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Legacy Work

Anticoagulation Control Management

At the request of members, ICSI convened two meetings in 2014 to discuss best practices for anticoagulation measurement and management in primary care and EHR tools for data tracking and documentation of INR measurements. Read a summary of the meetings discussion. Please direct any questions to ICSI's Senka Hadzic.

Baskets of Care

ICSI facilitated a Minnesota Department of Health project that defined seven baskets of care meant to help consumers compare the value of services offered by different providers. Learn more at the Minnesota Department of Health.

Cancer Prevention

ICSI's work with the Minnesota Department of Health and the American Cancer Society to increase cancer screening. Learn more.

Diagnostic Imaging

ICSI championed the use of appropriateness criteria to help clinicians order the right high-tech diagnostic images for patients.  This “decision-support” initiative has improved patient health while lowering health care costs. Learn more.


ICSI's DIAMOND (Depression Improvement Across Minnesota, Offering a New Direction) program unites a physician, care manager and consulting psychiatrist to provide a team-based model for caring for patients with depression in the primary care clinic. Learn more.

Health Care Home

Following passage of the 2008 Health Care Home legislation, ICSI adopted health care home as a strategic initiative. Results of this initiative supported the development of Minnesota’s health care home model, standards and outcomes. Learn more.

Low Back Pain

Dozens of ICSI member clinicians and experts developed the ACTIVE treatment approach (Active Care Treating of Intense Low Back Pain Very Effectively) for all types of clinicians caring for patients with acute or subacute low back pain. It is built on the evidence-based foundation that conservative care must be the first approach for any clinician and the first experience of the patient. Learn more. 

Medical Cannabis

In response to a request in 2015 by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and member inquiries, ICSI convened a work group to develop guidance for practitioners in the ambulatory care setting to understand their role in certifying Minnesota patients who may be eligible to receive medical cannabis. The guidance document prepared by the work group was sent to ICSI members for review, approved by MDH, and is available on the MDH/Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC) website in the For Health Care Practitioners section. Please visit the MDH/OMC website or contact MDH with any questions. 

Palliative Care

An ICSI initiative sought to integrate elements of palliative care into routine care delivery through a model called LiLLIE--Living with a Life-Limiting Illness Every Day. Learn more.


SBIRT is an early intervention proven to reduce risky alcohol and drug use. Under an Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality grant, ICSI participated in Partners in Integrated Care, an initiative to integrate depression and unhealthy substance use services into primary care. Learn more.

Statewide Health Improvement Project - SHIP

ICSI participated in the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Statewide Health Improvement Project (SHIP) from 2010 – 2012. SHIP works to prevent disease by creating healthy communities and helping individuals make healthy choices. ICSI led collaboratives across Minnesota in which medical groups worked with public health agencies to implement the ICSI Healthy Lifestyles and Obesity guideline. ICSI also helped two counties implement a referral system within medical organizations to local agencies that could help patients increase their physical activity and improve nutrition. Read the 2013 MDH report on the three-year results of the SHIP program.

Updated 03/02/2016