2015 News & Events

The Improving Chronic Illness Care program ended in 2011, but we continued to add to our website until 2014.  ICIC's core team remains at the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation.

Our newest initiative:  Healthy Hearts Northwest
The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has funded the MacColl Center for three years to lead one of seven regional partnerships throughout the nation both to improve heart health among patients in primary care practices and to increase the capability of these practices to improve the quality of care they deliver.

With partners Qualis Health, the Oregon Rural Practice Research Network (ORPRN) at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), and the Institute of Translational Health Sciences, on May 1st our team started inviting small- and medium-sized primary-care practices in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho to participate in Healthy Hearts Northwest: Improving Practice Together.

The project goal is to enroll 320 primary care practices: 150 in Washington, 130 in Oregon, and 40 in Idaho.  Clinics that participate will receive at least 15 months of practice support, technical assistance for health information technology, coaching in quality improvement, and chances to participate in workshops to build quality improvement competencies. The project will use practice facilitation, the IHI improvement model, and data management to improve patients’ measures of heart health.

“Healthy Hearts Northwest is an unprecedented opportunity for primary care to prove to the nation that we can make a difference in cardiovascular health at a scale never before tested,” said the principal investigator of Health Hearts Northwest, Michael Parchman. “Practices that participate will receive resources, support, and a ‘roadmap’ to build their capacity to really do quality improvement well.”

AF4Q Issue Brief: Emerging Primary Care Tends and Implications for Practice Support Programs
In this white paper, MacColl Center Director Michael Parchman and his co-authors summarize seven current trends in providing sustainable primary care practices support. These include: complexity, care coordination, hospital and health systems acquisition of primary care practices, EHR adoption, workforce changes, payment reform, and patient empowerment. Three successful practice support programs are profiled.