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{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

{Advanced Medical Home Conference Panel}  
Recruitment of Practices for Transformation is in Full Swing: SIM AMH Conference
On December 8th, the SIM initiative brought together over a hundred healthcare providers, administrators, and practice staff to hear about why it has never been a better time to become a patient-centered medical home (PCMH). Alice Ferguson (far right), patient advocate and member of the SIM Consumer Advisory Board, shared her challenges as a person with a serious health condition trying to navigate the uncoordinated health system. Team-based care and communication, key tenants of a medical home, were critical to achieving her goals for recovery. Read more about the other speakers and access the presentations here.  

Applications Open for Advanced Medical Home Program
The SIM Program Management Office is currently accepting applications for participation in our Advanced Medical Home (AMH) Program. The program is open to 150 eligible primary care practices within Advanced Networks. Selected participants will receive technical assistance support to obtain the Advanced Medical Home designation, which includes NCQA PCMH 2017 recognition.
Click here to find out if your practice is eligible and to apply. The deadline to apply is December 20, 2016.

Learn more about the AMH Program by visiting http://www.healthreform.ct.gov/AMH_Initiative.

Healthcare Innovation Steering Committee approves Quality Council Report
On Thursday, November 10th, the Healthcare Innovation Steering Committee approved the final draft of the Report of the Quality Council on a Multi-Payer Quality Measure Set for Improving Connecticut's Healthcare Quality. The report contains the recommendations of the Quality Council regarding a core set of quality measures for use in value-based payment arrangements. Click here to read the full report.

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

Click here for more information and to access the report. The public comment period will close on November 25, 2016.