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Practice Transformation Companion Newsletter: December 2021

Dec 21, 2021 | News


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Patient Engagement – December 6, 2021
The goal of this course is for all Care Team Members to learn engagement tools/skills in order to have productive conversations with patients about their health including basic motivational interviewing skills. The Care Team Member will build upon this foundation in order to apply their skills in different situations, such as Medication Assisted Treatment, (MAT) and Palliative Care.

Course Objectives:
•    Describe the patient-centered approach of Motivational Interviewing (MI).
•    Explain the conversation style that is the Spirit of MI.
•    Demonstrate basic MI skills.
•    Discuss how to use patient language cues in the application of MI skills.
•    Explain how to engage the patient in the four processes in MI necessary for health behavior change.
•    Identify barriers to patient engagement and behavior change.
•    Identify how to make cultural adaptations to MI.

It is strongly recommended to take Introduction to Team Based Care before taking this course.

When: (Live Virtual)
December 6, 2021     9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $300.00
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Introduction to Palliative Care – January 18, 2022
This training will provide care team members with a foundation by which to begin introducing Palliative Care into the primary care practice. 

Course Objectives:
•    An introduction to Palliative Care
•    Focus on the Eight Domains of Palliative Care
•    The Multidisciplinary team
•    Communicating Palliative Care to patients and families

When: (Live Virtual)
January 18, 2022        1:00pm – 4:00pm

Cost: $150 

Register here:

Introduction to Team-Based Care – February 1-2, 2022
The Introduction to Team-Based Care course helps the learner better understand how to work in a multidisciplinary care team and in collaboration with the patient. Open to all members of the practice to gain foundational knowledge in Team-Based Care.

Introduction to Team-Based Care will include: 
•    Why, What, Who and How: Team-Based Care
•    Care Management Process
•    Outcomes and Triple AIM
•    Billing Applications

*This course is required for all care team members new to their role in order to bill PDCM codes.

When: (Live Virtual)
February 1, 2022        12:00pm – 4:30pm
February 2, 2022        9:00am – 11:30am
(Must attend both days to receive credits)

Cost: $300.00

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National Influenza Vaccination Week

December is here and so is the flu season, along with the continuation of the COVID pandemic. Lucky us. Even though the flu season last year wasn’t bad, the consensus by the experts is that all the mask wearing, staying home and handwashing helped. We may not be so lucky this year with so many people thinking the pandemic is over. Flu visits us from fall to spring. The length and severity of the season can vary from year to year.

What is the best way to help protect against the flu? An annual flu vaccine. It takes about 2 weeks for antibodies against the flu to develop.

Why do we need a new vaccine every year? The flu virus changes and alters itself every year. This is why it can be so widespread and hard to avoid. That is also why there is a new vaccine every year.

Who should get a flu shot? Everyone 6 months and older per the CDC.
Some of the flu symptoms that people most often get are:

  • Coughing
  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Fever (some people do not get a fever)
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children)
There are certain groups of people who are at increased risk of getting the flu and having dangerous complications. These include:
  • Children between 6 months and 5 years old
  • Pregnant women and women up to 2 weeks after pregnancy
  • People over 65. There is a high-dose flu shot for these individuals as the immune system response decreases with age.
  • Anyone who has a chronic medical condition. These include lung disease, asthma, neurological conditions, blood disorders, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, immune system disorders.
  • People with a BMI of 40 or higher
  • Individuals who live or work in a nursing home or chronic care facility. They have more chances of exposure to the disease.
Flu and COVID continue to be a risk for us all. Get your flu shot as soon as possible. Please get your COVID vaccine(s) if you haven’t gotten it/them yet, and your COVID booster if you’ve already had your COVID vaccination(s). We want everyone to stay well and prevent illness the best they can.

PTI wishes you and your family a healthy, happy, flu-free and COVID-free holiday season.



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