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!
This Week in Social Media
This Week in Funding Opportunities
|Big Lots Foundation
Big Lots invests in partnerships that improve and enrich the lives of families and children. Support is provided in the form of monetary gifts, gift cards, and merchandise in-kind.
|Drug Free Communities Support Program
Funded by SAMHSA, the purpose of the DFC Support Program is to establish and strengthen collaboration to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent youth substance use.
|Hartford Foundation Civic Engagement Project: Get Out the Vote & Get Out the Count
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving seeks to both enhance local efforts to engage underrepresented voters through Get Out The Vote (GOTV) activities in 2019 and 2020 and increase Census 2020 awareness among hard to count residents in the Greater Hartford region through Get Out The Count (GOTC) outreach and other efforts. Nonprofits may apply for funding for either or both GOTV and GOTC activities.
|HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Program
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) in support of the National Library of Medicine® (NLM) announces the solicitation of proposals from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers.
|Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program
HRSA’s THCGME supports the training of residents in new or expanded primary care residency training programs in community-based ambulatory patient care centers. Programs will prepare residents to provide high quality care, particularly in rural and underserved communities, and develop competencies to serve these diverse populations and communities. Two award types are available: 1. Continuation awards at existing HRSA THCGME Programs; and 2. New awards will be made to support new resident full-time equivalent (FTE) positions at new Teaching Health Centers (THCs), as funding permits.
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.
Events & Educational Opportunities
Sustaining Diabetes Prevention and Self-Management Programs: A Healthy People 2020 Spotlight on Health WebinarJune 20 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
- June 20 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
- June 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm|Recurring Event (See all)Occurs the first and third Firday of every month
- June 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
- June 25 @ 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm