HCH Quality Measures and Health IT Learning Collaborative

NHCHC and HITEQ LogosThe National HCH Council and Health Information Technology, Evaluation, and Quality Center (HITEQ) would like to extend an invitation to our HCH Health Centers to join our Quality Measures and Health IT Learning Collaborative by responding to the call for applications. We launched this Learning Collaborative in response to our stakeholders who voiced the need to develop Quality Performance Measures that are specific to the population we serve.

This three-year Learning Collaborative will look to identify, prioritize, and develop defined measures that are meaningful and more pragmatic to our providers and the overall community. This initiative will be co-led with HITEQ, which will facilitate data capturing and information-sharing discussions through targeted trainings to the Collaborative on topics such as effective use of population health management tools, cleaning and validating data, and risk stratification.

Our request for applications is now open: all submissions are due by 5 p.m. ET on Monday, November 20, 2017. Click below to access the application form, or learn more about the Learning Collaborative below.

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Background and Overview

Health centers providing services to people experiencing homelessness have tremendous potential to directly affect the health status and influence numerous social underlying societal inequities that contribute to health disparities and poor health. Over the next three years, the National Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) Council will focus on developing Learning Collaboratives targeting health centers to improve their performance and practice in areas related to trauma, behavioral health and addressing the social determinants of health.

In collaboration with the Health Information Technology, Evaluation, and Quality Center (HITEQ), the National HCH Council would like to offer the opportunity for health centers that serve individuals experiencing homelessness to be involved in our learning collaborative focused on Quality measures and Health IT for population health.

Aims

  • Create a shared learning environment with peers and experts on Quality Performance Measures most meaningful to the homeless community
  • Effectively use health information technology to support population health and efficient workflows

Why Participate?

Opportunities for capacity building, education sessions, facilitated discussion, and learning communities focused and driven by the needs of the Health Care for the Homeless Grantees Increase your capacity to use health IT to support population health management of your patients.

Who Should Participate?

  • Health Centers that receive Health Care for the Homeless funding (330h)
  • QI Directors
  • Health IT staff
  • Those that provide direct care (Providers in select meetings)

Activities

  • Learning Communities
    • Quality Measures (QM)
      • Identify & prioritize the most pertinent quality performance measures for HCH
        patients
      • Discuss potential workflows
    • Data Capture & Information Sharing
      • How do you capture QMs effectively?
      • How do you share across systems or link to other data sources and/or outside organizations?
      • What are the best practices?
    • Virtual Trainings
      • Effective use of population health management tools
      • Cleaning and validating data from multiple sources
      • Risk stratification

Timeline

  • November 2017: Applications available
  • December 2017: Signed agreements
  • January 2018: Kick-off webinar
  • Spring 2018: HITEQ Peer Learning Focused on Population Health
  • Quarterly: Continued Peer Learning

Expectations

  • Get leadership buy in and sign off on participation
  • Commit the participation of at least 1 staff member to manage progress reports and attend meetings throughout the entirety of the 3-year Learning Collaborative (Site Coordinator).
  • Year 1: Participation in monthly one hour webinars (January through May 2017)
  • Completion of polls so progress can be monitored
  • Years 2 and 3: Complete QI action items, which might include submitting progress reports with your peers during sessions and providing feedback on collaborative deliverables
  • Share successes and challenges at quarterly meetings