Best Practice Guides Now Available for Download

October 25, 2018

Responding to a need identified at last year's ACO-wide Quality Forum, our Performance Team has been working with MaineHealth content experts to produce a set of comprehensive guides, called Best Practice Frameworks, that support providers and practices in achieving key quality and utilization goals. Today, we're happy to announce the release of the first seven frameworks:

  • Adolescent Well Visits
  • Annual Wellness Visits
  • CRC Testing
  • Diabetes: Eye Exam
  • Diabetes: A1c
  • Hypertension Control
  • Pediatric BMI
  • Tobacco Screening

They can be downloaded individually on the ACO's Best Practice Frameworks web page.

Each framework is presented in three distinct sections: infrastructure-building, competency development and a community resource listing. The infrastructure section focuses on the role of the care team, how to prepare for patient appointments, how to optimize the role of team members and other topics like equipment needs and medical records preparation. In the competencies section, readers will discover what trainings are available to build clinical and content knowledge for all members of the care team and the patient population. The resource section lists community support services and non-clinical resources that may be of assistance to patients and may offer opportunities for collaboration with practices interested in addressing certain social determinants of health.

"We hope practices can make good use of these frameworks no matter what level of assistance they may need" says Regina Quattrucci, the ACO's improvement advisor who has led framework development. "There are materials in these frameworks that practices can use off the shelf, like pre-visit planning checklists and huddle sheets. Some practices may just want to use the framework as a reference. They're really designed to meet practices where they are."

Questions? Please contact Michele Gilliam, Director of Performance Improvement, at 661-3804 or email.