Maine Quality Counts (MQC), a multi-stakeholder regional health improvement collaborative and previous Foundation grantee, will lead an effort focused on Maine’s Midcoast and Greater Bangor regions to reduce the use of antibiotics for adult bronchitis, diagnostic testing for low back pain and prescriptions for benzodiazepines for adults 60 and over.
MQC will rely on community organizing principles to promote culture change within each region, working withlocal partners and statewide organizations:
- Maine Medical Association
- Maine Osteopathic Association
- Consumers for Affordable Healthcare
- Maine Area Agencies on Aging
Provider partners in the Midcoast region:
Provider partners in Greater Bangor:
Key clinician interventions include educational sessions and networking meetings, the identification of “clinical champions” in both primary care and specialty settings, the use of point-of-care decision-support tools and reminders, and measurement and periodic performance feedback.
The project team will seek to reach consumers through a strategy designed to raise broad public awareness by bringing messages about Choosing Wisely into a range of community settings, including public libraries, schools, churches, businesses, civic organizations and neighborhood groups.
- Watch a video interview with MQC’s Executive Director Lisa Letourneau, MD and Kellie Slate Vitcavage.
- “Choosing Wisely and State Innovation Models Align in Maine” from Updates From The Field, Sept. 2014
- “Choosing Wisely Changing How Maine Health Systems and Practices Deliver Care” from Updates From The Field, July 2014