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Community Forum on Mental Health and Addiction Services - New Date
The SIM Consumer Advisory Board is hosting a community forum on mental health and addiction services on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Burroughs Community Center, 2470 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Join members of the CT SIM governance structure and other key systems leaders at the forum to share your experiences with behavioral health services.  Participants will receive a brief overview on how the State Innovation Model Initiative will move Connecticut towards the triple aim of health care reform: improving care experience, improving population health, and reducing health care costs. A light dinner and child care will be available.
To register, please click here.
Please click here for the flyer in English.
Please click here for the flyer in Spanish.

PMO Seeks candidates to fill work group vacancies
The SIM Program Management Office is currently seeking applications from individuals interested in serving on the Healthcare Innovation Steering Committee and Community Health Worker Advisory Board. For the Healthcare Innovation Steering Committee, we are seeking individuals representing an Accountable Care Organization or Advanced Network, in particular, a physician with a leadership role. For the CHW Advisory Committee we are seeking individuals representing employers with self-funded insurance plans. For more information on these opportunities and to apply, please click here.

“Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets.” Although Connecticut ranks 6th in America’s Health Rankings, it is among the worst for health disparities. Hospitalizations for asthma, for example, are five times worse for African Americans than for the white population. These and other disparities cost the state $263 million dollars in 2013. (Dr. Dalal, Department of Public Health). At the same time, models that attempt to connect health care providers with community organizations to address individuals’ basic needs are the exception and not the norm. A SIM Symposium was held at the end of March to explore what it might take to expand and improve newer accountable care or “2.0” models, which reward better and more affordable care, to an accountable community or “3.0” model, which rewards better health.

Request for Applications - Advanced Medical Home Vanguard
The SIM PMO is currently accepting applications for the Advanced Medical Home (AMH) Vanguard Program. Eligible applicants are Advanced Networks with primary care practices that are not currently recognized under an existing national medical home standard. The AMH Vanguard provides transformation support aimed at improving practice and patient experience. Selected applicants will receive up to 15 months of support from Qualidigm to achieve NCQA PCMH Recognition and Planetree's Patient-Centered Bronze Recognition. The PMO seeks to implement two cohorts, the first beginning in March and the second beginning in April. Visit the DAS State Contracting Portal for the RFA and additional documents.

Accountable Health Communities Model Funding Opportunity Announced
The Department of Health and Human Services announced a new funding opportunity of up to $157 million to promote community health.  The five-year program, called the Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Model, is a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center initiative that focuses on the health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, including building alignment between clinical and community-based services at the local level. Click here to learn more about this opportunity.