Executive Committee Update
At the last EC Meeting, the group discussed a number of topics, including the Technology Acceleration Program that Dave Morin, a colleague of Don Nease’s, has been working on. His charge is to determine whether the DFM can license some of the technology we’ve developed to create new revenue streams, as well as investigate the creation of a public data utility that could provide meaningful metrics to providers and health researchers statewide. Dave has been working with us for about six months, and it was agreed to maintain his arrangement for another 3 months to see what additional advancements might be made.
Colleen Conry announced that the “Care by Design” pilot program is set to go live in February. According to Bill Neff, Interim CEO for UCHealth, “In the coming months, the providers and staff at Snow Mesa (Northern Colorado) and A.F. Williams practices will be re-engineering their practices – both physically and operationally – to expand the Medical Assistants’ role in caring for patients, involve nurses in engaging patients and managing their care, and allow providers to focus on meaningful interactions with patients. Ultimately, it will allow us to usher patients directly to exam rooms with minimal – or no – waits, get them out of the exam rooms into more aggressively managed and broader kinds of therapy more quickly and, not least, put us in position to manage whole populations of people still more effectively.”
The department is also putting together a proposal to evaluate the effectiveness of the program, which will be funded by the department if the system doesn’t choose to evaluate the results of the innovations.
Don Nease announced that Perry Dickinson recently submitted an R-18 grant for ARQH to garner funds to establish a primary care extension service in Colorado and that the State Innovation Model grant proposal, wrangled by Ben Miller, was ready to go. Both of these are HUGE projects and have the potential to impact the department for a long while if they are awarded to us.
Kent Voorhees reported on a successful trip to Washington DC for the GME Summit, where he, Larry Green, and Sarah Hemeida (PGY3) were able to do a lot of educating of policy makers around medical school concerns. Click here to see the presentation. The effort toward establishing a residency in Ft. Morgan is ongoing, and we continue to evaluate our options in Colorado Springs.
We have temporarily paused the search for a new MSE Director, and will be re-posting late summer.
Position: Professional Research Assistant
Member of DFM since: May 2014
Who you are and what you do: I work primarily with Jodi Holtrop and Doug Fernald on research and evaluation projects with a qualitative component. I was hired as a qualitative specialist so I focus mostly on analyzing and reporting on the results of interviews, focus groups, and any other data collection that results in open-text responses. I have a background in community health research and evaluation.
What are the three most important things you’re working on? I am currently immersed in a couple of different sets of interviews conducting coding and analysis, so these are the priorities for me at the moment. Other than that, I am trying to learn as much as possible about patient-centered medical homes, practice transformation, and working in DFM!
Why do you like working for DFM? I get to work with and learn from people who are the best in this field.
What are your passions? Travel (see photo from last summer in Yucatan Mexico). Pets. Food. Sunshine.
What do you do away from work? My fiancé and I are busy planning our October wedding in Michigan, we spend a lot of time with our 16-year-old dog, a Sheltie/Cocker Spaniel mix. We moved to Colorado just a few months ago, and have been exploring the area through driving and hiking. I also do a lot of cooking and baking, am learning to garden, and am attempting to get back into running.
Favorite band/music? I listen to a lot of hip hop and rock. Excited to see lots of great bands at Riotfest this fall. I still need to make it to Red Rocks though!
Favorite movie and why? I mostly binge-watch TV shows and don’t watch a whole lot of movies. Community is my go-to TV show but I’m also a big fan of Broad City and most other Comedy Central shows as well as Orange is the New Black.
Little-known fact: I have moved states three times in the past two years and plan to be done with that now!
My. Leave Honor Roll The following DFM faculty and staff members had “perfect attendance” with completing their My.Leave timesheets in FY14 (12 out of 12 months). THANK YOU!
WORKOUT AT WORK
Family Fitness continues with great trainer-led workouts at the AHWC every Tuesday. Contact or for more info.
RUN (or walk) WITH US!
The DFM has a team for “the happiest 5K on the planet” – The Color Run – on August 2nd. This family-friendly event is open to all ages and fitness levels! Our team name is “DFM Rocks” and the price is $45. Register here.