Call for Applications: Community Oral Health Transformation (COrHT) Initiative in North Carolina
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation (Blue Cross NC Foundation), in partnership with the North Carolina Oral Health Collaborative (NCOHC) and CareQuest Institute for Oral Health (CareQuest Institute), seeks to identify participants in a learning community of up to 14 dental clinics to support the advancement of prevention-focused, value-based, whole-person oral health care for underserved populations in North Carolina.
Participating clinics are eligible for a $20,000 sponsorship to support their participation in learning and improvement activities and up to $12,000 to facilitate ongoing reporting. In addition, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and local health department clinics will be eligible for small “innovation grants” ($25,000-$50,000) to support the implementation of practices associated with the three-domain framework described below.
Click here for more about how the COrHT Initiative supports practice transformation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Local health departments and community-based nonprofit organizations exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code are eligible for participation, as are private practices, provided they have a payer mix of 15 percent or greater from Medicaid. In addition, eligible clinics must have at least three (3) operatories, provide comprehensive care, and use a preferred electronic health record (EHR) system (Open Dental, Eaglesoft, Epic, or Dentrix Enterprise).
The COrHT Initiative in North Carolina is designed to help clinics implement, expand, and/or improve elements of the “Three Domain Framework” (teledentistry, minimally invasive care, and personalized and integrated care). However, if your clinic does not currently offer one or more of these services, it will not necessarily disqualify you from participation in the Initiative. We encourage ALL clinics to apply provided they meet the minimum requirements and leadership is aligned with the Initiative’s values and priorities.
The COrHT Initiative in North Carolina will run for roughly one year, with required meetings, coaching, and technical assistance regularly scheduled (and on-demand) from July 2022 through September 2023. Within that time period, regular reporting of clinical, demographic, and financial data will be required between September 2022 and October 2023.
A schedule of required events and activities for participating clinics’ 2-3-member Site Implementation Teams and Data Managers will be made available prior to or shortly after participant selection. We will strive to work within all participating clinics’ schedules to support impactful participation.
Yes! Provided your clinic utilizes a preferred electronic health record (EHR) system (Open Dental, Eaglesoft, Epic, or Dentrix / Dentrix Enterprise), the COrHT Initiative in North Carolina will offer technical assistance to support data collection and reporting. In addition, up to $12,000 is available in incentive payments related to reporting requirements, based on data quality and accuracy. Don’t worry — we are here to help!
Funding has been made available to provide a $20,000 sponsorship for each participating clinic. Additionally, up to $12,000 is available in incentive payments related to reporting requirements. Local health departments and community-based nonprofit organizations exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code are also eligible for small “innovation grants” of $25,000-50,000 per clinic to support implementation of practices associated with the “Three Domain Framework” (teledentistry, minimally invasive care, and personalized and integrated care).
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|Deadline or Activity||Date(s)|
|Funding opportunity opens||May 3, 2022|
|Applicant webinar (will be recorded)||May 10, 2022, 11:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.|
|Proposal submissions due||June 2, 2022, 5:00 p.m.|
|Applicant decisions||June 26, 2022|
|Virtual kick-off||July 15, 2022 – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.|
NCOHC and the CareQuest Institute hosted an informational webinar on May 10, 2022. If you weren’t able to attend, you can find a full recording below, and click here to download event slides.