Practice Transformation (PT)

Practice Transformation (PT) is a process of facilitating change in a healthcare organization and delivery of primary care to advance quality improvement to advance quality improvement, patient-centered care and characteristics of high performing primary care.

The SCAETC’s PT program partners with selected clinics across our region to improve patient outcomes along the HIV care continuum by integrating principles of the patient-centered medical home model and implementing HIV care and behavioral health services.

The Practice Transformation process involves goal setting, workforce training, culture change, quality improvement and outcomes measurement, and adapting organizational tools and processes to support advances in models of team-based care. Coaches from local partner sites work directly with clinicians and administrative staff at healthcare organizations and clinics to achieve their self-identified PT goals. 

The program adds additional elements to the PT program by partnering with primary care clinics located in the 220 counties identified by the CDC for being at risk for an HIV/HCV outbreak due to injection drug use. These clinics receive additional training on identifying and addressing substance misuse in patients and providing medical care for HIV/HCV coinfection.

Coach’s Corner - Practice Transformation Resources 

For information about the SCAETC Practice Transformation Project, please contact Premal Patel, MD, SCAETC PTP Co-Lead, pgpatel@UTMB.EDU or Mary Farias, SCAETC PTP Co-Lead,

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Under grant number U1OHA33225 (South Central AIDS Education and Training Center). It was awarded to the University of New Mexico. No percentage of this project was financed with non-governmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.