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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


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Person and Family Engagement
Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, from 4-5 p.m. (EST)
In the third part of a three-part series on person and family engagement entitled “PFE –The Better Way to Be,” IPFCC’s Mary Minniti will talk about the why’s (wise) and how’s of engaging patients in their direct care and as practice improvement partners. Participants can visit the CME-eligible ACP Practice Advisor® module on Patient Engagement* before or after the event. (ACP SAN)

Using Data and Discussion to Drive Improvement
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, from 6-7:30 p.m. (EST)
As part of the ACP Leadership Academy’s Webinar Series “Improving Patient Outcomes through Quality Improvement,” this webinar will show you how to find, use, and communicate the data that your practice already generates to propel change. This free webinar explains quality improvement efforts and explores how to get your team on the QI bandwagon. The webinar will talk from Wendi Knapp, MD, FACP, on how to find, use, and communicate the data that your practice already generates to propel change. Dr. Knapp is an internist and hospitalist for Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Sutter Health Affiliate from Santa Cruz, CA. She is also the Medical Director of Variation Reduction, a clinical analytics program at Sutter Health Northern California. (ACP SAN)

Accessing & Understanding Your QRUR
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, from 12-1:30 p.m. (EST)
In the fall of 2017, CMS will make the 2016 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) available to all group and solo practitioners subject to the Value Based Payment Modifier, which is identifiable by Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). The 2016 QRUR shows each TIN how they performed in 2016 on the quality and cost measures used to calculate the 2018 value modifier. Join PHA’s Patty Rose to find out how to access your QRUR, how to interpret and understand how the value modifier will apply to your Medicare Part B payments in 2018, and how to use the information to identify areas to focus improvements as we transition into the Quality Payment Program. (Purdue Healthcare Advisors)

Implementing an Enhanced Recovery Program for Surgery
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, from 1:30-2 p.m. (EST)
Join Michael McGee, MD, a colorectal surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, who will share his experiences carrying out a large-scale quality improvement program that included a strong patient engagement component. The program reduced wound infections after colorectal surgery by 50% and reduced readmissions by 40%. Dr. McGee will describe the barriers his team experienced while changing the protocol in a large healthcare system, and will share the strategies they used to overcome challenges. He also will provide examples of how data was used to change culture and garner support. (GLPTN, Healthy Hearts in the Heartland, and Vizient)

Improving Person and Family Engagement: Advanced Care Planning and End of Life Care: Changing Expectations
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, from 2-3 p.m. (EST)
Continuing our person and family engagement series, Nancy Zionts from Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI), will discuss the changing field of end of life care and how to support your community and healthcare providers to engage in difficult conversations around life limiting illnesses to effect appropriate advance care planning decisions. This module is intended for PTN practice advisors, nurses, physicians, and social workers and other staff, as well as practices participating in a PTN; specifically, those focused on how person and family engagement can be used to support Change Tactics related to Person and Family Engagement (1.1.3; 1.6.1; 1.6.2; 1.6.3; 1.6.5) (NRHI SAN)

Stress Free Zone: It’s Not Too Late to start MIPS!
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, from 3-4 p.m. (EST)
Don’t know if you’re eligible to participate in MIPS? Think you’ve missed your chance to successfully demonstrate MIPS participation during Performance Year 2017? Already resigned yourself to incurring the associated -4% payment adjustment in 2019? DON’T WORRY! You still have time to begin demonstrating your MIPS performance! Join PHA to discuss the options for MIPS performance this year and to determine which option fits your unique scenario in order to successfully demonstrate your MIPS performance in 2017. (Purdue Healthcare Advisors)

Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) All Clinician Events – Round 2
CMS in Conversation with Clinicians on the Quality Payment Program
GLPTN-participating clinicians are invited to join CMS in November for another round of feeback discussions on the QPP and TCPI assistance.

TCPI All Clinician Webinar: Primary Care
Tuesday, November 7th 6:30pm – 7:30pm ET
Tuesday, November 7th 8:00pm – 9:00pm ET

TCPI All Clinician Webinar: Specialty Care
Wednesday, November 8th 6:30pm – 7:30pm ET
Wednesday, November 8th 8:00pm – 9:00pm ET

Root-cause analysis: Digging deep to improve
Wednesday, November 29, 2017, from 1-2 p.m. (EST)
Without an understanding of what is really driving poor quality or performance, it is difficult to improve. Root-cause analysis is a critical tool in the quality improvement tool box that allows professionals to understand what’s at the heart of the problem, and then develop improvement ideas that can make a difference. How can you improve if you do not understand the challenge and the contributing factors? In this 1-hour webinar, PCPI Director of Quality Improvement Stephen L. Davidow, MBA-HCM, CPHQ, APR, will cover three common forms of root-cause analysis, discuss the advantages of applying these methods to different circumstances and environments, and how root-cause analysis is used as the basis for creating and implementing ideas that lead to robust improvement. (AMA SAN)

*SAN stands for Support & Alignment Network