Recent Behavioral Health Home Learning Session Encourages Health Care Integration

Published on June 29, 2015 by

On a beautiful late June day, 103 staff members from 20 of Maine’s community mental health agencies  gathered for a learning session at Colby College to further the cause of integrating physical and behavioral health care. Designated by MaineCare as Behavioral Health Home Organizations, each agency is working with at least one primary care provider,…


QC Receives Grant to Reduce Overuse of Medical Tests & Treatments

Published on June 18, 2015 by

Today the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation announced that Maine Quality Counts has  been selected as one of seven recipients nationally of grant funding to implement its Choosing Wisely® campaign, a national effort to reduce the use of tests and treatments that medical specialty groups participating in the campaign have identified as frequently…


Building Resilient Primary Care Teams

Published on June 8, 2015 by

The Triple Aim of improving patient experience, reducing costs and addressing populations has become a legendary concept in health care transformation since Don Berwick introduced it in 2008. Last year, Thomas Bodenheimer suggested in the Annals of Family Medicine the addition of a fourth aim: improving the work life of health care providers, both clinicians…


Maine Primary Care Providers Improving Care for Patients with Chronic Pain

Published on June 3, 2015 by

Responding to Maine’s growing epidemic of opioid abuse, Maine Quality Counts has launched the second Maine Chronic Pain Collaborative. The Collaborative is a one-year training program that links thirteen Maine primary care practices with national chronic pain treatment experts and local clinical mentors to introduce chronic pain treatment that is less reliant on the prescribing…