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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
WYICN Meeting With State Health Plans
June 8, 2012
The Wyoming Integrated Care Network, representing providers in our state, is meeting with health plans such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Wyoming; WINHealth Partners, Cigna, and Wyoming Medicaid Program for the purpose of helping fund the development of patient-centered medical homes in Wyoming. Criteria are currently being developed to determine what quality measures need to be reported by primary care providers and to determine the amount of incentive for the improvement of care.
Wyoming Legislature Passes Budget Amendment
May 3, 2012
The Wyoming Integrated Care Network was successful this past legislative session in obtaining a budget amendment in the amount of $250,000 over a two year period to fund the development of patient-centered medical homes. These funds will be used to fund a consultant that will provide distance learning education and training to as many physicians in the state that desire to redesign their practices to a patient-centered medical home. Work is underway to determine interested physicians for this redesign. We estimate that the education and training will begin in August 2012.