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SIM PMO seeks proposals for services to support the Advanced Medical Home Program
The State Innovation Model (SIM) Program Management Office is seeking practice transformation services to support the Advanced Medical Home (AMH) Program.  The goal of the AMH Program is to improve practice and patient experience and to provide for a whole-person centered and effective care process.  Services include but are not limited to, practice transformation support, development and implementation of a learning collaborative for participating practices and evaluation.

The PMO seeks to implement this contract on or before November 1, 2016 with a contract end date of March 31, 2018.  This is a competitive procurement.  The anticipated maximum award is $1,800,000 for this initial contract.  The resulting contract will include an option to extend for a second wave of practices, potentially at a comparable amount of funding.  The application due date is September 26, 2016.

The Request for Proposals is available in electronic format on the DAS State Contracting Portal at:  http://www.biznet.ct.gov/SCP_Search/BidDetail.aspx?CID=40776.

Public Comment Sought on VBID Self-Insured Employer Manual
The SIM Program Management Office and the Office of the State Comptroller released the Value-Based Insurance Design Employer Manual for Self-Insured Employers. The manual contains templates and supporting documentation for self-insured employers interested in developing value based insurance design plans.

Click here for more information and to access the report. Public comment may be submitted until September 13, 2016 and can be sent via email to sim@ct.gov. When submitting comments, please reference "SIM VBID" in the subject line.

CMMI Visits Connecticut 
{Steve Cha, CMMI State Innovation Group} Representatives from the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), which funds the SIM grant, visited Connecticut this month. Connecticut’s SIM was praised for its robust consumer engagement. In addition, Steve Cha, the Director of the State Innovation Group at CMMI (pictured) described the importance of the upcoming Quality Payment Program: “As the national Quality Payment Program is rolled out, it will be critical that SIM payment and care models are aligned in the state of Connecticut in order to help providers make that transition.”

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 26, 2016.


SIM Consumer Advisory Board Holds Behavioral Health Listening Forum 
{Behavioral Health Listening Session} 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. Read more here.