This Week in CHCACTion!
October 15, 2018
This Week in CHCACTivities
On September 29th, Year 4, the final year of CHCACT’s Practice Transformation Network (PTN), launched. There is impressive and powerful work being done by our member health centers to transform their model of care and be prepared for success under value-based payment models. One way the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is recognizing high-performing practices across the country is through their “Exemplary Practice” designation. Congratulations to Generations Family Health Center and StayWell Health Center, which earned this designation and were recognized on a national level at the CMS National Expert Panel conference in August! During Year 4, the PTN Team will work with other member health centers to help them earn this designation.
The primary focus in Year 4 for the PTN Team will be for CHCACT to support our member health centers in meeting the technical specification for all 5 Phases of Transformation:
(1) setting aims and developing basic capabilities
(2) reporting and using data to generate improvements
(3) achieving aims of lower costs, better care, and better health
(4) getting to benchmark status, and
(5) demonstrating capability to generate better care, better health at lower cost.
We believe that a strategy of shared learning is the most effective approach to doing so. In past years, we have focused on bringing our member health centers together with national experts and facilitating a combination of discussion and shared learning. Our strategy for Year 4 will remain the same, but our approach will be slightly different. In Year 4 we are introducing a model of technical assistance that we call our "cohort model." As health centers get deeper into the Phases, their needs become more specific. As a result, we are creating three cohorts, or small groups of health centers that have similar needs related to completing the 5 Phases. The cohort categories are Population Management, Care Teams, and Clinical Outcomes - Diabetes. Health centers will be assigned to a cohort based on their needs. The cohorts will meet through a combination in-person and virtual meetings, where they will learn from each other, their peers, and from national experts.
It has been an honor for CHCACT to work with our member health centers on an important area like Transformation. We appreciate their commitment to the process and, especially, the commitment they are showing to improving care and outcomes for their patients.
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This Week in Funding Opportunities
|HRSA Oral Health Infrastructure
The Oral Health Infrastructure supplemental funding will support one-time infrastructure enhancements that enhance new or existing high quality, integrated oral health services in health centers.
|Connecticut Healthy Communities Project
The State of Connecticut Department of Public Health is seeking proposals to implement community-wide health promotion activities for the Connecticut Healthy Communities Project (CT HCP). Selected applicants will facilitate implementation of food service guidelines (FSGs) in community settings and worksites to increase the availability of healthier foods and coordinate with DPH to promote breastfeeding.
|Youth Engagement in Sports: Collaboration to Improve Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition (YES Initiative)
The YES Initiative seeks to support projects that address the HHS priority to expand youth participation in sports and encourage regular physical activity, especially for youth populations with lower rates of sports participation and communities with limited access to athletic facilities or recreational areas.
|Centering Healthcare Institute Implementation Awards
The Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI) looks to expand access to the Centering model of group healthcare in communities where group care can have the greatest impact. With this expansion, CHI has developed a program offering implementation support and facilitation training to 130 eligible sites – primarily in FQHCs and community health centers – eliminating the financial barrier to those in resource-limited communities. CenteringParenting is the focus of this initiative.
Please note that this is not a monetary award, but the granting of in-kind services.
This Week in Health Policy News
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10.10.18 Register Citizen — Community Health & Wellness to Host Access Health CT Program
10.13.18 CT By the Numbers — A Needed Credential to Advance Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
10.12.18 CT NewsJunkie — Vaping Among High School Students Spiking
10.11.18 CT Viewpoints — Call to Candidates: Let’s Make CT Number One in Mental Health Services Again
10.10.18 Hartford Courant — Addiction Treatment Agency Rebrands, Expands
10.9.18 CT Mirror — Can We Do Better? The State’s Ongoing Search for Ways to Treat Drug Addiction
10.15.18 Hartford Business Journal — Insurance Exchange Aims to Raise Attraction, Profile of Small Business Health Insurance Option
10.15.18 Hartford Business Journal — Health Insurers Test New Employer Wellness Programs
10.15.18 NY Times — Is Medicare for All the Answer to Sky High Administrative Costs?
10.11.18 Hartford Business Journal — Survey – CT Residents Burdened by Health Care Costs, Complexity; Want Reforms
10.15.18 Kaiser Health News — As US Suicide Rates Rise, Hispanics Show Relative Immunity
10.10.18 Governing — Trump Administration Releases Final Rule for Immigrants Using Public Benefits
10.10.18 NY Times — For Doctors, Delving Deeper as a Way to Avoid Burnout
10.9.18 Kaiser Health News — Spurred by Convenience, Millennials Often Spurn the “Family Doctor” Model