This Week in CHCACTion!
November 26, 2018
This Week in CHCACTivities
Last week CHCACT hosted the semi-annual IT Directors Meeting. The group is made up of the IT Leadership from each CT health center. During these meetings the team has the chance to discuss the current challenges at their health center and offer solutions to their colleagues.
This meeting was especially interesting because Allan Hackney, CT’s Health Information Technology Officer, presented on CT’s Health Information Exchange (HIE) strategy. The HIE will be important to the CT health centers because the complete picture of the patient will help the Care Team decrease health disparities. The effort is funded by the State Innovation Model and is focused on deploying various applications that will promote better population management and health outcomes. For example, CT just released a statewide Immunization Registry that will be bidirectional. This will help health centers and other providers identify patients due for vaccines, regardless of where the vaccines are received.
The State Innovation Model is a promising opportunity to leverage the current CHCACT health center data warehouse to contribute to this effort. There be opportunities in the near future for health centers to be early participants in the HIE.
Rob Rioux, CHCACT’s Network Director, and a few health center IT Directors participate in various design groups for the Health IT Advisory Council. It is important for the health centers to have representatives at the table because CT Health Centers care for almost 400,000 patients each year – more than 1 in 9 CT residents!
From a data perspective, the HIE will provide also provide a significant amount of health data that can be used by Connecticut to drive statewide initiatives, drive research and ease the transition of care for patients among multiple settings.
If you would like more information on CHCACT’s data initiatives, contact me!
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This Week in Funding Opportunities
|New Access Points Funding
HRSA announces the availability of $50 million in New Access Points (NAP) funding for the delivery of primary health care services for underserved and vulnerable populations under the Health Center Program. The purpose of the Health Center Program NAP funding opportunity is to provide operational support for new service delivery sites under the Health Center Program to improve the health of the nation’s underserved communities and vulnerable populations by expanding access to affordable, accessible, quality, and cost-effective primary health care services. Organizations can apply for up to $650,000 per year.
Applications are due in Grants.gov by Tuesday, March 12 (11:59 p.m. ET), and HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks by Thursday, April 11 (5:00 p.m. ET). HRSA expects to make approximately 75 awards in September.
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!
11.23.18 CT Mirror — School-Based Health Centers Take Leading Role in Fighting Teen Suicide
11.21.18 WFSB — Better Health with Dr. Yojana Shahi (feat. First Choice Health Centers)
11.21.18 Stamford Advocate — New Stamford Health Center Celebrates Opening (feat. CHC, Inc.)
11.26.18 Hartford Courant — Recreational Marijuana Stokes Concerns About Youth Substance Abuse
11.26.18 Hartford Courant — Op-Ed – Clinic Plan Could Jeopardize Abortion Access
11.24.18 CT Health Policy Project Blog — Public Hearing on Yale New Haven Primary Care Plan This Week
11.20.18 CT Mirror — Lawmakers, Malloy Administration Wrangle Over Telemedicine
11.20.18 CT Health Policy Project Blog — Disability Advocates Register Concern with SIM Primary Care Capitation Plan
11.20.18 CT Viewpoints — CVS Caremark’s Misguided Cost Effectiveness Model Has the Potential to Harm Patients
11.20.18 Kaiser Health News — Buyers of Short-Term Health Plans – Wise or Shortsighted?
11.25.18 NY Times — This City’s Overdose Deaths Have Plunged. Can Others Learn From It?
11.21.18 StatNews — Senators Press Insurers for Reams of Pricing and Rebate Info on Insulin
11.20.18 CT Viewpoints — Street Fentanyl – Five Dollars Per Death