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MMI NewsBriefing May 2022

New Resources!  SDoH and Telehealth Comparative Tables

To ease administrative burden on practices and POs, and as tools to aid in your important work, MMI and its participating payers have worked to create comparative tables for social care (SDoH) and telehealth approaches across payers.  As you will notice, there are many areas where policies are aligned. MMI Payers recognize the advantages of uniform approaches that promote best practices to optimize population health and continue to work toward greater alignment.

The tables are not a replacement for detailed billing guidelines and requirements but are intended as user-friendly tools for practice teams that provide high-level overviews.  The telehealth policy table will be updated quarterly, and the social care (SDoH) policy table will be updated on an annual basis.  Future updates will be released in upcoming newsbriefings and can also be found on the  https://mimultipayerinitiatives.org/ website under the “Resources” tab.

Coping with Chronic and Terminal Illness as We Age: Strategies for Cultivating Resilience

The stress on primary care health professionals, patients and caregivers in these rapidly changing times has been documented extensively in the literature.  The Turner Senior Wellness Center hosted an “Art and Science of Successful Aging” and its latest offering, Coping with Chronic and Terminal Illness as We Age:  Strategies for Cultivating Resilience” offers approaches and tools that are useful for those with elder patient populations yet has lessons for all practice professionals and patients regardless of age.  Who couldn’t use some good, evidence-based guidance to bolster our ability to deal with the pressures of the day?  The presenter, Tamara Statz, MA, LMFT, FT, is a Minnesota-based marriage and family therapist and an expert in coping and resiliency skill teaching.  She is generously permitting us to share her wonderful slide deck.  We know you will find it useful for your frontline work with patients and as well as a teaching tools with your teams.   It is also a wonderful resource for approaching advance care planning discussions.

Our thanks to Mengyuan Che and Jennifer Howard at the Turner Senior Resource Center for their role in making the sharing of Tamara’s session possible.

Integrated Behavioral Health in the Pediatric Practice

Are you a pediatric practice considering implantation of the collaborative care model? The Pediatric Integrated Care Resource Center (PIC-RC) is a nonprofit organization inspired by Dr. Gregory Fritz, Past President of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  PIC-RC aims to promote full integration of medical and behavioral/mental health services. Their website at https://integratedcareforkids.org/ offers peer-reviewed journal articles on a range of topics, links to resources like the University of Washington Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions Center and much more.

Medicaid – COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) Unwinding Resources

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) acted swiftly to put several provisions to relax and expand existing policies to enable the continuing provision of care.  Now, over two years later, we are at a different stage of pandemic response.

The current PHE is scheduled to expire on July 15, 2022 but could be renewed for another 90 days.  Regardless, the federal government committed to giving states at least 60 days advance notice before terminating or letting the Public Health Emergency (PHE) declaration expire.  CMS and state governments have set the wheels in motion to prepare for its expiration, whatever the date.  You might hear this process referred to as “unwinding”.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has a helpful website is preparing for the end of the federal PHE https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/end-phe

Social Determinants of Health Academy

Funded by the Health Resource Services Administration (HRSA), the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Academy aims to develop, implement, and sustain SDOH interventions in their clinics and communities.  They have a range of webinar trainings and tools that range from building inclusive workforces to forging community partnerships.  You can also virtually visit Hawaii, the home of two of their Innovations Showcase Competition winners there.    The Academy’s focus is on building a curriculum of community-based interventions and their work may be helpful to practices, physician organizations, systems and social service partners in Michigan who are doing the important work of collaborating to best meet the needs of people in their communities.

Healthy Aging Poll Release

On May 19th, the AARP and Institute for Health Policy Innovation (IHPI) at the University of Michigan held a webinar (at https://youtu.be/qt-Wxp6MVrs) on “Optimizing Health and Well-Being as We Age: Celebrating Five Years of the National Poll on Healthy Aging”.   It’s findings and implications hold great resonance for our own aging and that of the patients whom we serve.

You will find snippets that will help your patients approach aging with positive spirits and practical preparedness.   For example, the 2022 report found that while 88% of adults aged 50 to 80  would like to age in place at their homes, only 15% have considered the modifications that will be necessary for them to do so.

The Training Corner

To better serve you, we have expanded the array of care management and team-based care training sessions.  We are fortunate to have MiCMT, MiCCSI and PTI to provide expert training on important topics in primary care.

Michigan Institute for Care Management and Transformation (MiCMT) – Training and Webinar Announcement

A list of upcoming trainings, including live webinars, can be found in the News and Events section of MICMT’s website:  https://micmt-cares.org/events. For an at a glance view, please find the event calendars and event flyers in the “News” section here.   Questions and concerns can be shared at  https://micmt-cares.org/contact.

The Michigan Center for Clinical Systems Improvement (Mi-CCSI) – Training and Webinar Announcement

 A list of upcoming trainings, including live and on-demand programs, in key focus areas such as

 Collaborative Care [Adult and Adolescent] (live virtual training)

  • Treating Pain and Addiction (live virtual training)
  • Team-based Care (live virtual training)
  • Engagement (live virtual training)
  • Patient Centered Treatment for Substance Use Disorder (SUD) in Primary Care (on-demand webinar)

Even more can be found in the “TRAINING” section of Mi-CCSI website:

Or to select by Topic, simply go to:

  1. www.miccsi.org
  2. Hover over “TRAINING”
  3. Select offering by name from dropdown menu

Practice Transformation Institute (PTI)

A list of upcoming trainings can be found in the Events section of the PTI’s website: https://www.transformcoach.org/today/.   Current offerings include Introduction to Team Based Care, Introduction to Palliative Care, Foundational Care Management Codes and Billing Opportunities, Patient Engagement and Unconscious Bias in Health Care.