Health care training organization reaccredited as an authorized provider of IACET CEUs

Prestigious accreditation demonstrates commitment to high-quality, lifelong learning

Troy, Mich. —May 14, 2014—Practice Transformation Institute (PTI), providing the health care community with continuing medical education and customized learning programs that improve patient health outcomes and the individual care delivery experience, has been awarded reaccreditation status by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). IACET authorized providers are the only organizations approved to offer IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The accreditation period extends for five years, and includes all programs offered or created during that time.PTI first received IACET accreditation in 2009.

In order to achieve Authorized Provider accreditation, Practice Transformation Institute completed a rigorous application process, including an IACET site visit review, and successfully demonstrated adherence to the ANSI/IACET 1-2013 Standard addressing the design, development, administration and evaluation of its programs.

“We are pleased to continue our relationship with Practice Transformation Institute as an Authorized Provider,” said Kristopher J. Newbauer, President of IACET and Director of Learning & Organization Development at Rotary International in Evanston, IL. “Practice Transformation Institute joins nearly 650 organizations around the globe that have had their programs vetted by third-party experts in continuing education to ensure the highest possible standards are met.”

PTI’s education programs train physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers and individual practice teams on topics such as the patient-centered medical home, self-management support, care management, quality improvement and process improvement. Earlier this year, PTI was awarded a contract from the Michigan Primary Care Transformation Project (MiPCT) to develop and implement a learning collaborative for its participants. MiPCT is a three-year, state-wide multi-payer project aimed at improving health in Michigan, making care more affordable, and strengthening the patient-care team relationship. It is the largest Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) demonstration project in the nation.

“Our renewed partnership with IACET solidifies our leadership position in the medical training environment and demonstrates our commitment to lifelong learning and high quality standards,” said founding principal, Ewa Matuszewski.

In addition to its IACET certification, PTI is also accredited by the Michigan State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.

To learn more about training programs and learning collaboratives offered by PTI, please contact Harmony Kinkle at hkinkle@transformcoach.org or 248.475.4736.

About IACET
The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) is a non-profit association dedicated to quality continuing education and training programs. IACET is the only standard-setting organization approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for continuing education and training. The ANSI/IACET Standard is the core of thousands of educational programs worldwide. For more information, please visit www.iacet.org.

About Practice Transformation Institute (PTI)
Practice Transformation Institute is Michigan’s leading provider of CME and IACET-accredited experiential learning programs for the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and other primary care transformation initiatives. PTI runs the Physician’s Training Center in Madison Heights. Practice Transformation Institute also has NCQA PCMH Certified Content Experts (CCE) who can help practices facilitate the process to become a PCMH NCQA-recognized practice. To learn more about Practice Transformation Institute, please visit www.transformcoach.org.

PTI nurses receive NCQA certification

Troy, Mich. —Jan. 21, 2014— Practice Transformation Institute (PTI), providing the health care community with continuing medical education and customized learning programs that improve patient health outcomes and the individual care delivery experience, announces that Carla Irvin, RN, BSN, and Lisa Allen, RN, BSN, have successfully completed a study program and exam to become NCQA PCMH Certified Content Experts.

NCQA offers the most widely known Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program in the country, the NCQA PCMH Recognition program. NCQA developed the PCMH Content Expert Certification (CEC) program in an effort to help physician practices and other interested parties identify experts with a demonstrated understanding of the NCQA PCMH Recognition program and to provide professionals with a way to validate their knowledge base.

“Certified NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Content Experts receive thorough training and demonstrate in-depth knowledge to assist organizations applying for NCQA PCMH Recognition,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane.

Attainment of the credential requires completion of two NCQA educational seminars and successful completion of a comprehensive exam developed and administered by NCQA; a commitment to continuous learning and recertification to maintain the credential is also required.

Allen and Irvin will continue to work with primary care physician practices seeking NCQA recognition and other respected designations as patient-centered medical homes, offering group classes, one-on-one practice coaching, and readiness evaluations through PTI.

About Practice Transformation Institute (PTI) Practice Transformation Institute is Michigan’s leading provider of CME and IACET accredited experiential learning programs for the Patient-Centered Medical Home and other primary care transformation initiatives. PTI was the first organization in the country to be recognized by URAC as a Certified Auditor for URAC’s PCMH program. Practice Transformation Institute is a founding partner of the Mackinac Learning Collaborative, a learning community linking Michigan physicians with their peers to rapidly test and implement meaningful, sustainable change within their physician practices. PTI also runs the Physician’s Training Center in Madison Heights. To learn more about Practice Transformation Institute, please visit www.transformcoach.org.

Health care training organization selected to develop learning collaborative for Michigan Primary Care Transformation Project (MiPCT)

Troy, Mich. —Jan. 20, 2014— Practice Transformation Institute (PTI), providing the health care community with continuing medical education and customized learning programs that improve patient health outcomes and the individual care delivery experience, has been awarded a contract from the Michigan Primary Care Transformation Project (MiPCT) to develop and implement a learning collaborative for its participants.

MiPCT is a three-year, state-wide multi-payer project aimed at improving health in Michigan, making care more affordable, and strengthening the patient-care team relationship. It is the largest Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) demonstration project in the nation. Approximately 400 primary care practices and 1,900 primary care physicians and mid-level providers affiliated with one of 35 Michigan physician/physician hospital organizations (POs/PHOs) are currently participating in MiPCT.

Learning collaboratives are learning and innovation communities that link a variety of organizations together to rapidly test and implement meaningful, sustainable change within a specific topic area. PTI developed and directed the Mackinac Learning Collaborative, southeast Michigan’s first PCMH collaborative, from 2009 to 2013. The Mackinac Learning Collaborative focused on transformation to a more patient-centric approach in small, primary care physician practices and included up to 16 southeast Michigan primary care and residency programs in each annual session. The majority of the participating practices ultimately obtained PCMH designation by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

In addition to advancing the PCMH model, the Mackinac Learning Collaborative targeted areas for improvement common to primary care practice patient populations, including obesity and behavioral health care and transitions of care from hospital to home.

The physician leader for the MIPCT Care Management Learning Collaborative is Kevin M. Taylor, M.D., M.S., FACP, a practicing internist in the Ann Arbor area and a leader in the patient centered medical home movement. Dr. Taylor was co-chair of the Mackinac Learning Collaborative and understands the potential for collaboratives to stimulate sustainable, positive changes at the primary care level.

“By establishing a MiPCT learning collaborative, Michigan is showing its leadership in engaging the primary care physician community and its practice teams in the PCMH movement and toward more effectively delivered patient centered care,” said Dr. Taylor.

The MIPCT Care Management Learning Collaborative in-person meetings will be held on three Saturdays: January 25, March 22, and May 17, and will be held at Blue Care Network, 20500 Civic Center Drive in Southfield. Registration is from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and the learning session is from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In between meetings, participants will be engaged through webinars, phone sessions and open forums. The following metrics will be measured to gauge the outcomes of the MiPCT care management learning collaborative:

• 48 hour phone follow-up post inpatient or emergency department visit
• 96 hour in person office encounter after hospital discharge
• Discharge summary available at time of follow-up visit
• Medication reconciliation at post discharge appointment
• Percent of business days with a daily huddle
• Number of QI [define] meetings per month
• Average number of case reviews per month

To learn more about the MiPCT care management learning collaborative, contact Harmony Kinkle at hkinkle@transformcoach.org or 248.475.4736.

About Practice Transformation Institute (PTI)
Practice Transformation Institute is Michigan’s leading provider of CME and IACET accredited experiential learning programs for the Patient-Centered Medical Home and other primary care transformation initiatives. PTI was the first training organization in the country to be certified by URAC to audit primary care practices aiming for PCHCH designation. Practice Transformation Institute is a founding partner of the Mackinac Learning Collaborative, a learning community linking Michigan physicians with their peers to rapidly test and implement meaningful, sustainable change within their physician practices. PTI also runs the Physician’s Training Center in Madison Heights. To learn more about Practice Transformation Institute or the Mackinac Learning Collaborative, please visit www.transformcoach.org.

Health care training organization selected to develop learning collaborative for Michigan Primary Care Transformation Project (MiPCT)

Troy, Mich. —Jan. 20, 2014— Practice Transformation Institute (PTI), providing the health care community with continuing medical education and customized learning programs that improve patient health outcomes and the individual care delivery experience, has been awarded a contract from the Michigan Primary Care Transformation Project (MiPCT) to develop and implement a learning collaborative for its participants.

MiPCT is a three-year, state-wide multi-payer project aimed at improving health in Michigan, making care more affordable, and strengthening the patient-care team relationship. It is the largest Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) demonstration project in the nation. Approximately 400 primary care practices and 1,900 primary care physicians and mid-level providers affiliated with one of 35 Michigan physician/physician hospital organizations (POs/PHOs) are currently participating in MiPCT.

Learning collaboratives are learning and innovation communities that link a variety of organizations together to rapidly test and implement meaningful, sustainable change within a specific topic area. PTI developed and directed the Mackinac Learning Collaborative, southeast Michigan’s first PCMH collaborative, from 2009 to 2013. The Mackinac Learning Collaborative focused on transformation to a more patient-centric approach in small, primary care physician practices and included up to 16 southeast Michigan primary care and residency programs in each annual session. The majority of the participating practices ultimately obtained PCMH designation by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

In addition to advancing the PCMH model, the Mackinac Learning Collaborative targeted areas for improvement common to primary care practice patient populations, including obesity and behavioral health care and transitions of care from hospital to home.

The physician leader for the MIPCT Care Management Learning Collaborative is Kevin M. Taylor, M.D., M.S., FACP, a practicing internist in the Ann Arbor area and a leader in the patient centered medical home movement. Dr. Taylor was co-chair of the Mackinac Learning Collaborative and understands the potential for collaboratives to stimulate sustainable, positive changes at the primary care level.

“By establishing a MiPCT learning collaborative, Michigan is showing its leadership in engaging the primary care physician community and its practice teams in the PCMH movement and toward more effectively delivered patient centered care,” said Dr. Taylor.

The MIPCT Care Management Learning Collaborative in-person meetings will be held on three Saturdays: January 25, March 22, and May 17, and will be held at Blue Care Network, 20500 Civic Center Drive in Southfield. Registration is from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and the learning session is from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In between meetings, participants will be engaged through webinars, phone sessions and open forums. The following metrics will be measured to gauge the outcomes of the MiPCT care management learning collaborative:

• 48 hour phone follow-up post inpatient or emergency department visit
• 96 hour in person office encounter after hospital discharge
• Discharge summary available at time of follow-up visit
• Medication reconciliation at post discharge appointment
• Percent of business days with a daily huddle
• Number of QI [define] meetings per month
• Average number of case reviews per month

To learn more about the MiPCT care management learning collaborative, contact Harmony Kinkle at hkinkle@transformcoach.org or 248.475.4736.

About Practice Transformation Institute (PTI)
Practice Transformation Institute is Michigan’s leading provider of CME and IACET accredited experiential learning programs for the Patient-Centered Medical Home and other primary care transformation initiatives. PTI was the first training organization in the country to be certified by URAC to audit primary care practices aiming for PCHCH designation. Practice Transformation Institute is a founding partner of the Mackinac Learning Collaborative, a learning community linking Michigan physicians with their peers to rapidly test and implement meaningful, sustainable change within their physician practices. PTI also runs the Physician’s Training Center in Madison Heights. To learn more about Practice Transformation Institute or the Mackinac Learning Collaborative, please visit www.transformcoach.org.

Health care community invited to Fourth Mackinac Learning Collaborative Outcomes Congress on Sept. 17

Event puts spotlight on integrating collaborative care teams in behavioral health and primary care following the patient-centered medical home model

Troy, Mich. —Aug. 29, 2013— Health care leaders are invited to attend the fourth annual Mackinac Learning Collaborative Outcomes Congress on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Detroit Branch. The event features transformation success stories from 12 primary care practices from Southeast Michigan who have attained or are transitioning to what is known as the patient centered medical home (PCMH) model. It is sponsored by Practice Transformation Institute (PTI), which provides the health care community with Continuing Medical Education and customized learning programs that improve patient health outcomes and the individual care delivery experience.

The Mackinac Learning Collaborative is focused on transformation to a more patient-centric approach in small, primary care physician practices and this year’s session focused on integrating behavioral health in the primary care practice setting for conditions such as depression, suicide risk and addiction. The Outcomes Congress will highlight how individual primary care practices implemented measurable process changes and then documented clinical outcome improvements as a result of their Mackinac Learning Collaborative participation. Participating practice teams are:

  •  Anchor Bay Clinic Family Medical Center, P.C.
  •  Country Creek Family Physicians
  •  Country Creek Pediatrics
  •  Michigan Healthcare Professionals P.C.
  •  Rosa Parks Geriatric Center of Excellence- DMC
  •  Hampton Medical Center
  •  Health Centers Detroit Foundation
  •  John R Medical Clinic
  •  Macomb Pediatric Associates
  •  Ronald Williamson, MD, P.C.
  •  Wayne State University Physician Group –Family Medicine Residency
  •  WSUPG-Internal Medicine

Mackinac Learning Collaborative IV was co-chaired by Kevin M. Taylor, M.D., M.S., FACP, a practicing internist in the Ann Arbor area and a leader in the patient centered medical home movement, and Lori Zeman, Ph.D., Director of Behavioral Health Integration at Rochester-based MedNetOne Health Solutions and an Assistant Professor in the Wayne State University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences.

As implementation of health care reform enters the urgency stage, the Mackinac Learning Collaborative participants are establishing benchmarks for transformation at the primary care practice level.

“True health care reform cannot happen without the primary care physician community getting fully engaged in the process,” said Dr. Taylor, “Through the Mackinac Learning Collaborative, physicians and their practice teams are making transformative changes to the way primary care medicine, including behavior health, is delivered and are re-focusing efforts on patient-centric care.”

THE MACKINAC LEARNING COLLABORATIVE OUTCOMES CONGRESS
What: An up-close view of how 12 Southeast Michigan-based primary care medical practices, generally with one or two physician leaders and a staff less than ten, went through a series of process changes and enhanced behavior health services to improve whole person patient care; qualitative and quantitative outcomes data from the Collaborative will be shared

When: Tuesday, Sept. 17; registration and continental breakfast at 8:30am; program begins at 9:00 a.m. and runs through 3:30 p.m., including lunch

Who should attend: Members of the greater health care community; employers

Where: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Detroit Branch; 1600 East Warren Avenue, Detroit Michigan

Cost: There is no cost to attend but registration is mandatory due to security requirements at the Federal Reserve. A picture ID is required upon arrival.

To register: Contact Laurel English at lenglish@transformcoach.org or call 248-475-4704 for more information.

About the Patient-Centered Medical Home
The ultimate goal of the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is to improve patient health through an efficient, patient-centered health care delivery system. At its core, PCMH is founded on the patient/physician relationship and seeks to transform the primary care physician’s office to ultimately renovate our health care system for better health outcomes, increased viability and long term cost effectiveness.

About Practice Transformation Institute (PTI)
Practice Transformation Institute is Michigan’s leading provider of CME and IACET accredited experiential learning programs for the Patient-Centered Medical Home and other primary care transformation initiatives. PTI was the first training organization in the country to be certified by URAC to audit primary care practices aiming for PCHCH designation. Practice Transformation Institute is a founding partner of the Mackinac Learning Collaborative, a learning community linking Michigan physicians with their peers to rapidly test and implement meaningful, sustainable change within their physician practices. PTI also runs the Physician’s Training Center in Madison Heights. To learn more about Practice Transformation Institute or the Mackinac Learning Collaborative, please visit www.transformcoach.org.