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ICSI News January 2017


Registration will open the week of January 9 for ICSI's 20th Annual Colloquium, May 8-10, 2017 in Brooklyn Park, MN. We're excited about the great speakers we've lined up to help us explore the health care teams of the future, including two dynamic keynoters, Allison Massari and Andrew Morris-Singer, MD; a pre-conference workshop led by Neil Baker, MD; and 26 breakout sessions in three flexible tracks. Based on feedback received in our recent survey, we've taken steps to make the Colloquium as affordable, convenient, and accessible as possible:

  • No increase in member/sponsor rate - same great value!
  • New single-day registration option for more scheduling flexibility
  • Breakout sessions categorized as Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced
  • More content relevant to smaller and/or rural health care organizations
  • Emphasis on identifying practical steps to bring what you learn back to your organization

Watch your email and our website for the registration notification! Also, in the next few weeks, we will offer a high-level look at the breakout sessions in advance of making the full program available. In the meantime, our downloadable flyer includes workshop details and sample breakout sessions from our three conference tracks: Care Team, Community Team, and Leadership Team. Visit the Colloquium page for more details.

Upcoming ICSI Events

Advanced Motivational Interviewing Workshop

Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Bloomington, MN

Have you learned foundational motivational interviewing (MI) skills and found them useful? Are you ready to further improve your patient and team interactions? If so, join us for Advanced MI training. This rigorous full-day workshop takes a deep dive into MI skills and offers you ample practice time with actors playing the part of patients to help you hone your skills while receiving real-time coaching. The small class size (limited to 15 participants) ensures personalized instruction and feedback. Open to members and non-members. Learn more and register today.

Not ready for advanced training? Save the dates for Foundational Motivational Interviewing, to be offered April 20 and May 4, 2017. This two-part practice-filled workshop is meant for beginners and also serves as a great refresher; registration opens in February. Learn more.

Quality Improvement Basics

Thursday, March 30, 2017 | 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Bloomington, MN

Registration is open for ICSI's first Quality Improvement Basics workshop of 2017! This popular offering will help you and your team get the best possible start on the road to organizational improvement. Open to members and nonmembers. Space is limited so don't delay—learn more and register today.

Other Noteworthy Events

Why Do We Treat the HPV Vaccine Differently than Other Vaccinations?

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | Noon - 1 p.m. | Webinar

From how we recommend HPV vaccination to the passive belief and practice that timing doesn't matter, HPV is undeniably its own entity in the vaccine world. But…should it be? Treating HPV vaccination differently than other adolescent vaccines may actually undermine our efforts to get young people vaccinated. Learn more on this free webinar led by Annie-Laurie McRee, DrPH, General Pediatrics & Adolescent Health at the University of Minnesota. Register now. Please direct questions to Aubrey Stetter-Hesselberg.

Practice Facilitation - Supporting Health Care Change Efforts

Certificate Course Begins in February

In a role increasingly recognized as valuable, practice facilitators support health care teams as they advance their organizational change and improvement efforts. In 2016, ICSI, a partner of the Minnesota Consortium for Practice Facilitation, helped launch a new educational certificate program for practice facilitation, one of only a handful of such programs across the country.

ICSI has been providing practice facilitation support for a number of years, including in COMPASS, State Innovation Model (SIM) initiatives, Chronic Condition Management efforts, and more. Drawing from this experience, Claire Neely, chief medical officer at ICSI, and Joann Foreman, team director, developed curriculum and served as faculty. Five ICSI project managers participated in the inaugural course and practicum experience throughout 2016, and were certified as practice facilitators: Audrey Hansen, Tani Hemmila, Sarah Horst Evans, Jill Kemper, and Jeyn Monkman.

Intrigued? The next practice facilitation certificate course begins in February 2017 through Normandale Community College, offered in partnership with the University of Minnesota, Stratis Health, and Minnesota Department of Health. Learn more and register. You can find out more about ICSI's practice facilitation work here.

Member & Sponsor Spotlight

Nico Pronk Named New President of HealthPartners Institute

HealthPartners Institute will welcome a new president in 2017. Nico Pronk, PhD, a nationally recognized researcher, educator and public health expert, will assume the role of leading the innovative research and education institution. Pronk also was recently named as co-chair to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030, also known as “Healthy People 2030.” He will become HealthPartners Institute’s president on January 23, 2017. Learn more.

Updates on our Work

Road to Health Care Transformation: Accountability for the Health of Attributed Populations

To assure that quality is not sacrificed for cost savings, ACOs and other value-based payment models will need to clearly define the patient populations being measured. Care systems and various payers (including the government) will develop prospective and retrospective attribution methods. While care delivery systems are skilled in engaging patients who seek their care, those patients attributed to a system who do not seek care or seek care elsewhere will require the development of novel outreach programs that can be customized to individual patients and communities.

What should you know about the need to more closely align with current and new partners with similar goals? ICSI members, log in to read this and other papers in our new series that looks at the multiple forces driving health care change in Minnesota over the next two to five years. Each one discusses an identified trend and outlines the various effects it may have in the health care sector. We also include self-assessment questions that an organization can use as it takes steps on the road to successful transformation. Read more.

Balancing Tensions: Improving Chronic Condition Management

The December 2016 issue of Minnesota Physician includes an article that outlines the tensions that often complicate clinics’ efforts to improve patient care, and what can be done to manage these tensions to ensure steady progress. The article reflects lessons learned from ICSI's work with clinics across the state to improve care for patients with chronic health conditions, and other recent efforts to help Minnesota health care organizations make the adaptive changes needed to survive and thrive. Read the article.

SIM Practice Facilitation Participants Share
"Progress Snapshots"

At a December 2016 webinar, eight organizations that participated in the first round of SIM Practice Facilitation work with ICSI and Stratis Health had the opportunity to share their progress with each other. While it was an opportunity to discuss lessons learned, it was primarily a celebration of successes, of which there were many. See a quick snapshot of each organization's "progress report" on the project web page. Several of the participants have opted to continue their work through June 2017, as part of the recent funding extension announced in December's ICSI News

Choosing Wisely Resources on Aging and Caregiving

During the holiday season, many of us gathered with friends and family, some of whom we may not have seen for quite some time. Conversations and thoughts can turn to aging and caregiving. As a communications partner for the Choosing Wisely campaign, ICSI is pleased to share these free resources, all available in both English and Spanish, with the Minnesota health care community. 

Additional information about Choosing Wisely, including easy access to these and other materials via ICSI's microsite, is available here.