New HRSA Funding Available for Substance Use and Mental Health Services

By Kevin Geoffroy, Chief of Staff The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced that $350 million in supplemental funding is available to current Health Center Program award recipients for evidence-based approaches to expanding access to integrated Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services. This new funding supports … Continued

OCHIN Collaborates with Carequality, LifeWorks Northwest, and Netsmart to Improve Behavioral Health Outcomes

As part of efforts to integrate behavioral and physical health care, OCHIN and LifeWorks Northwest have partnered to enhance data sharing across the greater community of provider networks through the Carequality interoperability framework, powered by the Netsmart network. The advanced partnership strengthens Oregon-based behavioral health care providers’ ability to securely … Continued

Understanding Patient Experiences of Childhood Cancer

Understanding Patient Experiences of Childhood Cancer In partnership with Oregon Health and Sciences University’s (OHSU) Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Initiative (OCTRI), OCHIN is proud to be part of this unique qualitative study that employs the Database of Individual Patient Experiences (DIPEx) approach to better understand the experience of childhood … Continued

OCHIN Submits Comments to SAMHSA on 42 CFR Part 2

OCHIN has submitted the following comments to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) about 42 CFR Part 2, a federal rule concerning the confidentiality of patient records related to substance use disorder: OCHIN appreciates SAMHSA’s clarifications in the recent rule for billing and operational purposes since this … Continued

Released: OCHIN’s Fiscal Year End 2017 Annual Report

OCHIN is excited to share with our members, partners, and staff the Fiscal Year End 2017 Annual Report. Below is an excerpt from our report, which begins with a letter from our CEO, Abby Sears. In 2017, despite the many challenges our nation is facing, and specific concerns about funding … Continued

FCC Takes Action to Increase Funding for Rural Health Care Program

We are pleased to announce that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken action to increase funding for the Rural Health Care program for the current funding year, which began July 1, 2017 and ends June 30, 2018. In addition, the FCC will be seeking public comment on potentially increasing … Continued

NAPCRG Recap Part 2: Patient-Centered Care

By Nate Warren, MPH, Research Associate Another large topic addressed at NAPCRG, admitting I’m pushing the boundary to encompass several sub-topics under one theme, was patient-centered care. I’m referencing the Institute of Medicine’s definition here as “providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and … Continued

NAPCRG Recap Part 1: Social Determinants of Health

By Teresa Schmidt, MS, OCHIN Research Analyst This year, the annual meeting for the North American Primary Research Group (NAPCRG) was in Montreal, Quebec. Seven members of OCHIN’s research team were able to attend (photo by Les Enfants Terribles). Social Determinants of Health A large topic of interest at the … Continued

OCHIN Researchers Look Forward to NAPCRG 2017 Annual Meeting

The North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) hosts their 45th Annual Meeting this weekend. They anticipate that over 900 primary care researchers will meet for five days in beautiful Montreal, Quebec to discuss the latest in the field. OCHIN is proud to have a strong presence this year with … Continued