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.

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.

Closing the Knowledge Gap on Prevention in Pediatrics

When physicians nationwide recommend routine screening tests during well-child visits, most parents assume the tests have been scientifically proven to improve children’s health. That is, the kids tested will experience more benefit than harm.

Funding Opportunity: Apply for an ABIM Professionalism Challenge Grant

Did you enter the field of medicine out of a commitment to social justice? Have you worked on quality measures and improved the quality of care you provide? Have you improved access in your clinic? Funds are available this year to help you continue your good work.

Earn CME credit while learning about patient-centered research

Have you ever wanted to learn more about patient-centered outcomes research and how you can get involved? Here’s your chance: a free webinar from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute titled "The Role of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research in the Current Healthcare Landscape: Setting the Stage CME/CE.”

Staying alive: A survival story from the primary care frontline

Foresight Family Physicians, a small private practice in Colorado, embarked on a continuous improvement mission 10 years ago to survive. Read some of the lessons they have learned on their way to becoming a Level 3 certified patient-centered medical home that has embraced team care.

Improving colon cancer screening rates in a rural health system

One rural health system in Idaho was spread too thin to make a great impact on all of their quality measures. By focusing in on a high-priority measure, they were able to nearly double their colon cancer screening compliance rate. Learn how in this post.

How to help your patients make healthy food choices this holiday season

It’s holiday time. And with the holidays come a million opportunities to indulge in delicious, but sometimes unhealthy, foods. It can be a particularly challenging time for people with high blood pressure who are trying their best to make healthy food choices.

‘Getting Paid’: An AAFP resource to help you boost financial performance

With an ever-changing financial climate in primary care, it’s challenging for practices to keep up with strategies that maximize reimbursements and opportunities that leverage new value-based payment models. 

Safe, effective opioid therapy: How one urban clinic turned the corner

Widespread opioid use disorder, poorly managed chronic pain, and rising opioid overdose deaths awaited Dr. Rachel Solotaroff when she arrived at Central City Concern in 2006. Learn the steps her urban clinic took to successfully establish safety, effective, and consistent opioid therapy in this post.

Prescription painkiller abuse: Empowering patients to ask questions

The perils of prescription pain medications have been in the news lately. Your patients are rightly wondering what they need to know about the best way forward when they are prescribed an opioid medication.