Centering Virtual Information Seminar - Part 2

09/14/2017 - 09/14/2017

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Centering Virtual Information Seminar


Free to TACHC members – all are invited to participate

Group medical visits are a reimbursable model that fits in the space between fee-for-service and value-based payment.  Federally Qualified Health Centers nationwide are increasingly using group visits to increase access to care, improve patient health outcomes, reduce emergency room utilization, and increase patient and provider satisfaction. Group medical visits allow for more education, self-management and peer support when compared to traditional one-on-one visits while still being supportive of cash flow.

Centering© is a particular model of group care developed by the Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI), a national non-profit that provides training and implementation support for practice sites.  Centering is well established nationwide, with nearly 500 practice sites across the country, including over 100 in FQHCs.  The visit schedule and content follow nationally recognized guidelines and there are numerous publications that show that the models reduce costs to the health system, improve health outcomes, and reduce health disparities.  

CHI offers facilitation training that can be adapted to multiple models of group medical visits including: CenteringPregnancy® (group prenatal care), CenteringParenting® (well-child care for the first two years of life), and other patient care groups (diabetes, hypertension, pain management, etc.).  TACHC and the Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI) are partnering to bring a virtual Information Seminar to members who are curious to learn more about Centering facilitated group care, implementation options, and how group medical visits could fit within their practice and organization.

Over three virtual sessions TACHC members will have an opportunity to explore essential topics in an engaging and interactive format. Activities and facilitated discussions will address:

Session 1: Why Group Medical Visits?

• An Introduction to CHI
• The Patient and Provider Experience
• Evidence Based Group Care
• Next steps: Completing the Centering Readiness Assessment

Session 2: The Centering Group Visit

• Essential Elements of Centering
• Facilitative Leadership
• Creating your Centering Space
• Group Visit Scheduling
• Goal Setting and Evaluation
• Biling and Reimbursement
• Getting Started with Centering

     • Readiness Assessment
     • License Agreement
     • Training
     • Materials, Services and Other Resources

Session 3: Centering Model Implementation

• Key components for implementing group care into practice  Steering committee roles and responsibilities
     • Building a Shared Vision
     • Patient Recruitment and Enrollment
     • Engaging Leadership
     • Financing and Budgeting
• Putting it all together
  • It is recommended that a team of three to four individuals representing all of the functional departments of each health center (clinical, nursing, admin) attend the Virtual Information Seminar to understand the readiness components, implementation process and potential fit for their organization. This team might include a senior leadership member (CEO, CMO, COO, CFO), clinic manager, care provider, and support staff such as a nurse or medical assistant. Other team members may include an educator, social worker or patient advocate.

Additional information you should know:

  • • Virtual sessions will be held on September 7, 14 and 21 from 12-2pm (CST)
  • • All participants must have access to a computer with video and audio capabilities
  • • The sessions are interactive; all attendees will be full participants
  • • Participation in this seminar is required to attend the Basic Facilitation Workshop in October


How to Participate in the Trainings:

  • ●  Health centers interested in implementing Centering groups must complete the Readiness Assessment from the CHI website.
  • ●  To register your team for the Virtual Information Seminar, please complete the VIS registration form.
  • ●  Space for the Basic Facilitation Training is limited, therefore health centers will need to complete the BFT registration form.  Applications will be taken on a first come, first served basis and approval will be determined based on the results of the readiness assessment and whether the health center is registered/attends all three parts of the Virtual Information Seminar.
  • ●  For any questions, please contact Ana Sierra at