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07/26/2013: CCC garners international interest

Students from Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany visit with Crimson Care Collaborative students and physicians regarding plans to open its first student-faculty practice.

12/07/2012: Transforming primary care

Primary Care practices throughout Partners HealthCare continue to embrace the process of practice redesign to achieve the patient-centered medical home model of care.

11/02/2012: Honoring the Primary Care community

The biannual Portraits in Primary Care series, created by the Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation, honored 12 members of the MGH Primary Care community this year.

06/29/2012: In General: 06.29.12

In General awards and honors

01/11/2012: Primary Inspiration

The Crimson Care Collaborative serves patients who don’t have a primary care doctor and tries to get medical students excited about primary care, a field many have shunned.

10/25/2011: Few Doctors, Nurses Report Asking Patients About What They Expect in Their Care

A team led by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have found that while a majority of doctors and nurses think it is important to check in with patients about what they expect to get from their care during a hospitalization, few have the training or awareness needed to ask the right questions.

10/17/2011: Massachusetts Tries to Rein In Its Health Costs

Legislative leaders and Gov. Deval Patrick, are working toward a plan that would encourage flat “global payments” to networks of providers for keeping patients well, replacing the fee-for-service system that creates incentives for excessive care by paying for each visit and procedure.

09/22/2011: University of Chicago Gets 42 Million Gift for Bucksbaum Institute

Nearly all medical schools teach the importance of listening to patients and showing empathy. But the Bucksbaum Institute is an ambitious effort to put compassion and empathy “on the same pedestal as science and technology.”

07/29/2011: Building healthier communities

To expand access to health care for patients in underserved urban and rural areas, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) awards scholarships and loan repayment plans to clinicians in exchange for at least two years of service in an area of need.

07/29/2011: Stoeckle Center scholars explore primary care careers

How does a medical school student learn what it’s really like to be a primary care physician? One way is through the Stoeckle Center Scholars program sponsored by the John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation.

06/02/2011: Helping terminal patients make tough choices

The news segment chronicled the experience of a patient diagnosed with advanced cancer as she and her family watched a video that provided information about advance care planning and end-of-life care options.

05/19/2011: Finding the Patient in a Sea of Guidelines

A more personalized approach to doctor's clinical guidelines can improve patient care while saving money.

03/28/2011: Dr. Suzanne Koven, When obesity is given too much weight in a diagnosis

Dr. Koven's new monthly column in The Boston Globe, "In Practice," highlighting the shared stories at the heart of medicine.

03/04/2011: Poster Child For Coming Health Reform: ‘Better Care Is Cheaper’

Older patients with multiple chronic diseases are the biggest consumers of health care; some 15 percent of Medicare patients make up over 75 percent of health care spending. Cutting the costs of their care is a must if the relentlessly rising health cost curve is ever to be bent — the goal of the next phase of Massachusetts reform.

02/24/2011: Michael Barry on CBS Evening News

The odds a doctor will recommend elective surgery may depend on where you live, according to a new study.

01/24/2011: The Hot Spotters

An important idea is getting its test run in America: the creation of intensive outpatient care to target hot spots, and thereby reduce over-all health-care costs.

01/01/2011: A Practical Guide to Teaching and Assessing the ACGME Core Competencies

Stoeckle Center Director of Programs for Communication Skills, Elizabeth Rider, MSW, MD, is a co-author.

12/14/2010: Idea Lab: Primary Care Crisis

More than 66 million people live in regions of the United States that have a shortage of primary care physicians. Learn what Harvard Medical School is doing to help by watching this video or reading about the new Harvard Center for Primary Care and join the conversation below.

09/08/2010: Health Care Reform: Is There a Doctor in the House?

Reform could strain, or possibly improve, the primary-care experience

09/08/2010: Health Care Reform: Is There a Doctor in the House?

Reform could strain, or possibly improve, the primary-care experience

08/06/2010: DNA Dilemma, Day Five: Time to Decide

Leigh Simmons, MD, a Stoeckle Center Physician Fellow, featured prominently in a recent Newsweek article (the last in a 5-part series) chronicling a reporter's decision process as she considers whether or not to take a genetic test: "DNA Dilemma: One Reporter's Weeklong Journey to Decide if She'll Take an At-Home Genetic Test." This installment in the series focused on the author's decision to consult several trusted Harvard doctors, one of them being Leigh. Leigh's ability to calm the author down, talk through options and reactions, and simply listen were highlighted as critical to the author's thought process and ultimate decision to take the genetic test. The author describes Leigh's approach as "not forcing her opinions...or trying to talk [her] out of taking the tests, but gently helping her decide what to do, if [she] wanted her to."

10/16/2009: The critical and evolving role of primary care

MGH Hotline 10.16.09 On Sept. 24, the John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation, the Harvard Primary Care Working Group and the Primary Care Division at Harvard Medical School (HMS) hosted a panel discussion, "Primary Care: The Foundation for Health Care Reform," as part of the 2009 Cabot Primary Care Lecture Series.

06/20/2009: The Myth of Prevention

A doctor explains why it doesn’t pay to stay well. Decoding what works, what falls short in Obama’s plans to reform health care

11/01/2010: Greetings & Salutations

Greetings and Salutations (Fall 2010)
Read about the Stoeckle Center's recent work!

05/01/2010: Greetings & Salutations (May 2010)

Greetings & Salutations (May 2010)
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07/30/2009: Annual Report 2008

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Read about the Stoeckle Center's work to revitalize primary care through education, research, and innovation.

06/22/2009: Greetings & Salutations #11

Greetings & Salutations #11
View the June/July newsletter, as well as the General Medicine Division (GMD) Transition News for June 2009.

Introduction to the Patient Centered Medical Home
05/01/2009: Introduction to the Patient Centered Medical Home

Medical Home video
Emmi Solutions produced this short video on the Medical Home.

BROCHURE: Primary Care: A Miracle of Modern Medicine
04/01/2009: BROCHURE: Primary Care: A Miracle of Modern Medicine

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[presented at the PCPCC meeting in DC on 4/28/09] Primary care: The foundation of our health care system may be the greatest miracle of modern medicine. Read more about the value of investing in primary care.

03/26/2009: Greetings & Salutations

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05/01/2008: Greetings and Salutations Newsletter May 2008

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Greetings and Salutations Newsletter May 2008

01/01/2008: Greetings and Salutations Newsletter January 2008

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01/01/2008: 2008 Seminar: Health Literacy and Its Impact on Risk, Quality and Patient Safety

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Sponsored by AIG and NPSF

01/01/2008: Shaping the Future of Primary Care: A Plan for Philanthropy

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12/31/2007: Annual Report 2007

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Read about the Stoeckle Center's work to revitalize primary care through education, research, and innovation.

Greeting and Salutations Newletter August 2007
08/01/2007: Greeting and Salutations Newletter August 2007

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06/01/2007: Greetings and Salutations Newsletter June 2007

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BROCHURE: Primary Care: A Miracle of Modern Medicine
06/01/2007: BROCHURE: Primary Care: A Miracle of Modern Medicine

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Primary care: The foundation of our health care system may be the greatest miracle of modern medicine. Read more about the value of investing in primary care.

05/01/2007: A Practical Guide to Teaching and Assessing the ACGME Core Competencies

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Learn more about this book and CD, authored by Elizabeth A. Rider, MSW, MD, FAAP; Ruth H. Nowatniak, MS, CTAGME; and Gary D. Smith, EdD. Plus, get at 10% discount!

04/01/2007: Greetings and Salutations Newsletter April 2007

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01/01/2007: Greetings and Salutations Newsletter January 2007

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01/01/2007: Stoeckle Center Brochure

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12/31/2006: Annual Report 2006

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Read about the Stoeckle Center's activities in 2006.

05/01/2006: Greetings and Salutations Newsletter May 2006

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03/01/2006: Greetings and Salutations Newsletter March 2006

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12/31/2005: Annual Report 2005

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Read about the Stoeckle Center's activities in 2005.

12/31/2004: Annual Report 2004

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11/03/2013: Celebration of Sisters - A Tribute to Marjorie E. and Jane E. Lipson

Join us on November 3 for Celebration of Sisters, a skating event to benefit the Marjorie E. & Jane E. Lipson Memorial Fund at the John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation at Mass General.

12/16/2011: Stoeckle Center Seminar

"Bringing Health Information to Life”

11/18/2011: Stoeckle Center Seminar

"Wellness and Prevention: The Work of Primary Care Now Valued"

11/03/2011: The Cabot Primary Care Lecture Series

“Writing for Patients and Consumer Health Publications”

06/24/2011: Stoeckle Center Seminar

"The APF After One Year"

06/17/2011: Schwartz Center Connections

Jacob Amari's Story

04/29/2011: Spring Morbidity and Mortality Conference

HIPAA, Confidentiality and Communication

04/20/2011: Schwartz Center Rounds for the Primary Care Community

“Random Acts of Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty”

04/15/2011: Schwartz Center Connections

Systems and Culture Chaos: Ana Delgado's Story

03/25/2011: Stoeckle Center Seminar

“HIT and the Medical Home”

02/25/2011: Stoeckle Center Seminar

"The Patient-Centered Medical Home: What's In It for You!"

02/18/2011: Winter Morbidity and Mortality Conference

"Irreconcilable Differences: What's in your pill box?"

02/08/2011: Schwartz Center Connections

Daleesha Brown's Story

01/21/2011: Schwartz Center Connections

"Let's get another opinion" - The case of Olga Ivanov

01/19/2011: Schwartz Center Rounds

"Grace and Grit: How the Death of a Patient Impacts the Care Team?”

12/14/2010: Schwartz Center Connections

Stephen Bloom Story

11/19/2010: Ambulatory M&M Conference

"The Keys to Quality Care: Connecting the Dots vs. Falling Through the Cracks"

11/17/2010: Schwartz Center Rounds

“Blackmailed Into Care”

10/22/2010: Stoeckle Center Seminar

"A Trauma-informed Approach to the Health of Young Black Men"

10/21/2010: Cabot Lecture

“Wrong Place, Wrong Time: the lingering effects of violence and trauma."

10/20/2010: Schwartz Center Rounds

"Paralyzed, Helpless, and Struggling to Care"

10/07/2010: Primary Care Knowledge Sharing Dinner

Presentation by Thomas Lee, MD, CEO of PCHI and Partners Network President, on future directions for Primary Care at Partners.

09/24/2010: Stoeckle Center Seminar

"A 22-year-old woman with jaundice and fever: A case of undiagnosed error"

06/25/2010: Stoeckle Center Seminar

"Enhancing E.M.P.A.T.H.Y in Healthcare Delivery"

06/17/2010: Primary Care Knowledge Sharing Dinner

"Creating Flow in the Ambulatory Setting": Lessons learned from the Virginia Mason Institute.

05/28/2010: Stoeckle Center Seminar

"Creating a Workplace Culture that Fosters Relationship-Centered Care"

05/27/2010: Cabot Lecture

“The Effect of the Practice Environment on Well-being (The Patient’s AND Yours!)”

05/26/2010: Knowledge Sharing Dinner

“Leadership and Team-building”

04/23/2010: Stoeckle Center Seminar

"Medication Safety and Transitions in Care: The Role of the PCP"

03/26/2010: Stoeckle Center Seminar

"RED, BOOST, and You: Improving the Discharge Transition of Care"

01/09/2010: Difficult Conversations in Healthcare: Pedagogy and Practice

We invite you to participate in a one-day faculty development course. The course will be offered again on Saturday, June 12, 2010.

12/16/2009: Schwartz Center Rounds

Clinician/Patient Boundaries: Do We Need Them and Why?

11/20/2009: Stoeckle Center Seminar

Clinical Pharmacist in a Primary Care Setting: An "Indispensable" Role

10/28/2009: Schwartz Center Rounds

“Transition of Care in the Midst of Patient Crisis”

10/22/2009: The Cabot Primary Care Lecture Series

“Community Health Centers: America’s Health Care Home”

09/25/2009: Stoeckle Center Seminar

“The Integrated Approach to the Diagnosis and Management of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder”

09/24/2009: The Cabot Primary Care Lecture Series

“Primary Care: The Foundation for Health Care Reform”

06/26/2009: Stoeckle Center Seminar

Working with Alzheimer's Patients and Their Families in Primary Care

05/27/2009: Schwartz Center Rounds

“The Alone Factor of the Primary Care Physician””

04/22/2009: Schwartz Center Rounds

“The Pros and Cons of Cons and Pros: The Drug-demanding Patient”

04/16/2009: The Cabot Primary Care Lecture Series

“Doctors, Patients, and Stories…The Role of Narrative in Medicine”

03/27/2009: Stoeckle Center Seminar

Reclaiming the Science (and Soul) of Primary Care: The Commercial Influence on Medical Knowledge and Clinical Care Can No Longer Be Ignored.

03/26/2009: The Cabot Primary Care Lecture Series

“Reclaiming the Science (and Soul) of Primary Care: The Commercial Influence on Medical Knowledge and Clinical Care Can No Longer Be Ignored.

03/25/2009: Schwartz Center Rounds

The Insatiable Mistress

02/27/2009: Stoeckle Center Seminar

“Primary Care Redesign: Curing What Ails Health Care”

02/26/2009: Cabot Primary Care Lecture Series

The Global Solution: Primary Care = International Health

01/30/2009: Stoeckle Center Seminar

“Health Reform, the Obama Administration and the 111th Congress”

01/29/2009: The Cabot Primary Care Lecture Series

“The Future of Primary Care”

01/21/2009: Schwartz Center Rounds

“When Good Intentions Lead to Bad Outcomes”

09/26/2008: Stoeckle Center Seminar

“Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer"

Ambulatory Practice of the Future: Virtual Tour

While the APF is under construction, you can take this virtual tour and see what the practice will look like!

Portraits in Primary Care Slideshow

See the Portraits in Primary Care honorees receive their awards at the MGH Primary Care Community Showcase on November 1, 2010.

Primary Care Showcase Slideshow

Images captured during the Stoeckle Center's tenth anniversary event: the MGH Primary Care Community Showcase at the Holiday Inn on November 1, 2010.

Building a Medical Neighborhood: Improving Access and Teamwork

Images captured during the Building a Medical Neighborhood: Improving Access and Teamwork conference at the Conference Center at Waltham Woods on September 21, 2011.