Team- and Patient-Centered Communication for the Patient Medical Home
Communication underlies successful healthcare. It is essential to clinician-patient interactions, and to the effective functioning of healthcare teams. Until recently, communication skills development was not a focus of healthcare education. Too often healthcare professionals had to rely on their innate communication talents. Today, individual and organizational providers are required to demonstrate consistently effective communication. Patients, payers and co-workers expect every member of the healthcare team to communicate clearly, respectfully and compassionately.
Similar to continuing education efforts to keep healthcare teams up to date on standards of care, communication skill improvements are necessary to meet today’s expectations. Enhanced communication efforts lead to improved care outcomes, higher patient satisfaction, reduced litigation and increased job satisfaction among providers, as well as higher reimbursement and reputational enhancement.
A key factor contributing to the growing importance of communication skills is the spread of patient-centered medical home (PCMH) initiatives. Thousands of medical practices have achieved or are seeking National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognition as patient-centered medical homes, and the forces driving coordinated, integrated, team-based and whole person-oriented care are stimulating changes in every healthcare setting. With or without formal PCMH designation, healthcare providers are increasingly challenged to adopt high-level communication skills.
With so much at stake, organizations are developing a variety of strategies to increase their capacity to support healthcare team in their quest to communicate more effectively with patients and within teams. IHC’s Team- and Patient-Centered Communication Faculty Course is expressly designed to build organizational capacity for healthcare team training.
The Team- and Patient-Centered Communication Faculty Course is hosted by a wide variety of sponsors throughout North America that seek to develop or enhance in-house capacity for healthcare team communication training. Typical sponsors include managed care organizations, medical practices, specialty societies, federally quality health centers, government agencies, long-term care providers, hospitals and health systems. Participants may seek certification as IHC faculty members. Only certified IHC faculty members may teach the copyrighted Team- and Patient-Centered Communication curriculum.
If you are interested, please pre-register and we will send you information about our upcoming course schedule.
- Duration 3.5 Days
- Accreditation Approved for CE
- Available To All Healthcare Professionals
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The Team- and Patient-Centered Communication Faculty Course is designed for healthcare professionals including clinicians in primary care and specialty areas, educators, behavioral specialists and others who are committed to promoting patient-centered care. The course is targeted toward professionals involved with professional development within their organizations.
The faculty course can accommodate 10-20 learners to ensure individualized attention and optimal small group learning.
The Team- and Patient-Centered Communication Faculty Course employs IHC’s highly effective “train-the-trainer” model. Attendees of the course receive expert guidance to become faculty members for IHC’s Team- and Patient-Centered Communication workshop.
The content, principles and models used in this workshop are supported by extensive research conducted during the past thirty years in patient-centered care, healthcare communication and intra-team communication. It provides conceptual models and specific techniques that guide clinicians to communicate in ways that will encourage effective and efficient team functioning, patient partnership, promote positive health outcomes and enhance patient and provider satisfaction. The overarching goals of the workshop are to:
- Help all members of the healthcare teams understand, embrace and develop effective communication skills required for PCMH;
- Improve patient care and satisfaction;
- Increase patient adherence and self-management;
- Increase healthcare team satisfaction; and
- Reduce medical error and liability risk.
The Team- and Patient-Centered Medical Home Communication workshop presents two inter-related models of communication that form the foundation and framework for skills and principles that are transferable to interactions with patients and with members of the medical home team. These are IHC’s “E4” medical communication model and Gittell’s Relational Coordination model. Please see the course description for the Team- and Patient-Centered Medical Home Communication workshop for details about the workshop content.
The workshop, which is presented in its entirety at the outset of this faculty course, is a fast-paced interactive program that gives participants opportunities to practice key skills and techniques. Participants view video encounters between staff and patients and work in small groups on skills that apply in a variety of realistic situations.
By the end of the faculty course, learners will:
- Gain background knowledge and facilitation skills required to conduct the Team- and Patient-Centered Communication for the Patient Medical Home workshop at their institution,
- Develop improved clinical communication skills and the ability to role model those skills through simulated patient and team communication sessions,
- Identify and practice a feedback model for use with learners and colleagues, and
- Develop a plan for integrating IHC workshop materials and training to meet the professional development and CE needs at their institution.
During the faculty course, participants practice presenting components of the Team- and Patient-Centered Communication workshop and provide feedback to one another. They practice engaging their audience in activities and maintaining the flow of the workshop.
Participants are exposed to the theory and practice underlying graduated involvement, consistent with best practices in adult learning. All of the Team- and Patient-Centered Communication workshop activities involve all participants.
IHC will provide each learner with a completed set of educational materials to teach the Team- and Patient-Centered Communication for the Patient Medical Home workshop: a Workshop Guide (with slide scripts, facilitation guides, teaching strategies and tools), video vignettes, PowerPoint slide deck, workshop workbook with annotated bibliography, and a carrying bag.
Each trainee will also be required to undergo a certification process to be able to teach the workshop.
The Institute for Healthcare Communication is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. The Institute for Healthcare Communication takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity. The Team- and Patient-Centered Medical Home Communication Faculty Course is designated by the Institute for Healthcare Communication as a continuing medical education activity meeting the criteria for up to 27.25 hours in Category 1 of the Physician’s Recognition Award of the American Medical Association. The Institute for Healthcare Communication is accredited by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) to provide prescribed credit for continuing medical education programs. This activity has been reviewed and is acceptable by the American Academy of Family Physicians.