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Monthly Meetings Round Up


NCACH Governing Board 
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  • Motion to approve February meeting minutes, passed. 
  • Motion to approve monthly financial statement, passed.
  • Motion to approve the allocation of $13,500 for a contracted vendor to support Executive Director coordination and support between the nine ACHs in 2019 passed.
  • Motion to accept the nomination of Ken Sterner (Area Agency on Aging) to NCACH Governing Board, passed.
  • NCACH staff member, Tanya Gleason, shared a presentation on Medical Respite programs.
  • NCACH Medicaid Transformation Project Workgroup Updates:
    • Scroll down to the NCACH Medicaid Transformation Project Updates section below to learn more.
  • Next meeting: (Board met April 1, 2019) Next meeting, May 6, 2019

Medicaid Transformation Project Updates

Whole Person Care Collaborative
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  • WPCC Learning Community continues to participate in learning activities, including the Empanelment Sprint and Quality Improvement workshops, and Affinity groups to build internal capacity. There will also be a Motivational Interviewing workshop hosted in Okanogan and Moses Lake at the beginning of April.
  • Christal Eshelman gave an overview of the different activities the regional opioid work group are working on. This was then tied to the individual activities within the WPCC Learning Community, highlighting the importance of both the community and primary care work.
  • A survey was administered to the WPCC Learning Community with the hope to develop a more structured framework for learning activities, based on the needs and priorities of the WPCC.
  • The Practice Facilitators are continuing with their training and will be starting site visits with the interim coaches in April.
  • Next meeting: (WPCC met April 1, 2019) Next meeting, May 6, 2019

Pathways HUB 
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The Pathways Community HUB Advisory Board, convened by Action Health Partners, meets monthly. The group serves as an advisory body to support the HUB. You can keep up with all things HUB by visiting our Care Coordination page on the NCACH website, where we'll share updates and meeting documents.

  • February Pathways Community HUB Advisory Board Meeting Highlights (Detailed agenda and notes available here)
  • February Pathways Community Specialist (PCS)/Supervisor Meeting was held February 14, 2019.
    • Action Health Partners has performed chart audits to assist in caseload management of PCS.
  • Learning and understanding client management in the CCS system is an ongoing process. The team continues to work with other ACH HUBs and CCS to address challenges.
  • Action Health Partners continues to work with all ACH HUB Directors and Managers on process standardization across all HUBs.
  • Grant Integrated Services has hired a PCS. Pathways Community Specialist has attended the first week of training in Everett. Week 2 of training will be in April.
  • Currently coordinating dates with CCS to provide a Pathways HUB Supervisor Training for HUB Managers to attend.
  • Working to update marketing materials, including script, brochures, and door hangers.
  • Contract negotiations happening with Catholic Charities to become a CSSA and referral partner.
  • NCACH Project staff received emergency department data by zip code for mapping for expansion of the program in Grant County as well as the remainder of the region.
  • Continuing conversations of Referral Partner Contracts with Primary Care Providers.
  • Pathways HUB Advisory Board approved Due Diligence Policy and Procedure at February meeting.
  • HUB Management Team is working with Marketing consultant on Due Diligence Letter.
  • Next meeting: April 10, 2019

Opioid Project 
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  • The NCW Opioid Response Conference: Pathways to Prevention was a great success! Highlights include:
    • All 10 sites across NCW reported great participation and active engagement
    • 384 registered participants
    • 9 sites developed a Community Action Plan with an idenftied champion and next steps
    • 111 Narcan Kits were distributed
  • NCACH opened the Rapid Cycle Opioid Awards again – applications are due April 12th. Application available at: (on the right hand side click on “NCACH Opioid Project Funding”)
  • There is an open application for organizations to receive funding to purchase up to 10 boxes of Narcan for distribution. More information available at: (on the right hand side click on “NCACH Opioid Project Funding”)
  • Registration is still open for the Evidence-based Dental Pain Care Workshop (Register at:  
  • HCA Released the Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Treatment Dashboard – In this dashboard, they focused on measuring how providers are doing in treating (OUD), and how enrollees are faring in treatment. The dashboard will be updated every quarter.
  • Last, but definitely not least, Opioid Workgroup member Glenn Adams was recognized by Seattle Business Magazine with the “Community Outreach” award for spearheading Confluence Health’s Opioid Take Back Program and working to address the opioid epidemic in Central Washington! Congratulations Glenn and very well deserved! Read more about it here.
  • Next meeting: April 19, 2019 in Omak at Family Health Centers

Transitional Care and Diversion Interventions 
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  • Hospital partners completed initial reports on February 1st, 2019.  After reviewing reports NCACH held individual meetings with all hospital partners throughout March.  Based on the reports, NCACH found a number of opportunities for collaboration between partners this next year. Some key next steps that NCACH will review in 2019 include:
    • Providing technical assistance and training on transitional care processes to partners who have requested additional support on specific topics.
    • Improve coordination of follow up care for patients across partners.  
    • Focus on promoting shared learning activities between TCDI partners and other workgroups (e.g. WPCC).
  • Confluence Health completed Transitional Care Management training for all hospital partners.
    • NCACH met with Confluence Health to recap trainings and gain additional insight on future training needs of partners. NCACH will present recommended trainings to hospital partners to determine if it should develop presentations on those topics in future meetings/webinars.
  • Collective Medical Technology initiated webinars with Hospital partners on the use of EDie (Emergency Department Information Exchange). The first webinar for North Central partners was Thursday March 21st.  Collective Medical Technology plans to do an additional webinar on Wednesday April 24th and site visits with partners in May.
  • North Central Emergency Care Council met with participating agencies to review the signed MOUs and reporting templates, legislation for bills 1358 and 1721, and regional MPD protocols for transport to an alternate destination.
  • Agencies are taking additional time to evaluate ability to get reimbursed for alternate destination transports and/or no transports, with a number of agencies still concerned that existing billing codes do provide enough details for reimbursement.
  • Agencies and the NCECC are finalizing details to provide initial implementation reports to NCACH on work each agency will be focusing on in 2019.
  • The Opioid and TCDI workgroup partnered to have Samaritan Healthcare deliver a presentation on its Rapid Cycle Opioid Project, focusing on developing protocols and education on Narcan Take Home Kits. NCACH encouraged all Emergency Departments to consider adopting a similar project at their own organization.
  • Next meeting: May 16, 2019

Coalitions for Health Improvement (CHI)
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  • The Coalitions for Health Improvement (CHI) Leadership Council (a diverse group of community-based organizations, providers, and service agency members who make up each Coalition's Leadership Group and participate in monthly calls with NCACH) met on March 7, 2019. Topics discussed included regional updates, the upcoming regional Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), and local funding opportunities. The next meeting will be hosted in May.
  • The CHI Community Initiatives Advisory Group met March 14, March 20, and April 4 2019. The group continued to develop and refine project qualities, review process metrics, and essential qualities per each award tier. The group will meet next on April 30, 2019.
  • Chelan Douglas CHI met March 13, 2019
  • Grant County CHI met February 12, 2019
  • Okanogan County CHI met January 29, 2019
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