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!
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This Week in Funding Opportunities
|Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program
Funded by HRSA, the purpose of this program is to support community-based services aimed at improving the health status of children, adolescents, and families in rural and other underserved communities by increasing their access to health services. Community-based programs and evidence-based models of care that build on existing community resources will be implemented and evaluated to demonstrate program impact.
|Prevention Service Initiative Award for Health Care Organizations
The State of Connecticut Office of Health Strategy is making available awards to health care organizations who are currently participating in the Prevention Service Initiative (PSI). The total pool of funding for this RFP is $1,000,000. The Prevention Service Initiative awards will enable participating Advanced Networks and FQHCs, hereafter referred to as “health care organizations,” to enter into financial contractual arrangements with community based organizations (CBOs) participating in the PSI.
|OPM Nonprofit Grant Program
The State of CT Office of Policy and Management (OPM) is accepting applications for the Nonprofit Grant Program (NGP).
The NGP will award grants-in-aid to selected private, nonprofit health and human service organizations that receive funds
from the State (including Medicaid) to provide direct health and human services to State agency clients. Applications
involving a collaboration between two or more eligible nonprofit organizations may also be eligible for award for NGP.
The purpose of the NGP fund is to improvethe efficiency, effectiveness, safety and/or accessibility of health and human
services being delivered by nonprofit organizations.
|Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) for High Impact HIV Prevention Program Integration
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the competitive availability of fiscal year 2019 funds to implement a capacity building assistance (CBA) program to strengthen the capacity and improve the performance of the nation’s HIV prevention workforce. This notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) supports a CBA Provider Network (CPN) to implement the following four program components: 1) national training; 2) regional technical assistance; 3) continuous quality improvement and sustainability for community-based organizations (CBOs); and 4) marketing and administrative support for the CPN.
|Access & Mobility Partnership Grants
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces with the Access & Mobility Partnership Grants, which are two opportunities to apply for funding under two competitive grant programs.
This Week in Health Policy News
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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