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ICSI News March 2016

colloquium program: The Big Reveal

The program for this year's Colloquium is now available! Download it today for all the details on our compelling line-up of breakout sessions led by knowledgeable presenters from across Minnesota and around the country. You're sure to find something to pique your interest in every track! And this is on top of a preconference workshop on provider burnout, the hot button topic in which we all have a stake; captivating keynoters, two breakfast sessions worth getting up early for, and a thought provoking closing session to wrap up our time together.

Don't delay! Make your plans to be part of this annual gathering of Minnesota's health care community May 9 - 11 in Brooklyn Park. The theme 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. We look forward to connecting with you this spring! Get the details and register today. Early bird discounts end April 8. Learn more.

Upcoming ICSI Events

Peer Specialists: Improving Mental Health Care Transitions Webinar

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 | 12:15 - 1 p.m. CT

Learn how Certified Peer Specialists can help with care transitions at this free Mental Health Community Partners Network event. Learn more and register by Thursday, March 10.

Certified Family Support Specialists Webinar

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 | 12:15 - 1 p.m. CT

The Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health (MACMH) recently launched a new certification program, and is excited to share information on the certification and how this new addition to the mental health workforce can help with navigation. This is a free Mental Health Community Partners Network event. Learn more and register by Thursday, March 31.

Mental Health Community Partners In-Person Networking Event

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 | 1 - 4 p.m. CT

Join us at the Maple Grove Community Center for another in-person Mental Health Community Partners Network event. Learn more and register by April 5. Contact Jill Kemper with questions.

Quality Improvement Basics

Thursday, April 14, 2016 | 8 - 4 p.m. CT

In today's health care environment, quality improvement is both foundational and essential. In this affordable full-day workshop, you'll learn the key elements of quality improvement the ICSI way, plus the adaptive work, communications and change management considerations necessary to ensure it remains embedded in your practice. Members only. Log in to learn more and register.

Other Noteworthy Events

Implicit Bias in Health Care: MMA Webinar Series

Tuesday, March 22 and April 5, 2016, Noon - 1 p.m.

Implicit (unconscious) bias can develop over time with the accumulation of personal experience. Research suggests that implicit bias may contribute to health care disparities by shaping a clinician’s behavior and producing differences in medical treatment. Join the Minnesota Medical Association in this two-part webinar series to review factors that affect health care outcomes in Minnesotans and learn about tools to help our society move towards health equity. Learn more and register.

Updates on Our Work

ICSI Website Gets a Refresh: Share Your Feedback

We've given our website an early "spring cleaning!" The most noteworthy change was to our main site navigation (or content areas), which were renamed and reorganized. The old Health Initiatives section has been divided into two sections that better describe ICSI's current focus areas:

  • Health Care Transformation, which includes our work on patient engagement, health care value and health equity.
  • Dissemination & Implementation, which encompasses our behavioral health integration, COMPASS and practice facilitation efforts.
  • Information about most of our older initiatives was pared down and moved to a new Legacy Work section under About ICSI.
  • Learning & Events is the new home for our Learning Center, plus information about the Colloquium and Reinertsen Lecture.
  • Our Patient Advisory Council and other resources related to patient engagement and shared decision-making can be found in the Patient Engagement section under Health Care Transformation.

Take a few minutes to explore the site! We encourage you to use our built-in search functionality, available at the top of every page. Please share your feedback by taking our three-question survey. If you can't find what you're looking for, please Contact Us.

Learn About SIM Practice Facilitation Work at Upcoming Conferences

This spring, you have several opportunities to hear first-hand about the work ICSI and Stratis Health are doing with eight primary care and specialty clinics as part of the Minnesota Accountable Health State Innovation Model (SIM) Practice Facilitation cooperative agreement. We'll be presenting at the following upcoming conferences, and hope to see you there! Learn more about this work.

Health Care Homes/SIM Learning Days Conference
On the Road: Patient Centered Care to Healthy Populations
April 26-27, 2016, Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park

ICSI Colloquium
Advancing Health Care Value for All
May 9-11, 2016, Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park

Minnesota e-Health Summit
Closing the Gaps to Achieve Healthy Communities
June 7, 2016, Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center

2015 Health Equity of Care Report

Minnesota Community Measurement (MNCM) recently released its 2015 Health Equity of Care Report. In conjunction with MNCM, ICSI was pleased to host a two-part webinar series this past spring following the release of the inaugural 2014 report. The slides and webinar recordings are available here. In the second webinar, ICSI members shared their improvement activities using the race, ethnicity and language (REL) data. If you have an interest in sharing how your organization is using this data for improvement, please contact Joann Foreman.

Health Care Homes Show $1 Billion in Savings

In February 2016, results of a University of Minnesota evaluation of Health Care Homes (HCH) were announced. Researchers found that over a five-year evaluation period, the model – emphasizing collaboration among care providers, families and patients – saved Medicaid and Medicare approximately $1 billion. At the same time, clinics participating in a health care home model of care outperformed other clinics on quality measures. Learn more about the evaluation results.

Since the passage of the HCH legislation in 2008, ICSI has supported its members and the state of Minnesota in the implementation of this model. ICSI led a statewide learning collaborative to help primary care providers develop the organizational capacity to meet HCH certification standards. ICSI staff members continue to serve on many HCH committees and work groups, currently including the Advisory, Certification and Behavioral Health Home Committees. Learn more about our work.

Substance Abuse Care: From the Clinic to the Courtroom

This article in the February 2016 issue of MD News, entitled Substance Abuse Care: From the Clinic to the Courtroom, describes the work done by the Honorable Shaun Floerke and his team in Duluth to provide screening, brief intervention and referrals to treatment to first-time DWI clients. Learn more about this recent ICSI work.

Another Way our QI Experts Can Help Your Organization

ICSI has a staff of quality improvement (QI) experts that are ready, willing, and able to help your organization. Did you know that our staff members are available to participate on your organization’s quality improvement council? This is just another way we support our valued members. If you are interested in having an ICSI QI expert on your committee, please contact Jan Schuerman.

Welcome New PAC Member

Gladys Chuy is the fifth new member of ICSI's Patient Advisory Council (PAC). Gladys is a quality improvement specialist for Medicine Specialties at Park Nicollet Health Services. She takes pride in working in quality and process improvement. Some of her passions are improving community health through cultural competence and working to decrease the health care disparity gap in Minnesota. Gladys joined the PAC to be a voice for the voiceless. It is important to her that all patients have a voice in the care they receive and are provided quality care.

Member & Sponsor Spotlight

ICSI Member News & Updates

The membership committee of ICSI's Board of Directors has approved Ortonville Area Health Services as a new provisional member. They serve their community through Ortonville Hospital, Northridge Residence (nursing home), Northside Medical and Clinton Clinics, and OAHS Home Health Agency. They are currently implementing quality improvement activities to qualify for full membership.

In addition, St. Croix Orthopaedics is now Twin Cities Orthopedics East Metro. Please visit their website to learn more.

Hutchinson Health Physicians Promote Safer Use of Antibiotics

In the February 6, 2016 edition of the Hutchinson Leader, an article entitled Doctors' Advice: Get Smart About Antibiotics featured the efforts of two Hutchinson Health physicians to promote the message that overuse of antibiotics might not only be ineffective, but could be harmful.

New & Noteworthy

New CMS Guide to Preventing Readmissions Among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH), recently released a new Guide to Preventing Readmissions among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries. It was developed in collaboration with the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago as part of the CMS Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare. The guide is designed to assist hospital leaders and stakeholders focused on quality, safety, and care redesign in identifying root causes and solutions for preventing avoidable readmissions among racially and ethnically diverse Medicare beneficiaries. Learn more.