This Week in CHCACTion!
January 14, 2019
This Week in CHCACTivities
On December 18th and 19th, and January 8th and 9th, CHCACT partnered with the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) to host four (4) full-day events to support health centers’ work around improving quality within their organizations. Fifteen health centers sent teams ranging in size from 3-10 members and representing a variety of roles, such as front desk, call center, medical clinician, behavioral health clinician, medical assistant, nurse, referral coordination, and Quality Improvement (QI) lead.
The CHCACT QI Advisors worked with each health center to identify project opportunities that would help to engage staff in quality improvement, particularly those who don’t typically focus on QI as part of their role within the health center.
The staff participation demonstrated the health centers’ commitment to improving quality and providing opportunities for staff to develop their personal skills sets.
Teams left with a well-defined plan around a specific area of improvement. Projects included: improving an external referral process, improving the collection of external medical records, standardization of clinical workflows, improvement on internal communication, increasing patient feedback into improvements, and revenue cycle improvements, just to name a few!
The health center teams were excited to have dedicated time to focus on their projects and develop a well-thought-out plan with support and guidance from NRHI and CHCACT.
CHCACT is looking forward to the follow-up events – including remote coaching calls and a videoconference presentation of the results of the teams’ Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA). If you would like additional information about this project, get in touch!
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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!
1.8.19 New Haven Independent — Primary Care Uber Update – Smartphone Not Required
1.10.19 CT Mirror — State Sued Over Failure to Provide Adequate Medicaid Transportation
1.9.19 Register Citizen — Torrington Hospital’s Walk-in Clinic Closing; GoHealth Urgent Care Opens Monday
1.8.19 CT Mirror — Unpredictable Events and Outside Trends Shaped Malloy’s Health Care Policy
1.11.19 CT NewsJunkie — Access Health CT Still Accepting Applications
1.11.19 Politico — Trump Wants to Bypass Congress on Medicaid Plan
1.10.19 Governing — Medicaid “Buy In” Could Be New Option for the Uninsured
1.10.19 CT NewsJunkie — Blumenthal Backs Bills to Lower Drug Prices
1.10.19 Kaiser Health News — Meth’s Resurgence Spotlights Lack of Meds to Combat Addiction
1.9.19 CT Mirror — USDA Finds Fix to Temporarily Extend Food Stamp, WIC Programs Despite Shutdown