This Week in CHCACTion!
June 24, 2019
Editor's Note: It has been my privilege to publish this newsletter weekly for the past 7+ years, sharing the good works of CT's health centers. Let's keep working together improve the health and well-being of all Connecticut residents! - Deb
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The switch to using electronic health records (EHRs) over the last decade or so has provided health centers with the opportunity to more securely store patient information, as well as utilize patient data towards improved health. The key to harnessing the power of data is to cultivate its use in normal, everyday processes. By doing so, a culture shifts and data become a regular part of the conversation among all staff throughout the organization.
What does that data look like and how is being used? Here are a few ways data has become an integral part of workflow among the Connecticut health centers:
Uniform Data Set (UDS): HRSA requires that FQHCs and Look-A-Likes submit a data package of operational, demographic, clinical, and financial data each calendar year. The health centers use pieces of this data set as Key Performance Indicators and most monitor on a monthly basis. UDS data are also publicly available online, allowing health centers to compare their data with other providers.
Clinical Dashboards: Many of the health centers use a daily “Huddle” report to identify the care gaps of the patients on the schedule for the day. The care team then decides who will address the care gap with the patient, whether it’s the MA screening for depression, or the nurse administering an immunization, or the provider counseling the patient on tobacco cessation. The health centers also trend Clinical Quality Measures by care team, site, and organization over time to monitor the health of the patient population. The trends are then used to identify opportunities for process improvement.
New Patients: Through DataCision, a data warehouse of health center clinical summaries that CHCACT maintains, the participating health centers receive a monthly report package that looks at some business measures like new patients seen, transition rate from pediatric to adult care, and “escape rates” for new patients who never return.
As data becomes more transparent and presented in more user friendly ways, the opportunities to act on the data will continue to grow. The next areas of focus in the data realm are predictive analytics and artificial intelligence. Leveraging predictive analytics to reduce patient no-shows would have a significant financial impact on health center operations, while using artificial intelligence to identify diabetic retinopathy in screening images would reduce costs and provider burden.
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This Week in Funding Opportunities
|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.
|HRSA-20-013 Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program
The purpose of the AMF Program is to expand the number of fellows at accredited AMF and Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship (APF) programs trained as addiction medicine specialists who work in underserved, community-based settings that integrate primary care with mental health disorder and substance use disorder (SUD) prevention and treatment services.
The Addiction Medicine Program encompasses both psychiatry and an addiction subspecialty for primary care doctors.
|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 email@example.com. Check out all the Health Policy News from the past month here!
6.18.19 CT Mirror — Incidents of Harm & Abuse at Whiting Trending Down (feat. InterCommunity)
6.18.19 Register Citizen — Torrington Health Center to Hold Diabetes Workshop
6.18.19 We-Ha — West Hartford Resident Named Executive Director of CAFCA (feat. CHCACT)
6.20.19 CT Mirror — Legislative Leaders Press Health Commissioner on Religious Vaccine Exemption
6.19.19 Hartford Courant — No Awkward Conversations – DPH Promotes Confidential Notification Service, Aiming to Reduce Spread of STDs
6.18.19 CT Latino News — CT’s Cities Cannot Afford an Undercount of Undocumented Immigrants
6.20.19 CT NewsJunkie — Study Finds Reinsurance Waiver May Have Saved Consumers Money
6.19.19 NBC News — Latinos Face Health Setbacks if Trump Administration Loosens Language Rules
6.20.19 CT Health I-Team — Stricter Rules For SNAP Would Hurt Those That Need It Most
6.20.19 Politico — Appeals Court Says Trump’s Family Planning Restrictions Can Take Effect
6.19.19 CT NewsJunkie — Anti-Poverty Advocates Blast Trump Administration Proposal To Change Poverty Measure
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