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OHS Seeks Health Equity Improvement Vendor to Support FQHCs
OHS seeks a vendor to provide technical assistance support to FQHCs to help facilitate achievement of the Community & Clinical Integration Program (CCIP) Health Equity Improvement Standard. The Vendor selected through this RFP should have a thorough understanding of the Health Equity Improvement Standard and be expert in working with FQHCs to achieve care delivery policy and process change. This is a competitive procurement. To submit a proposal in response to the Health Equity Improvement Vendor RFP visit:
Proposals are due on September 12, 2018 at 3pm Eastern Time.


Consumer Advisory Board Extends Outreach for Consumer Representative

The Office of Health Strategy - State Innovation Model (SIM) Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) has extended our outreach for Consumer Advisory Board.

We seek consumers and advocates who are experienced in dealing with health conditions. We strive towards a diverse and balanced mix of participants and will consider life experience, individual circumstances, source of health insurance, and race or ethnicity. Candidates should be comfortable sharing views; have good problem-solving skills; and be willing to work with others. Most of all, serving as a Consumer Advisory Board member provides an opportunity to learn about healthcare in Connecticut, to advocate for change, and to be the voice of the consumer. The consumer voice is critical to OHS.  Applications will be accepted until 5 pm, September 4th.

For more information and to apply

Click here to apply online

CHW Advisory Committee Report on Certification Open for Public Comment
OHS seeks public comment on the Report and Recommendations of the Community Health Worker Advisory Committee on CHW Certification. The SIM CHW Advisory Committee undertook a design process to develop recommendations in support of a Certification Program in Connecticut. The Committee’s recommendations are summarized in this draft Report which will ultimately be delivered to the Connecticut State Legislature to encourage legislation establishing a CHW Certification Program. Click here to access report and submit public comment

Connecticut Public Scorecard
The Office of Health Strategy seeks public comment on the recommendations of the Quality Council for the Public Scorecard  (hereafter “CT Scorecard”) with respect to the design, attribution, benchmarks, scoring and risk adjustment.  The CT Scorecard will compare the quality of care for networks of organizations using Connecticut’s Multi-Payer Measures Set. The CT Scorecard supports the aim of Connecticut’s State Innovation Model to increase transparency related to healthcare cost and quality by disseminating information through a public online healthcare quality scorecard. Click here to access documents.

CT OHS SIM Conducts Patient Experience Survey to Improve Primary Care

Connecticut’s Office of Health Strategy, in partnership with UCONN and the Yale School of Public Health, looks to improve primary care and achieve better care, smarter spending, and healthier people and communities. To set this idea in motion, the state is conducting a survey to assess consumer experiences with physicians from Advanced Networks (ANs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), which will help CT evaluate the impact of the latest State Innovation Model (SIM) reforms on the primary care experience, assist health plans in rewarding performance under shared savings contracts, and provide data for a public scorecard. A sample of patients from physician groups, including ANs and FQHCs, will be asked to answer questions about their care experience via email, mail or phone call.  For questions or more information, please contact Stephanie Burnham of the Office of Health Strategy by phone at (860) 331-2474 or by email at stephanie.burnham@ct.gov.

VBID Initiative Welcomes Employers Selected for Technical Assistance
As healthcare costs continue to rise, employers are struggling to offer comprehensive, affordable health benefits that put employees’ health needs first.  OHS-SIM has selected 11 employers to participate in their Value Based Insurance Design (VBID) technical assistance program for self-insured employers aiming to offer high value health benefits to their employees.  OHS-SIM commends the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC),  Charter Communicationsthe City of Hartford, the City of MeridenComNet CommunicationsDuncasterFirst County BankHalloran & Sage, Rex Forging, the Town of West Hartford & Public Schools, and Wheeler Clinic for their innovation and commitment to value-based benefits. In partnership with the Office of the State Comptroller, Freedman HealthCare and Drs. Mark Fendrick and Mike Chernew of VBID Health, the OHS-SIM technical assistance will guide employers through selecting VBID strategies that are right for their employee population, encourage employees to better manage their health, and help contain healthcare costs. OHS-SIM anticipates offering another round of technical assistance to additional employers by next year. Interested employers can contact aharrington@freedmanhealthcare.com or learn more here.

Population Health Council Launches Major Initiative to Create a Healthier Connecticut

Inspired to improve the health and health equity of Connecticut residents, health care consumers, providers and community health organizations recently joined the Connecticut Population Health Council and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman to launch the new Health Enhancement Community (HEC) initiative, a project of the Connecticut State Innovation Model (SIM), which is now part of the newly established Office of Health Strategy (OHS). Read about the work and how you can get involved here.


SIM Releases Operational Plan for Award Year 3

February 1st marked the beginning of the third year of the State Innovation Model initiative, which ends in the beginning of 2020. The newly released SIM Award Year 3 Operational Plan details the work that will be undertaken over the next year. The plan aims to move the State closer to the SIM goals of healthier people, better care, smarter spending, and health equity.

Community Health Worker Resource Site Launched
UConn Health Center and Southwest AHEC are pleased to announce the launch of the Connecticut Community Health Worker website. The site was developed to support the growing CHW workforce by highlighting CHW stories, serving as a resource for training opportunities, and educating the public on the roles of CHWs. The site features the roles of CHWs as adapted from the National Community Health Worker Core Consensus (C3) Project by the SIM CHW Advisory Committee. Future plans for the site include sections for career opportunities, resources, and credentialing. 
Check out the CHW website and share your feedback as we continue to build on this important resource.