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State Innovation Model Launches Consumer Engagement Efforts
{CAB Southeast Asian Listening Session} October marked the beginning of State Innovation Model (SIM) efforts to engage consumers in the implementation phases of the grant. As the healthcare system changes, engaging and empowering consumers in their current and future role in the healthcare system is critical.

SIM has a variety of stakeholder and consumer engagement efforts, outlined in our Stakeholder Engagement Plan. The SIM Consumer Advisory Board’s mission is to advocate for and facilitate strong public and consumer input to inform policy and operational decisions on healthcare reform in Connecticut. Towards this mission, the Consumer Advisory Board held two forums in the months of October: a Rural Healthcare Forum, and a Southeast Asian Listening Session.

{Advanced Medical Home Kick Off Event} The Advanced Medical Home Pilot Kickoff on September 24th marked the beginning of a several month journey to transform the way primary care is delivered for 50 practices in Connecticut. Through their feedback and experience, these practices will inform the statewide Advanced Medical Home Program, which is one initiative being implemented through Connecticut’s State Innovation Model. The Advanced Medical Home (AMH)
program will support the advancement of more than 350 primary care practices over a three year period.

{Where innovation is happening nationwide.} Driving Healthcare Innovation: Insights from Other SIM States
Earlier this summer, the Connecticut Health Foundation convened a summit on promising health care system innovations from other states around the country. Connecticut has recently received a $45 million four-year grant as part of Round Two. Four of the six states from the first round (2013) of SIM grants were represented at the summit: Maine, Minnesota, Oregon, and Vermont. Topics covered include innovative health reforms including payment reform and those impacting health disparities.

Heart disease and stroke are the cause of 1 in 3 deaths, and the leading cause of preventable deaths in America. They cost $315.4 B in healthcare costs a year, and are the leading contributors to racial disparities in life expectancy.

Last week the Connecticut Department of Public Health, in partnership with the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors coordinated a Million Hearts Workshop for healthcare leaders, healthcare providers, insurers, and pharmacy students. The focus of the workshop was the role of pharmacy services such as Medication Therapy Management in achieving the objectives of the Million Hearts Campaign.

Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, Chair of the State Innovation Model, Director of Healthcare Innovation Dr. Mark Schaefer, and Connecticut Healthcare Advocate Vicki Veltri today announced that Alliance Medical Group of Middlebury, Northeast Medical Group of Stratford, St. Vincent's Health Partners of Bridgeport, and Western CT Health Network of Danbury will receive technical assistance under the State Innovation Model (SIM) Advanced Medical Home Vanguard pilot program. The four practices represent more than 30 providers in Connecticut. Primary care practices are encouraged to participate in the Advanced Medical Home Vanguard Program pilot program. Applications are accepted on a first-come first-served basis.