Measles Prevention Strategies and Best Practices
Thanks to those of you who have been providing input on our Measles planning. To that end, HERE is a summary of best practices guidelines – from our network and from the CDC. In addition, we have included some other resources with more information and live links below.
The CDC recently provided a clinical update on Measles. The third presentation (keep scrolling) has practical guidelines for Measles infection in outpatient practices.
HRSA has also provided the following information for health centers:
- Take every opportunity to educate both parents and patients. Research shows the strongest predictor of whether a patient gets vaccinated is a recommendation from their health care professional.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides strategies to improve immunization rates in infants and children. AAP reminds providers that it is important to give your strong recommendation for immunization. AAP also provides resources for office strategies to increase vaccination rates, such as standing orders, pre-visit planning, Electronic Health Record prompts and immunization reports.
- CDC has tips on talking to parents who express concerns about vaccinations. Among them, consider sharing a mix of science and anecdotes. In addition, it’s important to listen and respond to parents’ questions—your openness to hearing their concerns plays a major role in building trust about your recommendation.
- Don’t forget adults! According to CDC’s Adult Vaccine Resources, most adults are not aware they need vaccines and it is critical that health care professionals routinely assess vaccinations status. Parents’ acceptance of their vaccines may translate to their acceptance for their children.
Webinars & Events
ACO Academy Webinar
Accountable Care: Staff Engagement in Achieving the Quadruple Aim
June 13, 2019 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST
Engaging the patient continues to be a health center’s primary focus in order to improve the overall health outcomes of its populations. Learn how the fourth piece of the quadruple aim, increasing staff engagement, has a direct impact on this. Hear how all levels of health center staff engagement, not just the clinicians, can have a direct impact on the patient health outcomes and staff satisfaction.
Northeast Regional Telehealth Conference
June 17-19, 2019
The Northeast Regional Telehealth Conference is being held on June 17-18, 2019 in Portland, Maine (The Westin Portland Harborview). Stakeholders from across the eight state NETRC region (New England, New Jersey, and New York) and beyond will share telehealth best practice and innovation, network with colleagues and identify opportunities to advance telehealth. For more information and/or to register, click HERE.
Managing Ambulatory Health Care II
Advanced Course for Clinicians in Community Health Centers (MAHC II)
June 17-20, 2019
This intensive four-day program is designed specifically for health center clinicians (Medical Directors, Dental Directors, Behavioral Health Directors, other clinical leaders or managers) who have undertaken significant managerial responsibilities, yet are unable to take time away from the organization to complete a degree program in public health or health administration.
NCQA’s Introduction to PCMH Program
Foundational Concepts of the Medical Home
September 25-26, 2019
This program is an in-depth guide to NCQA Recognition requirements and the process for achieving PCMH recognition. At the conclusion of the program, participants will have the knowledge they need to: Identify the core attributes of patient-centered medical homes, Identify required evidence and determine how to present it; Describe processes and procedures that demonstrate transformation into the medical home model; Understand the roles of the NCQA Representative and Evaluator and CCE; Examine the challenging requirements in a variety of practice environments; and Outline the features and functions of the Q-PASS system.
NCQA’s Advanced PCMH Program
Mastering the Medical Home Transformation
September 27, 2019
This advanced course is intended for individuals who have applied NCQA PCMH Recognition requirements in the practice setting. It examines the PCMH 2017 standards and the redesigned assessment process. At the conclusion of the program, participants will have the knowledge they need to: Discuss transfer credit and distinctions; Explain how elective criteria build upon core criteria within a competency; Examine opportunities and approaches to continue to succeed in the PCMH model of care; Determine a strategy for preparing a practice for the three (3) virtual check-ins and begin to create a transformation plan; Describe the types of evidence a practice can provide to meet the intent of a criterion, competency and concept.