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Altarum Institute to Lead Clinical Practice Transformation Effort in Michigan

October 2, 2015

ANN ARBOR, MI—Altarum Institute is excited to announce that it will lead the Michigan arm of a three-state quality improvement effort funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network (GLPTN) is a three-state coalition led by Indiana University and made up of 32 health care partners, including four Regional Extension Centers, three State Departments of Health, five Health Information Exchanges, and eight Universities. GLPTN has an overall goal of transforming the practices of 11,500 clinical providers across the Midwest into learning practices capable of delivering improved care at a lower cost for a population of more than 10 million Americans.

The efforts in Michigan will focus on providing high-value, clinically relevant, and cost-efficient assistance to 4,000 clinicians in their pursuit of patient-centric practice transformation. Services delivered by Altarum quality improvement advisors will consist of practice coaching and quality improvement initiatives with techniques built on the principles of implementation science, lean process improvement, and population health management. The advisors will also help physicians navigate quality reporting requirements and participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System and other value-based payment initiatives.

“This award builds on our previous work accelerating electronic health record adoption through the Michigan Center for Effective IT Adoption (M-CEITA) and our work to promote clinical decision support use in Michigan physician offices,” said Dan Armijo, vice president of health innovation at Altarum. Practice-specific quality improvement priorities will be pursued to reduce unnecessary testing and avoidable hospitalizations and improve care for patients with high blood pressure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, depression, and diabetes.

GLPTN operations in Michigan will be led by Branis Pesich, director of Altarum’s Center for Appropriate Care. Working in close partnership with Altarum are the Michigan Center for Rural Health, McLaren Health Care, Upper Peninsula Health Care Solutions, Wayne State University, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Working together, we will improve the quality of care for more than 3 million Michigan residents.


M-CEITA Celebrates National Health IT Week  October 5-9, 2015


Health information technology improves the quality of healthcare delivery, increases patient safety, decreases medical errors, and strengthens the interaction between patients and healthcare providers.

To mark the important role health information technology plays in improving healthcare delivery throughout the country, M-CEITA is celebrating National Health Information Technology (NHIT) Week with this year’s theme being: One Voice, One Vision: Transforming Health and Care.

Selected as the official Regional Extension Center for Michigan, M-CEITA is your trusted advisor for personalized health IT support, translating complex issues into practical strategies that work for you. We have direct access to vendors, the MiHIN health information exchange, State of Michigan, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Our extensive knowledge of physician practices, health information systems, and national quality standards, coupled with our exclusive IT tools, help you achieve progress faster. To date, M-CEITA has assisted 4,000 providers with Meaningful Use of certified health technology.

About National Health IT Week
National Health IT Week is a collaborative forum assembling key healthcare constituents—vendors, provider organizations, payers, pharmaceutical/biotech companies, government agencies, industry/professional associations, research foundations, and consumer protection groups—working together to elevate national attention to the necessity of advancing health IT. Visit for more information.




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2015 Archives:

The 2014 Attestation Deadline Has Been Extended, Now What? (March 5, 2015)


New EHR Attestation Deadline for all Eligible Professionals is March 20, 2015 (February 25, 2015)


Goal of Helping 3,700 Michigan Doctors Achieve Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Record Technology Reached (February 10, 2015)


Article Publication Announcement - Sustaining "Meaningful Use" of Health Information Technology in Low-Resource Practices (January 13, 2015) 


CMS Announces Submission Timeframes for 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Data (January 2, 2015)


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