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March 23, 2015

From the CEO's Office

NAO 2015 Business Summit in Orlando, Florida May 12-14, 2015
Eight weeks to go before the first ever NAO Business Summit in Orlando, Florida May 12-14th! If you haven't yet registered for the conference, please do so as soon as you can.​ Registration information can be found here: http://nationalahec.org/conference/41/#Home.

I'm looking forward to seeing many of you in Orlando and I'm excited about all of our conference sessions. Each of the Business Summit workshops are designed to provide you with essential hands-on tools and skills to directly sustain and grow their centers or program offices, thereby building program delivery capacity.

The Summit workshops have been selected by the organizing committee based on their vital role in creating sustainable organizational growth. Each session will be presented in a workshop format using participant-centered existing/emerging applications, and providing specific tools as useful resources.

One session ​in particular to point out is the lunchtime keynote address. Debra Solt, Director of Workforce Training & Economic Development at the Desert Meadows AHEC, Las Vegas, NV will be giving a talk entitled: "Re-thinking Sustainability . . . a new vision and program model for Nevada’s AHEC System."

​Debra's presentation will be a

​"​story of linked missions and the launch of Desert Meadows AHEC ​which is a service of ​the Las Vegas PBS where common goals align​. Debra will discuss​ how this partnership can be replicated for success and lead to program revenues and sustainable income for operations for all AHECs​.​ I am certain this will be a talk you DO NOT want to miss. Register now for the 2015 NAO Business Summit!

​National Training Center Resources on NAO Website​

I'm pleased to report that the NAO website now has a specific location for resources and materials related to both the overarching National Training Center and, more specifically, our CDC HPV Project. Over the coming weeks, information, materials and resources will be uploaded to each of the sub-categories. Please take a look: start with "Initiatives" and then cursor down to 'National Training Center" and then over to "HPV Project". Look for materials to uploaded in the coming weeks.​

The Geriatric Scholars Community: VA Office of Rural Health Geriatrics Scholars Program, the Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centersand a new partner of NAO​

​The Geriatric Scholars Community is an initiative from the James J. Peters VA Medical Center’s Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) in collaboration with the VA Office of Rural Health Geriatrics Scholars Program and the Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers​ and now a partner of NAO​
. Geriatric Scholars Community is a learning community for primary care providers and staff. It facilitates interactive, interdisciplinary learning and fosters an environment that allows health care staff to join a community of practice. Flexible course materials include archived webinars, videos, clinical demonstrations, interactive forums, and comprehensive toolkits for download. We are excited to launch the first in our series of new asynchronous multimedia instructional courses. Log onto http://www.gerischolars.org and create a free user profile. Once you have created your profile, click on the Chronic Disease course and select The Chronic Disease Multimedia Instructional course.​

Director of West Central Indiana Area Health Education Center​

​ Position Available​

The West Central Indiana AHEC is currently seeking a new AHEC Center Director. The WCI-AHEC is housed at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana and serves an 11-county region, including the counties of Clay, Fountain, Greene, Montgomery, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, Vigo and Warren.

Submit applications online at http://jobs.indstate.edu​.

Applications will be received until the position is filled but those received after April 1, 2015 cannot be assured consideration​.
Indiana State University is an AA/EOE.
​Please see the NAO job board for more details regarding this position opening:

http://nationalahec.org/jobs.taf

Career Opportunities

The National AHEC Organization reminds you to check our employment section of our website for job opening announcements.  Current openings include:

Executive Director
Director of West Central Indiana Area Health Education Center

Executive Director
Big Bend Area Health Education Center, Tallahassee, FL

​"Tuesdays with Trachtenberg"

The next "Tuesdays with..." call will be tomorrow-- March 24th ​--from 12:30-1:30 EST: Please dial in at 1-605-475-3220: Passcode: 245171#. Please join us to see where the dialogue will ​go!​

​Isn't Spring great, blooming like a red ​rose​ and walking in the sunshine--have a great week!

Rob​

Recruitment announcement:

Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, or other providers practicing in community health centers and primary care practices are invited to participate in a Health Sciences Library System -University of Pittsburgh study.

The purpose of this study is to validate whether or not a web based clinical information tool provides access to free relevant information that can be used at the point of care.

For this reason, the study needs primary care providers working in community based or primary care settings to individually volunteer for one month to use a web site to answer their day-to-day patient care questions. The use of the web based clinical information tool will take place where the provider currently uses the Internet to do this task. At the end of the month, these providers will be asked to complete an online questionnaire about their perception of the site. This questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete.

Primary care providers willing to participate in this validation study will receive an email containing directions on how to access the site, a short video about the site, and other instructional information for the study.

Web analytic software will be used to monitor the use of the site through collecting and analyzing non-identifiable usage information. Non-identifiable usage information includes search feature usage, keywords used in search, and time spent on the site.

There are no foreseeable risks associated with using this web site or with completion of the online questionnaire. All references to study participant names, and any other identifiable data, will be kept anonymous if used in any report, presentation, or publication.

Participation is voluntary, and participants may withdraw from the study at any time.

After completion of the study and the questionnaire, each participant will receive a $500.00 stipend in a prepaid debit card, along with instructions on how to activate the card.

Whether or not you choose to participate in this study will have no effect on your relationship with the NN/LM MAR or with the Health Sciences Library System - University of Pittsburgh.

If you have any questions or wish to participate, contact Charlie Wessel, Principal Investigator, by phone at 412-648-8730 or by email at cbw@pitt.edu.

Psychological Health Webinar:
Legal, Ethical, Security and Privacy Issues Relating to the Use of Behavioral Health Technology Tools in Clinical Care

March 26, 2015, 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)

As behavioral health care providers embrace the integration and incorporation of technology into current practice, it is important to understand both the benefits and risks.  The presentation will include a discussion of statutory and regulatory guidance regarding security and privacy issues involving telehealth and other types of behavioral health technology tools in the clinical environment.  Specifically, it will address the Health Insurance Portability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the Privacy Act and related DoD guidance and will discuss ethical considerations regarding the use of technology in a clinical setting.
During this webinar, participants will learn to:

  • Identify security and privacy risks related to the use of mobile technology in clinical care
  • Evaluate potential security and privacy risks in current clinical practice
  • Implement administrative, physical and technical safeguards used to protect patient data
  • Interpret the security and privacy guidelines and be able to explain them to patients to allow them to make informed decisions regarding their health data

Presenter:

Bryan Wheeler, J.D.
Office of General Counsel
Defense Health Agency
Falls Church, Virginia

Moderator:
Kathleen G. Charters, Ph.D., RN, CPHIMS
Clinical Information Systems Specialist
Defense Health Agency, Healthcare Operations, Clinical Support, Health Systems Performance
Falls Church, Virginia

Continuing Education
Continuing education credit is available from Duke Medicine. You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) March 26, 2015, to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.
To qualify for receipt of continuing education credit for applicable webinars, eligible participants must create a profile in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System and register for the event on, or before, the event registration deadline. Complete responses to all pre-registration questions are required to be eligible to receive credit for attending this event. For guidance on creating a user account and event registration in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System site, please visit https://www.dcri.org/cee/education/ethosce-learning-center/EthosCE_Fundamentals.pdf
The awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and/or their families.
For details, please visit:
http://www.dcoe.mil/Libraries/Documents/DCOE-Monthly-Webinar-Series-Education-Accreditation-March-2015.pdf.

Registration
Sign up for the webinar at http: http://continuingeducation.dcri.duke.edu/legal-ethical-security-and-privacy-issues-relating-use-behavioral-health-technology-tools-clinical-c

Upon completion of registration, a confirmation email will be sent providing webinar event details.
If your network security settings do not allow access to the Duke Medicine website, use another network or device to access the registration page. Once registered, you may use Adobe Connect or Defense Connect Online to attend the webinar.

If you have questions or need assistance, please email the DCoE webinar team .


March 19, 2015

AHRQ’s Primary Care Practice Facilitation Forum

New & Noteworthy

 

PCMH Resource Center

The primary care medical home, also referred to as the patient centered medical home (PCMH), advanced primary care, and the healthcare home, is a promising model for transforming the organization and delivery of primary care.

We provide implementers, decision makers, and researchers with access to evidence-based resources about the medical home and its potential to transform primary care and improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of U.S. health care.

Please visit us at pcmh.ahrq.gov.

This electronic newsletter continues our efforts toward building a learning network for individuals with an interest in practice facilitation. We will use this listserv to share questions and answers submitted by learning forum members, as well as resources, research articles, and events of interest to the community.

Upcoming Newsletter Focus – Previewing New Modules

Helping Practices Optimize Electronic Health Records (EHRs) for Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Transformation and Quality Improvement

Practices can optimize their EHR to support key PCMH functions. This topic is the focus of a new module in our upcoming, expanded version of The Practice Facilitation Handbook: Training Modules for New Facilitators and Their Trainers. Our upcoming newsletter will explore best practices for practice facilitators beginning to utilize the power of EHRs, including how to identify key EHR-related workflows in a practice and helping practice facilitators understand the roles they can play and the important decisions they can make when helping their practices.

This module was the focus of our October webinar which you can still listen to through this link: Use of Health IT. This includes full access to all the resources available during the live event.

Additionally, if you would like to listen to any of our other PF webinars in the series, regarding the PF Case Studies, Supporting Patient Safety, Patient Engagement, or Introducing the PF Curriculum, respectively, please click the appropriate link and register for the event you wish to listen to. If you have already registered for these events, simply sign in. This will bring you to all of the resources available during the live event, including audio and a slide deck.

Related Resource

Updated Resource! AHRQ’s PCMH Citations Collection

This searchable database allows policymakers and researchers to identify the leading resources on the medical home by topic, population, bibliographic information, or keyword. It includes journal articles, reports, policy briefs, select newsletter/trade publications, and position statements. The collection now includes over 1800 items published through December 2014 and new citations are added on a quarterly basis.

Call for Reviewers

Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) Looking for Reviewers

ONC is a looking for Objective Reviewers for the three Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) made public February 3, 2015:

The application deadline for all three FOAs is April 6, 2015 and ONC is looking for Objective Reviewers to help with the selection process in late April 2015.

If you are interested in being an Objective Reviewer please submit your resume/CV to ONC_ObjectiveReview@hhs.gov by tomorrow, March 20, 2015.

Upcoming Event

Care Management: Key Elements and Implications for Medical Practice, Health Policy and Health Services Research

Register Now! Wednesday, April 15 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

AHRQ and the University of Utah are hosting a webinar to discuss a white paper highlighting care management and the findings of various AHRQ-funded studies. Moderated by Janice Genevro and Michael Harrison of AHRQ, speakers include:

  • Ed Wagner, MD, MPH, Group Health Research Institute Senior Investigator and Director (Emeritus), MacColl Center
  • Timothy W. Farrell, MD, AGSF, University of Utah
  • Andrada Tomoaia-Cotisel, MPH, MHA, PhD (Cand), University of Utah
  • Debra Scammon, PhD, Julie Day, MD, University of Utah
  • Michael Magill, MD, University of Utah

There is no cost to participate and pre-registration is not required. To attend the webinar, either:

·        Join the WebEx Meeting: click https://hhs-ahrq.webex.com/hhs-ahrq, Password: Ahrq123, or

·        Join by phone: Call toll-free at 1-877-668-4490 (US/Canada), Access code: 715 471 447

If this information was forwarded to you and you would like to subscribe, please email PracticeFacilitation@mathematica-mpr.com and include “subscribe” in the subject heading

This service is provided to you at no charge by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

 

GERISCHOLARS.ORG

New Asynchronous Multimedia Instructional Courses

The Geriatric Scholars Community is an initiative from the James J. Peters VA Medical Center’s Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) in collaboration with the VA Office of Rural Health Geriatrics Scholars Program and the Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers. Geriatric Scholars Community is a learning community for primary care providers and staff. It facilitates interactive, interdisciplinary learning and fosters an environment that allows health care staff to join a community of practice. Flexible course materials include archived webinars, videos, clinical demonstrations, interactive forums, and comprehensive toolkits for download. We are excited to launch the first in our series of new asynchronous multimedia instructional courses.

The Chronic Disease Multimedia Instructional course will examine the current state of chronic disease and dying in the United States and VA. Chronic Disease is a long-term condition that can be managed but not cured. Chronic diseases – such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis – are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems in the U.S. Older adults have a high frequency of multiple chronic conditions, which require a more complex care plan. This course provides primary care professionals with an overview of chronic illnesses as well as tools for more effective assessment and management of older patients.

How to Register:

Log onto http://www.gerischolars.org and create a free user profile. Once you have created your profile, click on the Chronic Disease course and select The Chronic Disease Multimedia Instructional course.

For any questions or concerns, please contact:

Daphne Dumorne

Daphne.Dumorne@va.gov

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