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Application now Open for Wave 2 CCIP Transformation Awards - Webinar Scheduled for May 16
The Office of Health Strategy (OHS) is currently accepting applications from eligible Wave 2 PCMH+ Participating Entities (PEs) for Transformation Awards of up to $750,000 to meet the Community and Clinical Integration Program (CCIP) Standards. The CCIP Standards were developed to support the integration of primary care delivery capabilities that complement the goals of PCMH+. They consist of three Core Standards, which Track 1 PEs are required to meet, and three Elective Standards, which PEs may choose to work toward. OHS will issue awards of up to $750,000. CCIP Wave 2 Transformation Awards are only available to entities participating in PCMH+ for the performance period starting in May 2018 and who have met the eligibility requirements to participate in PCMH+ Track 1 as outlined in the PCMH+ program. Entities are not eligible to apply if they are participating in the CMMI funded Practice Transformation Network.

Click on the following link for more information and to submit an application:

Applications are due on June 8, 2018 at 3 PM.

There will be a pre-bid webinar held on May 16 at 12 PM. Call-in details will be posted through the link above.

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.


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 SIM.  Applications will be accepted until 5 pm, Friday, June 1st.

For more information and to apply

Click here to apply online

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.