This session will introduce two new resources related to calculating and benchmarking your health center’s cost of care. The first resource focuses on presenting a methodology for calculating cost of care, including appropriately allocating direct and indirect costs to various services. The second resource presents health center cost of care trends based on UDS data for use as a benchmarking tool, providing comparative data for health centers of various sizes, in urban/rural locations, and based on comprehensiveness of care. Capital Link staff and a health center CFO will discuss the importance of using this information and data in a fee-for-service environment and as the sector transitions to a value-based reimbursement.
Traumatic situations, such as abuse, neglect, experiencing natural disasters, seeing family members impacted by immigration situations, or witnessing violent acts, can affect a child’s development. Health centers can lessen the impact of childhood trauma via the provision of workshops for parents and training for teachers to recognize signs and symptoms, short or long-term counseling, and therapy sessions at various levels. Nationally, we are also seeing long-term champions for children, such as Sesame Workshop and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, increase their attention to develop resources in this space. Presenters will discuss their experiences and programs that have proven effective at the health center level, identify resources for providers and families, and engage participants in a robust Q&A on how health centers can lead.
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program help health centers to attract and retain the most talented workforce possible to meet the needs of vulnerable patients and populations. These health workforce programs also provide significant resources such as scholarships, loan repayments, and clinician residency training to ensure that a skilled workforce will be available for health center patients in the future. About half of the NHSC clinicians serve in health centers and nearly half of the 5,000 NHSC-approved sites are community health centers. Mandatory funding for both these programs ended on September 30, 2017 removing $370,000,000 annually in workforce investments in health centers. What has been the impact of these programs going over the cliff? This session will highlight how health centers and their partners have worked to mitigate these impacts and the lessons learned in the process.
Recent policy changes and legislative activity, both on the federal and state levels, have drastically changed the health center funding profile. This session will attempt to quantify the financial impact of these changes. Potential changes include: the 330 funding cliff, the lack of CHIP reauthorization, changes to the health insurance rules, and state Medicaid waivers. Presenters will identify the individual elements impacted (size of grant, patient eligibility/payor mix, and other payment rules), and give participants financial precepts for evaluating their impact. They will also evaluate the impact of PPS alternative payment methodologies (APMs) throughout the country.
This session will discuss hot topics and trends in state Medicaid policy that impact health centers and the patients they serve, including Medicaid 1115 waiver activity.
Speakers will provide updates on the most recent policy developments in the 340B space, including on the Hill, at HRSA, and in the field.
Now more than ever, health center advocates are using digital advocacy to connect with legislators, share news and information, and engage with supporters and patients. This session will address how health center staff can best leverage social media for effective advocacy campaigns, news and updates, event sharing, and patient and community engagement. If you are interested in bolstering your health center's presence on social media for the purposes of advocacy, this session will be beneficial.
Community health workers (CHWs) have made important contributions to communities and health and social service systems for decades. Although interest in the CHW workforce has grown in recent years, further progress is impeded by fragmented policy development efforts, persistent lack of stakeholder understanding of CHWs, and lack of a unified voice for the workforce itself. This session will describe two prominent new and interrelated national projects addressing these barriers, and provide an update on important initiatives by federal agencies and national organizations regarding CHWs.
Coordinating and integrating behavioral health and substance use treatment services within primary care has been proven to be a highly effective care strategy. Health centers have long provided these services to better meet the multi-faceted needs of their patients under one roof. As federal and state policymakers have grown increasingly interested in enhancing access to these services in recent years, health centers can play a key role in informing policy conversations and system changes to enhancing patient care. This session will provide attendees with the latest policy news on behavioral health and substance use treatment services and trends across the country. Speakers will discuss ways they are engaging in policy and system changes at the federal, state, and local levels to advance integration and enhance patient care.
Health center patients come from a wide range of cultural, socioeconomic, and linguistic backgrounds, and health centers have been successful at delivering culturally competent care to all of their patients and successfully bringing community members in for care. During a time of polarizing political issues, health care reform, immigration reform debate, and other policy challenges and opportunities for health centers, it is more important than ever that health center patients express their voice to its full force. This session will discuss methods for integrating advocacy into health center operations and the best practices for doing so in culturally competent ways. Participants will hear from experts working with the farmworker and homeless populations, and other diverse groups to learn methods for culturally competent outreach and education, strategies for engaging in more advocacy and civic engagement with these populations, and the importance and power of doing so for the future of health centers and the millions of patients they serve.