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Improving Behavioral Health for Older Adults in Oregon

Blog - August 17, 2016
Rebecca Fuller, MA, LPC

HealthInsight Oregon is engaging primary care practitioners (PCPs), mental health practitioners, and inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPFs) in an effort to help communities build the connections to close gaps in care for this vulnerable population.

Developing Behavioral Health Metrics

Blog - August 17, 2016
Andrew Huff, LPC

In 2015, CareOregon and its provider partners set out to both build and sustain capacity of integrated behavioral health services in primary care in the Portland Metro region to address the total health of our members beyond traditional primary care.

Making Sense of MACRA

Blog - August 11, 2016
Meredith Roberts Tomasi

MACRA’s Quality Payment Program implementation date is mere months away (although there are petitions to delay by 6 to 12 months). Nonetheless, with 962 pages of draft rules to unravel – knowing what you need has never been more important. Those 962 pages are important. But they don’t all apply to everyone. That’s where organizations like Q Corp come in.

PCPCT: A Firsthand Reflection

Blog - August 4, 2016
Tammy Fisher

Embarking upon the primary care transformation journey can at times seem daunting. Enter; the Primary Care Practice Coach! With the guidance of a primary care practice coach the path to transformative care can seem less overwhelming and more exciting.

Students Play Vital Role in Behavioral Health Services

Blog - July 26, 2016
Natalya Seibel

Integrating behavioral health into primary care can pose many obstacles, including finding behavioral health providers trained to work in primary care. Recently, I was able to speak with multiple clinics around Oregon that have successfully integrated behavioral health, two of the clinics I spoke with address the issue by making their clinics a practicum site for doctoral psychology students.

STAR Pioneers - CHA Practices Achieve Highest Medical Home Rating

Blog - July 19, 2016
Dawn Creach

What does healthcare transformation really mean? What does high quality health care look like? Since 2011 Oregon’s Patient-Centered Primary Care Home Program (PCPCH) has facilitated changes in the way care is delivered at more than 600 primary care practices in Oregon. In 2014 the PCPCH Program released a new set of standards, called Tier 3 STAR, to recognize exceptional practices that have truly transformed into advanced medical homes.

Online Learning Modules Help PCC Medical Assistants Prepare for Workforce

Blog - May 27, 2016
Marissa Sweeney

On May 12th I attended the Portland Community College (PCC), Medical Assistant program poster presentations on the core attributes of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) model.  This is the third time that I’ve attended the PCC Medical Assistant poster presentations on the medical home model.

Improving Community Health Through Integration

Blog - May 20, 2016
Stephen P. Kliewer, D. Min.

Our shared interest in effective interaction between primary medical care and mental health care facilitated an ongoing discussion about how our programs could work together more effectively and we began to dream of not just collaboration, but integration. We began to move together toward that goal.

Connecting Community with Providers & Resources

Blog - May 6, 2016
Maggie McLain McDonnell, MPH

Maggie, a Project Manager with ORPRN, interviewed Juli Gregory, RN, Education Director and Director of ConneXions at Good Shepherd Medical Center to learn more about how community health workers and primary care providers can work together to improve the health of their patients.

Behavioral Health Integration: Obstacles & Successes

Blog - April 29, 2016
Dr. Brian Sandoval

Behavioral health integration is a necessary and very beneficial part of patient-centered primary care. Yet it can be difficult to get an integrated behavioral health program started, as there are many moving parts to contend with and different models to choose from.