This Week in CHCACTion!
June 3, 2019
This Week in CHCACTivities
In my role working directly with health center staff to prepare them for value-based payment arrangements, I have witnessed how much work it takes to move the needle on patient care. From Electronic Medical Records to staff turnover to new clinical guidelines, the challenges facing health centers are numerous. Nonetheless, the health centers in Connecticut have far surpassed the goals set for them 4 years ago at the start of the Connecticut Practice Transformation Network (PTN).
Among the 31 PTNs across the country, the Connecticut PTN is the only one that focuses solely on health centers and health center patients, who tend to have more challenges than the general population. Yet, the CT PTN ranked the third highest for reducing hospitalizations and second highest for cost savings. As of March, 2019, the health centers in Connecticut have collectively surpassed the 5 commitments the PTN made to CMS: decreasing hospital utilization, reducing antibiotic prescriptions for Upper Respiratory Infections, increasing asthma control for persistent asthmatics, increasing diabetes control, and reducing total cost of care.
As of March 31, the Connecticut PTN has produced the following outcomes, among others:
- 2,692 saved Hospital Admissions
- 23,152 saved Emergency Department visits
- 3,316 Asthmatic lives improved
- 2,254 Diabetic lives improved
- $89,528,899 Medicaid total cost of care savings
We are also really proud of our health centers’ progress in achieving the 28 Primary Care Milestones and 5 Phases of Transformation required by PTN. Congratulations to Generations Family Health Center for being the first Connecticut health center to achieve these goals!
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This Week in Funding Opportunities
|State and Regional Primary Care Association (PCA) Cooperative Agreements
HRSA seeks to fund up to 52 organizations to provide T/TA to support health centers to provide comprehensive, high quality primary health care and improve the health of individuals and communities, through the following goals: • Increase access to comprehensive primary care; • Accelerate value-based care delivery; • Foster a workforce to address current and emerging needs; • Enhance emergency preparedness and response; and • Advance clinical quality and performance.
|Connecticut Health Foundation Q1 2020
Quarterly applications for unsolicited Program Grant proposals during 2020.
|Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Ending the HIV Epidemic – Primary Care HIV Prevention (PCHP)
Existing health centers will use fiscal year (FY) 2020 Ending the HIV Epidemic – Primary Care HIV Prevention (PCHP) supplemental funding to expand HIV prevention services that decrease the risk of HIV transmission in geographic locations identified by Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America, focusing on supporting access to and use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
|340B Drug Pricing Program
The 340B Drug Pricing Program is a federal program that requires drug manufacturers to provide outpatient drugs to eligible healthcare centers, clinics, and hospitals at a reduced price. The program offers a way for eligible safety-net organizations to ensure access to medications.
|Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Residency Training in Primary Care (PCTE-RTPC) Program
The purpose of this program is to enhance accredited residency training programs in family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics or combined internal medicine and pediatrics (med-peds) in rural and/or underserved areas, and encourage program graduates to choose primary care careers in these areas.
Recorded technical assistance webinar: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/pcte_residency_training/
|2020 Integrated Networks to Deliver and Sustain Evidence-Based Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs
Through this funding opportunity, the Administration on Aging (AoA), part of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), plans to award 2-3 cooperative agreements to domestic public or private non-profit entities. The intent of these awards is to strengthen integrated networks that address the behavioral and social determinants of health of older adults and adults with disabilities, and increase the number of these individuals who participate in evidence-based chronic disease self-management education and self-management support programs.
|Implementation Research in HRSA Ryan White Sites: Screening and Treatment for Mental and Substance Use Disorders to Further the National Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Goals (R34 Clinical Trial Optional)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications to enhance screening and treatment for mental and substance use disorders in HRSA Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funded sites through implementation research, to advance the goals of the National “End the Epidemic” (EHE) initiative.
|Connecticut Health Foundation Q2 2020
Quarterly applications for unsolicited Program Grant proposals during 2020. Inquiry calls due by 1/15,2020, concept papers due 2/1/2020.
|Effectiveness of Implementing Sustainable Evidence-Based Mental Health Practices in Low-Resource Settings to Achieve Mental Health Equity for Traditionally Underserved Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) supports pilot work for subsequent studies testing the effectiveness of strategies to deliver evidence-based mental health services, treatment interventions, and/or preventive interventions (EBPs) in low-resource mental health specialty and non-specialty settings within the United States.
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!
5.29.19 New Haven Independent — Transit Deals Inked for Primary Care Hub (feat. Cornell Scott-Hill, Fair Haven)
6.2.19 Hartford Courant — After 2 Deaths and a Series of Medical Errors, the For-Profit Owner of Waterbury and Manchester Hospitals Faces Protests, Major Sanctions
5.31.19 CT NewsJunkie — Connecticut a Signature Away From Raising the Smoking Age to 21
5.28.19 WNPR — Connecticut Looks at Tackling Housing Issues to Treat Asthma
5.28.19 Hartford Courant — Health Insurance Executives Ask Lamont to Halt Legislation Proposing Public Option for Health Insurance
5.30.19 NY Times — Measles Cases Reach Highest Level in 25 Years
5.29.19 Vox — Vaping May Be More Dangerous Than We Realized
5.28.19 NY Times — Half of H.I.V. Patients Are Women. Most Research Subjects Are Men.