Welcome to Implementing Innovations into Practice, a collaboration platform designed to help primary care practices learn from each other and discover practical ways to improve care and patient health. Here you’ll find weekly posts featuring proven strategies and resources that have helped real-world primary care practices bring better care to their patients—without breaking the bank. You’ll also discover exciting opportunities to work with researchers to study and implement new primary care innovations.

Dr. Alan Glaseroff, family physician, clinical professor of medicine, and co-founder of Stanford Coordinated Care

Why isn’t my patient getting better? The answer may lie outside the clinic

Dr. Alan Glaseroff gives practical advice for helping your patients better manage chronic illness by recognizing childhood experiences and the social factors that influence health.

Kaiser Permanente Washington Medical Assistant Santino Telles

Behavioral health integration: Empowered MAs are at the forefront

Kaiser Permanente Washington Medical Assistant Santino Telles describes an initiative that’s improving patients’ lives—while increasing his joy and pride in his work.

APM, alternative payment model, social determinants of health, health equity

Go big or go home: transforming primary care to achieve health equity for all

After years of implementation work, the Oregon Primary Care Association realized the patient-centered medical home model wasn’t the complete answer to what’s ailing health care. So they created an Alternative Payment and Advanced Care Model that aligns payment with care transformation.

Nicholas Box, PA-C, Physician Assistant at Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics

How to talk about opioids so patients will listen, and how to listen so patients will talk

An Idaho physician assistant relies on everyday tools in his effective approach to medication tapering conversations with his patients.

Three women talking—Don’t Be Lonely: How to Fight Burnout Through Team-Based Care

Don’t be lonely: How to fight burnout through team-based care

In the latest article from Implementing Innovations into Practice, Atul Gawande, MD, says it's the slow, steady work of primary care doctors working in teams who improve health outcomes. It addresses these two key questions: How do you set up such a team? How do you avoid burning out the very providers whose care can make such a difference?

Medical assistants

Too much to do? Look to your medical assistants in this new training program

Primary care practices are changing from physician-centered organizations (“only I can do it”) to patient-focused teams.  Is your practice making full use of your medical assistants?  

Migrant Clinicians Network

Health Network: Helping health centers provide continuity for mobile patients

When you care for patients who move frequently for work or other reasons, “lost to follow-up” is a well-known challenge. Learn about Health Network, a free program of Migrant Clinicians Network that serves as a bridge to potentially life-saving follow-up care for mobile patients.

Smiling child

Whole-person care: Practical ways to improve your patients' oral health

You can’t separate the mouth from the body and provide whole-person care.  If you’re not already addressing oral health, what can your clinic do?

A few of our favorite things in primary care

These are a few of our favorite things in primary care

As 2016 winds down, we’re taking a look back at the top five stories published since we launched Implementing Innovations into Practice. Each story provides practical tips your practice can use to improve care and patient health.

Tips you can give your patients to help keep their holidays healthy

Tips you can give your patients to help keep their holidays healthy

Here are some practical tips that you can use when you talk with your patients about holiday self-care.