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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.

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.

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.

Announcing Clinician and Organizational Vitality Resources

Blog - December 9, 2016
Natalya Seibel, MPA HA

This month the Patient-Centered Primary Care Institute, in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority’s Transformation Center, is launching a library of resources centering on clinician and organizational wellness and stress reduction.

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.