Description: "Creating Improved Outcomes Through Patient Engagement"
Serving patients who are invested in their health benefits Kansas safety net clinics in a variety of ways. Engaged patients are more likely to take action to increase their health, improving clinical outcomes. Additionally, patient engagement can affect a clinic’s ability to becoming a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and in meeting Meaningful Use requirements. Clinics can engage patients in their own care through assisting them to set self-management goals, implementing shared decision making practices, increasing communication about their care, creating a patient portal, and improving patient safety measures.
Description: "Integrating Behavioral and Oral Health: Financial Implications for Kansas Clinics"
Providing behavioral and oral healthcare in addition to primary care services can save time and creates simplicity for safety net clinic patients. From the clinic perspective, offering comprehensive, integrated care is part of the health home model that enables clinicians to treat the “whole” person and improve clinical outcomes. At the same time, integrating behavioral and oral healthcare services requires systems change and culture shifts, and can also be costly. During the upcoming call, participants will describe integration initiatives at their clinics, the financial impacts of these, barriers to integration, and approaches to ensuring integration occurs in an operationally sound and financially responsible manner.