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A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in its Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggests using an index such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize individuals living in locations identified as vulnerable in order to incorporate variables that are most linked to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color.

In this paper, authors including HIP Investigator Dr. Maureen Smith, developed an algorithm that can be used to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare personnel (HCP) during Phase 1a of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, if not enough vaccine is available to immunize an entire group of employees with similar job-related risk exposure. The algorithm prioritizes individuals with the highest risk of mortality using Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and age.

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Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Burnout among primary care physicians is a major problem in the United States. In addition to negatively impacting physician health, burnout is also associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased physician turnover, further contributing to health care costs and the shortage of physicians.

The PATH group conducted a study to determine the association between physician burnout and timing of EHR use in an academic internal medicine primary care practice. The group hypothesized that increased time spent in the EHR, particularly outside of normal work-hours, would be associated with higher levels of burnout.

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Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Protocols encourage healthcare team communication before and after primary care visits to support better patient care. Physical clinic environments may influence these behaviors, but limited research has been performed. The UW PATH collaborative explored how two different primary care clinic physical layouts (onstage/offstage and pod-based [PB] designs) influenced pre- and postvisit team experiences and perceptions.

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Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The UW PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

Read the article

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Effective clinical teams are considered essential to the production of high-value systems of care particularly within primary care. The clinical microsystems framework is one approach to training primary care teams how to engage in quality improvement activities. From 2008 to 2014, a Microsystems approach was implemented with 58 primary care teams at a large Midwestern academic health care center that was aligning its primary care disciplines and embarking upon an ambitious primary care delivery system redesign. The UW PATH collaborative evaluated the implementation of the Microsystems approach using mixed methods and found that a microsystems approach is valuable for building team relationships and quality improvement skills but is challenged in a larger, diverse academic primary care context. Microsystem investment alone may faciliatte change but is not sufficient to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment. 

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A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

It is difficult for primary care physicians to identify patients on their panel, and workloads can differ based on patient variation. To alleviate these issues, the UW PATH collaborative developed and applied a utilization-based weighting system to determine physicians’ panels in a way that accounts for patient complexity using sociodemographic factors. They measured empanelment before and after the implementation of the weighting system in 27 primary care clinics by comparing weighted and unweighted panel size and the number of physicians accepting patients. After the weighting system was implemented, the percentage of physicians in family medicine and pediatrics with open panels decreased, but the percentage of open panels increased in general internal medicine and the number of active patients increased by 2%. In addition, patients’ perceived access to care improved significantly in family and general internal medicine clinics. 

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Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

In a recent study, the PATH collaborative examined the 2013 results for 220 ACOs from the Medicare Shared Savings Program to assess key characteristics associated with generating savings. They found that ACOs with higher baseline expenditures were significantly more likely to generate savings than lower cost ACOs, but that the average quality scores for ACOs that reported on quality were not different between organizations that did or did not generate savings. The findings suggest that ACOs that had lower utilization before they enrolled in the MSSP are less likely to see financial rewards from the program.

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Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

To become learning health systems, academic health centers seek to understand performance across the continuum of care and use that information to achieve continuous improvements. Following implementation changes, system-level performance at an academic health center improved in patient satisfaction, population health screenings, improvement education, and patient engagement.

Read the article

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Primary care departments at academic health centers face many challenges in achieving the Triple Aim. This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes the collaboration they formed between the departments of internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in pursuit of the Triple Aim. A primary care leadership team adopted a common vision to find solutions to shared problems. 

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Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

In this article by the UW PATH collaborative, investigators describe a novel program that funds ambulatory care improvements through a partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm. The program is designed as a competitive grant program and both organizations benefit from completed improvement projects. Factors contributing to success as well as lessons learned are discussed to inform the development of similar programs in other markets.

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A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in its Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggests using an index such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize individuals living in locations identified as vulnerable in order to incorporate variables that are most linked to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color.

In this paper, authors including HIP Investigator Dr. Maureen Smith, developed an algorithm that can be used to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare personnel (HCP) during Phase 1a of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, if not enough vaccine is available to immunize an entire group of employees with similar job-related risk exposure. The algorithm prioritizes individuals with the highest risk of mortality using Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and age.

Read the Article

View the Toolkit

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Burnout among primary care physicians is a major problem in the United States. In addition to negatively impacting physician health, burnout is also associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased physician turnover, further contributing to health care costs and the shortage of physicians.

The PATH group conducted a study to determine the association between physician burnout and timing of EHR use in an academic internal medicine primary care practice. The group hypothesized that increased time spent in the EHR, particularly outside of normal work-hours, would be associated with higher levels of burnout.

Read the article

Learn more about PATH

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Protocols encourage healthcare team communication before and after primary care visits to support better patient care. Physical clinic environments may influence these behaviors, but limited research has been performed. The UW PATH collaborative explored how two different primary care clinic physical layouts (onstage/offstage and pod-based [PB] designs) influenced pre- and postvisit team experiences and perceptions.

Read the article

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The UW PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

Read the article

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Effective clinical teams are considered essential to the production of high-value systems of care particularly within primary care. The clinical microsystems framework is one approach to training primary care teams how to engage in quality improvement activities. From 2008 to 2014, a Microsystems approach was implemented with 58 primary care teams at a large Midwestern academic health care center that was aligning its primary care disciplines and embarking upon an ambitious primary care delivery system redesign. The UW PATH collaborative evaluated the implementation of the Microsystems approach using mixed methods and found that a microsystems approach is valuable for building team relationships and quality improvement skills but is challenged in a larger, diverse academic primary care context. Microsystem investment alone may faciliatte change but is not sufficient to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment. 

Read the article

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

It is difficult for primary care physicians to identify patients on their panel, and workloads can differ based on patient variation. To alleviate these issues, the UW PATH collaborative developed and applied a utilization-based weighting system to determine physicians’ panels in a way that accounts for patient complexity using sociodemographic factors. They measured empanelment before and after the implementation of the weighting system in 27 primary care clinics by comparing weighted and unweighted panel size and the number of physicians accepting patients. After the weighting system was implemented, the percentage of physicians in family medicine and pediatrics with open panels decreased, but the percentage of open panels increased in general internal medicine and the number of active patients increased by 2%. In addition, patients’ perceived access to care improved significantly in family and general internal medicine clinics. 

Read the article

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

In a recent study, the PATH collaborative examined the 2013 results for 220 ACOs from the Medicare Shared Savings Program to assess key characteristics associated with generating savings. They found that ACOs with higher baseline expenditures were significantly more likely to generate savings than lower cost ACOs, but that the average quality scores for ACOs that reported on quality were not different between organizations that did or did not generate savings. The findings suggest that ACOs that had lower utilization before they enrolled in the MSSP are less likely to see financial rewards from the program.

Read the article

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

To become learning health systems, academic health centers seek to understand performance across the continuum of care and use that information to achieve continuous improvements. Following implementation changes, system-level performance at an academic health center improved in patient satisfaction, population health screenings, improvement education, and patient engagement.

Read the article

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Primary care departments at academic health centers face many challenges in achieving the Triple Aim. This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes the collaboration they formed between the departments of internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in pursuit of the Triple Aim. A primary care leadership team adopted a common vision to find solutions to shared problems. 

Read the article

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

In this article by the UW PATH collaborative, investigators describe a novel program that funds ambulatory care improvements through a partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm. The program is designed as a competitive grant program and both organizations benefit from completed improvement projects. Factors contributing to success as well as lessons learned are discussed to inform the development of similar programs in other markets.

Read the article

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A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in its Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggests using an index such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize individuals living in locations identified as vulnerable in order to incorporate variables that are most linked to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color.

In this paper, authors including HIP Investigator Dr. Maureen Smith, developed an algorithm that can be used to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare personnel (HCP) during Phase 1a of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, if not enough vaccine is available to immunize an entire group of employees with similar job-related risk exposure. The algorithm prioritizes individuals with the highest risk of mortality using Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and age.

Read the Article

View the Toolkit

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Burnout among primary care physicians is a major problem in the United States. In addition to negatively impacting physician health, burnout is also associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased physician turnover, further contributing to health care costs and the shortage of physicians.

The PATH group conducted a study to determine the association between physician burnout and timing of EHR use in an academic internal medicine primary care practice. The group hypothesized that increased time spent in the EHR, particularly outside of normal work-hours, would be associated with higher levels of burnout.

Read the article

Learn more about PATH

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Protocols encourage healthcare team communication before and after primary care visits to support better patient care. Physical clinic environments may influence these behaviors, but limited research has been performed. The UW PATH collaborative explored how two different primary care clinic physical layouts (onstage/offstage and pod-based [PB] designs) influenced pre- and postvisit team experiences and perceptions.

Read the article

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The UW PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

Read the article

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Effective clinical teams are considered essential to the production of high-value systems of care particularly within primary care. The clinical microsystems framework is one approach to training primary care teams how to engage in quality improvement activities. From 2008 to 2014, a Microsystems approach was implemented with 58 primary care teams at a large Midwestern academic health care center that was aligning its primary care disciplines and embarking upon an ambitious primary care delivery system redesign. The UW PATH collaborative evaluated the implementation of the Microsystems approach using mixed methods and found that a microsystems approach is valuable for building team relationships and quality improvement skills but is challenged in a larger, diverse academic primary care context. Microsystem investment alone may faciliatte change but is not sufficient to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment. 

Read the article

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

It is difficult for primary care physicians to identify patients on their panel, and workloads can differ based on patient variation. To alleviate these issues, the UW PATH collaborative developed and applied a utilization-based weighting system to determine physicians’ panels in a way that accounts for patient complexity using sociodemographic factors. They measured empanelment before and after the implementation of the weighting system in 27 primary care clinics by comparing weighted and unweighted panel size and the number of physicians accepting patients. After the weighting system was implemented, the percentage of physicians in family medicine and pediatrics with open panels decreased, but the percentage of open panels increased in general internal medicine and the number of active patients increased by 2%. In addition, patients’ perceived access to care improved significantly in family and general internal medicine clinics. 

Read the article

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

In a recent study, the PATH collaborative examined the 2013 results for 220 ACOs from the Medicare Shared Savings Program to assess key characteristics associated with generating savings. They found that ACOs with higher baseline expenditures were significantly more likely to generate savings than lower cost ACOs, but that the average quality scores for ACOs that reported on quality were not different between organizations that did or did not generate savings. The findings suggest that ACOs that had lower utilization before they enrolled in the MSSP are less likely to see financial rewards from the program.

Read the article

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

To become learning health systems, academic health centers seek to understand performance across the continuum of care and use that information to achieve continuous improvements. Following implementation changes, system-level performance at an academic health center improved in patient satisfaction, population health screenings, improvement education, and patient engagement.

Read the article

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Primary care departments at academic health centers face many challenges in achieving the Triple Aim. This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes the collaboration they formed between the departments of internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in pursuit of the Triple Aim. A primary care leadership team adopted a common vision to find solutions to shared problems. 

Read the article

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

In this article by the UW PATH collaborative, investigators describe a novel program that funds ambulatory care improvements through a partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm. The program is designed as a competitive grant program and both organizations benefit from completed improvement projects. Factors contributing to success as well as lessons learned are discussed to inform the development of similar programs in other markets.

Read the article

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A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in its Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggests using an index such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize individuals living in locations identified as vulnerable in order to incorporate variables that are most linked to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color.

In this paper, authors including HIP Investigator Dr. Maureen Smith, developed an algorithm that can be used to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare personnel (HCP) during Phase 1a of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, if not enough vaccine is available to immunize an entire group of employees with similar job-related risk exposure. The algorithm prioritizes individuals with the highest risk of mortality using Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and age.

Read the Article

View the Toolkit

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Burnout among primary care physicians is a major problem in the United States. In addition to negatively impacting physician health, burnout is also associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased physician turnover, further contributing to health care costs and the shortage of physicians.

The PATH group conducted a study to determine the association between physician burnout and timing of EHR use in an academic internal medicine primary care practice. The group hypothesized that increased time spent in the EHR, particularly outside of normal work-hours, would be associated with higher levels of burnout.

Read the article

Learn more about PATH

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Protocols encourage healthcare team communication before and after primary care visits to support better patient care. Physical clinic environments may influence these behaviors, but limited research has been performed. The UW PATH collaborative explored how two different primary care clinic physical layouts (onstage/offstage and pod-based [PB] designs) influenced pre- and postvisit team experiences and perceptions.

Read the article

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The UW PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

Read the article

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Effective clinical teams are considered essential to the production of high-value systems of care particularly within primary care. The clinical microsystems framework is one approach to training primary care teams how to engage in quality improvement activities. From 2008 to 2014, a Microsystems approach was implemented with 58 primary care teams at a large Midwestern academic health care center that was aligning its primary care disciplines and embarking upon an ambitious primary care delivery system redesign. The UW PATH collaborative evaluated the implementation of the Microsystems approach using mixed methods and found that a microsystems approach is valuable for building team relationships and quality improvement skills but is challenged in a larger, diverse academic primary care context. Microsystem investment alone may faciliatte change but is not sufficient to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment. 

Read the article

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

It is difficult for primary care physicians to identify patients on their panel, and workloads can differ based on patient variation. To alleviate these issues, the UW PATH collaborative developed and applied a utilization-based weighting system to determine physicians’ panels in a way that accounts for patient complexity using sociodemographic factors. They measured empanelment before and after the implementation of the weighting system in 27 primary care clinics by comparing weighted and unweighted panel size and the number of physicians accepting patients. After the weighting system was implemented, the percentage of physicians in family medicine and pediatrics with open panels decreased, but the percentage of open panels increased in general internal medicine and the number of active patients increased by 2%. In addition, patients’ perceived access to care improved significantly in family and general internal medicine clinics. 

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Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

In a recent study, the PATH collaborative examined the 2013 results for 220 ACOs from the Medicare Shared Savings Program to assess key characteristics associated with generating savings. They found that ACOs with higher baseline expenditures were significantly more likely to generate savings than lower cost ACOs, but that the average quality scores for ACOs that reported on quality were not different between organizations that did or did not generate savings. The findings suggest that ACOs that had lower utilization before they enrolled in the MSSP are less likely to see financial rewards from the program.

Read the article

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

To become learning health systems, academic health centers seek to understand performance across the continuum of care and use that information to achieve continuous improvements. Following implementation changes, system-level performance at an academic health center improved in patient satisfaction, population health screenings, improvement education, and patient engagement.

Read the article

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Primary care departments at academic health centers face many challenges in achieving the Triple Aim. This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes the collaboration they formed between the departments of internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in pursuit of the Triple Aim. A primary care leadership team adopted a common vision to find solutions to shared problems. 

Read the article

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

In this article by the UW PATH collaborative, investigators describe a novel program that funds ambulatory care improvements through a partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm. The program is designed as a competitive grant program and both organizations benefit from completed improvement projects. Factors contributing to success as well as lessons learned are discussed to inform the development of similar programs in other markets.

Read the article

Pages

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in its Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggests using an index such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize individuals living in locations identified as vulnerable in order to incorporate variables that are most linked to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color.

In this paper, authors including HIP Investigator Dr. Maureen Smith, developed an algorithm that can be used to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare personnel (HCP) during Phase 1a of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, if not enough vaccine is available to immunize an entire group of employees with similar job-related risk exposure. The algorithm prioritizes individuals with the highest risk of mortality using Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and age.

Read the Article

View the Toolkit

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Burnout among primary care physicians is a major problem in the United States. In addition to negatively impacting physician health, burnout is also associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased physician turnover, further contributing to health care costs and the shortage of physicians.

The PATH group conducted a study to determine the association between physician burnout and timing of EHR use in an academic internal medicine primary care practice. The group hypothesized that increased time spent in the EHR, particularly outside of normal work-hours, would be associated with higher levels of burnout.

Read the article

Learn more about PATH

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Protocols encourage healthcare team communication before and after primary care visits to support better patient care. Physical clinic environments may influence these behaviors, but limited research has been performed. The UW PATH collaborative explored how two different primary care clinic physical layouts (onstage/offstage and pod-based [PB] designs) influenced pre- and postvisit team experiences and perceptions.

Read the article

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The UW PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

Read the article

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Effective clinical teams are considered essential to the production of high-value systems of care particularly within primary care. The clinical microsystems framework is one approach to training primary care teams how to engage in quality improvement activities. From 2008 to 2014, a Microsystems approach was implemented with 58 primary care teams at a large Midwestern academic health care center that was aligning its primary care disciplines and embarking upon an ambitious primary care delivery system redesign. The UW PATH collaborative evaluated the implementation of the Microsystems approach using mixed methods and found that a microsystems approach is valuable for building team relationships and quality improvement skills but is challenged in a larger, diverse academic primary care context. Microsystem investment alone may faciliatte change but is not sufficient to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment. 

Read the article

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

It is difficult for primary care physicians to identify patients on their panel, and workloads can differ based on patient variation. To alleviate these issues, the UW PATH collaborative developed and applied a utilization-based weighting system to determine physicians’ panels in a way that accounts for patient complexity using sociodemographic factors. They measured empanelment before and after the implementation of the weighting system in 27 primary care clinics by comparing weighted and unweighted panel size and the number of physicians accepting patients. After the weighting system was implemented, the percentage of physicians in family medicine and pediatrics with open panels decreased, but the percentage of open panels increased in general internal medicine and the number of active patients increased by 2%. In addition, patients’ perceived access to care improved significantly in family and general internal medicine clinics. 

Read the article

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

In a recent study, the PATH collaborative examined the 2013 results for 220 ACOs from the Medicare Shared Savings Program to assess key characteristics associated with generating savings. They found that ACOs with higher baseline expenditures were significantly more likely to generate savings than lower cost ACOs, but that the average quality scores for ACOs that reported on quality were not different between organizations that did or did not generate savings. The findings suggest that ACOs that had lower utilization before they enrolled in the MSSP are less likely to see financial rewards from the program.

Read the article

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

To become learning health systems, academic health centers seek to understand performance across the continuum of care and use that information to achieve continuous improvements. Following implementation changes, system-level performance at an academic health center improved in patient satisfaction, population health screenings, improvement education, and patient engagement.

Read the article

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Primary care departments at academic health centers face many challenges in achieving the Triple Aim. This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes the collaboration they formed between the departments of internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in pursuit of the Triple Aim. A primary care leadership team adopted a common vision to find solutions to shared problems. 

Read the article

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

In this article by the UW PATH collaborative, investigators describe a novel program that funds ambulatory care improvements through a partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm. The program is designed as a competitive grant program and both organizations benefit from completed improvement projects. Factors contributing to success as well as lessons learned are discussed to inform the development of similar programs in other markets.

Read the article

Pages

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in its Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggests using an index such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize individuals living in locations identified as vulnerable in order to incorporate variables that are most linked to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color.

In this paper, authors including HIP Investigator Dr. Maureen Smith, developed an algorithm that can be used to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare personnel (HCP) during Phase 1a of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, if not enough vaccine is available to immunize an entire group of employees with similar job-related risk exposure. The algorithm prioritizes individuals with the highest risk of mortality using Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and age.

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Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Burnout among primary care physicians is a major problem in the United States. In addition to negatively impacting physician health, burnout is also associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased physician turnover, further contributing to health care costs and the shortage of physicians.

The PATH group conducted a study to determine the association between physician burnout and timing of EHR use in an academic internal medicine primary care practice. The group hypothesized that increased time spent in the EHR, particularly outside of normal work-hours, would be associated with higher levels of burnout.

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Learn more about PATH

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Protocols encourage healthcare team communication before and after primary care visits to support better patient care. Physical clinic environments may influence these behaviors, but limited research has been performed. The UW PATH collaborative explored how two different primary care clinic physical layouts (onstage/offstage and pod-based [PB] designs) influenced pre- and postvisit team experiences and perceptions.

Read the article

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The UW PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

Read the article

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Effective clinical teams are considered essential to the production of high-value systems of care particularly within primary care. The clinical microsystems framework is one approach to training primary care teams how to engage in quality improvement activities. From 2008 to 2014, a Microsystems approach was implemented with 58 primary care teams at a large Midwestern academic health care center that was aligning its primary care disciplines and embarking upon an ambitious primary care delivery system redesign. The UW PATH collaborative evaluated the implementation of the Microsystems approach using mixed methods and found that a microsystems approach is valuable for building team relationships and quality improvement skills but is challenged in a larger, diverse academic primary care context. Microsystem investment alone may faciliatte change but is not sufficient to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment. 

Read the article

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

It is difficult for primary care physicians to identify patients on their panel, and workloads can differ based on patient variation. To alleviate these issues, the UW PATH collaborative developed and applied a utilization-based weighting system to determine physicians’ panels in a way that accounts for patient complexity using sociodemographic factors. They measured empanelment before and after the implementation of the weighting system in 27 primary care clinics by comparing weighted and unweighted panel size and the number of physicians accepting patients. After the weighting system was implemented, the percentage of physicians in family medicine and pediatrics with open panels decreased, but the percentage of open panels increased in general internal medicine and the number of active patients increased by 2%. In addition, patients’ perceived access to care improved significantly in family and general internal medicine clinics. 

Read the article

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

In a recent study, the PATH collaborative examined the 2013 results for 220 ACOs from the Medicare Shared Savings Program to assess key characteristics associated with generating savings. They found that ACOs with higher baseline expenditures were significantly more likely to generate savings than lower cost ACOs, but that the average quality scores for ACOs that reported on quality were not different between organizations that did or did not generate savings. The findings suggest that ACOs that had lower utilization before they enrolled in the MSSP are less likely to see financial rewards from the program.

Read the article

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

To become learning health systems, academic health centers seek to understand performance across the continuum of care and use that information to achieve continuous improvements. Following implementation changes, system-level performance at an academic health center improved in patient satisfaction, population health screenings, improvement education, and patient engagement.

Read the article

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Primary care departments at academic health centers face many challenges in achieving the Triple Aim. This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes the collaboration they formed between the departments of internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in pursuit of the Triple Aim. A primary care leadership team adopted a common vision to find solutions to shared problems. 

Read the article

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

In this article by the UW PATH collaborative, investigators describe a novel program that funds ambulatory care improvements through a partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm. The program is designed as a competitive grant program and both organizations benefit from completed improvement projects. Factors contributing to success as well as lessons learned are discussed to inform the development of similar programs in other markets.

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A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in its Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggests using an index such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize individuals living in locations identified as vulnerable in order to incorporate variables that are most linked to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color.

In this paper, authors including HIP Investigator Dr. Maureen Smith, developed an algorithm that can be used to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare personnel (HCP) during Phase 1a of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, if not enough vaccine is available to immunize an entire group of employees with similar job-related risk exposure. The algorithm prioritizes individuals with the highest risk of mortality using Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and age.

Read the Article

View the Toolkit

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Burnout among primary care physicians is a major problem in the United States. In addition to negatively impacting physician health, burnout is also associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased physician turnover, further contributing to health care costs and the shortage of physicians.

The PATH group conducted a study to determine the association between physician burnout and timing of EHR use in an academic internal medicine primary care practice. The group hypothesized that increased time spent in the EHR, particularly outside of normal work-hours, would be associated with higher levels of burnout.

Read the article

Learn more about PATH

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Protocols encourage healthcare team communication before and after primary care visits to support better patient care. Physical clinic environments may influence these behaviors, but limited research has been performed. The UW PATH collaborative explored how two different primary care clinic physical layouts (onstage/offstage and pod-based [PB] designs) influenced pre- and postvisit team experiences and perceptions.

Read the article

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The UW PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

Read the article

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Effective clinical teams are considered essential to the production of high-value systems of care particularly within primary care. The clinical microsystems framework is one approach to training primary care teams how to engage in quality improvement activities. From 2008 to 2014, a Microsystems approach was implemented with 58 primary care teams at a large Midwestern academic health care center that was aligning its primary care disciplines and embarking upon an ambitious primary care delivery system redesign. The UW PATH collaborative evaluated the implementation of the Microsystems approach using mixed methods and found that a microsystems approach is valuable for building team relationships and quality improvement skills but is challenged in a larger, diverse academic primary care context. Microsystem investment alone may faciliatte change but is not sufficient to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment. 

Read the article

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

It is difficult for primary care physicians to identify patients on their panel, and workloads can differ based on patient variation. To alleviate these issues, the UW PATH collaborative developed and applied a utilization-based weighting system to determine physicians’ panels in a way that accounts for patient complexity using sociodemographic factors. They measured empanelment before and after the implementation of the weighting system in 27 primary care clinics by comparing weighted and unweighted panel size and the number of physicians accepting patients. After the weighting system was implemented, the percentage of physicians in family medicine and pediatrics with open panels decreased, but the percentage of open panels increased in general internal medicine and the number of active patients increased by 2%. In addition, patients’ perceived access to care improved significantly in family and general internal medicine clinics. 

Read the article

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

In a recent study, the PATH collaborative examined the 2013 results for 220 ACOs from the Medicare Shared Savings Program to assess key characteristics associated with generating savings. They found that ACOs with higher baseline expenditures were significantly more likely to generate savings than lower cost ACOs, but that the average quality scores for ACOs that reported on quality were not different between organizations that did or did not generate savings. The findings suggest that ACOs that had lower utilization before they enrolled in the MSSP are less likely to see financial rewards from the program.

Read the article

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

To become learning health systems, academic health centers seek to understand performance across the continuum of care and use that information to achieve continuous improvements. Following implementation changes, system-level performance at an academic health center improved in patient satisfaction, population health screenings, improvement education, and patient engagement.

Read the article

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Primary care departments at academic health centers face many challenges in achieving the Triple Aim. This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes the collaboration they formed between the departments of internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in pursuit of the Triple Aim. A primary care leadership team adopted a common vision to find solutions to shared problems. 

Read the article

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

In this article by the UW PATH collaborative, investigators describe a novel program that funds ambulatory care improvements through a partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm. The program is designed as a competitive grant program and both organizations benefit from completed improvement projects. Factors contributing to success as well as lessons learned are discussed to inform the development of similar programs in other markets.

Read the article

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A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in its Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggests using an index such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize individuals living in locations identified as vulnerable in order to incorporate variables that are most linked to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color.

In this paper, authors including HIP Investigator Dr. Maureen Smith, developed an algorithm that can be used to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare personnel (HCP) during Phase 1a of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, if not enough vaccine is available to immunize an entire group of employees with similar job-related risk exposure. The algorithm prioritizes individuals with the highest risk of mortality using Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and age.

Read the Article

View the Toolkit

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Burnout among primary care physicians is a major problem in the United States. In addition to negatively impacting physician health, burnout is also associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased physician turnover, further contributing to health care costs and the shortage of physicians.

The PATH group conducted a study to determine the association between physician burnout and timing of EHR use in an academic internal medicine primary care practice. The group hypothesized that increased time spent in the EHR, particularly outside of normal work-hours, would be associated with higher levels of burnout.

Read the article

Learn more about PATH

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Protocols encourage healthcare team communication before and after primary care visits to support better patient care. Physical clinic environments may influence these behaviors, but limited research has been performed. The UW PATH collaborative explored how two different primary care clinic physical layouts (onstage/offstage and pod-based [PB] designs) influenced pre- and postvisit team experiences and perceptions.

Read the article

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The UW PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

Read the article

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Effective clinical teams are considered essential to the production of high-value systems of care particularly within primary care. The clinical microsystems framework is one approach to training primary care teams how to engage in quality improvement activities. From 2008 to 2014, a Microsystems approach was implemented with 58 primary care teams at a large Midwestern academic health care center that was aligning its primary care disciplines and embarking upon an ambitious primary care delivery system redesign. The UW PATH collaborative evaluated the implementation of the Microsystems approach using mixed methods and found that a microsystems approach is valuable for building team relationships and quality improvement skills but is challenged in a larger, diverse academic primary care context. Microsystem investment alone may faciliatte change but is not sufficient to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment. 

Read the article

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

It is difficult for primary care physicians to identify patients on their panel, and workloads can differ based on patient variation. To alleviate these issues, the UW PATH collaborative developed and applied a utilization-based weighting system to determine physicians’ panels in a way that accounts for patient complexity using sociodemographic factors. They measured empanelment before and after the implementation of the weighting system in 27 primary care clinics by comparing weighted and unweighted panel size and the number of physicians accepting patients. After the weighting system was implemented, the percentage of physicians in family medicine and pediatrics with open panels decreased, but the percentage of open panels increased in general internal medicine and the number of active patients increased by 2%. In addition, patients’ perceived access to care improved significantly in family and general internal medicine clinics. 

Read the article

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

In a recent study, the PATH collaborative examined the 2013 results for 220 ACOs from the Medicare Shared Savings Program to assess key characteristics associated with generating savings. They found that ACOs with higher baseline expenditures were significantly more likely to generate savings than lower cost ACOs, but that the average quality scores for ACOs that reported on quality were not different between organizations that did or did not generate savings. The findings suggest that ACOs that had lower utilization before they enrolled in the MSSP are less likely to see financial rewards from the program.

Read the article

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

To become learning health systems, academic health centers seek to understand performance across the continuum of care and use that information to achieve continuous improvements. Following implementation changes, system-level performance at an academic health center improved in patient satisfaction, population health screenings, improvement education, and patient engagement.

Read the article

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Primary care departments at academic health centers face many challenges in achieving the Triple Aim. This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes the collaboration they formed between the departments of internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in pursuit of the Triple Aim. A primary care leadership team adopted a common vision to find solutions to shared problems. 

Read the article

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

In this article by the UW PATH collaborative, investigators describe a novel program that funds ambulatory care improvements through a partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm. The program is designed as a competitive grant program and both organizations benefit from completed improvement projects. Factors contributing to success as well as lessons learned are discussed to inform the development of similar programs in other markets.

Read the article

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A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in its Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggests using an index such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize individuals living in locations identified as vulnerable in order to incorporate variables that are most linked to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color.

In this paper, authors including HIP Investigator Dr. Maureen Smith, developed an algorithm that can be used to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare personnel (HCP) during Phase 1a of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, if not enough vaccine is available to immunize an entire group of employees with similar job-related risk exposure. The algorithm prioritizes individuals with the highest risk of mortality using Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and age.

Read the Article

View the Toolkit

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Burnout among primary care physicians is a major problem in the United States. In addition to negatively impacting physician health, burnout is also associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased physician turnover, further contributing to health care costs and the shortage of physicians.

The PATH group conducted a study to determine the association between physician burnout and timing of EHR use in an academic internal medicine primary care practice. The group hypothesized that increased time spent in the EHR, particularly outside of normal work-hours, would be associated with higher levels of burnout.

Read the article

Learn more about PATH

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Protocols encourage healthcare team communication before and after primary care visits to support better patient care. Physical clinic environments may influence these behaviors, but limited research has been performed. The UW PATH collaborative explored how two different primary care clinic physical layouts (onstage/offstage and pod-based [PB] designs) influenced pre- and postvisit team experiences and perceptions.

Read the article

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The UW PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

Read the article

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Effective clinical teams are considered essential to the production of high-value systems of care particularly within primary care. The clinical microsystems framework is one approach to training primary care teams how to engage in quality improvement activities. From 2008 to 2014, a Microsystems approach was implemented with 58 primary care teams at a large Midwestern academic health care center that was aligning its primary care disciplines and embarking upon an ambitious primary care delivery system redesign. The UW PATH collaborative evaluated the implementation of the Microsystems approach using mixed methods and found that a microsystems approach is valuable for building team relationships and quality improvement skills but is challenged in a larger, diverse academic primary care context. Microsystem investment alone may faciliatte change but is not sufficient to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment. 

Read the article

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

It is difficult for primary care physicians to identify patients on their panel, and workloads can differ based on patient variation. To alleviate these issues, the UW PATH collaborative developed and applied a utilization-based weighting system to determine physicians’ panels in a way that accounts for patient complexity using sociodemographic factors. They measured empanelment before and after the implementation of the weighting system in 27 primary care clinics by comparing weighted and unweighted panel size and the number of physicians accepting patients. After the weighting system was implemented, the percentage of physicians in family medicine and pediatrics with open panels decreased, but the percentage of open panels increased in general internal medicine and the number of active patients increased by 2%. In addition, patients’ perceived access to care improved significantly in family and general internal medicine clinics. 

Read the article

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

In a recent study, the PATH collaborative examined the 2013 results for 220 ACOs from the Medicare Shared Savings Program to assess key characteristics associated with generating savings. They found that ACOs with higher baseline expenditures were significantly more likely to generate savings than lower cost ACOs, but that the average quality scores for ACOs that reported on quality were not different between organizations that did or did not generate savings. The findings suggest that ACOs that had lower utilization before they enrolled in the MSSP are less likely to see financial rewards from the program.

Read the article

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

To become learning health systems, academic health centers seek to understand performance across the continuum of care and use that information to achieve continuous improvements. Following implementation changes, system-level performance at an academic health center improved in patient satisfaction, population health screenings, improvement education, and patient engagement.

Read the article

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Primary care departments at academic health centers face many challenges in achieving the Triple Aim. This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes the collaboration they formed between the departments of internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in pursuit of the Triple Aim. A primary care leadership team adopted a common vision to find solutions to shared problems. 

Read the article

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

In this article by the UW PATH collaborative, investigators describe a novel program that funds ambulatory care improvements through a partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm. The program is designed as a competitive grant program and both organizations benefit from completed improvement projects. Factors contributing to success as well as lessons learned are discussed to inform the development of similar programs in other markets.

Read the article

Pages

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in its Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggests using an index such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize individuals living in locations identified as vulnerable in order to incorporate variables that are most linked to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color.

In this paper, authors including HIP Investigator Dr. Maureen Smith, developed an algorithm that can be used to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare personnel (HCP) during Phase 1a of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, if not enough vaccine is available to immunize an entire group of employees with similar job-related risk exposure. The algorithm prioritizes individuals with the highest risk of mortality using Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and age.

Read the Article

View the Toolkit

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Burnout among primary care physicians is a major problem in the United States. In addition to negatively impacting physician health, burnout is also associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased physician turnover, further contributing to health care costs and the shortage of physicians.

The PATH group conducted a study to determine the association between physician burnout and timing of EHR use in an academic internal medicine primary care practice. The group hypothesized that increased time spent in the EHR, particularly outside of normal work-hours, would be associated with higher levels of burnout.

Read the article

Learn more about PATH

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Protocols encourage healthcare team communication before and after primary care visits to support better patient care. Physical clinic environments may influence these behaviors, but limited research has been performed. The UW PATH collaborative explored how two different primary care clinic physical layouts (onstage/offstage and pod-based [PB] designs) influenced pre- and postvisit team experiences and perceptions.

Read the article

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The UW PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

Read the article

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Effective clinical teams are considered essential to the production of high-value systems of care particularly within primary care. The clinical microsystems framework is one approach to training primary care teams how to engage in quality improvement activities. From 2008 to 2014, a Microsystems approach was implemented with 58 primary care teams at a large Midwestern academic health care center that was aligning its primary care disciplines and embarking upon an ambitious primary care delivery system redesign. The UW PATH collaborative evaluated the implementation of the Microsystems approach using mixed methods and found that a microsystems approach is valuable for building team relationships and quality improvement skills but is challenged in a larger, diverse academic primary care context. Microsystem investment alone may faciliatte change but is not sufficient to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment. 

Read the article

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

It is difficult for primary care physicians to identify patients on their panel, and workloads can differ based on patient variation. To alleviate these issues, the UW PATH collaborative developed and applied a utilization-based weighting system to determine physicians’ panels in a way that accounts for patient complexity using sociodemographic factors. They measured empanelment before and after the implementation of the weighting system in 27 primary care clinics by comparing weighted and unweighted panel size and the number of physicians accepting patients. After the weighting system was implemented, the percentage of physicians in family medicine and pediatrics with open panels decreased, but the percentage of open panels increased in general internal medicine and the number of active patients increased by 2%. In addition, patients’ perceived access to care improved significantly in family and general internal medicine clinics. 

Read the article

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

In a recent study, the PATH collaborative examined the 2013 results for 220 ACOs from the Medicare Shared Savings Program to assess key characteristics associated with generating savings. They found that ACOs with higher baseline expenditures were significantly more likely to generate savings than lower cost ACOs, but that the average quality scores for ACOs that reported on quality were not different between organizations that did or did not generate savings. The findings suggest that ACOs that had lower utilization before they enrolled in the MSSP are less likely to see financial rewards from the program.

Read the article

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

To become learning health systems, academic health centers seek to understand performance across the continuum of care and use that information to achieve continuous improvements. Following implementation changes, system-level performance at an academic health center improved in patient satisfaction, population health screenings, improvement education, and patient engagement.

Read the article

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Primary care departments at academic health centers face many challenges in achieving the Triple Aim. This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes the collaboration they formed between the departments of internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in pursuit of the Triple Aim. A primary care leadership team adopted a common vision to find solutions to shared problems. 

Read the article

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

In this article by the UW PATH collaborative, investigators describe a novel program that funds ambulatory care improvements through a partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm. The program is designed as a competitive grant program and both organizations benefit from completed improvement projects. Factors contributing to success as well as lessons learned are discussed to inform the development of similar programs in other markets.

Read the article

Pages

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in its Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggests using an index such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize individuals living in locations identified as vulnerable in order to incorporate variables that are most linked to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color.

In this paper, authors including HIP Investigator Dr. Maureen Smith, developed an algorithm that can be used to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare personnel (HCP) during Phase 1a of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, if not enough vaccine is available to immunize an entire group of employees with similar job-related risk exposure. The algorithm prioritizes individuals with the highest risk of mortality using Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and age.

Read the Article

View the Toolkit

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Burnout among primary care physicians is a major problem in the United States. In addition to negatively impacting physician health, burnout is also associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased physician turnover, further contributing to health care costs and the shortage of physicians.

The PATH group conducted a study to determine the association between physician burnout and timing of EHR use in an academic internal medicine primary care practice. The group hypothesized that increased time spent in the EHR, particularly outside of normal work-hours, would be associated with higher levels of burnout.

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Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Protocols encourage healthcare team communication before and after primary care visits to support better patient care. Physical clinic environments may influence these behaviors, but limited research has been performed. The UW PATH collaborative explored how two different primary care clinic physical layouts (onstage/offstage and pod-based [PB] designs) influenced pre- and postvisit team experiences and perceptions.

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Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The UW PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

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Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Effective clinical teams are considered essential to the production of high-value systems of care particularly within primary care. The clinical microsystems framework is one approach to training primary care teams how to engage in quality improvement activities. From 2008 to 2014, a Microsystems approach was implemented with 58 primary care teams at a large Midwestern academic health care center that was aligning its primary care disciplines and embarking upon an ambitious primary care delivery system redesign. The UW PATH collaborative evaluated the implementation of the Microsystems approach using mixed methods and found that a microsystems approach is valuable for building team relationships and quality improvement skills but is challenged in a larger, diverse academic primary care context. Microsystem investment alone may faciliatte change but is not sufficient to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment. 

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A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

It is difficult for primary care physicians to identify patients on their panel, and workloads can differ based on patient variation. To alleviate these issues, the UW PATH collaborative developed and applied a utilization-based weighting system to determine physicians’ panels in a way that accounts for patient complexity using sociodemographic factors. They measured empanelment before and after the implementation of the weighting system in 27 primary care clinics by comparing weighted and unweighted panel size and the number of physicians accepting patients. After the weighting system was implemented, the percentage of physicians in family medicine and pediatrics with open panels decreased, but the percentage of open panels increased in general internal medicine and the number of active patients increased by 2%. In addition, patients’ perceived access to care improved significantly in family and general internal medicine clinics. 

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Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

In a recent study, the PATH collaborative examined the 2013 results for 220 ACOs from the Medicare Shared Savings Program to assess key characteristics associated with generating savings. They found that ACOs with higher baseline expenditures were significantly more likely to generate savings than lower cost ACOs, but that the average quality scores for ACOs that reported on quality were not different between organizations that did or did not generate savings. The findings suggest that ACOs that had lower utilization before they enrolled in the MSSP are less likely to see financial rewards from the program.

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Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

To become learning health systems, academic health centers seek to understand performance across the continuum of care and use that information to achieve continuous improvements. Following implementation changes, system-level performance at an academic health center improved in patient satisfaction, population health screenings, improvement education, and patient engagement.

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Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Primary care departments at academic health centers face many challenges in achieving the Triple Aim. This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes the collaboration they formed between the departments of internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in pursuit of the Triple Aim. A primary care leadership team adopted a common vision to find solutions to shared problems. 

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Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

In this article by the UW PATH collaborative, investigators describe a novel program that funds ambulatory care improvements through a partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm. The program is designed as a competitive grant program and both organizations benefit from completed improvement projects. Factors contributing to success as well as lessons learned are discussed to inform the development of similar programs in other markets.

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A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in its Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggests using an index such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize individuals living in locations identified as vulnerable in order to incorporate variables that are most linked to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color.

In this paper, authors including HIP Investigator Dr. Maureen Smith, developed an algorithm that can be used to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare personnel (HCP) during Phase 1a of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, if not enough vaccine is available to immunize an entire group of employees with similar job-related risk exposure. The algorithm prioritizes individuals with the highest risk of mortality using Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and age.

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Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Burnout among primary care physicians is a major problem in the United States. In addition to negatively impacting physician health, burnout is also associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased physician turnover, further contributing to health care costs and the shortage of physicians.

The PATH group conducted a study to determine the association between physician burnout and timing of EHR use in an academic internal medicine primary care practice. The group hypothesized that increased time spent in the EHR, particularly outside of normal work-hours, would be associated with higher levels of burnout.

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Learn more about PATH

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Protocols encourage healthcare team communication before and after primary care visits to support better patient care. Physical clinic environments may influence these behaviors, but limited research has been performed. The UW PATH collaborative explored how two different primary care clinic physical layouts (onstage/offstage and pod-based [PB] designs) influenced pre- and postvisit team experiences and perceptions.

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Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The UW PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

Read the article

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Effective clinical teams are considered essential to the production of high-value systems of care particularly within primary care. The clinical microsystems framework is one approach to training primary care teams how to engage in quality improvement activities. From 2008 to 2014, a Microsystems approach was implemented with 58 primary care teams at a large Midwestern academic health care center that was aligning its primary care disciplines and embarking upon an ambitious primary care delivery system redesign. The UW PATH collaborative evaluated the implementation of the Microsystems approach using mixed methods and found that a microsystems approach is valuable for building team relationships and quality improvement skills but is challenged in a larger, diverse academic primary care context. Microsystem investment alone may faciliatte change but is not sufficient to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment. 

Read the article

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

It is difficult for primary care physicians to identify patients on their panel, and workloads can differ based on patient variation. To alleviate these issues, the UW PATH collaborative developed and applied a utilization-based weighting system to determine physicians’ panels in a way that accounts for patient complexity using sociodemographic factors. They measured empanelment before and after the implementation of the weighting system in 27 primary care clinics by comparing weighted and unweighted panel size and the number of physicians accepting patients. After the weighting system was implemented, the percentage of physicians in family medicine and pediatrics with open panels decreased, but the percentage of open panels increased in general internal medicine and the number of active patients increased by 2%. In addition, patients’ perceived access to care improved significantly in family and general internal medicine clinics. 

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Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

In a recent study, the PATH collaborative examined the 2013 results for 220 ACOs from the Medicare Shared Savings Program to assess key characteristics associated with generating savings. They found that ACOs with higher baseline expenditures were significantly more likely to generate savings than lower cost ACOs, but that the average quality scores for ACOs that reported on quality were not different between organizations that did or did not generate savings. The findings suggest that ACOs that had lower utilization before they enrolled in the MSSP are less likely to see financial rewards from the program.

Read the article

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

To become learning health systems, academic health centers seek to understand performance across the continuum of care and use that information to achieve continuous improvements. Following implementation changes, system-level performance at an academic health center improved in patient satisfaction, population health screenings, improvement education, and patient engagement.

Read the article

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Primary care departments at academic health centers face many challenges in achieving the Triple Aim. This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes the collaboration they formed between the departments of internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in pursuit of the Triple Aim. A primary care leadership team adopted a common vision to find solutions to shared problems. 

Read the article

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

In this article by the UW PATH collaborative, investigators describe a novel program that funds ambulatory care improvements through a partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm. The program is designed as a competitive grant program and both organizations benefit from completed improvement projects. Factors contributing to success as well as lessons learned are discussed to inform the development of similar programs in other markets.

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A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in its Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggests using an index such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize individuals living in locations identified as vulnerable in order to incorporate variables that are most linked to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color.

In this paper, authors including HIP Investigator Dr. Maureen Smith, developed an algorithm that can be used to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare personnel (HCP) during Phase 1a of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, if not enough vaccine is available to immunize an entire group of employees with similar job-related risk exposure. The algorithm prioritizes individuals with the highest risk of mortality using Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and age.

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Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Burnout among primary care physicians is a major problem in the United States. In addition to negatively impacting physician health, burnout is also associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased physician turnover, further contributing to health care costs and the shortage of physicians.

The PATH group conducted a study to determine the association between physician burnout and timing of EHR use in an academic internal medicine primary care practice. The group hypothesized that increased time spent in the EHR, particularly outside of normal work-hours, would be associated with higher levels of burnout.

Read the article

Learn more about PATH

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Protocols encourage healthcare team communication before and after primary care visits to support better patient care. Physical clinic environments may influence these behaviors, but limited research has been performed. The UW PATH collaborative explored how two different primary care clinic physical layouts (onstage/offstage and pod-based [PB] designs) influenced pre- and postvisit team experiences and perceptions.

Read the article

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The UW PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

Read the article

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Effective clinical teams are considered essential to the production of high-value systems of care particularly within primary care. The clinical microsystems framework is one approach to training primary care teams how to engage in quality improvement activities. From 2008 to 2014, a Microsystems approach was implemented with 58 primary care teams at a large Midwestern academic health care center that was aligning its primary care disciplines and embarking upon an ambitious primary care delivery system redesign. The UW PATH collaborative evaluated the implementation of the Microsystems approach using mixed methods and found that a microsystems approach is valuable for building team relationships and quality improvement skills but is challenged in a larger, diverse academic primary care context. Microsystem investment alone may faciliatte change but is not sufficient to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment. 

Read the article

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

It is difficult for primary care physicians to identify patients on their panel, and workloads can differ based on patient variation. To alleviate these issues, the UW PATH collaborative developed and applied a utilization-based weighting system to determine physicians’ panels in a way that accounts for patient complexity using sociodemographic factors. They measured empanelment before and after the implementation of the weighting system in 27 primary care clinics by comparing weighted and unweighted panel size and the number of physicians accepting patients. After the weighting system was implemented, the percentage of physicians in family medicine and pediatrics with open panels decreased, but the percentage of open panels increased in general internal medicine and the number of active patients increased by 2%. In addition, patients’ perceived access to care improved significantly in family and general internal medicine clinics. 

Read the article

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

In a recent study, the PATH collaborative examined the 2013 results for 220 ACOs from the Medicare Shared Savings Program to assess key characteristics associated with generating savings. They found that ACOs with higher baseline expenditures were significantly more likely to generate savings than lower cost ACOs, but that the average quality scores for ACOs that reported on quality were not different between organizations that did or did not generate savings. The findings suggest that ACOs that had lower utilization before they enrolled in the MSSP are less likely to see financial rewards from the program.

Read the article

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

To become learning health systems, academic health centers seek to understand performance across the continuum of care and use that information to achieve continuous improvements. Following implementation changes, system-level performance at an academic health center improved in patient satisfaction, population health screenings, improvement education, and patient engagement.

Read the article

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Primary care departments at academic health centers face many challenges in achieving the Triple Aim. This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes the collaboration they formed between the departments of internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in pursuit of the Triple Aim. A primary care leadership team adopted a common vision to find solutions to shared problems. 

Read the article

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

In this article by the UW PATH collaborative, investigators describe a novel program that funds ambulatory care improvements through a partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm. The program is designed as a competitive grant program and both organizations benefit from completed improvement projects. Factors contributing to success as well as lessons learned are discussed to inform the development of similar programs in other markets.

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A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in its Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggests using an index such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize individuals living in locations identified as vulnerable in order to incorporate variables that are most linked to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color.

In this paper, authors including HIP Investigator Dr. Maureen Smith, developed an algorithm that can be used to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare personnel (HCP) during Phase 1a of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, if not enough vaccine is available to immunize an entire group of employees with similar job-related risk exposure. The algorithm prioritizes individuals with the highest risk of mortality using Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and age.

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Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Burnout among primary care physicians is a major problem in the United States. In addition to negatively impacting physician health, burnout is also associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased physician turnover, further contributing to health care costs and the shortage of physicians.

The PATH group conducted a study to determine the association between physician burnout and timing of EHR use in an academic internal medicine primary care practice. The group hypothesized that increased time spent in the EHR, particularly outside of normal work-hours, would be associated with higher levels of burnout.

Read the article

Learn more about PATH

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Protocols encourage healthcare team communication before and after primary care visits to support better patient care. Physical clinic environments may influence these behaviors, but limited research has been performed. The UW PATH collaborative explored how two different primary care clinic physical layouts (onstage/offstage and pod-based [PB] designs) influenced pre- and postvisit team experiences and perceptions.

Read the article

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The UW PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

Read the article

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Effective clinical teams are considered essential to the production of high-value systems of care particularly within primary care. The clinical microsystems framework is one approach to training primary care teams how to engage in quality improvement activities. From 2008 to 2014, a Microsystems approach was implemented with 58 primary care teams at a large Midwestern academic health care center that was aligning its primary care disciplines and embarking upon an ambitious primary care delivery system redesign. The UW PATH collaborative evaluated the implementation of the Microsystems approach using mixed methods and found that a microsystems approach is valuable for building team relationships and quality improvement skills but is challenged in a larger, diverse academic primary care context. Microsystem investment alone may faciliatte change but is not sufficient to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment. 

Read the article

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

It is difficult for primary care physicians to identify patients on their panel, and workloads can differ based on patient variation. To alleviate these issues, the UW PATH collaborative developed and applied a utilization-based weighting system to determine physicians’ panels in a way that accounts for patient complexity using sociodemographic factors. They measured empanelment before and after the implementation of the weighting system in 27 primary care clinics by comparing weighted and unweighted panel size and the number of physicians accepting patients. After the weighting system was implemented, the percentage of physicians in family medicine and pediatrics with open panels decreased, but the percentage of open panels increased in general internal medicine and the number of active patients increased by 2%. In addition, patients’ perceived access to care improved significantly in family and general internal medicine clinics. 

Read the article

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

In a recent study, the PATH collaborative examined the 2013 results for 220 ACOs from the Medicare Shared Savings Program to assess key characteristics associated with generating savings. They found that ACOs with higher baseline expenditures were significantly more likely to generate savings than lower cost ACOs, but that the average quality scores for ACOs that reported on quality were not different between organizations that did or did not generate savings. The findings suggest that ACOs that had lower utilization before they enrolled in the MSSP are less likely to see financial rewards from the program.

Read the article

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

To become learning health systems, academic health centers seek to understand performance across the continuum of care and use that information to achieve continuous improvements. Following implementation changes, system-level performance at an academic health center improved in patient satisfaction, population health screenings, improvement education, and patient engagement.

Read the article

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Primary care departments at academic health centers face many challenges in achieving the Triple Aim. This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes the collaboration they formed between the departments of internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in pursuit of the Triple Aim. A primary care leadership team adopted a common vision to find solutions to shared problems. 

Read the article

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

In this article by the UW PATH collaborative, investigators describe a novel program that funds ambulatory care improvements through a partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm. The program is designed as a competitive grant program and both organizations benefit from completed improvement projects. Factors contributing to success as well as lessons learned are discussed to inform the development of similar programs in other markets.

Read the article

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A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in its Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggests using an index such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize individuals living in locations identified as vulnerable in order to incorporate variables that are most linked to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color.

In this paper, authors including HIP Investigator Dr. Maureen Smith, developed an algorithm that can be used to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare personnel (HCP) during Phase 1a of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, if not enough vaccine is available to immunize an entire group of employees with similar job-related risk exposure. The algorithm prioritizes individuals with the highest risk of mortality using Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and age.

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Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Burnout among primary care physicians is a major problem in the United States. In addition to negatively impacting physician health, burnout is also associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased physician turnover, further contributing to health care costs and the shortage of physicians.

The PATH group conducted a study to determine the association between physician burnout and timing of EHR use in an academic internal medicine primary care practice. The group hypothesized that increased time spent in the EHR, particularly outside of normal work-hours, would be associated with higher levels of burnout.

Read the article

Learn more about PATH

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Protocols encourage healthcare team communication before and after primary care visits to support better patient care. Physical clinic environments may influence these behaviors, but limited research has been performed. The UW PATH collaborative explored how two different primary care clinic physical layouts (onstage/offstage and pod-based [PB] designs) influenced pre- and postvisit team experiences and perceptions.

Read the article

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The UW PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

Read the article

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Effective clinical teams are considered essential to the production of high-value systems of care particularly within primary care. The clinical microsystems framework is one approach to training primary care teams how to engage in quality improvement activities. From 2008 to 2014, a Microsystems approach was implemented with 58 primary care teams at a large Midwestern academic health care center that was aligning its primary care disciplines and embarking upon an ambitious primary care delivery system redesign. The UW PATH collaborative evaluated the implementation of the Microsystems approach using mixed methods and found that a microsystems approach is valuable for building team relationships and quality improvement skills but is challenged in a larger, diverse academic primary care context. Microsystem investment alone may faciliatte change but is not sufficient to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment. 

Read the article

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

It is difficult for primary care physicians to identify patients on their panel, and workloads can differ based on patient variation. To alleviate these issues, the UW PATH collaborative developed and applied a utilization-based weighting system to determine physicians’ panels in a way that accounts for patient complexity using sociodemographic factors. They measured empanelment before and after the implementation of the weighting system in 27 primary care clinics by comparing weighted and unweighted panel size and the number of physicians accepting patients. After the weighting system was implemented, the percentage of physicians in family medicine and pediatrics with open panels decreased, but the percentage of open panels increased in general internal medicine and the number of active patients increased by 2%. In addition, patients’ perceived access to care improved significantly in family and general internal medicine clinics. 

Read the article

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

In a recent study, the PATH collaborative examined the 2013 results for 220 ACOs from the Medicare Shared Savings Program to assess key characteristics associated with generating savings. They found that ACOs with higher baseline expenditures were significantly more likely to generate savings than lower cost ACOs, but that the average quality scores for ACOs that reported on quality were not different between organizations that did or did not generate savings. The findings suggest that ACOs that had lower utilization before they enrolled in the MSSP are less likely to see financial rewards from the program.

Read the article

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

To become learning health systems, academic health centers seek to understand performance across the continuum of care and use that information to achieve continuous improvements. Following implementation changes, system-level performance at an academic health center improved in patient satisfaction, population health screenings, improvement education, and patient engagement.

Read the article

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Primary care departments at academic health centers face many challenges in achieving the Triple Aim. This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes the collaboration they formed between the departments of internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in pursuit of the Triple Aim. A primary care leadership team adopted a common vision to find solutions to shared problems. 

Read the article

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

In this article by the UW PATH collaborative, investigators describe a novel program that funds ambulatory care improvements through a partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm. The program is designed as a competitive grant program and both organizations benefit from completed improvement projects. Factors contributing to success as well as lessons learned are discussed to inform the development of similar programs in other markets.

Read the article

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A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in its Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggests using an index such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize individuals living in locations identified as vulnerable in order to incorporate variables that are most linked to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color.

In this paper, authors including HIP Investigator Dr. Maureen Smith, developed an algorithm that can be used to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare personnel (HCP) during Phase 1a of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, if not enough vaccine is available to immunize an entire group of employees with similar job-related risk exposure. The algorithm prioritizes individuals with the highest risk of mortality using Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and age.

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Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Burnout among primary care physicians is a major problem in the United States. In addition to negatively impacting physician health, burnout is also associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased physician turnover, further contributing to health care costs and the shortage of physicians.

The PATH group conducted a study to determine the association between physician burnout and timing of EHR use in an academic internal medicine primary care practice. The group hypothesized that increased time spent in the EHR, particularly outside of normal work-hours, would be associated with higher levels of burnout.

Read the article

Learn more about PATH

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Protocols encourage healthcare team communication before and after primary care visits to support better patient care. Physical clinic environments may influence these behaviors, but limited research has been performed. The UW PATH collaborative explored how two different primary care clinic physical layouts (onstage/offstage and pod-based [PB] designs) influenced pre- and postvisit team experiences and perceptions.

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Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The UW PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

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Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Effective clinical teams are considered essential to the production of high-value systems of care particularly within primary care. The clinical microsystems framework is one approach to training primary care teams how to engage in quality improvement activities. From 2008 to 2014, a Microsystems approach was implemented with 58 primary care teams at a large Midwestern academic health care center that was aligning its primary care disciplines and embarking upon an ambitious primary care delivery system redesign. The UW PATH collaborative evaluated the implementation of the Microsystems approach using mixed methods and found that a microsystems approach is valuable for building team relationships and quality improvement skills but is challenged in a larger, diverse academic primary care context. Microsystem investment alone may faciliatte change but is not sufficient to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment. 

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A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

It is difficult for primary care physicians to identify patients on their panel, and workloads can differ based on patient variation. To alleviate these issues, the UW PATH collaborative developed and applied a utilization-based weighting system to determine physicians’ panels in a way that accounts for patient complexity using sociodemographic factors. They measured empanelment before and after the implementation of the weighting system in 27 primary care clinics by comparing weighted and unweighted panel size and the number of physicians accepting patients. After the weighting system was implemented, the percentage of physicians in family medicine and pediatrics with open panels decreased, but the percentage of open panels increased in general internal medicine and the number of active patients increased by 2%. In addition, patients’ perceived access to care improved significantly in family and general internal medicine clinics. 

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Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

In a recent study, the PATH collaborative examined the 2013 results for 220 ACOs from the Medicare Shared Savings Program to assess key characteristics associated with generating savings. They found that ACOs with higher baseline expenditures were significantly more likely to generate savings than lower cost ACOs, but that the average quality scores for ACOs that reported on quality were not different between organizations that did or did not generate savings. The findings suggest that ACOs that had lower utilization before they enrolled in the MSSP are less likely to see financial rewards from the program.

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Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

To become learning health systems, academic health centers seek to understand performance across the continuum of care and use that information to achieve continuous improvements. Following implementation changes, system-level performance at an academic health center improved in patient satisfaction, population health screenings, improvement education, and patient engagement.

Read the article

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Primary care departments at academic health centers face many challenges in achieving the Triple Aim. This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes the collaboration they formed between the departments of internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in pursuit of the Triple Aim. A primary care leadership team adopted a common vision to find solutions to shared problems. 

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Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

In this article by the UW PATH collaborative, investigators describe a novel program that funds ambulatory care improvements through a partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm. The program is designed as a competitive grant program and both organizations benefit from completed improvement projects. Factors contributing to success as well as lessons learned are discussed to inform the development of similar programs in other markets.

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A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in its Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggests using an index such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize individuals living in locations identified as vulnerable in order to incorporate variables that are most linked to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color.

In this paper, authors including HIP Investigator Dr. Maureen Smith, developed an algorithm that can be used to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare personnel (HCP) during Phase 1a of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, if not enough vaccine is available to immunize an entire group of employees with similar job-related risk exposure. The algorithm prioritizes individuals with the highest risk of mortality using Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and age.

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Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Burnout among primary care physicians is a major problem in the United States. In addition to negatively impacting physician health, burnout is also associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased physician turnover, further contributing to health care costs and the shortage of physicians.

The PATH group conducted a study to determine the association between physician burnout and timing of EHR use in an academic internal medicine primary care practice. The group hypothesized that increased time spent in the EHR, particularly outside of normal work-hours, would be associated with higher levels of burnout.

Read the article

Learn more about PATH

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Protocols encourage healthcare team communication before and after primary care visits to support better patient care. Physical clinic environments may influence these behaviors, but limited research has been performed. The UW PATH collaborative explored how two different primary care clinic physical layouts (onstage/offstage and pod-based [PB] designs) influenced pre- and postvisit team experiences and perceptions.

Read the article

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The UW PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

Read the article

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Effective clinical teams are considered essential to the production of high-value systems of care particularly within primary care. The clinical microsystems framework is one approach to training primary care teams how to engage in quality improvement activities. From 2008 to 2014, a Microsystems approach was implemented with 58 primary care teams at a large Midwestern academic health care center that was aligning its primary care disciplines and embarking upon an ambitious primary care delivery system redesign. The UW PATH collaborative evaluated the implementation of the Microsystems approach using mixed methods and found that a microsystems approach is valuable for building team relationships and quality improvement skills but is challenged in a larger, diverse academic primary care context. Microsystem investment alone may faciliatte change but is not sufficient to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment. 

Read the article

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

It is difficult for primary care physicians to identify patients on their panel, and workloads can differ based on patient variation. To alleviate these issues, the UW PATH collaborative developed and applied a utilization-based weighting system to determine physicians’ panels in a way that accounts for patient complexity using sociodemographic factors. They measured empanelment before and after the implementation of the weighting system in 27 primary care clinics by comparing weighted and unweighted panel size and the number of physicians accepting patients. After the weighting system was implemented, the percentage of physicians in family medicine and pediatrics with open panels decreased, but the percentage of open panels increased in general internal medicine and the number of active patients increased by 2%. In addition, patients’ perceived access to care improved significantly in family and general internal medicine clinics. 

Read the article

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

In a recent study, the PATH collaborative examined the 2013 results for 220 ACOs from the Medicare Shared Savings Program to assess key characteristics associated with generating savings. They found that ACOs with higher baseline expenditures were significantly more likely to generate savings than lower cost ACOs, but that the average quality scores for ACOs that reported on quality were not different between organizations that did or did not generate savings. The findings suggest that ACOs that had lower utilization before they enrolled in the MSSP are less likely to see financial rewards from the program.

Read the article

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

To become learning health systems, academic health centers seek to understand performance across the continuum of care and use that information to achieve continuous improvements. Following implementation changes, system-level performance at an academic health center improved in patient satisfaction, population health screenings, improvement education, and patient engagement.

Read the article

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Primary care departments at academic health centers face many challenges in achieving the Triple Aim. This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes the collaboration they formed between the departments of internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in pursuit of the Triple Aim. A primary care leadership team adopted a common vision to find solutions to shared problems. 

Read the article

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

In this article by the UW PATH collaborative, investigators describe a novel program that funds ambulatory care improvements through a partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm. The program is designed as a competitive grant program and both organizations benefit from completed improvement projects. Factors contributing to success as well as lessons learned are discussed to inform the development of similar programs in other markets.

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A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in its Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggests using an index such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize individuals living in locations identified as vulnerable in order to incorporate variables that are most linked to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color.

In this paper, authors including HIP Investigator Dr. Maureen Smith, developed an algorithm that can be used to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare personnel (HCP) during Phase 1a of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, if not enough vaccine is available to immunize an entire group of employees with similar job-related risk exposure. The algorithm prioritizes individuals with the highest risk of mortality using Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and age.

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View the Toolkit

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Burnout among primary care physicians is a major problem in the United States. In addition to negatively impacting physician health, burnout is also associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased physician turnover, further contributing to health care costs and the shortage of physicians.

The PATH group conducted a study to determine the association between physician burnout and timing of EHR use in an academic internal medicine primary care practice. The group hypothesized that increased time spent in the EHR, particularly outside of normal work-hours, would be associated with higher levels of burnout.

Read the article

Learn more about PATH

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Protocols encourage healthcare team communication before and after primary care visits to support better patient care. Physical clinic environments may influence these behaviors, but limited research has been performed. The UW PATH collaborative explored how two different primary care clinic physical layouts (onstage/offstage and pod-based [PB] designs) influenced pre- and postvisit team experiences and perceptions.

Read the article

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The UW PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

Read the article

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Effective clinical teams are considered essential to the production of high-value systems of care particularly within primary care. The clinical microsystems framework is one approach to training primary care teams how to engage in quality improvement activities. From 2008 to 2014, a Microsystems approach was implemented with 58 primary care teams at a large Midwestern academic health care center that was aligning its primary care disciplines and embarking upon an ambitious primary care delivery system redesign. The UW PATH collaborative evaluated the implementation of the Microsystems approach using mixed methods and found that a microsystems approach is valuable for building team relationships and quality improvement skills but is challenged in a larger, diverse academic primary care context. Microsystem investment alone may faciliatte change but is not sufficient to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment. 

Read the article

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

It is difficult for primary care physicians to identify patients on their panel, and workloads can differ based on patient variation. To alleviate these issues, the UW PATH collaborative developed and applied a utilization-based weighting system to determine physicians’ panels in a way that accounts for patient complexity using sociodemographic factors. They measured empanelment before and after the implementation of the weighting system in 27 primary care clinics by comparing weighted and unweighted panel size and the number of physicians accepting patients. After the weighting system was implemented, the percentage of physicians in family medicine and pediatrics with open panels decreased, but the percentage of open panels increased in general internal medicine and the number of active patients increased by 2%. In addition, patients’ perceived access to care improved significantly in family and general internal medicine clinics. 

Read the article

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

In a recent study, the PATH collaborative examined the 2013 results for 220 ACOs from the Medicare Shared Savings Program to assess key characteristics associated with generating savings. They found that ACOs with higher baseline expenditures were significantly more likely to generate savings than lower cost ACOs, but that the average quality scores for ACOs that reported on quality were not different between organizations that did or did not generate savings. The findings suggest that ACOs that had lower utilization before they enrolled in the MSSP are less likely to see financial rewards from the program.

Read the article

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

To become learning health systems, academic health centers seek to understand performance across the continuum of care and use that information to achieve continuous improvements. Following implementation changes, system-level performance at an academic health center improved in patient satisfaction, population health screenings, improvement education, and patient engagement.

Read the article

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Primary care departments at academic health centers face many challenges in achieving the Triple Aim. This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes the collaboration they formed between the departments of internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in pursuit of the Triple Aim. A primary care leadership team adopted a common vision to find solutions to shared problems. 

Read the article

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

In this article by the UW PATH collaborative, investigators describe a novel program that funds ambulatory care improvements through a partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm. The program is designed as a competitive grant program and both organizations benefit from completed improvement projects. Factors contributing to success as well as lessons learned are discussed to inform the development of similar programs in other markets.

Read the article

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A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in its Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggests using an index such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize individuals living in locations identified as vulnerable in order to incorporate variables that are most linked to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color.

In this paper, authors including HIP Investigator Dr. Maureen Smith, developed an algorithm that can be used to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare personnel (HCP) during Phase 1a of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, if not enough vaccine is available to immunize an entire group of employees with similar job-related risk exposure. The algorithm prioritizes individuals with the highest risk of mortality using Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and age.

Read the Article

View the Toolkit

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Burnout among primary care physicians is a major problem in the United States. In addition to negatively impacting physician health, burnout is also associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased physician turnover, further contributing to health care costs and the shortage of physicians.

The PATH group conducted a study to determine the association between physician burnout and timing of EHR use in an academic internal medicine primary care practice. The group hypothesized that increased time spent in the EHR, particularly outside of normal work-hours, would be associated with higher levels of burnout.

Read the article

Learn more about PATH

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Protocols encourage healthcare team communication before and after primary care visits to support better patient care. Physical clinic environments may influence these behaviors, but limited research has been performed. The UW PATH collaborative explored how two different primary care clinic physical layouts (onstage/offstage and pod-based [PB] designs) influenced pre- and postvisit team experiences and perceptions.

Read the article

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The UW PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

Read the article

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Effective clinical teams are considered essential to the production of high-value systems of care particularly within primary care. The clinical microsystems framework is one approach to training primary care teams how to engage in quality improvement activities. From 2008 to 2014, a Microsystems approach was implemented with 58 primary care teams at a large Midwestern academic health care center that was aligning its primary care disciplines and embarking upon an ambitious primary care delivery system redesign. The UW PATH collaborative evaluated the implementation of the Microsystems approach using mixed methods and found that a microsystems approach is valuable for building team relationships and quality improvement skills but is challenged in a larger, diverse academic primary care context. Microsystem investment alone may faciliatte change but is not sufficient to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment. 

Read the article

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

It is difficult for primary care physicians to identify patients on their panel, and workloads can differ based on patient variation. To alleviate these issues, the UW PATH collaborative developed and applied a utilization-based weighting system to determine physicians’ panels in a way that accounts for patient complexity using sociodemographic factors. They measured empanelment before and after the implementation of the weighting system in 27 primary care clinics by comparing weighted and unweighted panel size and the number of physicians accepting patients. After the weighting system was implemented, the percentage of physicians in family medicine and pediatrics with open panels decreased, but the percentage of open panels increased in general internal medicine and the number of active patients increased by 2%. In addition, patients’ perceived access to care improved significantly in family and general internal medicine clinics. 

Read the article

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

In a recent study, the PATH collaborative examined the 2013 results for 220 ACOs from the Medicare Shared Savings Program to assess key characteristics associated with generating savings. They found that ACOs with higher baseline expenditures were significantly more likely to generate savings than lower cost ACOs, but that the average quality scores for ACOs that reported on quality were not different between organizations that did or did not generate savings. The findings suggest that ACOs that had lower utilization before they enrolled in the MSSP are less likely to see financial rewards from the program.

Read the article

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

To become learning health systems, academic health centers seek to understand performance across the continuum of care and use that information to achieve continuous improvements. Following implementation changes, system-level performance at an academic health center improved in patient satisfaction, population health screenings, improvement education, and patient engagement.

Read the article

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Primary care departments at academic health centers face many challenges in achieving the Triple Aim. This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes the collaboration they formed between the departments of internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in pursuit of the Triple Aim. A primary care leadership team adopted a common vision to find solutions to shared problems. 

Read the article

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

In this article by the UW PATH collaborative, investigators describe a novel program that funds ambulatory care improvements through a partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm. The program is designed as a competitive grant program and both organizations benefit from completed improvement projects. Factors contributing to success as well as lessons learned are discussed to inform the development of similar programs in other markets.

Read the article

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A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in its Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggests using an index such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize individuals living in locations identified as vulnerable in order to incorporate variables that are most linked to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color.

In this paper, authors including HIP Investigator Dr. Maureen Smith, developed an algorithm that can be used to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare personnel (HCP) during Phase 1a of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, if not enough vaccine is available to immunize an entire group of employees with similar job-related risk exposure. The algorithm prioritizes individuals with the highest risk of mortality using Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and age.

Read the Article

View the Toolkit

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Burnout among primary care physicians is a major problem in the United States. In addition to negatively impacting physician health, burnout is also associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased physician turnover, further contributing to health care costs and the shortage of physicians.

The PATH group conducted a study to determine the association between physician burnout and timing of EHR use in an academic internal medicine primary care practice. The group hypothesized that increased time spent in the EHR, particularly outside of normal work-hours, would be associated with higher levels of burnout.

Read the article

Learn more about PATH

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Protocols encourage healthcare team communication before and after primary care visits to support better patient care. Physical clinic environments may influence these behaviors, but limited research has been performed. The UW PATH collaborative explored how two different primary care clinic physical layouts (onstage/offstage and pod-based [PB] designs) influenced pre- and postvisit team experiences and perceptions.

Read the article

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The UW PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

Read the article

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Effective clinical teams are considered essential to the production of high-value systems of care particularly within primary care. The clinical microsystems framework is one approach to training primary care teams how to engage in quality improvement activities. From 2008 to 2014, a Microsystems approach was implemented with 58 primary care teams at a large Midwestern academic health care center that was aligning its primary care disciplines and embarking upon an ambitious primary care delivery system redesign. The UW PATH collaborative evaluated the implementation of the Microsystems approach using mixed methods and found that a microsystems approach is valuable for building team relationships and quality improvement skills but is challenged in a larger, diverse academic primary care context. Microsystem investment alone may faciliatte change but is not sufficient to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment. 

Read the article

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

It is difficult for primary care physicians to identify patients on their panel, and workloads can differ based on patient variation. To alleviate these issues, the UW PATH collaborative developed and applied a utilization-based weighting system to determine physicians’ panels in a way that accounts for patient complexity using sociodemographic factors. They measured empanelment before and after the implementation of the weighting system in 27 primary care clinics by comparing weighted and unweighted panel size and the number of physicians accepting patients. After the weighting system was implemented, the percentage of physicians in family medicine and pediatrics with open panels decreased, but the percentage of open panels increased in general internal medicine and the number of active patients increased by 2%. In addition, patients’ perceived access to care improved significantly in family and general internal medicine clinics. 

Read the article

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

In a recent study, the PATH collaborative examined the 2013 results for 220 ACOs from the Medicare Shared Savings Program to assess key characteristics associated with generating savings. They found that ACOs with higher baseline expenditures were significantly more likely to generate savings than lower cost ACOs, but that the average quality scores for ACOs that reported on quality were not different between organizations that did or did not generate savings. The findings suggest that ACOs that had lower utilization before they enrolled in the MSSP are less likely to see financial rewards from the program.

Read the article

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

To become learning health systems, academic health centers seek to understand performance across the continuum of care and use that information to achieve continuous improvements. Following implementation changes, system-level performance at an academic health center improved in patient satisfaction, population health screenings, improvement education, and patient engagement.

Read the article

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Primary care departments at academic health centers face many challenges in achieving the Triple Aim. This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes the collaboration they formed between the departments of internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in pursuit of the Triple Aim. A primary care leadership team adopted a common vision to find solutions to shared problems. 

Read the article

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

In this article by the UW PATH collaborative, investigators describe a novel program that funds ambulatory care improvements through a partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm. The program is designed as a competitive grant program and both organizations benefit from completed improvement projects. Factors contributing to success as well as lessons learned are discussed to inform the development of similar programs in other markets.

Read the article

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A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in its Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggests using an index such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize individuals living in locations identified as vulnerable in order to incorporate variables that are most linked to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color.

In this paper, authors including HIP Investigator Dr. Maureen Smith, developed an algorithm that can be used to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare personnel (HCP) during Phase 1a of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, if not enough vaccine is available to immunize an entire group of employees with similar job-related risk exposure. The algorithm prioritizes individuals with the highest risk of mortality using Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and age.

Read the Article

View the Toolkit

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Burnout among primary care physicians is a major problem in the United States. In addition to negatively impacting physician health, burnout is also associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased physician turnover, further contributing to health care costs and the shortage of physicians.

The PATH group conducted a study to determine the association between physician burnout and timing of EHR use in an academic internal medicine primary care practice. The group hypothesized that increased time spent in the EHR, particularly outside of normal work-hours, would be associated with higher levels of burnout.

Read the article

Learn more about PATH

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Protocols encourage healthcare team communication before and after primary care visits to support better patient care. Physical clinic environments may influence these behaviors, but limited research has been performed. The UW PATH collaborative explored how two different primary care clinic physical layouts (onstage/offstage and pod-based [PB] designs) influenced pre- and postvisit team experiences and perceptions.

Read the article

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The UW PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

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Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Effective clinical teams are considered essential to the production of high-value systems of care particularly within primary care. The clinical microsystems framework is one approach to training primary care teams how to engage in quality improvement activities. From 2008 to 2014, a Microsystems approach was implemented with 58 primary care teams at a large Midwestern academic health care center that was aligning its primary care disciplines and embarking upon an ambitious primary care delivery system redesign. The UW PATH collaborative evaluated the implementation of the Microsystems approach using mixed methods and found that a microsystems approach is valuable for building team relationships and quality improvement skills but is challenged in a larger, diverse academic primary care context. Microsystem investment alone may faciliatte change but is not sufficient to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment. 

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A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

It is difficult for primary care physicians to identify patients on their panel, and workloads can differ based on patient variation. To alleviate these issues, the UW PATH collaborative developed and applied a utilization-based weighting system to determine physicians’ panels in a way that accounts for patient complexity using sociodemographic factors. They measured empanelment before and after the implementation of the weighting system in 27 primary care clinics by comparing weighted and unweighted panel size and the number of physicians accepting patients. After the weighting system was implemented, the percentage of physicians in family medicine and pediatrics with open panels decreased, but the percentage of open panels increased in general internal medicine and the number of active patients increased by 2%. In addition, patients’ perceived access to care improved significantly in family and general internal medicine clinics. 

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Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

In a recent study, the PATH collaborative examined the 2013 results for 220 ACOs from the Medicare Shared Savings Program to assess key characteristics associated with generating savings. They found that ACOs with higher baseline expenditures were significantly more likely to generate savings than lower cost ACOs, but that the average quality scores for ACOs that reported on quality were not different between organizations that did or did not generate savings. The findings suggest that ACOs that had lower utilization before they enrolled in the MSSP are less likely to see financial rewards from the program.

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Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

To become learning health systems, academic health centers seek to understand performance across the continuum of care and use that information to achieve continuous improvements. Following implementation changes, system-level performance at an academic health center improved in patient satisfaction, population health screenings, improvement education, and patient engagement.

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Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Primary care departments at academic health centers face many challenges in achieving the Triple Aim. This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes the collaboration they formed between the departments of internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in pursuit of the Triple Aim. A primary care leadership team adopted a common vision to find solutions to shared problems. 

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Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

In this article by the UW PATH collaborative, investigators describe a novel program that funds ambulatory care improvements through a partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm. The program is designed as a competitive grant program and both organizations benefit from completed improvement projects. Factors contributing to success as well as lessons learned are discussed to inform the development of similar programs in other markets.

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A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in its Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggests using an index such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize individuals living in locations identified as vulnerable in order to incorporate variables that are most linked to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color.

In this paper, authors including HIP Investigator Dr. Maureen Smith, developed an algorithm that can be used to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare personnel (HCP) during Phase 1a of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, if not enough vaccine is available to immunize an entire group of employees with similar job-related risk exposure. The algorithm prioritizes individuals with the highest risk of mortality using Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and age.

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Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Burnout among primary care physicians is a major problem in the United States. In addition to negatively impacting physician health, burnout is also associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased physician turnover, further contributing to health care costs and the shortage of physicians.

The PATH group conducted a study to determine the association between physician burnout and timing of EHR use in an academic internal medicine primary care practice. The group hypothesized that increased time spent in the EHR, particularly outside of normal work-hours, would be associated with higher levels of burnout.

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Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Protocols encourage healthcare team communication before and after primary care visits to support better patient care. Physical clinic environments may influence these behaviors, but limited research has been performed. The UW PATH collaborative explored how two different primary care clinic physical layouts (onstage/offstage and pod-based [PB] designs) influenced pre- and postvisit team experiences and perceptions.

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Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The UW PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

Read the article

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Effective clinical teams are considered essential to the production of high-value systems of care particularly within primary care. The clinical microsystems framework is one approach to training primary care teams how to engage in quality improvement activities. From 2008 to 2014, a Microsystems approach was implemented with 58 primary care teams at a large Midwestern academic health care center that was aligning its primary care disciplines and embarking upon an ambitious primary care delivery system redesign. The UW PATH collaborative evaluated the implementation of the Microsystems approach using mixed methods and found that a microsystems approach is valuable for building team relationships and quality improvement skills but is challenged in a larger, diverse academic primary care context. Microsystem investment alone may faciliatte change but is not sufficient to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment. 

Read the article

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

It is difficult for primary care physicians to identify patients on their panel, and workloads can differ based on patient variation. To alleviate these issues, the UW PATH collaborative developed and applied a utilization-based weighting system to determine physicians’ panels in a way that accounts for patient complexity using sociodemographic factors. They measured empanelment before and after the implementation of the weighting system in 27 primary care clinics by comparing weighted and unweighted panel size and the number of physicians accepting patients. After the weighting system was implemented, the percentage of physicians in family medicine and pediatrics with open panels decreased, but the percentage of open panels increased in general internal medicine and the number of active patients increased by 2%. In addition, patients’ perceived access to care improved significantly in family and general internal medicine clinics. 

Read the article

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

In a recent study, the PATH collaborative examined the 2013 results for 220 ACOs from the Medicare Shared Savings Program to assess key characteristics associated with generating savings. They found that ACOs with higher baseline expenditures were significantly more likely to generate savings than lower cost ACOs, but that the average quality scores for ACOs that reported on quality were not different between organizations that did or did not generate savings. The findings suggest that ACOs that had lower utilization before they enrolled in the MSSP are less likely to see financial rewards from the program.

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Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

To become learning health systems, academic health centers seek to understand performance across the continuum of care and use that information to achieve continuous improvements. Following implementation changes, system-level performance at an academic health center improved in patient satisfaction, population health screenings, improvement education, and patient engagement.

Read the article

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Primary care departments at academic health centers face many challenges in achieving the Triple Aim. This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes the collaboration they formed between the departments of internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in pursuit of the Triple Aim. A primary care leadership team adopted a common vision to find solutions to shared problems. 

Read the article

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

In this article by the UW PATH collaborative, investigators describe a novel program that funds ambulatory care improvements through a partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm. The program is designed as a competitive grant program and both organizations benefit from completed improvement projects. Factors contributing to success as well as lessons learned are discussed to inform the development of similar programs in other markets.

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A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in its Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggests using an index such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize individuals living in locations identified as vulnerable in order to incorporate variables that are most linked to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color.

In this paper, authors including HIP Investigator Dr. Maureen Smith, developed an algorithm that can be used to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare personnel (HCP) during Phase 1a of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, if not enough vaccine is available to immunize an entire group of employees with similar job-related risk exposure. The algorithm prioritizes individuals with the highest risk of mortality using Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and age.

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Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Burnout among primary care physicians is a major problem in the United States. In addition to negatively impacting physician health, burnout is also associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased physician turnover, further contributing to health care costs and the shortage of physicians.

The PATH group conducted a study to determine the association between physician burnout and timing of EHR use in an academic internal medicine primary care practice. The group hypothesized that increased time spent in the EHR, particularly outside of normal work-hours, would be associated with higher levels of burnout.

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Learn more about PATH

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Protocols encourage healthcare team communication before and after primary care visits to support better patient care. Physical clinic environments may influence these behaviors, but limited research has been performed. The UW PATH collaborative explored how two different primary care clinic physical layouts (onstage/offstage and pod-based [PB] designs) influenced pre- and postvisit team experiences and perceptions.

Read the article

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The UW PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

Read the article

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Effective clinical teams are considered essential to the production of high-value systems of care particularly within primary care. The clinical microsystems framework is one approach to training primary care teams how to engage in quality improvement activities. From 2008 to 2014, a Microsystems approach was implemented with 58 primary care teams at a large Midwestern academic health care center that was aligning its primary care disciplines and embarking upon an ambitious primary care delivery system redesign. The UW PATH collaborative evaluated the implementation of the Microsystems approach using mixed methods and found that a microsystems approach is valuable for building team relationships and quality improvement skills but is challenged in a larger, diverse academic primary care context. Microsystem investment alone may faciliatte change but is not sufficient to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment. 

Read the article

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

It is difficult for primary care physicians to identify patients on their panel, and workloads can differ based on patient variation. To alleviate these issues, the UW PATH collaborative developed and applied a utilization-based weighting system to determine physicians’ panels in a way that accounts for patient complexity using sociodemographic factors. They measured empanelment before and after the implementation of the weighting system in 27 primary care clinics by comparing weighted and unweighted panel size and the number of physicians accepting patients. After the weighting system was implemented, the percentage of physicians in family medicine and pediatrics with open panels decreased, but the percentage of open panels increased in general internal medicine and the number of active patients increased by 2%. In addition, patients’ perceived access to care improved significantly in family and general internal medicine clinics. 

Read the article

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

In a recent study, the PATH collaborative examined the 2013 results for 220 ACOs from the Medicare Shared Savings Program to assess key characteristics associated with generating savings. They found that ACOs with higher baseline expenditures were significantly more likely to generate savings than lower cost ACOs, but that the average quality scores for ACOs that reported on quality were not different between organizations that did or did not generate savings. The findings suggest that ACOs that had lower utilization before they enrolled in the MSSP are less likely to see financial rewards from the program.

Read the article

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

To become learning health systems, academic health centers seek to understand performance across the continuum of care and use that information to achieve continuous improvements. Following implementation changes, system-level performance at an academic health center improved in patient satisfaction, population health screenings, improvement education, and patient engagement.

Read the article

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Primary care departments at academic health centers face many challenges in achieving the Triple Aim. This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes the collaboration they formed between the departments of internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in pursuit of the Triple Aim. A primary care leadership team adopted a common vision to find solutions to shared problems. 

Read the article

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

In this article by the UW PATH collaborative, investigators describe a novel program that funds ambulatory care improvements through a partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm. The program is designed as a competitive grant program and both organizations benefit from completed improvement projects. Factors contributing to success as well as lessons learned are discussed to inform the development of similar programs in other markets.

Read the article

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A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in its Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggests using an index such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize individuals living in locations identified as vulnerable in order to incorporate variables that are most linked to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color.

In this paper, authors including HIP Investigator Dr. Maureen Smith, developed an algorithm that can be used to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare personnel (HCP) during Phase 1a of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, if not enough vaccine is available to immunize an entire group of employees with similar job-related risk exposure. The algorithm prioritizes individuals with the highest risk of mortality using Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and age.

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View the Toolkit

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Burnout among primary care physicians is a major problem in the United States. In addition to negatively impacting physician health, burnout is also associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased physician turnover, further contributing to health care costs and the shortage of physicians.

The PATH group conducted a study to determine the association between physician burnout and timing of EHR use in an academic internal medicine primary care practice. The group hypothesized that increased time spent in the EHR, particularly outside of normal work-hours, would be associated with higher levels of burnout.

Read the article

Learn more about PATH

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Protocols encourage healthcare team communication before and after primary care visits to support better patient care. Physical clinic environments may influence these behaviors, but limited research has been performed. The UW PATH collaborative explored how two different primary care clinic physical layouts (onstage/offstage and pod-based [PB] designs) influenced pre- and postvisit team experiences and perceptions.

Read the article

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The UW PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

Read the article

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Effective clinical teams are considered essential to the production of high-value systems of care particularly within primary care. The clinical microsystems framework is one approach to training primary care teams how to engage in quality improvement activities. From 2008 to 2014, a Microsystems approach was implemented with 58 primary care teams at a large Midwestern academic health care center that was aligning its primary care disciplines and embarking upon an ambitious primary care delivery system redesign. The UW PATH collaborative evaluated the implementation of the Microsystems approach using mixed methods and found that a microsystems approach is valuable for building team relationships and quality improvement skills but is challenged in a larger, diverse academic primary care context. Microsystem investment alone may faciliatte change but is not sufficient to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment. 

Read the article

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

It is difficult for primary care physicians to identify patients on their panel, and workloads can differ based on patient variation. To alleviate these issues, the UW PATH collaborative developed and applied a utilization-based weighting system to determine physicians’ panels in a way that accounts for patient complexity using sociodemographic factors. They measured empanelment before and after the implementation of the weighting system in 27 primary care clinics by comparing weighted and unweighted panel size and the number of physicians accepting patients. After the weighting system was implemented, the percentage of physicians in family medicine and pediatrics with open panels decreased, but the percentage of open panels increased in general internal medicine and the number of active patients increased by 2%. In addition, patients’ perceived access to care improved significantly in family and general internal medicine clinics. 

Read the article

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

In a recent study, the PATH collaborative examined the 2013 results for 220 ACOs from the Medicare Shared Savings Program to assess key characteristics associated with generating savings. They found that ACOs with higher baseline expenditures were significantly more likely to generate savings than lower cost ACOs, but that the average quality scores for ACOs that reported on quality were not different between organizations that did or did not generate savings. The findings suggest that ACOs that had lower utilization before they enrolled in the MSSP are less likely to see financial rewards from the program.

Read the article

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

To become learning health systems, academic health centers seek to understand performance across the continuum of care and use that information to achieve continuous improvements. Following implementation changes, system-level performance at an academic health center improved in patient satisfaction, population health screenings, improvement education, and patient engagement.

Read the article

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Primary care departments at academic health centers face many challenges in achieving the Triple Aim. This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes the collaboration they formed between the departments of internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in pursuit of the Triple Aim. A primary care leadership team adopted a common vision to find solutions to shared problems. 

Read the article

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

In this article by the UW PATH collaborative, investigators describe a novel program that funds ambulatory care improvements through a partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm. The program is designed as a competitive grant program and both organizations benefit from completed improvement projects. Factors contributing to success as well as lessons learned are discussed to inform the development of similar programs in other markets.

Read the article

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A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in its Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggests using an index such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize individuals living in locations identified as vulnerable in order to incorporate variables that are most linked to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color.

In this paper, authors including HIP Investigator Dr. Maureen Smith, developed an algorithm that can be used to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare personnel (HCP) during Phase 1a of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, if not enough vaccine is available to immunize an entire group of employees with similar job-related risk exposure. The algorithm prioritizes individuals with the highest risk of mortality using Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and age.

Read the Article

View the Toolkit

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Burnout among primary care physicians is a major problem in the United States. In addition to negatively impacting physician health, burnout is also associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased physician turnover, further contributing to health care costs and the shortage of physicians.

The PATH group conducted a study to determine the association between physician burnout and timing of EHR use in an academic internal medicine primary care practice. The group hypothesized that increased time spent in the EHR, particularly outside of normal work-hours, would be associated with higher levels of burnout.

Read the article

Learn more about PATH

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Protocols encourage healthcare team communication before and after primary care visits to support better patient care. Physical clinic environments may influence these behaviors, but limited research has been performed. The UW PATH collaborative explored how two different primary care clinic physical layouts (onstage/offstage and pod-based [PB] designs) influenced pre- and postvisit team experiences and perceptions.

Read the article

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The UW PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

Read the article

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Effective clinical teams are considered essential to the production of high-value systems of care particularly within primary care. The clinical microsystems framework is one approach to training primary care teams how to engage in quality improvement activities. From 2008 to 2014, a Microsystems approach was implemented with 58 primary care teams at a large Midwestern academic health care center that was aligning its primary care disciplines and embarking upon an ambitious primary care delivery system redesign. The UW PATH collaborative evaluated the implementation of the Microsystems approach using mixed methods and found that a microsystems approach is valuable for building team relationships and quality improvement skills but is challenged in a larger, diverse academic primary care context. Microsystem investment alone may faciliatte change but is not sufficient to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment. 

Read the article

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

It is difficult for primary care physicians to identify patients on their panel, and workloads can differ based on patient variation. To alleviate these issues, the UW PATH collaborative developed and applied a utilization-based weighting system to determine physicians’ panels in a way that accounts for patient complexity using sociodemographic factors. They measured empanelment before and after the implementation of the weighting system in 27 primary care clinics by comparing weighted and unweighted panel size and the number of physicians accepting patients. After the weighting system was implemented, the percentage of physicians in family medicine and pediatrics with open panels decreased, but the percentage of open panels increased in general internal medicine and the number of active patients increased by 2%. In addition, patients’ perceived access to care improved significantly in family and general internal medicine clinics. 

Read the article

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

Medicare shared savings programs: Higher cost ACOs more likely to achieve savings

In a recent study, the PATH collaborative examined the 2013 results for 220 ACOs from the Medicare Shared Savings Program to assess key characteristics associated with generating savings. They found that ACOs with higher baseline expenditures were significantly more likely to generate savings than lower cost ACOs, but that the average quality scores for ACOs that reported on quality were not different between organizations that did or did not generate savings. The findings suggest that ACOs that had lower utilization before they enrolled in the MSSP are less likely to see financial rewards from the program.

Read the article

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

Building the learning health system: describing an organizational infrastructure to support continuous learning

To become learning health systems, academic health centers seek to understand performance across the continuum of care and use that information to achieve continuous improvements. Following implementation changes, system-level performance at an academic health center improved in patient satisfaction, population health screenings, improvement education, and patient engagement.

Read the article

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Across the divide: primary care departments working together to redesign care to achieve the Triple Aim

Primary care departments at academic health centers face many challenges in achieving the Triple Aim. This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes the collaboration they formed between the departments of internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in pursuit of the Triple Aim. A primary care leadership team adopted a common vision to find solutions to shared problems. 

Read the article

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

Strange bedfellows: A local insurer/physician practice partnership to fund innovation

In this article by the UW PATH collaborative, investigators describe a novel program that funds ambulatory care improvements through a partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm. The program is designed as a competitive grant program and both organizations benefit from completed improvement projects. Factors contributing to success as well as lessons learned are discussed to inform the development of similar programs in other markets.

Read the article

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A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

A prioritization algorithm for healthcare personnel for the CDC’s COVID-19 Phase 1a vaccine distribution plan

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in its Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggests using an index such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to prioritize individuals living in locations identified as vulnerable in order to incorporate variables that are most linked to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color.

In this paper, authors including HIP Investigator Dr. Maureen Smith, developed an algorithm that can be used to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare personnel (HCP) during Phase 1a of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, if not enough vaccine is available to immunize an entire group of employees with similar job-related risk exposure. The algorithm prioritizes individuals with the highest risk of mortality using Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and age.

Read the Article

View the Toolkit

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Physician Burnout and Timing of Electronic Health Record Use

Burnout among primary care physicians is a major problem in the United States. In addition to negatively impacting physician health, burnout is also associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased physician turnover, further contributing to health care costs and the shortage of physicians.

The PATH group conducted a study to determine the association between physician burnout and timing of EHR use in an academic internal medicine primary care practice. The group hypothesized that increased time spent in the EHR, particularly outside of normal work-hours, would be associated with higher levels of burnout.

Read the article

Learn more about PATH

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Influence of Environmental Design on Team Interactions Across Three Family Medicine Clinics: Perceptions of Communication, Efficiency, and Privacy

Protocols encourage healthcare team communication before and after primary care visits to support better patient care. Physical clinic environments may influence these behaviors, but limited research has been performed. The UW PATH collaborative explored how two different primary care clinic physical layouts (onstage/offstage and pod-based [PB] designs) influenced pre- and postvisit team experiences and perceptions.

Read the article

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The UW PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

Read the article

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Developing primary care teams prepared to improve quality: a mixed-methods evaluation

Effective clinical teams are considered essential to the production of high-value systems of care particularly within primary care. The clinical microsystems framework is one approach to training primary care teams how to engage in quality improvement activities. From 2008 to 2014, a Microsystems approach was implemented with 58 primary care teams at a large Midwestern academic health care center that was aligning its primary care disciplines and embarking upon an ambitious primary care delivery system redesign. The UW PATH collaborative evaluated the implementation of the Microsystems approach using mixed methods and found that a microsystems approach is valuable for building team relationships and quality improvement skills but is challenged in a larger, diverse academic primary care context. Microsystem investment alone may faciliatte change but is not sufficient to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment. 

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A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines

A simple framework for weighting panels across primary care disciplines