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Innovator Agent Bulletin – 4/30/21

Innovator Agent Bulletin – 4/30/21


New items

A. (TC) Support for quality improvement and health information exchange for primary care practices Survey closes May 14

B. (TC) SHARE Initiative spending plan deadline extension

C. (TC) Virtual CAC conference registration June 8–9 (Spanish registration page now available)

D. CMCS Foster Care Learning Collaborative


Repeated items

A. (TC) Provider focus groups to inform payment reform in Oregon April or May

B. (TC) Well-child supports: Resource sharing conversations with Insight for Action May 3 and 4

C. (TC) Learning session: The power of storytelling as a person-centered data collection method May 5

D. (TC) CCO-DCO community of practice discussion: oral health for patients with diabetes and HbA1C control May 5

E. (TC) Virtual learning collaborative: COVID vaccines for clinics Every other Friday, next May 14

F. (TC) VBP webinar series for providers (with no-cost CME) Next webinar May 19

G. (TC) Virtual training opportunity: Planning a collaborative CHA and CHP for your unique community April–June; training requests due May 24

H. (TC) CCO health-related services convening May 24–25

I. (TC) SBIRT webinar training series February–September

J. (TC) COVID-19 response ECHO for Oregon clinicians – Part III 1st and 3rd Thursdays

L. (TC) Webinar: Diabetes metrics toolkit June 22

M. (TC) Support for reporting electronic clinical quality metrics

New items

A. (TC) Support for quality improvement and health information exchange for primary care practices

Contact: Michelle Bobo (bobom@ohsu.edu)

Request: Please share with your CCOs (to share with primary care clinics).

OHA and the Care Management Plus team at OHSU are developing free technical assistance to support quality improvement through successful and timely utilization of health information exchange (HIE) technologies in primary care. OHA is asking clinics for input, via a brief survey, to develop technical assistance opportunities that best meet clinic needs.

The survey should take no more than 10‒15 minutes. Your personally identifiable information will be kept private.

Please complete the primary care clinic survey by Friday, May 14: https://ohsu.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5u9xGFUzX0xAuP4


B. (TC) SHARE Initiative spending plan deadline extension

Contact: Adrienne Mullock (Adrienne.P.Mullock@dhsoha.state.or.us)

Request: Please share with your CCOs (shared with CCOs 4/27).

CCOs can now submit their SHARE Initiative spending plans any time from June 30, 2021 through September 30, 2021. OHA will notify each CCO about the approval status of its plan within 30 days of receipt. If a CCO’s plan cannot be approved as submitted, OHA will work with the CCO to resolve the identified deficiencies as quickly as possible.

The spending plan evaluation tool and template have been updated with this information and are available here: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/dsi-tc/Pages/SHARE.aspx


C. (TC) Virtual CAC conference registration June 8–9 (Spanish registration page now available)

Contact: Tom Cogswell (thomas.cogswell@dhsoha.state.or.us)

Request: Please share with your CCOs.

  • Registration is now live for the CAC conference: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-cac-conference-tickets-146429621941 Feel free to pass along this registration link to other CAC members, CCO staff and relevant partners you think would be interested in attending.

  • (NEW) Registro en español: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conferencia-virtual-del-cac-registration-152146892451

  • The conference will be held via Zoom. There will be a phone-only call-in # for those who are unable to join via Zoom.

  • Draft conference agenda: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/dsi-tc/Documents/2021%20Virtual%20CAC%20Conference%20Agenda-public.pdf


D. CMCS Foster Care Learning Collaborative

Request: Please share with your CCOs if applicable.

The Center for Medicaid & CHIP Services (CMCS), in collaboration with the Children’s Bureau within the Administration for Children and Families, recently launched the “Foster Care Learning Collaborative: Improving Health Care for Children and Youth in Foster Care” to support state Medicaid and child welfare agencies’ efforts to improve health outcomes for the foster care population. The learning collaborative has two components: a two-part webinar series beginning in May 2021 and an affinity group for state Medicaid and child welfare agencies beginning in June 2021. Details are available here: https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/quality-of-care/improvement-initiatives/foster-care-learning-collaborative/index.html


Repeated items

A. (TC) Provider focus groups to inform payment reform in Oregon April or May

Contact: Caitlin Dickinson, ORPRN (summerca@ohsu.edu)

Request: Please share with your CCOs.

Calling all providers: Help inform payment reform in Oregon by participating in a 60-minute focus group! OHA has contracted with Oregon Rural-based Research Network (ORPRN) to learn more about your experience and understanding of value-based payment. Specifically, we seek to connect with providers from the fields of dentistry, physical, and behavioral health to better understand provider perceptions of value-based payments and the best ways to inform providers about value-based payments contracting models. This is an opportunity to share your thoughts about payment reform in our state!

  • Who is eligible to participate? Any behavioral health, physical health/medical, or dental provider in Oregon

  • Details – Active participation in one 60-minute virtual focus group. Focus groups will occur in April and May 2021 (participants can choose to participate in 1 of 7 scheduled events). Information from these focus groups will be shared with OHA to inform value-based payment activities but your individual identity and responses will be confidential. Participants will receive a $25 gift card for their time.

  • Timeline – April or May 2021

  • Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/149277429811


B. Well-child supports: Resource sharing conversations with Insight for Action May 3 and 4

Request: Please share with CCO staff working on kindergarten readiness and children’s health.

Contact: Adrienne Mullock, adrienne.p.mullock@state.or.us

The Transformation Center is partnering with Insight for Action to conduct an environmental scan to identify resources for parents of young children (ages 3 to 6) to promote their children’s wellness. The scan will align with the OHA CCO incentive metric focused on kindergarten readiness and well-child visits.


The Transformation Center will host two, 1-hour well-child supports conversations to provide a space for peer-to-peer sharing of resources for parents of young children.

  • When: May 3, noon–1 p.m. and May 4, 1–2 p.m. Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7250280143454464267 (When registering, please choose the date that works best for you. Feel free to attend one or both conversations.)

  • Audience: CCO staff, health care providers, pediatric offices, community-based organizations

C. (TC) Learning session: The power of storytelling as a person-centered data collection method May 5

Request: Please share with CCOs.

Contact: Tom Cogswell (thomas.cogswell@dhsoha.state.or.us)

Community health assessments serve an important function for improving community health: they are opportunities to understand the needs of the communities we serve from their perspective so we can better align with a broader vision of community health. In 2018, Columbia Pacific CCO and partners and OHP members across their region underwent a uniquely trauma-informed, equity-oriented, community-centered approach to their CHA with the help of a community-based process and data platform that allowed for community members to tell stories about their experience of health and well-being. Participants pre-interpret the meanings of their stories in a quantitative way as part of the process of participating in the survey/primary data collection for the regional health needs assessment. The stories and their data continue to inform not only the CCO’s community health improvement plan, but work such as the CCO’s COVID emergency response, clinical improvement work, and benefit education for members and community partners.

  • Presenters: Heather Oberst, MS, Community Engagement Specialist, Columbia Pacific CCO; Nancy Knopf, Community Health Partnerships Manager, Columbia Pacific CCO.

  • When: May 5, 3‒4 p.m.

  • Register in advance: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItceGsrzwpHyDUxfWlOGQC5xhKUEggpGY

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


D. (TC) CCO-DCO community of practice discussion: oral health for patients with diabetes and HbA1C control May 5

Contact: Laura Ferrara (ORPRN_TA@ohsu.edu)

Request: Please share with CCO oral health staff.

This facilitated discussion will bring together representatives from CCOs and DCOs to talk about moving the needle for HbA1C control and oral health exams for patients with diabetes. The objective is to share ideas and learn from each other as we discuss what is working and common barriers and brainstorm solutions.

  • May 5, 11 a.m.–noon

  • RSVP by May 3: https://ohsu.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_afWmF4yh0Q2PZLE


E. (TC) Virtual learning collaborative: COVID vaccines for clinics Every other Friday, next May 14

Contact: Bernadette Nativo (Bernadette.Nativo@dhsoha.state.or.us)

Request: Please share with CCOs (audience is FQHC staff and clinical staff new to COVID vaccines)

The OHA Transformation Center, in partnership with the OHA Vaccine Planning Unit, is hosting a learning collaborative for clinics newer to COVID immunizations to learn from subject matter experts and health center peers. We'll cover topics such as operational workflows, allocations, targeting high risk populations, vaccine hesitancy and more. Please join us!

Note: If you require accommodations for any of the sessions listed below, please contact Tom Cogswell (thomas.cogswell@dhsoha.state.or.us).

Topics TBD

  • May 14, noon‒1 p.m.: Register here: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItc--vqDkrGzpDq-_4c973_SaLzHqPAmo

  • May 28, noon‒1 p.m.: Register here: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItd-Cgrj8iHi7RZZafZOgzbfRPrh2na5I

  • June 11, noon‒1 p.m.: Register here: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItfuyoqTMiHZtQrQrz7mwIbcgzMptTato

  • June 25, noon‒1 p.m.: Register here: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIsdO-qrTotHvpP3DNYkyaJY1R9iMPnJ3w


F. (TC) Value-based payment webinar series for providers Next webinar May 19

Contact: OHA.VBP@dhsoha.state.or.us

Request: Please share with your CCOs.

Primary care, behavioral health, and maternity care providers are invited to a five-part webinar series focused on increasing readiness for VBP and taking advantage of the additional flexibility VBPs offer for innovatively redesigning care models. See website for registration, slides and recordings: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/dsi-tc/Pages/Value-Based-Payment.aspx

  • May 19, noon-1 p.m.: Learnings from COVID-19 and how they may impact the adoption of VBPs

  • June 2, noon-1 p.m.: VBP for behavioral health providers: How do we keep from being left out?

  • June 16, noon-1 p.m.: VBP and maternity care: What have we learned so far?

Speakers: Art Jones, Jeanene Smith, Janet Meyer (Health Management Associates)


G. (TC) Virtual training opportunity: Planning a collaborative CHA and CHP for your unique community April‒June; training requests due May 24

Contact: Tom Cogswell (thomas.cogswell@dhsoha.state.or.us)

Request: Please share with your CCOs.

CCOs, local public health, hospitals and tribal health departments that are collaboratively developing community health assessments (CHAs) and community health improvement plans (CHPs) are invited to a shared training opportunity. As a requirement through CCO 2.0, CCOs must collaborate with a number of key partners, including local public health authorities, to develop a shared CHA and CHP. This virtual training is built on a distillation of best practices from several industries; the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships model; and previous state CHA/CHP alignment work. See flier for more details: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/dsi-tc/Documents/Training%20Announcement-CHA-CHP%20Development%202021.pdf

Contact Tom Cogswell (thomas.cogswell@dhsoha.state.or.us, 971-304-9642) by May 24, 2021, to request a training.


H. (TC) CCO Health-Related Services Convening 2021: Using HRS for resilience and rebuilding after COVID-19

Contact: Anona Gund (ANONA.E.GUND@dhsoha.state.or.us) or Anne King (kinga@ohsu.edu)

Request: Please share with your CCOs.

Registration is open for the 2021 health-related services virtual convening.

  • When: May 24 and 25, 2021 (9 a.m.–2 p.m. each day)

  • Who should attend: CCOs and their partners involved with health-related services, including community benefit initiatives and flexible services. CCO staff working on HRS are the primary audience for this HRS convening. There may be relevant sessions that CCO partners working on HRS will benefit from attending. CCOs should work with their HRS partners to determine which partners to invite and to share the registration details.

  • Register for the conference here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYlce6pqzkjGdwo8QYMaLo5XQws7wj1732L

  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting, and a calendar invite.

  • Goals: By attending this conference, you can expect to:

· Increase your understanding of HRS work at other CCOs;

· Learn about innovative approaches to HRS; and

· Discuss and share ideas about leveraging HRS to promote community resilience and rebuilding in the post-COVID-19 context.


I. (TC) SBIRT webinar training series multiple options February–September

Contact: antecedent@ohsu.edu or Alissa.Robbins@dhsoha.state.or.us

Request: Please share with your CCOs.

This SBIRT webinar training series is supported by the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network’s (ORPRN) ANTECEDENT project. ANTECEDENT focuses on addressing unhealthy alcohol use in Oregon. The project team intends to work with over 80 primary care clinics and provide each clinic with the evidence and tools they need to help patients with moderate to severe alcohol use disorder through the use of screening and brief intervention and medication assisted treatment. See flier for details: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/dsi-tc/Documents/SBIRT-webinar-series.pdf

Multiple dates for each webinar topic:

  • Unhealthy alcohol use SBIRT 101

  • Unhealthy alcohol use screening via telehealth

  • Medication assisted treatment for unhealthy alcohol use

  • Unhealthy alcohol use motivational interviewing

  • Brief intervention with unhealthy alcohol use


J. (TC) COVID-19 Response ECHO for Oregon Clinicians – Part III January‒June, 1st and 3rd Thursdays, noon–1 p.m.

Contact: oen@ohsu.edu

Request: Please share with your CCOs.

Oregon clinicians are invited to participate in the third cohort of the COVID-19 Response ECHO, sponsored by the Oregon ECHO Network. ECHO is a tele-mentoring program that uses videoconferencing technology to combine brief expert presentations with interactive and practical case presentations from participants. The overall goal of ECHO programming is to build new capacity for care at the community level.

• Learn strategies to optimize the treatment and prevention of COVID-19 while keeping staff and others safe

• Stay current on the Oregon Health Authority’s latest guidance for Oregon health care practices

• Receive guidance on evidence-based treatments for COVID-19

• Share and receive advice on systems change within practices


How to participate

Sessions will be on the first and third Thursdays, noon–1 p.m., January 7 through June 17, 2021.

This program is open to all Oregon clinicians, health care staff, and other health care professionals.

For more information, please visit www.oregonechonetwork.org.

TO REGISTER, VISIT: https://connect.oregonechonetwork.org/Series/Registration/1335

Drop-in participation (no CME): https://echo.zoom.us/j/2382480348?pwd=d1dGS3lIeUt6QXRWR3p4d2x3VFlQUT09

Password: 874887


K. Webinar: Diabetes metrics toolkit June 22

Request: Please share with CCO staff working on diabetes metrics.

Contact: Laura Ferrara (ORPRN_TA@ohsu.edu)

Apply quality improvement frameworks and tools for measurable change in diabetes, HbA1c poor control and oral health evaluation for adults with diabetes. Join this hour-long live webinar, led by ORPRN practice facilitators who will walk through how to use the new toolkit in primary care and dental clinical settings and answer your questions. This new toolkit will be available to everyone and has many real-life example improvement projects, templates and inspiration to conceptualize, design and implement your own quality improvement projects. The webinar will be recorded, and the recording will be available after the webinar.

June 22, noon–1 p.m.

RSVP here: https://ohsu.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8quiaU227QX62tU


L. (TC) Support for reporting electronic clinical quality metrics

Contact: Michelle Bobo (bobom@ohsu.edu)

Request: Please share with CCOs.

OHA and the Care Management Plus team at OHSU are offering free technical assistance to Oregon clinics for electronic clinical quality metric (eCQM) reporting. The TA can include clarifying program requirements, addressing questions about the QRDA standard, and helping you work with your EHR vendor to resolve errors and issues with reports. Assistance will be in the form of email, phone and teleconference options. If you are interested, please fill out the registration survey: https://ohsu.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_22XbCcnkZCu9JKm


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