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Oral Health Integration Pilot in an Oregon FQHC

Blog - March 25, 2016
Mohamed Alyajouri

Oral health is a key component of providing organized, Evidence-Based Care and Care Coordination in a Patient-Centered Medical Home practice. The benefits of delivering preventive oral health care in the primary care setting are numerous and impactful in addressing the existing prevention gap.

Addressing the Emotional Pain of Our Patients: Focused Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (FACT)

Blog - March 21, 2016
Kirk Strosahl

In Focused Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (FACT) we often mention to clients that their emotional pain is the flip side of their values. Instead of trying to avoid or eliminate painful feelings, we can explore them and learn what they say about us. This converts painful emotions from a problem to be solved into a source of intelligence about who we are and what matters to us.

Beyond Meaningful Use

Blog - March 9, 2016
David Smith

You might have the impression that meaningful use is passé—and in many ways, I would agree with you. However, once you’ve mastered the basics of meaningful use, you’ll want to know how you’re being measured.

FYI: Improving Maternity Care in Oregon

Blog - March 4, 2016
Meghan Haggard

The OMDC was a vision of the Oregon Perinatal Collaborative (OPC), a group of - providers and organizations interested in improving maternity care in Oregon. The OPC began with the March of Dimes’ efforts in 2011 to stop Early Elective Deliveries (EED) in Oregon.

Full Circle: Students Connect Clinic and Community

Blog - February 26, 2016
Sophie Nathenson

Addressing population heath is a priority among healthcare institutions across the country, but how exactly to connect the clinical, social, and environmental facets of health remains an exciting work in progress.

February is American Heart Month!

Blog - February 11, 2016
Rebekah Bally

Did you know that Oregon has the 41st highest death rate from cardiovascular disease in the country? And that heart disease and stroke cause 25% of deaths in Oregon? Fortunately, there are two federally-supported initiatives active in Oregon providing resources and support to improve cardiac care.

Transforming End-of-Life Care Through ePOLST Implementation

Blog - January 28, 2016
Amy Vandenbroucke, JD

As of January 1, 2016 the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) finalized regulations that will allow Medicare to reimburse health care professionals for discussing options for end-of-life care with their patients. Prior to 2016 it was clear that health care professionals recognized the importance of discussing what kind of care patients wanted in their last years of life, but they could only be reimbursed under limited circumstances.

10 Tips for Getting Started with Payment Reform

Blog - December 23, 2015
Meredith Roberts Tomasi

Payment reform is a hot topic currently. Everyone is talking about how important altering payment mechanisms is, but progress in implementing payment changes has been slow. In recognition of the lessons we have learned, I’d like to offer 10 tips for getting started with payment reform.

The Eastern Oregon Care Coordination Project

Blog - December 9, 2015
Maggie McLain McDonnell

On October 9th clinicians, staff and patients from four primary care practices in Hermiston and Pendleton joined the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN) for a day-long Eastern Oregon Care Coordination (EOCC) summit at the Pendleton Convention Center. Participants identified local care coordination needs and explored best practices for managing referrals, transitions of care and medications in their practices.