Farewell from Ed Wagner as he retires

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I am writing to let you know that on June 29, 2017 I will be retiring from Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute's (KPWHRI) MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation.

5 principles for making measurement more patient-centered

Effective measurement is key to better care, better health, and lower costs across the health care system. In a high-performing system, it drives progress towards safe, effective, efficient, timely, equitable, and patient-centered care. Measurement helps identify areas for improvement, evaluates what works, promotes accountability, and informs how health care is paid for.

Taking Action on Overuse Framework and Change Package

We have a new resource for health care organizations working to reduce low-value care. Our Taking Action on Overuse Framework and Change Package offer a roadmap to reduce the unnecessary diagnostic tests, treatments, and hospitalizations that can drive up costs and sometimes result in patient harm. The Framework identifies evidence-based strategies for obtaining buy-in, motivating behavior changes, and providing the necessary support and infrastructure for health care providers to engage and lead their peers in making the changes that improve the value of health care. 

What we're reading: December 2016

Dispatches From Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta, by Richard Grant. Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (October 13, 2015), ISBN-10: 1476709645.

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in Rural Washington and Idaho

The opioid crisis touches all sectors of America’s patient population — especially underserved patients like agricultural workers in rural areas. In Washington and Idaho, six rural health clinics representing over 20 sites are working to ensure their policies, workflow, and clinical visits are aligned and implemented to address the crisis that has swept the nation.

Study protocol for Healthy Hearts Northwest

Little attention has been paid to quality improvement (QI) capacity within smaller primary care practices which comprise nearly half of all primary care settings. Strategies for external support to build such capacity include practice facilitation (PF), shared learning opportunities, and educational outreach. Although PF has proven effectiveness, little is known about the comparative effectiveness of combining these strategies.

Cara C. Lewis wins 2016 ABCT President's New Researcher Award

Our colleague Cara C. Lewis Ph.D. has been selected to receive the 2016 President's New Researcher Award by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

The award is based upon an early program of research that reflects factors such as: consistency with the mission of ABCT; independent work published in high-impact journals; and promise of developing theoretical or practical applications that represent clear advances to the field.  

Ed Wagner to be honored with 2016 Advanced Primary Care Leadership Award

In August, the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) announced the recipients of its 2016 advanced primary care leadership awards. MacColl Founder and Emeritus Director Ed Wagner MD, MPH was selected by the PCPCC to receive its Primary Care Community/Research Leadership Award for "his outstanding dedication to developing and disseminating health care innovations designed to transform the way care is delivered."