North Sound Community Newsletter

  • 01 Mar 2017 3:59 PM
    Message # 4642136
    As We Head Toward Spring ...

    I wasn't imagining another snowfall when I went to sleep last night, and it always brings to mind those who are experiencing homelessness or living in sub-standard housing who don't have warmth and safety as they close their eyes. Imagine if we could change something significant to improve lives and health of people who live in Snohomish, Skagit, Island, San Juan or Whatcom Counties? What would you focus on first?

    The Accountable Communities of Health, spread across Washington State, offer a unique opportunity to foster partnership, collaboration, and support to embark on innovative work together AND to begin implementing those strategies.  

    The North Sound ACH, one of nine ACHs in Washington, plays a critical role of bringing leaders together who want to improve health. We will have increased resources because of the Medicaid Transformation Demonstration Project, but also increased responsibility for transparency, accountability and public engagement. We hope to see you at forums like the ones described below so that we can incorporate your best thinking into our work. 

    -Liz Baxter
    Health Care Authority Public Forum
    On March 1st leaders from the Health Care Authority will be in Mt Vernon to provide details of the state’s plan to test new and innovative approaches to providing Medicaid health coverage in Washington.

    The North Sound Region public forum will be held from 6 to 7:30pm Wednesday, March 1 at the Skagit Valley College Multipurpose Room, 2405 E. College Way in Mt. Vernon. We hope to see you there. It is intended as an opportunity for you to engage, ask questions, and offer comments about the State's efforts to transform the health of people across the state.

    HCA leadership will explain the three initiative areas of the demonstration:
    • Regional strategies for system transformation
    • Service options for older adults and individuals with disabilities
    • Key foundational community support services for Medicaid clients with critical needs
    The State of Washington received a signed agreement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), providing up to $1.1 billion in incentives to launch a five-year demonstration, effective January 1, 2017, to achieve better care, better health, and better value; as well as $375 million to support services for Medicaid clients. Find details and resources on the
    Medicaid Transformation web page.
    March 10 Webinar to Offer Updates on Initiative 3

    On March 10, the Health Care Authority (HCA) will offer a webinar on the Foundational Community Supports (FCS) program, also known as Initiative 3 of the Medicaid transformation demonstration. The FCS program allows for two new targeted Medicaid benefits: supportive housing and supported employment. The webinar will provide important updates on these services, and how they will be implemented.

    The supportive housing benefit of this initiative will receive an additional service package, known as Community Transition Services. These services are one-time supports to help individuals at risk of institutionalization access stable community housing.

    In addition, HCA and Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) will administer the FCS benefits through a single, statewide Third Party Administrator (TPA). The TPA allows for the benefits to be delivered to those with the greatest and most immediate need of these evidence-based supports. These new services will provide necessary transition support for clients receiving Supportive Housing Services through the Medicaid demonstration. 

    The webinar will detail these new developments and outline next steps.

    Webinar details:
    Date: March 10
    Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.

    Register online

    For more information:
    Medicaid demonstration web page
    Initiative 3 web page
    Initiative 3 fact sheet

    Two events at the Tulalip Resort & Conference Center

    19th Annual Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine Conference on March 2 & 3 
    The goal of the 19th Annual Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine Conference is to enhance the skills and performance of healthcare professionals who treat patients with substance abuse disorders through new scientific, best practices, treatment, tools and modalities in all areas of addiction medicine. 

    Register online 

    Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorders - The Half & Half Course - **PHYSICIANS ONLY** on March 2 
    The combined face-to-face training and the online computer study and examination provides the required 8-hours needed to obtain the waiver to prescribe buprenorphine in the office-based treatment of opioid use disorders.

    Register online 
    Attention Clinicians: Free Training on Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) on March 23rd 

    Are you a primary care provider who would like to offer the most effective forms of contraception?  On March 23, the North Sound ACH is offering a *free* training on LARC for health staff serving Skagit, Snohomish, Island, San Juan and Whatcom counties.  Providers may receive CME hours by attending the training in Skagit County. Spaces are limited so please register today using this link!

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