This Week in CHCACTion
April 9, 2018
This Week in CHCACTivities
Last Thursday, April 5th, the Connecticut Practice Transformation Network (PTN) held its quarterly Quality Forum. This event, attended by sixty people from 16 health centers, focused on Care Coordination at the health centers: who is doing it, what exactly they are doing, and the sustainability of such activities in the future. We were very lucky to hear from Dr. Karen Funk, CMS Faculty and Vice President of Clinical Services from Clinica Family Health. Dr. Funk gave the audience a national perspective on care management and discussed her own strategies at Clinica Family Health, a health center located in Colorado. Later in the day, she also presented on strategies to implement Return on Investment (ROI) calculations related to care coordination. Research has demonstrated that implementing care coordination distributes the workload – improving joy in the workplace and reducing turnover. For every MD that does not turn over in a year, $1 Million is saved – money that can be pumped back into care coordination efforts (IHI Joy in Medicine White Paper, 2017).
The CHCACT PTN Team was grateful to have a panel of health center staff discuss their robust care coordination programs. Nelly Angah (Optimus Health Care), Pam Fox (Cornell Scott-Hill Health) Judith Gaudet (Generations Family Health Center) and Colleen Rankine (First Choice) shared their experiences implementing care coordination. Their programs are different, but all strive to connect the patient to necessary services.
This Quality Forum event is one of many that works to establish and foster relationships between staff from health centers across the state. One of the strongest assets we have in Connecticut is utilizing the knowledge and experience of our peers, especially when it comes to Transitioning to Value Based Care as a health center. Below is a photo from the forum.
Our next Quality Forum will be in June 2018. Feel free to get in touch for more information!
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!
4.4.18 Hartford Business Journal — Wheeler Clinic Gets $100K for Children’s Dental Health
4.6.18 Fairfield County Business Journal — St. Vincent’s, CT Children’s Pair Up for Neonatal ICU Services
4.6.18 CT Health Notes Blog — Smart CT Medicaid Smoking Cessation Coverage
4.5.18 New Haven Register — Crowd Turns Out to Slam New Haven Mayor’s Tax Hike Plan
4.4.18 CT NewsJunkie — Obamacare Enrollment Nationwide Holds Steady, Poll Shows Majority Will Buy in 2019
4.8.18 USA Today — Warning – Vaping Teens Becoming New Generation of Nicotine Addicts
4.7.18 NY Times — The Disappearing Doctor: How Mega-Mergers Are Changing the Business of Medical Care
4.7.18 NY Times — Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit
4.5.18 New Haven Independent — East Shore Sounds Off on Prescription Costs
4.4.18 CT Viewpoints — Now is the Time for Addiction Treatment Solutions That Work
4.4.18 Kaiser Health News — Older Americans Are Hooked on Vitamins Despite Scarce Evidence They Work
4.3.18 Stat — Custom Meals Could Help Curb Hospital Stays for People with Chronic Disease