A project incubated at UCSD promises to deliver better outcomes for stroke patients in San Diego County and help physicians collaborate in adopting best practices proven to prevent heart attacks and strokes. The group is looking for broader engagement among the San Diego healthcare community, particularly independent practice associations (IPAs).
‘Be There San Diego’ is bringing together medical groups, health systems, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, and other healthcare professionals to eliminate heart attacks and strokes in San Diego County.
Kitty Bailey, executive director of the program, told PNN the organization is hoping to grow its membership and is particularly interested in engaging with the IPAs.
She said the project came into existence as a way for local healthcare providers to come together to openly discuss how to address the issue of low Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) scores when it comes to preventing and treating strokes and heart attacks in San Diego. HEDIS is a tool used by more than 90% of America’s health plans to measure performance on important dimensions of care and service.
The collaboration has been incredible, according to Bailey. “We are all about bringing healthcare providers together,” she told PNN. “It was about coming together as a group and really work, take off our individual entities’ hats, and work together to solve a problem.”
The first thing that happened when the pilot project was launched, said Bailey, was the “University of Best Practices” monthly luncheon series, which is now a part of the Be There project. Bailey calls it a “safe space,” a “non-combat zone” monthly luncheon, and says it includes formal lectures as well as informal time for one-on-one conversation among local clinical leadership. “We also go back and forth between having presentations from the local groups about what they are doing, what they are learning, and bringing outside experts to talk about what other parts of the country are doing, what is happening with technology.”
Bailey said that everyone has been very willing to share their data, what is working and what is not working, in order to help develop best practices and adopt the guidelines that can benefit everyone.
“For Arch Health Partners, the Be There San Diego Simplified Hypertension Treatment Approach has helped us develop our own internal guidelines for hypertension to improve blood pressure control and ultimately prevent heart attacks and strokes in our patients,” said Scott Flinn, MD, medical director of Arch Health Partners.