Welcome to the Citizens Health Initiative

Working for a health and health care system with better health, better care, and lower costs for all New Hampshire residents.

Our long-term goal is to create and sustain a public dialogue that will measurably improve the “systems” that finance and provide health care in New Hampshire in order to accomplish two fundamental objectives: to assure a healthy population and to create an effective system of care.

News & Announcements

Behavioral Health Integration: Making Sense and Moving Forward 

September 14, 2016, Bedford NH

8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Download presentations and resources here!

Agenda

8:30am – 9:00am

Registration

9:00am – 9:15am

Welcome

9:15am – 10:15am

Putting NH on the Path to Primary Care and Behavioral Health Integration, Alexander Blount, EdD

10:15am – 10:30am

Break

10:30am – 11:15a

Where Are We Now:

Current Landscape and Prospective Issues

Sustainable Payment for Behavioral Health Integration, Jim Highland, PhD

11:15am – 12:30pm

Behavioral Health and Primary Care Practice: Practical Answers to your Questions from Regional Providers and Payers, Panel Presentation

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Moving NH Forward: Working Lunch Discussion

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Break Out Sessions

Screening and NH’s Opiate Prescribing Guidelines: Guidance for Primary Care and Specialty Practices, Presenter: Seddon Savage, MD

Moderator: David Coursin, MD

Privacy and Confidentiality in Integrated Behavioral Health

Presenters: Lucy Hodder, JD; Patrick Miller, MS; Amy Pepin, MSW

Understanding Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for Behavioral Health/Primary Care Integration

Presenter: Beth Tschopp, National Council on Behavioral Health

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

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Closing Remarks

 

Improving Developmental Screening Rates

The Citizens Health Initiative (Initiative) and the NH Pediatric Improvement Partnership (NHPIP) were recently awarded a grant to implement a developmental screening quality improvement learning collaborative in NH. The learning collaborative will support up to 5 practices in implementing a standardized screening tool (Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)) at the 9, 18, and 30 month well-child visits, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This project combines the developmental screening pilot work of the NHPIP with the Initiative learning network’s reach to primary care practices across NH.

The Initiative and NHPIP are currently accepting applications for participation in the developmental screening quality improvement learning collaborative. There is no charge to practices to participate in the learning collaborative.

An informational webinar can be found here.

To learn more about the project or to apply see our developmental screening informational packet.

Funding for the collaborative was provided by the Fund for Tomorrow: Youth and Children in New Hampshire of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Northern New England Practice Transformation Network

The Northern New England Practice Transformation Network, a partnership between the New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative at the University of New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice, Maine Quality Counts, and Vermont Program for Quality in Healthcare, Inc., will receive up to $15 million over four years to provide technical assistance support to help equip clinicians in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont with tools, information, and network support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and spend health care dollars more wisely.

Overview for Practices here.

Webinar: Introducing the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network   

Helping Clinicians & Practices Succeed: A New Resource for Supporting Primary & Specialty Care Practices

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Webinar Presentation Slides

PQRS, Value Modifier, Value-Based Payments - it seems the change never stops!

While clinicians are focused on improving care for their patients, they also face ever-increasing expectations of value and service. Soon, most Medicare and other payments will be based on complex value and quality measures that will be unfamiliar to many medical practices. And along with these measures will come new financial incentives and penalties. 

We want you to be ready. That's why Maine Quality Counts and regional partners have created the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network, a federally-funded set of resources and learning opportunities that specialist and primary care practices in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont can join at no cost. 

Attend this webinar to learn how, and hear from the Network's leaders about available services, including:

  • Baseline assessment of your practice and a support plan tailored to the specific needs of your practice
  • No-cost access to PQRS Solutions, assistance with PQRS reporting to CMS
  • Flexible range of educational offerings from PTN Learning Collaborative

Announcing New Behavioral Health Integration Learning Collaborative

The NH Citizens Health Initiative will launch a learning collaborative on integrating behavioral health into primary care practice in mid-November as part of its Accountable Care Learning Network. Primary care practices, health systems, behavioral health providers, health care payers, and other stakeholders will learn together how to integrate behavioral health care in primary care to improve patient health and improve health outcomes using evidence-based practice. The learning collaborative, funded by the Endowment for Health, will focus on improving care for common behavioral health conditions in the context of primary care practice. For more information, see the Call for Participation or contact Hwasun Garin.

NH Citizens Health Initiative Receives Behavioral Health Integration Grant

Endowment for Health grant will support efforts to integrate behavioral health into primary care practice in New Hampshire

The Endowment for Health grant will help the Initiative further efforts to integrate behavioral health into primary care, driven by evidence-based, sustainable models. The Behavioral Health Integration Learning Collaborative will launch in November and involve health care providers and practices throughout the state, along with other insurers, government, and other stakeholders. For more information, contact Hwasun Garin.

NH Citizens Health Initiative and Regional Partners Receive Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative Award

Collaborative network will join federal government and other partners in supporting large-scale health care transformation among clinician practices

The Northern New England Practice Transformation Network, a partnership between the New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative at the University of New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice, Maine Quality Counts, and Vermont Program for Quality in Healthcare, Inc., will receive up to $15 million over four years to provide technical assistance support to help equip clinicians in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont with tools, information, and network support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and spend health care dollars more wisely.

NH Citizens Health Initiative Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

NH Citizens Health Initiative celebrated its Tenth Anniversary on September 28 with founders, past and current chairs, participants and Governor Maggie Hassan recognizing all those who have contributed to the Initiative’s successful efforts over the past 10 years and joining in a discussion of New Hampshire's health care future.

Check out our 10th anniversary video!

Latest projects:

Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Network (with NH Community Health Institute). The NH Citizens Health Initiative is pleased to be working with the NH Community Health Institute, under contract with the NH Division of Public Health Services, to develop and support a Technical Assistance Network for NH Rural Health Clinics. The network will equip Rural Health Clinics with the tools and resources necessary to effectively and efficiently serve their rural populations.  The NH RHC Technical Assistance Network will provide support for NH RHCs specific technical assistance needs relative to practice management, RHC recertification, financial reporting, billing, data collection and reporting, and quality improvement. The network will also provide support for an RHC Hypertension Learning Collaborative, including clinical quality management reporting and quality improvement practices to improve hypertension clinical processes. Participating Rural Health Clinics will also have access to the Initiative’s Accountable Care Project reporting tools.

Population Health for Clinicians: A Podcast Series:

Through a partnership with the NH Medical Society and the College of Health and Human Services at UNH, this podcast series was created to introduce clinicians to the principles and practices of population health.

MapNH Health:

Insights for Our Future. Bringing together data, resources, and collaborations to foster dynamic conversations about the future of New Hampshire's health.