Behavioral Health Integration: Outlining the Three Main Models

Blog - October 6, 2015
Natalya Seibel

Behavioral health integration is an enormous part of successful patient-centered primary care. In 2013, there were an estimated 43.8 million adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. with a diagnosable mental illness or 18.5 percent of U.S. adults. Integrating mental health professionals into primary care settings to help screen and treat those suffering from depression can aid in easing the debilitating mental, physical, and monetary cost to individual’s lives (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [AHRQ], 2012).

Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement Receives Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative Award

Announcements - September 30, 2015
Press Release
Building on its history of taking local best practices to scale, NRHI will help build an infrastructure to support large-scale health care transformation among clinician practices. Portland, Maine – The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) is one of 39 health care collaborative networks selected to participate in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, announced today by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell.

PCPCI September Newsletter

Announcements - September 28, 2015

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Everyone with Diabetes Counts: Acumentra Health Partners with Communities and Clinics to Increase Access to Diabetes Self-Management Education

Blog - September 14, 2015
Tracy Carver

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Diabetes is a serious public health concern in the United States. It affects 25.8 million people, or 8.3% of the population. Nearly 19 million people are diagnosed with the disease, but more concerning is the estimated 7 million people who have diabetes but are undiagnosed. In addition, another 79 million people are estimated to have pre-diabetes, a condition that puts people at increased risk for the disease. Among U.S. residents aged 65 and older, 10.9 million (26.9%) were diagnosed with diabetes in 2010.

Northwest Primary Care: The Importance of Quality Data for Diabetes Screening

Blog - September 8, 2015
Michele Campbell
I believe that to improve you must have a way to track what you are (or are not) doing; it is essential to really know your strengths and weaknesses. Northwest Primary Care has worked hard to do this, and from my experience, it is really paying off. While I believe that having good data is a key component, there are many factors that contribute to our success.

EvidenceNow: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care

Blog - September 3, 2015
Caitlin Dickinson
The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has made heart health a priority through the campaign EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States; on an annual basis, Americans suffer over 1.5 million heart attacks and strokes.

PCPCI August Newsletter

Announcements - August 31, 2015

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Know the Experts: Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA)

Blog - August 31, 2015
The Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA) is a nonprofit membership association for Oregon's community health centers, also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers, or FQHCs. OPCA shares the latest ideas, expert advice and proven techniques for keeping patients healthy, and educate policymakers about the need for accessible, high-quality primary care for low-income and other vulnerable Oregonians.

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.