The momentum of PCMH initiatives builds in Wyoming and Nebraska
August 1, 2013
In Cheyenne on July 13th, we held our second Statewide PCMH Collaborative. It featured presentations by several Wyoming primary care practices, sharing experiences from their first year of PCMH transformation. July’s PCMH Collaborative proved an exceptional opportunity for learning and networking, and we’re excited for our next meeting in November. We’ll let you know as soon as we confirm the date.
The movement to build strong Patient-centered Medical Homes (PCMHs) and neighborhoods in Wyoming has really gained momentum in the last year.
To help guide medical practices in the transition from a traditional practice model to the PCMH model, WYICN has engaged consulting services from TransforMED, an affiliate of American Academy of Family Physicians.
As the CEO of WYICN, I have joined TransforMED in visiting several Wyoming practices engaged in PCMH transformation, witnessing first hand the significant progress and team development these clinic providers and their employees are making. Their initiatives set the stage for continued innovation in health care delivery in our state.
The Wyoming Integrated Care Network (WYICN) currently sponsors 28 PCMHs throughout Wyoming and one in Nebraska, and we’re very pleased with the positive responses we’ve heard from these practices so far. Additionally, in our discussions with stakeholders we’ve heard considerable interest from medical practices in pursuing the PCMH designation.
As part of PCMH transformation, eight participating practices in Cheyenne and Casper, Wyoming, have either obtained or are working toward NCQA (National Committee on Quality Assurance) certification. We anticipate the remaining WYICN-sponsored practices will focus on NCQA recognition in the near future.
We look forward to sharing new results of our PCMH initiatives at November’s PCMH Collaborative, and we hope you’ll join us and bring your colleagues!
Chief Executive Officer
Wyoming Integrated Care Network
Leading expert in accountable health care to present at July WYICN meeting
July 17, 2013
This year’s annual meeting of the Wyoming Integrated Care Network (WYICN), at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper on July 26th, will feature a presentation by Dennis Weaver, M.D., MBA, and Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of Southwind. For the members of WYICN, this will be an exceptional opportunity to hear from a strategy expert at the forefront of health care reform in the U.S.
At Southwind, Dr. Weaver leads the Value-based Care team and co-leads the Accountable Care Solutions practice, with a focus on the strategy, development, and operation of accountable care organizations. Southwind, a leading health care research institution, consulting firm and affiliate of the Advisory Board Company, helps hospitals and health systems achieve superior performance—a mission-critical WYICN objective for our state.
WYICN invited Dr. Weaver to present because of his role as a health care thought leader and his involvement in one of the nation’s largest pre-accountable-care pilot projects, the Adirondack Medical Home Pilot in New York.
How, one might ask, could a study of New York health care delivery be relevant to Wyoming?
Upstate New York, classified as rural, faces many of the same health care challenges that Wyoming faces. These include physician recruitment, patient access, and adequate physician reimbursement, all necessary to maintain a strong physician base in rural communities. So in fact, the Adirondack projects closely mirror the Patient-centered Medical Home (PCMH) initiatives in Wyoming.
Dr. Weaver’s overview of the structure, challenges and results of the Adirondack Medical Home Pilot will provide valuable insights for improving and enhancing health care delivery across Wyoming. He will also offer his views on upcoming health care reforms, including what we can do as health care providers to succeed in this changing environment. This will fuel our brainstorming session about how WYICN can best serve our members and the state of Wyoming in the coming years, as health care continues to evolve.
New data, new ideas, new insights for delivering high-quality, affordable, patient-centered care in Wyoming—this is why we came together as WYICN. Join us for Dr. Weaver’s presentation and to share your views at the annual WYICN meeting on July 26th.
If you have any questions about the annual meeting, please contact us.
Invitation to WYICN Town Hall Meetings – August 2012
August 8, 2012
The Wyoming Integrated Care Network (WYICN) would like to invite you to an upcoming Town Hall Meeting to learn more about Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs) and how this care model can energize your practice and improve patient care. The WYICN was fortunate to secure both state and federal funding to help practices with this initiative. The funding will be used to employ the services of TransforMED, a subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians, to aid practices in the processes and procedures necessary to become a PCMH.
The goals of the Town Hall Meetings are to provide information to the medical community on what this care model means to you and your patients, how it can be implemented, including the challenges and rewards, and determine specifically which practices are interested in pursuing this practice model. TransforMED will present the “nuts and bolts” of the PCMH and answer questions you may have.
The Town Hall Meetings will begin at 6:00 pm and end by 9:00 pm. The dates and locations are as follows:
- August 14, 2012 ~ Gillette (Location – Holiday Inn, 1908 Cliff Davis Drive)
- August 15, 2102 ~ Casper (Location – Wyoming Medical Center, HR Classroom, 2nd Floor Support Services Building)
- August 16, 2012 ~ Cheyenne (Location – Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Vista Room, 9th Floor of the Patient Tower)
- August 21, 2012 ~ Kemmerer (Location – South Lincoln Medical Center, Hospital Board Room)
- August 23, 2012 ~ Worland (Location – Washakie Medical Center, Conference Room A)
Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm followed by a presentation from TransforMED, time for questions and answers and a short survey to evaluate practice readiness. Please RSVP by August 12, 2012 to Andre Stith at firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to call Andre at 307-633-7660.
With the changes occurring in our nation’s health care delivery I believe you’ll find the PCMH concept very interesting as well as an important tool in sustaining quality care for our patients.
RSVP to Andre Stith (307-633-7660 or email@example.com) by August 12, 2012
Telemedicine Continues to Develop Across Wyoming
June 13, 2012
The telemedicine effort continues to develop across the state. A new bridge has recently been purchased by Cheyenne Regional Medical Center which will allow for more telemedicine connections and high resolution viewing. With the network, patients are able to stay in their local community and access specialty care over the telemedicine network. Their primary care providers help coordinate these visits, allowing the primary care provider to monitor the patient’s specialty care visit, and be involved in a much more intimate way with the specialty physician’s recommendations. This closer coordination between providers, greatly improves quality of care and saves the patient from costs of travel and time.
Presenting at the Wyoming Medical Society’s Annual Conference, June 8-10
June 11, 2012
Steve Perry and Dr. Brent Sherard has been asked to be presenters at the Wyoming Medical Society’s Annual Conference on June 8-10, 2012 at beautiful Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park.
The theme of the presentation is “A Different Journey to Health Care Transformation”. This will be an opportunity to explain why and for what purpose is the Wyoming Integrated Care Network, why there is a need to transform the delivery of health care, and how to redesign the delivery of health care.