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Connecting the Dots will feature content for Clinical Partners — connecting Clinicians and APPs with useful information.

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Colleagues like Drs. Jessie Roske and Lucio Minces are creating practical resources for Clinical Partners. The idea is to keep learning. Inside, you’ll find Smart Practices from Professional Billing to Clinical Documentation and Utilization Management. Plus, CME series like the Science of Practicing Medicine that examines and shares the most up-to-date information from CentraCare specialists for the benefit of our Primary Care teams.


When you want background and context for what may be changing around you, you’ll find it here. Topics like Primary Care Transformation, our new Med School, Population Health and Value Based Care will be explored here — giving you the big picture context and how changes may impact you and the team around you. Healthcare is changing and CentraCare is strategically adapting to meet the current and future demands of our patients and our caregiving teams.

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Very little in our careers as clinicians has remained the same. The name of the game has always been Improvement. We’ll explore topics here about our quality of care, safety, patient experience, and new standards of care. We’ll unpack High Reliability Organization (HRO) principles and practices in healthcare, focusing on safety and eliminating waste (in other words, Getting Rid of Stupid Stuff or G.R.O.S.S ). And we’ll highlight how technology innovations within the Epic environment will improve our lives as clinicians and change the way we deliver care.

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Come along as the comp model is rebuilt for value based care.

The Why

A decade ago, surgeon and public health professor, Atul Gwande, MD could see how doctors were losing their core focus: actually treating people. In his TED Talk, viewed over 2,000,000 times, Dr. Gwande suggests doctors and healthcare givers take a step back and look at new ways to do medicine. He offers a thought-provoking case for why we need fewer cowboys and more pit crews. Gwande’s version of a “system” rings true.



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New Episodes

We all have enormous demands on our time. Yet, we need to stay informed and keep connected. This Fall, we’ll launch a short, weekly podcast for Clinical Partners called STATIM. The idea is to subscribe and find a few minutes of commute time to stay up-to-date. Tune in this month for:

Ben Haeg, MD on Compensation
Deb Peterson, MD on HRO
Libby Brever, MD on Primary Care Transformation
Lynn McFarling, MD on Technology