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
|BD Helping Build Healthy Communities
BD Helping Build Healthy Communities is a multi-year initiative that expands access and improves care for underserved and vulnerable populations throughout the United States. The initiative, funded by BD and implemented together with Direct Relief and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), provides awards to community health centers with innovation programs in Medication Therapy Management. The funding is to support programs that operate over a two-year period.
BD Helping Build Healthy Communities aims to identify, award, and share successful community health innovations with other safety net providers, officials, and the public to generate awareness of health centers’ unique ability to address community needs.
Up to five (5) Awards of $200,000 each will be made in 2018 for Medication Therapy Management Programs.
|AARP Community Challenge Grant
The 2018 AARP Community Challenge is now accepting applications through May 16, 2018 to fund “quick-action” projects in communities across the country. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects. The program is now in its second year and is part of AARP’s nationwide work on Livable Communities, helping neighborhoods, towns and cities to become great places for all ages.
|School-Based Health Center Capital Program
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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