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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…

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 –…

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,…

Primary Care and Medication Assisted Treatment: A Powerful Combination

Published on March 15, 2016 by

More than 150 primary care providers gathered at Maine Quality Counts forums in five locations across the state last Thursday night to learn about Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), a form of addiction therapy that combines counseling with medication, typically buprenorphine, to help reduce the craving for opioids. Just days earlier, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills…

Respiratory Infections & Antibiotic Resistance: A Message for Patients

Published on January 7, 2016 by

Maine Quality Counts is working closely with the ABIM Foundation, Consumer Reports and partners in both the Midcoast and Bangor regions to help prevent the overuse of certain medications, including antibiotics, through the Choosing Wisely® campaign. Recently, we published an article in the Coastal Journal reminding older health care consumers that most respiratory infections are…

Ending Opioid Dependence Among Chronic Pain Patients

Published on December 22, 2015 by

“The scourge of heroin and opioid abuse is an extraordinary crisis requiring an all hands on deck approach,” Maine Attorney General Janet Mills wrote to health care providers last week. Her letter noted 21 apparent overdose deaths in Maine from prescription and street drugs in November and urged prescribers to help save lives by “reining…

New Tool Available to Maine Clinicians for Reducing Unnecessary Medical Treatments

Published on November 17, 2015 by

Introducing the Choosing Wisely® Campaign First appearing in Maine in 2013 as a pilot program engaging a small number of primary care practices, ABIM Foundation’s  Choosing Wisely campaign is now growing to engage multiple health systems and community organizations in Maine. Maine Quality Counts is a Choosing Wisely grantee, and is working to advance the goals…

CompareMaine.org Offers New Healthcare Facility Cost & Quality Info

Published on November 2, 2015 by

The Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) has launched CompareMaine.org, a new healthcare transparency website.   Consumers can use it to compare the average cost of over 200 medical procedures at more than 170 healthcare facilities in the state—including hospitals, surgical centers, diagnostic imaging centers, labs, and clinics—and see quality ratings alongside cost information. “This launch is the…

Reducing Readmissions Requires Clinical & Non-Clinical Interventions

Published on October 6, 2015 by

Inpatient, behavioral health and primary care professionals developing readmission reduction strategies at the recent QC learning session. Last Friday, 600 primary care and behavioral health providers gathered at a Maine Quality Counts learning session in Augusta to seek solutions to a persistent problem in health care: the high rate of potentially avoidable readmissions. According to…