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,…


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;…


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…


In Health Care, Mid-Level is a Derogatory Term

Published on October 19, 2015 by

I’m a Nurse Practitioner. A patient said to me the other day, “you have taken better care of me than anyone else ever has. I hope you will become a doctor soon, so I won’t have to see someone else.” Another said, “I heard the social worker call you a middle level and I was…


Better Health Care Through Resilience

Published on October 1, 2015 by

Bryan Sexton of Duke’s Patient Safety Center addresses the 2015 Maine Patient Safety Academy. In the past week, how many times have you skipped a meal or gotten less than five hours of sleep per night? If you’re a healthcare provider, the answer to these questions may have a profound impact on the quality of care…


Press Release: QC Receives Award to Launch the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network

Published on September 29, 2015 by

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             CONTACT:    Paul Santomenna September 29, 2015                                                                               (207) 620-8526 x1013 Maine Quality Counts…