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Behavioral Health Integration: Three Models

Blog - October 6, 2015
Natalya Seibel

Behavioral health integration is an enormous part of successful patient-centered primary care. In 2013, there were an estimated 43.8 million adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. with a diagnosable mental illness or 18.5 percent of U.S. adults (National Institute of Mental Health [NIMH]). Integrating mental health professionals into primary care settings to help screen and treat those suffering from depression can aid in easing the debilitating mental, physical, and monetary cost to individual’s lives (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [AHRQ], 2012).

Everyone with Diabetes Counts: Acumentra Health Partners with Communities and Clinics to Increase Access to Diabetes Self-Management Education

Blog - September 14, 2015
Tracy Carver

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Diabetes is a serious public health concern in the United States. It affects 25.8 million people, or 8.3% of the population. Nearly 19 million people are diagnosed with the disease, but more concerning is the estimated 7 million people who have diabetes but are undiagnosed. In addition, another 79 million people are estimated to have pre-diabetes, a condition that puts people at increased risk for the disease. Among U.S. residents aged 65 and older, 10.9 million (26.9%) were diagnosed with diabetes in 2010.

Northwest Primary Care: The Importance of Quality Data for Diabetes Screening

Blog - September 8, 2015
Michele Campbell

I believe that to improve you must have a way to track what you are (or are not) doing; it is essential to really know your strengths and weaknesses. Northwest Primary Care has worked hard to do this, and from my experience, it is really paying off. While I believe that having good data is a key component, there are many factors that contribute to our success.

EvidenceNow: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care

Blog - September 3, 2015
Caitlin Dickinson

The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has made heart health a priority through the campaign EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States; on an annual basis, Americans suffer over 1.5 million heart attacks and strokes.

Know the Experts: Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA)

Blog - August 31, 2015
PCPCI

The Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA) is a nonprofit membership association for Oregon's community health centers, also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers, or FQHCs. OPCA shares the latest ideas, expert advice and proven techniques for keeping patients healthy, and educate policymakers about the need for accessible, high-quality primary care for low-income and other vulnerable Oregonians.

Keys to Achieving High Screening Rates for Patients with Diabetes- A Large Clinic Perspective

Blog - August 5, 2015
The Portland Clinic

When it comes to caring for people with diabetes, The Portland Clinic is lucky to have many physician champions that advocate for proper self-management. Some of our physicians had mentors before them that encouraged proactive follow-up for patients with diabetes. This sort of focus is important and because of their focus and efforts, The Portland Clinic continues to strive for great outcomes for patients with diabetes. We have dedicated nurse practitioners and a registered nurse who focus specifically on patients with diabetes.

Deschutes Rim Clinic- Small but Mighty

Blog - August 5, 2015
Natalya Seibel

In rural areas of our state access to the most basic health care services can be difficult, let alone treatment for substance use. The unavailability of health care in rural America has been the subject of many projects and studies, so there is a lot of information about the issues this poses for individuals in rural communities who are trying to manage their health and wellbeing. The uninsured rate is higher in the rural counties (nonmetropolitan) than in the urban (metropolitan) counties as reported by CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.

SBIRT – An Essential Part of Preventive Care

Blog - July 29, 2015
HDH Family Care

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment – better known as SBIRT - is a screening process that is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing these disorders. SBIRT is used in primary care clinics, hospital emergency rooms, trauma centers, and other community settings that provide opportunities for early intervention with at-risk substance users before more severe consequences occur.

Know the Experts: CareOregon

Blog - July 22, 2015
PCPCI

CareOregon is a nonprofit organization that serves Medicaid and Medicare members, including through four Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) in Portland, southern Oregon and the Oregon Coast. For almost a decade CareOregon has convened medical home collaboratives for clinics interested in developing a medical home model of care in their practice. Combining experience and tools from their Primary Care Renewal collaborative with Lean Process Improvement tools and techniques, Primary Care Innovation specialists work with practices to implement key aspects of the medical home.