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ICSI News March 2017


2016 ICSI Annual Report Looks Back at the Journey

We are pleased to share ICSI's 2016 annual report, now available in the About ICSI section of our website as an interactive flip book (a downloadable PDF version is also available). It offers highlights of the past year, showcases the involvement of members and sponsors, and demonstrates ICSI’s enduring value. All of these achievements are made possible through your continuing support. View the report.

We encourage you to share it with your staff and others. We will also be mailing print copies to key contacts at our member and sponsor organizations. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Beth Schwartz.

THIS YEAR'S Colloquium

The annual ICSI Colloquium, taking place May 8-10, 2017 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, is just two months away! Do you know why this is the one conference you shouldn't miss this year?

  1. Top-notch nationally known keynoters Allison Massari and Andrew Morris-Singer, MD
  2. Transform your work relationships right now at our pre-conference workshop with Neil Baker, MD
  3. Embrace the power of stories and song with Alive and Kickin – a closing session like never before
  4. Too busy to attend the entire conference? Take advantage of our new single-day registration option
  5. You could win one of former ICSI staffer Gary Oftedahl's favorite books – a longstanding Colloquium tradition!
  6. Check out the special display of past Colloquiums
  7. Excellent opportunity to earn CME/CEU credits
  8. Get the latest on recent ICSI projects, including work with the Peterson Center and SIM Practice Facilitation
  9. Share ideas, challenges and possible solutions with your colleagues, locally and from around the country
  10. It's our 20th Annual Colloquium – what's an anniversary without cake?

Check out the complete line-up of breakout sessions, keynoters and other program features with our online program. We've also posted CME credits and other important information to help inform your plans to attend.

Visit the Colloquium web page for the details, and register today. ICSI members and sponsors receive a discount; early bird savings are available through April 14. Don't delay! Learn more and register today.

Upcoming ICSI Events

Free Tobacco Workshop for Clinics

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Duluth, MN

Don't pass up this free workshop to support your tobacco cessation efforts, designed for clinics and health care delivery systems. We'll provide real-world examples of effective methods and practices and offer practical assistance to help you identify and implement your next steps in advancing tobacco systems change efforts in your organization. Learn more and register today. CEUs available.

Quality Improvement Basics

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

Register today 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. 

Motivational Interviewing Foundations Workshop – Parts 1 and 2

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. Learn more and register today.

Other Noteworthy Events

The More You Know... Cancer Webinar Series

The Iowa Academy of Family Physicians has partnered with the American Cancer Society to provide this information series. All webinars are free and take place over the Noon hour. More details and registration. The next event in this series is:

Cancer Control Intervention: Skin Cancer Screening | April 12, 2017

Practice Facilitation - Supporting Health Care Change Efforts

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.

Intrigued? This practice facilitation certificate course is held through Normandale Community College, offered in partnership with the University of Minnesota, Stratis Health, and Minnesota Department of Health. View the new brochure to learn more and register. Registration closes on Friday, April 7, 2017.

FREE Data Analytics Bootcamp

This one-day bootcamp in Healthcare Data Analytics will present an overview of the process of converting data into decisions. The course will discuss types of data, how to summarize data into meaningful information, and introduce inferential and modeling techniques used to form conclusions. Multiple dates available in March and April. View the flyer and register.

Updates on our Work

Road to Health Care Transformation: Data

Currently the health care system does not optimally or uniformly use available data to drive improvement and redesign. The requirement to provide measurement data is seen as an overwhelming and burdensome demand of outside agencies. Newly available, useful data from multiple sources are unevenly spread and underutilized by patients, providers, purchasers and payers. 

What should your organization be doing about these trends in health care data? ICSI members, log in to read this and other papers in the series that looks at the multiple forces driving health care change in Minnesota over the next two to five years. We also include self-assessment questions that an organization can use as it takes steps on the road to successful transformation. Read more.

Fresh Ideas, Fresh Eyes: HCMC's Internship Experience with the State Innovation Model (SIM) Practice Facilitation Project

Academic health centers participate in training the next generation of health professionals, advancing scientific knowledge and its application to improving health. Students in the rigorous DNP program at the University of Minnesota (U of M) learn to provide advanced nursing care as members of interprofessional health care teams, emphasizing evidence-based practice and quality improvement to impact patient outcomes. 

ICSI and Stratis Health combined practice facilitation resources to bring together a mix of primary and specialty care provider organizations for quality improvement activities as part of the Minnesota State Innovation Model (SIM) cooperative agreement. One participating clinic is Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) East Lake Clinic. Following successful grantee selection, staff accepted the invitation to include U of M DNP student Laila Akhter (pictured at right) as part of their team.

Akhter was involved in much of this asthma quality improvement work, dedicating a half-day to a full day each week to the project. Her duties included communicating with staff, goal setting, collecting data and feedback, and co-leading a project “Champion Group.”

Asked why a clinic should consider more student involvement, Akhter commented, “Interns provide fresh ideas and fresh eyes to the clinic setting. They can also bring the academic/research piece to a project that other staff don’t have time for.” She also noted that a key lesson learned for her was how critical clear communication with all levels of staff is to a project's success.

HCMC has extended its SIM practice facilitation work to their Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park clinics in 2017. Learn more about this work.

Students often have keen insights into what is and is not working in clinical processes and embedding them in quality improvement teams may provide benefit both for their learning as well as the clinic’s improvement efforts. If your clinic is interested in working with a U of M student, please email Mary Mescher Benbenek, Clinical Associate Professor & FNP Program Coordinator at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, or call (612) 626-5236.

Member & Sponsor Spotlight

Northwest Metro Alliance Extended

Northwest Metro Alliance, one of the first accountable care organizations in the region, has been extended to 2019. This partnership combining resources to achieve the Triple Aim was formed by HealthPartners and Allina Health, and serves more than 300,000 patients in Anoka County and southern Sherburne County. Read the news release. More details about the Alliance are available in this Executive Summary.

HealthPartners President and CEO Mary Brainerd Announces Retirement

Mary Brainerd (right in photo), HealthPartners President and CEO, has announced that she will retire on June 1 of this year. Executive Vice President Andrea Walsh (left in photo) has been named her successor. Read more