Methodist Physician Group, a Deaconess Network affiliate, has been named a Great Lakes Practice Transformation
Network Exemplary Practice and was awarded the Network’s Exemplary
Practice certificate, recognizing the organization’s exceptional
process in practice transformation. Methodist Physician Group was also
presented a customized glass award for Exemplary Innovation: Most Transformed,
which is the top honor for the State of Kentucky.
Stephanie Jenkins, MHA, Vice President, Operations and Strategy at Methodist
Health, commented, "We had a vision five years ago to move toward
a value-based model focusing on quality outcomes and keeping the patient
at the center of our focus. The physicians, clinic staff, care coordinators
and quality team members have been able to bring that vision to life and
exceed all expectations. We are very proud of the team and the amazing
patient outcomes that have been achieved."
An Exemplary Practice is one with a patient-centered culture that has made
significant improvement in at least one of four service-related aims and
made significant movement with the phases of transformation. These include
health outcomes, reduction in unnecessary hospitalizations, cost savings
and reduction in unnecessary tests and procedures.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) established the Transforming
Clinical Practice Initiative in an effort to support thousands of clinician
practices in quality improvement strategies for large-scale health transformation.
The result is healthier patients and a more efficient system.
Vance Drakeford, Practice Transformation Advisor at the Kentucky Regional
Extension Center, noted, "With organizations like Methodist, the
future of healthcare looks encouraging. If practices across the nation
adopt the motivation demonstrated by Methodist Physician Group, healthcare
will indeed change for the better." The Kentucky Regional Extension
Center serves as an advisor to health care organizations as they manage
the complex and changing world of health care.
The Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network is one of 29 Practice Transformation
Networks (PTNs) funded by CMS to provide technical assistance and peer-level support.
Pictured L-R: Vance Drakeford, Practice Transformation Advisor, Kentucky
Regional Extension Center; Amy Scales, LPN, Clinical Manager, Methodist
Physician Group; Kelly Fountain, Practice Transformation Advisor, Kentucky
Regional Extension Center; and Sue Ginn, RN, Quality Improvement Specialist,
Methodist Physician Group.