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Orange City Area Health System’s Family Medicine Clinic in Orange City has been identified as a Pinnacle level practice in the Transforming Clinical Practice initiative (TCPi) through Compass PTN (Practice Transformation Network).

The Transforming Clinical Practice initiative is designed to help clinicians achieve large-scale health transformation in primary and specialty care settings. The Orange City Medical Clinic – one of four family practice clinics owned and operated by Orange City Area Health System – has successfully adapted and developed its comprehensive quality improvement strategies to meet these transformation goals. The Orange City Medical Clinic “has merged person and family engagement (PFE) into their practice which encourages the patient and their family to partner with the medical staff in their care,” according to Compass PTN. The Orange City Medical Clinic has also incorporated additional quality metrics and utilization metrics for national comparison and evaluation.

PTNs are peer-based learning networks designed to coach, mentor, and assist clinicians in developing core competencies that are specific to practice transformation. Compass PTN has identified the top 5 percent of enrolled practices based on reporting and phase progression as TCPi enters its fourth and final year. TCPi is one of the largest federal investments uniquely designed to support clinical practices through nationwide, collaborative, and peer-based learning networks. “The Orange City Medical Clinic has hardwired effective changes and identified best practices throughout their phase progression in the program which has allowed them to excel to the top 5 percent of enrolled practices,” reports Compass.

In 2015, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) was one of 39 organizations selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation to participate in the TCPi. Orange City Area Health System joined IHC and the TCPi process in July 2016. In addition to the Pinnacle Practice Award, the Orange City Medical Clinic has been awarded funding by IHC in Electronic Health Record Enhancement and Medication Management Accelerator.

“Health care has been transitioning from volume to value in recent years,” commented Marty Guthmiller, CEO of Orange City Area Health System. “These awards recognize our success to date in improving patient outcomes – and doing so efficiently.”

Guthmiller added, “We remain committed to the adoption of best practices for the benefit of our patients and caregivers alike.”

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