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ICSI News July 2016

ICSI News is taking a summer break and will not publish in August. The next issue will be sent in early September. Please watch your email and our website for news and opportunities.

New Pain Guideline to Open for Public Comment

The pain guideline work group is excited to announce that ICSI's new guideline, the Assessment and Management of Pain: Non-Opioid Approaches and Opioid Management, will be ready for public comment in mid- to late July. Please watch your email and visit the ICSI website to give your feedback on this important guideline. If you have questions, please contact ICSI's Jodie Dvorkin.

updates on our work

Scouting New Territory, Preparing Together for MACRA;
September Event is Planned

Health care organizations will be measured by the CMS MACRA Quality Payment Program starting in January 2017, whether they realize it or not. How can we support our communities for this change?

ICSI will host a multi-stakeholder event in September to help connect national policy with practical, regional implementation considerations, informed by the ground-breaking work being done by Elizabeth Mitchell and the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI); ICSI is a founding member. Get a head start and plan to join us. Click here to be notified when additional details are available. There are also many resources freely available on the NRHI website. Please contact ICSI's Tani Hemmila with questions.

Join the Planning for New Healthy Lifestyles Initiative

St. Paul–Ramsey County Public Health, in partnership with ICSI, is working on a Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) initiative to encourage healthy lifestyles among the African American population. We are recruiting for a planning committee of up to 10 members to help advance this initiative.

Committee members will be asked to commit to one meeting a month from September 2016 through October 2017. Current or previous experience in the health care setting is desired (physicians, nurses, medical assistants, registered dietitians/nutritionists, community health specialists, etc.), along with current or previous work with the African American community. A small stipend is available; open to members and nonmembers. If you are interested, or have questions, please contact ICSI's Jodie Dvorkin.

SIM Practice Facilitation Participants are Digging Deeper,
Thinking Differently

For the past 10 months, ICSI and Stratis Health have combined practice facilitation resources to bring together a mix of primary and specialty care provider organizations for quality improvement activities as part of a $45 million State Innovation Model (SIM) cooperative agreement.

Through their participation in this grant, clinics say they have gained more accountability and structure in their work. Practice facilitation has helped change the way their organizations think by digging deeper into processes and communicating evidence-based quality improvement strategies. Clinics are more focused on measurement and results, and better understand the value of using data to help communicate their progress to leadership and their teams.

"As a small, independent practice, we have found our involvement with practice facilitation to be highly beneficial,” commented Jill Smith, practice manager at Sartell Pediatrics. “The most critical learning has centered around the importance of workflow and process mapping, communications and training, and identification of measurable results. This process will be invaluable as we look to grow, add staff, and provide better patient care in the coming years." Find out more about their work in this month’s Member Spotlight.

Our practice facilitators will continue to work with participating organizations on communications and sustainability planning through December, when the grant ends. Learn more.

Population Health Measurement Meeting

ICSI plans to convene a discussion among interested member organizations and other community stakeholders on how organizations are addressing population health and measuring progress for quality improvement purposes. This is a continuation of ICSI's past work on measuring health in Minnesota. The meeting will be scheduled for late August/early September and will be held at ICSI's office in Bloomington. If your organization is interested in participating, please contact Senka Hadzic. Please watch your email and the ICSI website for additional information. Learn more about our work in this area.

Mental Health Community Partners Gather in St. Cloud

The Mental Health Community Partners Network came together at CentraCare in St. Cloud on Wednesday, June 29. Participants learned about CentraCare’s new Community Paramedic pilot, an In-Reach program, and other innovative behavioral health and primary care intervention efforts. The network’s signature relationship building, communication skills discussions, and, of course, networking with peers, rounded out another great event.

Want to connect with others interested in improving care transitions for people with mental illness? Learn more about our upcoming events. Visit the network webpage for details and event photos!

Ask About Aspirin Initiative Gains Momentum

A new public health initiative aimed at reducing first-time heart attacks and strokes was officially launched in Minnesota on Thursday, June 2, 2016. ICSI is part of the Ask About Aspirin campaign, created by the Lillehei Heart Institute at the University of Minnesota, in partnership with the School of Public Health, the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and the MN Department of Health. A number of ICSI members are already participating in the initiative. Learn more about the recent launch. Contact Karen Miller for information about partnership opportunities.

member & sponsor spotlight

Improving Adolescent Depression Screening at Sartell Pediatrics

ICSI and Stratis Health have combined practice facilitation resources to bring together a mix of primary and specialty care provider organizations for quality improvement activities as part of the MN State Innovation Model (SIM) cooperative agreement.

Sartell Pediatrics in Sartell, Minnesota, one partner in this project, has been working to improve its patients’ depression screening and documentation of PHQ2 and PHQ9 screening tool scores. Sartell Pediatrics is part of ICSI member Integrity Health Network, a regional health care network with over 200 primary care and specialty physicians.

The primary goal of this effort was for 80 percent of its 11–13-year-old wellness exam patients to have a completed and scored PHQ2 or PHQ9 documented in the electronic health record (EHR) and chart. Team members involved in the project include Jill Smith, practice manager and Kari Behling, nurse manager (pictured above), along with front desk and business office staff and other clinical team members. It is worth noting that this effort began during both a major construction effort and migration to a new EHR! Read more.

Scientific Documents

Next Up for Revision: Respiratory Illness

We are currently recruiting for participation in our Respiratory Illness for Children and Adults Guideline, which will undergo revision in the fall. Learn more. If you have questions, please contact Jodie Dvorkin.