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“In It Together”: QC 2017 Conference Preview

Published on February 14, 2017 by

On April 5, 2017, Maine Quality Counts will once again bring together caregivers from across Maine to learn from national and state healthcare thought leaders, and from you and your colleagues, about “Achieving Excellence in Patient and Provider Experience.” We will not only hear from Dr. Berwick, but from caregivers and patients about their work…

Feb. 2 Caring for ME Training on Safe Opioid Prescribing Laws (LD 1646/ CH 488)

Published on January 24, 2017 by

  On February 2, 2017, the Caring For ME collaborative will be hosting regional training meetings in Augusta (at the Civic Center), Bangor (at Spectacular Events Center), Portland and Lewiston (at the USM campuses), and virtually via zoom. All sites will be connected together through a virtual meeting space with audio and video. A light,…

175 Practices and 600,000 Patients: Celebrating the Successes of the Patient Centered Medical Home Pilot and the Medical Homes Model in Maine

Published on December 12, 2016 by

On the final day of 2016, the sun will set on the Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice (MAPCP) Demonstration, a national health care transformation initiative that supported the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Pilot in Maine. MAPCP and the Maine PCMH Pilot have led to marked and positive change in the way primary care is…

Summit Explores Best Care for Superutilizers

Published on December 7, 2016 by

How do we truly address patient needs? Build a team for support? Identify the right care for the patient in front of us? Recently, Maine Community Care Teams (CCTs) confronted these questions with national experts at QC’s final Superutilizer Summit in Freeport. Attendees included teams from each of the Community Care Teams, Maine Quality Counts…

Press Release: Maine Quality Counts Taps Erik Steele, DO, as Interim Executive Director

Published on November 3, 2016 by

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contact: Paul Santomenna email 207.620.8526, X1013   MAINE QUALITY COUNTS TAPS ERIK STEELE, DO, AS INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Dr. Steele brings decades of leadership in Maine health care to interim role Manchester, Maine – (November 3, 2016) – Maine Quality Counts (QC), the independent, multi-stakeholder alliance working to transform health and…

Learning Session Offers Strategies for Achieving High-Value Care

Published on October 6, 2016 by

How do we deliver high-value primary care in Maine? How do we manage change? How do we nurture teams and make the best use of team members’ skills? These were the central questions that 350 primary care providers and practice staff members considered at last week’s Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) – Health Home –…

So You Received a Negative Payment Adjustment Notification from CMS

Published on October 5, 2016 by

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) distributed letters to providers indicating that the recipient—you, if you got one! – did not satisfactorily report 2015 PQRS quality measures or satisfactorily participate in a qualified clinical data registry (QCDR).  The letter goes on to explain that you, therefore, are now subject to a 2017…

Succeeding in a Brave New World: the Maine Community ACO

Published on September 30, 2016 by

Along with the changing foliage, school buses, and cool nights, a sure sign of fall (for inveterate policy wonks like me!) is the publication of annual results from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Accountable Care Organization (ACO) demonstrations.  CMS recently released results from Medicare ACOs 2015 performance year for ACOs nationwide, noting, “…over…

Chronic Disease Improvement Collaborative Graduates Four Practices

Published on June 29, 2016 by

Maine Quality Counts and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention held the third and final Chronic Disease Improvement Collaborative (CDIC) Learning Session last week for this year’s four participating practices: Ellsworth Internal Medicine, York Family Practice, York County Community Action – Nasson Health Care, Lincoln Medical Partners Family Medicine – Damariscotta. Each practice…

Learning Session Urges Deeper Understanding of Chronic Disease Patients

Published on June 8, 2016 by

Reaching a deeper understanding of patients and their lives became a dominant theme during last week’s Maine Patient Centered Medical Home/Health Home/ Behavioral Health Home learning session. More than 350 people attended the session as it unfolded at six sites across the State simultaneously, linked together through live streaming video of keynote speakers Rob Chamberlin,…