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Announcing Episode 4 – Dr. Ken Wilson: Quality Leader

In this episode of the PILL podcast, we interview Dr. Ken Wilson, an Executive Consultant for Norton Healthcare in Louisville, KY. Dr. Wilson has years of experience leading complex implementation efforts. He provides unique insight from a strategic perspective of change in a large health system within a competitive marketplace.

He is also a leader in the enterprise-wide adoption of the Patient-Centered Medical Home model at Norton Healthcare. He previously served as the System Vice President for Clinical Effectiveness & Quality. During his years in this position, Dr. Wilson had oversight over Norton’s quality program.

In his spare time, he travels internationally to help improve medical care. Dr. Wilson has traveled to Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, and other countries.

You can now listen to our podcast at our new home, Buzzsprout, or listen on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. All previous episodes are now available.

If you need assistance with quality improvement and/or the QPP, contact the Kentucky REC at 859-323-3090 or by email. For specific Quality Payment Program assistance for small practices, visit the online resource center.
 

PILL PODCAST EPISODE 3: QUALITY IMPROVEMENT GURU

Dr. Roberto Cardarelli, Chief of the Division of Population Medicine and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UK HealthCare is a Quality Improvement Guru. He is an expert in Population Health, which Wikipedia defines as: “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group. It is an approach to health that aims to improve the health of an entire human population.”

In our interview, he explains why population health management is so important, especially for states like Kentucky, which struggles with poor health outcomes. Dr. Cardarelli takes population health management, a seemingly huge task, and breaks it into small, bite-size pieces: access and analyze your data; start with small tests of change; look at TCM (Transitional Care Management) and CCM (Chronic Care Management) to increase reimbursements; and lastly, be creative.

 

EPISODE 3: Quality Improvement Guru

If you need assistance with quality improvement and/or QPP, contact the Kentucky REC at 859-323-3090 or by email. For specific Quality Payment Program assistance for small practices, visit the online resource center.

The Pill Podcast – Bonus Episode: QPP Year 3

In this special bonus episode of The PILL Podcast, Trudi Matthews interviews two of Kentucky Regional Extension Center’s subject matter experts, Robin Huffman and Kelly Fountain. These two quality experts break down the major changes to Year 3 in the Quality Payment Program. This overview will help our listeners understand the challenges they face under MACRA in 2019.

Bonus Episode: QPP Year 3

If you need assistance with quality improvement and/or QPP, contact the Kentucky REC at 859-323-3090 or by email. For specific Quality Payment Program assistance for small practices, visit the online resource center.

The PILL PODCAST EPISODE 2 – A Physician’s Perspective

In the second episode of The PILL Podcast, we interview Dr. Chris Yost, Medical Director for Ambulatory Quality at UK HealthCare, Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, and Co-Chair of the UK HealthCare MACRA steering committee. Dr. Yost brings a unique perspective as he leads the initiatives to improve quality and value in a large academic medical center. He not only plays a key role in UK HealthCare’s preparation for value-based payment and quality improvement, but he is also a practicing physician. This makes him better able to handle the key issues of physician buy-in and engagement, which are required for true organizational transformation. He also discusses the journey of leading the charge for Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition and discusses how this designation helps lay a strong foundation for the larger quality improvement infrastructure.

Episode 2: Dr. Chris Yost – A Physician’s Perspective

 

In case you missed them, visit this blog post about our previous episodes.

Contact Kentucky REC with your questions regarding the Quality Payment Program. Our team of experts is here to help. Phone 859-323-3090. For specific Quality Payment Program assistance for small practices, visit our online resource center.

 

Announcing The PILL Podcast Series

Kentucky REC is embarking on a new way to share information regarding quality improvement and transformation in healthcare. Beginning Fall 2018, join us for a new podcast series: The PILL Podcast for providers, innovators, leaders and learners. We’ll be hosting interviews with experts in the field who are leading the charge in addressing Value-based Care and Payment. Each person will discuss aspects of the change process and lessons they’ve learned along the way. We’ll address regulatory changes from Washington and Frankfort, and how practices small and large can succeed in the ever more complex world of healthcare. Subjects will include ways to comply with regulatory initiatives, along with the changes needed to be successful in the Quality Payment Program and MIPS.

Episode 0: What is The PILL Podcast? Kentucky REC Managing Director Trudi Matthews, along with cohost Stephen Williams, introduce the series.

 

Episode 1: Karen Ditsch – Reluctant Convert – This episode features Karen Ditsch, CEO of Juniper Health in Eastern Kentucky, as she describes her personal and practice journey. She and Juniper moved from a mindset of a reluctant, reactive, and compliance based operation to becoming champions of quality Improvement. They began the proactive quality journey in 2006/7, and they went from paper to EMR in 2010. She shares the struggles and successes along the way, and strategies to move forward as Value-based Care and Payment becomes the model for all providers.

 

Episode 2 of The PILL Podcast will feature Dr. Chris Yost of UK Healthcare, as he discusses the benefits of seeking Patient Centered Medical Home recognition and focusing on promoting the health of all patients.

Contact Kentucky REC with your questions regarding the Quality Payment Program. Our team of experts are here to help. Phone 859-323-3090

 

Congratulations to Kentucky’s National Health IT Fellows

Introducing the Spring 2014 National HIT Fellows Class

ONC announced the selection of 15 provider and administrator champions to join the Health IT Fellows Program! Three of these new Fellows are Kentucky REC clients representing the Commonwealth!  We are so proud!

The Spring 2014 HIT Fellows are:
Colin Banas, MD, of Richmond, Virginia
Becky Blevins of Stanford, KY
Kacey Bolton, RN, of London, KY
Sandra Brown of Pine Bluff, AR
Timothy Burdick, MD, of Scappoose, OR
Jacqueline Delmont, MD, of Freeport, NY
Frank Floyd, MD, of Johnson City, NY
James Gould, MD, of Paducah, KY
Chad Jensen of Anchorage, AK
Sarah Churchill Llamas, JD, of Austin, TX
Peggy Patch of Davenport, IA
Michele Reed, MD of Rosedale, NY
Margot Savoy, MD, of Wilmington, DE
James Spillane of Anchorage, AK
Jo Lynne Varner of Little Rock, AR

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Congratulaions to our National Health IT Fellows. We look forward to helping you build upon your success and continue to progress in your practices, communities and nationally as you leverage health IT in helping to keep patients at the center of care.

Learn more about the National Health IT Fellows Program here.