Candice Talkington from MidValley Family Practice is a key presenter at the Kaizen event in Washington, DC. MidValley Family Practice (MVFP) was selected as one of three medical practices invited to Washington, DC to present at the second annual Kaizen event co-sponsored by the office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and The Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). The ONC is at the forefront of the administration’s health IT efforts and a resource to the entire health system. The purpose of this meeting was to garner best practices and development and implementation of electronic Clinical Quality Measures for providers and hospitals.
The week long conference included representation from federal governmental healthcare agencies, major Electronic Medical Records vendors, federal IT contractors and three medical practice representatives (MVFP, Dartmouth, and Medstar).
MVFP was invited to participate in part due to partnerships with Advancing Care Together (ACT), (www.advancingcaretogether.org), SBIRT Colorado (improvinghealthcolorado.org), and Peer Assistance Services (peerassistanceservices.org).
ACT is a collaborative program funded by the Colorado Health Foundation and led by a program office at the University Of Colorado Department Of Family Medicine designed to bring together local, state, and national leaders focused on improving primary care, mental health care and substance abuse treatment. ACT is tapping the expertise of clinicians and staff in 11 Colorado practice and working with them to change practice that addresses the fragmentation that permeates health care.
SBIRT Colorado and Peer Assistance Service’s provide resources and guidance on Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for substance use and risky behaviors. MVFP has imbedded SBIRT into daily practice workflow and has expanded this to include the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) survey. ACE is a screening process to identify individuals with past traumatic experiences. Research has demonstrated that exposure to traumatic events increases risk of all chronic medical conditions such as depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, and more.
A recognized Patient Centered Medical Home level III, MidValley Family Practice is located in Basalt, Colorado. In addition to the projects above, MVFP is a participant of the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPC) and was a past participant in the Colorado Beacon Consortium Initiative. MVFP is focused on providing comprehensive whole patient care, improved outcomes, and the utilization of health information technology.