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.

Enhancing the role of the medical assistant

By Dona Cutsogeorge, staff author and communications coordinator at the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation at Group Health Research Institute

Medical assistants: they’re ubiquitous. They are employed by almost every ambulatory clinical care practice, and every primary care practice. Expansion of the MA role is a crucial early focus when transitioning to team-based care.

As Obamacare expands access, clinics use team care to adapt

Under Obamacare, millions of Americans are gaining health coverage, which is providing them with access to much-needed care.

Can Mindfulness Training Help Ease Clinician Burnout?

Like many primary care professionals, Dr. Elizabeth Lin was feeling burnt out and overwhelmed. But all that changed when she discovered mindfulness training. Learn how mindfulness can make your work more manageable and rewarding.

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.

STOP Colon Cancer: A practical approach to boosting screening rates

Learn how a simple but effective program in more than 22 Federally Qualified Health Centers in Oregon is improving colorectal cancer screening rates among high-risk populations. The program also addresses health disparities, reduces health care costs, and expands meaningful use of electronic health systems.

How to fight the opioid epidemic

The president of the AMA has called for action to combat deaths from opioids. What can your practice do to respond to the opioid epidemic? One of the nation’s top opioid safety researchers, Dr. Michael Von Korff, offers a specific plan.

ABCS saves lives: 4 steps to help you use the metrics in your practice

Research shows that using the ABCS measures is a powerful way to prevent deaths from cardiac-related conditions. Here are four practical steps you can take to work ABCS into your practice’s day-to-day care.

Improving patient engagement, experience with “Open Communication”

Is improving patient experience a priority for your practice? If so, you’ll want to learn about “Open Communication”—a primary care-based intervention that led to better patient engagement and experience with care at Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Northern California.

Medicare Payment Reform: EvidenceNOW Helps You Prepare

On April 16, 2015, President Obama signed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Agreement of 2015 (MACRA) into law, ushering in a new value-based system for provider payment and laying the groundwork for rewarding providers for higher quality care.

Value not volume: Qualis Health’s new guide to clinical quality reporting

Do you need to step up your game around clinical quality reporting?  With new requirements from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the rise of value-based reimbursements tied to quality, your practice may be feeling pressure to locate the gaps in your metrics so that you can remain viable in today’s marketplace.