Don't procrastinate any longer - early bird discounts end Friday, April 15! You know the Colloquium is the one conference you shouldn't miss. But if you still need convincing, read what Ruth McNamara, RN, Director of Clinical Services, Safety and Quality at ICSI member Midwest Spine & Brain Institute, has to say about this annual spring gathering of Minnesota's health care community:
"One of the things we value about being a member of Fairview Physician Associates Network and ICSI is the ability to advance quality improvement. We sincerely appreciate the reimbursement stipend FPA offers network practice leaders to attend the Colloquium. This support allows us to introduce new team members to the rich, diverse and innovative offerings that are unique to ICSI. The Colloquium is inspiring, educational, and constantly challenges the status quo to improve health care quality."
For all the program details, including speakers, dates and times in every track, download the brochure. ICSI members receive a discount (organizations sending 10 or more people receive additional savings). We hope to see you there! Get the details and register today.
The new ICSI Depression in Primary Care guideline is now available! It has been 20 years since ICSI issued its first depression guideline. With this revision, the guideline was restructured into four main sections to more clearly highlight the evidence-based practices in each area: screening, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up. The most significant updates were in the treatment area: major depressive disorder treatment recommendations were expanded, and new sections were added on persistent depressive disorder and treatment recommendations for pure dysthymia and chronic major depression.
On this 20th anniversary of ICSI's first depression guideline work group, we want to thank not only those who worked on this latest revision, but all those who have participated in previous depression guideline work groups through the years. With the growing focus on issues related to diagnosis and treatment of depression and other mental health issues in Minnesota, it is a significant achievement of which we can all be proud. View the guideline.
Mental Health Community Partners In-Person Networking Event
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 | 1 - 4 p.m. CT
Join us at the Maple Grove Community Center for another in-person Mental Health Community Partners Network event. In addition to stimulating networking activities, the agenda includes:
- The role of Community Health Workers in improving care transitions
- MHealth's First Episode Psychosis program and its impact
- Minnesota Community Healthcare Network's beginnings and exciting new initiative establishing interoperability among its members
Quality Improvement Basics
Thursday, April 14, 2016 | 8 - 4 p.m. CT
Now open to nonmembers! In today's health care environment, quality improvement is both foundational and essential. In this affordable full-day workshop, you'll learn the key elements of quality improvement the ICSI way, plus the adaptive work, communications and change management considerations necessary to ensure it remains embedded in your practice. Learn more and register. Hurry, registration closes April 6.
Using AHRQ’s New Decision Aid for Lung Cancer Screening
Thursday, April 7, 2016 | 1:30 - 3 p.m. CT
Join this free webinar to learn how the new Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) lung cancer screening decision aid and toolkit can be used in shared decision-making and patient counseling, as required by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for Medicare coverage of lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography. Confirmed speakers include Robert Volk, PhD, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Richard Street, Jr, PhD, Texas A&M University and Baylor College of Medicine. Learn more and register.
Supporting Evidence-Based Decisions at the Point of Care
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 | 11 - 12:30 p.m. CT
On this free webinar sponsored by Mathematica's Center on Health Care Effectiveness, a panel of experts will discuss the findings presented in two new issue briefs sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In these briefs, researchers examine the factors—positive and negative—that can influence patients’ and physicians’ decisions at the point of care. They will also talk about how payers, purchasers, and medical practices can better support physicians and patients in their quest for more effective, evidence-based care. The panelists include former ICSI president & CEO Sanne Magnan, MD, PhD. Learn more and register.
HealthPartners Colorectal Cancer Screening: Targeted Outreach,
Shared Decision-Making and Motivation Coaching
Thursday, April 21, 2016 | 12:15 - 1 p.m. CT
Join this free American Cancer Society webinar to learn how HealthPartners achieved an overall screening rate of 77.6 percent using standardized workflow, targeted outreach and patient shared decision-making. Presenters will also share background and early experience with a colon cancer prevention coordinator who is attempting to reduce no-show rates for colonoscopies by providing new patients with motivational coaching. Free Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available through a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health. Please RSVP to Matt Flory.
Shared Decision-Making in the Spotlight
In honor of the just concluded recognition of Shared Decision-Making (SDM) month, we want to share a few updates related to this important aspect of our work. ICSI's extensive experience in this area includes development of the Collaborative Conversation™ framework, which is helping organizations across the care continuum implement SDM.
As part of this annual recognition, on March 22, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation published a blog post by Angie Meillier, manager of clinical programs in the oncology clinical service line at Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, describing Allina Health's strategy for integrating shared decision-making into breast cancer surgical treatment planning. Read the article.
Also, Bill Adams, a member of ICSI's Patient Advisory Council, talks about his experience with shared decision-making during some recent encounters with the health care system in this brief video. View on YouTube.
As a supporting partner of the national Choosing Wisely campaign, ICSI is pleased to share new materials recently made available, including a low back pain rack card (a quick read of the regular brochure, 4" x 9"), available in English and Spanish.
Through a grant from Best Buy Drug, Consumer Reports has also developed a number of low literacy materials, including fact sheets and digital stories. The latest additions are for Type 2 Diabetes and Asthma.
In addition, ICSI has a supply of the popular "5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor" wallet cards in English and Spanish, and can send a small quantity to ICSI members free of charge. Just send your request via email (please specify language). They'll also be available at our booth at the May Colloquium.
You can access many of these materials through our Choosing Wisely microsite. This site quickly connects providers with resources to communicate the Choosing Wisely messages to your patients. There are brochures, one-page flyers and posters suitable for physician offices, and many are also available in Spanish. Check out all the resources, and learn more about ICSI's involvement with Choosing Wisely.
ICSI will have an exhibit booth at two upcoming conferences, and we invite you to stop by to see what's new at ICSI, share your updates, and find out how we can work together. We look forward to seeing you!
Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians Spring Refresher
Our Future's So Bright...
April 14-15, 2016, Minneapolis Depot
Health Care Homes/SIM Learning Days Conference
On the Road: Patient Centered Care to Healthy Populations
April 26-27, 2016, Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park
Two Organizations Approved for Full ICSI Membership
At its March, 2016 meeting, the ICSI Board of Directors approved moving Natalis Counseling and Psychology Solutions and Lakewood Health System to full membership status. Each organization completed a quality improvement project as follows:
- Natalis Counseling and Psychology Solutions: Increase prescribers’ utilization of the HDI Connect (a self-reporting standardized patient-reporting scale for improved care outcomes)
- Lakewood Health System: Improve its Potentially Preventable Readmission (PPR) rate using a readmission risk assessment tool and enhanced post-discharge process
Lake Region Healthcare: Creating a Culture of Health
ICSI member organization Lake Region Healthcare in Fergus Falls, MN has implemented worksite wellness programs that have benefited both employees and their organization as a whole. Their first formal wellness program started in 2012, after participating in the PartnerSHIP 4 Health workplace wellness collaborative. One of Lake Region’s main goals was to address workplace challenges similar to what most other organizations face nationwide: staff members at risk for developing chronic, costly and preventable conditions due to long hours spent in the workplace.
Lake Region’s strategy was to create a culture of health by looking at key risk areas among their employees that could result in the development of certain chronic conditions. The organization chose to focus on physical activity, healthy eating, stress management, and decreasing tobacco use. “Healthy choices, become easy choices for our employees,” said Brittany Nelson, RN, BSN, employee health coordinator at Lake Region Healthcare. Read more.