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Standardizing Interpreting Services

Blog - May 5, 2017
Felicity Ratway, MA, CMI & Sara Jade Webb, MS

The Wallace Medical Concern  provides low cost medical and dental services in Southeast Portland and Gresham, Oregon. Around 47% of their patient population needs interpretation services, with Spanish being the language in which services are most often needed.

Comprehensive Primary Care, Plus More

Blog - April 25, 2017
Bhavaya Sachdeva, MPH

Sixty-four Oregon practices completed all four years of the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative at the close of 2016 after achieving significant improvements in quality and reducing utilization of care. In response, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched an advanced model of this initiative, Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), in January 2017 with 156 enrolled Oregon practices supported by 15 local payers.

Learning to Slow Down in Order to Go Fast

Blog - April 3, 2017
Megan O'Brien

In February 2017, I attended a “Practice Coaching for Primary Care Transformation” training in Portland, Oregon, developed and co-led by CareOregon and UCSF’s Center for Excellence in Primary Care. I came away with one overarching message from the week: in order to succeed with transforming our healthcare system, we need to slow down in order to go fast.

Learnings Shared at Recent Behavioral Health Event

Blog - March 28, 2017
Natalya Seibel

On March 17, 2017 the Institute partnered with the Oregon Health Authority’s Transformation Center to host a learning and networking event for behavioral and mental health leaders and innovators from across Oregon.

First Inter-professional Student Run Free Clinic to Open Late 2017

Blog - March 22, 2017
Emileigh Canales, MPH

Student-run free clinics have a long-standing history of helping meet the health needs of underserved populations while also enriching students’ professional education. With this in mind, students from Portland State University (PSU), Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), and Oregon State University (OSU) have joined forces with Transition Projects (TPI) to take student-run free clinics to a new level of interprofessional innovation by launching Bridges Collaborative Care Clinic (BCCC).

Establishing a Lean Culture that Sustains Improvement

Blog - February 16, 2017
Akira Templeton

Toyota has developed a practical application of a human-centric production system that is deeply rooted in management philosophies and workplace culture. This philosophy, which they’ve dubbed the Toyota Production System (TPS), is built off of Lean concepts and elimination of waste. Sound familiar? In recent years, the “buzzwords” and strategies of Lean have trickled their way into the healthcare system as a way to improve delivery of care. Although different industries, we can learn a lot from Toyota about how Lean can help the healthcare system move toward ideal patient care.

CMS Recognizes Oregon PCPCH Program as Part of "Improvement Activity" Required in the MIPS Program

Blog - January 7, 2017
David Smith, MBA

If you are a Medicare provider, you may be aware of the new MACRA program, as it was called when legislated, and now known as the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The QPP repeals the Sustainable Growth Rate formula and in its place establishes two tracks for providers to choose from: the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or the Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs).

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.