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ICSI News September 2016

COMPASS led to meaningful improvements for patients, shows potential for greater benefits

Learn more about the effectiveness of the COMPASS collaborative care model for patients with uncontrolled depression, diabetes and/or heart disease in four papers just published in General Hospital Psychiatry. An accompanying editorial noted, "Taken together, these results show both the promise of this innovative intervention and the ongoing challenges of clinically implementing an intensive intervention for highly complex patients. Given a delay of up to decades in translating research findings to clinical care, the fact that the COMPASS initiative was initiated and completed after a single research trial of blended collaborative care is a model for the rapid clinical implementation of effective treatment programs." Read the papers (subscription or fee-based access)Learn more about COMPASS.

An article in the August 28, 2016 issue of the Minneapolis Star Tribune includes an interview with Leif Solberg, MD, HealthPartners Institute, talking about the findings.

Tobacco systems change

Commercial tobacco’s impact on health and chronic disease is considerable. While Minnesota has reduced its overall smoking rate to 14.4 percent, disparities in smoking prevalence and tobacco-related illness and death persist, and only 52 percent of smokers receive a referral for assistance to quit. By not systematically addressing tobacco use with our patients, we’re missing an opportunity to help patients improve their health and reduce these disparities.

ICSI is partnering with ClearWay MinnesotaSM to increase the capacity of health systems to assess and address tobacco use. Let’s go from good to great – together. Learn more.

Rally Around Health Systems Change for Treating Tobacco Dependence

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Maple Grove, MN

The solutions exist – share yours and tap into the wisdom of others. What do you and your organization need to move the needle? Your voice is critical in the conversation! Learn more about this free event and make plans now to participate.

Upcoming ICSI Events

Shifting from Volume to Value:
How Can Care Delivery Systems Prepare?

Thursday, September 8, 2016 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Bloomington, MN

Measurement by MACRA begins in 2017. Join ICSI and national experts to gain a deeper understanding of the issues and explore local implementation needs. Just a few spots remain; don't miss out! Learn more and register.

Mental Health Community Partners Network

Thursday, September 15, 2016 | 1 - 4 p.m., Maplewood, MN

Join us at the last scheduled networking event to learn about bright spots from Hennepin County Medical Center and Behavioral Health Care Providers, and hear Vail Place members share how communication and collaboration impacts their recovery. Learn more and register by September 12, 2016.

Foundations of Motivational Interviewing

Fridays, October 7 & 28, 2016 | 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Bloomington, MN

Making lifestyle changes to support better health isn't easy. Motivational interviewing is a proven framework and set of skills to help people work through ambiguity and change. Learn more and register by September 29, 2016.

Quality Improvement Basics

Thursday, November 10, 2016 | 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bloomington

In today's health care environment, quality improvement is both foundational and essential. In this one-day workshop, you'll learn the key elements of quality improvement the ICSI way. Learn more and register by November 3, 2016.

member & sponsor spotlight

Improving Health in Diverse Communities:
CentraCare's Community Health Worker Project

CentraCare Health is making progress helping patients manage their diabetes in the St. Cloud, Minnesota area with its Community Health Worker project. This two-year project, started in March 2015, has allowed CentraCare to hire community health workers (CHWs), address cultural and language barriers, and partner with local employers and nonprofits to identify areas to improve diabetes health care. The project, funded by the Minnesota Department of Health, is primarily focused on working with the Hispanic and East African communities.

The program, led by program manager Eunice Adjei-Gyimah and three CHWs, utilizes chronic diabetes registry data to identify patients that would benefit from more consistent, coordinated care. The CHWs use their electronic medical record (EMR) to stratify and document patients and coordinate their care between primary care providers, diabetes educators, pharmacists and health care home coordinators. Learn more.

Welcome Two New Members to ICSI

ICSI's Board of Directors has approved two new organizations to ICSI membership. Ortonville Area Health Services has achieved full member status following completion of a quality improvement project at its Northside Clinic. The team there successfully increased the percent of patients who completed their forms prior to being seen, increasing the amount of face-to-face time spent with their provider.

West Side Community Health Services in St. Paul, part of the Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers, was granted provisional member status and is currently implementing quality improvement activities to qualify for full membership. Learn more about ICSI membership.

Updates on our work

Craig Acomb Named One of Top 100 Influential
Minnesota Health Care Leaders

Congratulations to Craig Acomb, ICSI's interim president & CEO, recently named as one of the top 100 influential leaders in Minnesota health care by Minnesota Physician. Leaders of ICSI sponsor organizations, along with several ICSI board members and many of our member groups, were also recognized. See all the leader profiles in the August 2016 issue. Read more.

New Choosing Wisely Materials Available

Choosing Wisely has a new Pediatrics E-Hub, full of topical material for newborns through teens, including pregnancy. There is also a new poster, 5 Ways to Be Smart About Back Pain, available in two sizes, that can be used in break rooms, clinics, health fairs, and elsewhere. Finally, there are new Choosing Wisely materials available in Spanish:

  • Treatments and Tests Your Baby May Not Need in the Hospital
  • PSA Tests for Prostate Cancer
  • Antibiotics for People with Catheters

You can find all of these materials through ICSI's Choosing Wisely microsite.