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PHASE Onboarding Playbook: Care Team

What Care Team Members Need to KNOW

  • PHASE is a population health management program developed by Kaiser Permanente that aims to reduce heart attacks and strokes for patients at elevated risk with medication and lifestyle changes.
    Learn More: Participant’s Guide to PHASE
  • There is very strong evidence that the PHASE approach works to significantly reduce heart attacks and strokes.
    Learn More: PHASE Clinical Evidence Summary
  • Participating in PHASE provides opportunities to receive training, clinical expertise, peer sharing, coaching, customized support and access to online resources.
    Learn More: Participant’s Guide to PHASE
  • PHASE involves tracking and continuous improvement of blood pressure control and several other markers (diabetes management, screening & follow-up for tobacco, BMI, depression), for reducing heart attacks and stroke. The outcomes tracked are HEDIS (Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set) standardized performance measures.
    Learn More: PHASE Reporting Template
  • PHASE implementation requires capability building in 5 key domains that are important for population health management (engaged leadership, team based care, data driven decision making, panel management, quality and process improvement).
    Learn More: Building Blocks Summary
  • The PHASE model and process of implementation is applicable to many performance improvement targets beyond hypertension and diabetes.
    Learn More: HRSA Guide to Improving Care Processes and Outcomes
  • PHASE-supported quality improvement is a win/win for patients and the care team. Care processes become more efficient and effective, leading to better patient outcomes and better staff satisfaction.
  • BP must be carefully measured according to established protocols to accurately diagnose and manage hypertension.
    Learn More: Measure Up Pressure Down Proper BP Measurement Guidelines, TargetBP: Measuring Blood Pressure
  • There is a comprehensive body of evidence to guide hypertension management.
    Learn More: PHASE Support Resource Hub – Hypertension Guidelines
  • Successful PHASE implementation and targeted improvements hinge on a dedicated cross-functional team supported by a Clinical Champion.
    Learn More: Participant’s Guide to PHASE

For the Clinical Champion

Without a champion to align and focus organizational resources, care transformation efforts can fall short. Listen as PHASE participants articulate the important characteristics of a clinical champion.

What Care Team Members Need tDO

  • Full Care Team: Examine current care processes to identify opportunities for improvement. Help design and implement effective work and information flows. Participate in annual review/completion of PHASE Clinic Assessment to support ongoing practice transformation and care team enhancements. Learn More: Building Blocks SummaryPHASE Clinical Evidence Summary

For members of the care team

Each care team member – physicians, nurses, medical assistants, pharmacists, care coordinators and front office staff – plays a role in preventing heart attacks and strokes. Hear about the roles and responsibilities of each team member as they “share the care” to improve patient health.

  • Providers: Participate in developing and practicing effective, hypertension guideline implementation and workflows. Deliver evidence-based, patient-focused care supported by practice protocols and clinical decision support (CDS) including huddle reports, order sets, and care gap reports from registries.
  • MAs: Learn and apply appropriate techniques for collecting key data, including proper BP measurement. Gather data and provide patient support per protocol (during huddles, patient visit intake, follow-up). Support other roles such as health coaches, nutritionists, diabetes educators, CHWs.
  • RNs: Lead efforts to provide health coaching, patient education and manage uncomplicated HTN under standardized procedures or through co-visits with MDs.
  • Pharmacist: Support medication management and adherence for patients needing additional assistance.  Support/train RNs on medication titration under standing orders/protocols.
  • Staff with Population Management Responsibilities: Use practice protocols to search registries to find patients who have not yet reached targeted outcomes and do corresponding outreach.

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Quick Start Documents

Don’t have time to dive into your role-specific resources? These documents are a great place to start.

Participant’s Guide to PHASE

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PHASE on a Page

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Building Blocks of PHASE Summary

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