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We’re encouraged to see the advancement of the new Emergency Psychiatric Assessment, Treatment and Healing Unit (EmPATH) at St. Cloud Hospital, and we applaud the leaders at CentraCare Health for taking this innovative step. EmPATH, originally the “Alameda Model,” has been under the scrutiny of our ICSI mental health working group over the past couple of years, of which CentraCare is part. It is a promising addition to the mental health continuum for people in crisis. A study of the Alameda Model in 2014 showed that it reduced ED length-of-stay by over 80%, and approximately 76% of patients were able to be discharged from the unit avoiding unnecessary hospitalization. Similar results have been experienced in Billings, MT for a rural population. Learn more about the new EmPATH unit here.      

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Vaccination working group has created a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding COVID-19 vaccines. Designed as a tool for healthcare clinicians faced with a multitude of questions from patients and others as the new vaccines are rolled out, the FAQ covers a broad range of topics including vaccine availability, information about vaccine trials, and patient eligibility. The new COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ will be updated on a weekly basis as new information becomes available and more common questions emerge.

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Our work with 30 organizations to gain consensus on a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion within the Minnesota healthcare industry was recently featured on KSTP-TV. Watch the story here.

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Representatives from ICSI announced efforts to improve postoperative opioid prescribing practices in Minnesota have resulted in significant risk reduction for patients requiring pain management after specific surgical procedures.  

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By Claire Neely, MD, FAAP President & CEO AS WE REFLECT ON 2020 we feel a deep gratitude for you, each of our members and partners of ICSI. The vital importance of your work and our healthcare systems has never been more evident than in 2020, and the critical need to take action together has never been so clear. ICSI has always been known as an epicenter for evidence-based improvement and collaboration in healthcare - where healthcare leaders of all disciplines, care delivery, plans and others come together to drive improvement and innovation. And ICSI is you. Thank you for sharing your time, expertise, financial support - and in this trying year, for helping to pivot ICSI to tackle the toughest health problems of our times. Click here to download more information about ICSI's accomplishments in 2020.

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A new study about routine laboratory testing for psychiatric admissions, presented by ICSI collaborative member Kurt M. Isenberger, MD, was recently published. Common practice for psychiatric admissions in hospitals usually includes conducting laboratory testing.

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Representatives from ICSI announced they have wrapped their first series of live, interactive sessions focused on sharing ways to proactively support the mental and emotional health of the healthcare workforce during the pandemic. The sessions began on April 14, 2020 and continued on a bi-weekly basis through September of this year. Each session featured healthcare leaders presenting implementation strategies including models for intervention, peer support, stress reduction and other factors impacting the wellbeing of healthcare workers on the frontlines of COVID-19.

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