This Week in CHCACTion
July 10, 2017
This Week in CHCACTivities
On June 23, 2017, the Corporate Compliance Workgroup met at CHCACT. The Corporate Compliance Workgroup consists of FQHC staff across CT that work in departments including, but not limited to, Operations, Quality Improvement, Compliance and Human Resources. This group has over 100 years of FQHC compliance experience! Nineteen individuals representing eleven FQHCs participated in the meeting either in person or through videoconference.
Joan W. Feldman & Bill J. Roberts, Partners at Shipman & Goodwin, attended the first segment of the meeting to discuss the potential for data breaches and how to protect against them. The presentation included examples of recent HIPAA Breaches of Interest, how to determine if the health center is adequately covered, what the health center should do to reduce risk, and the process if there is a breach. This portion of the meeting was made available to other financial and information technology staff to attend if they were interested as well.
Two additional CHCACT staff members joined the meeting at various times; Deb Polun provided a legislative update and Domina DiBiase reported on the recently released CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Interpretive Guidelines. The remainder of the meeting was dedicated to group discussions about topics such as managing contracts/affiliation agreements, after hours coverage, and providing education to members of the FQHC Board of Directors.
If you have any questions about the Corporate Compliance Workgroup, please contact Katie Henley.
This Week in Social Media
This Week in Funding Opportunities
|Population Health Initiative
The RCHN Community Health Foundation is pleased to announce a new grant program in support of Population Health Management. Community health centers, designated look-alikes and primary care associations are eligible to apply for this award. The Foundation expects to fund five (5) awards under this program, with an approximate amount of $125,000 per award. The deadline for submissions of Letters of Interest is 5:00 pm eastern time on Monday, July 24, 2017. Selected applicants will be invited to complete a full proposal. Award announcements are expected to be made in mid-October 2017.
|Access Increases in Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services (AIMS)
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces the availability of the FY 2017 Access Increases in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (AIMS) supplemental funding opportunity, to expand access to mental health services, and substance abuse services focusing on the treatment, prevention, and awareness of opioid abuse. Health centers will enhance these services by increasing personnel. They will also leverage health information technology (IT) and provide training to support the expansion of mental health services, and substance abuse services focusing on the treatment, prevention, and awareness of opioid abuse, and their integration into primary care. Applications are due July 26.
This Week in Health Policy News
Here is a sampling of health policy news from around the state. If you see something in your local newspaper that you would like featured here in future weeks, please contact Deb Polun at email@example.com. Check out all the Health Policy News from the past month here!
7.4.17 FOX 61 — Connecticut Health Care Advocates Weigh In On Senate-Proposed Health Bill (feat. CHS, CHCACT)
7.4.17 The Day — Gov. Malloy’s Executive Order Means Some Immediate Local Program Cuts (feat. UCFS)
7.4.17 News Times — Blumenthal Brings Health Care Fight to Danbury (feat. CIFC-Greater Danbury Community Health Center)
7.6.17 Hartford Courant — Hospitals Paid More in State Tax in 2016 Than They Made from Operations
7.5.17 CT NewsJunkie — CT Could See Competing Health Information Exchanges
7.5.17 Hartford Business Journal — CT Hospital Outpatient Payments Fell 14% in 2015 After Policy Change
7.6.17 Washington Post — McConnell Says GOP Must Shore Up ACA Insurance Markets If Senate Bill Dies
7.6.17 CT Mirror — Growing Number of States Press Opioid Suits Against Stamford’s PurduePharma
7.6.17 Governing — A What-Works Approach to the Opioid Crisis
7.5.17 CT Health I-Team — Racial Disparities Persist Despite Decline in Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths