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.

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.

Community Health Workers: A Key Link in Integrated Behavioral Health Care

La Familia Medical Center in New Mexico has long integrated behavioral health into primary care. Learn how this federally qualified health center uses community health workers to connect with and support patients who might otherwise fall through the cracks.

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.

Opioids for chronic pain: Getting to a safe place

Most primary care providers know all too well that opioid prescribing for the management of chronic pain has increased dramatically. Learn how one rural Washington clinic developed a pain management program that uses care plans and risk stratification to help keep their patients healthy and safe.

Choosing Wisely Action Manual: Your guide to reducing low-value care

If you work in primary care, you’ve probably heard of Choosing Wisely—a national initiative to reduce the overuse of wasteful or potentially harmful tests and procedures. Learn how your practice can join the effort with the Choosing Wisely Action Manual.

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.

Not just alphabet soup: 4 ABCS to improve your patients’ heart health

If 70 percent of patients with high blood pressure were treated according to ABCS cardiovascular risk guidelines, 46,000 lives could be saved each year. Learn how to implement ABCS in your practice in a free webinar this April.

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.

Migrant Clinicians Network: Collaborating for better farmworker care

Caring for agricultural workers brings unique challenges. Learn how Blue Ridge Community Health Services in North Carolina collaborated with Migrant Clinicians Network to provide better care and become a Center for Excellence in Environmental and Occupational Health.

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.