KPWHRI researchers team up with partners from care delivery to present their collaborative work at the December 2018 LHS Program All Hands Luncheon.
The LHS Program is leading an Integrated Pain Management Program Pilot that aims to provide safe alternatives to opioids and increase the use of evidence-based, patient-centered non-pharmacologic approaches to chronic pain. Specific program objectives include:
Predictive analytics can improve clinical and operational decision making by identifying meaningful patterns in complex electronic health record (EHR) and claims data. The LHS Program brings scientists together with care delivery partners to design and implement predictive models to improve outcomes such as flu vaccination among high-risk members.
During the 2018/19 flu season, and LHS Program team piloted a predictive risk model to identify members who were at high risk for influenza-related complications, followed by outreach to encourage vaccination for these members. This brief, low-cost, targeted intervention was associated with increased vaccine uptake among high-risk patients. Based on these findings, Kaiser Permanente Washington has adopted this intervention systemwide. (See story by KING 5 News, Dec. 2, 2019.)
Through the LHS Program, other predictive models are being developed to:
In other advanced analytics work, a team of researchers, data experts, and clinical leaders is using variation analysis to improve quality and affordability by reducing variation and utilization of low-value care. This work is focused on the highest cost, highest burden health conditions across our region.
Implementation scientists at KPWHRI are working with behavioral health experts at Kaiser Permanente Washington to define the core components of the new CRS role, support its implementation through practice facilitation and technical assistance, and document best practices and scale-up strategies. (The CRS is a primary care team member who connects patients with community-based resources to help them carry out the care plan be active in their own care.)
An LHS Program team is also leading a comprehensive evaluation of the impact of the CRS on patient and care team outcomes. The goal of the evaluation is to use lessons learned to enhance program effectiveness at scale and to inform ongoing decision-making about the CRS program. The quantitative evaluation is underway, with more than 1,100 baseline surveys completed with members. As of November, the qualitative evaluation team had also completed four site visits and began conducting interviews with CRSs. Patient interviews are scheduled to start in early 2020.
KING 5 News, Dec. 2, 2019
Puget Sound Business Journal, Sept. 13, 2019
Claire Allen, an implemenation expert and LHS core team member, shares her poster describing the 27 core constructs that an LHS program can use to assess readiness and measure the program’s progress and impact. View poster.
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