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.

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.

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?  

Connecting Community Members and Primary Care Providers with Resources

How can community health workers and primary care providers work together to improve the health of their patients? Find out in this Q&A with Juli Gregory, RN, Education Director and Directory of ConneXions at Group Shepherd Medical Center.

Behavioral health integration: What does it really mean in primary care?

Integrating behavioral health into primary care is more than just hiring a staff member who’s licensed to provide specialized services. It means restructuring your team. In this Q&A, Dr. Ed Wagner explains why the distinction is critical.

6 building blocks for safe, team-based opioid prescribing in primary care

The Team-Based Opioid Management project offers resources and tools that support safer opioid prescribing, including the "Six Building Blocks" - the core components of safe, team-based opioid prescribing that have been implemented successfully in primary care settings across the country.

8 free webinars on team-based care to guide your primary care practice

Moving toward a team-based model of care is an essential component of primary care transformation. But how does your practice get started? What specific steps do you need to take? Check out this free webinar series to learn how practices like yours have successfully transitioned to team-based care.

Team nursing: How rethinking the RN role can free up your practice

In part two of this two-part series about St. Luke’s Clinic in eastern Oregon, learn how redesigning the RN role enhanced access for patients and made better use of staff expertise and capabilities.

Referral coordination: From fragmentation to full-circle care

Redefining staff roles and responsibilities can transform your practice. In part one of this two-part story, learn how an exemplary Oregon clinic revamped their specialty referral process to better serve patients and keep their staff happy.
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