Of late, the Health Care Authority (HCA) has been working with consultants and addressing public questions about the roles of the Accountable Communities of Health (ACHs), with requests to define their responsibilities and level of readiness if the state succeeds in getting a global waiver from the federal government. ACHs will need to be up and running and have developed projects quickly after the state gets the go ahead. The HCA’s Community Transformation Team modified and revised several FAQs that addresses the administration and governance of ACHs to ensure a strong level of accountability, oversight, alignment/collaboration/partnership and infrastructure. HCA has further taken 180 proposals it received as project submissions and used them to develop a policy framework that will ultimately drive the toolkit of projects ACHs can receive funding to pursue.
If you are not already, you should be actively involved with your regional ACH. Some ACHs are further along in the transformation process than others. There is a short time period for ACHs to develop core internal and external infrastructure in order to be ready and have developed clearly defined projects that meet the state’s forthcoming parameters. (Brenda Parnell)