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How Can I Choose Wisely? A community conversation on healthcare changes and rising costs

Published on May 26, 2017 by

Maine Quality Counts (MQC), is a member-driven nonprofit organization working to transform health and healthcare. MQC invites the public to join us on Thursday, June 8, from 5 to 6:30 pm at the Brunswick Hotel & Tavern, 4 Noble Street in Brunswick for a lively Town Hall meeting about healthcare followed by a Member Mingle…
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Maine Quality Counts Receives Grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Published on May 18, 2017 by

Deepening Behavioral Health Integration to Address Opioid Use Disorder in Primary Care Maine Quality Counts (MQC), is a member-driven nonprofit organization working to transform health and healthcare. MQC is pleased to announce that it recently received a grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s Quality Grants Program to support primary care practices with integrated behavioral health…
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Maine Quality Counts Taps Two Current Directors As Interim Leaders

Published on May 3, 2017 by

  Maine Quality Counts (MQC), the independent, multi-stakeholder alliance working to transform health and health care, recently announced that Erik Steele, DO, has stepped down as Interim Executive Director to return to practicing direct patient care. His role was planned as a short term solution. In the meantime, Allison Watson, CFO and Senior Director of…
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Maine Quality Counts Welcomes Maine Podiatric Medical Association

Published on April 25, 2017 by

MPMA recently joined Maine Quality Counts as a Trailblazer member. Maine Quality Counts (QC), is a member-driven nonprofit organization working to transform health and healthcare and is pleased to announce its newest member, the Maine Podiatric Medical Association (MPMA). MPMA represents all practicing podiatrists in Maine who are also members of their national organization the…
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Opioid Addiction and Patient Care by Dr. Erik Steele

Published on April 11, 2017 by

Peter was a patient of mine to whom I prescribed opioids intermittently for several years. I remember to this day how shocked I was to finally discover that he was not only pathologically hooked on opioids, but was so hooked he was stealing money to buy them on the street. Even more shocking to me;…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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