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Media Contact: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, 248.260.8466, barbara@eafocus.com
 
Troy, Mich. —Dec. 29, 2015—Practice Transformation Institute (PTI), providing the health care community with continuing medical education and customized learning programs that improve patient health outcomes, announces a care management training program specifically designed to integrate doctors of pharmacy, registered pharmacists and pharmacy technicians into the inter-professional healthcare team. PTI recently trained nearly 110 members of the pharmacy community, according to PTI Director of Operations, Harmony Kinkle.
 
“Pharmacists are increasingly performing more patient care activities such as health coaching and medical therapy management in a variety of settings and spending less time in the traditional role of dispensing medications,” Kinkle said. “Simultaneously, the pharmacist’s role is expanding further to provide leadership in quality improvement initiatives and medication-related measures. PTI’s pharmacy care management program recognizes the pharmacy community’s evolving role in team-based care and as a profession.”
 
PTI’s pharmacy care management coursework provides members of the pharmacy community with core competencies to become members of high-functioning, patient-centered teams focused on promoting health improvement, wellness, quality and disease prevention. The coursework is comprised of a blend of online courses and in-person training. Topics covered in the training include:

  • Introduction to Care Management Principles
  • Introduction to the Patient Centered Medical Home
  • Integration of the Community Pharmacist into the Practice Team
  • Linkage to Community Services
  • MQIC Evidence Based Guidelines for Diabetes, Heart Failure and Hypertension
  • Patient Registry
  • Group Visits
  • Admissions, discharge and transfer (ADT) activities
  • HEDIS Scoring
  • Behavioral Health

 
“Pharmacists can affect the quality of patient care, increase access to care for patients, provide cost-effective care and also quality oversight,” Kinkle said. “We are pleased to be providing additional training to the pharmacy community as they become an even more integral part of the interprofessional healthcare team.”

Media Contact: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, 248.260.8466, barbara@eafocus.com
 
Troy, Mich. —Oct. 12, 2015—Practice Transformation Institute (PTI), providing the health care community with continuing medical education and customized learning programs that improve patient health outcomes, announces the addition of three online education courses in health literacy, care management and the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). The announcement was made by PTI Director of Operations, Harmony Kinkle.
 
“Online learning provides a flexible, quality alternative to an in-person course,” Kinkle said. “Although not every course is suited for online learning, there are many courses that can be dynamic and engaging in this format. We’ve already used a blended format of online and onsite training for our successful Moderate Care Manager training program and look forward to having these additional courses continue that approach.”
 
PTI is using Udemy.com as its online learning platform. Udemy courses can be accessed through a computer or directly from an iPhone, iPad or Android device after application download. The three courses now available from PTI through Udemy.com are:
 
• Health Literacy and Cultural Competency in Care Planning
https://www.udemy.com/health-literacy-and-cultural-competency-in-care-planning/?couponCode=HealthLiteracy
 
• NCQA PCMH 2014 Building Blocks: The Must Pass Elements
https://www.udemy.com/ncqa-pcmh-2014-building-blocks-the-must-pass-elements/?couponCode=NCQA2014
 
• Care Management: Tools of the Trade
https://www.udemy.com/care-management-tools-of-the-trade/?couponCode=CareMGT

Coaches will help participants implement meaningful lifestyle changes
 
Media Contact: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, 248.260.8466, barbara@eafocus.com
 
Troy, Mich. —July 14, 2015—Practice Transformation Institute (PTI), providing the health care community with continuing medical education and customized learning programs that improve patient health outcomes, is pleased to announce two of its staff members have successfully completed training to be lifestyle coaches for the National Diabetes Prevention Program.
 
With this training, Carla Irvin, RN, BSN, and Harmony Kinkle, PTI’s Director of Operations, can assist people with prediabetes to make meaningful lifestyle changes. The two PTI staffers completed their training through course work offered by State of Wellness, a non-profit organization developing leaders and resources in public health education, worksite health promotion and wellness in order to strengthen policies, programs and environments to enable everyone to benefit from a happier and healthier life.
 
As part of the year-long National Diabetes Prevention Program, participants work in a small group setting developing the skills they need to adopt a healthy lifestyle. The sessions are led by a lifestyle coach. The group meets weekly for the first six months, and then monthly for six months after. The participants must make a commitment to eat healthier, include physical activity into their daily lives and incorporate problem-solving strategies to maintain positive lifestyle changes. The goal is to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 Diabetes.
 
According to Carla Irvin, this CDC-led program is directed to participants with prediabetes.
 
“Prediabetes is a growing threat in the United States. This evidence-based program confirms that participants can make achievable and realistic lifestyle changes to decrease their risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by 58 percent,” she said.
 
Harmony Kinkle added, “PTI is committed to helping adults prevent or delay type 2 diabetes for those at risk for the disease. This program meets the growing demand we have not only here in Michigan, but in the United States.”
 
For more information about how a PTI diabetes lifestyle coach can provide assistance to individuals and corporate and community groups, contact Harmony Kinkle at hkinkle@transformcoach.org or 248.475.4736.