Thursday, April 24, 2014

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Offerings

Through a generous grant from Kaiser Permanente's Community Benefit Program, ClinicNET is pleased to once again offer access to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) offerings. This program offers ClinicNET affiliates access to conference registration scholarships and travel support funding to participate in IHI activities. Click here to see all offerings.  Upcoming seminars and training can also be viewed on IHI's website.

IHI is an independent nonprofit organization that works to accelerate improvement by building the will for change, cultivating concepts for improving patient care, and helping health care systems put those ideas into action. IHI offers conferences and courses throughout the year.  For a list of IHI offerings available for support funding click here. If you are interested in a particular offering please contact Brooke Powers at brooke.powers@clinicnet.org or 720-863-7803.

Connect for Health Colorado Updates

  • Please view a summary of open enrollment activities, which includes extensive data, and issued a press release about our progress. County data is also available as a separate document.
  • If you have a life change event or if you have received an advance premium tax credit and your income has changed, please contact the Customer Service Center, 1-855-752-6749, to report changes.
  • In May, Connect for Health Colorado and the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing will co-host meetings around the state about the single-streamlined medical application and training needs. Stakeholders will be contacted with further details as soon as they are available.” [Source:  Connect for Health Colorado]

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

National Health Services Corps site application open

The National Health Service Corps site application for NEW sites is now open through June 16th. Please contact the Primary Care Office at 303-692-2466 for assistance with your application. Click here for more information.

HCPF Updates

More Kids in Colorado Gain Medicaid and CHP+ Coverage: The Department recently announced it has enrolled more than 22,700 children since October 1, 2013 who were previously eligible for Medicaid or Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+), but had not yet enrolled in coverage. Since October 1, 2013, more than 14,450 new children have enrolled in Medicaid. Additionally, more than 8,250 new children are now receiving coverage through CHP+. For more information please see our press release here.

Upcoming Accountable Care Collaborative Stakeholder Meetings: The Department is seeking stakeholder input and feedback on the future of the Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC). Through a series of stakeholder meetings, the Department, in collaboration with the Colorado Health Institute (CHI), seeks to collect client, provider, and stakeholder input on the next phase of the ACC strategic plan. Additionally, the stakeholder meetings will inform the Department’s development of the next Request for Proposals (RFP) process for the Regional Care Collaborative Organizations (RCCO). All stakeholder meetings are open to the public. For more information click here or visit Colorado.gov/HCPF/ACC then click on ACC Updates and News in the left navigation bar. If you have questions about the upcoming stakeholder meetings or RFP process, please contact RCCORFP@state.co.us.

Click here for the latest ACA Implementation News from April 17th. This issue will provide you information about the upcoming PEAK upgrades and accompanying trainings from the PEAK Outreach Team.” [Source: HCPF]

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Free Nursing Course Available: SBIRT & Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

SBIRT & Introduction to Motivational Interviewing June 20, Anschutz Medical Campus

This FREE one-day course will introduce participants to SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) and provide beginning skills for Motivational Interviewing (MI) which is integral to applying SBIRT in health care settings. Risky substance use is a factor in all aspects of health and wellness and addressing this topic is sometimes an uncomfortable process. SBIRT is proactive and preventive; screening everyone can identify substance use as a contributing factor to many medical conditions. SBIRT improves outcomes for chronic diseases, and can contribute to the wellness of patients. With a renewed focus on prevention in healthcare, alcohol screening and brief intervention is a piece of the future of healthcare. Taking little time, SBIRT is an opportunity to improve the health of patients. Lunch, materials and CE will be provided.

All health care professionals who work directly with patients/clients who are facing difficult choices in health behavior change, and/or those with chronic illnesses are invited to attend. Click here to register.

Continuing Nursing Education Credit: 8.25 total contact hours (5.25 standard hours, 3.0 pharmacology hours). Questions: NursingCE@ucdenver.edu or 303-724-6883.” [Source: Colorado Rural Health Center Updates]

Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care Practice Report from HRSA

“The Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care Practice report was released by the Health Resources and Services Administration. This report describes three components and makes recommendations. It is anticipated that the report and its recommendations serve as guiding principles and provide a framework for the design of competency-based, interprofessional practice model to integrate oral health and primary care.” [Source: HRSA]

Monday, April 21, 2014

Colorado Maternal Child Health Program releases oral health issue brief

“The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Epidemiology, Planning, and Evaluation Branch and state Maternal Child Health Program is releasing Children's Oral Health in Colorado, the third in a series of MCH Epidemiologic Issue Briefs. These issue briefs provide a four-page summary of current state data related to MCH priorities and emerging MCH issues.  They include background information on a priority issue, highlight current related indicator data (including health disparities data), and describe trend data.

We have already shared the unintended pregnancy and infant mortality issue briefs and soon will release briefs on child and youth injury and obesity across the life course. The Colorado Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program is responsible for monitoring data related to the MCH population and completing  a state-level needs assessment once every five years. MCH submits this assessment with the annual Colorado Title V MCH Block Grant Report and Application.” [Source: COPrevent]