Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I am writing to let you know that on June 29, 2017 I will be retiring from Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute's (KPWHRI) MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation.
Study protocol for “Healthy Hearts Northwest”: a 2 × 2 randomized factorial trial to build quality improvement capacity in primary care
This Implementation Science paper describes the protocol of our Healthy Hearts Northwest, a randomized trial designed to address the comparative effectiveness of combined strategies to build quality improvement (QI) capacity while improving risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
Effective measurement is key to better care, better health, and lower costs across the health care system. In a high-performing system, it drives progress towards safe, effective, efficient, timely, equitable, and patient-centered care. Measurement helps identify areas for improvement, evaluates what works, promotes accountability, and informs how health care is paid for.
We have a new resource for health care organizations working to reduce low-value care. Our Taking Action on Overuse Framework and Change Package offer a roadmap to reduce the unnecessary diagnostic tests, treatments, and hospitalizations that can drive up costs and sometimes result in patient harm. The Framework identifies evidence-based strategies for obtaining buy-in, motivating behavior changes, and providing the necessary support and infrastructure for health care providers to engage and lead their peers in making the changes that improve the value of health care.
Dispatches From Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta, by Richard Grant. Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (October 13, 2015), ISBN-10: 1476709645.
The opioid crisis touches all sectors of America’s patient population — especially underserved patients like agricultural workers in rural areas. In Washington and Idaho, six rural health clinics representing over 20 sites are working to ensure their policies, workflow, and clinical visits are aligned and implemented to address the crisis that has swept the nation.
On November 9th, MacColl Center founder and Emeritus Director Ed Wagner received the 2016 Primary Care Community/Research Leadership Award from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative at its 10th anniversary celebration in Washington, DC.
Little attention has been paid to quality improvement (QI) capacity within smaller primary care practices which comprise nearly half of all primary care settings. Strategies for external support to build such capacity include practice facilitation (PF), shared learning opportunities, and educational outreach. Although PF has proven effectiveness, little is known about the comparative effectiveness of combining these strategies.
Our colleague Cara C. Lewis Ph.D. has been selected to receive the 2016 President's New Researcher Award by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
The award is based upon an early program of research that reflects factors such as: consistency with the mission of ABCT; independent work published in high-impact journals; and promise of developing theoretical or practical applications that represent clear advances to the field.
In August, the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) announced the recipients of its 2016 advanced primary care leadership awards. MacColl Founder and Emeritus Director Ed Wagner MD, MPH was selected by the PCPCC to receive its Primary Care Community/Research Leadership Award for "his outstanding dedication to developing and disseminating health care innovations designed to transform the way care is delivered."