Participating Improving Patient Care Program (IPC) sites that have completed the IPC collaborative and successfully implement the key improvement methodologies are encouraged to join the IPC Quality and Innovation Learning Network (QILN). QILN provides on-going support and learning for Indian Health Service/Tribal/Urban (I/T/U) programs that are committed to the provision of an accessible and patient-centered system of care that provides safe, timely, effective, efficient, and equitable care.
The IPC Care Model serves as a framework to guide the creation of and recognition for the development of patient-centered medical homes. A major focus of QILN is to encourage ongoing changes in the health care system that will improve the health of patients and communities, improve health care services, and reduce associated costs. While IPC methodology does not guarantee accreditation or certification, QILN provides a supportive environment and applicable framework for organizational transformation supporting facility-level recognition, certification or accreditation as a patient-centered medical home model through a number of state and national organizations such as the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) or the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc (AAAHC).
All I/T/U organizations that have participated in a previous IPC Collaborative and include individuals who understand improvement concepts, methodologies, and tools. I/T/U sites that have already achieved NCQA recognition as Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Homes or the equivalent will be encouraged to participate.
The QILN is designed to address the needs of primary care practices in a rapidly changing health care environment. Meaningful Use, the Medical Home, Advanced Primary Care, Patient and Family Centered Care, and Electronic Health Records all constitute new challenges for office practices, yet they also present new opportunities. When equipped with foundational skills, and knowledge, organizations that have a will to change and improve can thrive in this new environment and will learn how to transform their systems of care in a way that will lead to better, sustainable results.
To help primary care practices adapt and succeed, the QILN is designed to bring together the best knowledge available on high leverage and innovative changes for primary care transformation and subsequent patient centered medical home recognition, the content of which includes:
Multiple opportunities for like-minded organizations and peer group innovators to share common goals, standards, measures, and practices are available. Methods to creatively collaborate, share knowledge, and network include:
Approaches consist of:
QILN is an ongoing learning community, without a specific start and end time. Following the completion of each IPC collaborative, there is likely to be an influx of new organizations to the QILN.