As health care evolves due to rapid changes in technology, demographics, reimbursement, and policy, community health centers have increasing expectations in collaborations, operations, and of course improving patient outcomes and care. In order to reasonably consider and respond to all these opportunities and responsibilities, adequate time and resources for strategic planning may not appear to be available or a priority. Led by a health center CEO and HRSA National Cooperative Agreement Partner, this session will share not only the significance and benefit of planning but also provide realistic tools and experiences for all health centers considering, beginning, or refining their strategic planning process.
As many communities face a dramatic increase in the prevalence of substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), health centers are meeting this challenge by providing much needed services to their patients. This session focuses on what health center boards need to consider given the board’s strategic, oversight, advocacy, and community-facing roles. Participants will consider a framework for structuring discussions on this topic and how to apply it in their own boardrooms.
The Health Center Program Requirements are a critical foundation for a health center’s success, and HRSA’s Site Visit Protocol has changed the way operational site visits (OSVs) are conducted and how HRSA assesses compliance with program requirements.
This session will share lessons learned and best practices at all phases of the operational site visit process. Participants will leave this session with innovative strategies and insight into how high-performing health centers use the OSV to engage in a continuous process of not just program compliance, but performance improvement and operational excellence.
Community Health Centers are the premier organization to meet patients where they are. A rich understanding of telehealth policy and its operational impact is crucial. During this session, participants will hear from a panel of experts who will provide the latest policy updates and demonstrate how telehealth has improved patient outcomes. The session will help you discover how to prepare for, implement, and measure the success of this advanced technology by utilizing the resources available.
Health centers face a wide array of policy issues that impact their ability to care for their patients and maintain their financial stability. This session is designed to provide health center board members with a high-level overview of pressing policy issues, with a focus on how the health center can respond and how boards can provide oversight related to these developments. Topics will include 340B, immigration, provider recruitment, and Medicaid. Participants will have an opportunity to consider the strategic, oversight, and other governance implications of these issues.
As the country's opioid crisis continues, funders from various fields including the federal government, state agencies, and private corporations have increased their funding to alleviate substance use and addiction issues. The federal government has poured a record amount of resources into these efforts through multiple avenues that have greatly assisted health centers.
To continue fighting substance use and addiction, health centers and their partners need to be aware of the potential future state and federal funding landscape; and the changing approaches of private philanthropies, including funding prevention and treatment programs, supporting the distribution of naloxone and working to develop opportunities for screening earlier on in patients' lives. This session will discuss the overall roadmap that is emerging on funding and provide attendees the ability to engage leaders in the funding space for their insights.
Health centers serve over 350,000 veterans. This session provides both policy and program updates for those seeking to serve veteran patients. Hear the latest federal updates on Mission Act/Community Care Network implementation, following the 2018 transition from the Veterans Choice Program administered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs at hundreds of health centers. Participants will also learn about creative programs serving veterans at health centers locally; and engage with peers and panelists to inspire their next steps to serve veterans in their communities.
Health centers are being asked to join new types of care models, including accountable care organizations (ACOs). This session will explore how various health centers approached such discussions and decisions with their boards. Panelists will address the type of education and information shared with the board, the types of questions asked, and the types of conversations with partners that informed the ultimate decision to join an ACO.
BPHC’s Office of Policy and Program Development will give an update on policy and programmatic developments related to: health center funding, compliance monitoring, program requirements, measuring need, service area overlap, and other emerging issues. NACHC's legal counsel will also provide an update on emerging legal and policy issues.
This session addresses the board-focused components of the Health Center Program Compliance Manual and Site Visit Protocol, including those related to board authority and board composition. Health center leaders will discuss how they ensure health center program compliance and prepare for the Operational Site Visit, as well as how they leverage these tools to strengthen ongoing health center governance and governance performance improvement.