March 2016 QuickNotes
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Northwest Regional Primary Care Association

Timely News for Region X

March 2016 QuickLinks
Why the Medical Home Matters
The Decline and Fall of "Pay for Performance"
Suite 330 News
Career Center
Region X Highlights
Professional Development
Thank you to our Annual Sponsors


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HomeStreet Bank



Community Health Plan of Washington




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 Featured Articles

Why the Medical Home Matters


Chris Espersen, MSPH, Independent Consultant 


Take a minute to think about a really great experience with healthcare, or a really bad one. This is what I would tell new hires during new employee orientation. We had integrated a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) overview into orientation so that new team members could join us on the journey that we had already come so far on.


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The Decline and Fall of "Pay for Performance"


Ed Ura, MAIR, JD, President, Merces Consulting Group


Your new hire looks to be a promising employee. “Ron” came to you with a strong resume and enough relevant experience to suggest that he is the kind of employee you see as a long-term, steady provider. Your human resources director explains your “merit pay” plan, and Ron has every intention of far exceeding expectations and getting a 5 or maybe even 6 or 7 percent increase each year. What neither of them (or probably anyone at the CHC) understands is that this compensation plan is already doomed to failure. It is tied to a flawed method of budgeting for people. Even if Ron “far exceeds expectations,” it will take him five years to reach only the median of the market. You will be lucky to keep him beyond four years. The good news is that it is absolutely possible to design a merit increase matrix that will work and achieve the objectives of pay for performance. The formula is simple, if you’re willing to shift your paradigm.


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NWRPCA welcomes readers to submit articles in response to our features.

Suite 330: News from NWRPCA »

Call for Award Nominations 


Two individual NWRPCA awards are given at our Annual Membership Meeting at the Spring Primary Care Conference in May. View past recipients on the NWRPCA website.


Legacy Award: Honors an individual who has dedicated his/her career to solving the problems of health, poverty and human rights and who has contributed toward the mission and recognition of community and migrant health centers in the Northwest region. Nominate someone

Summit Award: Honors an individual within the NWRPCA membership who has reached a singular level of achievement in a particular area of expertise or service. The 2016 Summit Award is given to an outstanding leader of the integration of social determinants of health within a health center. Nominate someone

NWRPCA Staff Learns about Member Health Centers


Each month Member Services posts interesting information and photos for a different health center in Region X. During March, our team is learning all about Heritage Health in Idaho.


Abbreviated QuickNotes this Spring


NWRPCA Member Services Coordinator, Alyssa Panning, will be on maternity leave for the next three months.  Don't worry, you'll still receive QuickNotes, it will just be a shorter version. Stay tuned for information about our upcoming conferences and trainings!

Professional Development

NWRPCA Opportunities 

Creating a Health Benefits Package for Recruitment and Retention: Innovative Options that Will Save


April 13, 1:00-2:00pm PST


This 60-minute webinar (which includes 15 minutes for Q&A) will introduce an innovative way CHCs can strengthen their healthcare benefits packages to be more attractive to current and potential staff. Specific guidance will be provided on how to create improved, customized insurance plans that meet the needs of CHC employees, while also saving valuable – and much needed – dollars for both employers and employees.


Learn more and register


Spring Primary Care Conference


May 14-17 in Anchorage, AK


Keynote Speaker: Valerie “Nurr’araaluk” Davidson, Commissioner,

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services


Learn more about the Spring Conference


Sponsor and advertiser opportunities are available for the conference. Learn more about these fantastic ways to interact and network with healthcare professionals from across the Northwest.


Call for Abstracts for Fall Primary Care Conference


October 15-18 in Denver, CO


The abstract portal for the 2016 Fall Primary Care Conference is open.


The deadline for speaker proposals is Friday, June 17, 2016.


The 2016 CHAMPS/NWRPCA Fall Primary Care Conference, in partnership with WCN, provides education and training, information and resource sharing, coalition building, and program and policy development for like-minded community health professionals and their partners. Read more about past Fall Primary Care Conferences here


Submit an abstract


Introduction to Community Health Centers, an interactive, dynamic and easy-to-complete online course, allows you to dive deeper into the world of community health centers (CHCs), exploring the history of the health justice and health equity movement and the roles and responsibilities of the current CHC. More than 50 years later, CHCs are the critical primary care access points for underserved populations in the United States today.


Take the course here

Webinar Series Available Now


Grant Writing: Plan for Your Next SAC or NAP Grant


The series will take the participants through the latest SAC grant guidance and identify what the reviewers are looking for in terms of compliance in each section. The presentation breaks down which sections in the SAC narrative, budget, forms and attachments are used to measure grantee compliance with each of the 19 Program Requirements.


19 Program Requirements – Beyond the Site Visit


The series examines each requirement, with a focus on operationalizing compliance activities to ensure readiness for site visits, competitive grant applications and reduce the threat of conditions on grant awards.

Opportunities from Our Learning Connections Partners


American Cancer Society and the WA State Department of Health 


March 25, 2016 at the Conference Center at Sea-Tac


The full-day program features research, success stories, and breakout sessions about evidence-based interventions working across our state, disparities in screening, diagnosis and treatment among underserved populations, and how we can collectively strengthen efforts to improve Washington’s CRC screening rates. Roundtable participants include clinic managers, providers, insurers, and quality professionals.  


Learn more about the roundtable


National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Spring Regional Training


March 31-April 1, 2016
Denver, CO

Health Care for the Homeless experts across the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains regions of the United States will offer tailored education to clinicians, administrators, consumers, and advocates of homeless health care services. 


Learn more


11th Annual Medical-Legal Partnership Summit "Health is a Shared Value"


National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
April 6-8, 2016 in Indianapolis, IN

Each spring, the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership hosts a national conference that brings together hundreds of leaders in government, law, medicine, nursing, public health and social work to share ideas, insights and best practices about how integrating legal care into health care can help combat health-harming social conditions.


Learn more

Find more professional development opportunities on the NWRPCA trainings page

NWRPCA Career Center »
NWRPCA helps more than 5,000 job seekers find great career opportunity listings.

Director of Quality, Reporting and Risk Management


Moses Lake Community Health Center


Moses Lake, WA


Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner


Mosaic Medical


Bend, OR 


Clinical Supervisor (RN)


Seward Community Health Center


Seward, AK


Family Practice Physician with OB


Family Health Services


Burley, ID


Region X Highlights 

Brought to you by Jones and Roth  



Student athletes can get free sports physicals from Seward Community Health Center. Read announcement




A simple prescription for treating chronic conditions – exercise - has been such a success in North Idaho that Kroc Rx, which started as a brainstorm from Dr. Joseph Abate, medical director of Heritage Health, could soon go nationwide. Read full article




Investigators from the Oregon Health Authority, Department of Environmental Quality, and Multnomah County Health Department to provide an update on Portland air toxics. Read full article




Unplanned expenses have postponed construction plans at Lake Roosevelt Community Health Centers. Read full article.


Funding Opportunity: Telehealth Network Grant Program - Improve Access to Quality Health Care Services in Rural, Frontier, and Underserved Communities

See this funding announcement and more on the HRSA funding page


National Public Health Week is April 4-10, 2016


View the NPHW website to see the NPHW Toolkit, Facts for the Week, and other resources.

QuickNotes is the newsletter of Northwest Regional Primary Care Association. Each issue features a variety of information about community health, member news and spotlights, and important funding and workforce listings.


We welcome your comments and feedback as well as your news items. Please email us your thoughts and your news, resources and opportunities to share. 


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U58CS06846, "S/RPCAs," total award $950K, with 65% of program funded by nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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