This Week in CHCACTion
November 13, 2017
This Week in CHCACTivities
CHCACT began an eConsult pilot project with five health centers this fall: First Choice, Optimus, Southwest, StayWell and the Wheeler Clinic. In these sites, primary care physicians send information about a patient, through a secure portal, to a specialist; the specialist then examines test results, patient demographic and clinical data, etc and recommends either a specific treatment (e.g., daily aspirin and follow-up) or an in-person visit with a specialist. The goal is to improve access to specialty care, while controlling costs in the health care system. These eConsults are also more convenient for patients, whose symptoms may not actually require them to have another medical visit.
Over the first 103 days of the project, physicians made 482 eConsult referrals. Of those, 279 (58%) were handled through eConsult and follow-up from the primary care physician, avoiding face-to-face specialist visits – and saving an estimated $115,000 in costs to the state Medicaid program. With a four-month pilot, ending January 31st, CHCACT estimates the state will save over $600,000 through the use of eConsults in just five health centers.
The goal is to make eConsults available in all health centers across CT. This model could be a game-changer for patients, providers and the State. Our barrier to success remains a viable reimbursement model that pays for the platform/technology and the specialist access. CHCACT is actively working with the Department of Social Services to address the reimbursement issue. Stay tuned for updates!
Have a great week!
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!
11.7.17 CT NewsJunkie — Union Coalition Sides with Anthem in Contract Dispute
11.13.17 Hartford Business Journal — Low-Income Health Insurance Funding Could Run Dry
11.10.17 CT NewsJunkie — Enrollment in CT’s Health Exchange is Up Fifteen Percent
11.8.17 Hartford Business Journal — Aetna Introduces Low-Cost Prescription Drug Plan
11.12.17 NY Times — Trump Health Agency Challenges Consensus on Reducing Costs
11.10.17 NY Times — No Excuses – Get the New Shingles Vaccine
11.7.17 Kaiser Health News — Medicaid Chief Says Feds Are Willing to Approve Work Requirements
11.7.17 Kaiser Health News — Beyond Stigma and Bias, Many Transgender People Struggle with Mental Health