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, COPD, CHF, and asthma.

  • Reducing costs associated with hospital admissions and ED visits by increasing the quality of care for high-risk patients.

  • Improving population health through proper immunization and sharing of immunization data among providers.

  • Reducing variation in the delivery of evidence-based medicine and improving care quality across the community.

  • Bringing community leaders and organizations together to use health information effectively, improve efficiency, and improve care and quality.

The Bangor Beacon Community was comprised of 12 partners led by EMHS. The partners represent multiple types of health care providers. In addition to hospitals, physician practices, they also engaged LTPAC providers specifically the home care providers noted below and a SNF.

Bangor Beacon Participants (* = Home Care Providers)

  • Acadia Hospital;
  • Community Health and Counseling Services*;
  • Eastern Maine Community College (EMCC);
  • EMHS;
  • EMHC*;
  • EMMC;
  • EMMC Clinical Research Center;
  • HIN;
  • Maine Primary Care Association;
  • Penobscot Community Health Care;
  • Ross Manor (rehabilitation and SNF);
  • St. Joseph Healthcare*; and
  • Stillwater Health Care (rehabilitation and SNF).

FIGURE J-3. Illustration of Bangor Beacon Community

FIGURE J-3. Illustration of Bangor Beacon Community

The Bangor Beacon Community worked to improve the health of chronically ill people in the Bangor region by developing a sustainable care coordination model that was facilitated by HIT (Figure J-3) the Bangor Beacon Community). The Bangor Beacon Community strove not only to improve the health of chronically ill through improved care coordination, but also to demonstrate reduce costs and improved population health.8 Integration of LTPAC providers, home care, and telehealth was an essential component of the strategy to deliver high-quality health care in the most cost-effective setting.


  1. See http://www.healthit.gov/policy-researchers-implementers/bangor-beacon-community.

  2. 2012 Annual Report Bangor Beacon Community .

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