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
|Connecticut Health & Education Facilities Authority Nonprofit Grant Program
The Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA or Authority) provides access to tax-exempt financing and other financial assistance to educational institutions, healthcare providers, childcare providers and other eligible not-for-profit entities.
The Authority is accepting proposals in the areas of child care, cultural, education and health care for:
|Breastfeeding Support Model for Community Health Centers
National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for community health centers. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to pilot a breastfeeding support model for CHCs and a technical assistance project to help CHCs explore and adopt policy, system and environmental solutions to increase their capacity to provide consistent and coordinated breastfeeding promotion and support services to the families they serve.
|School-Based Health Center RFP
The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health is seeking proposals to provide coordinated, culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate, School Based Health Center (SBHC) services that may include: outreach, primary care, mental/behavioral health, dental health care and health promotion/education at one school in East Hartford, and one school anywhere in Connecticut. Services are expected to begin on or before March 1, 2019.
|Community Foundation of Eastern CT
The Community Foundation of Eastern CT has a variety of grants for health and social service projects that impact youth and adults in Eastern CT.
|American Savings Foundation Community Grants
The American Savings Foundation will fund direct service grants for education, human services, and arts and culture in its 64-town service area.
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!
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