May 31, 2018--News for SCCN Providers, Staff & Supporters

Welcome to the Spring edition of The Triple Aim, Seattle Children's Care Network's e-newsletter. We value your work to advance SCCN's clinical integration goals: to increase quality and improve patient and family experience while controlling costs.



SCCN Accredited as Clinically Integrated Network

In April, SCCN earned URAC accreditation in Clinical Integration. This achievement marks only the second such designation in the US for a pediatric system of care.

Since 2014, SCCN has pursued the Triple Aim of enhancing patient outcomes, controlling costs and improving the patient experience. The URAC standards align with FTC regulations, ensuring that we as a network are in compliance with their pro-patient, anti-trust guidance. To demonstrate that we met URAC’s detailed clinical integration standards, we submitted more than 1,000 pages of documentation.

Sandy Melzer, MD is Executive Vice President of Networks and Population Health at Seattle Children’s. He led the initial development of SCCN.

“The URAC certification is an important validation of all the work that we’ve done to integrate our hospital specialists and primary care physicians to help us become the most valued manager of pediatric lives in the Pacific Northwest,” said Dr. Melzer. “We are pleased that the Seattle Children’s Care Network now is recognized as having the proper infrastructure to support a wider range of value-based arrangements focused on accomplishing the Triple Aim.”

Please read our Press Release to learn more.

Maintenance of Certification Update

In September, SCCN launched its first Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 4 project, covering our Preventive Protocol.

A third of all SCCN providers, spanning seven practices, have registered for an MOC quality improvement project. Selected interventions include phone and text reminders for scheduling, use of presumptive language and panel management to encourage vaccination and improve on-time well-checks.

SCCN provides monthly run charts to each participating practice to enable them to track progress. Bainbridge Pediatrics has completed its MOC project, while North Seattle, South Sound, Olympia, Woodinville and Richmond Pediatrics are about half way through theirs. Allegro Pediatrics kicked off their MOC project in March with about 55 providers registered to participate.

“We are excited to support your fantastic efforts to improve rates of timely preventive visits and vaccination,” said Sheryl Morelli, MD, SCCN Chief Medical Officer.

Shout Out to SCCN Practices Recognized by Immunize Washington

A number of SCCN practices recently received awards from Immunize Washington for their high vaccination rates. Congratulations to providers and staff at the following clinics!
Gold Award (80%+ coverage for 2- and 3-year-olds)
  • Ballard Pediatrics
  • Mercer Island Pediatrics
  • North Seattle Pediatrics
  • Richmond Pediatrics
Silver Award (70-79% coverage for 2- and 3-year-olds)
  • Allegro Pediatrics clinics in Bothell, Factoria, Issaquah Highlands, Redmond, Redmond Ridge, Sammamish and Totem Lake
  • Bainbridge Pediatrics
  • Olympia Pediatrics
  • Richmond Pediatrics
  • Skagit Pediatrics
  • South Sound Pediatrics
Bronze Award (70%+ for adolescents only)
  • Ballard Pediatrics
  • Mercer Island Pediatrics
  • Richmond Pediatrics
  • Skagit Pediatrics
  • South Sound Pediatrics
Full results are available from the Washington Department of Health.

Jeff Bissey, MD Joins SCCN as Interim Executive Director

Jeff Bissey, MD, MHA took on the role of Interim Executive Director for SCCN in April. In addition to serving in this capacity, Dr. Bissey is Seattle Children’s Executive Director for Partnerships, working with hospitals, payers, provider groups and others to develop effective partnerships to meet the health care needs of the region’s children.

“I knew several SCCN team members from my partnership work,” said Jeff. “I’m pleased to step in and support this dynamic organization on an interim basis.”

Dr. Bissey is an experienced physician leader with a demonstrated history of working in both the multispecialty group practice and hospital environment. He came to Children’s in 2017 after serving 26 years in a number of roles at the Everett Clinic. These included pediatrician, Facility Medical Director, Associate Medical Director for Primary Care and ultimately Chief Operating Officer.

To learn more about Jeff and the rest of our leadership team, visit SCCN's website.

Aetna Contract Grows Number of Lives to 65,000+

A new contract with Aetna became effective on January 1, adding nearly 12,000 lives to the number of children served through SCCN’s value-based contracts. Contracts already in place include Premera (about 38,000 lives), Boeing/UW ACN (about 6,750) and Health Care Authority/Public Employee Benefit Board (nearly 9,000). Negotiations with Regence are ongoing, anticipated to add about 6,000 lives on July 1—increasing to roughly 10,000 in January.
SCCN Provider Jeannie Larsen, MD Wins Molteni Award
Recipients of the annual Richard A. Molteni Award for Professionalism and Quality demonstrate an outstanding commitment to quality, equity, professional excellence and clinical judgment. On March 6, two providers were honored with the 2018 Molteni Award: Dr. Jeannie Larsen, physician at Allegro Pediatrics, and Seattle Children’s Radiologist Dr. Dennis Shaw.

A truly “homegrown” doctor, Dr. Jeannie Larsen of Allegro, an SCCN member practice, has been involved with Seattle Children’s since high school.

“I think volunteering with Children's started my interest in the medical field,” says Jeannie. While in medical school at the University of Washington, she decided to focus specifically on pediatrics.

“I enjoy my interactions with families,” she explains. “I like the long-term relationships you develop in primary care. It’s fun and stimulating to have a front-row seat to a child’s development and follow along with families as things unfold.”

That love of developing relationships drew Dr. Larsen to Promoting First Relationships, a program through the UW School of Nursing that offers research-based workshops for providers who care for young children.

PCHM Library Coming in June

SCCN is putting the finishing touches on an expanded library of resources for practices considering or actively pursuing certification as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). The library will be accessible to you in the Box application.
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