This Week in CHCACTion!
January 24, 2020
This Week in CHCACTivities
Information Technology / HCCN Update
During December, CHCACT held its bi-annual IT Leadership meeting. 10 health centers participated in the meeting. Many data and interoperability topics were discussed, including:
- Data security and testing methods for cyber attacks
- Data breach mitigation & response planning
- Updates on our data warehouse
- Health Center Control Network (HCCN) status (see below)
CHCACT Health Center Control Network (HCCN)
HRSA has awarded CHCACT with the 2019 – 2022 HCCN grant to permit it to support member health centers in their use of data and health information technology. Year 1 of the HCCN grant has multiple requirements that vary in complexity.
HCCNs are groups of health centers collaborating to improve operational and clinical practices by making technology easier for providers and patients to use, increasing the security of patient information and using data to improve patient care.
HCCNs help health centers leverage health IT to increase participation in value-based care by:
Enhance Patient & Provider Experience
- Expand patient portal access
- Promote digital tools
- Improve provider Health Information Technology (HIT) satisfaction
- Security analysis & breach mitigation response plan
- Transmit care summaries electronically
- Integrate external data into structured Electronic Health Record (EHR) fields
Use Date to Enhance Value
- Continue to use dashboards and reports
- Use Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) data to inform care plans
- Participate in community GIS projects
CHCACT has broken down the aims into umbrella goals that align with the overall HCCN objectives. Each project within the program will have a clear objective, task list, and timeline. CHCACT will assign resources to each project to ensure team members can properly manage staff, to ensure timelines are realistic and achievable, and to efficiently monitor progress.
The team has also identified “quick win” opportunities that will deliver important results with less investment in project management.
Your CHCACT HCCN Team members are Robert Rioux, Chief Operating Officer and Project Champion, Michael McLean, IT Specialist and Team Leader, and Natalie Thomas, IT Data Analyst and Project Manager.
If you have any questions about HCCN, please contact Natalie Thomas (NThomas@chcact.org)
Connecticut and CHCACT were a Featured Member on the 3RNet (Healthcare Jobs Across the Nation) home page earlier this month.
January 8th, CHCACT's Ken Lalime & Southwest Community Health Center, Inc.'s Mollie Melbourne presented at OHS's Health Forum at the LOB in Hartford. They presented CT Health Centers' positive impact on addressing social determinants of health and reducing health disparities for patients across the state.
This Week in Funding Opportunities
|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 Sara Lemaster at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out all the Health Policy News from the past month here!
1.23.20 CT NewsJunkie — Wanted: Thousands of Census Workers
1.22.20 Norwich Bulletin — New digs boosts seniors
1.22.20 CT Mirror — Lamont uses executive authority to track cost, quality of health care
1.22.20 CT NewsJunkie — Connecticut Looks To Benchmark Healthcare Costs
1.21.20 CT NewsJunkie — Senate Democrats To Push For Public Option
1.21.20 CT Mirror — CT Senate Democrats to tackle drug prices, revive public option in upcoming session
1.26.20 CT Mirror — How fast can a new internet standard for sharing patient data catch fire?
1.24.20 CT Mirror — Senate Democrats pledge to reverse federal funding cuts to Planned Parenthood
1.22.20 Modern Healthcare — Study: Medicare spent $2.6 billion in 2018 on undelivered post-op visits