Health Center representatives from across the state of Michigan attended Michigan Primary Care Association’s Michigan Health Center Clinical Conference on March 14, 2012, at the Lexington Lansing Hotel in Lansing, Michigan. The conference was an opportunity for Health Centers to showcase their innovative activities, as well as call attention to concerns and opportunities for their fellow Health Centers.
Some of the highlights included:
- Kristen Spykerman, LMSW; Thomas Platt, MD; and Fred Schmidt, RPh from Cherry Street Health Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan, explained their approaches to chronic care management using a team-oriented, integrated model approach
- Tim Mallet, RPh from Family Health Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, discussed the impact of 340B discounted medications, reimbursement and their upcoming strategies for implementing random pills counts and drug screenings to prevent controlled substance abuse
- Marilyn Stolberg, DDS from Baldwin Family Health Care in Baldwin, Michigan, highlighted the role of dentistry within patient care and the need for accessible dental services as part of comprehensive and effective primary care services
- Pam Walsh, RN from East Jordan Family Health Center in East Jordan, Michigan, provided an overview of the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and its principles
- From Lincoln, Michigan, Alcona Health Centers’ Chris Baumgardner, Tom Marshall, MD, and Nancy Spencer guided the audience through their efforts to achieve PCMH and Meaningful Use (MU) status—detailing the challenges in obtaining these designations as well as their financial benefits
About Michigan Primary Care Association
Michigan Primary Care Association has been the voice for Health Centers and other community-based providers in Michigan since 1980. It is a leader in building a healthy society in which all residents have convenient and affordable access to quality health care. MPCA’s mission is to promote, support, and develop comprehensive, accessible, and affordable quality community-based primary care services to everyone in Michigan. For more information, please visit www.mpca.net or call 517.381.8000.