Friday, June 29, 2012

Grant helps transform primary care

Fosburgh, at left, and Cohen

The MGH General Medicine Division recently was honored with a $1 million grant from the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care to help transform primary care within MGH practices. The goal is to improve the quality of care and improve staff, patient and family satisfaction, while reducing costs. A unique component of the project is the participation of medical students and residents in primary care innovation and transformation.

“This grant has come at a perfect time. There are a lot of initiatives going on right now at the MGH that support this type of redesign, particularly with the Partners Strategic Initiative,” says Blair Fosburgh, MD, associate program director of the MGH Internal Medicine Residency Program, who serves as the grant’s principal investigator. “It’s exciting because all the changes will be things that move us toward a patient-centered medical home.”

The grant has been matched by the MGH with an additional $1 million in funding and will help primary care staff pilot new strategies to identify best practices, which can then be shared throughout the institution. Over the course of two years, the project will address four main components: team-based care, population management, management of high-risk patients and patient empowerment/behavior change. Fosburgh says medical students and residents will play a key role in the redesign effort, providing them with valuable opportunities to participate in quality improvement and operational research.

“We will create a practice environment that demonstrates the excitement and fulfillment of delivering high-quality primary care and enables trainees to develop the skills to lead effective and satisfying primary care careers,” says Marya Cohen, MD, MPH, an internist at MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center, who serves as the project’s co-investigator.

In addition to the General Medicine Division and Chelsea HealthCare Center, collaborators for the project include the Division of Internal Medicine, the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Internal Medicine Associates. For more information, email

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