December 2016

Top 5 Insights from HealthInsight Oregon's Annual Quality Conference

Blog - December 6, 2016
Susan Yates Miller, MPA

HealthInsight Oregon held its Annual Quality Conference, "Be the Change: Strategies for Health Care Transformation", on November 15, 2016 in Keizer, Oregon. This one-day community event brought together health care providers from all settings of care to learn strategies for improving care from patient and family engagement experts, peers and local leaders.

Behavioral Health Integration in OB/gyn Settings

Blog - December 8, 2016
Katie Snow, LCSW

The concept of behavioral health integration is not new in primary care clinics. There are, however, new efforts to integrate behavioral health into OB/GYN clinics. Obstetric and gynecologic settings often see patients at key transition times in their lives such as onset of sexual activity, decisions about when and how to become a parent, transitions to parenthood, menopause and more.

Tobacco Cessation Counseling Resources for Clinics and Providers

Blog - December 22, 2016
Anona Gund, MPH

In 2017, Oregon’s coordinated care organizations (CCOs) will be accountable for reducing cigarette smoking prevalence among their members. To support CCOs, clinics, and providers working on this incentive measure, the Oregon Health Authority Transformation Center recently released a list of the best evidence-based resources for tobacco cessation counseling: www.oregon.gov/oha/Transformation-Center/Resources/Tobacco-Cessation-Counseling-Strategies-Resources.pdf

Building Resiliency Through Positive Psychology

Blog - December 22, 2016
Nicole O'Kane, PharmD

Burnout among health care providers has a significant negative impact on care – on compassion, performance and patient centeredness. It can also be a significant barrier to improvement and innovation in a challenging work environment. The new science of positive psychology offers insight into new methods to improve resiliency, along with techniques to address burnout issues in the work place.

Safety and Quality in Healthcare

Blog - December 29, 2016
Susan B Stillwell DNP, RN, CNE, FAAN, ANEF

Eliminating preventable patient harm continues to be the siren song in the health care industry.  Finding ways to reduce harm across the industry has been met with varying degrees of success. To achieve robust improvement in preventable harm, Marshall, Pronovost and Dixon-Woods (2013) describe the need for an integrative improvement science program of learning. Beginning the Fall 2017, the University of Portland Graduate School is offering such a program of study.