Regional solutions for regional environments!
While testing a statewide model of healthcare delivery transformation, Idaho is relying on primary care providers to practice patient-centered and effectively coordinated care. This coordination of care is impossible without mobilizing the complete medical/health neighborhood in which patient resides - specialists, hospitals, behavioral health professionals, long term care providers, pharmacists, social service agencies and community based organizations, just to name a few. At the local level, Idaho’s seven Public Health Districts will serve as the main facilitators of the regional effort to address goals and objectives enumerated by the SHIP. They will assist and support primary care practices (PCPs) in the transformation to become patient-centered medical homes (PCMH), convene and support Regional Health Collaboratives and work with the stakeholders to organize and advance greater connection between medical/health neighbors in the region.
The Regional Collaboratives (RC) will facilitate development of the medical neighborhoods to strengthen patient care coordination and will convene a regional stakeholder advisory collaborative group. The RC stakeholder advisory collaborative group will have direct input to the IHC through the PHD directors and RC collaborative chairs so regional and local concerns can be raised at the state level. In the management of RCs, Idaho’s PHDs will lead integration of public health and population management into the model, and will bring an intimate familiarity with local healthcare resources to developing the medical neighborhood. Communities will participate in community needs assessments and will work with the RCs to align specific performance metrics for the PCMHs in their region with identified areas of need.