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.

 

Practice Transformation Insitute Launches New Website

Troy, Mich.— February 7, 2013 — Practice Transformation Institute (PTI), an organization 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 launched its new website www.transformcoach.org.

The new site features an easy to navigate, interactive platform providing information about PTI, its services and upcoming events. Visitors are encouraged to browse through the training solutions offered to find the course or experiential learning program most in line with their needs. One of the popular programming events for 2013 is a series titled, Show and Tell, Evolving a Holistic Model for Healthcare Services: Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health.

To view the revamped PTI website, please visit www.transformcoach.org. In addition to the new website, PTI is also active in social media outlets including Twitter (@coachtransform), LinkedIn, YouTube and Facebook. PTI’s blog, Your Practice Transformation Companion, can be found at http://transformcoach.blogspot.com/.

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. 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.

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Practice Transformation Institute’s Mackinac Learning Collaborative IV Begins December 5th

Troy, Mich. – November 19, 2012 – Practice Transformation Institute (PTI),
an organization 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 the fourth Mackinac
Learning Collaborative will begin on December 5th.

The theme of the Collaborative is “Integrated Health: Promoting Care Model Innovation for Behavioral Health in Primary Care and Primary Care in Behavioral Health”. It will bring together medical, behavioral, and other health care professionals to develop a deeper understanding of the interdependency of the care management and care coordination processes between medical and behavioral health care, which is vital for addressing the health care needs of the whole person and improving health outcomes.

A learning collaborative is a learning and innovation community that links a variety of organizations together to rapidly test and implement meaningful, sustainable change within a specific topic area, in this case, physician practices. The Mackinac Learning Collaborative (MLC) began in 2009 and is focused on transformation to a more patient-centric approach in small primary care physician practices and residency programs. 18 Detroit-area practices/providers participated in MLC III, which ended in September 2012.

Leading the Mackinac Learning Collaborative IV are co-chairs Kevin M. Taylor, M.D., M.S., who served as  chair of MLC-III, and Lori Zeman, Ph.D. Dr. Zeman and Dr. Taylor will lead select MLC sessions, serve as a resource to participant physicians and their practice teams and work with curriculum designers to ensure that MLC-IV content is appropriate and immediately applicable. Dr. Taylor has a strong interest in primary and patient-centered care. He is a practicing internist at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Chief Medical Director for the St. Joseph Mercy Medical Group.

Dr. Zeman is an Assistant Professor in the Wayne State University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences. Her work focuses on integrating mental health into medical settings to increase access to mental health services for underserved populations and address behaviors that can enhance or impede overall health and wellbeing. Dr. Zeman also coaches pre- doctoral psychology interns and residents on ways to enhance their patients’ health behaviors using motivational interviewing and other evidence-based interventions.

To date, the majority of MLC participants have sought and received Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) designation based on the changes they implemented in their practices as a result of the MLC experience. The learning collaborative fosters an atmosphere of collegiality as physicians and their practice teams seek to adopt the most advanced approaches for care model innovation and redesigning and nurturing their practices. The MLC-IV curriculum includes quarterly in-person meetings in Detroit and regular on-line study, support from quality improvement specialists, chats and other forms of educational instruction. CME classes that complement the MLC-IV curriculum are also offered through PTI at its Physician Training Center in Madison Heights, Michigan.

Physicians interested in participating in Mackinac Learning Collaborative IV should contact Harmony Kinkle, PTI Director of Operations, at 248.475.4736 or hkinkle@transformcoach.org. For a CME schedule of classes offered through PTI, please visit www.transformcoach.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 and other primary care transformation initiatives. 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 primary care practices. PTI also runs the Physician Training Center in Madison Heights. Learn more about Practice Transformation Institute and the Mackinac Learning Collaborative at www.transformcoach.org.

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