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HITEQ Webinars

Optimizing PrEP Access Through Advocacy

HealthHIV Webinar

Caila Kilson-Kuchtic 0 853

This activity focused on medication therapy management protocols and their effects on prescription drug coverage policies. It also considered PrEP access through a health equity lens and  included a review of the drug utilization review process, insurance models, and health impact analysis, assessing the impact of each on patients and care.

 

FHIR 101: Opportunities to Improve Interoperability across Health Centers

HITEQ Highlights Webinar

Jodie Albert 0 1348

Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) is an HL7® standard for electronic healthcare data exchange. This next generation exchange architecture is advancing interoperability in healthcare. FHIR provides a standard way to express and share information across health centers, providers, and related organizations independent of how local EHRs display or store data. For UDS+ and other information exchange needs, all health centers, PCAs, and HCCNs will want to be familiar with the basics of the HL7 FHIR standard. In this session we will discuss what FHIR is, what it basically does, how it impacts your EHR, and what it might mean to your health center and patients.

Zero Cost-Sharing for PrEP: Increasing PrEP Access

Health HIV Webinar

Elise George 0 990

While previous PrEP practice guidelines recommended that healthcare providers offer PrEP only to patients whom they considered "at high risk" of acquiring HIV, the most recent guidelines and the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations are reshaping how providers think about PrEP. Expanded prescription of PrEP to previously overlooked patient populations is a key step towards reducing the spread of HIV. To achieve the maximum benefit of PrEP, compliance with current PrEP guidelines and enforcement of cost coverage for PrEP are important instruments for ending the HIV epidemic. 

This webinar reviewed and provided guidance on the USPSTF FAQs including requirements for:

  • Fully-covered PrEP-related ancillary tests and services with zero cost-sharing, as aligned with the CDC Clinical PrEP Guidelines.
  • The lack of restrictions on frequency of PrEP initiation or the frequency of services, such as HIV and STI screening.
  • Zero cost-sharing for the PrEP medication that is medically appropriate for patients, as determined by their healthcare provider.
  • Easily accessible, transparent, and sufficiently expedient exceptions process if using reasonable medical management techniques.

 

Specialty Care Access in Health Centers - What is the Potential of eConsults?

HITEQ Highlights Webinar

Jodie Albert 0 1644

Access to care is the essential work of health centers, and one pain point is how to ensure specialty access for health center patients. This webinar will discuss innovation in specialty care access using technology and e-Consults. Electronic consultations (“e-consults”) are asynchronous, consultative, provider-to-provider communications within a shared electronic health record (EHR) or web-based platform. E-consults are intended to improve access to specialty expertise for patients and providers without the need for a face-to-face visit.  The Maven Project joined the webinar to talk about the particular challenges in specialty care access in health centers and how e-consults can both improve access and support clinicians, including to help to reduce stress and burnout. The Maven Project supports front-line providers in delivering comprehensive care to patients at health centers and community clinics nationwide.

Findings from the Report, “Building the Evidence Base for Social Determinants of Health Interventions”

BPHC Webinar

Amelia Fox 0 1394

This webinar provided an overview of findings from a document released by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation titled, “Building the Evidence Base for Social Determinants of Health Interventions”, which was released in September 2021. The webinar conveyed key findings from this report and discussed specific intervention components that improve health, and which interventions might achieve sustained and lasting improvements in population health. Specifically, the webinar covered the following:
• What role do SDOH play in integrated care?
• An overview of the findings of the report, successes, and challenges
• How health centers can screen for risks related to SDOH
• A discussion on intervention components and strategies for improving health

Natalie M. Slaughter, MS, is a Technical Expert Lead with JBS International. Ms. Slaughter has 17 years of experience providing training and technical assistance (T/TA), evaluation, and implementation of a variety of behavioral health, prevention, and population health policies and programs. She has provided T/TA to state health officials to advance primary care and behavioral health integration and workforce development, directed the planning and evaluation of treatment and supportive services for people living with HIV/AIDS in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area, and delivered strategic guidance to national health insurance programs, including commercial, Medicaid, and Medicare. As a JBS Technical Expert Lead, Ms. Slaughter serves as a technical expert lead for the HRSA BHTA SDoH Roundtable Series to support federally qualified health centers in their efforts to identify and address social need and social risk in an integrated care setting. Ms. Slaughter chairs the JBS Health Disparities Work Group and holds a Master of Science degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
 

Technology Strategies to Improve Pediatric Immunization

HITEQ Highlights Webinar

Jodie Albert 0 2221

The importance of effective pediatric immunization strategies cannot be understated at this moment in public health. Given all the potential barriers to access, how can technology support primary care in improving systems for effective vaccine uptake? Hear from Dr. Melissa Stockwell, whose research includes translational health IT interventions to promote vaccination as well as the use of large-scale, patient-centered communication technologies, like text messaging, for surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases and adverse events. Dr. Stockwell is Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Health and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons) and Population and Family Health (Mailman School of Public Health). She is Founding Director of the Department of Pediatrics' Center for Children's Digital Health Research.

Dashboarding Social Needs Data: Support Population Health and Advance Equitable Care through Visual Display of Social Determinants of Health

HITEQ Highlights Webinar

Jodie Albert 0 3848

As health centers work towards providing more patient-centered and equitable care, they are increasingly adopting standardized social needs screening tools, such as PRAPARE and others, to systematically identify the challenges patients face in managing and improving their health, such as food and housing insecurity, transportation barriers, or safety concerns.  This information can be used to make impactful care planning and programmatic changes that lead to improvements in health outcomes, resource utilization, and reimbursement.  Data dashboards help analyze social determinants of health information in visual displays that deepen insights and trigger action towards addressing patient’s social needs, improving population health, and reducing inequities in care.

This webinar provided a foundational overview of social determinants of health dashboard design and presents case studies from health centers leading the way on use of social determinants of health data dashboards to build community partnerships, improve linkages to services outside the four walls of the clinic, and demonstrate the value-based impact of social needs services in improving the health, well-being, and quality of life of communities served.  One health center shared their experience building dashboards and using them in their clinic.

 

Lessons Learned: Implementing and Expanding Social Need Screening Program in Health Centers

HITEQ Highlights Webinar

Jodie Albert 0 3325

This HITEQ Highlights webinar presented promising practices and key considerations informed by health centers across the US who are successfully collecting, monitoring, and addressing social need data. 

Health centers are increasingly interested in implementing social need screening tools to identify ways to advance whole-person care and community-level health. However, implementing social needs screening tools requires a great deal of investment with regards to securing buy-in from leadership and staff, configuring the EHR, and developing processes and workflows for addressing positive screens. While addressing social needs in the context of healthcare is not new, systematically collecting, monitoring, and acting on data is an emerging space. With many health centers now trialing this implementation process, there are a number of promising practices that might be valuable to health centers considering this next step. This webinar offered key takeaways and examples to guide health centers through the implementation process, or help health centers with existing social needs screening programs to identify gaps and opportunities for improvement in their EHRs and workflows.

 

Cybersecurity CIO Roundtable

Session 2: Strategic Investments in Cybersecurity for Health Centers in 2021 and Beyond

Jodie Albert 0 4048

This two session roundtable series brought together CIOs, CISOs, and other IT leadership from health centers to discuss strategic investments in cybersecurity, including those that can leverage recent ARP funding but sustain beyond the coming years. Participants had the opportunity to connect with each other and subject matter experts about implementation, considerations, and the future of cybersecurity and data protection in health centers.

 

Assessing Telehealth Maturity in Health Centers: A report out on the progress of Massachusetts health centers in advancing telehealth during a pandemic

HITEQ Highlights Webinar

Jodie Albert 0 4217

With the onset of the COVID-19 State of Emergency, in March 2020, Community Care Cooperative (C3) and the Mass League of Community Health Centers (League) both identified the critical need to support health centers to pivot to telehealth and COVID-19 care, in order to continue to meet the needs of the low income, diverse communities they serve and to remain in sound financial position. A grant from the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation provided the opportunity to form the MA FQHC Telehealth Consortium, providing support to FQHCs across Massachusetts. With the involvement of the CEOs and CMOs of the Consortium health centers, the League and C3 have designed a “Maturity Model” that provides a holistic roadmap for building a telehealth platform that is fully integrated into the primary care team, enhancing providers’ ability to address the physical, behavioral, and social needs of the complex, diverse patients served.

This webinar gave participants the opportunity to learn about the successes and ongoing work to advance telehealth in Massachusetts and critical areas for continued focus and resources to enable equitable access to telehealth.

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