What Skills and Supports Are Needed for Effective Practice in an Integrated Delivery System?

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A new study published in INQUIRY: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing looks at what skills and supports physicians need to work effectively in an integrated delivery system.  The study is co-authored by Joy Lewis, MSW, MPH and Samantha DuPont, MPH, health policy consultants at the Institute for Health Policy at Kaiser Permanente.

As payers demand that U.S health care become more accountable and integrated, existing integrated delivery systems—such as Kaiser Permanente, the Mayo Clinic Health System, and Geisinger Health System—can offer lessons on the day-to-day challenges and opportunities physicians face as their practice environments change. The study conducted focus groups with physicians from the Southern California Permanente Medical Group who had previous experience practicing in less integrated settings and asked about skills, attributes, and attitudes they need to work and succeed in teams within well-integrated, accountable care systems. Results from the study provide key insights and guidance that can help inform a larger policy interest in supporting the movement to improve health care quality and moderate costs through integration of care.

If you want to read the entire study please click here!

Here’s What Happened in June at the Center

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If you haven’t visited the Center for Total Health recently, June kicked off this summer with plenty of exciting events.  In addition to the usual health-focused meetings such the National Academy of Social Insurance Gala, IAEE’s Inaugural Educational Event, the Road to Zero Coalition, and the  Healthcare Anchor Network, the center hosted its first gala of the year and several large health care networking receptions.  Other events this month included:

  • The National Collaborative on Education and Health steering committee convened at the center to develop the strategic plan for next year of the National Collaborative’s work. This meeting will brought together health and education leaders from across the country to discuss new opportunities surrounding student health while identifying and advancing strategies to create healthier school environments that Kaiser Permanente advocates for in all communities.
  • The DC Primary Care Association met to develop a Learning Community amongst participating health centers to achieve the highest quality care for facilities with high consumer usage. The Learning Community includes external partners such as DC hospitals, Social Service providers, and DC Medicaid. In addition, DCPCA has contracted with the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) to facilitate the Learning Community.
  • The Team Coaching Toolbox Gathering was held to broaden the community of medical practitioners and leaders to use team development and team coaching in their medical centers. The Toolbox provided an opportunity for participants to share and introduce their work and listen to several guests’ presenters during the gathering.
  • The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Executive Committee Meeting was held to cover an array of topics around suicide prevention and mental health awareness. Guests listened to several keynote speakers from the executive committee and were able to ask these individuals questions surrounding the Alliance’s future plans and current initiatives.

Several internal departments utilized the center as a backdrop for Kaiser Permanente’s Life Care Planning team and Workforce health team.  Some special guests that stopped by this month included government officials such as former Senator Bob Dole and current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director, Dr. Anne Schuchat.  For our guests, two new health observances were highlighted in our bus stop display this June—Men’s Health Month & National Headache/Migraine Month.

As always, we were happy to host and welcomed students, health care leaders, health organization representatives, medical professionals and other guests for tours of our interactive and educational facility.

If you are interested in learning more about hosting events at the Center for Total Health, simply complete an event request form on our website.  We would be happy to help you design a healthy, interactive event in our customizable space that will achieve your meeting goals. 

 

National Collaborative on Education and Health

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The National Collaborative on Education and Health steering committee met June 6 and 7 at Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Total Health to to set the priorities for the National Collaborative’s fourth year of work.  Some of the key opportunities the Collaborative will continue to support in the coming year include the following:

  • Implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): ESSA presents a new and important opportunity to more fully integrate student health into education policy and practice. The Collaborative will play an important role in ensuring healthy schools and student health and wellness are supported through ESSA implementation. This will include working with state advocates to develop state ESSA plans that support health and wellness and ensuring school districts receive the guidance and support needed to effectively implement the new law.
  • Health systems transformation: Increasing access to school health services has been a key focus of the Collaborative’s work and will continue to be in the coming year. Moving forward, HSC and TFAH will continue to co-convene the Healthy Students, Promising Futures Learning Collaborative which includes 14 state teams working to increase access to school health services through Medicaid reimbursement. Best practices and lessons learned from this work will be shared with the field by members of the Collaborative.
  • Additional topics that were discussed at the meeting include the health and education needs of rural students and new and ongoing initiatives to support health and wellness from the U.S. Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Today, millions of students are not able to attend school in environments that support the connection between health and learning. They cannot engage in physical activity during the day, their school buildings lack healthy air, access to fresh water, nutritious food and/or a school nurse; all of which are important to supporting academic achievement. On top of that, one out of every four students has one or more health problems, such as asthma or diabetes, that further undermine her ability to focus in school or even attend.

Health and education systems are inextricably linked, yet they are missing key opportunities to work together to support student health and learning. If we can incorporate health and wellness into the school culture and environment, we can help close the academic achievement gap and ensure this generation does not become the first in American history to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents. Recognizing this connection and acting to strengthen collaboration between the health and education sectors is one of the most important steps we can take to support the success and well-being of the next generation.

This is the driving force of the National Collaborative on Education and Health, a group co-convened by Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC) and Trust for America’s Health (TFAH). Since its launch in February 2014, the Collaborative has brought together over 150 stakeholders including advocates, policymakers, school stakeholders and funders to work towards more fully integrating education and health. This means building schools’ capacity to address the needs that exist today and the needs we can’t yet anticipate. It is also about building the health sector’s capacity to engage the community, including schools, in truly promoting health.

As the National Collaborative moves into its fourth year of work, members look forward to building on its successes and continuing to share the group’s work and highlight the lessons and strategies learned. Learn more: National Collaborative on Education and Health.

The Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health hosts both internal and external organizations educational events.  All events– annual banquet, quarterly meeting, training, interviews, etc—follow the Healthy Meeting Tools.  The Center for Total Health Staff thrive to create an environment that is both fun and informative.  Most of all, we take great pride in supporting your event and our high guest satisfaction scores prove it. If your organization is interested in hosting an event, please send us an event request located on our website.  We look forward to you joining us!

 

IAEE Inaugural Evening Educational Event

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The Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health recently welcomed the D.C. Chapter of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events’ (IAEE) for an Inaugural Evening Educational event on Thursday, June 22. It focused on the importance of achieving work-life balance.

The event was kicked off by Priya Saha, a Kaiser Permanente workforce health consultant, whose interactive presentation – “Cultivating Resiliency for Total Well-Being” – walked IAEE members and other guests through ways to practice mindful meditation and tips for personalizing stress relieving activities.

Following the presentation, guests were invited to participate in several activities stationed around the Center.  A popular activity for the night was the “Dodgewall”, a full-body interactive video game displayed on the Center’s large screen.  Additional activities included a healthy smoothie station with a balance of fruits and vegetables in the mix; a heart healthy red wine and dark chocolate dessert bar, as well as  the center’s own Active Rejuvenation Station – a creative use of video gaming for Instant Recess breaks used by guests of the center during day-long meetings.

IAEE organizers were greatly appreciative of the center for hosting the inaugural evening educational event.  Below are some testimonials from the members.

  • “I’ve been to several IAEE luncheon events and I have to say that the Kaiser [Permanente Center for Total Health] venue and event was the best I’ve attended.” Kim Bercovitz, President & Chief Exercise Officer of Bytes
  • “…tremendously successful Inaugural Evening Education Event. THAT’S what a great event looks like…Well done…Looking forward to next year.” Julie Sullivan, Chair of Sponsorships for the D.C. Chapter and National Sales Manager for Fern

If you are within the D.C. area and work in the event planning industry, please visit the IAEE D.C. Chapter website.  To learn more about hosting an event at the center, please visit our events and tours web page to schedule or tour or to find out more about how the center can help plan a healthier event for your special meeting.

If you are looking to host an event – whether a small meeting, set of interviews, or elaborate gala – the Center for Total Health provides a perfect venue for highlighting innovation in health and how healthcare is delivered. Our staff will work with you on how to create a healthier meeting that is both fun and informative. We have a wide array of event options to make the most out of your gathering. Most of all, we take great pride in supporting your event – and our high guest satisfaction scores prove it. If you are interested in planning an event, please send us an event request via our website.  We look forward to hosting you!

 

Create Your Life Care Plan Now

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We all try to prepare for life’s major events but, if you suddenly became injured or ill, would you be prepared?  Kaiser Permanente offers a service called Life Care Planning that helps members reflect on their values and beliefs and document future health care decisions in an Advance Directive. This type of planning can help prepare your loved ones to honor your wishes.

Deborah Ahren and Lorraine Griesbach, both with the Mid-Atlantic States Kaiser Permanente Life Care Planning Faculty, said “[Life Care Planning] is important for everyone to start thinking about…you never know what could happen such as a car accident or a stroke. Life often throws curve balls on which the unexpected happens. It is best to be prepared.”

Here are some valuable tips from the Life Care Planning team on planning for your future health care needs:

  1. Remember to express YOUR values, hopes and priorities in every decision you make in creating your Life Care Plan.
  2.   Select someone you trust, such as a spouse or relative, to be your Health Care Agent and speak for you if you become unable to make health care decisions.  Always choose someone you trust to honor your wishes, such as a spouse or relative. Be sure to go over your advance directive with them verbally and in writing.
  3.  Share your advance directive with your physician or health care provider verbally and in writing so they are aware of your desired medical care if you encounter a situation in which you are unable to make your own decisions.
  4. Keep in mind 5 “D’s” that are good times to revisit and update your Life Care Plan: Decade, Divorce, Death, Diagnosis and Decline in Health.

If you want to learn more information about Life Care Planning at Kaiser Permanente, please visit the Life Care Planning website.

The Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health supports various departments and initiatives of Kaiser Permanente and external organizations.  All events– annual banquet, quarterly meeting, training, interviews, —follow the Healthy Meeting Tools created by the Kaiser Permanente.  The Center for Total Health Staff thrive to create an environment that is both fun and informative.  Most of all, we take great pride in supporting your event and our high guest satisfaction scores prove it. If your organization is interested in hosting an event, please send us an event request located on our website.  We look forward to you joining us!

 

 

 

Join the Road to Zero Coalition

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Recently, the Road to Zero coalition hosted “Saving Lives on our Roadways at the Merging Intersection of People & Technology” here at the center.  Speakers and topics included “How Can Safe Systems Compensate for Human Behavior Limitations?” presented by Peter Hancock, director of the MIT2  (Minds in Technology) Research Laboratories from the University of Central Florida and “Modifying the Curve of Future Technology Development with Adoption, Product Development & Gaps in Consumer Education” presented by Chuck Gulash, senior executive engineer from Toyota Motor North American Research Institute and Collaborative Safety Research Center.  Participants broke into groups to begin work on safety priority statements and to advance work on ZERO deaths on our roadways. Breakout groups included the following topics ranked highest in a recent survey:

  • distraction
  • impairment
  • speed
  • safety of vulnerable users
  • infrastructure
  • safety culture/safe systems

 

The goal is safe mobility for all people and will work to develop priorities; take action individually and collaboratively; and encourage partners and stakeholders to take action to meet the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities by 2050. It might seem like a lofty goal, but key stakeholders think it’s possible.  “The aim of Road to Zero is to get to zero deaths in the next 30 years,” says Debbie Hersman, the president and CEO of the National Safety Council, the lead on the Road to Zero initiative. “That’s the goal. We’ve done this with aviation—there have been several years with zero deaths in commercial aviation—and a lot of people thought that was impossible. We’re really focused on incorporating all of the initiatives that we’ve seen through Toward Zero Deaths, Vision Zero and a number of different groups to get to zero.”

More than 300 organizations have joined the coalition to date and the DOT has committed $1 million a year for three years to fund the various grants and organizations that will be part of the coalition. Road to Zero is a collaboration focused on ending traffic fatalities—a leading cause of unintentional death—on our roadways within 30 years. The National Safety Council leads the initiative as a partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Click here if you’d like to join and become a member of our Road to Zero coalition; it takes less than a minute to sign up and there is no cost.  Member organizations become a stakeholder in working towards ZERO fatalities on our roadways and become part of the national solution to ending the upward trend of deaths on our roadways.  How little or how much you participate is up to you.

The Road to Zero coalition is looking forward to hosting their next meeting in October at Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health! The Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health supports various departments and initiatives of Kaiser Permanente and external organizations.  All events– annual banquet, quarterly meeting, training, interviews, etc—follow the Healthy Meeting Tools created by the Kaiser Permanente.  The Center for Total Health Staff thrive to create an environment that is both fun and informative.  Most of all, we take great pride in supporting your event and our high guest satisfaction scores prove it. If your organization is interested in hosting an event, please send us an event request located on our website.  We look forward to you joining us!

Employees + Workforce Health = Increased Daily Productivity

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Kaiser Permanente’s Workforce Health team has geared up to offer their annual Mid-Atlantic Summer 2017 Learning Circle, which will cover some of the hottest topics in Workforce Health and Wellness.   While corporate wellness programs have traditionally focused solely on physical wellness, the industry has begun to recognize the importance of incorporating well-being, which looks at the whole person.  Kaiser Permanente wants all Kaiser Permanente employees and members to be aware of proper Workforce Health strategies so they can incorporate healthy choices into their daily work routine.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, having physical activity programs that focus on the entire well-being of an employee at the work site reduced healthcare cost up to 55 percent, reduced short-term sick leave up to 32 percent and increased employee productivity up to 52 percent!  Kaiser Permanente’s Workforce Health team recognizes these benefits and continues to create the healthiest environment for employees as possible. The participants of the June 13 Learning Circle left with practical tips to integrate into their organizations using the five pillars of well-being—spiritual, physical, mental, social and environmental– so that employees are happy, healthy, and productive.

Carrie Peery, MPH, Senior Consultant of Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic Region Workforce Health, shared with the Center some MORE benefits individual employees and business corporations can experience from Workforce Health.

Q: What are some positive impacts a business can have by incorporating beneficial aspects of workforce health strategies into their daily operations?

A: “Recent research indicates by incorporating workforce health strategies you can enhance recruitment and retention of employees, reduce healthcare costs, decrease rates of illness and injuries reduce employee absenteeism, improve employee relations and morale, and finally increase productivity.”

Q: What are some benefits of work site wellness programs?

A: “Weight reduction, improved physical fitness, increased stamina, lower levels of stress, and increased self-esteem.”

Q: What are some ways Kaiser Permanente has incorporated workforce health strategies in their administrative office

A: Through the Kaiser Permanente Healthy Workplace Initiative, we strive to create and maintain a healthy and safe environment that is vital to thriving work space. Below are some cool and original programs offered to Kaiser Permanente employees.”

      • Breastfeeding SupportKaiser Permanente supports new moms with a variety of breastfeeding resources such as Lactation Support and Lactation Rooms MAS.
      • Stretch Break Software: Employees can download a PC Software that reminds them to take a break from the computer.
      • Healthy Picks: Throughout the Mid-Atlantic States Region, employees are offered “Healthy Pick” snacks and entrée options at cafeterias and vending machines.
      • Health Talks Online: Kaiser Permanente employees are invited to virtually watch expert physicians and researchers present on the latest in healthy eating, exercise, and stress management.
      • Smoke-free Campus: All Kaiser Permanente locations, including medical offices, are smoke free.

The Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health uses many positive Workforce Health strategies to create an environment that is both conducive and productive for all employees and guests.  All events– annual banquets, quarterly meetings, trainings, interviews, etc—follow the Healthy Meeting Tools created by the Kaiser Permanente Workforce health team. 

The Center Staff thrive to create an environment that is both fun and informative.  Most of all, we take great pride in supporting your event and our high guest satisfaction scores prove it. If your organization is interested in hosting an event, please send us an event request located on our website.  We look forward to you joining us!

The National Academy of Social Insurance Gala Was a Success!

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Last week, the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health hosted and served as a sponsor of the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the National Academy of Social Insurance. The event’s theme was inspired by John F. Kennedy speaking at the 25th anniversary of Social Security: “We celebrate the past to awaken the future.”

The celebration honored eight Founding Board Members of the Academy as they passed the torch to a new generation of social insurance leaders. With more than 200 attendees, the guest list included consumers, government representatives, health researchers, healthcare policy makers and more. Guests participated in a VIP reception, a silent auction and a game of Family Feud along with a formal dinner.

One special attendee of the night was Senator Bob Dole. During the early years of the Academy, Senator Dole asked the group to conduct an in-depth study of the Social Security “Notch” issue. According to William Arnone, Chief Executive Officer and Founding Board Member of the Academy, stated “Senator Bob Dole’s support helped shape the Academy as a non-partisan resource.”

If you are looking to host a healthier meeting – or gala — the Center for Total Health serves as a perfect venue for supporting innovation in health and how healthcare is delivered.  Regardless of the occasion–annual banquet, quarterly meeting, trainings, interviews, etc.–we would be glad to host your event. Our staff will work with you on how to create a healthier meeting that is both fun and informative. We have a wide array of event options to make the most out of your gathering.  Most of all, we take great pride in supporting you event and our high guest satisfaction scores prove it. If your organization is interested in hosting an event, please send us an event request located on our website.  We look forward to you joining us!

To learn more about The National Academy of Social Insurance please visit their website.

 

The Healthcare Anchor Network adds new members

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This week, the Healthcare Anchor Network officially launched and expanded its membership to include: Adventist Health, Christiana Care Health System, Cleveland Clinic, Fairview Health Services, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, and VCU Health. The meeting represents the typical kind of convenings that take place at the center every day. At the center, we are dedicated to sharing, developing and accelerating ideas that improve total health around the world. If you are looking for an innovative space to hold your next convening, simply complete an event request form on our website.

For more information on the Healthcare Anchor Network meetings, click here. For more information on how to join the network, contact the Democracy Collaborative.

Here’s What Happened in May at the Center

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If you haven’t visited the Center for Total Health recently, May was a busy month with events covering a wide range of topics and initiatives. In addition to hosting robust discussions about preventing violence, preventing and treating cancer, and creating innovative, healthy workplaces, we also had the opportunity to celebrate National Nurses Week (May 6-12) with leaders from the American Nurses Foundation. We not only welcomed this organization to the Center, but also showcased onsite displays that bring to life nursing leadership and communicate our appreciation for the difference nurses make in patients’ lives.

  • We welcomed the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse (NHCVA) – including representatives from more than 30 health professional organizations – to discuss ways to reduce and address the health consequences of intimate partner violence (IPV) and abuse. Our very own Brigid McCaw, MD, represented Kaiser Permanente’s Family Violence Prevention Program, highlighting the crucial role health care play in caring for victims.
  • DC’s Colorectal Cancer Roundtable Summit brought local and national providers, advocates and educators to the Center to discuss the prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer and ways to improve screening rates to 80% by 2018 – a lifesaving goal set by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. Joseph Territo, MD, of the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, shared how Kaiser Permanente consistently ranks in the top 10% of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) HEDIS Measures, which assess the number of adults who have had appropriate screening for colorectal cancer. NCQA data is also featured throughout the Center’s onsite displays.
  • The Center hosted the third annual Better Together event, All Systems Go! Closing the Gaps in Cancer Care, with the American Cancer Society and the Council for Accountable Physician Practices. The event highlighted patient stories, representing how coverage and accountable healthcare systems can improve survival and reduce morbidity for people living with complex conditions like cancer.
  • We hosted the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI) and challenged attendees to think about Health Care Without Walls, a mind-shift to caring for patients outside of conventional institutional settings. To help get the conversation started, the center’s staff presented “Imaging Care Anywhere,” an example of our own provocation used with staff to think about the next generation of care for Kaiser Permanente members.
  • CoreNet Global’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter turned to Center to host an educational event focused on The Healthy Workplace, highlighting the subtle nudges that can be built into our work environments to drive healthier behaviors. Architects, designers, facility managers and other professionals learned how improving the health and wellbeing of employees through facility design can improve an organization’s bottom line, and also toured the Center’s interactive space to see the learnings come to life.

During the month, the Center also hosted meetings on improving prenatal conversations, credentialing of community health workers, and increasing the quality of ambulatory services, and welcomed a wide range of students, health care leaders, government employees and medical professionals for tours of our interactive and educational facility.