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October 6, 2014

SAVE THE DATE
NAO FALL CONFERENCE
Hyatt Regency Crystal City - Arlington, VA
December 2nd - 5th, 2014

From the Executive Director's Office

We are officially now a few days into FY15 and with the new year comes big broad changes such as new NAO board leadership but also changes in committee chairs and committee members, and changes in Program and Center staff.

In order for our national information to remain as up-to-date as possible, I am asking that committee chairs make sure that their committee info is current on the NAO website. Committees

I also ask that Program and Center Directors review their information too, to make sure all is current: http://nationalahec.org/AHECDirectory.taf.

If there is a need for any changes, edits, or additions, please do let Paul Rossmann know at NAO HQ p.rossmann@nationalahec.org.

Please be sure to take a look and make any corrections by CoB this Friday 10/10/14. Thanks!

A-TrACC Appreciation!

Congratulations again to the NAO AHEC Training and Consultation Center (A-TrACC) Team for five years of outstanding work in supporting the National AHEC Network and NAO! While the project concludes today, the impact and legacy of A-TrACC's work will undoubtedly continue for many years. The A-TrACC Team helped improve AHEC program performance and strengthened our national network immeasurably. Well done!

HHS Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs

I've recently been in dialogue with the HHS Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, where we've discussed NAO and the AHEC program. There has been strong interest in the AHEC Program, especially regarding our Marketplace Project. To that end, if there are AHEC staff who are interested in becoming a Certified Application Counselor (CAC), you can go http://marketplace.cms.gov/technical-assistance-resources/assister-programs/cac.html

"Tuesdays with Trachtenberg"

We had another excellent discussion last week on the "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" call. AHECers discussed a wide variety of topics including the 2014 Fall Conference, the 2015 Spring Meeting--also under development--and FY15 and FY16 Federal Funding, among other items important to our network.

Next call is Tuesday 10/7/14: 12:30-1:30 EST: Please dial in at 1-605-475-3220. Please make note of the new dial-in number, Passcode: 245171#. Please join us!

Have a great week!
Rob

AHEC Tracker Database Webinars

As some of you may be aware, NetHealth, LLC, now known by its new name, HealthMonix, has been working on a database platform originally developed for the Geriatric Education Center (GEC) network and has customized it to address the most recent HRSA performance measures for the Area Health Education Centers. The program can also be customized for additional AHEC program and center-specific reporting. As a service to the NAO Membership, we wanted to make you aware of this resource so that you could explore its potential for your individual programmatic needs.

HealthMonix will we offering 2 interactive webinars on Thursday, October 16, from 3 to 4 PM and Friday, October 17, from 3 to 4 PM to introduce the system, demonstrate its functionality, and address any questions you may have.

Here is the information for the webinar:

  • AHEC Tracker Demonstration
  • Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone on Thu, Oct 16, 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
  • https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/667130261
  • 2. Use your microphone and speakers (VOIP) for audio. You'll sound best with a headset. You can also call in using your telephone.
  • United States (Long distance): +1 (267) 507-0003

Access Code: 667-130-261

Audio PIN: Shown after joining the session

  • Not at your computer? Click the link to join this meeting from your iPhone®, iPad®, Android® or Windows Phone® device via the GoToMeeting app.
  • GoToMeeting®

Please feel free to share this information with your Program and Center staff

While NAO does not promote one system over another, we want to make the NAO network aware of some of the resources and platforms that are available to improve our data reporting!

Please see the other resources that are available for data and reporting purposes at the NAO Marketplace on the NAO website: http://www.nationalahec.org/CoreDataSystemMarketplace.html

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask them of the developers during one of the webinars!  Thank you for your interest. 

Best regards,
Elyse

The France Foundation

Dear Colleague,

The France Foundation, a continuing medical education company, has identified through a needs assessment that there is a strong need to educate clinicians on the importance of GI recovery and enhanced-recovery protocols for patients undergoing colorectal surgery. A series of live activities titled Enhanced GI Recovery for Colorectal Surgery: A Multidisciplinary Team Approach have been developed in order to meet this educational need.

We are seeking to partner and collaborate with healthcare providers working to improve their patient's length of stay by providing this CME/CE opportunity. At this time I would like to extend an invitation to your group to host one of these live activities. The France Foundation can offer your group the following support:

  • Expert faculty for the live activity (travel arrangements and speaker honorarium of $2,000 provided by The France Foundation.)
  • An evidence-based, fair and balanced activity presented by colorectal surgery experts that adhere to the activity learning objectives
  • CME/CE accreditation at no charge for: Physicians (AMA), Nurses (ANCC) and PAs (AAPA)
    • The France Foundation has approved this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    • This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This activity has been awarded 1 contact hour.
    • This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1.00 hours of AAPA Category 1 CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. This program was planned in accordance with AAPA's CME Standards for Live Programs and for Commercial Support of Live Programs.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Cubist Pharmaceuticals.

Please access the request form online HERE or complete the attached Activity Request Form. The France Foundation is pleased to have the opportunity to work with you on this important educational.

Best Regards,

Deana Londa
Project Coordinator

Invitation for GI Recovery Grand Rounds

Support Available for Grand Rounds

Activity Title: Enhanced GI Recovery for Colorectal Surgery: A Multidisciplinary Team Approach
Target Audience: Colon and Rectal Surgeons, General Surgeons, Surgical Physician Assistants, Surgical Nurse Practitioners & Nurses, and Health-System Pharmacists, and Anesthesiologists

Activity Goal: The France Foundation will develop and implement a national series of 40 Grand Rounds designed to help improve clinician knowledge of the optimal perioperative management of patients who undergo colorectal surgery

The learning objectives for each activity are as follows:

  • Describe the elements of an enhanced-recovery pathway for colorectal procedures and identify the benefits associated with multidisciplinary implementation of this approach
  • Recognize the importance of length of stay and other quality measures for colorectal procedures, and formulate a plan for monitoring such outcomes to drive quality improvement efforts

We are now seeking to partner and collaborate with hospitals, medical societies, and professional groups to provide a CME opportunity focused on fulfilling this educational need. At this time I would like to extend an invitation for your facility to host an activity. The France Foundation can offer your institution the following support:

  • Recruitment of an expert faculty presenter, based on your recommendations and preferences
  • Speaker honorarium ($2,000)
  • Organization and support of all faculty travel logistics (airfare, hotel, ground)
  • Evidence-based, fair and balanced slides created by sedation experts that adhere to the activity objectives. Faculty can choose to use the slides at their own discretion; it is not a requirement to use this slide pool as long as the lecture meets the activity learning objectives, is evidence-based, and fair and balanced
  • The France Foundation has approved this activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
  • This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This activity has been awarded 1 contact hour.
  • This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1.00 hours of AAPA Category 1 CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Cubist Pharmaceuticals.

Attached please find an Activity Request Form (ARF). The France Foundation is pleased to have the opportunity to work with you on this exciting activity.

Please direct all inquiries to:
Deana Londa, Project Coordinator
The France Foundation

Tel: 860-598-2302 • E-mail: dlonda@francefoundation.com

Directory Request Form

New Publication

We are pleased to announce the publication of the Behavioral Health Integration Implementation Guide and accompanying tools and resources, a new component of the Safety Net Medical Home Initiative’s (SNMHI’s) Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) transformation resource library.  Behavioral Health Integration resources are housed under the Organized, Evidence-Based Care Change Concept and are free and publically available at: www.safetynetmedicalhome.org

About the Publication

The Behavioral Health Integration Implementation Guide is a suite of materials to help primary care practices integrate behavioral health care. It includes:

  • An Executive Summary that provides a concise description of behavioral health integration, its role in PCMH transformation, and key implementation activities and actions described in plain language for a wide variety of readers.
  • The Implementation Guide provides clear guidance and concrete strategies on behavioral health integration: creating a vision for integrated care, identifying resources to support integration, building integrated care teams, monitoring progress, and spreading and sustaining successes.
  • The GROW Pathway Planning Worksheet — an interactive tool a practice can use to develop a customized implementation plan reflective of its goals for integration and its current resources.
  • Case examples from diverse primary care practices.

Updated Tools

We have also updated two existing tools to incorporate new expectations for integrated behavioral health care:

  • The PCMH-A assessment tool has been updated to include a new question on behavioral health integration.
  • A new Crosswalk between The Change Concepts for Practice Transformation and the 2014 NCQA PCMH Recognition Standards is now available. The 2011 NCQA PCMH Standards will still be in effect through the end of 2014, so the 2011 Crosswalk will remain available until the end of the year.

We hope the Behavioral Health Integration Implementation Guide will prove to be a valuable and useful resource to you!

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Mission Statement: The National AHEC Organization supports and advances the AHEC Network to improve health by leading the nation in the recruitment, training and retention of a diverse health workforce for underserved communities.

Vision: Our vision is that the AHEC network is the national leader in developing a highly competent and diverse health care workforce for underserved populations.

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