New blog: Implementing Innovations into Practice

We are pleased to offer the Implementing Innovations Into Practice Blog, a resource for northwest-based primary care practices.  The region encompasses Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming, Montana and Alaska.

This blog features posts that showcase proven strategies practitioners can use to improve care and financial performance in primary care. It also includes opportunities to engage with other primary care professionals and to work with researchers on obtaining funding for improvement efforts.

Certified peer support demonstrated depression recovery in long-term study

People with chronic or recurrent depression can be hard to reach. But they benefited significantly on various outcome measures from a self-management support program that included regular outreach care management and a self-care group with a combined behavioral and recovery-oriented approach—and the addition of certified peer counsellors to the service.

LEAP Team Guide showcased in London

The belief that the healthcare workforce needs to be planned and delivered as close to the patient as possible is one shared by many around the world.  Achieving this is no small task.  It means having the right people with the right skills, attitudes and behaviors in the right place at the right time in the right numbers across an entire country as personnel become increasingly mobile.

From Volume to Value: Engaging Providers

More than twenty years ago, our team embarked on the mission of transforming the health care system.  Our earliest work was the dissemination of the Chronic Care Model, a framework for shifting the health system from reactive care to a planned, proactive approach.  In the current climate, shifting industry focus from volume to value has become a central challenge.  Our founding mission remains strong as we now seek to provide a clear signal to the health care industry that providers and leaders must be woven into the transformation process.

December 4, 2014: The Road to Team-Based Primary Care and Behavioral Health

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.

Caring for Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions: Creating a National Network

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.

Medical Care publishes Safety Net Medical Home Initiative lessons

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.