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Are you leaving money on the table because you missed a quality measure? Tool for success: CQM Prioritization Tool

BJ D. – Practice Facilitator, CPC+ Eastern Colorado Region Jennifer Boaz, MHA, BSN, RN, PCMH CCE Healthcare Learning Faculty and Clinical Health Information Technology Advisor Jennifer Miller Healthcare Learning Faculty To prepare for the shift to pay-for-performance, many primary care practices are participating in formal quality improvement initiatives. Each of these initiatives requires clinical quality measure reporting. Many payers require reporting on selected clinical quality measures too. Practices are reporting burnout associated with these increased demands and limited resources. A solution to alleviate some of the burden is by proactively identifying overlap in CQMs. […]

The 101 Wrap Up: Successes and Lessons Learned from Performance Facilitation 101 Training

Heather Walker Learning Experience Designer   In July 2011 HealthTeamWorks began training Quality Improvement Coaches, Practice Facilitators, and Practice Managers in methods of successful practice facilitation using principles of Quality Improvement. Since then, we have hosted over 200 participants from healthcare practices and systems from around the country. […]

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: Performance Improvement, Practice Transformation, Primary Care, Program Highlights|0 Comments

Let’s Do This Together: The Importance of Collaborative Learning

  Kristi Bohling-DaMetz, RN, BSN, MBA Chief Strategy Officer Keeping pace with the many changes in healthcare can be overwhelming. Having connections to people with visibility to trends and best practices across many regions, as well as to peers applying solutions in real time, can greatly accelerate change. Interacting and collaborating as part of a cross-functional learning community gets to practicality and real-time problem solving, even when faced with complex questions like the following: […]

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: Performance Improvement, Primary Care, Value-based Healthcare|0 Comments

Leading Change in Pediatrics: Successes and Key Lessons in the Better Care, Better Costs, Better Colorado (BC3) Program

Jaclyn King, MSW, PCMH CCE, CPC+ CO Eastern Practice Facilitator Kristin Martina, MSW, Organizational Development Manager Pediatric practices often receive incomplete coaching in transformation initiatives due to the focus on adult topics and chronic pediatric measures. “Kids are not just young adults” says Anita Rich, CCHAP Director of Community Outreach and HealthTeamWorks’ strategic partner in the BC3 Program. […]

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Changes for Improvement: How to Overcome Medication Reconciliation Challenges to Improve Patient Care

By Elisha Jewett, MPH, Program Manager In a recent CDC study, 48.9% reported using one or more prescription and 23.1% reported using three or more prescription drugs in the past 30 days. These numbers tell us what those in the healthcare industry already know: most patients are taking at least one medication. As the number of medications that a patient is prescribed goes up, so does the complexity of managing care on both the patient and practitioner/care team and the possibility of medication errors. As we focus on successful comprehensive patient care, medication reconciliation has gained ground in primary care, with a goal that each patient has a singular, complete patient medication list. Ultimately, an ideal end result is to ensure that all medications are correct and to prevent unintended changes or omissions of medications. […]

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: Performance Improvement, Practice Transformation|0 Comments

Where Do You Go for Answers?

by Kristen A. Stine, MSOD, Learning and Diffusion Manager We all have at least one person we go to when we need help – or when we need to [...]

By | August 15th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Where Do You Go for Answers?