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ICSI News April 2017


Why pay more if you don't have to? The time to act is now, because early bird discounts end on Friday, April 14. ICSI members and sponsors save even more! Gather your team, talk to your colleagues, and make your plans to join us May 8-10, 2017 for the Colloquium at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest! 

We also invite you to attend the Monday afternoon workshop, which will explore the power of relationships to transform how we lead. Today's leaders are challenged by complexity and uncertainty as we attempt to shape a team culture. This workshop, led by nationally known expert Neil Baker, MD, offers strategies to develop self-awareness and enhance your leadership ability when you need it most – right now! This affordable workshop is available to all, whether or not you attend the entire Colloquium.

For all the program details, including the workshop, keynoters and other speakers, plus breakout session descriptions in every track, download the complete brochure or view our online program. Learn more and register today. Remember, a one-day rate is also available!

Important Change to ICSI Guideline Access

Starting in mid-April, most of the ICSI guidelines will be moved to the members-only area of our website. ICSI members and sponsors will need to log in to their free member website account to view and/or download guidelines and related documents. We will also make the guidelines available to other Minnesota health care organizations, by request, to ensure consistent standards of care across our systems.

This change is being made to protect our intellectual property, which in the case of ICSI's health care guidelines means the work of members and sponsors. ICSI's goal is to continue to make our guidelines freely available to those who contribute to their development through their time, expertise and financial support.

Going forward, out-of-state and non U.S.-based organizations and individuals will need to purchase PDF copies of the guidelines, with very specific terms of use, through a separate online store. The details will be available online in mid-April.

We encourage members and sponsors to check the website to ensure you have a member account and know your password. You can also request a password reset there if needed. Watch the website for all the details. If you have questions, please contact Lisa Carlson.


Motivational Interviewing Foundations: Two-Part Workshop

Thursday, April 20 and May 4, 2017 | 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Bloomington, MN

Making lifestyle changes to support better health isn't easy. Motivational interviewing is a proven framework and set of skills used to help people work through ambiguity and change. Find out how you can better help your patients by learning and practicing these skills at this offering of the popular two-part workshop. Space is filling quickly, so act now to reserve your spot by April 18. Learn more and sign up today.

Everyday Improvement – Practical Tools for Your Workplace

Wednesday, July 12 and Thursday, July 27, 2017 | 8 a.m. - Noon | Bloomington, MN

Announcing new summer sessions! In this updated two-part workshop, you’ll learn the key elements of improvement science in a way that is accessible and practical, and walk out with tools you can immediately apply to improvement opportunities in your workplace. You’ll discover the answers to these questions:

  1. How do systems impact outcomes?
  2. How do I create a sense of ownership rather than hope for buy-in?
  3. How do I use data to inform decisions?

Designed for care team members (e.g., RN, LPN, MA, care coordinators), leaders, clinicians, quality and EMR/data staff – anyone interested in supporting their organization by making improvements. Registration will open in May. For full details, visit our Learning Center

Other Noteworthy Events

SEMIC 4th Annual Immunization Practices Conference

Thursday, April 27 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Rochester, MN

The Southeast Minnesota Immunization Connection (SEMIC) is proud to host its 4th annual Immunization Practices Conference. This year's conference will cover:

  • The latest changes to the child and teen vaccination schedule
  • How to use the new two-dose recommendation for HPV vaccination and make recommendations for HPV that work
  • How to address questions about specific ingredients in childhood vaccines and concerns that we are giving too many vaccines too soon

Learn more and register

Updates on our Work

Welcome New ICSI Board Member

ICSI is pleased to announce that effective March 2017, Bobbi Daniels, MD, CEO of University of Minnesota Physicians (UMP), has officially joined the ICSI Board of Directors. To learn more about Bobbi Daniels, please visit the U of M website. Learn more about our Board of Directors.

COMPASS Evaluation by Mathematica Policy Research Now Available

The external evaluation of COMPASS, conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, has been completed and published. The report reviews clinical outcomes, and its implementation findings are consistent with papers published by the COMPASS consortium. While the COMPASS consortium was unable to come to a conclusion about the program’s utilization effect, the Mathematica report concludes: “Our findings provide some preliminary evidence that the COMPASS program may have contributed to lowering rates of hospitalization and emergency department visits for participants who were enrolled in Medicare FFS systems.” The full report is available here.

Road to Health Care Transformation:
New Financial Models

In the near future, Minnesota payers will experiment with new payment and coverage models, focused on decreasing cost while keeping quality the same or better. CMS is also seeking to drive the market to alignment with various payment strategies, policy requirements and regulations, while still leaving open many options for payment “experiments.” Minnesota has a long history of innovation, not only in health care delivery, but also in payment methods

Members and sponsors, log in to read more in this next article in our series that looks at the multiple forces driving health care change in Minnesota over the next two to five years.

Attending MAFP's Spring Refresher? Come See Us!

ICSI will have an exhibit booth at the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians' annual Spring Refresher later this month, and we hope you'll stop by to see what's new at ICSI, share your updates, and find out how we can work together. ICSI's Audrey Hansen will also co-lead a session with David Thorson, MD, entitled A Paradigm Shift in Pain Management, exploring ICSI's 2016 pain guideline. We look forward to seeing you there.

Choosing Wisely Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary 

This month, the Choosing Wisely initiative is celebrating its 5-year anniversary! As one of over 60 communications partners, ICSI wishes to share some of their new offerings to mark the occasion. 

  • Don't Be Silent: A Choosing Wisely video in the black & white / silent film style. This video encourages people to ask questions in the doctor's office, and not to be silent with their questions. There is a one-minute video and a 30-second version. There are also long Spanish and short Spanish versions available. They can be used on social media, in waiting and exam rooms, in presentations, and more.
  • Choosing Wisely Provider Stories: These are stories of how five doctors and one physician assistant have used the Consumer Reports Choosing Wisely materials in their practices – and what happened. 

You can learn more about Choosing Wisely on our website

Member & Sponsor Spotlight

Welcome New ICSI Member West Side Community Health Services

As Minnesota's largest Federally Qualified Health Center, West Side Community Health Services ensures that the communities they serve have access to high quality and affordable health care. Services are provided regardless of a patient's ability to pay for services when rendered and regardless of a patient's insurance status. ICSI is proud to welcome them as our newest collaborative member. To learn more, please visit their website

Julie Benson, MD Named MN Family Physician of the Year

Thirty-one family physicians from across the state were nominated for the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) "Family Physician of the Year" award. This year, the MAFP Board of Directors selected Dr. Julie Benson, who practices at ICSI member Lakewood Health System in Staples, Minnesota, and is recognized statewide as an expert in palliative care. Dr. Benson participated in ICSI's Palliative Care initiative and on the Affordability Subcommittee in the past. Read more about Dr. Benson and the award on the MAFP website.