Staff Contact

Rajesh Parikh, M.D.
Vice President of Clinical Services & Workforce Development
(312) 692-3032
rparikh@iphca.org

Manasi Jayaprakash, M.D., MPH, PCMH CCE
Manager of Quality Improvement
(312) 692-3038
mjayaprakash@iphca.org

Quality Improvement & Practice Transformation

Illinois Community Health Centers (CHCs) have been in the process of developing and implementing various quality improvement strategies. These include initiatives such as PCMH recognition, meaningful use stage 2, accreditation and adopting clinical indicators to improve performance. All CHCs are supported with HRSA grant funding, which expects them to adopt best practices within their clinical, oral and behavioral health services. The ultimate goal of QI initiatives is to lead to transformation of CHC practices in to improve the health of their patients. 

Resources

HRSA: Health Center Quality Improvement

National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) – Clinical Quality

Health Information Technology, Evaluation, and Quality Center (HITEQ) – Resources can be found for following topics: Health IT Enabled QI, EHR Selection & Implementation, Health Information Exchange and Health IT/QI Workforce Development – HITEQ Resources

Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative – Recorded webinars

Some of the topics covered are:

  • The Role of Leadership in Creating a Culture of Patient and Family Centered Care
  • The Role of Nurse Practitioners in Health Care: Providing Patient-Centered Care
  • Partnerships between Clinicians and Community-Based Organizations to Improve Patient Outcomes

Quality Improvement

  • Minnesota Department of Health Quality Improvement Toolbox – Tools and Resources are categorized into tools to help assess a situation, tools to help make a decision, and tools to help plan a project.
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) tools:

o   Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) Worksheet

o   Improvement Tracker: Improvement Tracker is a dynamic, interactive tool that allows you to track any of the measures currently available in the Topics area of IHI.org. Just select the measure you want to track (or create your own custom measure), set your aim, and enter your data. The Improvement Tracker automatically graphs your data. It lets you create reports, and even customize them for various audiences — your team, your CEO, your community.

o   IHI “Seven Spreadly Sins”: To successfully share and spread improvement ideas in an organization, the “Seven Spreadly Sins” addresses the common missteps and how to overcome them through practical tips.

o   Your Project Checklist – Plan your report with the help of the action items and key questions. (Checklist available in word to document)

Health Information Technology (HIT)

o   EHR Vendor Evaluation Tool

o   EHR Meaningful Use Comparison Tool]

Primary Care Team Guide

  • The Team Guide helps build high-functioning teams and provides practical, hands-on tools—easy to use, actionable and measureable. Useful for practices at any stage, the Team Guide is built in modules, enabling practices to easily pinpoint relevant topics and areas of interest. It’s free, with a wide array of downloadable tools and resources.

Peer Review

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