Moving towards value-based care within our healthcare system is a significant shift from the way many providers have been trained, especially if they have been in the workforce for longer than a few years. This is especially true in light of healthcare reform and the changes have already happened - and those set to come. An aging population, more patients entering the system, and a shortage of healthcare workers all point to a strong need to revamp the way we provide and manage care for patients. As such, there is a critical need to bridge the gap between the competencies of the current and emerging health care workforce and the requirements of a fully-transformed system of care in Delaware.
To support this important transition towards value-based and patient-centered care, the Delaware Center for Health Innovation (DCHI) has established five initiatives to ensure that Delaware becomes one of the five healthiest states in the nation, with workforce education and re-learning as one major priority moving into 2017. Beginning last month (January 2017), DCHI has launched the Workforce Learning and Re-Learning Curriculum, developed and implemented by the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences. Offered at no cost to healthcare providers around the state, the Workforce Learning and Re-Learning Curriculum is designed to give practice teams the information and resources they need to stay in front of new payment models and shift toward team-based care. Watch the first pre-work webinar by clicking the link below.
DCHI encourages voluntary participation in the free evidence-based curriculum, which serves to strengthen workforce competencies, especially when it comes to interdisciplinary care coordination, extend collaboration learning communities, and prepare all clinical and office staff to effectively use new value-based payment systems such as MIPS and APMs. Secondarily, DCHI hopes that primary care teams who go through the curriculum together will collectively be more engaged and committed to the idea of practice transformation and a move towards patient-centered care.
With six standalone modules making up the core curriculum (designed primarily for primary care practices) and eight standalone population health sessions serving a wide range of disciplines, the Workforce Learning and Re-Learning Curriculum will offer a broad swath of educational opportunities for any Delaware provider who seeks to create a more efficient and effective practice. Ideally, those who attend all of the modules and sessions will benefit the most, but each can stand on its own for those who want a specific training. In addition, practice transformation services are offered at no cost to practices, including practice transformation coaches. As an additional resource to practices, practice transformation coaching services are offered at no cost, through DCHI. The Learning & Re-Learning Curriculum is designed to complement those efforts.
DCHI encourages all practices that are struggling with the increasing demands of healthcare reform and wanting to develop a more efficient - and employee-friendly - approach to patient-centered care to visit the Workforce Learning and Re-Learning Curriculum website. With more details on each of the modules and registration, this website is the first stop for those who want to transform their practice.