Maine Quality Counts Taps Larry Clifford as Executive Director

Published on June 29, 2017 by

Maine Quality Counts (MQC), the independent, multi-stakeholder alliance working to transform health and healthcare, is pleased to announce that Larry Clifford has been named Executive Director following an extensive national search, and will start on September 5th, 2017. Throughout his 30-plus year career, Clifford has held leadership roles for a wide range of healthcare organizations,…
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Who Cares What Happens In DC: Building the Healthcare Enterprise That Can Survive In a Crazy Healthcare World

Published on June 8, 2017 by

First published in the April/May/June 2017 edition of Maine Medicine I often get asked what I think is going to happen with healthcare reform in Washington and Maine. My answer is, “Who knows, but it does not matter, so don’t focus on it. Instead, build your organization’s (your practice’s / hospital’s / health system’s, community…
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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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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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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…
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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…
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