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Monthly Meetings Round Up


NCACH Governing Board 
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  • No June meeting hosted.
  • Next meeting: (Board met July 1, 2019) Next meeting, August 5, 2019

Medicaid Transformation Project Updates

Whole Person Care Collaborative
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  • Learning Activities Update
    • 14 participants from 10 organizations participated in the Foundations of Motivational Interviewing:Train the Trainer from across the four-county region. Motivational Interviewing trainings are available for interested organizations and partners across the region. Contact WPCC Manager, Wendy Brzezny ( to learn more.
    • The Team-Based Care LAN kicked off June 5th. There are currently 122 participants, forming 19 teams from 11 different organizations.
    • Upcoming Learning Activities
      • NCACH staff has designed a four-part webinar series for the WPCC Learning community to better understand how to use the Collective Platform (formerly known as Premanage/EDie). This platform is currently used in the Emergency Department setting. Outpatient settings can use Collective Ambulatory and Collective Behavioral Health to assist with care coordination for the most vulnerable populations.
  • General Updates
    • NCACH staff have met with all 17 organizations to better understand the implementation of Medicaid Transformation projects, and how the NCACH can help them become more successful.
    • The majority of the WPCC Learning Community has welcomed the support provided by our Practice Facilitators, and are calling upon them for assistance or inviting them to their quality improvement (QI) meetings.
    • There has been time set aside during the WPCC meeting for peer sharing for one WPCC Learning Community member organization to share a success story or a process improvement outlining challenges along the way. Catholic Charities shared their Crisis Data in April, Family Health Centers shared how they are spreading the change plan ideas across their multi-site organization in May, and Moses Lake Community Health Center shared on their Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) project in June. These have been well received.
    • Matt King from the Healthcare Authority gave a presentation on the recently published Substance Use Disorder Guidelines.
    • A summary of Quarter 1 reports is now available. Quarter 2 reports are due June 30th.
    • WPCC Annual Symposium will be held October 4th at the Wenatchee Convention Center.
  • Next meeting: (WPCC met July 1, 2019) Next meeting, August 5, 2019

Pathways HUB 
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  • May Pathways Community HUB Advisory Board Meeting Highlights (Detailed agenda and notes available here). No June meeting held.
  • Pathways Community Specialist (PCS)/Supervisor Meeting was held on May 22 and June 26.
  • Action Health Partners (AHP) Executive Director presented on Community Care Coordination/”Care Traffic Control” at Washington Coalition on Medicaid Outreach (WCOMO) 2019 Q2 meeting in Wenatchee on May 31st.
  • AHP staff attended onsite all ACH HUB Sustainability Planning meeting in SeaTac on June 5th.
  • AHP Executive Director participated in “Stroke Prevention Coordination” meeting in Wenatchee on June 12th. This meeting was co-hosted by AHP Health Education Network Staff and Washington Department of Health. Meeting participants included members from the following agencies: University of Washington, Confluence Health, Columbia Valley Community Health, Family Health Centers.

Opioid Project 
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  • Evidence-based Dental Pain Care Conference: On May 3rd, the NCACH Opioid Workgroup hosted 75 dentists and dental staff at the Evidence-based Dental Pain Care Conference. Attendees received 4 hours of continued education hours and heard from experts including Dr. Gary Franklin, Dr. Rolf Christensen, Dr. Theresa Madden, and Dr. Amy Cook. We were also fortunate to hear an impactful personal story of addiction and recovery from Chris Rimbey.
  • NCW Opioid Response Conference: We have just begun planning the Fall Opioid Response Conference – more information coming soon!
  • Rapid Cycle Opioid Awards: June 30th marked the end of our 2nd round of Rapid Cycle Opioid Awards. Final Reports will be submitted by each of the awardees in July.  Highlights of accomplishments through this funding will be presented at the August NCACH Governing Board Meeting. The 3rd round of the Rapid Cycle Awards officially began July 1, 2019. Five applicants received awards totaling $48,099.23. Memorandums Of Understanding are being put in place and awardees should be beginning their projects very soon. 
  • Recovery Initiatives: We are in the process of scheduling the Recovery Coach Training academy and the Recovery Coach Train the Trainer in October. NCACH is supporting Central Washington Recovery Coalitions annual awareness event, Hands Across the Bridge, on September 28th.
  • School-based Opioid Prevention: The School-based Opioid Prevention RFP closed on June 17th. NCACH received three applications and are in the process of evaluating those applications. The start date is expected to be August 1, 2019. There are three required components for the $20,000 RFP:
    • Assessment of school-based opioid prevention efforts at all school districts in the area;
    • Financial (and administrative) support for student led prevention projects; and,
    • Development of 2020-2021 Project/Work Plan and budget that includes engagement with new school partners.
  • Workgroup Updates: Due to limited in-person participation and strong Zoom participation, the Workgroup is recommending moving to regular quarterly meetings via Zoom Video Conference exclusively, with strong encouragement to participate via video conference (not just via phone/audio). With this move to quarterly meetings, the Workgroup has recommended creating a small core group that will meet monthly to advise and make recommendations between quarterly meetings. The NCACH Governing Board approved the recommended changes on July 1; they will take place immediately.
  • Next meeting: August 16, 2019

Transitional Care and Diversion Interventions 
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  • Both hospital and EMS partners are in full swing of project implementation and quality improvement training. The NCACH workgroup met on May 16th to get current updates on both projects and started the discussion on the workgroup’s focus in 2020.  Workgroup partners will spend the 2nd half of the year monitoring current project progress and developing future funding strategies. The July 25th TCDI workgroup meeting will dedicate time to review initial funding strategies.  
  • Hospital Partner Report:
    • Collective Medical Technology visited hospital partners in May to help them better understand how their staff can utilize the EDie (Emergency Department Information Exchange) system.
    • Six hospital partners completed quality improvement training sessions hosted in partnership with NCACH and the Centre for Collaboration Motivation and Innovation. Sessions ran from May 28th – June 18th. 
    • NCACH’s TCDI project lead presented to Whole Person Care Collaborative Members on developing a process to coordinate transitional care management (TCM) calls across the two workgroups. Partners have expressed interest in coming together to develop a process chart that identifies the appropriate agency to make TCM calls.
    • Confluence Health and NCACH are partnering to develop a TCM billing webinar (dates and details to be released in June).
    • Next Steps:
      • Workgroup to start discussing a process to evaluate how partners can better coordinate TCM calls across organizations (Will begin in Q3 and Q4 of 2019).
      • TCM Billing and training webinar in partnership with Confluence and NCACH scheduled for July 30th.
      • Collective Medical Technology will be activating pharmacy claims data to the EDie reports in quarter 3 of 2019.
  • EMS Project Update:
    • EMS partners completed certified ambulance documentation training May 17th and 18th at the Confluence Technology Center.
    • All EMS partners have finalized the quarter 1 reports and have completed all requirements for payment. A summary of those reports were provided at the May Board and TCDI meetings.
    • NCACH is working with stakeholders to understand how we can support EMS partners who want to transport patients to Parkside. The initial focus will be EMS partners who transport patients in and around Chelan County.
    • Next Steps:
      • Department of Health (DOH) will be coming to the North Central region in July to support partners who want to better utilize Image Trend (WEMSIS) in their organization. 
  • Next meeting: July 25, 2019

Coalitions for Health Improvement (CHI)
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  • The Regional CHI Leadership Council met on June 5, 2019. Topics discussed included regional updates, evidence-based practices, and updates on the CHI Community Initiatives Funding. The next meeting will be hosted in August.
  • The CHI Community Initiatives Advisory Group met June 26, 2019. To date, the Advisory Group has identified: key project focus areas, eligibility requirements, required project qualities, preferred project applicants, project award tiers and required elements, and application review processes.
    • Based on current projections, the Advisory Group anticipates the funding applications will open to community partners in July 2019. 
  • Chelan Douglas CHI met June 12, 2019
  • Grant County CHI met May 14, 2019
  • Okanogan County CHI met June 27, 2019
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Monthly-Meetings-Round-Up: June 2019

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