The Health Center Program Requirements provide Federally Qualified Community Health Centers - both 330-funded grantees and Look-Alikes - with a valuable framework and floor on which they can build and enhance their operations. HRSA conducts regular oversight of health centers through Operational Site Visits (OSVs). The OSV provides health centers with an important opportunity to strategically examine and assess their delivery of services, management and finance, governance structure, and how they conduct needs assessments.
This session will provide participants with an overview of how health centers can utilize the OSV preparation process to significantly improve clinical and operational performance. Speakers include leaders from health centers that engaged in a robust internal review process ahead of their OSV. Speakers will share lessons learned from engaging in this process and promising practices for using this process to strategically assess areas in need of greater oversight or improvement. Learn about key trends and patterns that emerge in OSVs and how these can translate into becoming higher performing, innovative providers of comprehensive primary health care services.
The FQHC Prospective Payment System, which is cost-based and volume-driven, does not appear to be consistent with the Quadruple Aim and national health care goals. Health centers in several states are looking at new models of payment that focus on population health and outcomes. This session will discuss the goals, structures, and implementation considerations of FQHC alternative payment methodologies (APMs) around the country, as well as other innovative payment systems.
Limited to 50 participants.
HRSA's Operational Site Visits (OSVs) are conducted to assess a Federally Qualified Health Center's compliance with the 19 Health Center Program requirements. While these program requirements are critical to a health center's success, they ultimately provide health centers with a foundation on which they can build high-performing, operationally excellent organizations.
This learning lab provides an in-depth look into the HRSA Operational Site Visit. OSV reviewers and a legal expert will offer their perspectives and insights on performance improvement as a result of OSV trends. Each presenter will describe how high-performing health centers prepare and execute the OSV, and how the preparation process provides a strategic opportunity for health centers to strengthen and improve their overall operations. Presenters include a clinical reviewer, fiscal reviewer, governance and administrative reviewer, and legal expert. The presenters will address the four major areas under review during OSVs - services, management and finance, governance, and need - and discuss promising practices observed at high-performing centers. Time will be reserved for table discussions with both the reviewers and peers from other health centers.
All NACHC Learning Labs are limited in participant space and require special registration. Learning labs are open ONLY to full-paying attendees.
The $25 fee for lab participation partially subsidizes the light refreshments included in all labs. Preregistration and $25 fee required by August 16, 2017. No on-site registration available.
This session will address both clinical and policy issues involved in caring for immigrant, refugee, and migrant patients in health centers. Learn from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) experts about how primary care clinicians in the U.S. can access overseas vaccination records for their refugee patients and about CDC resources aimed at improving the health of refugees and preventing disease. An attorney with the National Immigration Law Center will highlight important policy developments that health center providers and their patients should be aware of. There will be ample time for discussion.
From deeming to claims, ensuring that your health center maintains its Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) coverage has never been more challenging. Maintaining FTCA coverage is not easy. The new deeming requirements, involvement of various agencies including HRSA, Office of General Counsel and the Department of Justice, and the increased accountability and responsibility mean that health centers need to pay the closest attention ever to the elements of their FTCA program and claims. In this session, trusted and experienced health center attorneys will discuss the complex multitude of risks in FTCA coverage for health centers. The risks range from being related to their applications and participation, either deeming or redeeming, in the FTCA program, including the new possibility that 330 grant conditions may preclude health centers from receiving their FTCA deeming, to common concerns around the complex set of rules on which FTCA coverage is based. The speakers also will provide information and answer questions about the most up-to-date FTCA "hot topics" that health centers across the country face in the ever-changing healthcare environment, including adding volunteers to your FTCA coverage.
Health centers' role in and contributions to preventive women's health and family planning has been significant. This session will spotlight recent vanguard family planning activities, including results of a George Washington University/Kaiser Family Foundation national survey of family planning in health centers; an LGBTQIA Technical Expert Panel convened by the U.S. Office of Population Affairs; a model used in Colorado that reduced teen pregnancy by 40 percent; and new recommendations for the National Qaulity Forum (NQF) and e-measures. A look at practice, policy, provider engagement as well as local issues related to organizational culture and support will be provided.
In the United States, deaths caused by hepatitis C have now surpassed most blood-borne infectious diseases, including HIV. With community health centers caring for over 24 million patients, they are at the frontline of this epidemic, carrying the burden of screening, linking, and treating the most vulnerable populations. To make matters worse, the rise of opioid abuse in the U.S. could have catastrophic implications on the spread of the virus. This session will focus on three different topics: Health Information Technology and Moving Patients through the Hepatitis C Care Cascade, Primary Care-Public Health Partnerships, and 340B Utilization in a Community Health Center Setting. Each topic will offer exciting emerging models and practices that address the rise of hepatitis C infections within this country.
During this session, panelists will share a diverse set of advocacy best practices, currently working on the ground at the health center and PCA level, to grow the health center advocacy network and drive increased engagement, achieve ACE/HACE status, effectively leverage social media for advocacy, cultivate relationships with key influencers, and more.
The various value-based payment models present a significant opportunity for health centers to increase revenues and demonstrate their value. However, these opportunities increase risk health center leaders need to recognize and understand how to navigate. This session will discuss the legal, financial, and operational aspects of risk; the importance of risk in value-based payment models; and strategies health centers can use when approaching these contracts. As part of this session, panelists will discuss how attribution, the process of assigning patients to a primary care physician in a population health program, is an essential element of risk when considering new care delivery and payment methodologies.
Rapid changes in population health and healthcare policy mean that new, flexible and creative ideas are more important than ever before, particularly for vulnerable communities. Yet resources to advance new ideas and experiment with new models of care can be elusive and uncertain. Within this gap between opportunity and uncertainty, private philanthropy plays a key role. Community health centers can benefit from philanthropic funding, including local, regional, and national organizations, foundations, corporations, and other nonprofits with an interest in community health, to build programs that may not qualify for federal reimbursement. Grant funding - private and public - provides opportunities for health centers to increase revenue coming into their organization.
Grants should complement existing resources and not create unnecessary burdens on already-leveraged resources. Presenters will focus on the fact that although grants - private and public - are important to a health center, they may not always be the panacea to save a program or start a new one.
This session will serve as a guide to analyze opportunities to ensure that grants benefit your health center, and do not become burdensome. Attendees will learn proven strategies that work such as mapping health center funding priorities, identifying aligned funding partners, creating internal grant review teams, and establishing 'post-award' policies for tracking and reporting. Finally, attendees should consider the role innovation plays in community health and how outside funders may look at the efforts of health centers.