May 5, 2022: l APPI Event l l May 17 Telehealth Webinar l COVID-19 Update Webinar l Mental Health Awareness Month l Press Ganey Survey l Innovation Bootcamp
A Message for the Tufts Medicine Integrated Network, including primary and specialty care physicians, practice administrators, Network leaders (Presidents, Administrators, and Medical Directors) and Network staff:
May Events You Won't Want to Miss
AAPI Heritage Month Event: Why Representation Matters

We are recognizing and celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. You’re encouraged to attend our virtual event and join in on the conversation.

Guest Speakers include Sokhary Chau, the first Cambodian American Mayor in the U.S. (Lowell), and Lisa Wong, the first Asian American woman to become Mayor in Massachusetts (Fitchburg). Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Friday, May 6
Noon – 1 p.m.
Register Today: May 17 Telehealth Webinar

The Telehealth Webinar originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 3 will now be held on Tuesday, May 17 from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. This webinar has been postponed so our team can gather the latest information on the evolving regulatory changes in telemedicine. This webinar will also cover how to incorporate Telemedicine into Epic workflows. 

Tuesday, May 17
5:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
COVID-19 Update Webinar

Join Dr. Ben Kruskal, MD, Senior Medical Director for the latest information on COVID-19 including: Vaccine updates on boosters and pediatric use, appropriate use of antivirals, masking guidelines for patients and clinicians and more.

Wednesday, May 18
5:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
ICYMI: Please visit the Integrated Network Webinar Series Page for news about upcoming and previously recorded webinars
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health for Health Care Providers - "Who's Taking Care of You?"
May is designated Mental Health Awareness month and statistics show that 1 out of 6 people struggle with mental health concerns, including health care providers.

It is important to remember that we cannot care for others if we are not taking care of ourselves. Join Tufts Medicine’s Interactive Panel discussion, hosted by MelroseWakefield Hospital’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council, on May 24 at noon.

Tuesday, May 24
Noon 1p.m.
Mindful Moments Mondays
Need a moment to get settled or quiet your mind and recharge for the rest of your day? If so, join us for Mindful Moments Mondays with primary care physician Eleanor Moresco, MD, as she leads guided meditation sessions.

The sessions are offered Mondays via zoom, beginning May 9 through May 23 from 12:20 – 12:40 p.m. This simple 20 minutes will support you and your wellness needs. Remember to download and share the flier with your colleagues. 

Mondays, May 9 through May 23
12:20 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.
Coming Soon: 2022 Press Ganey Survey
All physicians in the Network – whether employed or in private practice – will be asked to complete a brief online confidential survey to share their perspectives about the Tufts Medicine Integrated Network and their local work environments.

Your input is vitally important. Survey findings will be used to help the Network prioritize and focus on initiatives to better meet your professional and practice needs.

Please be on the lookout for an email to arrive on Monday, May 16, from Press Ganey, the independent satisfaction-monitoring firm that has been engaged to conduct the survey.
Innovating In Pursuit of Behavioral Health Solutions
The Tufts Medicine Integrated Network is building innovation as a core competency across our Network so we may better anticipate practice and patient needs – and then swiftly scale solutions.

Among the initiatives underway are “innovation bootcamps,” where participants learn the discipline of rapid-cycle innovation. More than a dozen physicians, clinicians, and administrators from the Network’s North Region recently gathered to learn the “Innovation 90” framework – a project management approach rooted in design-thinking, iterative prototyping, agile development, storytelling, and overcoming objections.

The North Region team is focusing on behavioral health solutions, with a concentration on reducing stigma and organizing resources that people need to live hopeful lives. The team – which has dubbed itself Team HOPEFUL (Help Our People Experience Fulfilled and Unburdened Lives) – will have a working prototype in pursuit of these aims in 90 days.

According to Dr. Frank Osborn, interim TMIN Chief Medical Officer, “Considering how little prior experience we had together, we quickly came together as a team to work on this project. There was no talk of Lowell, Melrose, Highland, only conversations of our patients, providers, and caregivers. We were, and are, in it together as a system, to create something that we all want. I cannot think of anything that is more exciting and special than being able to watch this process unfold.”

You can learn more about the session here or by contacting Dr. Osborn or program sponsor Caryl Beison, MPH, Executive Director, Hallmark Health PHO and VP/Managed Care, MelroseWakefield Healthcare.
The Tufts Medicine Integrated Network is a distinctively different population health enterprise and value-based care contracting entity. It comprises 2,300 primary care and specialist physicians and advanced practice clinicians, working as Tufts Medicine employees or in private practice, delivering care in community and hospital settings. The Network’s purpose is to build healthier communities and to create healthy, rewarding experiences for our members and care teams. The Network was launched in July 2021 by building upon the legacies of two long-standing, high-performing organizations – Lowell General Physician Hospital Organization and New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA).

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