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.

Managing medical and behavioral health conditions separately is not a viable strategy.  Many organizations know this, but they don’t know what to do.  Working harder is not the answer.  More than ever, system-level changes are needed.

The good news is that provider teams across the country are already taking on this task and succeeding, and we are pleased to share what we’ve learned in a 12-month Collaborative, Optimize Primary Care Teams to Meet Patients’ Medical AND Behavioral NeedsBeginning February 2015, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) will partner with the MacColl Center in an effort to create the next generation of integrated, high-performing primary care teams.  The content and approach of this Collaborative is grounded in IHI’s system-level approach combined with the lessons learned in our Primary Care Teams: Learning from Effective Ambulatory Practices (PCT-LEAP) project

Optimize Primary Care Teams to Meet Patients’ Medical AND Behavioral Needs is patterned on IHI’s Breakthrough Series Collaborative model.  The aim of the Collaborative is for participating organizations to redefine the composition and roles of primary care, building highly functional multidisciplinary teams that are fully equipped to address the medical and behavioral care needs of their population.  Faculty include Ed Wagner and Connie Davis, ARNP, former MacColl Center Associate Director of Clinical Improvement.  Enroll in the Collaborative on the IHI website.

Event Date: 
Tue, 12/02/2014