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Practice Newsletter - March 20, 2014
Rhode Island Chronic Care Sustainability Initiative

Upcoming Meetings:

March 20, 7:30-9 (RIQI): 

Practice Transformation Committee


March 20, 3:30-5pm (RIQI): 

Integrated Behavioral Health Workgroup


March 24, 10-11:30am (RIF): 

Program Evaluation Committee (committee members only)


March 25, 8-9:30am (RIPCPC, Cranston): Practice Reporting Committee


March 27, 7:30-9am (RIQI): Contracting Committee (CSI practices and health plans only) 


March 28, 7:30-9am 

(BVCHC): Executive Committee (committee members only)


March 28, 9:30-11am 

(BVCHC): Community Health Team Planning meeting (committee members only)  


April 1, 7:30-9am (Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket): Data and Evaluation Committee


April 3, 7:30-9am (301 Metro Center Blvd., Warwick): PCMH-Kids Stakeholder meeting (committee members only)


April 8, 8-8:30am (RIQI): Nurse Care Manager Best Practice Sharing Committee


April 11, 7:30-9am (RIQI): Steering Committee


April 11, 9:30-11am (RIQI): Community Health Team Planning meeting (committee members only)


April 17, 7:30-9 (RIQI): Practice Transformation Committee


April 17, 3:30-5pm (RIQI): 

Integrated Behavioral Health Workgroup


April 22, 8-9:30am (RIPCPC, Cranston): Practice Reporting Committee


April 24, 7:30-9am (RIQI): Contracting Committee (CSI practices and health plans only) 


April 25, 7:30-9am 

(BVCHC): Executive Committee (committee members only)


April 25, 9:30-11am 

(BVCHC): Community Health Team Planning meeting (committee members only)

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Welcome to the Rhode Island Chronic Care Sustainability Initiative Practice Newsletter, where CSI-RI shares exciting updates, news, milestones, meeting information and more with our CSI-RI practices.
CSI-RI Development Contract Placement (2014) for Practice Sites Approved
On April 1, 2014, the CSI-RI Executive Committee approved the Data and Evaluation Committee recommendations for CSI-RI practice site placement in the developmental contract. 

Practices are invited to view which contract year each practice site will be in as of April 1, 2014 by logging into the portal, available through www.pcmhri.org.
Practice Spotlight: Stuart V. Demirs achieves Level 3 NCQA Regonition
Congratulations to the office of Stuart V. Demirs for achieving Level 3 NCQA Recognition! 
Provider engagement is key to success for Lifespan Healthy Rewards

In 2013 Lifespan introduced its new wellness program, Lifespan Healthy Rewards. The program is designed to encourage Lifespan Health members to work with their health care provider to jointly determine ways to live a healthier life. The support from health care providers is key to the program's success.  


"I think having the PCPs doing the screening is great vs. how it was done in the past; it gives you an opportunity to talk with your doctor."~ Lifespan Healthy Rewards Participant


Click here to learn more about the early success of Lifespan Healthy Rewards, provider incentives, and programs and services to support your patients in achieving a healthy weight and quitting tobacco use. 

Rhode Island Quality Institute Relationship Managers Receive NCQA PCMH Content Expert Certification

RI Regional Extension Center's (RI REC) Relationship Managers, Andrea Levesque and Sue Dettling, recently completed training and certification requirements for the NCQA PCMH Content Expert Certification. Certified content experts are required to complete two NCQA educational seminars, pass a comprehensive exam and commit to continuous learning and recertification to maintain the credential. As a result of these achievements and RI REC's commitment to the provider community, the Rhode Island Quality Institute is listed on the PCMH Partners in Quality page on the NCQA website.


NCQA's PCMH Recognition Program is one of the most sought after and widely accepted PCMH programs in the nation. Becoming NCQA-recognized requires deliberate strategies and efforts in transforming a practice into a medical home, and PCMH content experts play an important role in facilitating the process. 


For the past four years, the RI REC has assisted practices with achieving Meaningful Use. While this service continues, the RI REC is also available to assist practices with implementing CurrentCare services and with applying for and reaching PCMH recognition.

Upcoming events
Below is information on an upcoming events that may be of interest to CSI-RI practices:


RIQI webinar: Clinical Quality Measures - What You Need to Know in 2014

April 9, 2014 

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Clinical Quality Measures are the same for both Meaningful Use Stage 1 - 2014, and for Meaningful Use Stage 2 - 2014.  This webinar will present the six CQM Domains, the suggested Core Set for Adults and suggested Core Set for Children, and reporting methods.

To register, click here.


RIQI Webinar: REConnections Live: Patient Portals: Best Practice

March 28, 2014 

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

This will be RIQI's first REConnections Live session for 2014.   This live webinar format will bring you up-to-date information about topics of interest to the Provider Community.  We'll discuss what's happening both nationally and locally and have a short presentation on a special topic - in this session: Patient Portals - Best Practices.  A Q&A period will follow.

To register, click here. 


Prediabetes: Current Understanding and Available Programs
(You are welcome to attend this session in person or online)
March 27, 2014
8:30 - 9:30am
Attendees will learn the definition and epidemiology of prediabetes as well as current therapeutic approaches. They will also learn about the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program (YDPP) including how to easily refer patients.