dollWhether your practice was selected to participate in the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative or not, we at the Health Collaborative are committed to sharing best practices from the program.  The slides and other resources from our last learning session are available on our Website under the Resources and Services tab.

The event, held March first, began with a community resource fair designed to help practices become familiar with organizations that have information and services available to assist with project milestones completion.  A list of those resources is included in the materials on our Website.

The session was focused on building strong care teams.  Our first speaker was Dr. Richard Baron of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, who shared his insights regarding the importance of staff delegation and enhancing change management skills when building strong care teams. Proper staffing for care teams continues to be a big question. Christine Colella, MSN, CNP, Director of Nurse Practitioner Programs at UC, helped explain the role physician extenders can play in care teams. The conversation continued with a look at community health workers and other team players.

The CPC practices have told us they are interested in stories from the trenches, so Susan Miller, the Director of Implementation for PriMed Physicians, shared her experiences with engaging her practice sites in project work planning and overall goal setting. Evoking a bit of fortune cookie wisdom, Miller reminded the practices, “You do not have to know where you are going to be headed in the right direction.”

To round out the full day of learning, our practices worked in teams to discuss their own strategies for care coordination.