Check Out the New Behavioral Health Integration Resource Library

Blog - September 20, 2016
Natalya Seibel

Next week the Patient-Centered Primary Care Institute, in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority’s Transformation Center, is launching a library of behavioral health integration resources - including virtual clinic visits, topical videos and webinars, toolkits, screeners, checklists, and more - to support integrated care implementation and quality improvement.

Let's Talk About Change Management!

Blog - September 15, 2016
Jennifer Hendrickson

What do people really mean when they talk about Change Management?  If you search “change management,” you will come up with as many as 70,700,000 results, which is a lot to sort through! Let’s start by broadly defining Organizational and Individual Change Management. 

"One Ring-a-dingy:" Small, Rural Practices' Response to Meeting PCPCH Must Pass Standard 1.C.0

Blog - September 6, 2016
Jill Boyd, MPH, CCRP

Not only did Sherman County Medical Clinic's District Administrator, Caitlin Blagg, worry about meeting Must Pass Measure 1.C.0, which states that PCPCHs must “provide continuous access to clinical advice by telephone” for Patient Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) recognition, she was also concerned about how meeting this measure would impact her already busy single provider and staff.

Enter: The Nurse Visit

Blog - August 29, 2016
Charmian Casteel, RN, BSN, MN

Workforce projections in Oregon estimate “a 38% increase in additional primary care providers by 2030 to maintain the current rate of utilization” (Petterson, 2013). However, high-functioning teams that utilize registered nurses (RNs) to manage some conditions can help narrow this gap. Enter: the Nurse Visit.

Developing Behavioral Health Metrics

Blog - August 23, 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.

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.

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.