Accountable Community of Health Update

Thank you for joining us!

Our next meeting will be Wednesday April 26, from 10am - 12pm at The Philanthropy Center.
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BHT will be hosting our next open drop-in hours Thursday April 6 from 3:30pm-6pm. Please stop by if you have any questions or ideas you'd like to discuss with ACH staff.

Medicaid Transformation Demonstration Project Survey

Our ACH will have to decide this year which optional projects laid out in the Medicaid Transformation Toolkit our region will be tackling in order to earn incentive dollars from Medicaid Demonstration. With so much potential for impact from each project it is hard to choose, however we know we need to be focused to succeed. Please share your feedback on which projects are the best fit for our region through this survey

Leadership Council Co-Chairs

We were excited to welcome Jac Davies, Executive Director of the Northwest Rural Health Network, as the new Co-Chair of the Leadership Council. Jac served as our emcee for the meeting, and will continue this role in future meetings with follow Co-Chair and BHT Board Member Pam Tietz, Executive Director of Spokane Housing Authority. 

Project Selection Process

As more details on expectations for Medicaid Demonstration Projects trickle down from HCA we are continually refining our project selection process in hopes of making it accessible to all community members interested in participating, while also focused enough to get us ready for the heavy amount of planning we'll have to do in a very short time. We thank you all for continued feedback throughout this process. 

At this meeting we announced our updated timeline for project selection, which you can view on this one pager. In summary, we are requesting a Letter of Interest from community organizations interested in collaborating on one of the optional Medicaid Demonstration Projects by May 15. Please download request and instructions for LOIs here. Our Board Evaluation Team will review those letters and invite selected proposals to present at a public Community Project Showcase event, where organizations "pitch" their projects in a short "Shark Tank" styled event. The Evaluation Team and audience members will evaluate project proposals against pre-determined criteria, and from there invite selected projects to continue on to join a planning team and prepare the full application. 

Alison's slides from this presentation can be downloaded here. Though we did not have time to go over them in the meeting, this slide deck includes updated overviews of the Medicaid Transformation Projects from the most recent draft of the toolkit. 

After overviewing the above, we debuted the draft selection criteria and asked for feedback from the Leadership Council. We intend to release the finalized criteria April 10th. If you were not in attendance at the meeting to give feedback, you can do so through this survey:

Best Start For Kids

We want to thank Valerie Tarico and Katharine Harkins from Resilient Generation for joining us this month to share an informative presentation on the Best Start for Kids. Their presentation gave us some great ideas for approaching a potential Maternal and Child Health program as part of the Demonstration. You can download their slides by clicking the image to the right. 

Opioid Task Force

Each ACH is required to collaborate on a project aimed at reducing and preventing Opioid use in the midst of this national epidemic. We are required to form a task force specific to this work, and are currently looking for community members with related content expertise to form this team. Our Task Force will be co-chaired by Torney Smith, Administrator for the Spokane Regional Health District and BHT Board Member, and Dr. Matt Layton of WSU College of Medicine. If you are interested, please fill out and return this application by April 17th. 

Healthier Washington Webinar

Healthier Washington Quarterly Webinar: The Role of Accountable Communities of Health.  

Accountable Communities of Health are an integral part of all strategies under the Healthier Washington initiative. So the next Healthier Washington quarterly webinar will explore the powerful role these regional collaboratives will play in our state. The presentation will include an update from the ACH evaluation team, spotlight the work of two ACHs are doing to address local health issues, and look ahead to the opportunity ACHs have to work with the state on its Medicaid Transformation Demonstration. This presentation will be of particular interest to individuals and organizations that want to learn more about ACHs and how to intersect with their work. Date: April 5, 2017 | Time: 1 to 2 p.m. | Register to join

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