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Public Comment Sought on Quality Council Report
The SIM Program Management Office is seeking public comment on the Report of the Quality Council on a Multi-Payer Quality Measure Set for Improving Connecticut's Healthcare Quality. The report contains recommendations regarding a core set of quality measures for use in value-based payment arrangements.

Click here for more information and to access the report. Public comment may be submitted between July 5 and August 5, 2016 and can be sent via email to sim@ct.gov. When submitting comments, please reference "SIM Quality Measures" in the subject line.

PMO Releases RFP for CCIP Transformation Vendor
The SIM Program Management Office is seeking an organization to serve as the transformation vendor for the Community and Clinical Integration Program (CCIP). The vendor will provide technical assistance and conduct a learning collaborative for Advanced Networks and FQHCs as part of CCIP. The vendor will also facilitate Community Health Collaboratives to help diverse stakeholders work together to coordinate care.

This is a competitive procurement. The anticipated maximum award is $3.25 million over three years. The request for proposals and additional information can be found at http://www.biznet.ct.gov/SCP_Search/BidDetail.aspx?CID=40365. Proposals are due on August 18, 2016.

Application for Transformation Awards Released
The application for awards of up to $500,000 to transform care delivery was released as part of the Community and Clinical Integration Program (CCIP). Entities that submit a proposal for the Medicaid Quality Improvement and Shared Savings Program (MQISSP), Track 2, are eligible to apply. Only entities that are selected by the Department of Social Services to participate in MQISSP Track 2 are eligible to receive awards under this Request for Applications.

The application and additional information can be found at: http://www.biznet.ct.gov/SCP_Search/BidDetail.aspx?CID=40261. The Letter of Intent is due on July 11, 2016. The application is due on August 11, 2016.

DSS Issues Request for Proposals for Medicaid Quality Improvement and Shared Savings Program
The Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) requests proposals, posted at this link, http://www.biznet.ct.gov/SCP_Search/BidDetail.aspx?CID=40026. The RFP is open to FQHCs and Advanced Networks interested in becoming a participating entity in the new DSS Medicaid Quality Improvement and Shared Savings Program (MQISSP). MQISSP aims to continue to improve health outcomes and the care experience of Medicaid members and to contain the growth of health care costs. Read the RFP for full details.

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{Behavioral Health Listening Session} SIM Consumer Advisory Board Holds Behavioral Health Listening Forum

As part of the SIM consumer engagement strategy and in collaboration with the Consumer Advisory Board, a Behavioral Health Listening Forum was held on May 19, 2016. People who use mental health and addiction services, people who provide these services, and interested community members gathered to talk about access, team based care, payment reform and more. To read a summary of the event, click on the title.

SIM Symposium Held: From Accountable Care to Accountable Communities
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“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.