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 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 primary care innovations.

Keli Christman of Winding Waters Clinic

Primary care transformation: Winding Waters' remarkable journey

Set at the foot of eastern Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains and surrounded by 2.3 million acres of national forest, Winding Waters Clinic is a nationally recognized leader in health care transformation. But just a few years ago, their physicians faced a familiar challenge: how to keep their private rural practice open.

Seeing the forest and the trees: Balancing ongoing QI and urgent patient needs

An FQHC participating in HealthyHearts NYC explains how it has empowered its staff, encouraged open communication, and made the most of available resources in order to balance the pressing needs of its homeless patients with a long-term QI project.

Sky Lakes clinics take QI a step further with the BP call-back card

Learn how a small primary care system in rural Oregon was inspired take the next step after a successful training on proper BP measurement.

Comprehensive care that cuts costs: Stanford’s big idea

Successfully caring for patients with multiple chronic conditions is a huge challenge for any primary care practice, but Stanford Coordinated Care does just that—while also ditching fee-for-service.

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?