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
|New/Innovative Strategies to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
The federal Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) presents this to develop and test new and innovative strategies to prevent teen pregnancy, promote healthy adolescence and address youth sexual risk holistically to result in healthy decision making and future thriving by enhancing protective factors with youth, with supplementary focus possible at the systems-level and/or with families and/or caregivers. Projects are expected to have high potential to enhance protective factors shown to improve the health of adolescents aged 10-19. Projects will be funded to evaluate and test programs or strategies to improve adolescent health and address youth sexual risk holistically by focusing on protective factors.
|Replicating/Scaling Up Strategies to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
The federal Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) presents this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to replicate and scale up programs that include the protective factors shown to be effective in the prevention of risk behaviors, including teen pregnancy. The overall goal is to promote healthy adolescence and to address youth sexual risk holistically or across the interrelated factors that promote optimal health and result in healthy decision-making and teen pregnancy prevention.
|Targeted Capacity Expansion: Medication Assisted Treatment – Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Targeted Capacity Expansion: Medication Assisted Treatment – Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction (Short Title: MAT-PDOA) grants. The purpose of this program is to expand/enhance access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services for persons with an opioid use disorder (OUD) seeking or receiving MAT. This program’s focus is on funding organizations and tribes/tribal organizations within states identified as having the highest rates of primary treatment admissions for heroin and opioids per capita and includes those states with the most dramatic increases for heroin and opioids, based on SAMHSA’s 2015 Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). The desired outcomes include: 1) an increase in the number of individuals with OUD receiving MAT 3) a decrease in illicit opioid drug use and prescription opioid misuse at six-month follow-up.
|Civic Engagement Project: Get Out the Vote
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving announces its Civic Engagement Project: Get Out the Vote Campaign, a nonpartisan initiative to increase the voter engagement of historically disenfranchised community members, drawing upon the strength of nonprofits and individuals committed to improving the quality of life for all. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to Hartford-area nonprofits for voter registration, Get Out the Vote activities and other engagement projects.
|Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder & Mental Health Services Supplemental Funding Technical Assistance
The fiscal year (FY) 2018 Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services (SUD-MH) supplemental funding opportunity provides support to HRSA-funded health centers to implement and advance evidence-based strategies to expand access to integrated substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health services.
Approximately $350 million is available in FY 2018, with awards anticipated in September 2018. On June 15, 2018, HRSA emailed eligible health centers the maximum amount of funding they may request. The SUD-MH Instructions offers additional funding details and guidance, including a list of evidence-based strategies.
|Aurora Women’s Giving Circle
The Aurora Women’s Giving Circle announces a grant opportunity for organizations based in Greater Hartford. The Giving Circle’s 2018 focus area is middle school-aged girls and grant funds will serve to augment a program based in Greater Hartford that addresses the academic, social and/or emotional needs of this population. $6,500 in grant funds will be awarded through a competitive grant process.
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