Healthy Hearts Northwest is pleased to present a calendar of upcoming and archived publicly available webinar-based events,  updates on our progress, and research project resources.

Our 45-minute programs take place at 11:30 a.m. PST on the 4th Wednesday of each month, alternating between webinars and office hours.  An “office hour” is a webinar-based gathering that’s light on presentation with plenty of time for you to bring a question or topic for discussion with Healthy Hearts NW project staff.

Recorded Events & Resources

Healthy Hearts Northwest Resources

May 2017 webinar:  Shared Medical Appointments
Byron Haney, MD discusses the journey of  shared medical appointments (SMAs) in his rural WA State clinic over the past 9 years. Not only did the implementation of SMAs result in astonishing outcomes right out of the gate and increase patient satisfaction, but it’s lessened Dr. Haney’s sense of burnout and restored joy to his career. Answers to audience questions about SMAs (often referred to as group visits) include detailed info on billing and reimbursement, as well as helpful specifics for clinics considering shifting to this model. Presented by Byron Haney, MD, Family Health Care of Ellensburg, WA. (May 17, 2017, 44 minutes)
Watch the recorded webinar or read the presentation slides.

The Quality Improvement Change Assessment (QICA) is an assessment developed by Healthy Hearts NW for use in our project to introduce team members to the high leverage changes guiding our technical assistance approach, and to assess the current capabilities of enrolled practices.

Individuals wishing to use the QICA for non-commercial, non-profit, educational, or personal use are free to do so. Commercial use of the QICA requires a written license from Kaiser Permanente. Please contact us if you would like to create a modified version of the QICA or need to request a written license. Copyright of the content, information and materials in this website is owned by Healthy Hearts Northwest, ©2013 – 2017 with support from The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Download the QICA.

January & April 2017 webinars: MACRA/MIPS
In response to requests for an encore, updated presentation of this evolving subject, we’ve held two webinars on this topic.

Led by Qualis Health Director of Informatics Jeff Hummell, MD, this webinar focuses on what you need to know about MACRA/MIPS and how Healthy Hearts NW can help you get where you need to be. (January 25, 2017. 45 minutes)
Watch the January recorded webinar or Read the most recent presentation slides.

Study protocol for Healthy Hearts Northwest
A description of the protocol of the Healthy Hearts Northwest study, a randomized trial designed to address the comparative effectiveness of combined strategies to build quality improvement (QI) capacity while improving risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

The study’s primary aim is to compare the effectiveness of adding shared learning opportunities, educational outreach, or both to PF for building QI capacity within smaller primary care practices, with a focus on cardiovascular disease risk-factor control. A secondary aim is to assess if PF alone improves clinic-level ABCS outcomes (“Aspirin-Blood pressure-Cholesterol-Smoking cessation”). Practice facilitation is given to all practices in our randomized trial population. Read “Study protocol for ‘Healthy Hearts Northwest’: a 2 X 2 randomized factorial trial to build quality improvement capacity in primary care.”

September 2016 Office Hour
Hosted by Qualis Health practice facilitators Shauna Banner and David Stipe, with ORPRN Health IT practice facilitators Raja Cholan and Nicolas Colin, this open-format discussion focused on EHR-related topics.  Questions include “How do I know if my practice’s EHR can generate data for any of the ABCS measures” and “What are the specific diagnosis codes that are used to define the clinical concepts in the ABCS measures such as  ‘ASCVD’ or ‘Ischemic Vascular Disease’?” (September 28, 2016, 45 minutes)  Watch the recorded office hour.

August 2016 webinar:  Motivational Interviewing
This Healthy Hearts NW webinar provides a brief overview of the origins of and research evidence behind motivational interviewing, and touches on ways it might be applied in clinical practice.  Topics addressed include “how can I keep patients with multiple complaints focused?” and ways to use confidence levels during MI conversations.  Presenters:  Cyndi Greenlee, ARNP, Penninsula Community Health Services and Ben Balderson, PhD,  Group Health Research Institute Research Associate, Group Health Psychologist. (August 24, 2016, 47 minutes)  Watch the recorded webinar or read the presentation slides.

July 2016 Office Hour
Project staff physicians Michael Parchman (Group Health Research Institute), Jeff Hummel (Qualis Health) and LJ Fagnan (ORPRN) hosted a discussion on clinical topics which took a deep dive into hypertension.  Questions addressed included “how do you get started on hypertension?”, “do you have evidence-based scripts for this?”, and “how do you address long-term compliance when patients feel fine”? (July 27, 2016, 45 minutes)  Watch the recorded office hour.


June 2016 webinar:  Team-based Care
This Healthy Hearts NW webinar discusses the current shift across the country by primary care to a team-based, efficient and satisfying model of care.  It reviews the innovative LEAP team-based primary care model, and how to apply its lessons in practices working with Healthy Hearts Northwest.  Presenters: Michael Parchman, MD, MPH, Director of The MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation, and Brian Austin, its Associate Director. (June 22, 2016, 45 minutes) Watch the recorded webinar or read the presentation slides.

May 2016 Office Hour
Denise Weiss of the Rinehart Clinic – a small federally qualified health center in Wheeler, Oregon –  shares how she and her colleagues improved their ABCS measures (Aspirin, Blood pressure, Cholesterol and Smoking cessation) by first focusing on blood pressure screening.  Hear some of the creative ways they improved the accuracy of blood pressure monitoring and follow-up. Hosted by Healthy Hearts NW project staff.  (May 25, 2016, 45 minutes)  Watch the recorded office hour.

April 2016 webinar:  The ABCS Metrics
This Healthy Hearts NW webinar summarizes the scientific evidence behind each of the ABCS metrics and directs participants to decision-making tools and steps. It also includes a question and answer session via chat at the end of the presentation.  Presenters:  LJ Fagnan, MD, and ORPRN Practice Coaches Beth Sommers, MPH, CPHQ, and Emily Chirnside.  (April 27, 2016, 45 minutes)  Watch the recorded webinar or read the presentation slides.

March 2016 Office Hour
The Basics of Getting, Trusting, and Using Data.  Hosted by Qualis Practice Coach Tara Kline, CPHQ, SSBB, CPHIT, CHP.  (March 23, 2016, 45 minutes)  Watch the recorded office hour or read the presentation slides.

March 2016 webinar: Introduction
In our inaugural Healthy Hearts NW presentation, project leaders discuss the need for this work and describe the support practices will receive to improve outcomes during the initiative. Presenters include Healthy Hearts Northwest staff. (February 24, 2016, 45 minutes)  Watch the recorded webinar or read the webinar slides. 

Related Recorded Webinars

Creating a Learning Health Care System: The Role of Practice Facilitators in Primary Care
This webinar, which originally aired on August 2, 2017, was sponsored by the EvidenceNOW initiative, an AHRQ-funded effort to advance heart health within primary care settings. This webinar provided information about the important role practice facilitators—specially trained coaches who are often clinicians themselves—play in helping primary care organizations systematically collect, analyze, and use evidence to improve patient care.  Watch the EvidenceNOW webinar.

Advancing Team-based Care webinar series
In 2016, the Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) and its Weitzman Institute launched the National Clinical Workforce Development Initiative. As part of this work, CHC collaborated with the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation to host a series of eight webinars on transforming health care practices through the team-based model of care.

Each one-hour webinar features faculty from CHC and the MacColl Center presenting on a topic, followed by guest clinical speakers from high-performing primary care practices across the United States sharing their expertise and experience, and wrapping up with a Q&A session.  Access the Advancing Team-based Care webinars.

Improving Cardiac Care through Health Coaching | Patient-Centered Primary Care Institute
Health coaching is a valuable mechanism for improving both cardiac care and self-management. Health coaching also helps patients gain the knowledge, skills, tools, and confidence to become active participants in their own care. Coaches help patients set their own health goals and then support their efforts to achieve these goals. This webinar presents five areas in which health coaching can provide assistance to patients.

Presented by Amireh Ghorob, MPH, Principle Consultant, Hand in Hand Health Solutions. (February 6, 2016, 60 minutes)  Watch the recorded webinar.

Developing Successful Panel Management Processes: Tracking Care for Patients with Preventive and Complex Care Needs
Speakers: Marcelle Thurston MS, RD, CDE, Primary Care Innovation Specialist, CareOregon;  Marci Silberstein, MA, Panel Manager/Purchasing Manager, Physicians Medical Center, McMinnville OR;  Scott Zahlmann, Population Health Supervisor, CareOregon; Rashae Burns, Panel Coordinator, CareOregon;  and Emma Abiles, Primary Care Innovations Specialist, CareOregon. (March 15, 2016)  Watch the recorded webinar. 

The Future of Payment Reform:  Transforming Your Practice
In this webinar you will: define key concepts; learn about the related types of technical assistance offered; and share barriers faced, success stories, and educational preferences.

Speakers:  Daniel Chipping, Health Information Technology Project Manager, HealthInsight Utah; Brux McClellan, Health Information Technology and QI Project Manager, HealthInsight Utah;  and David Smith, Health Information Technology Project Manager, Accumentra Health Oregon. (December 15, 2015)  Watch the recorded webinar.