Friday, April 18, 2014

Task Force Recommends Clinical Decision-Support Systems for CVD Prevention

“The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends clinical decision-support systems (CDSS) for prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) based on sufficient evidence of effectiveness in improving screening for CVD risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol and practices for CVD-related preventive care services, clinical tests, and treatments. Read the full Task Force Finding and Rationale Statement for details including implementation issues, possible added benefits, potential harms, and evidence gaps.” [Source: COPrevent]

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ClinicNET Conversations: April Blog Post by ClinicNET Executive Director, Sharon Adams

Check out Sharon’s April blog post, “Support for an Improved Tomorrow” that recaps The Forum 2014. Click here to view past ClinicNET Conversations blog posts.

“Every year I leave our annual conference, The Forum, energized and humbled by the work of our affiliates. This year was no exception as I listened to clinics describe how they are helping patients navigate the new world of health care reform and finding opportunities to improve care and expand the support they provide.” Continue reading…

Health IT Summit May 21st

“Please join us for a Health IT Summit: Clinical Quality Measurement and Population Health hosted by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on May 21, 7:30-11:30am at History Colorado Center. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided, with featured speakers from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the National Quality Forum. Seating is limited – Confirm your attendance today!

Health information technology has the potential to improve performance through data-informed quality improvement processes. CDPHE is convening this Health IT Summit for partners and thought leaders from Colorado to help develop strategies to make health IT more effective statewide, improving clinical quality and reducing the provider, practice and system level burdens from measurement and reporting complexity.

During this Colorado Health IT Summit, we will hear from state and national experts, learn about federal initiatives and local efforts, and gather feedback from a diverse group of stakeholders. This Summit will set the stage for continued collaboration, dialogue and action to enhance the value of health IT in Colorado.

We look forward to your participation in this event. An agenda with additional details will be provided prior to the meeting. Please contact 303-692-6397 or ellen.steiner@state.co.us with any questions.” [Source: CDPHE]

2015 Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Deeming Application for Free Clinics

"This Program Assistance Letter (PAL) supplements Program Information Notice (PIN) 2011-02, Free Clinics Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Program Policy Guide, and provides guidance on the Calendar Year (CY) 2015 deeming application process for medical malpractice liability coverage under the provisions of section 224(o) of the PHS Act and the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA). This PAL contains instructions for free clinics on how to apply to HRSA for medical malpractice coverage under the FTCA for CY 2015 on behalf of their volunteer free clinic health care professionals, board members, officers, employees, and/or contractors.

Although the process isn’t exactly the same for free clinics compared to FQHCs, some technical assistance resources have been posted that may also be helpful to the process for free clinics." [Source: HRSA]

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Professional Skill Development Distance Learning Series

CCHN, in partnership with CHAMPS, is pleased to announce the launch of the “Lunchtime Learning” Professional Skill Development Distance Learning Series! These six one-hour leadership and skill development webcasts will take place between April and September of 2014 and are open to all Colorado Rural Health Centers, Community Safety Nets and Community Mental Health Centers.

Cost: Safety net staff who want to participate in the LIVE events will be charged $50/link after the event. We encourage multiple people to participate per purchased link. Scholarships and discounts are available should financial barriers be present. Contact CCHN for more information.

Webcasts take place Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00pm MST:
  • April 30, 2014: Tell Your Money Who’s Boss – Learn to Get the Most Out of Your Paycheck. Register now.
  • May 21, 2014:  Create Great Credit. Register now.
  • June 18, 2014:  Using Core Dimensions – Building Values, Trust, and Relationships
  • July 23, 2014:  Foundations for Influencing – An Essential Leadership Trait
  • Aug. 20, 2014:  Influencing through Negotiation
  • Sept. 17, 2014:  Motivational Interviewing” [Source: CCHN]

Mental Health First Aid Colorado offers Youth Instructor Training Opportunity

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Colorado is planning to host two Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor courses in the coming months and is now accepting applications for interested candidates. These are five-day “train-the-trainer” style courses for individuals to become certified to deliver the 8-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid training course in their community.  The Youth MHFA Application Packet asks applicants to indicate and rank their availability for the two planned courses.

Please note that the funding for this opportunity is still being confirmed and these training courses will not take place should those funds become unavailable for any reason. However, the intent is that selected applicants will receive a full scholarship to pay for their participation in the training ($2,000 value). Travel and related expenses would be the responsibility of selected applicants.

All applications must be fully completed and submitted via email to Rikke Siersbaek at rsiersbaek@cbhc.org or delivered in person to the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council at 1580 Logan Street, Suite 400, Denver, CO 80203. Applications are due no later than 3:00pm, Friday, April 25th. Questions can be submitted to Brian Turner at bturner@cbhc.org.”  [Source: CBHC]

Basic Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP) Training – Webinar hosted by HCPF

“The Department is hosting a basic training via WebEx. The training information will cover the very basic information for the CICP program; therefore new employees or employees with little knowledge of CICP are encouraged to participate.  The webinar will be held Tuesday, April 29 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. Space is limited, reserve your space here!” [Source: HCPF]