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The 4th Annual St. Apollonia Festival of Trees was the biggest to date! 59 trees were up for grabs at the annual fundraiser that benefits pediatric dental care in the County. Pines Health Services was overjoyed to participate this year with their 7ft, pre-lit “Paw Patrol: Ready for Christmas Ryder, Sir” tree. The unique holiday fundraiser raised over seventy five thousand dollars for St. Apollonia Dental Clinic and added much holiday cheer to the Star City!!

The lucky winner selected for the Pines tree was Tara Leach who came with her family to collect her newest holiday decoration!
2017/12/14 13:12

October 25, 2017

Community Care Partnership of Maine

Bangor, Maine – Community Care Partnership of Maine (CCPM), an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) comprised of 11 member health care organizations throughout Maine, is pleased to announce the achievement of shared savings in its first year of participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). For the 2016 performance year, CCPM achieved $4.3 million in total savings for Medicare, with $2.1 million in shared savings returning to CCPM and its member organizations – all of which are federally qualified health centers or critical access and community hospitals who are collectively committed to improving the quality and effectiveness of health care delivery and reducing unnecessary healthcare costs. By meeting MSSP quality performance and reporting measures, a remarkable feat in its first year, CCPM was able to earn 100% of possible shared savings. CCPM and its member organizations will use the performance payment to invest in infrastructure and continued improvements in the delivery of quality patient care.

“Community Care Partnership of Maine is an outstanding group of healthcare organizations, dedicated to continuous quality improvement and to truly holding each other accountable for providing such high standards of care,” CCPM Chief Executive Officer Mary Prybylo, RN, MSN, FACHE, said. “CCPM’s performance on these measures and achievement of shared savings are the direct result of this collaborative effort.”

CCPM serves 11,370 Medicare beneficiaries and is required to meet certain quality and performance metrics in the delivery of care for those patients, including in areas of patient/caregiver experience, care coordination and patient safety, preventive health, and treatment of at-risk populations with chronic disease. In the areas of preventive care and the treatment of at-risk populations with chronic disease, CCPM performed better than the mean performance rate of all participating MSSP ACOs for 14 out of 17 metrics. In addition, CCPM performed well in patient/caregiver experience, which is assessed through random surveys of Medicare members for the 2016 performance year.

The performance results also revealed key opportunities for improvement in the area of care coordination, specifically for unplanned admissions for patients with chronic disease, as well as readmissions for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) – an area that CCPM had identified in advance and proactively established a SNF Collaborative to address.

David Koffman, MD, CCPM Chief Medical Officer, adds “We are highly encouraged by these results so early in our journey of sharing best practices among our organizations. Our shared focus is on improving the quality of care through a team approach. By coordinating the care of our patients in their home, in our offices and at other healthcare facilities, we hope to achieve even better outcomes in future years.”Doctors, hospitals and health care providers establish ACOs in order to work together to provide higher-quality coordinated care to their patients, while helping to slow health care cost growth. Community Care Partnership of Maine is currently one of 480 ACOs participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Shared Savings Program ACOs serve 9 million beneficiaries. ACOs receive a portion of the Medicare savings generated from lowering the growth in health care costs as long as they also meet standards for high quality care.

More information about the Shared Savings Program is available at www.CMS.gov. To learn more about CCPM, please visit www.CCPMaine.org.

About CCPM

Community Care Partnership of Maine (CCPM) is an accountable care organization (ACO) of community-focused, mission-based health care organizations in Maine committed to improving the health of the communities they serve. By working together, CCPM member organizations will enhance the delivery of healthcare through meaningful shared learning on how to help deliver the most effective health care for our patients. Together, CCPM works to improve access to care, improve clinical outcomes, reduce costs, and improve patient experience of care.

Members include:

  1. Cary Medical Center (Aroostook County)
  2. DFD Russell Medical Centers (Androscoggin County)
  3. Fish River Rural Health (Aroostook County)
  4. Greater Portland Health (Cumberland County)
  5. Hometown Healthcare (Penobscot, Piscataquis and Somerset Counties)
  6. Katahdin Valley Health Center (Aroostook and Penobscot Counties)
  7. Millinocket Regional Hospital (Penobscot County)
  8. Nasson Health Care (York County)
  9. Penobscot Community Health Care (Penobscot, Waldo, and Somerset Counties)Pines Health Services (Aroostook County)
  10. St. Joseph Healthcare (Penobscot County)
2017/11/17 13:15 · ldaigle

November 2017

On Monday, November 20th CEO Jim Davis, Pines Health Services Congratulationated Senate Democratic Leader Troy Jackson on being awarded Maine Primary Care Association Legislative Award.

Maine Primary Care Association (MPCA) is a membership organization representing the collective voices of Maine’s Community Health Centers - referred to as Maine’s health care safety net. For more than 30 years, MPCA has provided technical assistance and training, housed relevant programs and services and advocated on behalf of Maine’s safety net and the thousands of patients it serves.

Within this work MPCA hopes to strengthen Maine’s health centers with programs and services such as advocacy efforts, clinical quality improvement initiatives, workforce development, community outreach, health information technologies, risk management planning, strategic planning and technical assistance. MPCA also works to amplify messages shared among member health centers, bridge medical practices and the public health sector and provide linkages to community, state and federal partners including public health and allied agencies.

Senator Jackson is commended for his tireless advocacy and longstanding support of Maine’s Community Health Centers and the challenges that Community Health Centers face in rural and medically underserved regions in Maine. He is a firm believer that “All Mainers need access to health care, no matter where they live.”
2017/11/29 16:41 · ldaigle

November 2017

In collaboration with multiple health care and community organizations, the first annual Aroostook County Stand Down will be held on Saturday, November 4th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chan Center, located on the Cary Medical Center Campus.

The name “Stand Down” refers to a safe-haven for soldiers in the Vietnam War and is a widely attended event in the southern part of the state at TOGUS, a healthcare system for veterans that emphasizes primary, specialty and preventive care in an outpatient setting.

“It was essential for Aroostook County to host an event such as this for our local veterans. Busing our veterans to and from TOGUS was an eight hour round trip. Our Veterans were simply exhausted,” said John Deveau, Executive Director for United Veterans of Maine. “Stand Down offers an opportunity to support overall health and well-being of our veterans. This is the time to get them the care they need, when they need it.”



This event will present homeless veterans and others in need with informational resources and a variety of health care screenings in one easily accessible location.

The event aims to educate veterans about services that are available to them that they might not be aware of. Local providers from various organizations will be at the stand down to offer screenings to Veterans at no cost, such as dental, behavioral health, podiatry exams and eye care assessments.

Organization, planning and support for the event is provided by Cary Medical Center, Pines Health Services, Caribou VA Clinic, TOGUS, Aroostook Mental Health Center, Aroostook County Action Program, American Red Cross, Loring Job Corp and the United Veterans of Maine.

A shuttle will be available to and from the stand down for those who are in need of transportation. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided by the Cary Medical Center Café.

2017/11/29 16:38 · ldaigle

October 2017

Pines Health Services is thrilled to announce the return of Family Medicine physician, Dr. Hans Duvefelt, who brings decades of patient care experience to the Pines team. Dr. Duvefelt completed his Family Practice Residency Program in Central Maine, providing him with excellent training and experience for serving the residents of Aroostook County.

Dr. Duvefelt achieved his MD Degree at Uppsala University in Sweden, was first Board Certified in Family Medicine in 1984, and is currently preparing for recertification, as well as being NCQA Certified in Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the Maine Medical Association, and the New Brunswick Medical Society. In addition, Dr. Duvefelt currently serves as Medical Director at Bucksport Regional Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, much like Pines.

Dr. Duvefelt will be seeing patients Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Pines Presque Isle Health Center. Family Medicine patients are also seen at Pines’ Health Centers in Van Buren, Presque Isle, Washburn, Fort Fairfield and Caribou. Appointments can be made at the Presque Isle Health Center by calling 769-2025.
Dr. Hans Duvefelt, MD
2017/11/29 16:36 · ldaigle