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Emily Mullen

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From Cockpit to Clinic: TeamSTEPPS

Published on August 4, 2015 by

After the National Transportation Safety Board found that poor leadership and communication were major factors in several airline crashes in the late 1970’s, the U.S. government and the airline industry created Crew Resource Management, a training program to improve communication, leadership and decision-making among pilots, copilots and eventually entire airline crews. Within a short time,…

Now Offering Maintenance of Certification Credit

Published on July 6, 2015 by

Calling all physicians! Today, the American Board of Medical Specialties announced that Maine Quality Counts has joined its Multi-Specialty Portfolio Approval Program. That means we’re now able to provide Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV credit to physicians from multiple specialties who complete many of our intensive quality improvement Learning Collaboratives. MOC credits are required for physicians to maintain…

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…

QC Partnering with Primary Care to Improve Chronic Disease Outcomes

Published on May 22, 2015 by

  Maine Quality Counts is supporting the efforts of up to 10 primary care practices to improve outcomes for patients with hypertension and diabetes mellitus. The Chronic Disease Improvement Collaborative, a 12-month pilot program supported by a contract with the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention, will provide support to strengthen delivery of evidence-based,…

Rediscovering Joy in Primary Care Practice

Published on April 30, 2015 by

With numerous studies indicating that half of primary care physicians in the U.S. suffer from burnout, yesterday’s Maine Quality Counts learning session for Patient Centered Medical Home and Health Home practices was particularly timely. During the one day session at Bangor’s Cross Insurance Center, 250 primary care practice team members gathered to learn how to…

Exploring Patient Engagement on March 18th

Published on February 23, 2015 by

The public is invited to join us on March 18th, from 5 to 7 pm, to learn how patients can help health care providers deliver better, more appropriate and often less-expensive care. Entitled The 21st Century Patient: Informed, Engaged, Activated, the event is the fourth in our series of free Health Care Town Hall Meetings…

QC Reaffirms Importance of Childhood Vaccines and Supports Quality Improvement Efforts to Raise Vaccination Rates in Maine

Published on February 9, 2015 by

Maine Quality Counts (QC) is closely monitoring the measles outbreak in the United States and understands the serious concerns about the increasing numbers of children in this country who remain unvaccinated, posing a risk to their own health and the health of others.  QC strongly supports childhood vaccinations and endorses the American Academy of Pediatrics…