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Volume 1

March 2nd, 2016

"Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have"
-Winston Churchill

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SIM News


SIM-Related Stories and News Releases

Governor Announces SIM Communities 
Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds recognize the communities who were awarded the first round of SIM funding . See more...

Adjusting for social determinants in value-based payments still fuzzy
ModernHealthcare.com-Jan 12, 2016
There's no question that race, gender, socio-economic status and health literacy influence a patient's healthcare access, cost and outcomes. But what's still fuzzy is an understanding of which factors are within a provider's control, and how to adjust for these factors in value-based payments, a new report says..... See more...

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SIM Resources



SIM Tools and Information 

New County Health Rankings
The new county health rankings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation were released on February 23rd.. See more...

Consumer Description of SIM 
Families USA wrote an article with an easy explanation for consumers as to what SIM is and what it intends to do.. See more...


CMS releases guidance to reduce readmissions 
This week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new guide as part of the CMS Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare. The guide outlines strategies to reduce avoidable readmission for diverse populations.. See more...

 

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Learning from Others


Model Programs & Best Practices

Community Care of North Carolina
Community Care of North Carolina is a public-private partnership sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Division of Medical Assistance. Community Care comprises 14 regional networks of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, hospitals, health departments, social service agencies and other community organizations. Click here to access their toolkit. see more...

Iowa Physician Touts Hospital Safety
February 27th
An Ames physician touts the successes of various programs in the state, "As part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services campaign with IHC, called “Partnership for Patients” and “Hospital Engagement Network,” there has been a significant reduction in many potentially preventable problems.." see more...

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Calendar and Events


What's going on?

IHC State Innovation Model Learning Community
March 8th at Praririe Meadows in Des Moines. Register Here

Second IHC Learning Community - July 12th, Des Moines, Iowa

Third IHC Learning Community - November 9th, Des Moines, Iowa

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