Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Clinical Research Oriented Workshop (CROW) Meeting: Aug 21, 2014

Present:  Marianne Burke, Rodger Kessler, Ben Littenberg, Connie van Eeghen

Start Up: CROW will continue its summer schedule into the fall: Thursdays, 11:45 – 12:45, with social getting-started at 11:30.

1.                  Discussion: Rodger’s SIM grant proposal on Behavioral Health Integration
a.       This proposal will be submitted in the fall to compare three models of integration and to compare the cost effectiveness of each one.  It must include designated state agencies (DAs) in mental health as well as the primary care providers it is focused on supporting.
b.      One VT county is the locus of a large BH practice (part of the FQHC), the FQHC that includes almost all primary care practices, a large women’s health center owned by the community hospital, and a county mental health service that is interested in change.
c.       An observational study could measure the cost of outcomes as the county system currently works.  Any changes to the system would likely be due to secular trends as well as other activities they engage in to move towards integration.
d.      A demonstration project could produce a design for integrated care and financial management.
e.       Inclusion of the DAs can be explicitly stated in the original description of the three models, under arm 1.  This is the simplest, most focused, and has the highest likelihood of success.
f.       Rodger to bring draft proposal back to CROW in two weeks.  Submission deadline is mid-September.

2.                  Ben’s Brain Teaser: for all surnames that are first names ending in “s,” (Roberts, Jacobs, …), why are they always male names?  And is the “s” short for “sons?”

3.                  Next Workshop Meeting(s): Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., at Given Courtyard South Level 4.   Remember: the first 15 minutes are for checking in with each other. WE WILL CONTINUE THIS SCHEDULE FOR THE FALL SEMESTER
a.       August 28: Kairn: draft of literature review/ quality improvement project
b.      Sept 4: Rodger: SIM grant draft review
c.       Sept 11:

Recorder: Connie van Eeghen

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