NACHC Partners with National Collaborative to Support the Transformation of Care Delivery

The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and the National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) have been awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support the Delta Center for a Thriving Safety Net (Delta Center). The Delta Center will provide funding and technical assistance to state and regional primary care associations (PCAs) and state behavioral health associations, helping them to build capacity and promote the advancement of value-based payment arrangements among their provider memberships. The center will be operated by John Snow, Inc., in close partnership with the Center for Care Innovations, and the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute.

โ€œAs care models shift from volume to value, health centers are faced with a unique opportunity to strengthen the way care is delivered to Americaโ€™s most vulnerable populations,โ€ Said Dr. Ron Yee, Chief Medical Officer of the National Association of Community Health Centers. โ€œWe are delighted to lend our expertise to the Delta Centerโ€™s work and provide health centers and our PCA partners with the resources and knowledge to promote and advance value-based patient care. National, state, and local partnerships with fellow safety net providers like National Council and its members are crucial if we are to successfully achieve our goals of enhancing our patientsโ€™ care and their experiences, while reducing or keeping costs in check.โ€

The partnership with the Delta Center marks the first large-scale collaboration for NACHC and National Council. The joint effort will bring together national experts to:

(1) Build capacity within existing state associations to support their members and local partners, fostering broad and sustained reach;

(2) Synthesize and disseminate lessons from local, state and national experiences to inform policy and practice at all levels; and

(3) Advance creative collaboration between primary care and behavioral health. This multi-pronged approach will build the knowledge, resources, and relationships of state and national organizations to shape and respond to policy changes and opportunities in the safety net.

As part of the partnership, NACHC will work with the Delta Center to guide the selection of funding awards to PCAs and behavioral health state associations and allow them to invest in the necessary infrastructure and resources to support the efforts of health centers and community behavioral health organizations. The overall goal of the collaborative is to strengthen the safety net and advance provider engagement in payment models that improve patient quality of care and ultimately generate cost-savings across the U.S. health care delivery system.

โ€œWith these national partners at the table, the Delta Center is poised to strengthen the safety net on a large and sustainable scale and will include both rural and urban perspectives. Transforming providersโ€™ ability to engage in value-based payment is critical for the long-term health of the safety net,โ€ said Andrea Ducas, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program officer.

Additional information on the Delta Center funding opportunity for state and regional PCAs and behavioral health state associations will be available via webinar on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, from 12-1pm EST.