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September 27, 2013 
Community Health Center Spotlight
Congratulations Chase Brexton on their ribbon cutting ceremony at their new headquarters as it expands its reach 

 

When it first opened its doors in 1978, Chase Brexton was a small operation of volunteers started to address the newAIDS epidemic and its effect on gay men, the population most hit at the time by the disease.

The organization has since grown into one that offers a broad range of medical care. It now has a strong primary care component, a pharmacy, and mental health and dental services. Its reach spans far beyond AIDS patients - which now make up 16 percent of it clientele - and Baltimore's gay population.

 

Chase Brexton expects to treat nearly 25,000 patients at six locations in Baltimore, Randallstown, Columbia and Easton this year and anticipates that number eventually to grow to 50,000. About 10,000 patients will be treated at the downtown Baltimore facility this year, and that is expected to grow to 35,000 in the new building.
The new building locally known as the Monumental Life Building is the new Chase headquarters and its Mt. Vernon Center health clinic.

The new headquarter address is 1111 North Charles Street.

MACHC was present to support the eventful ribbon cutting of the new site yesterday!  

  

We will continue to highlight and support all the wonderful achievements of Health Centers! 
 
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MACHC Happenings
Thank you so much for attending 
MACHC's Annual Conference 2014
We hope you found the sessions helpful and informative.

 

Thursday, October 3, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. ET
This session will review final reporting requirements and submission process for the FY 2012 supplemental funding to health centers that focused on improving outcomes related to cervical screening for health center patients by supporting PCMH transformation projects. Click here

for more info.

 

(2) The National Walking Summit  

When: October 2-3, 2013 

Kaiser Permanente and other national partners are hosting a national Walking Summit in DC. The Summit is being designed and supported by dozens of partner organizations -- to advance the mission of Every Body Walk! to get Americans up and moving. By focusing on walking and walkability, we seek to get more people walking (behavior and culture change) and, to increase the supply of safe places to walk (environmental, practice and policy change.) The complementary benefits of more walking and more walkable places accrue to improved health status, reduced costs, workforce and school wellness, economic development and placemaking, the environment, equity/access, academic performance, safety and security, social connectivity, and more. Click here for more information and to register today!
 

(3) National Health Service Corp Webinar

 When: October 10, 2013, 10:00 am to 11:00 am

 
The National Health Service Corp (NHSC) is hosting  Corps Community Day on October 10th, 2013. This year's theme is "Access Today. Healthy Communities Tomorrow." To celebrate Corps Community Day, the Office of Primary Care Access is partnering with the Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers to provide an overview "Coffee talk" webinar about the National Health Service Corp. 

The webinar will include: 

- Overview and History of the National Health Service Corp

- Overview of NHSC Loan Repayment and Eligibility

- Overview of the NHSC Scholarship Program. 

Please register for this webinar to learn more about NHSC to help expand access in your community!! ***Click here to register now!

 

(4) 27th Annual AIDS Walk Washington  

October 26, 2013 

Freedom Plaza 

The 27th annual AIDS Walk Washington will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Freedom Plaza. Activities begin at 7:00 am. The 5K timed run begins at 9:15 am with the Walk stepping off at 9:20 am. Click here to register, donate or volunteer.
 

 

(5) Uniform Data System (UDS) Training 2013

December 4th, 2013 8:00 AM - 
4:00 PM
Harbourtowne Golf Resort
9784 Martingham Circle
St. Michaels, MD 21663
Aimed at those who are responsible for gathering and reporting the data elements. The Uniform Data System (UDS) in-person training is a full day program covering the preparation of the 2013 UDS Report.  The training addresses each of the tables, including a discussion of the changes that have been made and the definitions necessary to complete the reports. The UDS training is aimed at those who are responsible for gathering and reporting the data elements included in the UDS report, as well as management and clinical staff who need to understand the definitions and concepts used.
Click here to register.
Policy, Advocacy and Legislation
National News
Options for keeping the federal government open narrowed Thursday as some of the most conservative Republicans in the House rebuffed proposals from Speaker John A. Boehner, who had aimed to break a stalemate over the federal budget. The opposition from conservatives to any measures that fall short of their goals of cutting federal spending or dismantling President Obama's healthcare law left the Ohio Republican with little room to maneuver as a Monday night deadline approached for providing money to keep federal agencies running.
Total health spending in the U.S. is expected to grow by 4 percent this year and then by more than 6 percent a year for the next decade, as health reform expands coverage to more people and they use care more, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The White House on Wednesday unveiled several steps to protect consumers from fraud in the new online health insurance marketplaces, a move that comes after 17 states hostile to the law acted to limit the spread of information about the program, and congressional Republicans raised concerns about the privacy of medical and financial records. 

With the success of health care reform resting firmly on their shoulders, young adults are doing their due diligence in researching potential insurance options, but no matter how enticing the plans may be, price is still their main concern.

 

A new poll released by the Wall Street Journal and NBC shows that approximately 70% of those surveyed do not understand health care reform, but despite their confusion, some 63% of the nation's uninsured still plan to purchase insurance plans over of the next six months.  

  


As researchers investigate the increasing prevalence of drug-resistant bacteria, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified hospitals as posing the most urgent threat because of their heavy antibiotic use. 

State News
DELAWARE
Less than 4 days to Open Enrollment: Visit the Delaware Health Marketplace
Open enrollment is just days away! Have you checked out the Delaware Marketplace at www.choosehealthde.com?
Remember to use this website to check out the latest on DE health coverage and spread the word! 

 

MARYLAND
Open Enrollment is around the corner: Visit the Maryland Health Connection

Open enrollment for the new Health Insurance Marketplace begins on October 1, in just 11 days. Have you checked out the Maryland Health Connection lately?

Remember, since you live in Maryland, you'll use the Maryland Health Connection website, instead of HealthCare.gov, to apply for coverage, compare plans, and enroll starting October 1.

Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2014.

Questions? Call 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. TTY users should call 1-855-889-4325.

 

  

Finance & Business
Following careful consideration, the White House has rejected labor unions' plea to have their current insurance plans become eligible for premium subsidies.

MedImmune celebrates its 25th anniversary - and has come to represent half of AstraZeneca's research and development pipeline.

Best known, perhaps, as the maker of FluMist, a nasal spray influenza vaccine, and Synagis, an injection to protect infants at high-risk for respiratory syncytial virus, MedImmune has a bubbling developmental drug pipeline.

  

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

Oct. 1 will bring the opening of health insurance 

Marketplaces in every state, where people can buy coverage to begin in 2014.

Most Americans won't need to do anything because they have health insurance through their employer or the government. But people who do use the Marketplaces are likely to find them complicated at best and bewildering at worst.

Standing by will be thousands of paid and unpaid helpers to guide you through the process. Some work for the Marketplaces and some do not.

1. What kind of help is available?

There will be four types of helpers available:

  • Navigators, who work for the Marketplaces. They will teach you about the Marketplaces and help you enroll. Navigators will be available in all states.
  • In-person assisters, who are similar to navigators.
  • Certified application counselors, who will help you enroll for health coverage through the Marketplaces. They work for hospitals or nonprofit groups.
  • Agents and brokers. The rules for them are different in each state.
2. What does the navigator program do?

The navigator program helps anyone who wants to get insurance through a Marketplace. The goal of navigators is to help "consumers understand the basics of insurance, how it works, and how they enroll in the Marketplace," says Elizabeth Calhoun. She is a professor of health policy and administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago. "They'll help people digest information so they can make the best decisions."

Navigators will be required to take 20 hours of training. They must be impartial and are not allowed to recommend specific plans.

3. Why should I get help from a navigator?

Anyone can visit a Marketplace and buy coverage on their own. But it is complicated, and help from navigators is expected to make a big difference.

For example, some Americans will need help figuring out whether to take a federal subsidy (financial aid) when they pay their premiums or later as a rebate when they file their taxes, says David Adler. He is a program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation who monitors health insurance issues.

Family relationships can create confusion, too. For example, he says, a couple with children from another marriage may need help to figure out eligibility for coverage.

Calhoun says the navigators can also get the word out about how many people -- like families of four making less than $94,200 -- are eligible for financial aid.

4. What other kinds of helpers will be available?

Other helpers include in-person assisters and certified application counselors, who are available only in certain states.

In-person assisters are similar to navigators. The difference is their jobs are funded differently from navigators.

Certified application counselors work for community health centers, hospitals, nonprofits like churches and labor unions, and non-federal government agencies. They will help you understand, apply, and enroll for health coverage through the Marketplace. They must complete 5 hours of training and comply with privacy laws and other standards.

5. What about insurance agents and brokers?

Agents and brokers can also help people sort out their options in the Marketplaces. The rules for agents and brokers are different in each state. They all must go through the same training as navigators, though.

6. Will there be enough helpers for everyone?

It's not clear. The work of navigators has become a political issue in the continuing battle over health care reform.

At least 17 states have set up rules for navigators or are thinking about doing so. Some states are requiring navigators to be licensed or certified, and several have approved rules limiting the guidance they can give to consumers.

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act, like professor Robert Field, think the requirements are an attempt to make it hard for people to become navigators and enroll consumers. It "doesn't make sense" to require them to need the same licenses as insurance agents and brokers because they serve a different role, he says. Field is a professor of law and health management policy at Drexel University.

But the citizens, officials, and lawmakers who have pushed for restrictions argue that they're protecting consumers. "If we are going to have to endure the Affordable Care Act, then we need to make sure that people aren't taken advantage of," Arkansas State Sen. Jason Rapert, a Republican, says in an interview with Pew Charitable Trusts.

7. Where can I find help?

Start at healthcare.gov, the federal government's web site for information about Marketplaces. If you live in a state that is running its own Marketplace, it will take you to that web site.Marylanders, visit www.marylandhealthconnection.gov and Delawareans, visit www.choosehealthde.com.

If you live in one of the 34 states where the federal government is running the Marketplace, it has a lot of information to help you.

You can also go to local help.healthcare.gov, which gives you a list of groups that can help near your home. Just enter your ZIP code or city and state. Hospitals, clinics, religious organizations, and community groups are expected to sponsor events where assisters will be present.

 
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 For helpful outreach and enrollment resources, please click here.

 

Grants & Funding Opportunities

Debunk the Myths: Grant Application Video Series

Federal grants can be excellent funding opportunities for your project, but not understanding the process can lead to a great deal of frustration. This video series will debunk common myths and assist you with your grant applications.
  

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 NumberGrants.gov 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. 

 

 

AHRQ Disseminating Patient Centered Outcomes Research to Improve Health Care Delivery

Application Deadline: September 27, 2013

Grants to leverage the capacities of existing broad-based networks of providers and other key stakeholders to disseminate and implement existing evidence for improving the quality of care delivery. Spread of evidence to support change in care delivery requires coordination, buy-in and active participation by diverse providers across multiple settings of care, collaboration with other key stakeholders (including payers and consumers) who are instrumental in shaping care delivery, and adaptation of interventions to local conditions. In recognition of these well-documented challenges and needs, this funding opportunity requires that applicants represent existing networks of providers and other stakeholders that have the knowledge, on-going relationships, expertise, infrastructures, past experience and understanding of local needs and constraints to maximize buy-in, collaboration, and appropriate adaptation to local conditions. 

  

Bureau of Primary Health Care Loan Guarantee Program

Application Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Loan program to Section 330 health centers to obtain a loan guarantee for the financing of a medical facility construction, renovation and modernization.
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.

 

*MACHC will bring back Cheri Reinhart, CEO of Pennsylvania PCA present and lead a workgroup during MACHC's Annual Conference on Thursday - September 19, 2013! 

Health Observances This Week

September is National Preparedness Month!

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has developed a handy Toolkit for 2013 National Preparedness Month. This online kit contains a variety of documents and resources that you may find useful in promoting preparedness among staff at your healthcare facilities. There are messaging tools and tips; social media and online resources; images, logos and presentation templates; and information to address certain populations, including seniors and those with access and functional needs.

 

To access the toolkit, visit FEMA's National Preparedness Community site: http://community.fema.gov/connect.ti/readynpm/view?objectId=3200688

 

OP&R has a special webpage devoted to National Preparedness Month. Go to http://1.usa.gov/14vmoRIto check it out. We will also be posting useful preparedness tips on our Facebook page throughout the month of September - www.facebook.com/marylandopr
 
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