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January 17, 2014 
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MACHC Happenings

(1) Affordable Care Act Information and Enrollment Assistance Event - Delaware Event 

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18.

Sussex County Democratic Party Headquarters 

10 West Pine St. in Georgetown, DE

 Citizens without health insurance are invited to attend the Affordable Care Act Information and Enrollment Assistance Event at the Sussex County Democratic Party Headquarters at 10 West Pine St. in Georgetown from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18.
Certified marketplace guides will be available to answer questions, walk individuals through the enrollment process, and enroll them in an affordable plan that meets their needs.
This is an important opportunity for individuals and families to learn about the various plans and find out if they are eligible for federal tax subsidies that will help lower monthly costs. Individuals who currently have health insurance are also invited to attend to find out if they can access more affordable insurance.
To enroll at the event, individuals need to bring
* Birth dates of those applying for coverage
* Social Security numbers of those applying for coverage
* Paystubs, W-2 forms, or other information about family's income
And if applicable
* Policy/member numbers for any current health coverage
* Information about any health coverage from a job that's available to oneself or family (if applicable)
Remember that the Affordable Care Act requires every American to have health insurance. March 31 is the deadline for open enrollment in 2014.
Contact Joanne Cabry at 
jcabry@gmail.com
 or 302-226-5019 for directions to the event in Georgetown.

This is a great opportunity for one-on-one assistance. For those who cannot make it Jan. 18 should contact Chris Casazza, Lead Delaware Marketplace Guide for Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, at 302-853-5524 or casazzac@dfmc.org

 

 

(2) Cervical Cancer Prevention:

HPV Vaccine Updated Recommendations

When: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 1PM-2PM ET

Presenter: Dr. Andrew Kroger, Medical Officer, CDC/OID/NCIRD

Summary:

The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) associated cancers affect thousands of women in the U.S. every year. Almost all women are at risk for HPV and the condition occurs most often in those over the age of 30. The health care system is responsible for adequately educating those at risk about the condition, preventive measures, and it's connection to cervical cancer. By preventing HPV, fewer women will suffer from cervical cancer. This webinar will feature information on the burden of disease, the HPV vaccination schedule, and address common concerns expressed by patients. Health care providers are encouraged to join the conversation and learn about the updated recommendations.

January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month

At the end of this presentation, participants should be able to: 

  • 1.      Communicate the burden of HPV disease to their patients 
  • 2.      Schedule the HPV vaccination series according to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice Recommendations 
  • 3.      Anticipate the concerns of patients and parents with respect to this vaccine
    Invited By:  North American Management Administrator (info4health@namgt.comClick here to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1803048792246232833

      

    (3) Topic:   Town hall meeting about Affordable Care Act

    Where:       Park West Health System, Inc. - Auditorium

                        3319 W. Belvedere Avenue

                       Baltimore, MD 21215

    Date/Time: Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

                       Light refreshments available

    Learn about the importance of health coverage.

    Having health coverage can help you stay healthier and protect you from the high cost of a medical crisis. Join us for an educational presentation about the importance of health coverage for you and your family.

     

    On-site registration requires the following documentation available:

    • Social Security card
    • Two most recent paystubs or four weekly paystubs
    • Birth certificate
    • Valid Maryland photo identification To register, call:  #410-542-7800 ext. 7566 OR #443-884-7566 OR email: PRideout-Howard@parkwestmed.org OR #410-805-6589 Deborah Woolford Please register by 5 p.m. Tuesday, January 21, 2014   
    (4) HealthPeople.gov Training - Thursday, January 23, 2014, 12:00 pm, ET.
    Learn about ways to effectively address access to oral health care among underserved populations in your community through the HealthyPeople.gov webinar Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators?. 
     

    (5) The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) invites you to

    Learn about the Health Insurance Marketplace in Chinese (Mandarin)

     (AAPIs) invites you to join our Google Hangout in Chinese on

    Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm ET.

    One in seven Chinese Americans lacks health insurance. With almost half of all Chinese Americans reporting speaking English less than very well, Chinese Americans are among the highest limited English proficient populations in the nation. To help provide information to limited English proficiency communities, the White House Initiative on AAPIs is hosting a series of online Google+ Hangouts in AAPI languages. The next Hangout will be in Mandarin.

    Access to quality, affordable coverage is critically important to AAPI individuals and families, and now, it will be more accessible than ever through the Affordable Care Act and the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

    During the Hangout, representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will answer your questions and provide information on how to obtain health care coverage through the new Marketplace. We've already hosted a Hangout in Korean and Vietnamese, and we are looking forward to our first Hangout in Mandarin. 

    The Chinese language Hangout will take place on Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM (EST). We hope you will join us by watching live at a local viewing party or online by joining our Google Hangout.  You may also submit your questions during the event via the Google+ 'Ask a Question' feature, or in advance via email, or Twitter at@WhiteHouseAAPI.  More information on the in-language Hangouts can be found atWHIAAPI's website, and more information about enrolling can be found at HealthCare.gov.

    Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014
    Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)

    The event will be live streamed on our Google+ event page.  

     
    (6) Health Action 2014: Making the Promise Real

    Families USA Invites You to Health Action 2014: Making the Promise Real

    Please join us Thursday, January 23 through Saturday, January 25, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, for Health Action 2014.

    We'll hear from experts about the political context that informs our work, identify unanticipated challenges, and-most importantly-turn our focus toward making the promise of the Affordable Care Act real for consumers across the nation. So bring your knowledge, experiences, and questions!

    At Health Action 2014, you will:

    • Get critical updates and insights from state and national leaders, including representatives of the Administration
    • Discuss what's at stake with Medicaid, including Medicaid expansion campaigns, the challenges of state Medicaid budgets, and Medicaid waivers and innovations
    • Learn more about emerging advocacy strategies for improving the health system through delivery and payment reform
    • Share field strategies, tactics, and best practices, and strengthen your advocacy skills
    • Network with state and local advocates from across the country

    Who should attend?

    • State-based health care advocates
    • Advocacy professionals from national organizations
    • Health care and policy professionals
      Register here
     

    (7) ICS 200. ICS 300 Training - facilitated by Duane Taylor
    When: Monday, January 27, 2013 

    This condensed webinar training is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the ICS. This combined ICS 200-300 will provide training and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS as well as for personnel who require advanced knowledge and application of the ICS. This course expands upon information covered in the ICS-100 and ICS-200 courses.  

    This training is NIMS compliant and meets the NIMS Baseline Training requirements for IS-200.

     

    (8) DHMH: Integrated Public Health and Medical Preparedness Forum

    Meeting: Integrated Public Health and Medical Preparedness Forum (IPHMPF) 

    Location: Conference Room L3
    Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Dates: January 27, 2014
    February 24, 2014
    March 24, 2014
    April 28, 2014
    May 26, 2014
    June 23, 2014
    July 28, 2014
    August 25, 2014
    September 22, 2014
    October 27, 2014
    November 24, 2014
    December 22, 2014
    Date/Time: January 27, 2014 09:30 AM to 11:00 AM (America/New_York)
    Frequency: Monthly by day of week (Every fourth Monday of every month ending after 12 month(s))
    Web Conference Only
    Join Web Meeting: http://meeting.dhmh.maryland.gov/a/251402d2806c9d52579ac8a29853a670
    Meeting password: Not required
    Audio Conference
    Dial in from your phone:
    Meeting ID: 0030
    Dial in Number: 410-225-5300
    Health Dept. VOIP: 5300
     
    (9) Family Health Centers of Baltimore Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
    When: January 29, 2014 10:30 AM
    3540 South Hanovery Street
    Baltimore, MD 21225 

      

    (10)Health/Wellness Fair:Beebe Healthcare Health Fair Rehoboth Beach Convention Center - DELAWARE 
    When: Sat, Feb. 8, 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM

    Sussex County:
     229 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach

    For more information, CLICK HERE.

     

    (11) 
    SAVE THE DATE
    Strategic Planning Committee Meeting
    When: February 20th - 21st, 2014
    Where: Turf Valley, Maryland

      

    (12) Information Session:Affordable Care Act Information Session PS DuPont School Workshop - DELAWARE 
    When: Tue, Feb. 25, 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM

    New Castle County:
     701 W 34th Street, Wilmington  

    For more information, CLICK HERE.

    Policy, Advocacy and Legislation
    National News
    Paul D. Donahue and his wife, Angela, are among more than a million Americans who have signed up for health coverage through the federal insurance exchange. Mr. Donahue has a card in his wallet from his insurer to prove it. But when he tried to use it to get a flu shot and fill prescriptions this week, local pharmacies could not confirm his coverage, so he left without his medications. Similar problems are occurring daily in doctors' offices and drugstores around the country as consumers try to use insurance coverage that took effect on Jan. 1 under the Affordable Care Act. 
    On a recent winter morning, health outreach worker Christopher Mack walked through the streets and alleys of the city's Skid Row, passing a man pulling a rusty shopping cart and a woman asleep on a crumpled blue tarp. The smell of marijuana wafted through the cold air. 'Do you have health insurance?' Mack, a towering man with long dreadlocks, asked one woman. 'Do you go to the doctor?' he asked another. Homeless men and women who didn't qualify for insurance in the past now have the chance to sign up, and Mack - who was once homeless himself -- is there to help?
    Last year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, almost 91 million adults lived in areas like here where shortages of mental-health professionals made obtaining treatment difficult. A departmental report to Congress earlier this year said 55% of the nation's 3,100 counties have no practicing psychiatrists, psychologists or social workers, a combination of budget cuts and doctors leaving the profession. ... Such shortages are expected to only grow now, as the federal health-care law goes into effect and allows more people to seek help. Indeed, according to the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, some 6.8 million uninsured people with a mental illness will gain coverage after federal and state health insurance exchanges implement the new law.
    The White House spent December talking up its revamped and repaired HealthCare.gov website after the disastrous rollout. But health officials worried that the underperforming contractor could still derail Obamacare and destabilize the insurance industry, according to a new federal document. The concerns grew so acute that they decided to seek a new contractor. 
    Congress gave final approval Thursday to a $1.1 trillion spending bill that eases sharp budget cuts known as the sequester and guarantees that the nation will not endure another government shutdown until at least Oct. 1. ... The Senate voted 72 to 26 to approve the measure Thursday evening after Republicans persuaded Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) to drop a last-minute push to force another showdown over the Affordable Care Act, reprising the fight that closed the government for 16 days last fall. The House overwhelmingly passed the spending bill earlier this week. President Obama is expected to sign it by Saturday to prevent agency offices, museums and national parks from locking their gates when the current temporary funding measures expires. 
    The Republican-led House has approved legislation 259-154 requiring weekly, detailed reports on how the Obamacare insurance exchanges are working, a direct jab at the Obama administration over the massive failures that upended early enrollment on HealthCare.gov. The bill garnered 33 Democratic votes, fewer than the 67 Democrats who backed another health law-related measure last week focusing on the security of personal information on the federal- and state-run exchange websites. The two bills would add disclosure requirements to the Affordable Care Act rather than repeal any provision, making both more palatable to moderate Democrats facing tough reelection battles this year. Still, neither piece of legislation is expected to advance in the Senate. 

    Federal Report Finds Electronic Health Records Push Lacks Key Safeguards

    The New York Times: Report Finds More Flaws In Digitizing Patient Files 
    Although the federal government is spending more than $22 billion to encourage hospitals and doctors to adopt electronic health records, it has failed to put safeguards in place to prevent the technology from being used for inflating costs and overbilling, according to a new report by a federal oversight agency. 
    State News
    DELAWARE
    Check out the Delaware ACA Toolkit right here!

    La Red Health Center expands in Seaford

    La Red Health Center has expanded its Seaford office to better meet the needs of its Sussex County patients.

    It's been about three months since the federally qualified health center moved into the larger office space in downtown Seaford, and already the center is seeing more patients thanks to its improved visibility, said Kay Malone, chief operations officer for La Red.

    The new center is located in an 8,900-square-foot, two-story building at the intersection of High and Cannon streets. It follows the opening of an expanded Georgetown location in April 2012. 

     

    Use the Subsidy Calculator

    Use the subsidy calculator on www.ChooseHealthDE.com to get an estimate of the tax subsidy you might be eligible for when you buy coverage on Delaware's health insurance marketplace.

    http://www.choosehealthde.com/Health-Insurance/Enroll#subsidy-calculator

     

    MARYLAND

    As legislators grilled Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown on Tuesday over the dismal debut of Maryland's health insurance exchange, the O'Malley administration stood by the website and said it will not switch to the federal version.

    Rejecting calls to shut down the state's bug-ridden website, Gov. Martin O'Malley's office issued a statement saying the state would keep it running while working to improve it for at least the next 21/2 months. The exchange was created to implement the federal Affordable Care Act and give Marylanders a place to buy health plans or enroll in Medicaid.

    Finance & Business

    Is Affordable Care Act really affordable for all? 

    The promise of the Affordable Care Act is right there in its title: Affordable.Yet, anti-poverty agencies across the country fear that even with the federal financial assistance available under the law, health insurance will remain unaffordable for significant numbers of low-income Americans.
    "For those with very low wages trying to raise kids, after paying for housing, electricity, food, transportation, and child care, asking people to pay another $50 or $100 a month, that's just out of reach," said Sireesha Manne, a staff attorney at theNew Mexico Center on Law and Poverty.
    Insurers are struggling to get their premium payments from people who signed up for coverage through the health-law marketplaces, leaving many plans with fewer enrollees than expected at the start of the new year. ... "It's been pulling teeth," said Shaun Greene, chief operating officer of Utah-based Arches Health Plan, a startup. As of Thursday, Arches had collected about 60% of premiums for people who signed up for coverage that took effect Jan. 1. He said Arches would urge customers in email and phone calls to pay for at least a few more days, even after the deadline.  
    UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s fourth-quarter income rose 15%, fueled by expanding enrollment and growth in its health-services business, but shares slipped on concerns about future government payments for privately managed Medicare plans. The Minnetonka, Minn., company, the biggest U.S. health insurer, reported a profit of $1.43 billion, or $1.41 a share, up from $1.24 billion, or $1.20 a share, a year earlier. Revenue improved 8.2% to $31.12 billion. The earnings slightly beat analysts' consensus prediction of $1.40 a share. 
    The Latest News on ACA
    What's the LATEST 
    on the ACA this week

     

     

     

    Health Care Law Webinars Offered in English and Spanish

    The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Partnership Center has updated webinars on the Affordable Care Act for faith and community leaders. All webinars are open to the public and include a question and answer session. Please click on the title of the webinar and fill out the registration form. After registering you will receive an e-mail confirmation containing information about joining the webinar. Please contact the HHS Partnership Center at ACA101@hhs.gov if you have problems registering or have any questions. All webinars are one hour.

     

    Question & Answer:

    Do all members of a family have to buy the same level health plan on the exchange? For example, can I get a silver plan and my husband a bronze one? Do married couples have to sign up for the same plan in order to qualify for tax credits?

    A. You and your husband can sign up for different level plans on the health insurance marketplace-bronze, silver, gold or platinum-and still qualify for tax creditsto help pay premium costs that are available to people with incomes up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level (currently $62,040 for a couple). If family members buy different plans, the tax credit will be split between them instead of reducing the premium for one family plan.

    But there are important details to consider when making your decision, say experts.

    If you buy two individual plans instead of one family plan, you'll have to satisfy two separate deductibles, says Elaine Saly, a health policy analyst at Families USA, an advocacy organization.  

    "If families buy multiple individual plans, they'll likely pay more out of pocket," she says.

    In addition, cost-sharing subsidies that reduce copayments, deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs   for people with incomes up to 250 percent of poverty ($38,775 for a couple) are only available to those who buy silver-level plans. That could affect a couple buying different level plans.

    "They could be losing access to cost-sharing reductions," says Edwin Park, vice president for health policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

    More From This SeriesInsuring Your Health

    However, advocates suggest that people with chronic conditions who expect to have high health care costs consider paying a higher premium for a more comprehensive platinum level plan, even if other family members opt for cheaper coverage. Since those plans generally must cover 90 percent of medical costs, patients' out-of-pocket limits may be significantly lower, making them a better financial deal in the long run.

    The right answer will be different for different families, so it's important to consider different cost and coverage scenarios when you apply online, say experts.

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    New fact sheets: several new fact sheets have recently been posted to Marketplace.cms.gov related to using new coverage as well as various Q&As for assisters working with consumers on application and enrollment.  Feel Free to share with your distributions and thank you for all your hard work

     

     

    A number of materials on the tri-department FAQs are now live. See below for links followed by the full pieces:

    For other helpful outreach and enrollment resources, please click here

    For General FAQs on HRSA Health Center Outreach and Enrollment Assistance Supplemental Funding, click here

    Grants & Funding Opportunities

    National Health Service Corps (NHSC)
    is pleased to announce that the 2014 NHSC Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open. The application cycle will close on March 20th at 7:30 pm ET.
    To help ensure that the communities with the greatest need are supported, qualified applicants working in Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) with the highest scores as of January 1, 2014, will be given priority. With continued service, NHSC providers may be able to pay off all of their student loans.
    The Program is expected to be competitive. On average, it takes a few weeks to complete an application so please begin the process early. It is suggested that you start gathering required documentation as soon as possible.
    Technical assistance webcasts and conference calls have been scheduled to address questions. Please mark your calendars for the following webcast and conference calls.
    * Webcast: Wed, January 29 at 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. ET
    * Conference Call: Wed, February 5 at 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. ET
    * Conference Call: Wed, February 12 at 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. ET
     

    Health Centers Can Sign Up for Children's Health Literacy Resource

    As you know, health literacy skills start early in life and are an important part 

    of caring for and educating children and adolescents. First Book offers a collection of children's books that combine lessons in literacy with lessons on practicing healthy behaviors.  The program works with health professionals like you to ensure low-income kids have access to brand new, high-quality books they need to succeed.  By joining the First Book network, you'll have ongoing access to free and deeply discounted new books for the children you serve. Click here to sign-up. After signing up, keep an eye on your inbox for a welcome email from First Book and instructions on how to start selecting from the wide variety of great titles. Questions may be directed to (866) READ-NOW or by email to help@firstbook.org.  

      

    Community Health Center Executive Fellowship

    Application Deadline: Prior to First Session, January 15, 2014

    This 11-month distance learning program is sponsored by the University of Kansas Medical Center, Department of Health Policy & Management, in collaboration with the Greater Midwest Association of Primary Health Care and the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved. The Fellowship is designed to prepare emerging leaders for increasingly responsible management positions in community health centers.  Leveraging interactive online technology, students are able to expand their knowledge and develop the professional skills necessary to respond to the dynamic challenges that exist in the community health environment. The program offers two options:

       

    • Option 1: By completing all six modules you will received a certificate from the University of Kansas and a lapel pin designating you a "CHC Executive Fellow." Tuition in 2014 is $4,500, plus cost of books, travel/lodging for Capstone in Washington, D.C., plus $150 for meals and transportation.
    • Option 2: Individual module(s) are available for people who may not want (or have time for) the entire curriculum or the CHC Executive Fellow designation, but just want to focus on one or more particular critical areas. Tuition for individual modules is $950 each plus cost of books.  Check the academic calendar on the program's website to see when the module(s) you're interested in are scheduled.

       

    Please email Marsha Killian for more information and/or to begin the application process. 

     

    FY 2014 Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program: HRSA-14-043

    Application Deadline: January 16, 2014

    The Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) has announced this funding to assist in the development of an integrated healthcare network.  For the purposes of this grant program, a rural health network is defined as an organizational arrangement among at least three separately owned regional or local health care providers that come together to develop strategies for improving health services delivery systems in a community.  Networks can include a wide range of community partners including social service agencies, faith-based organizations, mental health agencies, charitable organizations, educational institutions, employers, local government agencies or other entities with an interest in a community's health care system. Successful applicants may request up to $85,000 for one year to create a foundation for their infrastructure and form a coordinated plan among members to address important regional or local health needs.  ORHP expects to fund approximately 15 grantees. There will be a technical assistance call on Tuesday, December 3 at 1:00 pm ET:

     

    Meeting Name: Rural Health Network Development 

    Planning Program 

    Web connection: Click here

    Toll-free call-in number: (800) 475-0512

    Participant Passcode:  5732913

      

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announces new funding opportunities to support the primary care workforce

    To help expand and support the nation's supply of primary care practitioners, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the availability of funds for two programs that receive funding under the Affordable Care Act. 

     
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellowship
    Application Deadline: January 14, 2014 (3:00 pm ET)  
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program is a three-year advanced leadership program for nurses who aspire to lead and shape health care locally and nationally. Fellows strengthen and improve their leadership abilities related to improving health and health care. Interested health center nurses should feel free to contact Cheri Rinehart, PACHC President & CEO and a graduate of the program, for more information, including other PA health center alumni of the program.

      

    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. 

      

      

    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.
    Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Corner 

    Action Steps and Time for NCQA PCMH Application  Processing (click on the NCQA PCMH to find the pdf)

    Clinical Quality 

    HRSA Offers Help on Privileging

    If you missed the webinar, Privileging: Real World Applications and Challenges, presented by ECRI Institute on behalf of HRSA last month, a recording of the 60-minute webinar, handouts, and post-conference speaker questions and answers are now available in the Webinar and Audio Conference Archive on the Clinical Risk Management Program website. The webinar provided information on:

    • Several approaches to privileging (e.g., core/bundle privileging format)
    • Steps in the privileging process
    • Privileging policy considerations
    • Peer review as connected to the privileging process
    • Considerations when granting temporary privileges

    Tools that health centers can use when developing and implementing privileging policies and procedures were also provided. There is no fee for health centers for any of the information.  To access the webinar and materials, log in to the website with your username and password. If you don't have access or want to attend a free, live demonstration of the website, email Clinical_RM_Program@ecri.org or call (610) 825-6000, ext. 5200.

     

    RWJF Offers Quality of Care Data Resources

    Quality of care data resources have been released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in their latest brief that includes case studies, quality field notes, interviews and videos, and using quality of care information publicly available to everyone who receives, provides, or pays for care.Transparency of this information allows patients to make informed choices about their care, providers to identify gaps in their care, and purchasers to obtain insight into the value of the care that they buy. 


    Health Observances This Week
    Remember......
    January is Birth Defects Prevention Month
    BDPN Education and Outreach Committee has developed materials and resources to assist state program staff and others interested in promoting birth defects prevention during 'January is Birth Defects Prevention Month'.
    Building on the theme from last year, "Every 4 minutes a baby is born with a birth defect," NBDPN's goal for 2014 is to continue to increase awareness that birth defects are "Common, Costly and Critical" and to offer actionable steps that can be taken by professionals, community groups, and the public to prevent birth defects. 
    The complete 2014 packet is available here.

    Each year, the committee selects a theme to highlight a specific risk factor or defect. Previously used brochures and fact sheets are available to non-members for the preceding three years. All additional prior years are available to members as part of the file archive: 

    2013: Birth defects are common, costly, and critical.
    2012: And the Beat Goes On...Looking to the Future for Healthy Hearts
    2011: Medication Use Before, During, and After Pregnancy  

     

     
    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.

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