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Announcing the Oregon MACRA Playbook Conference: Medicare's Quality Payment Program and the Move to Value-Based Care

Announcements - April 21, 2017

This event will provide a forum for various stakeholders, including primary care providers, specialists, independent practices, health systems, health care payers and policymakers, to hear the latest Quality Payment Program information from national experts and local health care leaders, and better understand what these changes mean for their organization.

Learning to Slow Down in Order to Go Fast

Blog - April 3, 2017
Megan O'Brien

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.

Learnings Shared at Recent Behavioral Health Event

Blog - March 28, 2017
Natalya Seibel

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.

Institute Partners for Behavioral Health Event

Announcements - March 24, 2017

On March 17, 2017 the Institute partnered with the Oregon Health Authority Transformation Center to host Sustaining Integrated Care for Persons with Serious Behavioral Health Conditions, a full-day learning and networking event for behavioral and mental health leaders and innovators.

First Inter-professional Student Run Free Clinic to Open Late 2017

Blog - March 22, 2017
Emileigh Canales, MPH

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).

Establishing a Lean Culture that Sustains Improvement

Blog - February 16, 2017
Akira Templeton

Toyota has developed a practical application of a human-centric production system that is deeply rooted in management philosophies and workplace culture. This philosophy, which they’ve dubbed the Toyota Production System (TPS), is built off of Lean concepts and elimination of waste. Sound familiar? In recent years, the “buzzwords” and strategies of Lean have trickled their way into the healthcare system as a way to improve delivery of care. Although different industries, we can learn a lot from Toyota about how Lean can help the healthcare system move toward ideal patient care.

CMS Recognizes Oregon PCPCH Program as Part of "Improvement Activity" Required in the MIPS Program

Blog - January 7, 2017
David Smith, MBA

If you are a Medicare provider, you may be aware of the new MACRA program, as it was called when legislated, and now known as the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The QPP repeals the Sustainable Growth Rate formula and in its place establishes two tracks for providers to choose from: the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or the Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs).