Monday, August 1, 2016

Using Predictive Analytics to Drive Health Center Decision-Making

Using data and technology, organizations can now move beyond simply tracking the past to anticipate the future through the use of predictive analytics, technology that learns from experience [data] to predict the future behavior of individuals in order to drive better decisions. Predictive analytics is now becoming more applicable to health care, and will eventually become essential for health centers to improve patient care, reduce costs, and negotiate favorable contracts with payers.

Health centers can utilize predictive analytics in a multitude of ways, furthering its consideration and implementation of patient engagement, patient compliance, chronic disease management, regulatory compliance, avoidable deaths, hospital readmissions, public health, waste and abuse, and health outcomes. And this is only the beginning. Predictive analytics is in its infancy within health care, and the exponential pace of technological advancements will identify additional uses and benefits we have yet to consider.


Capital Link and the National Association for Community Health Centers (NACHC) have just released, Predictive Analytics: An Overview for Community Health Centers. The purpose of this publication is to:
  • Define predictive analytics
  • Provide an overview of its history and development
  • Address the data and resources needed to predict a patient’s future behavior
  • Identify how a health center can begin utilizing it
  • Include specific examples of how it has been successfully used
  • Clarify health centers’ understanding and expectations of predictive analytics

 Access this publication at no cost here and at MyNACHC.  


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

New Resources to Support Sustainable Patient-Centered Care

Health centers that have made the decision to obtain certification as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) seek to improve quality, outcomes, patient and staff satisfaction, and to prepare for new reimbursement methodologies. However, this endeavor comes with challenges. Capital Link announces the release of two new resources for health centers that support a patient-centered, team-based model of primary care delivery. These resources, developed with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration, address the issues health centers face in creating and sustaining an organizational culture and facility design that support a PCMH and provide strategies for success.



Developing an Organizational Culture that Sustains the Patient-Centered Medical Home: Lessons Learned examines the cultural challenges and successes health centers face in transforming to this new model of primary care delivery, offering considerations for the patient, family, and staff experience and flexible organizational structures to support team-based care delivery. 

Click here to access this resource. 




Creating a Place for Care: Fostering Alignment and Eliminating Barriers in the Patient-Centered Medical Home
 
provides health centers with insight on how to respond to and reflect the unique needs and preferences of the patients they serve in order to align their facility design with their process of care, and the people they support. 

Click here to access this resource. 




Friday, June 10, 2016

Capital Link article on Investing in Health Centers Featured in OCC Publication

An article by Peg Underhill, Director of Marketing, Communications, and Development at Capital Link, is featured in this month’s issue of Community Developments Investments, a newsletter distributed by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. “Investing in Expanding Health Centers” highlights the importance of finding new ways to support health center growth so that they may fulfill their crucial role in serving the newly insured and remaining uninsured populations.

Click here to read the article on OCC's website.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

New Reports Examine the Financial and Operational Trends of California Health Centers

Capital Link announces the release of an updated statewide financial and operational profile and an analysis of the financial sustainability of rural health centers in Northeastern California. These resources, sponsored by Blue Shield of California Foundation, highlight data trends in an effort to identify opportunities to ensure the financial sustainability of community health centers. With millions of new patients gaining insurance and the changing nature of the healthcare landscape, providing analyses that bolster the success of health centers is critical.

California Community Health Centers: Financial & Operational Performance Analysis, 2011-2014 updates Capital Link’s statewide, multi-year financial and operational profile.

Analysis of the Financial Sustainability of Rural Health Centers in Northeastern California sheds light on the unique challenges confronting frontier and rural health centers and offers ideas for strengthening operations.

Click here for a free download of the Financial & Operational Performance Analysis.

Click here for a free download the Analysis of the Financial Sustainability of Rural Health Centers in Northeastern California.

Over our long history of working with health centers, Capital Link has amassed a database of financial and operational information to develop field-building resources on the factors affecting health center performance, impact, and growth. For more information, visit www.caplink.org.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Help Us Report on the Capital Needs of Health Centers!

Capital Link is updating our national capital needs assessment, with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to help document the tremendous need for health center capital funding and identify areas where technical assistance, training, or other resources may be needed.

We are requesting that all US health centers complete our brief, five question survey here:
http://survey.clicktools.com/app/survey/go.jsp?iv=3ok1aexdiqcr4


(It should take no more than a few minutes to complete.)

Access the results from our last national capital needs assessment, “Capital Plans and Needs of Health Centers: A National Perspective” here on our website. 

Thank you for your assistance in this important effort.

 
 


Thursday, March 3, 2016

Application Deadline Extended to 3/25/16 for Healthy Futures Fund Readiness Program


The Healthy Futures Fund (HFF) and Capital Link are offering new resources to help health centers seeking financing for projects that address the social determinants of health. A collaboration between the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Morgan Stanley, and The Kresge Foundation, HFF launched in 2012 with an initial investment of $100 million, which is now fully deployed, and recently announced an additional investment of $100 million. Utilizing New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing, HFF is seeking to finance innovative, groundbreaking projects that will serve as models for the unique ways in which FQHCs are collaborating with partners to improve the health of their communities.

In addition to providing attractive financing, HFF is offering a free HFF Readiness Program, sponsored by LISC and Kresge, for a limited number of FQHCs interested in obtaining financing through the HFF. Offered through Capital Link, the HFF Readiness Program is available to select health centers through a competitive application process. Those that successfully complete the technical assistance program will be eligible for HFF grant funding to advance their project planning.

Given the level of interest and time needed to coordinate partner activities, we've extended the application deadline for the HFF Readiness Program to March 25, 2016 at 5 p.m. ET.

Access the application here.

Ideal projects will include those that involve collaborations between health centers and other community partners that expand access to health care while also addressing at least one other critical community need, such as affordable housing, access to healthy food, job training, schools, elder care, and other community wellness projects.

Learn more by visiting Capital Link's HFF Readiness Program web page or www.healthyfuturesfund.org. Contact Jonathan Chapman, Capital Link’s Director of Community Health Center Advisory Services, at jchapman@caplink.org for details.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New Resources Available for Health Centers Seeking Funding for “Gazelle Projects”

By Allison Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, Capital Link
Emily Chen, Director, Healthy Futures Fund, LISC


What’s a “gazelle project,” you might ask?

Definition: A capital project sponsored by a Federally Qualified Health Center that is out ahead of the pack, moving quickly to address the social determinants of health in its community; characterized by nimble leadership, discerning vision and swift progress.

For Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) working on a ‘gazelle project,’ Capital Link and the Healthy Futures Fund (HFF) are offering new resources to help you achieve your goal! HFF is a $200 million initiative formed by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Morgan Stanley and The Kresge Foundation. Initially formed in 2012 with $100 million in resources that have been fully deployed, the partners recently announced that they will invest an additional $100 million in projects that promote healthy communities and address the social determinants of health. 

Utilizing New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing, HFF is seeking to finance innovative, groundbreaking projects that will be models for the ways in which FQHCs are engaging with others to improve the health of their communities. Ideal projects will include those that involve collaborations between health centers and other community partners that expand access to health care while also addressing at least one other critical community need, such as affordable housing, access to healthy food, job training, schools, elder care and other projects to advance community wellness.

In addition to providing attractive financing, HFF is offering a free HFF Readiness Program, sponsored by LISC and Kresge, for a limited number of health centers interested in obtaining financing through the Fund. Offered through Capital Link, a national non-profit that assists health centers in planning for and financing growth, the HFF Readiness Program is available to select health centers through a competitive application process. Those that successfully complete the technical assistance program will be eligible for grant funding to advance their project planning.

The HFF Readiness Program will offer group learning opportunities followed by individualized assistance to enable selected health centers to understand the basics of NMTC financing, what it takes to be ready to successfully obtain financing from this highly attractive funding mechanism, and lessons learned from peers who have undertaken collaborative projects to address the social determinants of health. A key part of the individualized assistance is to develop a specific work plan to achieve readiness for financing and application materials for the planning grant opportunity described below.

Upon completion of the HFF Readiness Program, health centers will be eligible to apply for planning grants to support pre-development and technical assistance project activities. LISC, a non-profit that works with a network of community-based partners to make investments in housing, businesses, jobs, education, safety and health, will provide the planning grants in addition to co-sponsoring the HFF Readiness Program.

Health centers are invited to apply to participate in the HFF Readiness Program by accessing the application here. Applications are due March 4, 2016.

Learn more by visiting Capital Link’s Healthy Futures Fund Readiness Program webpage or www.healthyfuturesfund.org for details.