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Volume 5

July 6th, 2016

“The state of our nation is only
as good as the state of our health.”

-Delos M. Cosgrove, MD

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SIM News

SIM-Related Stories and News Releases

All Roads Lead to Population Health Management
Hospitals and Health Networks
Approximately 750 accountable care organizations are in operation today, covering some 23.5 million lives covered under Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers. Although still in the learning stages, many ACOs have had notable success in improving quality while reducing cost. As promising results continue to emerge, more of these organizations — whose existence was once thought to be more fantasy than reality — are expected. In fact, Leavitt Partners predicts that 105 million people will be covered by ACOs by 2020.

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Diabetes Detected By...A Dentist?
Michigan State University
A Michigan State University diabetes expert and a local dentist have teamed up to create a screening tool that dental offices can offer patients to determine their risk for diabetes.

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Medication Safety Making News
Wall Street Journal
Lawmakers in Congress will meet on Wednesday to forge final legislation to tackle the country’s deadly opioid epidemic.
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SIM Resources

SIM Tools and Information 

Webinar: Advancing Health through Accountable Communities: A Conversation with States
National Academy for State Health Policy
Accountable Communities for Health (ACHs) are surfacing as a promising state strategy to integrate and align state health care delivery system transformation with community-based interventions. This webinar will feature speakers from California, Minnesota, Vermont, and Washington State, who will share their states’ experiences developing and implementing ACHs as a key strategy for advancing population health within broader delivery system reforms.
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USDA Summer Meal Finder
Summer presents a number of challenges for vulnerable children and families – especially in the 3.3 million rural households with food insecurity.  USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that low-income children aged 18 and under continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Find sites using this tool. 

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Request for Proposals Posted: Clinical Innovations for Prediabetes Assessment and Referral
Eligible applications are for-profit, not-for-profit, or governmental entities that provide direct patient care. The purpose of this RFP is to plan and implement sustainable policy or systems change(s) to assess patients with prediabetes or patients who are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes through screening and testing and to increase referrals to the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP). 

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Learning from Others

Model Programs & Promising Practices
NOSORH Examines All SIMs Around the Nation
 National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
Seventeen states have received State Innovation Model (SIM) funding either in Round One or Two to test state-led, multi-payer health care payment and service delivery models. Round One Test Awards are in the final year of demonstration, while Round Two Test Awards are in the second year of funding. The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) reached out to State Offices of Rural Health (SORHs) to get an update on rural initiatives within state SIM plans in these states along with the involvement of SORHs in the implementation of these initiatives..
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'Intensive' Care Coordination Saving a California Health System $14M
Kaiser Health News
As health care costs continue to rise, attention has turned to a tiny number of expensive patients like Meade, called super-utilizers. A program that started in Orange County has taken a different approach to treating Meade and other high-cost patients: Over the past two years, it has tracked them, healed them and saved a ton of money along the way.
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Calendar and Events

What's going on?

Falls Prevention Symposium 2016 - July 8th, Ankeny, Iowa...See more...

Second SIM Learning Community - July 12th, Des Moines, Iowa...

Take advantage of the opportunity to hear from national experts on how innovative community-based strategies have helped to transform the healthcare landscape and shaped health and wellness at the local level.  Ted Epperly, M.D., president and CEO of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, will speak to Idaho’s experience in leveraging cross-community collaboration to achieve statewide health innovation. Additional speakers will be on hand to share their success stories and highlight specific opportunities to tackle population health issues to promote community wellness. The event is free to attend, and takes place on July 12th at Prairie Meadows in Altoona.
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Third SIM Learning Community - November 9th, Des Moines, Iowa

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