- The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will accept applications for SHIP Cohort Three Monday, September 18, 2017 through Friday, October 13, 2017. The application is open to any primary care practice interested in the PCMH model of care. For more information, visit the SHIP website at SHIP.idaho.gov.
It’s not too late for your PCMH clinic to earn virtual designation status. There are still limited spots left. Clinics attaining the designation receive a grant of up to $2,500. If you’re interested in becoming a virtual PCMH, there will be another application released before January 2018. To date, there are 24 virtual PCMH clinics; watch the SHIP website for a list of those clinics, coming soon.
You’ll recall from previous newsletters that we’ve been working on launching the data quality improvement process. As part of that effort, we had planned to schedule site visits with the IHDE Data Quality Specialist. One of our first steps also involved performing internal data validation among our two vendors, IHDE, and HealthTech Solutions (HTS). This data validation has been productive in uncovering data gaps that need to be addressed before we’re able to work with the clinics on the analytics dashboard. As a result, we’ve decided to postpone our site visits with clinics while we work to address the broader data gaps we have identified.
The final application to participate in SHIP Cohort Three will open online on September 18, 2017. The application will be available by going to www.ship.idaho.gov between September 18 and October 13 and clicking the “PCMH Final Application” button on the right pane to complete the application. Cohort Three will begin February 1, 2018 and end January 31, 2019.
As part of the State Innovation Model (SIM) grant, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) conducts onsite visits to each grant awardee. The visit provides an opportunity for our federal partners to see and hear about the work we’re doing at the ground level. In August Dr. Steven Cha, Director of the State Innovations Group with CMMI, Chris Crider, Idaho’s CMMI project officer, and Patricia Mactaggart, Senior Advisor with the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) came to Idaho for their second site visit since our grant was awarded.
World Alzheimer’s Day is September 21st. But awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia is something never to be forgotten. Dementia is the umbrella name for a group of brain disorders causing symptoms from memory loss and impaired language to difficulties with concentration and decision-making, confusion, and disorientation. Alzheimer’s disease is one of those disorders. It’s also the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60-80% of all dementias.
Alzheimer’s in Idaho
The disease, which is not a normal part of the aging process, is the 6th leading cause of death in Idaho. It increased 41 percent in 2015 over 2014 which is higher than the national rate. Today 24,000 people in Idaho aged 65 and older have Alzheimer’s; in just eight years, that number is expected to climb to 33,000. The Medicaid costs of caring for Alzheimer’s patients in Idaho in 2017 will top $129 million; by 2025 that number is expected to increase by 47.8%.
Two training opportunities for Community Health Workers (CHWs) are beginning this August. Sponsored by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) through the Idaho Statewide Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP) in collaboration with Idaho State University (ISU), there is no cost to participate in either course for individuals who complete the course(s). The application and registration period is open and space is available in both courses:
The Idaho Primary Care Association is presenting an in-depth guide to the 2017 NCQA recognition requirements and the process for achieving PCMH recognition. The three-day training will be held in Boise, September 20-22. The two-part training includes Intro to PCMH 2017: Foundational Concepts of the Medical Home on September 20-21 and Advanced PCMH 2017: Succeeding in Medical Home Recognition* on September 22.
The introductory NCQA Academy class is an in-depth guide to NCQA Recognition requirements and the process for achieving PCMH recognition. It’s designed for health care professionals, health care decision makers, and consultants interested in getting a perspective directly from expert faculty from NCQA. This course will provide a thorough review of the PCMH 2017 requirements and the documentation needed to support an application for NCQA Recognition.