Partnership for Patients 2.0 Stakeholder Interview Findings

Partnership for Patients 2.0 Stakeholder Interview Findings

Impacts, Strengths, Limitations, and Lessons Learned

On February 12, 2018, Econometrica’s project manager, Jill Simmerman, presented Partnership for Patients (PfP) stakeholder interview findings at the 2018 CMS Quality Conference in Baltimore, MD. Ms. Simmerman’s presentation findings and June Chang’s graphic facilitation of the session were featured as the Social Media Moment of Day 1 of the conference during the Day 1 Recap on February 13. Watch the video (we’re featured at 9:37)!

In her interactive presentation, Ms. Simmerman summarized the foundation of providing quality improvement technical assistance and provided examples from the PfP stakeholders. This includes (1) focusing on what matters, (2) meeting your audience where they are, and (3) creating a culture of constant improvement.

Ms. Simmerman also highlighted key elements of engaging people in technical assistance for quality improvement. The key elements include (1) engaging leadership, (2) providing tailored support, (3) involving all staff, (4) creating peer-to-peer learning collaboratives, and (5) using the patient’s voice.

Econometrica was honored to participate in the 2018 CMS Quality Conference, and we thank our audience members for the work that they continue to do in quality improvement.

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Your Guide to the 2018 CMS Quality Conference Master Class Sessions

Your Guide to the 2018 CMS Quality Conference Master Class Sessions

Find out which Master Classes our team members are attending!

The 2018 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Conference is happening next week! In addition to the plenary speaker presentations happening on Monday (ahem, our own Project Manager, Ms. Jill Simmerman is presenting), CMS will also hold Master Class sessions on Tuesday, February 13. Participants who register will be able to choose 2 Master Class sessions from a total of 11 Master Classes. With so many options to choose from, we asked Econometrica’s team members which Master Classes they signed up for and why.

Which Master Classes are you attending, and why?

Jill Simmerman, M.P.H – Project Manager

I will attend “Comprehensive Care Management Strategies to Address the Opioid Emergency in Rural Health Care Settings.” The opioid crisis is currently a significant healthcare topic, and I would like to learn more about what can be done to address the issue.

The other Master Class I’m interested in attending is “Building a Better Patient Experience Using Human Centered Design.” I believe that having a true understanding of patients’ needs is at the heart of improving healthcare systems.

Monique Sheppard, Ph.D. – Director of Health

I am interested in attending “Lean Thinking Using A3,” because I believe the A3 problem-solving method and structured Lean approach can help our Health Group’s Learning, Training & Diffusion team.

“Connecting the Dots with Care Coordination—Maximizing Opportunities to Improve Care Management for Medicare Beneficiaries with Multiple Chronic Conditions” also sounds interesting to me. I have worked on several past projects related to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, and I am interested in hearing the latest findings on these issues.

Claudia González Martínez, Ph.D. – Project Director and Lead, Data & Analytics Group

I will also attend “Comprehensive Care Management Strategies to Address the Opioid Emergency in Rural Health Care Settings,” because the opioid crisis is such a pervasive topic in the healthcare industry and has had such devastating effects on both the affected patients and the economy as a whole.

Similar to Monique, I would like to attend “Connecting the Dots with Care Coordination— Maximizing Opportunities to Improve Care Management for Medicare Beneficiaries with Multiple Chronic Conditions.” Inefficiencies and miscommunication in the coordination of care may have important effects on the care received by patients, which in turn affects mostly those patients in the most vulnerable positions—usually those with multiple chronic conditions. I am interested in finding the most effective ways to support Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions.

June Chang, Social Media Ambassador

I signed up for “Comprehensive Care Management Strategies to Address the Opioid Emergency in Rural Health Care Settings,” because I would like to learn more about what’s being done to support rural communities that have been deeply impacted by the crisis.

I’m also interested in attending “Patients over Paperwork Best Practice: Quality Improvement Innovations that Reduce Burden and Generate Results.” As this is the theme of the whole conference, I am interested in innovative methods to reduce the burden on clinicians.

Register online for the Master Classes and be sure to say hello to us! We’ll be live-tweeting from a couple of the classes @EconometricaMD.

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Econometrica assists HUD with the Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grantee Conference

Econometrica assists HUD with the Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grantee Conference

Through Econometrica’s cooperative agreement work for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), we once again provided conference planning and support services to the Choice Neighborhoods program in the Office of Public and Indian Housing.

Representatives from 17 implementation grantees gathered at the Crystal City Marriott in Crystal City, VA, on November 2–3, 2017. With approximately 100 people in attendance, the Econometrica three-person team provided onsite registration, presentation and related logistical support. Project Manager Doray Sitko also helped secure a professional facilitator to guide the event; supported the selection of presenters and content; and conducted a competitive procurement of the conference site and videographer services.

The conference topics included neighborhood transformation; public safety; employment; school readiness; Critical Community Improvements; placemaking; housing development; and case management for relocated residents. Conference materials, including videos and handouts, are now available at https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/ph/cn/cntechnicalassistance/convenings/fy17pgc.

With approximately 100 people in attendance, the Econometrica three-person team provided onsite registration, presentation and related logistical support.

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Econometrica Presents at the 2018 CMS Quality Conference

Econometrica Presents at the 2018 CMS Quality Conference

2018 CMS Quality Conference, February 12–14, Baltimore, MD

Are you attending the 2018 CMS Quality Conference? Next month, nearly 2,500 thought leaders will gather to discuss topics around healthcare quality improvement. Jill Simmerman, project manager at Econometrica, will be among the presenters, sharing stakeholder interview findings from Econometrica’s work on the Partnership for Patients (PfP) 2.0 project. She will discuss the impacts, strengths, limitations, and lessons learned from PfP 2.0. The interactive session will highlight eight key ways to engage people in healthcare quality improvement based on the findings from the PfP 2.0 interviews. Jill will share stories of what worked from the field. Join her on Monday, February 12, at 1 p.m.!

In addition, Econometrica has been selected to serve as one of a group of Social Media Ambassadors for the conference. Come say hello to us as we live-tweet and create graphic facilitations from different events! Follow us on Twitter @EconometricaMD to get live updates.

Econometrica currently works on several projects that are directly related to advancing patient-safety care, such as CMS’ Development, Implementation, and Maintenance of Quality Measures for the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly as the prime contractor and Patient and Family Engagement Contractor in Support of the PfP 3.0 as a subcontractor. Our team of analysts, project directors, and economists will attend the conference to learn about best practices and new trends around advancing patient-centered care. We look forward to meeting you at the conference!

Monday
February 12, 2018

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
Kent Meeting Room

1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Partnership for Patients 2.0

Stakeholder Interview Findings: Impacts, Strengths, Limitations, and Lessons Learned

Jill Simmerman, M.P.H.

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SHATTER THE MYTHS® About Drug and Alcohol Use

SHATTER THE MYTHS® About Drug and Alcohol Use

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®

January 22–28

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week takes place January 22–28. During that week, Econometrica is joining with others to help teens SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drug and alcohol use.

Teens are bombarded with conflicting messages that can leave them feeling confused and unsure of who to ask for information about drug use. With 12 percent of 12th graders reporting abuse of prescription drugs in the past year and 22.5 percent reporting use of marijuana in the past month, there is no better time than now to help teens understand the serious consequences of drug and alcohol use (data from Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of Various Drugs).

Econometrica is partnering with the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to share infographics on our social media channels! Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more details as the week unfolds. We’re sharing infographics for National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week®!

Source: https://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-alcohol-facts-week/promote-events.

Register to host an educational event for National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week in your community. Get started now with FREE materials!

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Expanding Our Partner Network

The HCD team is interested in expanding its consultant and subcontractor cadre to include individuals or partner firms with expertise in the following areas: disaster resiliency planning, disaster recovery funds management and program administration; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development rural housing and economic development programs; Federal Housing Administration single-family housing policy, asset management, and marketing services; and local workforce development initiatives.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Impact on Fair Housing in the United States

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Impact on Fair Housing in the United States

Since 1986, the birth date of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been observed as a federal holiday by the federal government. According to the King Center, “The King holiday is celebrated in U.S. installations and is observed by local groups in more than 100 other nations. The King Holiday should highlight remembrance and celebration and should encourage people everywhere to reflect on the principles of nonviolent social change and racial equality as espoused by Martin Luther King, Jr. It should be a day of community and humanitarian service, and interracial cooperation.[1]

Dr. King’s legacy also has ties to the U.S. Fair Housing Act of 1968. The following is an excerpt that chronicles the impact of the assassination of Dr. King on the eventual passage of the Housing Act.

The 1968 act expanded on previous acts and prohibited discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, sex, (and as amended) handicap and family status. Title VIII of the Act is also known as the Fair Housing Act (of 1968).

 

The enactment of the federal Fair Housing Act on April 11, 1968 came only after a long and difficult journey. From 1966-1967, Congress regularly considered the fair housing bill, but failed to garner a strong enough majority for its passage. However, when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson utilized this national tragedy to urge for the bill’s speedy Congressional approval. Since the 1966 open housing marches in Chicago, Dr. King’s name had been closely associated with the fair housing legislation. President Johnson viewed the Act as a fitting memorial to the man’s life work, and wished to have the Act passed prior to Dr. King’s funeral in Atlanta.

 

With the cities rioting after Dr. King’s assassination, and destruction mounting in every part of the United States, the words of President Johnson and Congressional leaders rang the Bell of Reason for the House of Representatives, who subsequently passed the Fair Housing Act. Without debate, the Senate followed the House in its passage of the Act, which President Johnson then signed into law.[2]

Econometrica observes the King Holiday and is proud to support federal, state, and local projects that celebrate and acknowledge his legacy, including efforts related to fair housing. To learn more about the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, please visit their website https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp.

[1] http://www.thekingcenter.org/making-king-holiday

[2] https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/aboutfheo/history

Econometrica observes the King Holiday and is proud to support federal, state, and local projects that celebrate and acknowledge his legacy, including efforts related to fair housing.

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