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July 12, 2013 
Community Health Center Spotlight
Mid-Atlantic FQHCs Receive Health Centers Received $$$ to help with Enrollment!!!!  

La Red, Henrietta Johnson and Westside Health Centers in Delaware were among the nearly 1,600 health centers across the country that received grants to help enroll uninsured people who will be newly covered under the Affordable Care Act.

While DE Health Centers received grants towards Enrollment, Maryland was not behind. Fifteen MD Health Centers received awards totaling $1,620,449 towards Outreach & Enrollment Assistance. These 15 health centers include Baltimore Medical Systems, Chase Brexton, Community Clinic, Elaine Ellis Center of Health, Family Health Centers of Baltimore, Greater Baden Medical Service, Health Care for the Homeless, Park West Health Systems, People's Community, Three Lower Counties Community Services, Tri-State Community, Walnut Street, West Cecil, Western Maryland Health Care Corporation! 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE FQHCs that received the funds!   

You could be next! Please contact Aneeqa Chowdhury at to be placed on the SPOTLIGHT!
MACHC Happenings
Access to Care Regional Forum
Forum discusses your state's latest on Health Reform and the Marketplace.
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
If you missed the MD Access to Care forums or would like a copy of the slides from the forum, please click here.

* Please stay tuned for a series of Webinars around Affordable Care Act (including Exchange Info). Check this section of your E-Blast for details in the coming weeks for details. *


Health Care Price Transparency: Lessons from Three High Performing States

July 22, 2:30-4:00 PM (EDT)

Join this webinar to learn about price transparency in three high-performing states, barriers faced on the way to improved transparency, and lessons for states interested in pursuing this work. Moderators from Catalyst for Payment Reform and the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute will facilitate a conversation with leaders from Virginia, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

7th Annual 5K Walk Run For Our Kids Health

When: Saturday, June 27, 2013
Where: Dravo Plaza located at the Riverfront in Wilmington, DE
Henrietta Johnson Medical Center in conjunction with the City of Wilmington's Healthy 2020 and a kickoff to National Health Center's Week invites you to: Get in Shape with a Cause!!! 
Registration begins at 7:30 am Walk/Run starts at 8:30 am
Registration: $20
Day of Events: $25
To Register, visit
For more info visit


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: MACHC's 31st Annual Conference "Strategic Perspectives on Reform, Innovation and Accountability"  

When: September 19-20, 2013

Where: Turf Valley Conference Center in Ellicott City, MD


Join us at MACHC's Annual Conference where you will receive the latest information on all areas relevant to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

From CEO, CFO, COO, Site Administrator there will be something for everyone to learn!

Some of the session topics to be included:
  • Workforce development strategies to meet the challenges of the ACA 
  • Preparing your frontline staff for the new healthcare era
  • Patient Centered Medical Home Readiness
  • Getting to the ask: How to engage your board members with legislators and other important topics relevant to Federally Qualified Health Centers and Look-A-Likes. 

*Registration details to come in the coming weeks!*  

Policy, Advocacy and Legislation
National News
Marnie Baker, a pediatrician at California's MemorialCare Health System, has an easy manner and ready smile. Now, though, her job is to be the bearer of a serious and, for some of her colleagues, unwelcome message. She's the voice of a program that digitally tracks their performance, informs them when they don't measure up-and cajoles them to improve. MemorialCare is part of a movement by hospitals around the U.S. to change how doctors practice by monitoring their progress toward goals, such as giving recommended mammograms. It isn't always an easy sell .

The overall life expectancy continues to increase in the U.S. however, it is not at the same pace as other developed nations around the globe. Interestingly, over the past 28 years, life expectancy for American females has declined and male life expectancy has increased in various parts of the country. Check out an interactive by region life expectancy map as well as other graphs by clicking the title.

It hasn't been a good week for the Affordable Care Act. After announcements by the Obama administration of 
several delays of key portions of the law, Republicans returned to Capitol Hill and began piling on. 

But this isn't the first time a major health law has gotten off to a rocky start. Many of the same complaints being made about the Affordable Care Act today were also made about the Medicare drug program back when it was signed into a law. The Medicare invited private insurance plans to compete to offer prescription drug coverage to seniors and the disabled.

There remains much concern around the program. Many of those concerns were coming from Democrats. They were infuriated that Republicans were getting credit for adding a drug benefit, or better known as Medicare Part D. The Democrats weren't anywhere near as vitriolic about the Medicare plan as Republicans have been about the health law, but there was still quite a partisan tenor to the complaints.

For Youths, Fewer Homicides But Still Many Deaths

Doctors are supposed to engage patients in shared decision-making over complex choices like whether or not to get tested for prostate cancer. But a survey finds that most doctors don't do that. And efforts to train doctors to do a better job haven't been all that successful.


Homicide rates have dropped among youths, mirroring a decline in crime overall. But almost 5,000 young people were killed in 2010, and researchers say there's no clear evidence on what works best to prevent those deaths.


African Americans are more likely than other populations to be diagnosed with and die from pancreatic cancer. While the exact reasons for this trend are not known, researchers suggest that certain risk factors like long-standing diabetes, a family history of pancreatic cancer, and others are most likely to blame.


State News

Using government data, U.S. News has rated 75 health insurance plans marketed to individuals living in Delaware. Of these, 17 earned the top rating of five stars in the U.S. News analysis. A plan's star rating reflects how much coverage it provides for an array of healthcare services. (For an explanation of our star ratings, seeHow We Rate Health Plans.) A plan's star rating does not take into account its monthly premium. Average monthly premiums for all rated individual plans in Delaware range from $136 for healthy 30-year-old nonsmokers to $447 for healthy 60-year-old nonsmokers.

After a woman was hurt during an abortion, the state tightened its oversight. Americans continue to hold complex views on the subject, even as lawmakers on Capitol Hill gear up for a possible Senate fight on a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.  



NHCW is just 30 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. 
Finance & Business
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and Walgreens announced a massive partnership to educate the public on the health care reform law.

The Blue Cross companies and Walgreens said they are opening and distributing brochures in nearly all Walgreens stores across the country.

The effort, which takes advantage of both companies' nationwide presence, is aimed at providing a simple, nonpartisan explanation of the law. Walgreens will place the brochures near its pharmacy departments. 


Delay of new health law could help job market 

The job market could get a modest boost from the Obama administration's decision to give large employers a one-year extension to provide health coverage to their employees or face fines.

Some consultants and economists say delaying the health care law mandate until 2015 could set off a round of hiring by small-business owners who had put off expanding their payrolls to avoid the mandate's costs. It could also mean employers will give workers more hours now that they know they don't have to offer health care for another year. Others say the impact will be insignificant.

The Latest News on ACA
What's the LATEST 
on the ACA this week?

Tax Break Can Help With Health Coverage, But There's A Catch

During the enrollment, people with lower-income will be eligible for two kinds of financial help in the online health insurance marketplaces. 
That's one big difference between tax credits and subsidies, both of which are intended to help people with lower incomes pay for health insurance through the new health care law. One could put people at risk of having to pay some of the money back, while the other won't.

If businesses get an extra year to meet a new health care mandate, why not everybody else? Republicans, seizing on the White House delay for employers, are demanding that the Obama administration give individual Americans an equal break. But the White House says that's just a thinly disguised gambit for dismantling the entire health care overhaul. ... The battle of the mandates is the latest clash in the long-running political fight over health care - a fight that's far from over. Under President Barack Obama's big overhaul, most people will be required to have insurance starting next Jan. 1, and larger businesses were supposed to offer affordable health care to their employees who average 30 hours of work a week. Here are some questions and answers in the aftermath of the administration's sudden delay of the employer mandate.
Grants & Funding Opportunities

FY 2014 Service Area Competition (SAC) Technical Assistance

Service Area Competition - New, Competing Continuation, and Supplemental (HRSA-14-021, HRSA-14-022, HRSA14-023, HRSA-14-024, HRSA-14-025, HRSA-14-026, HRSA-14-027, HRSA-14-028)

Through the Service Area Competition (SAC), HRSA will award approximately $468 million in funding to an estimated 310 SAC applicants. A SAC application is a request for Federal financial assistance to support comprehensive primary health care services for a competitively announced underserved area or population. All available service areas (see below) are currently served by Health Center Program grantees whose project periods are ending in FY 2014.

Application Deadlines

Project Period Start DateHRSA Announcement Deadline (11:59 PM ET)HRSA EHB Deadline (5:00 PM ET)
November 1, 2013HRSA-14-021July 24, 2013August 7, 2013
December 1, 2013HRSA-14-022July 31, 2013August 14, 2013
January 1, 2014HRSA-14-023August 14, 2013August 28, 2013
February 1, 2014HRSA-14-024September 11, 2013September 25, 2013
March 1, 2014HRSA-14-025October 9, 2013October 23, 2013
April 1, 2014HRSA-14-026October 30, 2013November 13, 2013
May 1, 2014HRSA-14-027December 4, 2013December 18, 2013
June 1, 2014HRSA-14-028January 8, 2014January 22, 2014

*Please click on the title for more information regarding the various grants. 


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. 



 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.


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.


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.

Health Observances This Week

Approximately 1 in 4 pregnant women carry GBS, the leading cause of sepsis and meningitis in newborns according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). GBS can also infect babies during pregnancy and the first few months of life.

Not all babies exposed to GBS become infected, but, for those who do, the results can be devastating. GBS can cause babies to be miscarried, stillborn, born prematurely, become very sick, have lifelong handicaps, or die.

Fortunately there are many ways to help protect babies from Group B Strep. This website contains resources for you to learn more about GBS and help prevent its devastating effects.

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