February 19, 2018
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New program to encourage patients to engage in own care

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Maine Quality Counts has launched the Patient Provider Partnership Pilot Initiative, a program in 10 primary care and behavioral health practices that seeks to improve health care quality and reduce avoidable costs by engaging patients more actively in decisions about their health care.

Maine State Innovation Model has provided funding toward the program.

The P3 Pilot Initiative will address three priority areas of high strategic importance to the state.  The first set of pilots will use the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s “Choosing Wisely®” initiative as the basis for promoting more productive patient-provider conversations and engaging patients in shared decision making about their care.  The second set will focus on shared decision making for low back pain treatment.  The third will focus on medication decisions in behavioral health.

Each of the P3 Pilots will be designed to engage physician practices or provider organizations as a means of testing how such patient-provider partnerships can subsequently be implemented more widely in provider organizations and communities.

“We need to fully engage patients in their care and patient engagement starts with giving patients the tools they need to work with their health care provider and ask questions. Patients without the skills to manage their health care incur costs up to 21 percent higher than patients who are highly engaged in their care,” 1 says Dr. Lisa Ryan, P3 Pilot Physician Consultant, in a press release.

Dr. Neil Korsen, P3 Pilot Shared Decision Making Physician Consultant, says, “The time is now to transform the patient-provider experience through the use of shared decision aids that help bring the patient’s views and preferences into the clinical decision making discussion.”

The 10 participating practices will attend learning sessions, develop plans to incorporate shared decision making tools and patient aids into their practice workflow and engage and empower patients in the visit.  The pilot program will run through March 2015, culminating with each practice reporting the best practices they discovered for engaging patients in their care.

The P3 Pilot sites are:

Choosing Wisely Pilots: Gardiner Family Medicine; Lisbon Family Practice; Sebasticook Family Doctors; St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center – Poland Family Practice.

Low Back Pain Pilots: Intermed; New England Sport and Spine; University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and Southern Maine Healthcare.

Medication Decision in Behavioral Health Pilots: EMMC Family Medicine – Husson Avenue; Maine Medical Center Psychiatry OP; Tri-County Mental Health Services.

Maine Quality Counts is a nonprofit organization that is transforming health care in Maine by leading, collaborating and aligning improvement efforts. We seek to create a Maine where every person enjoys the best of health and has access to patient-centered care that is uniformly high-quality, equitable and efficient.


Paul Santomenna, MFA

Marketing & Communications Manager

Maine Quality Counts

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Manchester, Maine  04351

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