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June 21, 2013 
Community Health Center Spotlight

Chase Brexton celebrates Pride Weekend!

Not only did Chase Brexton take part in Pride weekend this past weekend BUT their Chief Program Officer was a part of the Anne Quasman's Women Talk Live show!

From what many consider to be the birth of the "Gay Liberation Movement", the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village in June 1969, to our current times of marriage equality, professional athletes coming out, and celebrating PRIDE month,  to discussion of the issues that still need to be addressed for the LGBT community... my three guests in the Conscious Conversations Café were a wealth of open and honest communication.  After all, it's important to them for each of them lives as part of, works on behalf of and/or supports LGBT rights and causes.  Tune in for a great discussion - the history, the present and the future for the LGBT community.  

Listen on the web here.

We are so proud of our member CHCs and all your accomplishments! 
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MACHC Happenings
Has your Health Center signed up for your Access to Care Regional Forum?
Sign up NOW!
Forum discusses your state's latest on Health Reform and the Marketplace.
 
Delaware:
Host Agency
Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center
1570 North DuPont Highway, Dover, DE, 19901 
Contact: Robin Lawrence at 302-739-2730
Margaret O'Neill Bldg. 410 Federal St., Suite 7, Dover, DE 19901
 
Maryland:
*There is NO registration fee or charge associated with attending the forum, but you are requested to RSVP toaccess.tocare@maryland.gov
 
The LAST Access Forum:
Baltimore Metro region (Baltimore City, Baltimore County)
June 25, 10:00 am to 12 noon
UMBC Tech Center, 1450 S. Rolling Rd, Baltimore MD
 
If you missed the MD Access to Care forums or would like a copy of the slides from the forum, please click here.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has scheduled several webinar trainings on the health insurance Marketplace for partners and stakeholders. The Level 1 webinar offers a one-hour high-level overview of the accomplishments of the Affordable Care Act and a basic introduction to the Marketplace, highlighting who is eligible and how the Marketplace will work. The Level 2 webinar offers a two-hour detailed review of the Marketplace, including eligibility, enrollment, plan structure, Medicaid expansion, and the streamlined application. Registration is required.

 

Building Capacity for Research and Quality Improvement Training

Save the Date for August 22, 2013

 This day-long training immediately before NACHC's Community Health Institute & Expo at the Hyatt Regency Chicago will help you build the skills and infrastructure necessary to collect and use data in Electronic Health Records to improve care, test interventions, and engage in research.  Registration link to come soon!

 

SAVE THE DATE for the MACHC Annual Conference 

When: September 19-20, 2013

Where: Turf Valley Conference Center in Ellicott City, MD

*Registration details to come in the coming weeks!*  

Policy, Advocacy and Legislation
National News

Immigration Reform Comes to the Floor

After months of deliberations, the Senate will begin debating comprehensive immigration reform on the floor this week. We can expect proposed amendments and debate on many issues in the coming days and weeks. The list will include border security, access to health care coverage, and immigrant visas, but the Senate majority leadership has indicated that they hope to pass bipartisan legislation before the July 4th recess.  

FTCA for Volunteers to be Introduced in the House: Encourage Your Representative to Become a Co-sponsor Today!

A few weeks ago, Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)  introduced S. 955, the Family Health Care Accessibility Act of 2013, which would extend Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) malpractice coverage to health practitioners volunteering at Section 330-funded health centers. The House is planning to introduce a companion measure very soon and the bill's co-sponsors are circulating a Dear Colleague to garner original co-sponsors for the legislation. Please reach out to your U.S. Representative and encourage them to sign on as a co-sponsor by contacting Brad Grantz with Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) at Brad.Grantz@mail.house.gov or 202-225-2301 or Nathaniel Tipton with Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) at Nathaniel.Tipton@mail.house.gov or 202-225-1688.

Did you miss the following Webinars?


Enroll America hosted a webinar with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities to take a deeper dive on five new enrollment strategies available to make enrollment easier for states. 
Check out this great webinar explaining these strategies by clicking on the title!
The National Association of Community Health Centers has recently released three new briefs on key topics for state policy makers:
  1. Health Insurance Exchanges: Key Issues for Community Health Centers provides analyses of the major policy issues impacting FQHCs for the different types of exchanges.
  2. Medicaid Premium Assistance and Health Insurance Exchanges addresses some of the most common questions that have been raised in two parts: an overview of the different Medicaid eligibility groups and coverage and benefits they are entitled to, and a discussion on how Exchanges will likely interact with Medicaid under the Arkansas proposal, which is being used as the model.
  3. State Fiscal Year 2013 Funding for Community Health Centers: Funding Levels Remain Inadequate Amidst Signs of Leveling Off Cuts shows that 29 states appropriated $287 million for the state fiscal year 2013, a 14% decline from last year
Now, a local doctor in Maryland can access his dad's medical record in Boston through Medicare Blue Button (MBB)! MBB is a computer program that allows patients to download their medical history into a simple text file on their smartphones and personal computers. After that, third-party applications that you download help organize this information.
More than 40 percent of accountable care organizations (ACOs) formed under Medicare exist in only five states, leaving many states with one or none, according to an analysis by industry experts.
Medicare ACOs are concentrated in states like Florida (32), California (22), and Massachusetts (18) but rural states -- like North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Kansas -- are devoid of them, according to the analysis by consulting firm MedeAnalytics in Emeryville, Calif. Others like Montana, Idaho, Mississippi each only have one Medicare ACO.

State News

On May 30th, Wilmington Hospital completed the first phase of its $210 million expansion and overhaul of Wilmington Hospital with a ribbon cutting ceremony, eager to show the community how much it's grown.

The hospital embarked on a multi-phase expansion in April 2009 and the first phase is set to open by the end of June. 

  

  

This summer, thousands of Marylanders will get rebates from their health insurance companies under a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires insurers to spend a certain amount on patient care and quality improvement.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that 149,961 Maryland residents would get rebates. The rebates, which will be in a form of a check in the mail, will average $143 per family, will go out by August 1, 2013.

 

  

is just 65 days away - August 11-17! Click hereto access media templates in both English and Spanish. 
  
All health centers are encouraged to post Health Center Week celebration and event details on the website here - the password to post events is: healthy.  While NHCW 2013 is August 11-17, events occurring anytime during the entire month of August are welcome to be posted on the website.
 
 

Invite Your Legislators during NHCW!

NACHC strongly encourages Community Health Centers nationwide to celebrate National Health Center Week (NHCW) in August by holding events, inviting Members of Congress to visit health centers in the districts, and hosting events, such as health fairs, community celebrations, or media events to educate the public about the mission and value of health centers. The theme for this year's NHCW is: Celebrating America's Health Centers: Transforming Health Care in Our Local Communities. 
Visit the National Health Center Week website for information and resources. 
Has your FQHC joined the 
National Branding Campaign?

 

With more than 43 billion people  eligible to enroll in private insurance starting this October 1, FQHCs strive to create an identifiable unifying identity for themselves. This is where the National Branding Campaign for Our Health Centers comes into place. 

The campaign is a national branding effort to strengthen recognition of our Health Centers as a unified and nationwide network of quality community-based primary care providers.  Initially created at the state level by the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC) and its membership, the National Association of Community Health Centers has expanded the campaign nationwide.

 

The FQHC Brand Components  

MACHC recently hosted a Branding Webinar for MD and DE Health Centers with CEO of PACHC, Cheri Reinhart and Event and Communications Coordinator, Kirsten Keyes, as guest speakers. If you missed the webinar and would like access, please click here.

Finance & Business
"Like hospital leaders everywhere, the people running Valley Medical Center in Renton, Wash., talk frequently about the need to control soaring medical costs. ... But even as Valley officials talk about change, they're paying hospital CEO Richard Roodman tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses for driving the kind of profits and expansion many say are no longer affordable for patients, employers and taxpayers."
The financial penalties that Medicare imposes on hospitals with high rates of patient readmissions are too harsh for hospitals serving the poor and should be changed.
Low-income patients, doctors and researchers say, are more likely to have trouble following hospital instructions for taking care of themselves after discharge. They don't always have easy access to doctors to monitor their recuperations and sometimes can't afford needed medications. 
The Latest News on ACA

With the deadline for states to implement Affordable Care Act-mandated health insurance exchanges less than four months away, state governments will need to move fast. States are having to reevaluate their existing health insurance infrastructures to meet the act's requirements. They have already received nearly $4 billion in funding for the effort thus far - and can access more dollars through 2014. 

 

Firm Relies On Medicare Experience As It Prepares To Open Federal Health Exchange Calls Centers

Soon, the company that handles an average of more than 60,000 calls daily about Medicare will be deluged by new inquiries about health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The six Medicare call centers run by Vangent (a company based in Arlington, Va.) will answer questions about the health care law from the 34 states that opted out of running their own online health insurance marketplaces or decided to operate them jointly with the federal government.

Grants & Funding Opportunities

CMS Round 2 Innovation Awards

Application Deadline:  Letter of Intent by June 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm EDT; applications by August 15, 2013 3:00 pm EDT 

CMS will spend up to $1 billion for awards and evaluation of projects from across the country that test new payment and service delivery models that will deliver better care and lower costs for Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollees. The second round of the Health Care Innovation Awards will support public and private organizations in four defined areas that have a high likelihood of driving health care system transformation and delivering better outcomes. Specifically, in this second round, CMS is seeking proposals in the following categories:

  • Models that are designed to rapidly reduce Medicare, Medicaid, and/or CHIP costs in outpatient and/or post-acute settings.
  • Models that improve care for populations with specialized needs.
  • Models that test approaches for specific types of providers to transform their financial and clinical models.
  • Models that improve the health of populations - defined geographically (health of a community), clinically (health of those with specific diseases), or by socioeconomic class - through activities focused on engaging beneficiaries, prevention (for example, a diabetes prevention program or a hypertension prevention program), wellness, and comprehensive care that extend beyond the clinical service delivery setting.

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All applicants must submit, as part of their application, the design of a payment model that is consistent with the new service delivery model that they propose.

 

Smiles Across America Grant & Webinar  

Application Deadline: July 1, 2013 
A unique funding opportunity from Smiles Across America is designed to help support local, community based oral health preventive services programs in expanding their programmatic capacity and the number of children served. Grant award amounts for this grant cycle will range from $3,000 - $20,000. 

 

Faculty Loan Repayment Program
Application Deadline: June 27, 2013 by 7:30 pm EDT
Up to $40,000 per eligible individual to support health profession educator education for a two-year service commitment, with opportunity for one additional contract with an additional two-year service commitment. The program requires a funding match from the applicant's health professions school.
 

 

 Application Deadline: June 30, 2013  
The purpose of the 340B Peer-to-Peer Network is to connect 340B entities and stakeholders with high performing sites, called leading practice sites that have exemplary 340B pharmacy service offerings. These sites serve as guides to help covered entities strengthen their 340B programs from inventory management to quality care initiatives. Sites that receive the status of a 340B Peer-to-Peer recognized site will be asked to dedicate two members of their team to share their expertise and leading practices - for a limited amount of time per month - with other safety-net organizations to help these organizations achieve results and establish sound business practices. Selected entities will receive:
  • A participation plaque
  • Acknowledgement in publications
  • Membership in APhA for three leadership team members
  • Peer-to-Peer annual stipends of $10,000/year
  • Financial support for select conference attendance to represent 340B stakeholders

 

 Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Implementation Funds Program 

Application Deadline: July 31, 2013

Awards for $5,000 - $12,000 to support pediatricians in the initial and/or pilot stage of implementing community-based child health projects related to medical home access, health services to uninsured/underinsured, secondhand smoke exposure, immunization programs, and Native American child health.  
 
Application Deadline: July 31, 2013  
Planning grants for pediatricians to develop innovative, community-based initiatives that increase children's access to medical homes or to specific health services not otherwise available.

 

Scholarships
As part of our commitment to build a stronger, more empowered workforce, the National Council has partnered with USC to offer a $2,500 scholarship ($1,250 for advanced standing) for your employees when they enroll in the MSW@USC program in 2013.

Program Start Date                                                       Application Deadline
August 7, 2013                                                                June 25, 2013
September 3, 2013                                                         July 22, 2013
September 3, 2013 - Advanced Standing                    July 1, 2013

Your employees can request more information by clicking here. They should mention their National Council membership to admissions counselors to qualify for the scholarship. 

You can also sign up here to request a special onsite or virtual information session just for your staff.

How did YOU celebrate National Men's Health Week?! 

Gentlemen, and women who care about their gentlemen, this week is National Men's Health Week! Celebrated each year during the week leading up to and including Father's Day, National Men's Health Week aims to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.  

 According to data obtained from the National Men's Health Week website, in 1920 women lived, on average, one year longer than men. Men have experienced a drastic change in fortune since then. Today, men die almost six years earlier than women. Data also shows that men die at higher rates than women from the top 10 causes of death,  and are victims of over 92% of workplace deaths.

Despite these daunting statistics, men are not a lost cause. To read more, click here

 
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