This Week in CHCACTion
June 11, 2018
This Week in CHCACTivities
On June 5, 2018, CHCACT partnered with the Rhode Island Health Center Association (RIHCA) to host the 340B Summit: Strategy and Compliance in Mystic, CT. The Summit was very well received; sixty individuals representing 96% of the Connecticut and Rhode Island health centers participated in the Summit, learning about the importance of the program and compliance strategies, as well as how to optimize it for the benefit of health center patients.Thanks to RIHCA for their partnership with this event!
The 340B Drug Discount Program is a federal program that requires pharmaceutical companies to sell outpatient medications to health centers and other eligible entities at a discounted rate. The intent of the program is to help health centers, hospitals and other providers stretch Federal resources, to provide more comprehensive services, towards better health. Health centers pass the savings on to their patients through reduced drug prices and use any additional savings to support their ability to provide high quality health care services in their communities, as depicted in this helpful NACHC infographic.
For many health center patients, particularly those who are uninsured or who have certain commercial insurance, 340B may provide their only access to affordable prescription medications, which can be lifesaving. Access to reliable transportation can also present a major barrier for patients to access their medications. To reduce this barrier, some health centers provide pharmacy services on-site. Patients can go to the pharmacy right after their appointment with their primary care provider - all in the same building. Truly One-Stop Shopping! Other health centers have partnerships with local pharmacies to provide this program, usually within walking distance of the health center.
Congress is examining the 340B program and may restructure or reduce funds. You can help to protect the 340B program by Making the Case for why 340B is such an important program for health center patients.
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 email@example.com. Check out all the Health Policy News from the past month here!
6.8.18 CT Mirror — Feds OK First Stage of New CT Hospital Taxing System
6.7.18 Fairfield County Business Journal — Milford Hospital Exploring Being Acquired by Bridgeport Hospital
6.6.18 Hartford Business Journal — Norwalk Hospital Emergency Unit Reduces Opioid Orders by 45%
6.8.18 CT Mirror — Connecticut Fighting Texas in Legal Battle over Obamacare
6.8.18 Kaiser Health News — Administration Challenges ACA’s Preexisting Conditions Protection in Court
6.7.18 Kaiser Health News — HHS To Allow Insurers’ Work-Around on 2019 Prices
6.7.18 NY Times — Depression in Older People Tends to be More Severe