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OTC May 31, 2016
Off the Cuff: Domain 3/Health Systems Updates
Information from state and national partners
Facilitated by the Cardiovascular Health Network of NACDD
Issue 23
May 31, 2016

From Your Colleagues

From Crystelle Fogle, Montana. Respond directly to Crystelle at
How are states engaging providers in high blood pressure efforts within its states? MT is finding that providers aren’t consistently engaged in discussions (i.e. may start to miss meetings, etc.). How are states keeping providers engaged?

Webinars & Calls Worth Your Time

Are You Ready to Crunch the Numbers? Developing a Rigorous Data Analysis Plan

Thursday, June 2, 2:00-3:30 pm ET

Sponsored by TTASC

Developing an analysis plan can: 1) ensure that data collection activities address evaluation questions; 2) facilitate planning for how data will be used and analyzed; and 3) ensure that data collected can be used to make informed decisions and recommendations. 1305 grantee evaluators can benefit from enhancing their understanding and ability to develop analysis plans for evaluation and will enhance their overall evaluation efforts. Presenter is Donoria Evans, PhD, ICF International. Click here to register. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to

1305 Epidemiology and Evaluation Collaborative (EEC)
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 2:00 – 3:00pm ET
Sponsored by the CVH Team at NACDD
Become our 50th member! EEC is a peer-led group of epidemiologists and evaluators who come together each month to work smarter and more effectively with 1305 and 1422 epidemiology, surveillance, evaluation and performance measures. States share ideas, resources, and questions and provide feedback to CDC. The group presently includes 49 state members from 29 states and is led by Rachael Austin (NY), Liz Gebhart (NE), Paul Meddaugh (VT), and Brittany Brown (UT). Come see what we are all about! Call-in information: 1- 866-707-1092, Passcode 4581813#. To be added to the EEC distribution list and membership roster, please email MaryCatherine Jones at

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Hypertension—Beginning the Conversation
Thursday, June 9, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Sponsored by the American Heart / American Stroke Association
African Americans are significantly more likely than whites to be diagnosed with hypertension yet are significantly less likely to achieve blood pressure goals despite equal or even higher levels of treatment. Medication adherence, economic issues, patient/physician communication, and differences in antihypertensive efficacy in blacks all contribute to these disparities. Click here to register.

Health Payer 101 Webinar Series: The Basics - Part 2

Thursday, June 9, 4:00 - 5:00 pm ET (NOTE DATE CHANGE FROM JUNE 2)
Sponsored by NACDD and the Program Development and Services Branch at CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
This webinar is the second in a series of four that will provide fundamental knowledge of the current health payer landscape, various payer models, contracting processes, and how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is influencing payment models and delivery systems. The Basics, Part 2 will cover:

  • Insurance: employer, individual, Medicaid and Medicare
  • Reimbursement Models: Fee-for-Service, Bundled Payment
  • Incentives: Pay-for-Performance (P4P) and Shared Savings

The presenter is Jennifer Nolty, Director, Innovative Primary Care, National Association of Community Health Centers. If you haven't registered for all these webinars, please click here. The slides and recording from the May 19th webinar can be found on the NACDD website here.

Undiagnosed Hypertension in the Safety Net
Tuesday, June 14, 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET
Sponsored by National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
NACHC invites you and your health center partners to join Dr. Mike Rakotz from the American Medical Association and Dr. Jim Schultz from Neighborhood Healthcare (he spoke recently on the Fireside Chat) to learn cutting edge interventions designed to address undiagnosed hypertension and get the latest information on national guidelines, out-of-office measurement, and new tools and resources. To register, please click here.

We highlight events we think are especially worth your time but there is a lot going on! Keep up using the Chronic Disease Events Calendar.

Healthcare Delivery, Payment Reform and Health IT

The learning curve is quite steep for states to understand the health system reforms taking place and, though there is a wealth of information available on the internet, states continue to request assistance both in understanding the basics of these reforms and what they mean for public health practice. NACDD and other organizations are working closely with CDC to identify and develop learning opportunities that can meet the states’ needs. Off the Cuff will begin to highlight resources we find particularly helpful for states in understanding the landscape of both healthcare delivery reform, health payment reform and health IT.

The Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform is a national policy center that facilitates improvements in healthcare payment and delivery systems. Their website includes a number of resources that may help provide an overview of healthcare reform. Of note:

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