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January 2016

Colloquium Registration Opens, new half-day Workshop on Resilience

Registration is now open for the 2016 Colloquium, to be held May 9 - 11 in Brooklyn Park, MN. This year's theme, Advancing Health Care Value for All, expands our Triple Aim focus of the past few years to a more inclusive, outside-in approach to value, mindful that the health of all our patients and communities is the reason for the care we provide. The program is nearly set, and features an exciting mix of local and nationally known speakers, including our keynoters; two planned breakfast sessions worth getting up early for, and a closing you won't want to miss. Learn more.

Monday Workshop: Turning Surviving Into Thriving New! 

We are excited to announce a pre-Colloquium workshop, led by Allina Health's Corey Martin, MD, addressing the pressing need for resilience and support as we deal with the challenges and stresses of our work.

In the Monday afternoon workshop (separate registration required), Dr. Martin combines the principles of adaptive leadership and positive psychology, based on the work of Duke University's Bryan Sexton, to address the stresses that lead to burnout across the health care sector. Attendees will come away with powerful, proven tools to use themselves and within their organizations to develop the resilience needed to succeed in this complex and challenging environment. The workshop is designed for physicians and other health care professionals. Learn more about Dr. Martin.

Registration Details

Online registration is now open, with early bird discounts available through April 8, 2016. Click here for pricing and to register through ABC Sign-Up. Hotel information is also available. Watch your email and visit the Colloquium web page frequently for more updates. Please contact Lisa Carlson with questions.

Upcoming ICSI Events

Mental Health Community Partners Networking Event

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 1 - 4 p.m., Maplewood Community Center

The first gathering of the Mental Health Community Partners Network is happening January 27, 2016. The meeting agenda includes a presentation regarding the Mental Health Crisis Alliance, a panel of mental health peer specialists, and time and opportunities for networking and building community partnerships. If you have a role in the transition of care for patients with mental illness, this event is for you! Learn more and register by January 20, 2016.

Quality Improvement Basics

Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., ICSI Office, Bloomington

This is your first opportunity for this foundational workshop in 2016! The workshop includes practical basics such as Aims and Measures and the Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) cycle, plus the adaptive work, communications and change management considerations needed for these improvements to remain embedded in your practice. This is a members-only session; sign in to your account to learn more and register.

Foundations of Motivational Interviewing Workshop

Friday, March 4 and Friday, April 15, 2016
8 a.m. - Noon, ICSI Office, Bloomington

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 the first 2016 offering of this popular two-part workshop. ICSI members pay a discounted rate of $45; nonmembers are $125. Learn more and register by February 26, 2016.

our work: progress reports & updates

ICSI Receives SIM Learning Community Grant

ICSI is pleased to announce that we were awarded a Round 2 SIM Learning Community Grant which begins in January. Primarily focused on working with rural clinics in west central Minnesota, this learning community will help clinics build foundational capabilities for Health Care Home and other transformation work by supporting the development of team and quality improvement skills. We have space for one more team in this learning community! If you are interested, please email Tani Hemmila or call 952-814-8299.

This project is part of a $45 million State Innovation Model (SIM) cooperative agreement, awarded to the Minnesota Departments of Health and Human Services in 2013 by The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to help implement the Minnesota Accountable Health Model. Learn more.

Clinical Decision Support Update: Repository Expands on ICSI Website

ICSI recognizes the ongoing need and opportunity to translate knowledge into practice that supports quality outcomes. Clinical decision support (CDS) provides clinicians, staff, patients and others with tools to help effectively and efficiently filter information, and thereby tailor health care to individual needs.

ICSI seeks to leverage a variety of CDS approaches and tools, both within the ICSI guidelines program and other high impact areas, for ICSI members and beyond. In 2015, our CDS team reviewed 38 tools, and are excited to report that there are now 22 CDS tools available on our website. We also reformatted the web page to make it alphabetical by topic, link each tool to the referencing guideline, and provide a link to the most current source of the tool wherever possible. We hope these formatting changes help make this a more valuable resource, and welcome your feedback. Visit the repository (located in the For Members section, log-in required; set up an account or reset your user password here).

This repository is a beginning, and we expect it to grow as we populate it further with quality CDS tools. If you have suggestions for additional content, please contact Audrey Hansen.

COMPASS Implementation: More Tools Added!

The COMPASS partners developed an extensive set of training materials used throughout this project to implement a collaborative care management model for patients with uncontrolled depression, diabetes and/or heart disease. There are also new resources that share lessons learned. This is in addition to the implementation guide, which includes evidence, best practices, and links to recommended tools. Learn more and access the new training materials.

Partnership with Choosing Wisely Continues

ICSI continues to be a supporting partner of Choosing Wisely, a national campaign developed by the ABIM Foundation to help physicians and patients discuss medical tests and procedures that medical specialty groups say are not needed, are overused or may be harmful. We have launched an updated Choosing Wisely microsite, easily accessible from ICSI's website, that quickly connects providers with resources they can use to communicate the Choosing Wisely messages to their patients. There are brochures, one-page flyers and posters suitable for physician offices, and many are also available in Spanish. Check out these resources, and learn more about ICSI's involvement with Choosing Wisely.

In addition, Dr. Sanne Magnan, ICSI's recently retired president and CEO, along with Bill Adams, a member of ICSI's Patient Advisory Council, recently presented a Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) webinar highlighting how Baby Boomers for Balanced Healthcare integrates Choosing Wisely and community conversations to impact and accelerate movement toward more appropriate use of health care services.