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ICSI’S Quality Improv(e) program complements traditional quality improvement methods with a unique framework for teamwork and collaboration The Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) announced the formal launch of its Quality Improv(e) program, an adaptive approach that blends the science of improvement with the art of improvisation. The Quality Improv(e) framework provides a new way for healthcare leadership, clinicians and staff to approach change management and achieve more effective ways to develop, test and implement quality improvement. The program includes dynamic keynote sessions, workshops and customized training programs aimed at revitalizing healthcare change efforts by using improvisation techniques and associated collaborative communication tools to complement existing quality initiatives. “Real change in healthcare today requires a mindset of collaboration and continuous learning.  Improvisation provides a framework for exceptional teamwork and actionable tools that allow for more agile and adaptive problem-solving. This in turn makes improvement seem much more achievable,” said Sarah Horst, ICSI Healthcare Consultant and creator of the Quality Improv(e) framework. “These techniques help healthcare practitioners use safe experimentation to find newer, more innovative ways of doing things. People who attend the program typically leave feeling much more inspired to test new ideas.” Quality Improv(e) is comprised of several components:
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Integrated behavioral health (IBH) in primary care is shown to improve access and health outcomes for those with mental health conditions, and can help maximize valuable, yet scarce, mental health resources. To further advance IBH, MN Health Collaborative partners have adopted a common framework which includes both key evidence-based elements needed for improved outcomes and how it can be adapted to meet local needs.

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Join us for this lunch-time webinar with presenters Mike Troy, PhD, Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services and Associate Medical Director of Children's Neuroscience Institute of Children's MN and Chris Beamish, LICSW, System Director, Behavioral Health Clinical Integration at Fairview Health Services.

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This week we are grateful that the work of MN Health Collaborative was featured in a news story by mental health reporter Andy Steiner. The MinnPost story describes how MN Health Collaborative partners have developed and implemented standards for suicide prevention and intervention in Emergency Departments (EDs) to improve care for people experiencing mental health crisis and support the people who serve them in EDs.

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In 2018, leaders from EDs and psychiatry developed and adopted shared standards for medical clearance evaluation in EDs to ensure a person is medically stable for transition to inpatient psychiatric facilities. The goal of these standards is to decrease the wide variation in practice that leads to unnecessary tests and delays in patient care.

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New initiative seeks to improve care for patients and support Emergency Departments (EDs) with evidence-based guidance for screening, assessment and intervention, transitions and follow-up The MN Health Collaborative announced today they have developed new evidence-based recommendations for suicide prevention and intervention in EDs. The shared standards, developed by physicians and other leaders from both emergency departments and psychiatry, are based on MN Health Collaborative members’ expertise, shared learnings regarding tools and current or planned practices in use, and review of existing relevant literature. The goal of the initiative is to improve patient care as well as strengthen support for ED staff and others involved in supporting patients. “In Minnesota, the suicide rate has increased by 40.6% since 1999, with 783 deaths by suicide reported in 2017.  In addition, visits to the ED in our state for mental health and substance abuse have increased by 75% in the last seven years,” said Dr. Chris Palmer, Medical Director for the Emergency Department at North Memorial Health Hospital, a MN Health Collaborative member. “Clearly, there is a need to address these alarming statistics by reinforcing and strengthening how we screen, assess and intervene with patients at risk of suicide, both during the visit and afterward.” Healthcare leaders of MN Health Collaborative have a strong focus on ensuring the use of evidence-based tools and practices. The group’s recommendations on suicide prevention and intervention in the ED provide guidance that is adaptable to a local context and in alignment with CMS and new 2019 Joint Commission requirements. The Suicide Prevention and Intervention in the ED Shared Standards include recommendations in several key areas of care:
  • Determination of patient populations in which to conduct screenings.
  • Use of evidence-based, validated screening tools for suicide risk.
  • Risk stratification to assist decision-making for safety precautions, rooming and resource needs
  • Recommendations for comprehensive assessment and intervention tools for patients with a positive screen or presenting with suicidal ideation/attempt.
  • Disposition suggestions based on the assessment that might include admission, observation or discharge.
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Affordability represents one of the most urgent problems impacting health care today, in Minnesota and across the United States. It’s important to reiterate that health care spending per person has doubled in recent years, while the state’s economic growth and per capita income have not grown nearly as rapidly.

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Twelve of the largest health systems in Minnesota have come together to address major health issues in a new effort called the Minnesota Health Collaborative. These systems provide care and coverage for 80 percent of the patients in Minnesota. Together they are tackling major health topics that affect all communities, starting with the opioid epidemic and mental health crisis. 

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