Network Update 20: 8/3/2012

Friday, August 3, 2012

CCNC in the News

Governing looks at duals. CCNC’s Denise Levis is quoted in a recent Governing article analyzing the impact of the Supreme Court decision on the dually-eligible population.

Award for “Best of the Best” in health care applications. The NC Community Health Information Portal (NC-HIP) is still under development, but its prototype has already won the top award at Datapalooza 2012. The web-based portal aims to provide timely, comprehensive information to a broad audience of users including CCNC network leaders, public health departments, health educators, hospital staff, researchers and academics. 

When fully functional, the site will geo-locate information from a variety of databases including provider locations, census data, health outcomes and health professional shortage areas (HPSAs). NC-HIP will give doctors, public health workers and policy-makers a new and robust tool for responding to the health needs of the community. The effort is funded by the Community Care of Southern Piedmont Beacon Community, developed in collaboration with CCNC, Health Landscapes, Inc., the NC Institute for Public Health and the Robert Graham Center.

Community-based programs in the spotlight. Several recent New York Times stories examine the benefits of community-driven health care.

  • A Mississippi health effort based on an Iranian experiences highlights the value of a community-based approach.
  • An Alaskan effort improves care through a community based, team oriented, data-driven approach. The story notes the importance of “upfront financing for training, data processing and the like.” Note letter-to-the-editor from the Blue Cross Association endorsing the concept.

New report on CCNC Utilization.  A new report from Treo Solutions details favorable utilization patterns in the CCNC population. Check out CCNC’s Results Page for details concerning Treo’s latest report on utilization. CCNC’s 2007-2010 trends are consistent with high-performing primary care medical homes: inpatient and ER utilization are consistently lower for the CCNC-enrolled population, while primary care visits and pharmaceutical prescriptions are higher. The full report is downloadable from CCNC’s website.

Pediatric collaboration gears up. A team under Steve Wegner is writing an operations plan for the Children’s Accountable Care Collaborative (CHACC). CMS has committed to approving 100 such Operations Plans by September 10.  Winner of a $9 million Innovations grant from CMS, the program will provide care coordination through embedded specialty care managers in the offices of specialists and through "parent navigators" working with patients in their homes. The program will serve Medicaid and CHIP children with chronic diseases through a broad coalition of academic medical centers across North Carolina. For more information, see the CMS Innovation site.

NC to weigh in on State Innovation Model (SIM). CCNC will participate in a new CMS initiative promoting development of  “State Health Care Innovation Plans” that can achieve the Triple Aim. The task is to “plan, design, test, and support evaluation of new payment and service delivery models in the context of a larger health system transformation. CCNC is working on a proposal due in mid-September, with awards to be announced in November. CMS will make $2 million available to 25 states to develop plans and between $20 million and $60 million available to 5 states over 36 months to implement plans approved by the agency. For more information, see the CMS Innovations site .

Informatics Center materials updated. Some new materials are available to assist you in explaining the scope and purpose of the Informatics Center (IC).

Social media update. Please help support CCNC's social media presence by following us on Twitter (@communitycarenc) and “liking” us on our Facebook page.

Career opportunities at CCNC. Applications are currently being accepted for the following positions. For more information, please see the CCNC Career Page.

  • Director of Analytics and Reporting
  • Senior Data Analyst
  • IC Reports Administrator
  • IC Reports Developer
  • Network Financial Analyst
  • Accreditation Coordinator

Welcome new faces. Please welcome Staff Attorney Shawn Parker, who started August 1, 2012.

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