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Keys to Achieving High Screening Rates for Patients with Diabetes- A Large Clinic Perspective

Blog - August 5, 2015
The Portland Clinic

When it comes to caring for people with diabetes, The Portland Clinic is lucky to have many physician champions that advocate for proper self-management. Some of our physicians had mentors before them that encouraged proactive follow-up for patients with diabetes. This sort of focus is important and because of their focus and efforts, The Portland Clinic continues to strive for great outcomes for patients with diabetes. We have dedicated nurse practitioners and a registered nurse who focus specifically on patients with diabetes.

Deschutes Rim Clinic- Small but Mighty

Blog - August 5, 2015
Natalya Seibel

In rural areas of our state access to the most basic health care services can be difficult, let alone treatment for substance use. The unavailability of health care in rural America has been the subject of many projects and studies, so there is a lot of information about the issues this poses for individuals in rural communities who are trying to manage their health and wellbeing. The uninsured rate is higher in the rural counties (nonmetropolitan) than in the urban (metropolitan) counties as reported by CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.

SBIRT – An Essential Part of Preventive Care

Blog - July 29, 2015
HDH Family Care

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment – better known as SBIRT - is a screening process that is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing these disorders. SBIRT is used in primary care clinics, hospital emergency rooms, trauma centers, and other community settings that provide opportunities for early intervention with at-risk substance users before more severe consequences occur.

Know the Experts: CareOregon

Blog - July 22, 2015

CareOregon is a nonprofit organization that serves Medicaid and Medicare members, including through four Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) in Portland, southern Oregon and the Oregon Coast. For almost a decade CareOregon has convened medical home collaboratives for clinics interested in developing a medical home model of care in their practice. Combining experience and tools from their Primary Care Renewal collaborative with Lean Process Improvement tools and techniques, Primary Care Innovation specialists work with practices to implement key aspects of the medical home.

Westside Pediatrics Seizes Opportunities for Adolescent Well Care

Blog - July 21, 2015
Westside Pediatrics

Adolescent Well Visit rates are traditionally low, particularly in Oregon where averages have been below the national benchmark for both Commercial and Medicaid populations. The Institute talked with Westside Pediatrics about what they have done to get adolescents in for these visits.

Practice Coach Spotlight: Arielle Goranson, MPH

Blog - June 22, 2015
Arielle Goranson, MPH

My goal as a practice coach is to facilitate practice- and organizational-level transformation to meet the current and upcoming demands of the changing healthcare delivery system. Inherently this role is a dynamic one – the focus can change rapidly as federal, payer, and customer requirements continue to morph. My view of the practice coach’s role comes from experience facilitating medical home transformation across regionally located primary care clinics in a multi-state hospital system.

Know the Experts: Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network

Blog - June 22, 2015
The Institute

Institute programs rely on the content expertise of community organizations working to improve the quality of health care and the experience of caregivers. Without the leadership of these organizations the Institute would not be possible. Through a series of blog posts this month we are going to introduce these organizations and share more about their work through the Institute. If you would like to be connected to one of these organizations please visit their websites, or email the Institute if we can help answer questions or make introductions.

Introducing Primary Care's Newest Team Members!

Blog - June 11, 2015
Marissa Sweeney

In 2014 the Institute launched the Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) Online Learning Modules as a resource for describing and explaining the 10 must-pass standards and the 23 other standards that clinics can meet to earn points toward becoming officially recognized as a PCPCH in the state of Oregon. The PCPCH Online Learning Modules gained American Academy of Family Physicians certification to be used for up to 2 prescribed CME credits and was also approved by the Oregon Nurses Association for up to 2.25 continuing nursing education hours.