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Progressive Leaders Workshop Update, and Lynn Community Health Center's Innovative Manager Development Program

Didn’t get a chance to tune into the October 15th Progressive Leaders Workshop? Listen to the recording on the Progressive Leaders Workshop wiki to learn about Lynn Community Health Center’s innovative approach to management and leadership development.

We also have a great presentation coming up on Tuesday, November 19 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. PT, featuring Oregon Youth Authority’s CMO, Dr. Marcia Adams, and Erin Fuimaono, MSW, Assistant Director of Development Services, focusing on their organization’s staff development approach using Positive Human Development. The Workshop is available to all OCHIN members. Please click here to request an invitation.  

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OCHIN Recognizes National Diabetes Month: Leveraging the Power of the Collaborative for Success Throughout the Year

November is National Diabetes Month sponsored by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 million Americans have diabetes and an additional 84 million have prediabetes. Along with OCHIN’s suite of tools and resources to help manage diabetes, OCHIN is expanding its scope to focus on upstream preventive interventions. In 2020, we plan to roll out a collaborative-wide campaign sponsored by HCCN, to encourage members to work together in a focused effort to improve performance on diabetes prevention and control across the board.

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Newly-Funded Research Projects at OCHIN

OCHIN Research is proud to announce the funding of two exciting research projects: one in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), and the other with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Department of Family Medicine. These projects will be examining use of the EHR for latent tuberculosis surveillance and intervention, and multimorbidity among middle and older-aged adults in community health centers.

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OCHIN Informaticist David R. Boston, MD, FACC, Named to Epic Care Everywhere Governing Council

David R. Boston, MD, FACC, Senior Clinical Informaticist and Medical Director of Virtual Care at OCHIN and a practicing cardiologist was recently named to the Epic Care Everywhere Governing Council. In his role on the Council, Dr. Boston joins a select group of 15 licensed Care Everywhere clinicians from across the nation who provide oversight for the Care Everywhere network.

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OHSU, OCHIN awarded $7.2 million NIH grant to implement cancer prevention strategies

The National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded the Oregon Health & Science University Department of Family Medicine and OCHIN, Inc. a $7.5 million grant to improve strategies for implementing proven cancer screening and prevention practices.  

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OCHIN Supports Newly Announced STAR Act to Improve Telehealth Access

OCHIN supports legislation announced by U.S. Representative Josh Harder (CA-10), the Specialty Treatment Access and Referrals (STAR) Act. This legislation will provide support through a grant program for the creation of greater telehealth infrastructure and eConsult adoption across the U.S. to allow patients and doctors nationwide to connect electronically with specialty providers in other locations.

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Introducing OCHIN’s New Colorectal Cancer Improvement HUB and Interactive Colorectal Cancer Screening Decision Tree

Explore two new OCHIN resources designed to help clinics improve rates of colorectal cancer screening. The Colorectal Cancer Improvement Hub is a centralized repository on Ella, OCHIN’s LMS, where members can scroll through tables with links organized by categories. Brought to you by HCCN, the new OCHIN Colorectal Cancer Screening Interactive Decision Tree was developed in partnership with OCHIN members to tailor your clinic’s roadmap to a successful and sustainable colorectal cancer screening program.

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OCHIN’s Comments on Proposed Changes to 42 CFR Part 2

For the third time in just a few years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) proposed changes to 42 CFR Part 2, which provides additional protection for substance use disorder patient data to increase privacy.

OCHIN supports SAMHSA’s efforts to make Part 2 easier to comply with, but we continue to urge Congress to act in order to align 42 CFR Part 2 with the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to improve care coordination.

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