March 2017 
Top Story 
No-Cost Training Programs Build Care Management and Medical Assistant Skills 

Did you know that the MaineHealth ACO offers regularly scheduled clinical training programs to primary care and specialty practices - at no cost to participants? 

The first training, established in 2014, is our intensive  Care Management Training Program  that draws on a robust curriculum designed to equip practice staff with the skills necessary to assist low and moderate-risk patients in the self-management of their conditions. The second, launched last year in collaboration with MaineHealth Advanced Primary Care  Strategy, is the Clinical Support Training and Development Medical Assistant Foundational program . It features an interactive format that includes learning from content experts, skills practice and collaboration with fellow students. Combined, the trainings have helped improve the skills of more than 350 participants.
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Progress and Shared Success 

S upporting PCMH Recognition

Understanding the positive link that research has shown between NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition and improved patient outcomes, the ACO is pleased to support NCQA PCMH recognition fees for its primary care participants. We'd like to congratulate four participant practices from Franklin Health that recently achieved Level 3 recognition:
  • Farmington Family Practice
  • Franklin Health Internal Medicine
  • Livermore Falls Family Practice
  • Franklin Health Pediatrics
They join nearly seventy additional ACO participant practices that currently maintain NCQA PCMH recognition.

The American Academy of Physicians describes PCMH as a care delivery model that allows a primary care provider to coordinate a patient's care to ensure they receive the necessary care when and where they need it, in a manner they can understand. Acceptance of the model has grown exponentially with thousands of primary care practices adopting it over the last five years.

Please join us in congratulating our newest PCMH-recognized practices for their achievement and their commitment to patient-centered care. 
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With Dr. Betsy Johnson 

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