At the Cabin Creek Health System, we’ve had the amazing opportunity to shadow primary care providers (PA, MD & LCSW) who work in a truly integrated care model. We’ve been able to shadow some of the Emory NP students who see patients, and gain insight into our futures next summer. It’s been great getting to know them at the clinic and in the evenings over dinner. Plus, we’ve been fortunate to see how involved and committed the MA’s (medical assistants) are in patient interaction, documentation and teamwork with providers. Even the administrators seem part of the team, and the overall vibe is very egalitarian. Basically, this health system seems like a dream primary care clinic.
The administrators asked us to develop a QI project addressing the sudden increase in Hepatitis C cases across their system (about 4 or 5 clinics). So far, researched Hep C evidence and information from CDC, USPSTF, the state of WV and PubMed; we’ve interviewed two providers who have seen many of these cases at the main clinic; drafted an initial flowchart about screening and care management for providers; drafted patient interview questions; and started planning a brief (5 min) presentation defining the problem and summarizing site-specific data to all staff at the weekly huddle next Tuesday.
And after all these good things…we also toured a mine, ate some of the best pizza in the Southeast and hiked the New River Gorge!