Report: Providers engaging in practice transformation across state

An interim report on the Practice Transformation Support Hub describes the many ways that this Healthier Washington initiative is charting the course for change in the health sector.
Highlights from the report:
• In the first half of 2017, Hub Connectors made 819 contacts and connections in all regional service areas across Washington.
• The Hub’s Connector/Coaches surpassed their first six-month goal of enrolling 75 practices in the Practice Transformation Support Hub. By June they had engaged 51 behavioral health organizations, 43 primary care practices, two substance use disorder clinics and two combined behavioral health and primary care services for a total of 106 participating organizations.
• The Resource Portal continues to expand its resources and tools. Since the launch of the first version in February, 141 resources have been added to the Portal. The Portal will launch its 2.0 version in the fall of 2017.
Read Charting the Course for Change: An Interim Report of the Healthier Washington Practice Transformation Support Hub

Medication-Assisted Treatment in an Integrated Group Visit Model

The group visit model has been used successfully to address diabetes and other chronic health conditions. The Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB) has implemented a group visit model for providing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder. SIHB professionals will present information on how the integration of behavioral health with primary care transformed into a group visit model to provide MAT. Preliminary outcomes data will be presented as well as SIHB’s experience with reimbursement for this new model. Participants will discuss opportunities and challenges for implementing MAT group visits in underserved communities following the SIHB presentations.

Last Day to Apply for the Value-Based Payment Practice Transformation Academy for Behavioral Health Agencies

The Healthier Washington Practice Transformation Support Hub is partnering with the Washington Council for Behavioral Health and the National Council for Behavioral Health to offer a Value-Based Payment Practice Transformation Academy (Academy) to licensed community behavioral health agencies currently providing outpatient mental health and/or substance use disorder services. The Academy is free of charge to the agencies chosen to participate and Phase I will run from October 2017 - January 2018.
The National Council has had great success with similar academies and is looking forward to customizing the same level of expertise and data-driven instruction to Washington. Participation in the Academy is limited to 20 agencies, so please review the attached materials and submit completed applications to by Tuesday, September 19th.

To access and fill out the application, click HERE.

Understanding Bi-directional Integration for the Medicaid Transformation Demonstration

Understanding Bi-directional Integration for the Medicaid Transformation Demonstration

September 20, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  
This 90-minute webinar is designed to demystify a key component of the Demonstration: bi-directional integration of physical and behavioral health. 

Steering Toward Success: Achieving Value in Whole-Person Care

Register Now for Our Fall Conferences!

“Steering Toward Success: Achieving Value in Whole-Person Care” is a free, one-day conference designed to help primary care practices, behavioral health providers and interested stakeholders who are transitioning to whole-person care. Be sure to register soon  – the Tacoma venue is almost full but space is still available at our October 26 conference in Moses Lake!

• Best Western Plus Lake Front Hotel, Moses Lake October 26, 2017
• Hotel Murano Tacoma, September 25, 2017
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn best practice strategies and the latest information on practice transformation including value-based care, and physical and behavioral health integration from some of the State’s leading experts. CME credit is available!
CME Credit: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Washington School of Medicine and Qualis Health. The University of Washington School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Washington School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This program has been approved for 6.25 CEUs by the NASW Washington State Chapter. Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors are eligible. Provider number is #1975-429.