Wed, 30 November 2016
A discussion with Dr. Lisa Letourneau, Susan Dentzer, Gordon Smith and Jeff Austin regarding the implications of health care policy and funding under the Trump Administration.
Direct download: Member_Webinar_11-22-16_audio_only.m4a
Category:HealthCare, HealthCare Policy, Trump Administraton, Implications -- posted at: 11:14am EDT
Fri, 18 November 2016
PCMH Held it's final Webinar on November 16th. Lisa Letourneau, MD, MPH, Executive Director for Maine Quality Counts spoke on Life After PCMH Pilot/MAPCP and options for supporting alternative primary care payment.
Direct download: November_16._2016_PCMH_Webinar.mp3
Category:Health Care, Patient-Centered Medical Come, Primary Care Practice, Primary Care Physicians, Practice Design -- posted at: 10:01am EDT
Tue, 15 November 2016
Medical Assisting is one of the allied health professions feeling the largest impact from recent healthcare reform. Highly competent support staff is increasingly important as population and health trends like team-based care and higher regulation shape the future of health care. Medical assistants (MAs) are widely recognized as part of the solution needed to provide quality, efficient care. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts 2.6% annual growth in the medical assisting field for the next 10 years, more than twice the average for U.S. employment growth. Job postings for MAs grew 15 percent in 2014 after growing over 10 percent per year in 2012 and 2013, according to Gray Associates, a strategy and consulting firm serving the education industry. With these trends comes the need for additional training to fit the ever-changing and expanding roles held within the healthcare community.
Through training, curriculum redesign and strengthened clinical relationships MAs are being required to advance beyond typical clinical and administrative skills to develop targeted competencies. This push is empowering MAs to seek out professional development for continued growth while seeking organizations that have developed successful career laddering programs.
As the shift to value-based care gains momentum, primary care practices are increasingly dependent on care teams to meet quality and cost goals. Medical assistants (MAs) are widely recognized as a key members of those teams, and their roles are fast expanding. Through training, curriculum redesign and strengthened clinical relationships, MAs are being required to advance beyond typical clinical and administrative skills to develop targeted competencies. This push is empowering MAs to seek out professional development for continued growth while seeking organizations that have developed successful career laddering programs.
This webinar will study MA career laddering in depth, including both an overview of best practices and deep dives into two successful career laddering programs. Please join us to gain new insights into how you can support and expand the role of MAs in your practice or system.
Direct download: LL_11-15-16_audio_only.m4a
Category:HealthCare, Maine Quality Counts, MQC, MA Career Laddering, Quality Care, Quality Care Teams, Medical Assistants -- posted at: 2:13pm EDT
Tue, 8 November 2016
QC Lunch and Learn Webinar: Understanding & Using MMEs to Comply with Maine's Opioid Prescribing Law
Maine's new Opioid Prescribing Law, Chapter 488, places limits on the total daily dose of opioid medication that most patients may legally be prescribed. Those limits are measured using "Morphine Milligram Equivalents", or MMEs. But measuring MMEs for various opioid medications can be tricky and prescribers, naturally, have questions. Which MME Calculator to use? How will MMEs be handled by Maine's Prescription Monitoring Program? How can providers keep track of changes in patients' daily MME dosage? How can practices use EMRs to record providers' opioid prescribing by MME?
This webinar will explore what we currently know about the use of MMEs, how they will be used to assure compliance with Chapter 488 and how one large primary care system in Maine is using its EMR to help providers understand their own opioid dosage trends.
Direct download: LL_11-8-16_audio_only.m4a
Category:HealthCare, Maine Quality Counts, MQC, Morphine Milligram Equivalents, MMEs MME Calculator, Maine's Opioid Prescribing Law, Opio -- posted at: 3:19pm EDT
Tue, 1 November 2016
QC Lunch and Learn Webinar: Treating Adult Obesity in the Primary Care Setting: Current Best Practices
Since 2000, Maine’s adult obesity rate has jumped more than 58 percent. In 2016, nearly a third of adult Mainers are obese, a contributing factor in the increasing prevalence of many chronic diseases including hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and even depression. There is little doubt that obesity needs to be addressed by Maine’s medical community, but what exactly should a primary care provider do when encountering an obese patient?
In this webinar, we will talk about beginning conversations with patients about obesity treatment, review current and accepted algorithms for care, look at potential pharmacological causes of obesity and follow what happens when a patient is referred to a specialist for care.
Direct download: LL_11-1-16_audio_only.m4a
Category:HealthCare, Maine Quality Counts, MQC, Obesity Treatment, Algorithms for Care -- posted at: 4:17pm EDT