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Clinician's Perspective

Clinician's Perspective

As a family physician I have not one but two jobs these days: take great care of my patients and continually improve my practice. I look forward to working with the practice improvement facilitators in the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network to help me do both of these jobs better. An extra pair of skilled hands will be a welcome addition to our improvement team.John Hickner, MD, MSc Professor and Head, Family Medicine University of Illinois at Chicago


Commonly used drugs lead to more doctor's office, hospital and emergency department visits

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS — Anticholinergic medications, a class of drugs very commonly used by older adults, are linked ...

CMS and major commercial health plans, in concert with physician groups and other stakeholders, announce alignment and simplification of quality measures

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), ...

Altarum Institute to Lead Clinical Practice Transformation Effort in Michigan

Friday, October 2, 2015

Altarum Institute is excited to announce that it will lead the Michigan arm of a ...


Patient, Family and Staff Engagement across the Care Continuum
Date forthcoming
The online series will examine patient and family engagement techniques and strategies including change talk; teach back method; cultural competency; health literacy; OARS; and motivational interviewing. Clinicians, nurses and medical assistants are encouraged to register. The series includes seven self-paced training modules, two live-online community of practice sessions, continuous technical support, and downloadable tools and resources for immediate use of learned skills. Reach out to Tiffanie Depew for more details. (NNCC SAN)

High Value Care Pediatric Cases
Learn how to eliminate unnecessary health care costs and improve patient outcomes. These 30- to 60-minute online interactive HVC pediatric cases can be completed on your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. (CME/MOC credit from the American College of Physicians)

Discover new practice transformation resources on STEPS Forward!
The American Medical Association STEPS Forward™ practice improvement strategies provide ways to help physicians thrive in a changing health care environment. STEPS Forward™ offers the following modules:

  • Adopting the ECHO model™ (Extension for community healthcare outcomes)
  • Advancing Choosing Wisely®
  • Appreciative inquiry: Fostering positive culture
  • Clinical decision support and diagnostic imaging
  • Forming a patient and family advisory council
  • Listening with empathy
  • Preventing physician distress and suicide
  • Quality Reporting and the importance of Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QCDRs) in maximizing your success
    (American Medical Association SAN*)



*SAN stands for Support & Alignment Network