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Webinar: SIM Prevention Service Initiative

The Office of Health Strategy - State Innovation Model is now accepting applications from Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) (including local health departments) and healthcare organizations interested in participating in the new Prevention Service Initiative. To learn more about this opportunity and to ask questions, please join us in one of two informational webinars next Friday, February 16.

February 16 from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Webinar for CBOs: Click HERE to Register
February 16 from 2 to 2:45pm  Webinar for Healthcare Organizations: Click HERE to Register


SIM Releases Operational Plan for Award Year 3

February 1st marked the beginning of the third year of the State Innovation Model initiative, which ends in the beginning of 2020. The newly released SIM Award Year 3 Operational Plan details the work that will be undertaken over the next year. The plan aims to move the State closer to the SIM goals of healthier people, better care, smarter spending, and health equity.


Office of Health Strategy - SIM Seeks Partnership with Community Health Collaboratives

OHS SIM is looking to partner with community health collaboratives from across the state on the design of the Health Enhancement Community initiative. This latest initiative aims to foster community-wide multi-sector collaboration and accountability to promote community health improvement and equity. Selected “reference communities” will work closely with the State for seven months to advance an actionable Health Enhancement Community strategy. Applicants can request funding of up to $50,000 per collaborative, to support costs related to their participation in this planning process. Applications are due on March 13, 2018. 

Click here to learn more and to apply.

Application Period Open for Prevention Service Initiative

OHS SIM is now accepting applications from Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) (including local health departments) and healthcare organizations interested in participating in the new Prevention Service Initiative. The initiative, launching in April, aims build contracted partnerships between healthcare organizations and CBOs for community-based asthma and diabetes management services. The goals of PSI include: improving the health of individuals, improving healthcare organization performance on quality measures, and enhancing the business competency skills of CBOs.  Selected CBOs and healthcare organizations will receive 18-months of no-cost technical assistance and direct funding to support their efforts in establishing these new contracts. The initiative targets Bridgeport, New Haven, Middletown and surrounding areas.

Application for Healthcare Organizations (due March 2, 2018)

Application for CBOs (due March 9, 2018)


OHS & the SIM PMO Seek Public Comment on Primary Care Payment Reform Report
The Office of Health Strategy seeks public comment on the report and recommendations of the Practice Transformation Task Force entitled Primary Care Payment Reform: Unlocking the Potential of Primary Care.  The PTTF recommends that Connecticut’s payers and providers implement reforms to enable primary care providers to expand and diversify their care teams and provide more flexible, non-visit based methods for patient care, support and engagement. The PMO will accept public comment through March 22, 2018. For more information click here.

DSS Seeks Proposals for Wave 2 of PCMH+
The Department of Social Services (DSS) is requesting proposals from qualified Federally Qualified Health Centers and Advanced Networks to participate in the Department’s Person-Centered Medical Home Plus Program, Wave 2 (PCMH+W2). PCMH+ provides person-centered, comprehensive and coordinated care to HUSKY members. Click here for more information. DSS will accept proposals until 2 p.m. on February 26. For more information, click here.

Attention Employers! Free Program to Improve Health Benefits for Employees
Employers struggle to offer affordable, comprehensive health benefits to employees. The SIM Program Management Office has a new, no-cost program to help. Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) is a benefits strategy that improves employee health and productivity, and guides employers and employees to spend healthcare dollars more efficiently. The SIM PMO is now offering a technical assistance program to self-insured employers interested in providing value-based health benefits. Any self-insured employer with Connecticut residents enrolled in its health plan may apply by completing a short questionnaire. For more information, please read the VBID Technical Assistance Fact Sheet. Interested employers may participate in a webinar to learn more on February 20th at noon. The PMO is taking applications through February 23, 2018. Please submit any questions to aharrington@freedmanhealthcare.com.

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.