Sharing our ALL/PHASE Heart Project with Safety Net Partners
The sharing of Kaiser Permanente’s ALL/PHASE cardio-protection project with safety net providers has produced striking results among low-income and vulnerable populations of diabetic patients since the safety net dissemination program began in 2006. A simple, inexpensive, evidence-based regimen of medications (Aspirin, Lisinopril, and a Lipid-lowering medication [statin]) that dramatically reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke among diabetics, the ALL/PHASE program, winner of the 2010 James A. Vohs Award for Quality, will be featured in a new video and workshop at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement-sponsored December 4-7, National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care in Orlando, Fla..
The workshop will feature lessons from the Kaiser Permanente-supported ALL/PHASE implementation at the Clinica Family Health Services clinics in the Denver/Boulder metropolitan area. Diabetic patients at Clinica’s four regional clinics have achieved 15 percent better control of blood sugars than the national average Medicaid populations, and 34 percent better control of blood pressure than the overall U.S. population. Clinica’s outstanding outcomes among its 40,000 mostly low-income, Latino patients were recently featured in an article in The New England Journal of Medicine, which hailed the organization’s primary care redesign and incorporation of the Chronic Care Model as a prime example of the successful transformation of a safety net organization into a patient-centered medical home.