• The Triple Aim: Spotlight on cost

    August 17, 2016
    This is the fourth post in our series that discusses the Triple Aim. In our most recent blog post, we explored the Service pillar of the Triple Aim. For the last piece of our four-part primer on the Triple Aim, we'll place our spotlight on the final pillar: Cost. According to...
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  • The Triple Aim: Spotlight on service

    August 9, 2016
    Triple aim: Spotlight on service
    This is the third piece in our series that discusses the Triple Aim. In our previous blog post, we discussed the Quality pillar of the Triple Aim. This time around, we'll take a look at the Service pillar. Within the Triple Aim framework of...
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  • The Triple Aim: Spotlight on quality

    August 2, 2016
    This is the second piece in our series that discusses the Triple Aim. In our last blog post, we provided an overview of the Triple Aim: the framework for optimizing health system performance that was developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in 2007. As with many accountable care organizations (ACO) across the country, MultiCare Connected Care is focused on...
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  • Personal Health Partners success story: Helen

    August 1, 2016
    Personal Health Partners Logo
    Care coordination, with the help of Personal Health Partners (PHP), helps avoid patient readmissions, prevent medication errors and decrease duplicate testing, to name a few benefits to population health. Here‘s just one example of the work they do. “Nearly 10 percent of patients we follow up with are confused about their discharge orders,” said Beth McCoy, PHP coordinator in the South King market. When a patient is discharged from the...
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  • Message from the President: Confronting the reality of Orlando

    June 30, 2016 - Christopher Kodama, MD, MBA
    In light of the tragic events in Orlando on Sunday, June 12, I struggled along with so many of you these past few weeks to try to make sense of what happened.   I felt particularly convicted by our mission statement at MultiCare Health System: Partnering for healing and a healthy future, and our emerging mission statement for MultiCare Connected Care:  Together, we are creating a healthier future. I feel that...
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  • We stand with Orlando

    June 17, 2016
    Flag at Half Staff on the MultiCare campus
    MultiCare Connected Care joins the nation in mourning the victims of the attack in Orlando, Florida. We are saddened by the loss of so many lives in this week‘s tragedy, and stand in support of the LGBTQ community, as well as with the families, friends and first responders who were impacted by this event. While this horrific event took place on the opposite side of the country, it is not...
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  • HIE implementation update

    May 24, 2016
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    MultiCare Connected Care (MCC) rolled out the first phase of its new health information exchange (HIE) in January, linking the medical records of an initial group of 1,248 providers. Unfortunately, the project came to a halt in April when Sandlot Solutions, the vendor chosen to implement the HIE, went out of business. At that point, HIE functionality stopped for the providers already linked, and we paused the project to establish...
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  • Clinical Collaboratives: An Overview

    May 12, 2016
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    The Clinical Collaboratives Program is a crucial driving force behind MultiCare Connected Care (MCC), and represents an evolution of work that began even prior to the formation of MCC and our Clinically Integrated Network, the MultiCare Connected Care Network (MCCN). The core mission of these Collaboratives is to eliminate non-value-added clinical variation across MCCN. By doing so, Clinical Collaboratives will be essential in empowering MCC to meet our...
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  • Puget Sound High Value Network committed to tailored, flexible care

    May 6, 2016
    Last week, MultiCare Connected Care participated in a luncheon panel co-sponsored by the Puget Sound High Value Network and the Puget Sound Business Journal. The event‘s theme: “Hold Us Accountable: Why Health Care Systems Want Employers to Demand Quality and Value.” The Puget Sound High Value Network, which includes MCC, was formed in 2014 as a way for local health care organizations to remain independent but partner to provide a more flexible, affordable health delivery platform...
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  • Breaking down the Triple Aim

    April 29, 2016
    MCC family for blog
    MultiCare Connected Care is an accountable care organization (ACO). But what does “accountable” really mean and who is being held accountable for what? The answer begins with the Triple Aim. Developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in 2007, the Triple Aim is a framework for health care providers to improve performance in the areas that matter most to patients and consumers of health care:...
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  • Message from the President: Clinical Collaboratives help navigate the path to better outcomes

    April 14, 2016 - Christopher Kodama, MD, MBA
    Family in doctor's office
    I recently heard world-renowned futurist Ian Morrison quote a physician leader of an ACO elsewhere in the country: “We have the anatomy of an Accountable Care Organization, but none of the physiology.” This is such an important observation and drives home the point that...
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  • MCC participates in Cambia Grove's "Reverse Pitch Day"

    April 8, 2016 - Christopher Kodama, MD, MBA
    The health care landscape is changing rapidly, pushing all of us to rethink how we go about our everyday work and imagine a future where we deliver better care at a lower cost. That kind of revolution demands innovative thinking and the willingness to look outside our own industry for ideas so we work smarter not necessarily harder than we already do...
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  • Message from the President: Keeping the lines of communication open

    April 4, 2016 - Christopher Kodama, MD, MBA
    Video still for MCC blog
    As we‘ve engaged in the important work to create MultiCare Connected Care, grow our Clinically Integrated Network and transform the way we deliver care, one thing remains clear: Health care is growing ever more complex. That is a trend that is likely to continue as we collectively move away from the traditional methods of health care delivery and learn how to adapt to a more consumer-focused environment and develop new care models that accelerate population health...
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  • Total Joint group aims to improve patient experience of joint surgeries

    March 14, 2016
    News Image: Total Joint Work Group
    Each year, more than 1 million hip and knee replacement surgeries are performed in the United States, making them among the more common surgical procedures. And, like any surgery, they carry risks of infection, blood clots and transfusions. But at MultiCare, where physicians perform more than 1,000 total hip and knee replacements annually, a group of doctors and nurses has worked over the past 18 months to reduce...
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  • Women's Collaborative improves elective delivery rate

    March 14, 2016
    News Image - Women's Collaborative
    Not all pregnant women have the same definition of “full term.” Many women accept the long-held belief that 37 weeks – a little more than nine months – is the normal term for a pregnancy and schedule delivery accordingly. But...
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  • Video: Helping patients get and stay healthy

    January 15, 2016
    MCC Video
    MultiCare Connected Care is empowering everyone to work together in new ways.  Take a few minutes to watch the video below, to learn more about Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), how the health care industry is changing and how MultiCare Connected Care is improving health care delivery across the Pacific Northwest
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