posted on July 11, 2017 13:05
The last month brought a multitude of successes for the Regional Collaboratives (RC) and virtual PCMH. The RC Summit was held June 28th at Boise State University and had a great turnout. Dr. Epperly, Chair of the IHC, lead a valuable discussion on the roles of the RCs after the grant funding ends and the options that are available to them. He made the point that Medicaid Community Health Outcomes Initiative Coalition (CHOICe) is just one opportunity for the RCs to consider. SHIP managers provided regional updates and success stories. Thanks to all who participated. We look forward continuing transformation successes.
The Community Health Emergency Medical Services (CHEMS) program is evolving rapidly and engaging more and more agencies throughout the state. Boundary Ambulance Services and Canyon County Ambulance District are the newest additions to the program.
Idaho State University (ISU) has completed its spring semester for the Community Health Worker (CHW) course and distributed 20 certificates of completion to students. They are now developing Health-Specific Modules (HSM) and in-person and live online courses to be offered in the fall semester.
Our Telehealth pilot project is underway and currently three clinics have elected to participate in this initiative: Terry Reilly Health Services, CHAS – Latah Community Health, and Sandpoint Family Medical Center. This funding opportunity allows participating clinics to provide patients in medically-underserved communities access to essential services that may not otherwise be available. The telehealth pilot projects range from home-based psychiatric consulting to diabetic follow-up visits.
Finally, on Monday, June 26, 2017 we re-released the virtual Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) application. This is a $2,500 funding opportunity for all Cohort One and Two SHIP clinics to become designated as virtual PCMH clinics. The creation of virtual PCMHs in Idaho will test the impact of the core components of the virtual PCMH: telehealth technology, CHWs, and CHEMS, ultimately extending the PCMH care coordination model. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Madeline.Russell@dhw.idaho.gov or follow this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vPCMH_2to apply today. All applications must be submitted no later than Friday, August 18, 2017. Notice of awards will be released by Friday, August 25, 2017.