Newsletters

Lakeland Care Network – Fall 2017


The Fall 2017 edition of the Lakeland Care Network (LCN) newsletter includes:

What does it mean to be a Lakeland Care physician? – A unique look at the benefits provided to Lakeland Care Network provider membership.

Quality and Care Management – Learn about the latest approved prevention campaigns, website updates, and patient experience scores.

Employer Services – Lakeland Care partners with our men and women in blue to help save lives in our neighboring community.

CME Corner – Check out COMET’s new help section, and the weekly Thursday CME program returns.

Network News – Mark your calendars for the annual payor conference. Plus, insurance marketplace enrollments and Advance Practitioner credentialing wraps-up.

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Affirmant Health Partners – September 2017


The September 2017 issue of the Affirmant Health Partners Newsletter includes:

 

Message from the CEO – Current state of health care in America and Affirmant’s accomplishments thus far

Affirmant.com – 5 things to find on Affirmant’s new website

COMET Launch – Information on the launch of the 1st phase of COMET to Affirmant member providers

December Town Hall – Save the date for Affirmant’s 3rd Town Hall meeting at Henry Ford Allegiance Health on December 11th

Affirmant & Epic in the News  – Snippets from different news articles about Affirmant’s collaboration with Epic

Let’s Get Social! – Links to Affirmant’s LinkedIn and Twitter pages

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Affirmant Health Partners – August 2017


The August 2017 issue of the Affirmant Health Partners Newsletter includes:

Message from the CEO – Experiencing the solar eclipse and signing a contract with Epic to implement Constellation

Constellation Features and Benefits – Information on what Constellation is, and how it will transform our data “current state” across the CIN

COMET is Coming! – Advantages to utilizing COMET to push out information and training to member providers

Affirmant.com is Live – Information on the newly available Affirmant website

December Town Hall – Save the date for Affirmant’s 3rd Town Hall meeting at Henry Ford Allegiance Health

Post-Acute Care Workgroup  – Update on what the workgroup has been up to

Our Team is Growing! – New team members and promotions at Affirmant

August Video Blog – Link to Dr. Mayer’s video blog that talks about Epic Constellation

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Affirmant Health Partners – July 2017


The July 2017 issue of the Affirmant Health Partners Newsletter includes:

Message from the CEO – Update on recent work done by the Affirmant organization

Post-Acute Care Workgroup – Update on recent work from the group, along with goals and metrics to measure success

New Board Leadership – Announcement of Affirmant’s new executive team

Leadership Retreat: By the Numbers – Infographic describing evaluation results from Affirmant’s Leadership Retreat

August Town Hall – Details on joining Affirmant’s 2nd Town Hall meeting at Sparrow Health System

COMET is Coming!  – Information on the advantages to using COMET as Affirmant’s tool to push out training and information to participating physicians

Living Our Values: Collaboration – Example of collaboration that has occurred between member health systems

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Lakeland Care Network – Summer 2017


The Summer 2017 edition of the Lakeland Care Network (LCN) newsletter features:

Message from LCN Board Chairman and Medical Director, Ken O’Neill, MD – How provider documentation determines quality scores and reimbursement rates.

Quality and Care Management – Practice outreach, wave one results for “Lean for Clinical Redesign,”  and the patient experience year-to-date average for Lakeland Care Network.

Employer Services – The impact of lifestyle factors on disease.

CME Corner – Affirmant Health Partners is working with Lakeland Care COMET to provide educational CME activities. Plus, COMET has a new search feature. For your CME needs please visit, http://cometlearn.com.

Network News – Priority Health’s new authorization company and process, plus credentialing of advanced practitioners and the 2017-18 Lakeland medical Office Association (LMOA) season update.

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Affirmant Health Partners – June 2017


The June 2017 issue of the Affirmant Health Partners Newsletter includes:

Message from Affirmant CEO, Bill Mayer, MD – Brief recap of the May Leadership Retreat and what’s coming next in 2017.

2nd Annual Leadership Retreat Summary – Summary of the Leadership Retreat.

Post-Acute Care Workgroup – Discusses the recently formed committee that will work to identify and establish a best practice in post-acute care.

Leadership Award Winners – List of selected individuals from each health system that were chosen by the Affirmant team to receive awards in Accountability, Collaboration, Compassion, Knowledge, and Transformation categories.

What is a “Message Map” – Overview of Affirmant’s message map and what it is.

COMET is Coming!  – COMET will be the tool that Affirmant uses to communicate best practice training and other information to providers. More information to come.

August Town Hall  – Affirmant’s 2nd Town Hall Meeting will be hosted by Sparrow Health System on August 9th.

 

 

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Affirmant Health Partners – April 2017


The April 2017 issue of the Affirmant Health Partners Newsletter includes:

Message from Affirmant CEO, Bill Mayer, MD – The 2017 Affirmant Leadership Retreat and other network updates.

Leadership Retreat  –  Format and objectives for this year’s retreat.

Keynote Speaker  –  Brief biography and accomplishments of the Leadership Retreat’s Keynote Speaker, Dr. Elliot Fisher.

Leadership Retreat, Breakout Sessions  –  Topics of the different breakout sessions during the Leadership Retreat.

Analytics Workgroup  –  An update on the activities of the IT/BI Committee.

Collaboration Champions  –  List of the “Collaboration Champions” from each member health system that will be responsible for intercommunication opportunities and requests between members.

Vision, Mission, and Values  – Affirmant’s Vision, Mission, and Values, along with other elements that are vital to achieving success.

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Lakeland Care Network – Spring 2017


The Spring 2017 edition of the Lakeland Care Network (LCN) newsletter features:

Letter from Timothy Calhoun, Secretary/Treasurer, LCN and VP Finance and CFO, Lakeland Health – Moving toward a managed care solution

Quality and Care Management – MPRO, Physician Group Incentive Program (PGIP), Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), practice outreach, and LCN patient experience year-to-date averages

Employer Services – Lakeland myHealth Program 2017 action year and 2018 wellness incentive

CME Corner – Weekly CME programs are presented LIVE and by videoconference every Thursday at noon. For all of your CME needs please visit http://cometlearn.com

Network News – Benjamin Stockton, MD name new Credentials Committee Director, LCN Annual Board Meeting, and General Medical Staff dinner

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Affirmant Health Partners – March 2017


The March 2017 issue of the Affirmant Health Partners Newsletter includes:

Message from Affirmant CEO, Bill Mayer, MD – Becoming a “Super CIN” and finalizing contracts between local CINs and Affirmant.

Lighting a Fire for Transformation – Creation of the “fire triangle” to guide health care transformation.

Leader Spotlight – Brief biography and accomplishments of Mid-Michigan President and CEO, Diane Postler-Slattery.

Vision, Mission, Values – This month the board approved Affirmant’s vision, mission, and values and set goals for the future.

Affirmant Town Hall – Affirmant hosted its first ever “town hall” meeting at Lakeland on March 23rd.

Affirmant Spring Leadership Retreat  – Leadership Retreat is scheduled for May 31st at WMU’s Fetzer Center in Kalamazoo. Invites will go out the week of April 10th.

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Affirmant Health Partners – February 2017


Message from Affirmant CEO, Bill Mayer, MD – Discussion on the status of current health plan partnerships and how these partnerships relate to clinical transformation.

Leader Spotlight – Brief biography and accomplishments of Lakeland President and CEO, Dr. Loren Hamel

Affirmant Town Hall – Affirmant to host a “town hall” at Lakeland on March 23rd from 1-2 pm. The town hall will give team members an update on CIN progress and give members an opportunity to ask questions.

Primary Care in the News – Discusses transformational programs that support practices in delivering better care and achieving smarter spending. Features the article, “The Heroism of Incremental Care”.

IT/BI Update – Update on what the Information Technology and Business Intelligence Committees have been working on so far in 2017.

HQEP Webinar  – Overview of the Hospital Quality and Efficiency Program Webinar that was hosted by Navigant last month.

Affirmant Spring Leadership Retreat  – Save the date for the Spring Leadership Retreat, happening May 31, 2017 in Kalamazoo. More details to come.

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Affirmant Health Partners – January 2017


The January 2017 issue of the Affirmant Health Partners Newsletter includes:

Message from Affirmant CEO, Bill Mayer, MD – Discussion on why the name “Affirmant” was chosen for the CIN, and the overall strategy for 2017.

2016 Highlights – Overview of highlights from last year.

Leader Spotlight – Brief biography on Dennis Swan, the Chair of the Affirmant Health Partners Board.

The Affirmant Team is Growing – Affirmant Health Partners has added another team member. Learn more about her here.

Collaboration Champions – Identifies the Collaboration Champion at every member health system.

Affirmant Video – Learn more about the work and sharing of best practices that Affirmant is doing in this video, featuring Lakeland’s Chief Analytics Officer, Mike Getty.

SharePoint Update – Check out the newly launched SharePoint homepage.

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Lakeland Care Network – Winter 2017


The Winter 2017 edition of the Lakeland Care Network newsletter features:

Letter from Jim Nason, Executive Director, LCN – 2016 recap and 2017 outlook

Quality and Care Management – Patient satisfaction survey, Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), Quality Payment Program (QPP), and payor and BCBSM PGIP updates

Employer Services – myWeigh to Health is a new, year-round weight loss and lifestyle program

CME Corner – Lakeland Care CME has earned a six year Accreditation with Commendation from the Michigan State Medical Society. Weekly CME programs are presented LIVE and by video conference every Thursday at noon. For all of your CME needs please visit http://cometlearn.com

Network News – Monthly payor meeting information, and ways to stay connected with Lakeland Care Network

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Affirmant Health Partners – November/December 2016


The November/December 2016 issue of the Affirmant Health Partners Newsletter includes:

Message from Affirmant CEO, Bill Mayer, MD – Updates on Affirmant’s progress during its first year and projections for upcoming years.

2016 Year in Review – 15 of the most notable highlights from 2016.

New Logo Revealed – The new logo for Affirmant Health Partners is unveiled.

Federation ACO & CPC+ – Information on Accountable Care Organization (ACO) participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) and Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+).

SharePoint Update – New SharePoint site is almost ready to revealed.

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Affirmant Health Partners – October 2016


The October 2016 issue of the Affirmant Health Partners Newsletter includes:

Message from Affirmant CEO, Bill Mayer, MD – Collaboration between Local CIN Chapters

Analytics Workgroup – Overview of highlights from IT/BI Committee Meeting

Spectrum Health Joins Affirmant – Addition of Spectrum Health makes Affirmant Health Partners the largest Super CIN in Michigan.

Epic Meeting – Epic Systems’ president meets with Affirmant Health Partners Leadership.

BCBSM Bundled Payment Program – BCBSM is offering a bundled payment program for Total Joint Replacement.

Why Our Work Matters – There is a burning platform for why we are clinically integrating.

High Performing Teams – Member systems from around the state are coming together to support Affirmant Health Partners.

2016 – Finish Strong – Mapping out how we can finish the year strong.

SharePoint Update – SharePoint is getting a makeover.

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Lakeland Care Network – Fall 2016


The Fall 2016 edition of the Lakeland Care Network newsletter features:

Letter from Lowell Hamel, MD – Contracting strategy across Affirmant Health Partners

Quality and Care Management – Program update, EPIC upgrade, managing controlled medications, new Tableau software, Affirmant Health Partners Update, and Lakeland Care Network patient experience scores

Employer Services – Lakeland Care and Outpatient Nutrition partner to provide Medicare covered Intensive Behavioral Therapy (IBT) for obesity

CME Corner – Weekly CME programs are presented LIVE and by video conference every Thursday at noon. COMET has a new look and web address. For all of your CME needs please visit cometlearn.com

Network News – Credentialing of advanced practitioners, insurance marketplace changes, and Medicaid access to primary care providers

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Affirmant Health Partners – September 2016


The September 2016 issue of the Affirmant Health Partners Newsletter includes:

Message from Affirmant CEO, Bill Mayer, MD – Updates on the efforts of the Contracting Committee, the health plan contracts, and visits to local CIN chapters

New Network Name – The Federation Care Network is now Affirmant Health Partners. Learn more about what went into choosing the new name.

CPC+ – Explanation of the new Medicare program for primary care practices, Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+).

August Board Meeting – The Board of Managers met August 25th for their monthly meeting.

ACO Update – Affirmant Health Partners submitted its’ Accountable Care Organization (ACO) application for the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) in July. Learn more about what an ACO is in this section.

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Affirmant Health Partners – August 2016


The August 2016 issue of the Affirmant Health Partners Newsletter includes:

Message from Affirmant CEO, Bill Mayer, MD – Update on CIN activities during the summer of 2016

Clinical Integration – A concise way to explain a Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) and Affirmant Health Partners (formerly known as the Federation Care Network)

Affirmant ACO Board – The Affirmant Health Partners – formerly Federation Care Network – Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is up and running. First board meeting was hosted on July 14th.

Affirmant Team Additions – Our team doubled in size during the month of July. Learn more about our Director of Clinical Integration and Manager of Communication.

Leadership Retreat – The first ever leadership retreat was a success! Highlights included networking, sharing best practices, and promoting a spirit of collaboration.

Committee Structure – Committees are keeping busy working on advancing the vision of Affirmant Health Partners – formerly Federation Care Network. Learn more about each committee’s responsibilities.

July Board Meeting – The Board of Managers met for their first monthly meeting on July 28th.

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Lakeland Care Network – Summer 2016


The Summer 2016 edition of the Lakeland Care Network newsletter features:

Quality and Care Management – Care Coordination and Collaboration, Speak for Yourself – Plan Your Care advance care planning initiative, and PHO scores for patient satisfaction

Employer Services – Lakeland Care Network can certify your staff in CPR and BCLS for HCP

CME Corner – Regular scheduled programs on Thursdays at noon will return September 8, 2016. Please visit comet.lakelandcare.com for your CME needs

Network News – Professional Liability Insurance is available through MPIE

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Lakeland Care Network – Spring 2016


The Spring 2016 edition of the Lakeland Care Network newsletter features:

Quality and Care Management – Sullivan Luallin update, newly approved evidence based guidelines and protocols, and PGIP specialist Value-Based Reimbursement (VBR) program update

Employer Services – Lakeland Care Network has teamed up with Be Healthy Berrien to support worksite wellness programs in the greater Niles area

CME Corner – Live streaming now available for CME program

Network News – Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) update, you make the choice with four Medicaid Health Plans, and State of Illinois claims with Cigna

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Lakeland Care Network – Winter 2016


The first edition of the Lakeland Care Network newsletter features:

Quality and Care Management – PHO dashboard update, CMS update, changes to patient satisfaction survey, and patient centered medical home recognition

Employer Services – Establishing a blood-borne pathogen exposure control plan

CME Corner – Live streaming now available for CME program

Network News – Changes to re-credentialing requirements, secure healthcare messaging app, after hour surgery reminder, and MI Health Link payors reminder

 

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