Cascade Pacific Action Alliance Monthly Newsletter
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February 2017
CPAA Work Groups identify starter strategies for regional health improvement
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
In January, a regional CPAA work group had its second meeting to plan activities that will prevent and mitigate the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). This ACEs work group developed out of the CPAA's Regional Health Improvement Plan, which identified ACEs as one of the top five priority areas for improving community health. The ACEs work group prioritized the following strategies as its starting activities:
  • expanding parent education and home visiting
  • expanding the Kinship Program
  • providing trauma-informed training and N.E.A.R Sciences presentations
The ACEs work group also used the CPAA's recently approved Fund Development Decision Tree to agree on submitting a Letter of Interest (LOI) for the Washington State Frontiers of Innovation First 1,000 Days Project. This opportunity brings together multiple state agencies to provide technical assistance for activities that will address ACEs and family stress. Read the LOI>>>

Care Coordination & Health Integration
In the fall of 2016, another work group focused on the priority area of Care Coordination and Health Integration. This work group identified four starter strategies:
  • Behavioral Health Integration
  • Community Care Center(s)
  • Community Paramedicine
  • Wellness Clinic(s)
The group also identified a fifth strategy of utilizing Community Health Workers throughout the work of the other four activities.
At its next meeting, the Care Coordination work group will be learning about the Pathways Model.

For more information about future work group meetings and how to get involved, please contact Justin Wagaman at
CPAA member pilots new model of value-based payment
Summit Pacific Medical Center in Elma is one of two Washington State health care providers signed on to test demonstrations of a new integrated model of care. The Greater Washington Multi-payer Model will support providers in adopting value-based payment models, have providers coordinate care, and share data across multiple payers. Read more>>>
Community Health Needs Assessment Survey
CPAA Member Providence Health & Services requests information to identify health related needs in the Thurston and Lewis county service areas. Responses to the online survey will be combined with quantitative data from government and private sources to help refine Community Benefit Plan for the next three years. Responses are needed by February 17, and questions can be directed to jennifer.houk@providence.orgTake the survey>>>
CPAA responds to Medicaid Transformation Project Toolkit
CPAA partners and stakeholders provided input on the Health Care Authority's Medicaid Transformation Project Toolkit in a Comment Letter dated January 30, 2017. The Project Toolkit provides details about the projects that will be eligible for funding under Initiative 1 of the Medicaid transformation demonstration. Initiative 1 focuses on transforming the Medicaid delivery system through the regional Accountable Communities of Health (ACHs). Read more>>>

Health Care Authority Updates

Medicaid Transformation
On January 9, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Washington State Health Care Authority made public the Special Terms & Conditions for the Medicaid Transformation Demonstration Project (1115 Waiver).

The Health Care Authority has also released a draft Medicaid Transformation Project Demonstration Certification and Application Process for the Accountable Communities of Health. This document shows a preliminary timeline for how the state will provide initial Project Design funding. More updates can be found on the Medicaid transformation web page.

Upcoming Meetings

CPAA Council Meeting
February 9, 2017
1:00PM - 4:00PM
Summit Pacific Medical Center

Upcoming Events


What We're Reading

Special Terms & Conditions for the Medicaid Transformation Demonstration Project (1115 Waiver)

Videos We're Watching

Previous Meetings

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