KHCN Members are Active Participants at NACHC Community Health Institute

September 8, 2017

Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), community health centers (CHC), public health departments, and YMCAs convened to discuss progress so far in an initiative that incorporates Self Monitored Blood Pressure (SMBP) in the management and control of high blood pressure. Leisa Watkins of ARcare/KentuckyCare, Phyllis Platt of Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center, and Brittany Arthur and Stephanie Moore of White House Clinics were the Kentucky CHC attendees. Other Kentucky participants were Natalie Littlefield of the Kentucky Department of Public Health, Ime Okpokho of the YMCA of Greater Louisville, Corey Donohoo of the YMCA of Central Kentucky, and Jennifer NeSmith of the Kentucky Health Center Network (KHCN). The group discussed the research on the value of using SMBP to improve blood pressure control, as well as how to continue their work on implement of SMBP into patient care.

White House Clinics Clinical Data Analyst Brittany Arthur presents at SMBP meeting

Leisa Watkins of ARcare/KentuckyCare shares their progress

SMBP project progress at Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center was reported by CEO Phyllis Platt

White House Clinics Stephanie Moore

MCHC’s Cheryl Adams with her award-winning poster

For the third year in a row, Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation’s Cheryl Adams’ poster was selected as the Best in Show for Innovation. The poster described the process developed by changing existing workflows to better manage care for patients with diabetes. Ms. Adams is the PCMH Coordinator and Quality Care Manager at MCHC.

A regular speaker at CHI, KHCN Board President and ARcare/KentuckyCare Chief Information Officer Greg Wolverton was a presenter during a session titled, Cybersecurity: What Every Health Center Should Know. The panelists discussed lessons learned from a ransomware attack, insurance safeguards, and preparing appropriate physical, technical, and administrative safeguards to protect systems.

KHCN CEO Jennifer NeSmith participated in a panel discussion about 1115 Medicaid waivers along with representatives from Indiana and Utah. Kentucky expanded Medicaid in 2014 as provided by the Affordable Care Act. However, in 2015 the state elected Governor Matt Bevin, who campaigned to end the expansion. An 1115 waiver is currently under review at CMS, and new requirements for Medicaid coverage under the waiver are expected to take effect in July 2018.

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