KENTUCKY WELL REPRESENTED AT 2017 NACHC POLICY & ISSUES FORUM

April 11, 2017

KHCN member present award to McConnell staffer

The last week in March, KHCN member organization leaders were in Washington, DC to bring their per­spec­tives to Mem­bers of Con­gress and offer con­struc­tive solu­tions to current health care issues. They also were formally recognized and presented educational sessions at the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Policy & Issues Forum.

The offices of all Kentucky’s Representatives and Senators were visited by the Kentucky group, and they presented awards to some of Kentucky’s delegation for their continued support of Community Health Centers. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell received the 2017 Distinguished Community Health Leadership Award, Representative Hal Rogers received the 2017 Distinguished Community Health Champion Award, and Representatives Brett Guthrie and John Yarmuth received 2017 Distinguished Community Health Advocate Awards.

Dr. Loy accepts award from NACHC staff

Dr. Eric Loy, Medical Director and CEO of Cumberland Family Medical Centers, was inducted into the NACHC Grassroots Advocacy Hall of Fame during a ceremony Thursday evening at the Newseum. Hall of Fame members have “made lasting advocacy contributions to ensuring the creation, survival, and strength of health centers and the Health Center Movement through their dedicated and tireless efforts over many years.” Soon after the Policy & Issues Forum, Cumberland Family Medical Centers was named by the Health Center Advocacy Network as of only nine community health centers in the nation to become a GOLD Advocacy Center of Excellence for their commitment to the promotion of community health centers

Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation (MCHC) was featured in a session called Health Centers as Food Oases: What Roles Do Health Centers Play in Improving Food Security?   The program highlighted their Farmacy program, which helps patients with certain medical conditions and financial need access freshly grown fruits and vegetables. MCHC has monitored patient measures through the program, and have noted improved hypertension and diabetes control for participants.

Karen Ditsch

KHCN Board President Greg Wolverton, CIO of ARcare/KentuckyCare, presented during the session, Attribution: A Key to Accountable Care. He provided information about data, reporting, and analysis needed to make good decisions. Other presenters in the session provided information about attribution models and one FQHC’s experience in a Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organization (ACO).

Karen Ditsch, CEO of Juniper Health, participated in a panel discussion, Payment and Achieving the Quadruple Aim.   This session included presentations by Health Center CEOs from Kentucky, Colorado, and Idaho, and their experiences in ACOs and working toward the Quadruple Aim.

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