Deadline for #HCH2020 proposals, RCPN Steering Committee recap, and more.
Deadline for #HCH2020 proposals, RCPN Steering Committee recap, and more.
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October • 24 • 2019
A Newsletter for Members of the Respite Care Providers’ Network
Deadline for #HCH2020 Proposal Submissions Closing Soon!
We are currently accepting proposals for the 2020 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium, to be held from May 11-14 in Phoenix, AZ. The theme for this year's conference is EQuality = Equity + Quality. "Equity" refers to health equity—the idea that everyone should have a fair opportunity to attain their full health potential and that no one should be disadvantaged from achieving this potential. "Quality" characterizes approaches that optimize outcomes and the experience of care for patients and providers alike. Submit proposals by 11:59 p.m. PT on Sunday, October 27, 2019.

We are also seeking reviewers to help us determine which proposals will become part of the National HCH Conference agenda. Reviewers will be responsible for grading assigned proposals (no more than 15) online beginning in November. Apply to become a reviewer.
Medicaid Funding for Your Respite Program? Partnering with Your Local CoC?
The National HCH Council wants to know more about how state Medicaid programs (or MCOs) are currently supporting medical respite care programs, as well as how respite programs are involved with local Continuums of Care (CoCs). If you are receiving Medicaid or MCO reimbursement for your medical respite program or if you are working in collaboration with your CoC, please let us know! We’d love to talk further with you to inform our upcoming policy briefs.
Contact our Senior Policy Director, Barbara DiPietro, if you’d like to tell us more about your current financial arrangement with Medicaid or your partnership with your CoC.
RCPN Steering Committee Meets in Nashville, TN
The Respite Care Providers Network Steering Committee met in Nashville on October 1-2 to discuss current trends in medical respite care, strategic priorities for the RCPN, medical respite research, and data collection practices. The group also discussed ways that programs are maximizing their Medicaid reimbursements to support medical respite. Points from their discussion will appear in an upcoming policy brief. The RCPN Steering Committee also began planning the 2020 Medical Respite Pre-Conference Institute, which will take place the first day of the National HCH Conference.
Are you interested in joining the RCPN Steering Committee and guiding the Council’s work on medical respite care? A call for nominations will appear in the next issue of Respite News. We will have two open seats for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. We are particularly interested in representatives with the lived experience of homelessness and medical respite services. If you have questions about the RCPN Steering Committee, please contact Project Manager, Julia Dobbins.
Reminder: Is Your Program Reflected in Our National Directory?
The Council updated the Medical Respite Program Directory in 2018 and made it possible to identify programs by bed number, staffing, facility type, and funding. Please complete a program profile form if your program is missing from the directory. Access the online Medical Respite Program Directory.
Contact Julia Dobbins with any questions.
Research Spotlight: Durham, NC
The work of respite providers in Durham, NC, was recently highlighted in two publications. The Journal of Health for the Poor and Underserved published a five-year retrospective chart review study conducted by Donna Biederman and her team. Donna is an Associate Professor at Duke School of Nursing and is currently serving as Vice-Chair of the RCPN Steering Committee. This article reports the methods used to identify people experiencing homelessness in the electronic health record, as well as primary reasons patients would not have qualified for the medical respite program. Additionally, this same team published an article in Public Health Nursing on health care utilization post medical respite care. The study evaluates the medical respite pilot program in Durham to determine whether patients saw an improved connection to income, housing, and health care resources.
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