On the "Front Lines" of Health Reform: Reinventing Team-Based Care External Link

News - March 24, 2014
Brookings Brief
As more health care organizations adopt a team-based model of care, investing in medical assistants, community health workers, lab technicians and other frontline workers proves to be critical for improving efficiency and quality of care.

Trillium Unveils Access to Care Plan External Link

News - March 10, 2014
The Lund Report
This article describes how one Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) is working to expand access to primary care in Oregon.

Medical Homes: An Evolving Model of Primary Care External Link

News - February 28, 2014
The Commonwealth Fund
This blog cites a three year medical home pilot study in Pennsylvania released by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Though no significant changes in quality or cost of care are revealed, findings support the need for continued improvements in care delivery, payment methods and implementation.

The Doctor's Team Will See You Now External Link

News - February 20, 2014
The Wall Street Journal
As a shortage of primary care physicians becomes more prevalent in the U.S., more practices are adopting a team-based care approach, wherein patients are seen by a group of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical pharmacists, and other health professionals instead of just one doctor.

Healthcare Transformation Meets Rural Health External Link

News - January 23, 2014
The Lund Report

The Eastern Oregon CCO has had great success in helping providers in rural Oregon achieve PCPCH recognition - more than 30 have received recognition in just over a year. To assist in the effort, the Institute partnered with ORPRN to host a Learning Collaborative in Eastern Oregon in 2013.

5 Simple Habits Can Help Doctors Connect With Patients External Link

News - January 14, 2014
Speed, efficiency and accuracy are greatly valued by today's medical students and interns, but not to be forgotten nor underestimated is the importance of five communication skills for doctors that can vastly improve the quality of care they provide.