Practice Transformation in the Safety Net Medical Home Initiative: A Qualitative Look

In this article, Ed Wagner and colleagues describe  three diverse SNMHI practices selected based on their improvement as measured by the PCMH-A (Patient-Centered Medical Home Assessment).  We interviewed 2-3 leaders from the each of 3 practices seeking information about their motivations for transforming, the methods used to make changes, and challenges and facilitators.

We’re remodeling! Look for us on our new site in a few weeks

The Implementing Innovations into Practice blog is getting a refresh, but we’ll be back soon with a new site, a new look, and more stories about innovations in primary care.

Doing less of what harms and more of what helps: Tackling low-value care

There is currently plenty of buzz about “low-value care” and overuse of various tests and procedures. Most agree it’s an important problem to address. But where do you start? What guiding principles should you use? Find out in the new Supporting Provider Engagement framework.

How Dr. Leana Wen’s emergency room lessons translate to primary care

At first glance, emergency medicine and primary care have very little in common. But in a book by a nationally acclaimed emergency physician, Dr. Matt Handley finds a common thread: combining evidence-based medicine with patient preferences to deliver the best possible care.

Group Visits: What Happens When Patients Share Medical Appointments?

Shared medical appointments (also known as group visits) are becoming more common as a way to cut costs and improve efficiency. Learn how group prenatal visits at Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center in Los Angeles have benefitted both patients and providers....

Enhancing the role of the medical assistant

By Dona Cutsogeorge, staff author and communications coordinator at the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation at Group Health Research Institute

Medical assistants: they’re ubiquitous. They are employed by almost every ambulatory clinical care practice, and every primary care practice. Expansion of the MA role is a crucial early focus when transitioning to team-based care.

As Obamacare expands access, clinics use team care to adapt

Under Obamacare, millions of Americans are gaining health coverage, which is providing them with access to much-needed care.

Can Mindfulness Training Help Ease Clinician Burnout?

Like many primary care professionals, Dr. Elizabeth Lin was feeling burnt out and overwhelmed. But all that changed when she discovered mindfulness training. Learn how mindfulness can make your work more manageable and rewarding.

Connecting Community Members and Primary Care Providers with Resources

How can community health workers and primary care providers work together to improve the health of their patients? Find out in this Q&A with Juli Gregory, RN, Education Director and Directory of ConneXions at Group Shepherd Medical Center.

STOP Colon Cancer: A practical approach to boosting screening rates

Learn how a simple but effective program in more than 22 Federally Qualified Health Centers in Oregon is improving colorectal cancer screening rates among high-risk populations. The program also addresses health disparities, reduces health care costs, and expands meaningful use of electronic health systems.

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