For many vulnerable people in California, the biggest obstacle to health is getting the care they need when they need it.
“Until research is relevant to and used by practicing clinicians to improve the care they deliver, we have failed our most important stakeholder: the patient.” – Michael Parchman, MD, MPH
In health care research, scientific discovery all too often leads to an article published in a professional journal – and it stops there. It has been estimated that it takes an average of 17 years for just 14% of new scientific discoveries to enter daily clinical practice. 1
The MacColl Center is offering a uniquely structured and supportive environment for taking real-world action in a mini-course at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 16th Annual International Summit on Improving Patient Care in the Office Practice in Dallas, Texas.
MacColl Director Michael Parchman will join the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) at its headquarters next week to launch an effort to redesign the process used by family physicians to maintain their specialty certification.
The TRADEMaRQ study (TRial of Aggregate Data Exchange for Maintenance of certification and Raising Quality) will test a new way of supporting family physicians in the completion of professional requirements that will link to better care for the patients in their practices.
Behavioral health problems significantly affect people’s health and quality of life, and often exist alongside physical health problems.
Nationwide, primary care practices are finding that creating more effective practice teams is the key to becoming a patient-centered medical home, improving patients’ health, and increasing productivity. The Improving Primary Care Team Guide ("Team Guide") is an online resource for primary care practices that:
The MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation, in partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), invites you to join an informational audio program on December 4th about Optimize Primary Care Teams to Meet Patients' Medical AND Behavioral Needs, a 12-month Collaborative designed to create the next generation of high performing primary care teams to address patients' medical and behavioral health conditions and treat the whole person. The December 4th "talk show" program will feature Ed Wagner and other Collaborative faculty discussing the Collaborative, w
Optimize Primary Care Teams to Meet Patients’ Medical AND Behavioral Needs: A 12-Month Collaborative
Primary care providers are working harder than ever. They are striving to provide acute, chronic, and preventive care while building meaningful relationships, managing multiple diagnoses, incorporating evidence-based guidelines, and meeting both quality and cost targets. They are facing millions of newly insured patients living with a heavy burden of medical and behavioral health conditions.
In the United States, more than 25% of all Americans – and two out of three older adults – are estimated to have at least two chronic physical or behavioral health conditions 1. This problem affects a large number of working-age Americans, not just the elderly. The percent of the US population with multiple chronic conditions is increasing, and will continue to grow as our population ages.
A special November 2014 supplement to the journal Medical Care describes the progress and lessons learned from the Safety Net Medical Home Initiative (SNMHI). The nine papers are authored by members of the MaColl team, as well as SNMHI staff and contributors across the country. This Initiative taught us so much about caring for Medicaid and other low-income patients, and produced a library of tested implementation guides and tools to improve primary care practice—in the safety net and beyond.