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January 23, 2014 
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MACHC Happenings
    Genetic Alliance Announces Funding for Outreach and Education Programs
    Impact Awards Request For Proposals Released 
    WASHINGTON, DC (January 17, 2014) -Genetic Alliance invites proposals for the Impact Awards, a program designed to expand the reach of existing outreach and education and improve access to genetic services and support. Up to $25,000 will be offered per award, and a total of $175,000 will be distributed overall. 
    The Impact Awards are an opportunity for organizations to strengthen their impact by incorporating novel partnerships and expanding upon current approaches that educate and engage populations in need. "Our aim for this project is to amplify existing programs that have already achieved some success. Not only will they be able to build upon current activities, but the community will learn from their innovative and effective strategies," says James O'Leary, Chief Innovation Officer for Genetic Alliance. "Moving forward, these projects will serve as a model for future efforts."
     
    This award opportunity is part of a larger initiative around public education and engagement of individuals and families to improve access to and knowledge about genetic services. The 
    National Genetics Education and Consumer Network (NGECN) is a three-year initiative led by Genetic Alliance in conjunction with the efforts of the American College of Medical Genetics' National Coordinating Center for the Regional Genetic Service Collaboratives (NCC). This collaboration and award opportunity are supported by the Genetics Services Branch of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). 
    The full Request for Proposals is available on 
    www.geneticalliance.org/ImpactAwards. Proposals will be accepted until March 14, 2014, 8:00 PM EST. Genetic Alliance will consider proposals submitted from state governments, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, and institutions of higher education. All applicants must be located in and serve the United States and/or US territories. An informational webinar will be held on January 23, 2014, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. EST. Register online at http://www.geneticalliance.org/webinars.
     
(1) 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?. 

 

(2) 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.  

 

(3) 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
 

(4) 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.

 

(5) 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
 
(6) Family Health Centers of Baltimore Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
When: January 29, 2014 10:30 AM
3540 South Hanovery Street
Baltimore, MD 21225 

  

(7) SAVE THE DATE:  

BPHC All Programs Webcast
On February 6 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET, the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) will host an all program--Health Centers, Look-Alikes, primary care associations, national cooperative agreements, health center controlled networks--webcast to provide an update on BPHC activities in Fiscal Year 2014 and an opportunity for participants to ask questions.
  

 

(8)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.

 

(9) 
SAVE THE DATE
Strategic Planning Committee Meeting
When: February 20th - 21st, 2014
Where: Turf Valley, Maryland

  

(10) 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.

 

(11) NACHC Policy & Issues Forum 
Please remember that NACHC's Policy & Issues Forum is scheduled for March 19 through 23 in Washington, D.C. We encourage all health centers to participate and schedule appointments with your Congressional delegation for Thursday, March 20. More details are forthcoming from NACHC.

 

Policy, Advocacy and Legislation
National News
The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) has just published a new guide for FQHCs on succession and transition planning to assist in planning and implementation. This a free document which can be downloaded from the NACHC website.
The health care overhaul's reach stretches far beyond the millions of uninsured Americans it is expected to help. It also could touch everything from the drug choices to doctor bills of people who have insurance through work. The law isn't expected to prompt sudden, radical changes for workers. So you probably won't lose your job due to the overhaul, despite claims by the law's opponents. But benefits experts say there are several other ways the law can leave fingerprints on the benefits of the roughly 149 million people who are covered through their jobs.
 
Monday night, House and Senate Appropriators unveiled the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 omnibus appropriations bill. The bill contains all 12 regular appropriations bills and adheres to the $1.012 trillion discretionary spending level set by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, also known as the Ryan-Murray Agreement. The allocation for the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) bill is $156.8 billion, roughly the same as allocated for FY2013. The bill includes level discretionary funding for the Health Center Program which, combined with already-appropriated mandatory funding for health centers available through the Affordable Care Act's Health Center Fund, represents a $700 million increase in funding from FY2013. The bill includes language requiring that of the $700 million increase, $110 million be obligated for base grant adjustments to existing health centers and not less than $350 million be obligated for New Access Points (NAPs), Expanded Medical Capacity (EMCs), and service expansions. The language also requires that these specific funds be expended by October 1, 2014. On Tuesday, Congress approved a three-day extension to January 18 to the Continuing Resolution that is currently funding the federal government to give time for review and approval of the omnibus bill.  
New York's health commissioner says the state has been waiting 18 months since requesting a $10 billion federal Medicaid waiver he calls essential for eight struggling hospitals in Brooklyn and others around the state. Dr. Nirav Shah says Tuesday nearly half New York's 227 hospitals are financially distressed. Waivers exempt states from federal program requirements, for example letting them move beneficiaries away from fee-for-service treatment into managed care.
Illinois uses Medicaid funds to provide in-home care for adults with disabilities. In 2003, Gov. Rod Blagojevich cleared the way for more than 20,000 of these in-home workers to be characterized as state workers who were then free to join a union. A majority of them voted to join the Service Employees International Union, which led to higher wages and better benefits.
The head of Arkansas' Department of Human Services on Tuesday said he doesn't have a backup budget if lawmakers block funding for the state's "private option," despite growing signs that the compromise Medicaid expansion plan is at risk when the Legislature convenes next month. A Democratic lawmaker questioned the odds of the private option continuing after an opponent of it won a state Senate seat in a special election last week and a key supporter announced she no longer backed the plan.
National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Virtual Job Fairs are targeted events during which each site has approximately 15 minutes in a "virtual room" to discuss their site, the community they serve and the positions available, as well as interact with clinicians seeking job opportunities. After the job fair, each site's information, job openings, and contact information will be provided to the participants. The NHSC Virtual Job Fair Team will work with sites throughout the process of preparing and presenting. The 2013 virtual job fairs held by NHSC were so successful that several more are being held in 2014. The jobs fairs allow NHSC-approved sites to reach targeted audiences without the barriers of time commitment and cost.  Site participation may be limited based on geographic location, HPSA score, types of positions available and the type of community served. To participate in a Virtual Job Fair, a site must:
  • Be an active National Health Service Corps site in good standing
  • Need to fill an eligible job vacancy in an NHSC-approved primary care discipline
  • Have a completed  NHSC Jobs Center Site Profile
  • Have access to a computer, Internet, and a phone line the day of the Virtual Job Fair
They are tentatively planned for March, May, July, August, October and November. For more information, send an inquiry toNHSCVirtualJobFair@hrsa.gov.

State News
DELAWARE
Check out the Delaware ACA Toolkit right here!

NEW LICENSE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR PHYSICIANS

 
Good News!!  On February 15, 2014, the Division of Professional Regulation will implement a new licensure application process for physicians.  The new process will reduce the time between when an application is submitted and the license is issued. That means that applicants can receive their Delaware licenses and begin practicing medicine in Delaware sooner than ever before.
Under the new process, prospective applicants will be required to gather most required forms and documentation from their sources in advance of filing the application and submit everything to the Division in one packet.  Although the Division will still receive a small number of documents directly from their sources, such as criminal history reports, receiving everything else in one packet will enable the Division to expedite processing.  
The new application and instructions will be made available on the Division's web site on February 15, 2014, the "go-live" date.  The Division will continue to accept the current application form for a transitional period of 45 days after the "go-live" date.  However, when this transitional period ends, the current application will become obsolete and the Division will no longer accept it.  
The Division of Professional Regulation always looks for ways to improve the services we provide, and we are excited to be able to offer faster application processing. 
If you have any questions about the new process, please contact (302) 744-4500.  Thank you.

 

MARYLAND
The Maryland Senate voted Tuesday for an emergency measure to provide health insurance for people who tried to enroll online in the state's health exchange but couldn't because of computer problems. The bill, which still needs House approval, would enable people to enroll in an already existing state insurance pool called the Maryland Health Insurance Program. The program is a separate safety net plan that has served as a high-risk pool for state residents without insurance. Because the bill is an emergency measure, it would take effect as soon as it is signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley, whose administration proposed the bill. 
 
Six weeks ago, Rep. John K. Delaney began to push this idea: What if Maryland just abandoned its troubled online health insurance marketplace and used the federal version instead? Or maybe used some combination of the two? Delaney (D-Md.) waited for state officials to fully evaluate the option. Then, on Jan. 6, he sent a letter to the state's secretary of health and asked for a brief analysis of the "pros and cons" of switching. He didn't receive a formal response. On Tuesday, Delaney sent another letter. 
Finance & Business
A new top tax rate, higher Medicare taxes and the phaseout of deductions and exemptions could mean higher tax bills for wealthier Americans this year. Legally wed same-sex couples, meanwhile, may find the true meaning of the marriage penalty. All taxpayers will have a harder time taking medical deductions. 
Target Corp. on Tuesday said it would stop offering health coverage for part-time employees, citing insurance options available through public exchanges. Target will stop covering part-time employees on April 1, the company said in a corporate blog post quoting human resources chief Jodee Kozlak. Less than 10% of Target's roughly 360,000 employees take part in the plan being discontinued. Those employees will be given $500 due to the coverage being ended.  
Modern Healthcare reports on data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showing that healthcare, an engine of employment through the recession, shed 6,000 jobs in December with payroll declines in ambulatory care and hospitals. Hiring fell about two percent below the annual average since 1990.
The Latest News on ACA
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on the ACA this week

 

 

New Report Shows O/E Efforts Hampered in States Opting not to Expand Medicaid

new report released by George Washington University presents findings from a national survey that assessed the early outreach and enrollment experiences of Community Health Centers  within different policy and political contexts resulting from varied implementations of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The survey found that all responding health centers are engaged in efforts to identify and assist eligible patients and residents in obtaining health insurance coverage. However, health centers located in states that did not expand Medicaid and/or adopted restrictive Navigator laws reported facing greater challenges and constrained outreach and enrollment activities. The results highlight the impact policies and political environments can have on O/E efforts. 

 

 

 

Report from the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange about Maryland Health Connection, the state-based health insurance marketplace 
BALTIMORE (January 17, 2014) -- This week, as we continued to see steady enrollment activity on Maryland Health Connection, Governor O'Malley and Lt. Governor Brown announced a new option for retroactive coverage for an estimated several thousand Marylanders who experienced technical challenges on the website. Affected Marylanders will be able to enroll in the private plan of their choice with coverage retroactive to January 1.
All four insurance carriers participating in the state-based exchange -- CareFirst, Evergreen Co-op, Kaiser Permanente, and United -- agreed to make retroactive coverage available. The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange is reaching out to consumers with known issues in their applications prior to January 1, to offer them an opportunity to register with the program.  Other Marylanders who experienced significant website problems that prevented enrollment and are interested in coverage back to January 1, should call the Consumer Support Center to be considered for the program.  The deadline for registration is Tuesday, January 21, at 5 pm. 
In addition to weekly metrics, this week's report also includes monthly data as of December 28.
Weekly Report
From October 1 through January 11, 2014, there have been 831,099 unique visitors to the Maryland Health Connection website. 131,389 Marylanders have created identity-verified accounts.  Through January 11, 22,512 Marylanders have chosen to enroll in private health plans through Maryland Health Connection. 
93,514 Marylanders signed up through the Primary Adult Care (PAC) program were automatically enrolled in Medicaid coverage on January 1, 2014, and now have full Medicaid coverage.  As of January 14, an additional 29,517 individuals were newly enrolled in Medicaid effective January 1.  In total, more than 60,000 Marylanders received an initial determination of eligibility for a Medicaid program through Maryland Health Connection. As noted in previous reports, some of these individuals may have pending verifications before coverage is effective, and others may turn out to already have Medicaid coverage.
Monthly Report
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that, as of December 28, 2013:
  • 66,162 Marylanders were included in complete applications submitted;
  • Among Marylanders included on submitted applications, 43,065 were determined eligible for Medicaid and 23,097 were eligible to enroll in private health insurance plans; and
  • 18,257 Marylanders had selected a private health plan for enrollment.
 
 
Updates Straight from the Marketplace!
Update: Marketplace Tech - Please report ongoing issues
 
Consumers are applying, shopping and enrolling in coverage every day.  HealthCare.gov now works for the vast majority of users: System error rates are low (averaging less than 0.5%) and response times are consistently less than half a second.  Our December enrollment surge demonstrated that existing system capacity can handle more than 1.8 million site visits per day - we even serviced over 83,000 users at once. 
We continue to implement software fixes to improve the consumer experience and augment the back end systems to automate and smooth intersections with third parties, particularly health plans and states, in order to enhance Healthcare.gov's ability to handle more complex consumer transactions. If you continue to experience performance issues with the site - whether it is slowness, error messages, yellow/blue screens, difficulty uploading documents, or other issues - we would like to hear about it.
To report problems with the website, if you are a Navigator, please contact your project officer.   For others, please email our CAC mailbox:  CACquestions@cms.hhs.gov.  Please put "Website System Issue" in the subject line of the email. Please include your city, state and zip code, the time of day that you experienced the problem, a brief description of the problem, the type of browser you were using, what steps you took to try to solve the issue, and if this is a one-time issue or something repetitive.  We appreciate you assisting in our real time feedback loop - and hope to continue to make improvements to the site based on your input.
Please check out our latest blog to find out more:  HealthCare.gov Moving Forward.
 
Update: Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) Coverage Extension
The federally-run Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) is now offering the option of two additional months of PCIP coverage to people currently enrolled in PCIP who have not yet found new health insurance coverage. As a result of this policy, PCIP can be extended through March 31, 2014, to allow PCIP enrollees more time to review Marketplace plan options and enroll in the coverage that best meets their needs before open enrollment closes March 31.  PCIP enrollees will be notified on www.pciplan.com and by mail of this option to extend their PCIP plan through March, along with details about cost-sharing.  Eligible enrollees can purchase PCIP transitional coverage by sending in their February and March premium payments; the February and March premiums will be the same monthly rate that eligible enrollees paid for January 2014.
As a reminder, PCIP is a transitional bridge program that provides quality, affordable coverage for people with health conditions who could otherwise be shut out of the insurance market or charged more because of their pre-existing condition. The additional two months gives this vulnerable population additional time to enroll in a plan and ensure continuity of coverage.
For additional information, assisters should visit www.pcip.gov and What if I have PCIP coverage? PCIP enrollees can visit www.pciplan.com for questions about benefits, doctors, & services.
 
Update: Interim Process to Change Information
As you know, the Marketplace currently has limited functionality for reporting changes in circumstances.   As we work towards this functionality, we have new guidance for the interim process to update non-eligibility changes in the short term.  In the future, we will share more guidance about the process to make changes.
Changes Not Affecting Eligibility
In the short term, as we work on Marketplace functionality, consumers can contact their insurer directly to make non-eligibility related changes and/or corrections to certain information. Consumers can go directly to issuer to make the following changes:
  1. Name spelling corrections
  2. Email address changes
  3. Phone number changes
  4. Address changes within the same zip code and county
  5. Spelling corrections to street name, or city name.
  6. Contact method preference changes
  7. Authorized representative changes
Adding a Dependent 
Also in the short term, as we work on Marketplace functionality, consumers who want to add dependents as a result of birth, adoption, or placement for adoption should call their issuer directly. 
Please note, this is recently released guidance to the insurers, so if the consumer was previously having difficulties making non-eligibility changes with their insurer, we recommend having the consumer re-contact the insurer.
 
Reminders
Reminder: Payment is Required to Complete Plan Enrollment
Plans establish deadlines for paying premiums, and we want to make that assisters remind consumers that the final step of enrollment is for the consumer to make the first premium payment.  Consumers must pay the premium in order to have health insurance coverage.  Consumers who select a plan should be reminded to:
  1. Pay their first month's premium (and every premium when it is due) to their plan directly - not to the Marketplace. Consumers should check with their insurance company to find out when their first premium is due. Note: The plan's payment deadline for coverage beginning February 1st can be no earlier than January 31st. 
  2. Carefully review their member card or other materials the plan sends to them.  This should include confirming which members of the household will be covered by the plan.
  3. Review their plan's provider directory for 2014 and decide who will provide them care.
  4. Contact their plan with any questions or if they don't receive a member card.
Consumers who enroll during the remainder of January will have coverage that begins March 1st. The current open enrollment period continues until March 31st. 
 
Reminder: Tips for Assisting Consumers
We remind assisters to reference the Tip Sheet posted on our Assisters Resource page which provides guidance on how to best assist those consumers who are experiencing continuing issues with completing their applications due to technical glitches, with tax credit eligibility determinations,  with Medicaid or CHIP eligibility determinations, or with selecting an insurance plan. Many of these consumers will find assistance from the Call Center helpful.  Note: if consumers have questions about accessing the benefits of their plans, they should be directed to call the insurer directly.
In addition to our suggestion for consumers to call the Call Center for assistance if they are still experiencing system difficulties in filing their applications, we also encourage assisters to suggest to consumers a best practice to keep a record of their difficulties and past attempts to submit an application, including screen shots if possible.
 
New HHS Enrollment Report
Last week, HHS released its third monthly report on Marketplace enrollment activity between October 1 and December 28, 2013.  We have had 53.2 million visits to the various Marketplaces websites and 11.3 million calls to the various Marketplaces Call Centers.  Nearly 2.2 million persons have selected a plan through the Marketplace and an additional 1.6 million have had a Medicaid/CHIP determination through the Marketplace.  About 60 percent of consumers who have selected a Marketplace plan have selected a Silver plan. 
You can access the press releasereport and blog on the HHS website.
 
Ramping Up: The Enrollment Campaign
As we turn to the second half of Open Enrollment, HHS is ramping up its enrollment campaign, including paid advertising and increased celebrity engagement, with a strong focus on specific groups of consumers each week to help people better understand the facts about the law and motivate them to enroll. 
Ad campaign and videos
We're expanding our digital, TV and radio ads in all markets in the first quarter of 2014 - with new general Marketplace ads, in addition to two new ads featuring Magic Johnson and Alonzo Mourning to help raise awareness about coverage opportunities with the Marketplace.  We know the young and healthy audience responds well to sports figures, and these 30 second ads feature two NBA legends that each has a compelling health story.  We encourage assisters to use these ad videos to use them in your own outreach efforts. Check out this blog that accompanies these new ads.

 

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.  

  

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.
   

Clinical Excellence Grant Program

Application Deadline: February 28, 2014 
Grants of up to $50,000 to nonprofit healthcare institutions to fund clinical programs that improve infection prevention practices or outcomes.
 
 Mobilization for Health: National Prevention Partnership Awards Program
Application Deadline: Non-binding Letter of Intent by January 21; Application by March 3, 2014 
Supports grants of up to $500,000 for community health programs to create partnerships and implement new and innovative programs in health information and health promotion, health services, and education in the appropriate use of healthcare.  
 

Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications

Application Deadline: April 30, 2014
Awards scholarships to individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to community service or used the visual arts or media to convey culturally-appropriate health messages on behalf of a disadvantaged population.

 

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)

 

With the new NCQA 2014 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Standards soon to be released, here are some dates to keep in mind for those working on the 2011 PCMH Standards for submission:
June 30, 2014 - last date to purchase the survey tool   
March 31, 2014 will be the first day to purchase the new 2014 survey tool if your health center is just beginning your PCMH journey and will therefore be seeking recognition using the new 2014 standards. Please remember that HRSA will cover the costs of the NCQA survey tools and recognition fees so if you have not done so already, complete a Notice of Intent (NOI) and submit via email if you plan to submit for recognition. For more information visit the HRSA website.
 
Community Health Centers are increasingly adopting the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model. A successful implementation requires skills-based education to all members of the care team, and especially the Medical Assistants (MAs). Through the activation and empowerment of MAs, there exists huge opportunity for enhanced patient engagement and healthy behavior change support. To learn more about how to engage MAs in new roles of care delivery, register now  for a webinar on January 29 or February 13 at noon.
The AHRQ-funded Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Research Methods Series is designed to expand awareness of methods to evaluate and refine PCMH models and other health care interventions. These novel and underused methods can be used to better assess and refine PCMH models and to meet the evidence needs of PCMH stakeholders more effectively. Each brief describes a PCMH method, outlines its advantages and limitations, and provides resources for researchers to learn more about the method. This series was developed with input from nationally recognized leaders in research methods and PCMH models.
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......

Healthy Weight Week

January 19-25, 2014 - 21st Annual
January 21, Tuesday - Rid the world of Fad Diets
& Gimmicks Day, 25th annual
January 23, Thursday - Women's Healthy Weight Day, 21st annual

The 21st annual Healthy Weight Week is a time to celebrate healthy diet-free living habits that last a lifetime and prevent eating and weight problems.  Our bodies cannot be shaped at will. But we can all be accepting, healthy and happy at our natural weights

 
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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