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Nov 22, 2012 | News

Mackinac Learning Collaborative Outcomes Congress on September 18 th Celebrates Transformation  toward Patient-Centered Medical Homes in Southeast Michigan

Third Mackinac Learning Collaborative Puts Spotlight on Patient Care Management and Care Coordination Strategies

Troy, Mich. —August 29, 2012 — Practice Transformation Institute (PTI), providing the health care community with Continuing Medical Education and customized learning programs that improve patient health outcomes and the individual care delivery experience, invites health, business and community leaders to participate in its third annual Mackinac Learning Collaborative Outcomes Congress on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Detroit Branch. The event features transformation success stories from 16 primary care practices and one family residency program.

A learning collaborative is a knowledge and innovation community that links organizations together to rapidly test and implement meaningful, sustainable change within a specific topic area. The Mackinac Learning Collaborative is focused on transformation to a more patient-centric approach in small, primary care physician practices and residency programs. Mackinac Learning Collaborative III included an emphasis on care management and care coordination strategies to effectively manage a patient population and hone in on treatment of patients with a chronic condition such as diabetes, depression, asthma or pediatric obesity. The Outcomes Congress will highlight how individual primary care practices implemented measurable process changes and then documented clinical outcome improvements as a result of their Mackinac Learning Collaborative participation. Kevin Taylor, M.D., M.S., served as Chair of the Mackinac Learning Collaborative-III and will kick off the Outcomes Congress by introducing the practice teams who participated:

  • Anchor Bay Clinic Family Medical Center, P.C.
  • Center for Preventive Medicine
  • Country Creek Family Physicians
  • Country Creek Pediatrics
  • Douglas G. Hames, M.D., P.C.
  • Michigan Healthcare Professionals P.C.
  • Rosa Parks Geriatric Center of Excellence- DMC
  • Hampton Medical Center
  • Health Centers Detroit Foundation
  • John R Medical Clinic
  • Macomb Pediatric Associates
  • Michigan Primary Care PLLC
  • Ronald Williamson, MD, P.C.
  • Silver Pine Medical
  • Swetech Medical
  • Wayne State University Physician Group –Family Medicine Residency
  • WSUPG-Internal Medicine

As implementation of health care reform ramps up for 2014 deadlines, Mackinac Learning Collaborative participants are establishing benchmarks for transformation at the primary care practice level.

“True health care reform is not possible without the primary care physician community getting fully engaged in the process,” notes Al Juocys, D.O., a physician with Country Creek Family Practice and Chief Medical Officer of Rochester-based Medical Network One, the Mackinac Learning Collaborative sponsor. “With initiatives like the Mackinac Learning Collaborative, physicians and their practice teams are making grass roots changes to the way primary care medicine is delivered and re-focusing efforts on patient-centric care.”

Dr. Juocys says MLC Outcomes Congress guests will begin to understand the type of dramatic change being forged by small practices that are inspired to be part of the primary care solution to health care’s greatest challenges.

“Participating practices developed and began implementing detailed care coordination strategies for patient care and, for the first time, embedded care managers such as R.N.s, MSWs and diabetes educators right into the practice to help staff manage multiple patient care issues,” explains Dr.Juocys. “This type of transformational change at the primary care practice level contributes to improved health outcomes and will help set expectation levels for patients, employers and others involved in the purchase, delivery and receipt of health care services.”

In addition to brief presentations on topics specific to the transformation efforts of individual practice teams, physicians, practice coaches, care managers and practice team members will use a panel approach at the Outcomes Congress to respond to questions about the challenges they faced in their learning journey.

What: An up-close view of how one family residency program and 16 Southeast Michigan-based
primary care medical practices, generally with one or two physician leaders and a staff less than ten,
went through a series of process changes to improve patient care; qualitative and quantitative
outcomes data from the Collaborative will be shared
When: Tuesday, September 18, 2012; registration and continental breakfast at 8:30am; program begins
at 9:00 a.m. and runs through 3:30 p.m., including lunch
Who should attend: Business executives, community and religious leaders, government/elected
officials, physician educators and members of the greater health care community
Where: The Federal Bank of Chicago, Detroit Branch; 1600 East Warren Avenue, Detroit Michigan
Cost: There is no cost to attend but registration is mandatory due to security requirements at the
Federal Reserve.

To register: Contact Harmony Kinkle at or call 248-475-4736 for more
information. Please feel free to call or email with any questions regarding this program.