Our current work proceeds directly from our early emphasis on activated patients and proactive practice teams

We continue to aim to better understand and inform the state of the art in high-functioning primary care teams. Recent work has included visiting innovative primary care teams across the U.S. to learn how care is being delivered by teams in new ways.

An effective primary care workforce is essential to better health and health care for all

To date, academic studies that examine primary care staff, training, and team functioning are still relatively scarce.  Many organizations recognize the need to revamp their workforce, and are experimenting with innovative team structures and role definitions.

Transforming primary care: healthier patients, happier staff

We know transformation of any kind is hard work.  That's why we created the Improving Primary Care Team Guide through our PCT-LEAP work.  An online tool for primary care teams, The Team Guide helps build high-functioning teams and provides practical, hands-on tools—easy to use, actionable and measureable.

 

Related Resources

Taking action on overuse: Creating the culture for change

Our team has spent the past two years developing an approach for engaging providers in reducing medical overuse. It focuses on the real-world aspects of implementing change, centering on the conditions and practices that help providers transform established practice patterns. You can read the story of the Taking Action on Overuse framework in Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation.

OPCA Alternative Payment & Advanced Care Model Learning Exchange Summary

OPCA APACM Learning Exchange report

Since 2010, the Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA) has been leading the development and implementation of an Alternative Payment Methodology (APM), in partnership with Oregon’s state Medicaid office. The purpose of the APM is to provide participating clinics with a payment approach that is detached from the face-to-face provider visit, allowing for much greater flexibility in transforming the care model to support population health.

Implementing Innovations into Practice Blog

The Implementing Innovations Into Practice blog is a resource for primary care practices in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.  Featuring posts that showcase proven strategies for improving care and financial performance in primary care, it also offers opportunities to engage with other primary care professionals and to work with researchers on obtaining funding for improvement efforts.  Sponsored by the Institute of Translational Health Sciences at the University of Washington.

"Third space health care" - Dr. Paul Burgess on primary care innovations

In this video, Dr Paul Burgess—a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Health Policy Fellow from Australia’s Northern territory who recently spent a year with the MacColl team —shares how innovations pioneered for vulnerable populations are shaping the future of primary care in the US, and creating a “third space” where primary care teams’ capabilities and functions are being augmented for better patient care.

Emerging Primary Care Trends and Implications for Practice Support Programs

Emerging Primary Care Trends and Implications for Practice Support Programs

This January 2015 paper, co-authored by Michael Parchman, outlines seven trends in providing sustainable primary care practices support. It provides an overview of the evidence on effectiveness of external practice support in improving process and health outcomes in primary care.

Blog: Ed Wagner on meeting the demand for high-quality primary care

There is an ongoing debate in the United States about whether we will have enough primary care clinicians to meet the future demand for primary care and, if there is a shortage, how to solve it. But the debate misses a critical question: Are we meeting the current demand for high-quality primary care? Read more of Ed Wagner's December 2014 blog on the Insititute for Healthcare Improvement website.

The Team Guide

We know transformation of any kind is hard work. That’s why we’ve created the Team Guide, an online tool for primary care teams. The Team Guide helps build high-functioning teams and provides practical, hands-on tools—easy to use, actionable and measureable. Useful for practices at any stage, the Team Guide is built in modules, enabling practices to easily pinpoint relevant topics and areas of interest. It’s free, with a wide array of downloadable tools and resources.

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