This Week in CHCACTion
June 26, 2017
This Week in CHCACTivities
On June 21st, representatives from 11 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) were at CHCACT for a Practice Transformation Network (PTN) Quality Forum. Under the federal Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative (TCPi), PTNs are peer-based learning networks that coach, mentor and assist clinicians and staff in a collaborative effort to expand their quality improvement capacity, lower health care costs and achieve a common goal of improved health outcomes.
CT-PTN holds quarterly in-person events to promote collaboration around the issues impacting transformation. This quarter’s Quality Forum had a focus on diabetes care management. The representatives of each health center were divided into small groups and discussed their model for diabetes care. Some specific topic points that were discussed included staffing roles and responsibilities, how they engage patients in care, risk stratification and social determinants of health that correspond to diabetes. In addition, each health center demonstrated how the data collected are used to better manage affected patients.
After the groups were finished talking, everyone reconvened and each group shared existing diabetes program strengths, challenges and potential opportunities for future improvement. Following this discussion, each health center developed a 90-day commitment plan for improving diabetic care that will use PTN’s resources for future collaboration with peer health centers. The FQHCs will share their outcomes of the 90-day commitments at the September 15th CT-PTN Summit.
If you have any questions regarding PTN or the quality forum, please contact me!
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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!
6.23.17 Hartford Courant — Blumenthal, Murphy – Titanic Political Fight Over Health Care Looms (feat. Southwest, CHCACT)
6.22.17 The Day — Eastern Savings Bank Pledges $25,000 to UCFS Griswold Health Center (feat. UCFS)
6.22.17 CT Mirror — CT Dems Slam Senate Health Bill that Endangers State’s Medicaid Expansion (feat. CHCACT)
6.26.17 CT Mirror — Prolonged Budget Standoff Would Hurt Towns, Disabled, Needy
6.26.17 CT Health I-Team — Report – Many CT Consumers Don’t Understand their Health Insurance Policies
6.26.17 Hartford Business Journal — Health Care Providers Prep for New Emergency Preparedness Rule
6.26.17 Hartford Business Journal — Anti-Vaccination Movement Puts CT Docs in Educator Role
6.21.17 WNPR — The Doctor Will (Virtually) See You Now
6.20.17 CT NewsJunkie — Attorneys Take Social Services Department Back to Court
6.22.17 Kaiser Health News — Promises Made to Protect Preexisting Conditions Prove Hollow
6.22.17 The Hill — What’s in the Senate Health Care Bill?