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PMO Seeks Public Comment on revised V-BID Employer Manuals
The SIM Program Management Office and the Office of the State Comptroller released streamlined Value-Based Insurance Design Employer Manuals for Self-Insured and Fully-Insured Employers. The manuals contains templates and supporting documentation for employers interested in developing value based insurance design plans. Click here for more information and to access the manuals. Comments, questions, and concerns regarding these manuals may be submitted until September 17, 2017 to the SIM Program Management Office at sim@ct.gov.

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.

{Youth Summit Healthcare Town Hall} Kids and young adults with disabilities have a lot to say about health care
On Saturday, May 13th, more than 80 young adults discussed how to "Build a Great Life." PATH Parent to Parent/Family Voices of CT (PATH/FVCT) and their youth with disabilities group, CT Kids as Self Advocates (CT KASA) organized an all-day youth summit at the St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. As part of the summit, they engaged in a Social Media Healthcare Town Hall, where they discussed their healthcare concerns and learned from each other. The Town Hall was facilitated by the SIM Consumer Advisory Board and funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Click here to read more about the event.

Connecticut Business Group on Health Event Promotes Value-Based Insurance Design
The Connecticut Business Group on Health hosted an event in partnership with the SIM Program Management Office and the Office of the State Comptroller to promote value-based strategies for improving healthcare in the state. The event focused on how the SIM Value-Based Insurance Design initiative and the Connecticut Choosing Wisely Collaborative can improve quality and experience of care for consumers, and reduce healthcare costs. The primary goal of the event was to bring employers, providers, health plans, and consumers around the table to discuss how they could work together to improve value in healthcare. Click here to read more.

{A DPH report shows CT ranks poorly on asthma control.} New Report Finds Connecticut Ranks Poorly on Asthma, Alcohol Consumption, and High Cholesterol
A recently released annual report conducted by the Department of Public Health finds that Connecticut ranks worse than half of all states on high blood cholesterol, current asthma, and excessive alcohol consumption. Moreover, the prevalence of asthma in Connecticut has worsened since 2014, increasing by 14%.

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Report compares select health indicators and risk factors to prevalence at the national level, and tracks the changes from 2011 to 2015. Click here to access the full report. Click here for more information on CT BRFSS.

{VBID Consortium Member Tekisha Everette talks about health information technology.}

What Connecticut's consumers are saying about Health IT...
Connecticut’s new Health Information Technology Officer, Allan Hackney, is holding discussions with people across the state to inform a strategy around health information exchange and technology.  Consumers and consumer advocates shared their views at a recent forum. Click here to learn what they said.

Check this website to follow the work of the new Health Information Technology Program Management Office and the Health Information Technology Advisory Council: http://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Lt-Governor/Health-IT-Advisory-Council