Four thousand. What is that you ask? That is the number of miles MPCA’s Michigan Quality Improvement Network (MQIN) team has traveled over the past nine months. From Metro Detroit to Southwest Michigan, and from Mid-Michigan to the Upper Peninsula, the team has traversed all corners the state during 2013 to provide leadership and in-person technical assistance to Michigan Health Centers participating in MPCA’s Health Center Controlled Network, MQIN.
With a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in 2012, MPCA established MQIN to help improve the quality of care at Michigan Health Centers through the implementation and adoption of health information technology (HIT). Currently in its second year of funding, 23 Michigan Health Centers are participating in MQIN to receive assistance in implementing a certified Electronic Health Records (EHR) system, achieving Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition or increasing their PCMH recognition level, helping eligible providers in registering and attesting/applying for EHR Incentive Program payments, and meeting or exceeding Healthy People 2020 goals on at least one Uniform Data System clinical quality measure.
MQIN site visits have been a hit for both Health Center and MPCA staff members. During the visits, Health Center staff members have had the opportunity to network and familiarize themselves with new quality improvement activities and health information technology software, while MPCA staff were able to gather information that will provide the basis for developing future technical assistance and education initiatives.
“There is a lot of great work that has taken place over last year as we’ve learned the strengths and needs of each organization, but there are still many shared challenges to work through. As we move into fiscal year 2014 a number of Health Centers have expressed interest in joining MQIN. We look forward to welcoming up to five new agencies,” said Mazhar Shaik, MD, MBA, Chief Clinical Officer, MPCA.
During 2013, the MQIN team has visited the following Michigan Health Centers:
• Advantage Health Centers, Detroit, MI
• Alcona Health Centers, Alcona, MI
• Baldwin Family Health Care, Baldwin, MI
• Cassopolis Family Clinic, Cassopolis, MI
• Cherry Street Health Services, Grand Rapids, MI
• Covenant Community Care, Detroit, MI
• East Jordan Family Health Center, East Jordan, MI
• Family Health Center Inc., Kalamazoo, MI
• Family Medical Center of Michigan, Adrian, MI
• Genesee Community Health Center, Flint, MI
• Hackley Community Care Center, Muskegon, MI
• InterCare Community Health Network, Bangor, MI
• MidMichigan Community Health Services, Houghton Lake, MI
• Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc., Traverse City, MI
• Sterling Area Health Center, Sterling, MI
• The Wellness Plan Medical Centers, Detroit, MI
• Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center, Gwinn, MI
• Western Wayne Family Health Center, Inkster, MI
The MQIN team will round out 2013 with site visits to Ingham Community Health Centers (Lansing, MI), Muskegon Family Care (Muskegon, MI), and Oakland Primary Health Services (Pontiac, MI) in December.
For more information, visit MPCA’s Michigan Quality Improvement Network resource page, or contact MPCA’s Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Mazhar Shaik, at email@example.com.