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Quality-Driven Healthcare: Finding Opportunity for Population Health Management In Your Practice

March 29, 2018

Healthy Hearts in the Heartland (H3) and the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network (GLPTN) are pleased to welcome Christine Rash-Foanio, PharmD, BCACP, for a webinar titled, “Quality-Driven Healthcare: Finding Opportunity for Population Health Management in Your Practice.”

In the webinar, Dr. Rash-Foanio will focus on why physicians may want to consider implementing population health management strategies in their practices. For many, the transition from caring for patients on an individual basis to managing them on a patient population level can be challenging. However, population health management strategies have been shown to improve health outcomes, as well as overall efficiency of care. This webinar will help participants increase understanding of how to implement population health management strategies in practice, and troubleshoot barriers to doing so. A Q&A session will follow the webinar.

Target Audience: This webinar is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals.

 Learning Objectives:

  • Describe a value-based clinical service model for diabetes care within a primary care setting.
  • Apply the value-based clinical service model to patient populations with other chronic conditions.
  • Identify strategies to develop metrics for measuring the success of a value-based service model.
  • Recognize current and potential challenges in achieving continued success in a value-based service model.

About the Speaker:

Christine Rash-Foanio, PharmD, BCACP, is a Clinical Pharmacist in Ambulatory Internal Medicine and Managed Care at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences Center and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy.  She provides clinical pharmacy services, including disease state management, within an internal medicine clinic. Her value-based clinical pharmacy model focuses on the diareses state management of patients with diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. Her research areas include medication safety and population health management.

Dr. Rash is TCPI National Faculty member and serves on the steering committee of the Medication Management and Safety Affinity Group.  She graduated magna cum laude from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University. She completed an inpatient pharmacy residency at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ, and a specialty residency in Ambulatory Care at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Taming the Referral Process

February 22, 2018

Healthy Hearts in the Heartland (H3) and the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network (GLPTN) are pleased to welcome Carol Greenlee, MD, FACP, for a webinar entitled, “Taming the Referral Process.”

In this webinar, Dr. Greenlee will discuss steps you can take to improve the referral process in order to increase patient satisfaction, and to reduce waste and unnecessary use of resources. Dr. Greenlee will recommend steps to build a system for care coordination, including improving workflow design and communication between provider groups. These steps will enhance the quality of the referral process, ensure care is truly patient-centered, and will benefit the physician and clinical team. A Q&A will take place following the presentation.

Target Audience: This webinar is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives:

1. Recognize the need for an improved referral process within and between practices
2. Describe the purpose and basic content of a care coordination agreement
3. Identify critical elements of the referral process
4. Describe the benefits of doing a process map of the internal practice referral process

About the Speaker:

Mary Carol Greenlee MD, FACP, FACE, is board certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and is in private practice at Western Slope Endocrinology in Grand Junction, Colorado. She has a special interest in care delivery issues and has been actively involved with the collaborative project sponsored by the Endocrine Society to develop tools to assist with transition from pediatric to adult care for patients with endocrine disorders.
Dr. Greenlee represents the Endocrine Society and is vice-chair of the Council of Subspecialty Societies (CSS) for the American College of Physicians (ACP), where she co-chairs the CSS Work Group on PCMH-Neighbor and was a lead author of the ACP position paper, “The Patient-Centered Medical Home Neighbor: The Interface of the Patient-Centered Medical Home with Specialty/Subspecialty Practices.” She has served on the Board of the American Thyroid Association, chaired their Clinical Affairs Committee and Task Force on Radioiodine Safety, and served on the Hyperthyroid Guidelines Writing Committee. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Miami University (Ohio) and with Highest Distinction from Indiana University School of Medicine. She did her Internal Medicine internship and residency at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Indiana, before returning to IU Medical Center for her fellowship in Endocrinology.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.

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Team Based Care in Practice Transformation

January 17, 2018

Healthy Hearts in the Heartland (H3) and the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network (GLPTN) are pleased to welcome Kirsten Meisinger, MD, MHCDS, for a webinar entitled “Team Based Care in Practice Transformation.”

Dr. Meisinger will share the benefits of transitioning to team-based, patient centered primary care. She will explore how each care team member, at the practice level and beyond, plays an important role in ensuring quality patient care. She will also discuss obstacles to achieving this important organizational shift, and the role leadership can play in optimizing a team’s efficiency and productivity. A Q&A session will take place following the presentation.

Target Audience: This webinar is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand the vision of team based care in the ambulatory setting
2. Understand the essential elements of high functioning teams
3. Acquire practical tips on how to move your system towards team based care

About the Speaker

Kirsten Meisinger, MD is the Medical Staff President for the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) as well as a Regional Medical Director in Primary Care and the CHA Site Visit Liaison.

Dr. Meisinger has an active panel as a Family Doctor at the Union Square Family Health Center, a CHA practice, and has been Medical Director of the site since 2008. She has served as the National Faculty Co-Chair for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) initiative “Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative” (TCPi), 2016/17 as well as the co-chair of the CMS ICOAG Affinity Group. She continues on the project as faculty through 2018.

Dr. Meisinger has done extensive consulting both nationally and internationally on Patient Centered Medical Home development and health care system transformation. She has faculty appointments at Tufts University and Harvard Medical School, and is the faculty lead at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Latin American team.

Dr. Meisinger earned a BA from Brown University, her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and completed a Family Medicine Residency at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence, Massachusetts. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Health Care Delivery Science at Dartmouth University (’18).

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Implementing a Heart Failure Transitional Care Program: Lessons Learned

October 18, 2017

Healthy Hearts in the Heartland (H3), Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network (GLPTN) and Vizient are pleased to welcome R. Kannan Mutharasan, MD, for a webinar entitled, “Implementing a Heart Failure Transitional Care Program: Lessons Learned.”

Dr. Mutharasan will share his experiences executing a cardiovascular quality improvement (QI) program in three phases: 1) patient identification, 2) in-patient education, and 3) outpatient intervention. He’ll focus on discussing how process improvement was effected, drawing out lessons from the heart failure population that may be broadly applicable to other disease conditions and practice settings. Dr. Mutharsan will describe how they assembled and utilized a core care team and how they used Agile principles transform QI ideas into practice. Q&A follows the presentation.

Target Audience:  This webinar is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the heart failure syndrome and relate its complexity to the complexities of other disease states.
  2. Illustrate the composition of a multidisciplinary care team and its role in managing complex disease
  3. Apply agile principles to process improvement as it pertains to health care delivery

About the speaker:

Kannan Mutharasan, MD, FACC, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine-Cardiology at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. There, he directs the Heart Failure Bridge and Transition Team, a multidisciplinary team designed to improve the outcomes of heart failure patients. The program has achieved broad success in improving cardiovascular mortality, readmission rates, and cost.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.  Please click here for complete information on CE credits.

Co-sponsors:
Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network and Vizient

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Implementing an Enhanced Recovery Program for Surgery

September 21, 2017

Healthy Hearts in the Heartland (H3), Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network (GLPTN) and Vizient are pleased to welcome Michael McGee, MD, for a webinar on “Implementing an Enhanced Recovery Program for Surgery.”

Dr. McGee, a colorectal surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, will share his experiences carrying out a large-scale quality improvement program that included a strong patient engagement component.  The program reduced wound infections after colorectal surgery by 50% and reduced readmissions by 40%.

Dr. McGee will describe the barriers his team experienced while changing the protocol in a large healthcare system, and will share the strategies they used to overcome challenges. He also will provide examples of how data was used to change culture and garner support. Q&A follows the presentation.

Target Audience:  This webinar is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize barriers to implementing a large quality improvement (QI) project
  2. Develop strategies to overcome barriers to implementing a large (QI) project
  3. Detail basic tenets of surgically enhanced recovery protocols
  4. Develop audit and feedback programs to enhance performance of existing QI projects
  5. Apply this information to professional practice

These learning objectives align closely with the TCPI change package; quality improvement programs that include patient and family input are included in Drivers 1 and 2.

This is the first webinar in a 3-part series with a quality improvement focus on reducing readmissions and engaging patients and their families.

About the speaker:
Dr. Michael McGee is a colorectal surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in the Division of Surgical Oncology. Prior to obtaining his medical degree at Drexel University, he was a trained mechanical engineer.

After completing general surgery training at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. McGee completed a colorectal surgery fellowship at Cleveland Clinic. While at Case Western, Dr. McGee completed the Dudley P. Allen Scholarship dedicated to clinical research in minimally invasive surgery.

Dr. McGee’s clinical interests include minimally invasive colorectal surgery, complex re-operative abdominal surgery, surgical endoscopy, abdominal wall reconstruction, and anorectal surgery.  His research interests include surgical quality improvement, clinical trials, and patient education.  He is an active member of several national surgical organizations and has authored over 50 publications and received multiple grants and awards for research, teaching, and humanism.

Dr. McGee serves as faculty on the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative (ISQIC) where he led statewide quality improvement projects to reduce surgical site infections and develop enhanced recovery programs for surgical patients. Dr. McGee is the current chairperson for system-wide enhanced recovery program development at Northwestern Memorial Health Care and is co-chairperson of enhanced recovery programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.  Please click here for complete information on CE credits.

Co-sponsors:
Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network and Vizient

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Patient Engagement: Types, Trends and Opportunities

September 13, 2017

Healthy Hearts in the Heartland (H3) welcomes Kathy Kunath, RN, Training and Partner Relations, Iowa Chronic Care Consortium (ICCC), for a webinar on “Patient Engagement: Types, Trends, and Opportunities”.  Kathy will be joined by ICCC executive director Bill Appelgate for the discussion. They’ll start by explaining why patient engagement offers important benefits to patients and practices alike. Then Kathy and Bill will describe the value of practice-level and patient-level engagement and share reasons why it’s a good idea for clinicians to focus on both types. Strategies that have been proven to increase patient engagement will be shared, with examples drawn from ICCC projects that supported patients with heart failure. Q&A follows the presentation.

Target Audience:  This webinar is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define changes in healthcare driving the importance of engagement
  2. Describe two distinct types of patient engagement and the value of each.
  3. Explore effective strategies used in both types of patient engagement that drive improved outcomes

About the speakers:

Kathy Kunath, RN
Kathy has a personal mission of building healthier communities by serving as a catalyst for growth in individuals and organizations.  Kathy is a registered nurse and focused her early professional years on the care of critically ill patients.  As she witnessed the stress of patients and families who “if only they had known” would have lead healthier lives, she became interested in finding ways to paddle “upstream” in improving health.

Her journey lead her to manage a cardiac rehabilitation program for 13 years, develop creative community health outreach programs, lead a community health coalition to change tobacco policy, and coordinate local television shows that highlight innovative treatment options and lifestyle management programs for chronic diseases.  She chaired a community-based committee of the American Heart Association that published resource guides on healthy eating, local exercise facilities and stress management resources.  In 1999, Kathy was chosen to participate in the Cardiovascular Health Leadership Fellowship, a national program through the Health Forum, a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association.

Bill Appelgate
As Executive Director of ICCC, Dr. Bill Appelgate provides leadership and guidance in chronic disease management, clinical health coaching, health risk assessments, health policy, prevention, health promotion and healthy aging.

Under his leadership, ICCC has led the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise in deploying statewide chronic disease programs in heart failure and diabetes to its members. He was also involved in the development of chronic healthcare cost-reduction strategies within health care reform legislation.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.  Please click here for complete information on CE credits.

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Progress and Challenges in the Care of Women with Cardiovascular Disease

June 21, 2017

Healthy Hearts in the Heartland (H3) welcomes Dr. Marla Mendelson, MD, a cardiologist at the Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, for a webinar on  “Progress and Challenges in the Care of Women with Cardiovascular Disease”.

Dr. Mendelson will discuss sex and gender in medicine, giving a historical perspective. She will describe how sex and gender have factored into cardiovascular research and what it means for clinical practice. How reproductive issues affect cardiovascular risk will be covered, as will identification of future risk in women. Q&A follows the presentation.

Target Audience:  This webinar is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Objectives:  Following the completion of this learning session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the manifestations of cardiac disease in women
  • Identify etiology of acute and ischemic events in women
  • Recognize that hypertension in pregnancy can be a risk factor for future cardiovascular disease (CVD)
  • Differentiate gender-specific aspects of CVD
  • Apply this information to professional practice

About the speaker:
Dr. Marla Mendelson is a cardiologist at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is an associate professor of medicine and pediatrics at Feinberg School of Medicine who founded and directs the Center for Women’s Cardiovascular Health of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, Northwestern Heart Disease and Pregnancy, and Northwestern Adult Congenital Heart and Marfan Center. Her research has focused on preconception evaluation of pregnancy in women with heart disease and gender-based outcomes of cardiac surgery.

Dr. Mendelson founded the Northwestern Adult Congenital Heart Center over 25 years ago as a joint program between Children’s Memorial Hospital and Northwestern.

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Using EHR Data and Other Methods to Improve Care: Lessons Learned

April 21, 2017

Healthy Hearts in the Heartland (H3) welcomes Dr.Christopher Tashjian, MD, FAAFP, Vibrant Health Family Clinics, for a webinar on “Using electronic health record (EHR) Data and Other Methods to Improve Care: Lessons Learned”.

Dr. Tashjian will discuss how a team-based approach to care can benefit both practice and patients alike. Working together, clinicians can make the most of technology to best support their patients. The difference between care coordination and Chronic Disease Management as they relate to blood pressure management also will be discussed. Q&A follows the presentation.

Target Audience:  This webinar is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Expected Outcome:  Participants will gain knowledge of how utilizing a team-based approach to care can benefit your practice and patients.

Objectives:  Following the completion of this learning session, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand how to use simple, cost-effective measures to improve blood pressure (BP) care
  2. Understand how to use EHR data to improve BP control
  3. Understand the difference between care coordination and chronic disease management and how it applies to systematic BP management
  4. Apply this information to professional practice and address barriers to using information

About the speaker:

Christopher Tashjian, MD, FAAFP, Vibrant health Family Clinics, has a passion for practicing quality care at an affordable price. Consumer Reports named his clinic #1 in Western WI for quality and value in diabetes and heart care.  This has been attributed in part to the implementation of a state-of-the-art EMR system allowing direct access to patient data, changing the management of chronic disease from reactive to proactive.

He currently is an HIT fellow using the EHR and practice innovations to increase participation in the Million Hearts Initiative and improve performance on the Million Hearts goal of preventing 1 million heart attacks or strokes by 2017.
Dr. Tashjian is currently on the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.  He is the Medical Advisor to Metastar, Wisconsin’s QIO,   He serves on the Board of Directors of HealthPartners Inc. where he is Co-Chair of the Medical Board of Governors and Chair of the Health Transformation Committee. He is also Chairman of the Board of Constellation and MMIC medical liability insurance companies.

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Smoking Cessation Strategies That Work

March 30, 2017

Join Healthy Hearts and the Heartland for a webinar, “Smoking Cessation Strategies that Work” with Megan DePumpo, AM, Research Operations and Projects Manager for Lindau Lab at University of Chicago, and Anna Poss, Clinical Director for Cook County Health and Hospital System’s Healthy Lungs Initiative.

Megan and Anna will share strategies–including motivational Interviewing and the Ask Advise Refer Model–clinicians can use to help patients overcome barriers. Even though everyone knows smoking is detrimental to health, it’s still very difficult for patients to quit. Q&A will immediately follow presentation.

Target Audience:
This webinar is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Expected Outcome:
Participants will be able to effectively optimize smoking cessation intervention.

Objectives:
Following the completion of this learning session, participants will be able to:

  1. Outline the steps of the Ask Advise Refer Model
  2. Apply motivational interviewing techniques in the clinical encounter
  3. Describe the guidelines and uses for tobacco cessation medication
  4. Apply brief smoking cessation counseling during clinical encounter

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Partnering with Pharmacists to Optimize Patient Care

February 23, 2017

Join Healthy Hearts in the Heartland for an informative webinar with Sean Stewart, PharmD, on Partnering with Pharmacists to Optimize Patient Care.  Dr. Stewart described the value pharmacists can bring to your primary care practice with support for patient medication adherence and education. He provided examples on how these activities support the Patient-Centered Medical Home Model and other quality improvement initiatives. As a certified clinical lipid specialist, Dr. Stewart shared ideas on how clinicians can maximize linkages with pharmacists in order to reduce patient cardiovascular risk and manage chronic diseases. Q&A follows the presentation.

Target Audience:
This webinar is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Expected Outcome:
Participants will be able to effectively collaborate with pharmacists to optimize care.

Objectives:
Following the completion of this learning session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify areas where pharmacists can provide value to a primary care practice
  2. List examples of pharmacist utilization within the Patient-Centered Medical Home
  3. Describe the role of the pharmacist in chronic disease state management
  4. Describe the role of the pharmacist in achieving quality measures

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Patient Engagement and Education Outside of the Office

January 23, 2017

Join Healthy Hearts and the Heartland for a webinar with Dr. Shanicka Williams on Patient Engagement and Education Outside of the Office.  Time is limited in the exam room and physicians may not be able to address everything they’d like with patients. Dr. Williams shared tips on how to engage with patients in ways other than point-of-care visits.  She also shared ideas on using social media and blogs to help patients improve their health.  Q&A follows the presentation.

Target Audience:  This webinar is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Expected Outcome:  Participants will be able to use effective strategies to engage patients.

Objectives:  Following the completion of this learning session, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss advantages of face-to-face community free events, identifying appropriate screenings and education.
  2. Identify the various social media platforms and how they can be used to engage patients.
  3. Discuss blogging and how it can be used for engagement and patient health information.

About the Speaker
Dr. Williams graduated from University of Illinois – College of Medicine in 2009 and completed Family Medicine Residency Program at Advocate Christ Medical Center in 2012. Since then she has gained invaluable experience as a mobile home physician, has worked in a federally qualified health center servicing the uninsured and underinsured, and has served as the Medical Director of Georgia Doty Hepatitis/HIV Community Outreach, Inc.

Dr. Williams has led her own private practice and has a passion for uplifting and encouraging other women physicians and entrepreneurs through her group The Diva Empowerment Network. Affectionately known as the DivaMD in many social media arenas, Dr. Williams hosts events to promote spiritual, educational, financial, and entrepreneurial growth, including events for Little Divas in Training (girls 11-17).

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Harnessing Community Resources to Improve Patient Care
December 19, 2016

Join Healthy Hearts in the Heartland for an engaging webinar on using community resources in patient care. Nivedita Mohanty, MD, Director of Evidence Based Practice, and Timothy Long, MD, Chief Clinical Officer – both at Alliance of Chicago – shared insights gleaned from their work with Federally Qualified Health Centers. They  explained why discussing community resources can enhance the patient experience, and shared strategies for helping patients take advantage of local opportunities. Last, Tim and Nita will describe ways you can identify resources in your own community that may be of interest to patients.

Target Audience:
This webinar is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Expected Outcome:
Participants will be able to discuss strategies related to patient engagement with community resources.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the value of community resources in patient care
2. Discuss how to engage patients in the process of using community resources
3. Identify community resources that may enhance your patients’ care.

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Behavioral Coaching to Improve Cardiovascular Health Outcomes
November 17, 2016
Dr. Rich Brown joined H3 for a presentation on Behavioral Coaching to Improve Cardiovascular Health Outcomes. After a discussion of the prevalence and impact of behavioral risks such as smoking and poor diet on chronic diseases, Dr. Brown shared a summary of the research on effective interventions. He provided suggestions for helping patients overcome barriers to achieving healthy behavior and provided practical suggestions on how to incorporate behavioral coaching into clinical practice.

Target Audience:
This webinar is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Expected Outcome:
Participants will be able to discuss research on behavioral screening and intervention effectiveness, and how this translates to patient practice.

Objectives:
Following the completion of this learning session, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the importance of various behavioral risks and disorders in addressing the ABCS of cardiovascular prevention
  2. Recognize opportunities to screen and intervene for those risks and disorders
  3. Explain how to screen and intervene for those risks and disorders
  4. Consider ways of implementing behavioral screening and intervention in light of coming value-based reimbursement programs

Speaker:
Rich Brown, MD, MPH
Dr. Brown is a family physician and a tenured professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin.  His academic focus has been the management of alcohol and drug disorders and other behavioral risk factors and conditions in primary healthcare settings.  He has conducted NIH-funded research, published dozens of peer-reviewed articles, made numerous presentations, and conducted workshops in this realm on four continents.  Dr. Brown is owner and CEO of Wellsys, LLC, which provides support for healthcare settings to provide systematic, evidence-based, cost-saving screening, intervention and referral services for alcohol and drug use and other behavioral risks and disorders.

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Motivational Interviewing to Address Patient Barriers
October 17, 2016
It can be difficult for patients to change their behavior, even if they know a behavior isn’t healthy. Dr. Angela Pfammatter describes common patient barriers and discusses practical strategies providers can use to help patients overcome resistance.

Target Audience:
This webinar is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Expected Outcome:
Participants will be able to discuss barriers and use strategies related to behavioral recommendations for patients.

Objectives:
Following the completion of this learning session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe common patient barriers to following behavioral recommendations.
  2. Apply strategies to collaboratively address problematic behaviors.
  3. Identify behavioral resistance.

Speaker:
Angela Pfammatter, PhD
Dr. Angela Fidler Pfammatter is a Clinical Health Psychologist and Research Assistant Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  She is experienced in training health professionals to use evidence-based techniques to intervene on patients that need to change health behaviors. Specifically, she focuses on application of skills and strategies to have an impact in brief formats online, in-person, or on the phone. Her research interests extend to optimizing behavioral interventions by leveraging technology to treat and prevent obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes.

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Understanding the New Cholesterol Performance Measure

Target Audience:
The webinar is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Expected Outcome:
Participants will be able to discuss the new cholesterol performance measure and compare the new measure to previous measures.

Overall Objectives:  Following the completion of this learning session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the three high risk groups targeted by CMS’s new cholesterol performance measure, “statin therapy for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease,” and describe the major clinical exceptions to the measure.
  2. Recognize the differences between the current CMS cholesterol management performance measure and prior CMS cholesterol management performance measures.
  3. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence base informing the 2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults.
  4. Analyze the extent to which CMS’s new cholesterol performance measure compares to the 2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults: A Report of the American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA) Task Force on Practice Guidelines.

About the Speaker:
Muriel Jean-Jacques, MD, MAPP, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  She received her MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed internal medicine residency in at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Her research has focused on the evaluation, implementation, and dissemination of health information technology-supported initiatives that aim to promote the delivery of effective preventive and chronic disease care, especially to racial and ethnic minorities, low-income populations, and the uninsured.

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Improving Health Outcomes: Reducing Clinical Inertia for Controlling Hypertension

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Speaker:
Michael Rakotz, MD
Vice President, Chronic Disease Prevention & Management
Improving Health Outcomes
American Medical Association

The purpose of this webinar is to discuss the “Act rapidly” component of the Improving Health Outcomes: Blood Pressure (IHO: BP) M.A.P. framework , which is part of the IHO: BP curriculum, and explain how it supports the achievement of optimal blood pressure control with the use of IHO: BP program tools and materials.  Healthy Hearts in the Heartland (H3) is a grant funded collaboration supporting research studying the impact of practice facilitation, clinical decision support and optimized health information technology with 250+ small to mid-sized practices.  The study focuses specifically on improving Million Hearts® measures for aspirin therapy, blood pressure control, cholesterol management and smoking cessation, also known as the ABCS. 

Objectives:
After attending this webinar practices/health centers should be able to:

  1. Describe how poor blood pressure variability, white coat effect, and poor blood pressure measurement technique contribute to clinician uncertainty about what a patient’s true blood pressure is in the office setting.
  2. Describe how clinical inertia and limited patient engagement contribute to suboptimal blood pressure control rates.
  3. Demonstrate how to use the “Act rapidly assessment tool” or “Partner with patients assessment” tool to identify factors contributing to uncontrolled hypertension at your practice or health center.
  4. Describe common barriers that contribute to successfully overcoming clinical inertia.

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Implementing a Practice-Led Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring Program

Thursday, May 26, 2016
30 minutes

Speaker:
Linda Murakami, RN, BSN, MSHA
Senior Program Manager, Quality Improvement
American Medical Association

Evidence shows that when clinical care teams partner with, train and engage patients in self-measurement of their blood pressure, improvements in blood pressure control are achieved. Additionally, self-measured blood pressure monitoring (SMBP) has been shown to increase the ability of clinicians to diagnose hypertension by confirming elevated office readings, as well as identifying patients with white-coat hypertension or masked hypertension. This webinar will demonstrate methods for implementing a self-measured blood pressure monitoring program which includes:

  • Tips on how to ensure accurate measurements are taken in the home
  • Approaches to communicating home blood pressure measurements between the patient and the clinician
  • Steps to starting a loaner program in the primary care practice setting

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Nuts and Bolts: Pulling and Analyzing EHR Reports to Improve Care

Wednesday, April 14, 2016
30 minutes

Speaker: Christopher H. Tashjian, MD, FAAFP
HIT Fellow using the EHR and practice innovations to increase participation in the Million Hearts Initiative and improve performance on the Million Hearts goal
Medical Advisor, MetaStar and Lake Superior QIN

Objectives: Following the completion of this learning session, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the use of EHR data to determine where the most need is for improving patient care in your practice
  2. Examine the approaches a care team can creatively use to manage chronic disease using its electronic health record (EHR) system
  3. Identify steps to learn what you want from your EHR data, learn your EHR system, and deliver healthcare proactively

Target Audience: The webinar is designed for physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals with an interest in improving care related to the topic area.

Expected Outcome: Participants will be able to discuss how the use of patient data generated using an EHR can proactively improve patient care and be able to interpret the data collected.

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Treating Your Patients for Tobacco Dependence

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
30 minutes

This activity is a didactic presentation via webinar that provides physicians and other clinicians with a review of the evidence-based practice for treating patients with tobacco dependence utilizing United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines. There will also be a discussion on electronic cigarettes and what health professionals need to tell their patients. The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Improving Health Outcomes: Blood Pressure Measurement

Thursday, February 25, 2016
30 minutes

H3 hosted Michael Rakotz MD, Director of Chronic Disease Prevention at the American Medical Association, for a webinar discussion for providers and office staff on blood pressure (BP) control improvement methods.

After attending this webinar practices/health centers should be able to:

1. Describe accurate blood pressure measurement as the foundation for blood pressure control improvement efforts
2. Describe the impact that unreliable blood pressure measurements can have on clinical decisions.
3. List up to five factors that can make blood pressure readings inaccurate and identify strategies to overcome those factors.
4. Utilize measure accurately assessment tools to identify opportunities for improving your practice or health center’s blood pressure measurement process.

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