BACON Podcast Episodes


Episode 9 – January 2020: How We Did

The MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization works with providers to improve the quality and lower the cost of care. So, what kind of success did providers and the ACO see in 2019? Julie and Mike discuss. Also, Amanda Powell, MD applies shared decision making to increasing colorectal cancer screening among diverse patients and Sarah Shepherd, MD compares her roles as ED clinician and improv actor.

Hey! We want your suggestions for news stories and provider profiles. Email us at bacon@mmc.org.

Bonus Content
The ACO’s performance in 2019: newsletter article
Colorectal cancer screening project: poster
Foundational Medical Assistant trainings: info and registration
Advanced Medical Assistant trainings: info and registration
Project ECHO trainings
Dartmouth Co-op meeting info


Episode 8 – December 2019: What’s the Point of an ACO, Anyway?

Julie and Mike get back to basics and discuss why accountable care organizations exist. Also, Kathryn Galbraith, MD talks about making the most of payer incentives and Janet Fowle, MD, encourages providers to volunteer at one of Maine’s most celebrated summer camps.

Have a suggestion for a Meaty Topic? Know a provider who would be good to interview for our Sizzle or Chewing the Fat segments? Email us at bacon@mmc.org.

Bonus Content
October 2019 JAMA article on waste in the U.S. health care system (subscription may be required to view)
March 2019 Kaiser Family Foundation article on U.S. health system performance compared to peer countries
Registration link for December 7 heart failure symposium

To learn more about volunteering at Seeds of Peace, email Lois Myers.


Episode 7 – November 2019: Medicare Imaging Regulation, Shirley Frederick, Nicole Donahue

Julie and Mike discuss new Medicare rules and procedure for ordering advanced imaging, Sanford primary care physician Shirley Frederick talks about her practice’s pilot to increase screening for early signs of dementia and Franklin Health Pediatrics provider Nicole Donahue introduces her practice’s efforts to directly address food insecurity among patients and families.

Have a suggestion for BACON? Email us at bacon@mmc.org.

Bonus Content
Fact Sheet: Appropriate Use Criteria for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging
CMS Webpage: Appropriate Use Criteria Program
Provider Happy Hours and Breakfasts: follow this link and select “Special Events”


Episode 6 – October 2019: Dr. Greg Leach, Dr. Rob Chamberlin, Medicare Advantage

Learn why MaineHealth is getting into Medicare Advantage plans and what it means for providers, hear how an ancient Chinese movement practice is helping patients recover mobility, meet our new CMO.

Have a suggestion for BACON? Email us at bacon@mmc.org.

Bonus Content
Provider Happy Hours and Breakfasts: follow this link and select “Special Events”
A dozen facts about Medicare Advantage in 2019 from the Kaiser Family Foundation
The Anthem|MaineHealth Medicare Advantage homepage



Episode 5 – September 2019: Dr. Elizabeth Eisenhardt, Dr. Doug Sawyer, Quality Measures

Julie and Mike respond to provider questions about the ACO’s quality measures, Elizabeth Eisenhardt discusses engaging residents in quality improvement and Doug Sawyer reflects on his role as volunteer cardiologist at the Greater Portland Health community clinic.

Bonus Content
Provider Happy Hours and Breakfasts: follow this link and select “Special Events”


Episode 4 - August 2019: Dr. Brad Samojla, Dr. Nicole Cherbuliez, from PHO to ACO

This month’s topics range from the joys of telescribes to a brief history of the evolution of the ACO to running the Boston marathon at age 50.

Have a suggestion for BACON? Email us at bacon@mmc.org.

Bonus Content
Provider Happy Hours and Breakfasts: follow this link and select “Special Events”


Episode 3 - July 2019: Dr. Kate Herlihy, Dr. Patty Cantlin, Where to Go for Care

Reducing ED utilization is the subject of two segments this month. In our Meaty Topic, Mike and Julie introduce the ACO’s Where to Go for Care infographic designed to help patients decide when they should go to the ED. In The Sizzle, Kate Herlihy reviews her successful initiative to reduce pediatric ED visits in western Maine. And, for a little variety, Julie takes us outside to visit Patty Cantlin’s patient garden at Maine Nephrology Associates. Have a suggestion for BACON? Email us at bacon@mmc.org.

Bonus Content
Where to Go for Care infographic
Provider Happy Hours and Breakfasts: follow this link and select “Special Events”
Photos of Maine Nephrology Associates Patient Garden 1
Photos of Maine Nephrology Associates Patient Garden 2
Photos of Maine Nephrology Associates Patient Garden 3


Episode 2 -  June 2019: Dr. Eric Worthing, Dr. Rifat Zaidi, Clinical Documentation

A girls’ school in rural Pakistan, hypertension control at LincolnHealth and the joys of clinical documentation: all in this episode.

 

Bonus Content
Clinical documentation training: follow this link and select “Training”
Rifat Zaidi’s photography webpage and store
Provider Happy Hours and Breakfasts: follow this link and select “Special Events”


Episode 1 -  May 2019: Dr. Rob Merrill and Dr. Dave Johnson, MSSP

Julie and Mike discuss the ACO's future with the Medicare Shared Savings Program and impact on providers. Dr. Rob Merrill reveals how he hit all the ACO quality targets in 2018 and Dr. Dave Johnson reports on his medical mission to rural India.

Bonus Content
ACO newsletter story on MSSP decision 
ACO newsletter story on Rob Merrill’s Mind the Gap Campaign

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