The Accelerated Practices Program
Constructed using the 7 Guiding Questions: A Framework for Outcomes Improvement, the Accelerated Practices (AP) Program prepares healthcare teams to accelerate outcomes improvement and lead change in their organizations. This immersive and experiential program incorporates real-world application and introduces course content just in time as you work on an organizationally aligned improvement project. Improvement teams learn how to scope problems appropriately, analyze data, prioritize improvement opportunities, and design effective interventions. They will also learn proven leadership principles, which will help you initiate, sustain, and spread improvements by increasing the capacity for change within your organization.
In addition, on average, clients who send teams through the program have a projected annual savings of $650,000.
Recognized industry experts will provide you with tools and information to:
- Improve quality, cost, and patient satisfaction outcomes
- Analyze data using statistical process control charts
- Facilitate systemwide change by using proven leadership principles
What topics are covered?
AP Program topics include:
- Quality improvement mindset, methods, and tools
- Adaptive leadership strategies and implementation
- Variation analysis and statistical process
- Outcomes improvement return on investment
- Outcomes measurement and tracking
- Measures and designing data systems
- Protocol design and development
Who should attend?
The AP Program is designed for cross-functional teams of three to five people who will work together on an outcomes improvement project. Suggested participants include:
- Senior leaders
- Clinical operations leaders
- Quality improvement specialists
- Data analysts
Location & Logistics
Salt Lake City AP Program
Over the course of five months, participants will attend three 2 ½ – day sessions in Salt Lake City and complete project work in-between sessions.
On-Site AP Program
If you are interested in having Health Catalyst bring the AP Program to your organization, contact us today.
Are continuing education credits available?
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of The UT Health San Antonio Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine and Health Catalyst. The UT Health San Antonio Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The UT Health San Antonio Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Long School of Medicine designates this live activity up to a maximum of 49.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other healthcare professionals will receive a Certificate of Attendance.
For information on applicability and acceptance, please consult your professional licensing board. The Long School of Medicine designates this PI CME activity for a maximum of 20.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Who are the faculty?
Tom BurtonView Bio
Leslie FalkView Bio
Drew CardonView Bio
Jace ManningView Bio
Jace Manning brings over a decade of performance improvement experience with respected healthcare organizations such as Intermountain Healthcare, University of Utah Health Care, and Allina Health. In addition to leading numerous initiatives, he focuses on training and coaching performance improvement leaders at all organizational levels. As both faculty and coach for the Performance Excellence Program (U of U), Allina Advanced Training Program, and Allina Health Equity Action & Learning (HEAL) Collaborative, he passionately translates the tools and techniques of improvement science and change management into the language of healthcare professionals.
Jill HoweView Bio
Jill Howe is Associate Director Professional Services, Operations and Performance Management at Health Catalyst. Jill has over 17 years of experience in data analysis, training, consulting, and supporting business intelligence systems and their various customers. She gained extensive experience serving over 100 corporations in North America as a report development specialist, system consultant, and trainer. Jill moved into healthcare IT and has not looked back. She brought her analytic and communication skills to PeaceHealth in Eugene, Oregon, supporting the rollout, education, and technical support of a robust EDW and multiple reporting systems. Currently at Health Catalyst Jill spearheads multiple internal improvement projects, mentors colleagues in process improvement, and leads product implementations. Jill’s ability to build bridges of understanding between highly technical concepts and specialized healthcare business needs is unique.
Lauren GrosselinView Bio
Lauren Grosselin, Senior Director of Client Engagement and Adoption Acceleration at Health Catalyst, brings over 12 years of experience in healthcare. Lauren is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Health Information Management and Systems and is Prosci change management certified. She is passionate about supporting people through change in the evolving healthcare industry.
Heather SchoonoverView Bio
Steve Vance, MBA, FHFMAView Bio
Steve Vance, MBA, FHFMA
Matt UnwinView Bio
Eric Denna, PhDView Bio
Eric Denna, PhD
Eric CrawfordView Bio
Dr. Val UlstadView Bio
Dr. Val Ulstad
Val Ulstad, MD, MPA, MPH brings over 25 years of academic and private cardiology practice, physician leadership experience and award-winning teaching skills to her current role as an educator in independent practice and a process consultant, emphasizing leadership capacity building in health care. Refocusing a life of “heart work” toward the challenge of facilitating human development, she now works deeply and broadly within organizations and teams to catalyze transformative change. She is a Distinguished Alumna of the University of Minnesota’s Medical School and a recipient of the Minnesota Medical Foundation’s Lifetime Distinguished Teacher Award. In 1996 she was awarded Archibald Bush Foundation Leadership and Medical Fellowships. She used her awards to support obtaining additional training and graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where she was a student of Dr. Ron Heifetz and was named a Lucius N. Littauer Fellow for distinction in academics. Val is a certified coach of the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, and a trained Facilitator for the Center for Courage and Renewal, which promotes the work of Parker Palmer and the Circles of Trust approach. With her life and work partner (Partners at Cascade Bluff LLC) of over 30 years, she has built an off-the-grid home in far northern Minnesota where they spend half their time.
Dr. Jay T. BishoffView Bio
Dr. Jay T. Bishoff
Jay Bishoff is the Director of the Intermountain Urological Institute and Director of Robotics. He is a Johns Hopkins fellowship-trained surgeon who serves urology patients and their families by using best practice guidelines, his measured experience, and the least invasive means possible. The training he has received over the past eight years at Intermountain Healthcare has ignited within him a passion for quality improvement—and it’s given him a skill set to develop programs that improve patient outcomes, while significantly reducing the cost of healthcare.
Dr. Todd AllenView Bio
Dr. Todd Allen
Brent JamesView Bio
Sarah HorstView Bio
Sarah Horst is a team director at the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) in Minneapolis, where she has developed the Quality Improv(e) Framework, an adaptive approach to quality improvement that marries the science of improvement to the art of improvisation. As a quality improvement coach and mentor, Sarah is passionate about meeting people where they are, empowering them to safely explore new ideas, embrace mistakes, and become more nimble and resilient problem solvers. Her 15 years of healthcare experience includes roles in the areas of clinic operations, quality and performance improvement, and patient experience in both hospital and ambulatory settings. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Carthage College and a master’s degree in management from the College of St. Scholastica. She has trained in LEAN and Six Sigma methodologies and received a certificate in practice facilitation from the MN Consortium for Practice Facilitation. Sarah is an active practice coach, dynamic workshop trainer, and keynote speaker who brings hope and inspiration to quality improvement professionals around the country.
Preview Some of the Lessons and Principles
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Establishing a healthcare improvement initiative is just the first step toward transformation. The real work of improvement lies in sustaining it, which is why qualified change agent are essential to meaningful progress.
Change agents are trained to lead organizations in:
- Case for change
- Data management
- Change management concepts
- Cost Benefit Analysis
Health Catalyst’s Accelerated Practices Program gives change agents adaptive leadership training to guide systemwide change within their organizations. They are prepared to meet technical adaptive challenges while keeping teams engaged and productive, and, importantly, to use data analysis to improve quality, cost, and patient satisfaction outcomes.
Introducing the Accelerated Practices (AP) Program: An Innovative Way to Help Health Systems Accelerate and Sustain Outcomes Improvement
We are excited to announce the launch of Health Catalyst University’s Accelerated Practices (AP) Program. This program is a highly immersive, project-based learning experience that healthcare industry experts have spent a lot of time developing. The goal of the program is for participants to leave with the tools and knowledge they need to achieve significant improvements in a short amount of time for their organizations. They will also learn how to communicate the need for change in this new value-based care environment by using data and proven leadership principles.
The healthcare industry is currently obsessed with outcome measures — and for good reason. But tracking outcome measures alone is insufficient to reach the goals of better quality and reduced costs. Instead, health systems must get more granular with their data by tracking process measures. Process measures make it possible to identify the root cause of a health system’s failures. They’re the checklists of systematically guaranteeing that the right care will be delivered to every patient, every time. By using these checklists, organizations will be able to improve quality and cost by reducing the amount of variation in care delivery.
Since accountable care took the healthcare industry by a storm in 2010, health systems have had to move from their predictable revenue streams based on volume to a model that includes quality measures. While the switch will ultimately improve both quality and cost outcomes, health systems now need the capability of tracking and analyzing the data from both clinical and financial systems. A late-binding enterprise data warehouse provides the flexible architecture that makes it possible to liberate both kinds of data to link it together to provide a full picture of trends and opportunities.