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
|Primary Care Training and Enhancement-Community Prevention and Maternal Health (PCTE-CPMH)
The program will increase the number of primary care physicians trained in public health and general preventive medicine, or trained in enhanced obstetrical care to increase maternal health care expertise and the number of primary care physicians trained in enhanced obstetric care in rural and/or underserved areas.
|Integrated Substance Use Disorder Training Program (ISTP)
The program expands the number of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, health service psychologists, and/or social workers trained to provide mental health and substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD) services in underserved community-based settings that integrate primary care, mental health, and SUD services.
|Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Paraprofessionals
The BHWET Program for Paraprofessionals develops and expands community-based experiential training to increase the supply of students preparing to become peer support specialists and other behavioral health-related paraprofessionals while also improving distribution of a quality behavioral health workforce.
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!
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.