Quality Improvement

APCA’s QI Team provides QI training & coaching to assist organizations identify and address opportunities for improvement. This is made available through various different projects.

Activities include:

APCA staff has a toolkit with many different QI tools & techniques and applies those relevant for the health center improvement project focused on.

Alaska Quality Improvement Network (AQuIN)
AQuIN a QI network is comprised of all health centers in Alaska. Activities within AQuIN include monthly collaborative calls alternating “Data Deep Dives” and “Academy” calls, semi-annual data summits, peer networking and support through the use of sharepoint groups and listservs.

Social Determinants of Health (SDoH)
SDoH is one of the focus areas for training & technical assistance. Activities include training on SDoH risk factors and the different SDoH screening tools; their benefits and drawbacks.

Team Based Care (TBC)
APCA staff provide training & technical assistance focused on TBC. This includes how TBC aligns with Patient Centered Medical Home concepts. Twice yearly TBC Collaboratives are held and open to all health centers in Alaska. During the collaboratives, relevant TBC content is provided to participants and office hours are available for individualized on-on-one technical assistance.

Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)
The medical home model holds promise as a way to improve health care in America by transforming how primary care is organized and delivered. Building on the work of a large and growing community, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) defines a medical home not simply as a place but as a model of the organization of primary care that delivers the core functions of primary health care.

This model encompasses five functions and attributes: Comprehensive Care, Patient-Centered, Coordinated Care, Accessible Services, and Quality and Safety.

Three organizations who offer Patient Centered Medical Home or Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) status are AAAHC, The Joint Commission, and NCQA; each different in their process for achievement.

For more information:
http://www.aaahc.org/accreditation/primary-care-medical-home/
http://www.jointcommission.org/pcmh_model/
http://www.ncqa.org/Programs/Recognition/Practices/PatientCenteredMedicalHomePCMH.aspx

PCMH Weekly Office Hours:
Weekly meetings every Thursday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. to answer your PCMH questions as you work on practice transformation. For more information and specific assistance, please contact: Sharayah Foster, MPH, Training & Technical Assistance Coordinator at TeamTTA@alaskapca.org

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