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Media Contact: Barbara M. Fornasiero; EAFocus Communications; cell 586.817.8414; barbara@eafocus.com
 
Troy, Mich. —Jan. 21, 2014— Practice Transformation Institute (PTI), providing the health care community with continuing medical education and customized learning programs that improve patient health outcomes and the individual care delivery experience, announces that
Carla Irvin, RN, BSN, and Lisa Allen, RN, BSN, have successfully completed a study program and exam to become NCQA PCMH Certified Content Experts.
 
NCQA offers the most widely known Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program in the country, the NCQA PCMH Recognition program. NCQA developed the PCMH Content Expert Certification (CEC) program in an effort to help physician practices and other interested parties identify experts with a demonstrated understanding of the NCQA PCMH Recognition program and to provide professionals with a way to validate their knowledge base.
 
“Certified NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Content Experts receive thorough training and demonstrate in-depth knowledge to assist organizations applying for NCQA PCMH Recognition,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane.
 
Attainment of the credential requires completion of two NCQA educational seminars and successful completion of a comprehensive exam developed and administered by NCQA; a commitment to continuous learning and recertification to maintain the credential is also required.
 
Allen and Irvin will continue to work with primary care physician practices seeking NCQA recognition and other respected designations as patient-centered medical homes, offering group classes, one-on-one practice coaching, and readiness evaluations through PTI.

Troy, Mich. —Jan. 20, 2014— Practice Transformation Institute (PTI), providing the health care community with continuing medical education and customized learning programs that improve patient health outcomes and the individual care delivery experience, has been awarded a contract from the Michigan Primary Care Transformation Project (MiPCT) to develop and implement a learning collaborative for its participants.
 
MiPCT is a three-year, state-wide multi-payer project aimed at improving health in Michigan, making care more affordable, and strengthening the patient-care team relationship. It is the largest Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) demonstration project in the nation. Approximately 400 primary care practices and 1,900 primary care physicians and mid-level providers affiliated with one of 35 Michigan physician/physician hospital organizations (POs/PHOs) are currently participating in MiPCT.
 
Learning collaboratives are learning and innovation communities that link a variety of organizations together to rapidly test and implement meaningful, sustainable change within a specific topic area. PTI developed and directed the Mackinac Learning Collaborative, southeast Michigan’s first PCMH collaborative, from 2009 to 2013. The Mackinac Learning Collaborative focused on transformation to a more patient-centric approach in small, primary care physician practices and included up to 16 southeast Michigan primary care and residency programs in each annual session. The majority of the participating practices ultimately obtained PCMH designation by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
 
In addition to advancing the PCMH model, the Mackinac Learning Collaborative targeted areas for improvement common to primary care practice patient populations, including obesity and behavioral health care and transitions of care from hospital to home.
 

The physician leader for the MIPCT Care Management Learning Collaborative is Kevin M. Taylor, M.D., M.S., FACP, a practicing internist in the Ann Arbor area and a leader in the patient centered medical home movement. Dr. Taylor was co-chair of the Mackinac Learning Collaborative and understands the potential for collaboratives to stimulate sustainable, positive changes at the primary care level.
 
“By establishing a MiPCT learning collaborative, Michigan is showing its leadership in engaging the primary care physician community and its practice teams in the PCMH movement and toward more effectively delivered patient centered care,” said Dr. Taylor.
 
The MIPCT Care Management Learning Collaborative in-person meetings will be held on three Saturdays: January 25, March 22, and May 17, and will be held at Blue Care Network, 20500 Civic Center Drive in Southfield. Registration is from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and the learning session is from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In between meetings, participants will be engaged through webinars, phone sessions and open forums. The following metrics will be measured to gauge the outcomes of the MiPCT care management learning collaborative:
 
• 48 hour phone follow-up post inpatient or emergency department visit
• 96 hour in person office encounter after hospital discharge
• Discharge summary available at time of follow-up visit
• Medication reconciliation at post discharge appointment
• Percent of business days with a daily huddle
• Number of QI [define] meetings per month
• Average number of case reviews per month
 
To learn more about the MiPCT care management learning collaborative, contact Harmony Kinkle at hkinkle@transformcoach.org or 248.475.4736.