How PTNs Are Leading Community-Wide Efforts

New Hampshire has one of the highest per capita rates of opiod addiction in the country. In his role as Practice Improvement Facilitator for the New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative, Matt Humer works with providers and practices who are on the front lines of the crisis. He says a critical success factor is connecting prevention and treatment efforts across medical and community services. This includes addressing challenges such as unemployment in rural areas. He has found the HealthDoers Network to be an invaluable resource for collaborating in person and virtually with likeminded stakeholders who are facing the same issues across the country.

“Start those conversations in person and then provide us with an opportunity to follow up, gain resources, and continue to build online. That hybrid model is really helpful,” says Matt.

Matt works primarily with behavioral health groups to integrate new approaches into local practices across the practice transformation network (PTN) he helps lead. After attending the HealthDoers “Leading Transformation Efforts to Improve Health” conference in August of 2017, he felt equipped with a toolbox of resources to share with professionals in his home state. His is working to connect these professionals with resources outside of New Hampshire to move this important integration work forward.

“Everyone is going through a scary time with the realigning of healthcare,” says Matt. “If we can find people who have been successful at, it people will feel better.”

Rather than fearing the unknown, Matt feels the assistance provided by HealthDoers in moving toward MACRA and a Quality Payment Program model will really help clinicians begin to practice with joy again. Appropriate support through programs like the PTN are key to ensuring success under these alternative payment models.

“I know very few clinicians who became a doctor because they love paperwork,” says Matt. “By us being able to come in with curated resources and experts, that allows them to focus back on why they went into medicine.”


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