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Stanford University’s Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC), with support from the Peterson Center on Healthcare, set out to identify common attributes found among high-performing primary care organizations. CERC reviewed national quality and cost data, and has identified 11 primary care organizations that are delivering exceptional value to their patients. Most importantly, they have key features in common, which can serve as a blueprint for others to achieve high performance.
The Wallace Medical Concern provides low cost medical and dental services in Southeast Portland and Gresham, Oregon. Around 47% of their patient population needs interpretation services, with Spanish being the language in which services are most often needed.
Sixty-four Oregon practices completed all four years of the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative at the close of 2016 after achieving significant improvements in quality and reducing utilization of care. In response, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched an advanced model of this initiative, Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), in January 2017 with 156 enrolled Oregon practices supported by 15 local payers.
In February 2017, I attended a “Practice Coaching for Primary Care Transformation” training in Portland, Oregon, developed and co-led by CareOregon and UCSF’s Center for Excellence in Primary Care. I came away with one overarching message from the week: in order to succeed with transforming our healthcare system, we need to slow down in order to go fast.
On March 17, 2017 the Institute partnered with the Oregon Health Authority’s Transformation Center to host a learning and networking event for behavioral and mental health leaders and innovators from across Oregon.
Student-run free clinics have a long-standing history of helping meet the health needs of underserved populations while also enriching students’ professional education. With this in mind, students from Portland State University (PSU), Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), and Oregon State University (OSU) have joined forces with Transition Projects (TPI) to take student-run free clinics to a new level of interprofessional innovation by launching Bridges Collaborative Care Clinic (BCCC).
Three exciting models in Oregon rely on community-clinical partnership, using traditional health workers to help patients navigate the health system and access appropriate self-management education and needed social services.
Last week I was honored to facilitate a panel of top-notch practice facilitators for a national webinar for the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI), a CMS-funded initiative to support more than 140,000 clinician practices over the next four years in sharing, adapting and further developing their comprehensive quality improvement strategies.