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CHA Showcases Its Transformation at International Summit on Patient Care
Posted Date: 4/8/2013

Cambridge, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) is honored to have a significant presence at the 14th Annual International Summit on Improving Patient Care in the Office Practice & the Community, presented by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and taking place from April 7-9 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Over one thousand healthcare leaders and professionals from across the world are attending the conference, which features several presentations from CHA staff, to learn about new ways to engage patients and communities to improve health status, new approaches to implementing and spreading patient-centered medical homes, and new opportunities for leveraging health IT, among other topics.

"CHA's diverse presence at this year’s IHI Summit reflects the substantial contributions we are making to the national and international conversation about transforming health and health care,” said Somava Stout, MD, CHA’s Vice President for Patient-Centered Medical Home Development and co-chair of the Summit. “Our presenting team – including patient leaders, doctors, nurses, mental health clinicians and frontline staff – is deeply engaged in changing the way we practice to improve the experience, health, and well-being of patients. The Summit is a wonderful way for us to learn from innovators around the country who are all engaged in this common journey."

Following are details about CHA’s presentations at the Summit.

* Transformation as a Safety Net: The ACO/PCMH Model at Cambridge Health Alliance

This daylong session describes the transformation of a safety net system to an ACO-PCMH model of care, focusing on the cultural, infrastructural, and population health aspects. The program will outline strategies for physician engagement, team development, financial transformation, leadership redesign, and care redesign. Also shared will be the lessons learned, the early outcomes, the key levers for success, and the applicability for systems undergoing national health reform. More than 15 CHA physicians and staff members will participate in this presentation, which will be led by Dr. Stout and Doug Thompson, Chief Administrative Officer for ACO Development.

* Integrating Community and Public Health with Primary Care to Achieve Population Health

In this mini-keynote address, Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, Senior Medical Director for Public and Community Health and Executive Director of the Institute for Community Health, and Claude-Alix Jacob, MPH, Chief Public Health Officer, explore CHA’s approach to improving the health of our communities. Ensuring the health of the larger population requires partnerships with community and public health organizations. They will provide strategies for comparing the health of the population seen in primary care with the health of the community and will review several examples of integration between public health and primary care.

* Optimizing the Primary Care Team with RN Care Management

Medical director Kirsten Meisinger, MD, Nitzali Rivera, LPN, and Monica Tague, RN, will detail the 18-month journey undertaken by the CHA Union Square Family Health center as it established the role of nurse care managers on patient care teams to improve chronic disease outcomes. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in activities designed to help primary care practice leaders optimize RN care management in their own settings.

* Integration of Physical and Behavioral Health Services

Robert Joseph, MD, CHA’s Director of C-L Psychiatry, will participate in a panel discussion exploring how many organizations, including CHA, have integrated physical and behavioral health services. In addition to demonstrating various models of integrated services, the workshop will describe potential barriers as well as solutions to challenges, and attendees will learn how to create a plan to increase physical and behavioral health integration in their own care settings.

* Health Information Technology

Dr. Karen Hacker, Senior Medical Director for Public and Community Health and Executive Director of the Institute for Community Health, joins a panel presentation to discuss how CHA has developed an IT tool to assess population health and map to geography. The tool pulls from CHA’s data warehouse and is used to get a high-level understanding of the primary care population, where they live, their demographics, and their major health problems.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is a leading innovator in health and health care improvement worldwide. For more than 25 years, IHI has partnered with an ever-growing community of visionaries, leaders, and front-line practitioners around the blog to spark bold, inventive ways to improve the health of individuals and populations. Learn more at ihi.org.

Cambridge Health Alliance
is an integrated, award-winning health system that provides high quality care in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices, and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Tufts University School of Medicine. For more information, visit www.challiance.org.

 


Cambridge Health Alliance is a vital and innovative community health system that provides essential services to Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices, and the Cambridge Public Health Department. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Tufts University School of Medicine.