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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).

Safety and Quality in Healthcare

Blog - December 29, 2016
Susan B Stillwell DNP, RN, CNE, FAAN, ANEF

Eliminating preventable patient harm continues to be the siren song in the health care industry.  Finding ways to reduce harm across the industry has been met with varying degrees of success. To achieve robust improvement in preventable harm, Marshall, Pronovost and Dixon-Woods (2013) describe the need for an integrative improvement science program of learning. Beginning the Fall 2017, the University of Portland Graduate School is offering such a program of study.

Building Resiliency Through Positive Psychology

Blog - December 22, 2016
Nicole O'Kane, PharmD

Burnout among health care providers has a significant negative impact on care – on compassion, performance and patient centeredness. It can also be a significant barrier to improvement and innovation in a challenging work environment. The new science of positive psychology offers insight into new methods to improve resiliency, along with techniques to address burnout issues in the work place.

Tobacco Cessation Counseling Resources for Clinics and Providers

Blog - December 22, 2016
Anona Gund, MPH

In 2017, Oregon’s coordinated care organizations (CCOs) will be accountable for reducing cigarette smoking prevalence among their members. To support CCOs, clinics, and providers working on this incentive measure, the Oregon Health Authority Transformation Center recently released a list of the best evidence-based resources for tobacco cessation counseling: www.oregon.gov/oha/Transformation-Center/Resources/Tobacco-Cessation-Counseling-Strategies-Resources.pdf

Behavioral Health Integration in OB/gyn Settings

Blog - December 8, 2016
Katie Snow, LCSW

The concept of behavioral health integration is not new in primary care clinics. There are, however, new efforts to integrate behavioral health into OB/GYN clinics. Obstetric and gynecologic settings often see patients at key transition times in their lives such as onset of sexual activity, decisions about when and how to become a parent, transitions to parenthood, menopause and more.

Top 5 Insights from HealthInsight Oregon's Annual Quality Conference

Blog - December 6, 2016
Susan Yates Miller, MPA

HealthInsight Oregon held its Annual Quality Conference, "Be the Change: Strategies for Health Care Transformation", on November 15, 2016 in Keizer, Oregon. This one-day community event brought together health care providers from all settings of care to learn strategies for improving care from patient and family engagement experts, peers and local leaders.

Decision Support Toolkit

Blog - November 8, 2016
Adam Obley, MD

Patients and clinicians have many complicated decisions to make, but information is often unclear or inaccessible. Patient decision support tools aid in making evidence-based and value-congruent decisions in the face of uncertainty and facilitate conversations between patients and their providers. Oregon Health & Science University’s Center for Evidence-based Policy, in collaboration with the Oregon Health Authority Transformation Center, have created an online resource for the use of patient decision support tools - learn more about the new Decision Support Toolkit.

An Introduction to the Tri-County Behavioral Health Providers Association

Blog - November 7, 2016
Sarah Buckley

The Tri-County Behavioral Health Providers Association (TCBHPA) has been the avenue for the region’s mental health and addictions providers to work together to strengthen our system of care for greater community health. Learn more about them and their Member Directory that enables partners, consumers and other providers to get a quick look at who is available and what services that each member provides.

The WHO of Change Management

Blog - October 26, 2016
Jennifer Hendrickson

Who are the Change Management (CM) practitioners in an organization?  Like the definition of what change management is, this answer is varied...

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

Blog - September 30, 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.