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February 14, 2014 
Community Health Center Spotlight
CONGRATULATIONS Healthcare for the Homeless on receiving the CHRC Grant!!!

The Maryland Community Health Resources Commission is investing $2.85 million in programs aimed at strengthening relationships between community health groups and local hospitals.

The $2.85 million from the health resources commission will go toward 20 grants that target major health challenges, such as reducing infant mortality, improving access to dental services and primary care, tackling childhood obesity and improving behavioral health services.

Health Care for the Homeless CEO Kevin Lindamood's organization is receiving $140,000 for a program that would target homeless individuals who frequent hospital emergency departments. 

Congratulations HCHMD! We are excited for your shop and the great changes this initiative will bring in your near future to augment the phenomenal work you are already doing!!

MACHC Website Under Construction..... 

 

New Website COMING SOON!!!!

 

*New
Technical Assistance Request Form 
(to be submitted prior to receiving any TA from MACHC)
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MACHC Happenings
(1) 2014 Maryland Million Hearts Symposium

Focusing on Hypertension Identification, Control, and Improvement

February 19, 2014  8:00 am - 4:30 pm

BWI Marriott

1743 West Nursery Road Linthicum, Maryland 21090

Register Here

Contact ihpc@dfmc.org or 888.301.7894 

 
(2) New: Electronic Fetal Monitoring Online Education
ECRI Institute, on behalf of HRSA, presents Optimal Outcomes, a FREE 9-hour fetal heart monitoring interpretation and intrapartum management course for physicians, nurses, and experienced clinicians. This course will:
  • Emphasize the importance of using structured National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) language to discuss fetal heart monitoring tracings
  • Facilitate communication
  • Aid in understanding the implications of fetal heart tracings
  • Advance clinical care
  • Mitigate risk and promote patient safety
The Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai designates this enduring material for a maximum of 9.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM and the Connecticut Nurses' Association has approved this course for 9.0 contact hours. The course will require completion of a didactic curriculum and quizzes related to the six Case Study Simulators as well as completion of a minimum of 10 tracings in the Pattern Recognition Workshop. To successfully obtain credits, users must obtain a score of 70% or higher on the final examination.
For course access, e-mail Clinical_RM_Program@ecri.org or call (610) 825-6000 ext. 5200. Please include your name, license number, title or position, e-mail address, and the name and address of your health center or free clinic. Upon receipt we will contact you with the necessary information to enroll in this important interactive course.
 
(3) Strategic Planning Committee Meeting
When: February 20th - 21st, 2014
Starts promptly at 10 AM
Where: Turf Valley, Maryland 
 

  

(4) 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.

  

(5) 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.

 

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SAVE THE DATE---
MACHC's Annual Conference
When: Thursday, September 18th - Friday, September 19th, 2014 
Where: Dover Downs Hotel, Dover, DE 

 

 

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS:

Final Draft of ESF-8 Communications Plan Posted to HAN

DHMH, OP&R has just released a final draft of the ESF-8 Communications Plan, which has been published to the Maryland Health Alert Network (HAN) website along with a comment form. We are requesting partner feedback in order to finalize this plan. Please see the attached memo from Sherry Adams providing background information on the processes utilized to draft the plan, instructions for submitting your feedback, and the actions that OP&R will take to follow up.

 

The ESF-8 Communications Plan and comment form can be accessed by logging on to HAN and selecting the following folders: Documents/Communications/ESF-8 Communications Plan.

 

Please use the following email inbox to submit your comments form: DHMH.COMMPLAN@maryland.gov. Comments are due no later than February 28, 2014.

 

For questions or additional information about the ESF-8 Communications Plan, contact Alicia McClelland, DHMH Communications [W: 410-767-4493].

 

Statewide Inventory Assessment Project

DHMH, OP&R will be undertaking a statewide inventory assessment of all supplies and materials purchased with Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) funds. This will involve visiting every facility that has purchased or received items funded by HPP. In preparation

for

 the assessment, OP&R staff will

review

 Inventory Management Forms submitted with End of Year Reports dated from FY08 to FY12 (BP1). Data collected from these reports will serve as the minimal items that will be captured during the inventory process.

 

Over the next few weeks we will be making contact with facilities to follow up on missing or incomplete Inventory Management Forms.

Integrated Public Health and Medical Preparedness Forum (IPHMPF)

Healthcare coalition partners are encouraged to join us for the next Integrated Preparedness Forum, to be held on February 24, 2014. The featured presenters will be Lisa Skolnick and Reanee Murriell of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). They will be speaking on the FBI Office of Victim Assistance's Response to Criminal Mass Casualty Events.

Save the Date: HPP Budget Period 3 Pre-Application Meeting

The Pre-Application Meeting for HPP Budget Period (BP) 3 has been scheduled for May 21, 2014 at the Maritime Institute Conference Center. A meeting agenda will be provided in the coming months.

Reminder: New Bimonthly Schedule for HPP Healthcare Systems Conference Calls

The HPP Healthcare Systems Partner Conference Calls have moved to a new bimonthly schedule. The first call of the year was held on January 16, 2014. Going forward, these calls will still be held on third Thursdays at 10:30am; however, they will take place on a bimonthly basis. Additional conference calls are scheduled for March 20, May 15, July 17, September 18, and November 20. Appointment notices will be sent out by Bonita Winchester-Bey.

II. Program Updates and Deliverables

National Healthcare Coalition Resource Center (NHCRC) Monthly Follow Up for Strategic Planning

NHCRC faculty will continue to engage in monthly follow-up to support healthcare coalitions with implementation of the priorities identified in the workshops. Partners are encouraged to attend and actively participate in these follow-up sessions in order to meet their coalition's goals and objectives. Contact your respective HPP Regional Coordinator

for

information about

scheduled

 meeting times for your regional coalition.

III. Preparedness News

Proposed Rule: Emergency Preparedness Requirements for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Facilities

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new rule that would establish national emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare- and Medicaid-participating providers and suppliers. This would include hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, hospices, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, critical access hospitals, organ procurement organizations, and End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) facilities, among others. The intent of the rule is to ensure that these organizations adequately plan for both natural and man-made disasters, and coordinate with federal, state, tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems. It would also ensure that they are adequately prepared to meet the needs of patients, residents, clients, and participants during disasters and emergency situations.

The proposed rule would add additional requirements to the Conditions for Coverage for ESRD facilities and relocate the emergency preparedness Conditions for Coverage requirement established in the April 2008 Final Rule "Conditions for Coverage for End-Stage Renal Disease Facilities; Final Rule." An overview of the proposed rule's requirements is available athttp://bit.ly/1dSWZon. Comments on the proposed rule are due by 2/25/2014.

IV. Preparedness Trainings, Exercises and Events

DHMH MSAT G2 Satellite Phone Webinar Training and Drill Schedule

DHMH OP&R has scheduled two webinars to provide preparedness partners with up-to-date, hands-on training before quarterly MSAT testing begins in March. See the attached announcement for specific information regarding the training.

Webinar Schedule:

Regions I, II & V: February 18, 10:30-11:30am  [Calendar appointments have been sent to designated primary healthcare emergency planners.]

Regions III & IV: March 6, 1:30-2:30pm  [Calendar appointments have been sent to designated primary healthcare emergency planners.]

DHMH, in partnership with local health departments, state facilities and acute care hospitals, will begin quarterly testing of the MSAT wall-mounted satellite phones in March 2014. The objective of quarterly tests is to ensure that all agencies equipped with an MSAT are familiar with the use and functionality of the device.

March MSAT Drill Schedule

Regions I-II: March 11 (1-2pm)  

Region III: March 17 (10-11am)

Region IV: March 19 (2-3pm)

Region V: March 12 (11am-12pm)

A full testing schedule that includes test times has been posted to the HAN website and can be accessed by logging in to HAN, clicking the Documents tab, and selecting Communications folder/Appendix A/Statewide Quarterly Testing Calendar. For specific questions regarding testing of the MSAT satellite phone, please contact your HPP Regional Coordinator or Alicia McClelland at DHMH Communications [W: 410-767-4493].

Region III Alternate Care Site Cache Deployment Tabletop Exercise

Date: March 6, 2014

Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm

Location: MedStar Harbor Hospital [3001 S. Hanover Street, Baltimore, MD 21225]

 

The purpose of this exercise is to test the newly drafted Region III Maryland Alternate Care Site (ACS) Equipment and Supply Cache Activation Plan, which impacts hospitals, public health and other responders across Region III. The Plan outlines the process for activation, deployment and return of cache equipment and supplies located at the USAR warehouse. The exercise will provide participants an overview of the Plan and address stakeholder roles and responsibilities. For more information and to register, see the attached flyer.

Preparedness Trainings   -------------

ICS 400: Advanced ICS.

In coordination with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), Active Learning and Exercise Branch invites you to participate in the ICS 400: Advanced ICS training course.

 

Dates: February 19-20, 2014

Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Location: Baltimore Public Safety Training Academy, Room 200 (3500 W. Northern Parkway, Baltimore, MD 21215)

 

Registration closes on February 12, 2014. For additional information and registration instructions, see the attached flyer.

 

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MEMA Community Cybersecurity Courses

AWR 136: Essentials of Community Cybersecurity. This course provides individuals, community leaders, and first responders with information on how cyber attacks can impact, prevent, and/or stop operations and emergency responses in a community. The course also provides a cursory introduction to cybersecurity vulnerabilities, risks, threats, and countermeasures. It explains vulnerabilities of computer systems and networks and how these vulnerabilities can affect communities, organizations, and daily workplace operations.

 

Date: March 4, 2014

Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm

Location: James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center, 2200 Scott Wheeler Drive, Marriottsville, MD 21104

 

To register:http://bit.ly/1lxsChq

 

MGT 384: The EOC's Role in Community Cybersecurity. This course provides an awareness of how cyber events can impact communities. Participants will learn (1) the roles and responsibilities needed to detect, prevent and respond to cybersecurity incidents; (2) how the EOC and community can plan for and manage information needed for a cyber event; and (3) how cyber attacks can be used to affect, disrupt and/or complicate emergency responses.

Dates: March 4-5, 2014

Times: 1:00pm - 5:00pm (March 4), 8:00am - 5:00pm (March 5)

Location: James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center, 2200 Scott Wheeler Drive, Marriottsville, MD 21104

 

To register: http://bit.ly/1akV69b

 

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Active Shooter in a Healthcare Setting.

In coordination with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), Active Learning and Exercise Branch invites you to participate in the Active Shooter in a Healthcare Setting training course.

 

Date: March 25, 2014

Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Location: Springfield Hospital Center, Central Conference Room, 6655 Sykesville Road, Sykesville, MD 21784

 

Overview: Active Shooter training for healthcare professionals which will give strategies for responding to a shooting situation. Guest speakers from Johns Hopkins will discuss a shooting incident that occurred at their facility. MEMA/MSP staff will provide training on developing plans within facilities.

 

Register: Registration closes on March 18, 2014, at 8:30am. To register, visit https://memamaryland.csod.com.

 

For more information, see the attached flyer.

 

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Free CDC Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) Training on March 27

 

Who: You!

What:CDC Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication Training [sponsored by Fairfax County and the National Public Health Information Coalition]

Where: Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035

When: Thursday, March 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free!

Register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CDC-CERC-Fairfax

 

About This Training: CERC training is a fast-paced, interactive course that gives participants essential knowledge and tools to navigate the harsh realities of communicating to the public, media, partners and stakeholders during an intense public health emergency. CERC sessions are presented across the U.S. and internationally to offer helpful guidance for communicating with people when the unthinkable happens to them, their family, their community or the nation. This rare in-person CERC training is the first to be conducted in the National Capital Region in several years. This session will be taught by Richard Sheehe, National Public Health Information Coalition CERC Project Manager and Senior Research Fellow at George Mason University's Center for Health and Risk Communication. More CERC information is available at: http://emergency.cdc.gov/cerc/  and  http://www.nphic.org/training/cerc

 

Target Audience: Public information officers; federal, state, and local public health professionals; health care professionals; emergency medical services professionals; preparedness partners; and civic and community leaders 

 

Training Goals: Share communication strategies that will help to effectively prepare for and respond to public health emergencies; review and disseminate current crisis and emergency risk communication training curricula and tools; and train communicators in how to systematically plan, develop, implement, and evaluate crisis and emergency risk communication training activities.

 

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Emergency Management of Radiation Accident Victims (REAC/TS) Training Course Rescheduled

 

The course has been successfully rescheduled for April 22-23, 2014.  For more information and to register, see the attached flyer

 

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The United States Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD) and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) are advertising the following training opportunities for 2014.


Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties (MCBC) Course.  Dates: multiple dates in 2014


Field Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties (FCBC) Course.  Dates: multiple dates in 2014

CE, CME, CEH credits are available for these courses. See the attached flyers for additional details and registration information.

 
Policy, Advocacy and Legislation
National News
The road to Obamacare enrollment runs through City Hall. The Obama administration is relying on friendly mayors to coordinate enrollment efforts, circumvent tricky state politics and put a local stamp on the vast federal law. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has stood alongside mayors in at least seven cities in the past three weeks as she has taken the sign-up message across the country and rubbed elbows with dozens of other mayors at a recent conference in Washington.
New NASHP Brief: Early State Experiences with the First Open Enrollment Under the Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands health insurance coverage to millions of uninsured individuals and makes significant changes to state eligibility and enrollment processes. This brief, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Maximizing Enrollment project, describes states' experiences with implementing enrollment systems during the first three months of the first open enrollment under the ACA. These early state challenges and work-around strategies help to document the evolution of health reform in the states and may prove instructive for future enrollment efforts.  

A top White House aide defended the Obama administration's latest decision to delay a part of the Affordable Care Act's implementation, saying Tuesday that policy makers were trying to create a smoother transition for businesses. Gene Sperling, director of the White House's National Economic Council, also blasted Republicans for criticizing the administration's decision Monday to give many small businesses additional time to comply with parts of the law.
 
Eighteen state legislatures, including California's, have considered exemptions to immunization mandates in the last several years - and the issue remains a topic of debate, researchers said Tuesday. Most of the bills introduced in those 18 states sought to expand the exemptions available to school immunization requirements, but none of those bills passed, researchers wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. 
Virginia's General Assembly plowed through hundreds of bills Tuesday, reaching broad consensus on ethics, school testing and mental health reforms while also picking new partisan fights and bracing for a Medicaid battle that will test Gov. Terry McAuliffe's ability to work across the aisle. Racing against a deadline to get bills out of one chamber and into the other, legislators put the final touches on measures aimed at limiting gifts to public officials, reducing standardized tests in public schools and improving the handling of psychiatric emergencies - all priorities that enjoy bipartisan support. 
Latinos make up a disproportionate share of the nation's uninsured and most could get coverage from the Affordable Care Act or existing programs if every state expanded Medicaid,  according to a federal report released Tuesday.

The Arkansas' experiment, known as the "private option" marks the first large-scale attempt to enroll Medicaid recipients into the same private health insurance plans that any consumer might buy in the health law's online insurance marketplace. That's different from how Medicaid typically works where enrollees must join state-operated programs or private managed care plans designed exclusively for the poor -- and which pay doctors less, sometimes a lot less. As a result, private option enrollees like Fant will have access to a larger network of doctors and hospitals than is usually available through Medicaid. 

The 2010 health law was meant to cover people in Mr. Maiden's income bracket by expanding Medicaid to workers earning up to the federal poverty line-about $11,670 for a single person; more for families. People earning as much as four times the poverty line-$46,680 for a single person-can receive federal subsidies. But the Supreme Court in 2012 struck down the law's requirement that states expand their Medicaid coverage. Republican elected officials in 24 states, including Alabama, declined the expansion, triggering a coverage gap. Officials said an expansion would add burdensome costs and, in some cases, leave more people dependent on government.  

***Health Center Program Site Visit Guide Updated***

In response to health center feedback, HRSA has streamlined the Health Center Program Site Visit Guide to improve overall clarity and focus on program requirements. View the updated Health Center Program Site Visit Guide.

Background: The Health Center Program Site Visit Guide is the Bureau of Primary Health Care's standardized review instrument used to conduct Operational Site Visits and, when appropriate, other types of site visits at health centers. It includes review questions used by the team conducting the site visit to assess compliance with each program requirement, as well as to review progress on clinical and financial performance and capital grants (if applicable), and, when possible, to identify any best practices established by the health center. Health centers also may use this guide to assess compliance with program requirements and to identify clinical and financial performance improvement areas. 
 HRSA has issued Policy Information Notice 2014-01, "Health Center Program Governance" to convey and clarify requirements for Health Center governance.  

This Policy Information Notice (PIN) provides detailed information regarding Health Center Program governance requirements. The purpose of this PIN is to:

  • Convey and clarify statutory and regulatory requirements regarding the structure and functioning of governing boards for all Health Center Program grantees (e.g., section 330(e), (g), (h), and/or (i) grantees) and look-alikes;
  • Provide clarification regarding board requirements for public centers under co-applicant arrangements, including public centers funded or designated solely under sections 330(g), 330(h), and/or 330(i) to serve special populations; and
  • Outline the eligibility and qualifying requirements for Health Resources and Services Administration approval of a governance waiver for the fifty-one percent patient majority governance requirement for eligible section 330 grantees and look-alikes. This PIN also establishes Health Resources and Services Administration policy that eliminates the monthly meeting requirement from waiver consideration.

Currently funded health center grantees and currently designated look-alikes are encouraged to contact their Project Officer for further assistance regarding the governing board requirements and/or questions that specifically relate to their health center projects. If you have any additional questions or require further guidance on the policies detailed in this PIN, please contact the Bureau of Primary Health Care, Office of Policy and Program Development atBPHCPolicy@hrsa.gov.


State News
DELAWARE
Check out the Delaware ACA Toolkit right here!
Stay warm today, #Delaware! If you are stuck inside due to the weather, it's the perfect time to check out your health insurance options and enroll in a plan. Here's how to get started, http://bit.ly/1elYUUL

Remember, March 31 is the last day to enroll in a health insurance plan to receive coverage in 2014. #GetCoveredtoday! #ChooseHealthDE

 

 

 

MARYLAND
The Maryland health insurance exchange has so many structural defects that a key member of Gov. Martin O'Malley's Cabinet said Monday that officials are "actively investigating alternative options" for the next enrollment period, which begins Nov. 15.
The system has "serious IT defects" that have made it difficult for Marylanders to enroll in health insurance as part of President Obama's Affordable Care Act and for the state to properly process applications, said Joshua M. Sharfstein, Maryland's secretary of health and mental hygiene, at a Monday afternoon meeting of a newly formed oversight committee. That has resulted in "substantial manual work," he said, and heavy reliance on call centers with more than 400 employees. 
 
The federal government is expected to spend in excess of $200 million by the end of next year on the establishment of Maryland's health insurance exchange, but it has not simply given the state a blank check. The Department of Health and Human Services conducted a number of tests of Maryland's exchange (and all the others it helped fund) during the spring and summer of 2013. The state passed an early test in May and was reportedly the first state exchange to successfully connect to the federal data hub. But a later, more thorough test in late August caused the system to crash with federal officials watching. 
 
A critical care doctor 125 miles away was monitoring the patient's health via voice, video and high-speed data lines constantly streaming information about vital signs, medications, test results and X-rays, a telemedicine service known as Maryland eCare. The physician quickly verified that the patient had the deadly infection and arranged immediate transfer to another hospital with a surgeon who could remove the infected tissue. 
Finance & Business
State decisions to decline federal offers to expand Medicaid costs hospitals, in addition to lower-wage workers. Hospitals backed the health-care law because it promised to create new, paying customers. Instead, the failure to expand Medicaid coverage by some states not only adds fewer insured patients, it also eliminates the payments hospitals had long received to cover the cost of uninsured people they treat free.

The Congressional Budget Office earlier this week said this year's deficit is likely to be about a-third the size it was back in 2009 when the Great Recession bottomed out. A recovering economy is the main reason for the deficit's improvement, but moderating health care costs have also contributed. Harvard economist and health policy specialist David Cutler says getting the federal government's finances under control is all about health care. 
President Barack Obama on Tuesday described the latest delay in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act as a way of "smoothing out" the transition to the law and said he doesn't see the employer-based health insurance system disappearing any time soon. "The goal is to make sure folks are healthy and have decent health care, so this was an example of administratively making sure we are smoothing out this transition giving people the opportunity to get right with the law but recognizing there are going to be circumstances people try to do the right thing and it may take time," Obama said at a wide-ranging joint press conference with French President Francois Hollande.

Small and midsize businesses stand to benefit the most from the latest delay in the health law's employer insurance requirement. But farm co-owner Laura Pedersen doesn't plan to take advantage of it. The Seneca Castle, N.Y., proprietor of a produce and grain farm last year rearranged her employees' schedules and workloads to keep the farm's full-time staff below 50 workers. Her goal was to avoid having to start providing insurance or pay a penalty in 2015 under the Affordable Care Act .
The Latest News on ACA
What's the LATEST 
on the ACA this week

 

 

What is Medicaid Spend Down and How does it Impact a Consumer's Eligibility for APTCs?

 
Medicaid spend down applies to Medicaid enrollees called the "Medically Needy." These consumers fit into a traditional category of Medicaid (e.g. individuals who are aged, blind or have disabilities) but whose income is too high to be eligible. States can allow these individuals to become eligible for Medicaid if they have high medical bills and effectively "spend down" their income to the state's Medically Needy Income Level (MNIL).
To calculate the spend down amount, the state sets the MNIL and a budget period of between one and six months. During that budget period, any medical expenses the consumer incurs are counted towards the spend down. Once incurred expenses reach the spend down amount, the consumer is eligible for Medicaid for the rest of the budget period.
 
 
        1.  
    1. New Releases This Week
  1. Employer Shared Responsibility Regulations
  2. This new rule from the Treasury Department, which takes effect in 2015, offers final guidelines for implementation of employer responsibility for businesses with at least 50 employees.  This week's announcement is about guidelines that take effect starting next year.  Under the rule, those companies that have fewer than 50 employees are not required to provide coverage or fill out any forms.  Also, for larger companies that provide insurance, common-sense changes will dramatically streamline the new reporting process (specific rules will be released shortly).  Finally, for companies with 50-99 employees, employer responsibility will be phased in from 2015 to 2016, as will one part of the employer responsibility rules for those with 100 or more workers that offer coverage to a large proportion but not all of their workers.   For more information, see the fact sheet here and final rule here.
  3. New Release: Draft Annual Issuer Letter Released for 2015 QHP Certification Process
Last week CMS made the draft annual issuer letter available for public comment.  The annual issuer letter provides essential guidance to Marketplace issuers on operational matters for the 2015 QHP certification year, similar to the annual Call Letters for Medicare.
The draft annual issuer letter is available here: 2015 Letter to Issuers in the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM)
New Release: HHS Issue Brief - Eligible Uninsured Latinos: 8 in 10 Could Receive Marketplace Tax Credits, Medicaid/CHIP
The health care law addresses longstanding inequalities that have affected minority communities across the nation, including lack of access to affordable health insurance coverage.  As one of the most disproportionately uninsured populations, Latinos are a key group to educate about the health care law.  As many as 1 in 4 uninsured individuals who are eligible for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace nationwide are Latino.  And for many, quality health insurance coverage is more affordable than they might think.  According to a new report released by HHS today, 8 out of 10 uninsured Latinos may qualify for Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or lower costs on monthly premiums through the Health Insurance Marketplace.   For more information, please access the press release and thereport.  

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

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.  
 

The synopsis for this grant opportunity is detailed below, following this paragraph. This synopsis contains all of the updates to this document that have been posted as of 2/4/2014. If updates have been made to the opportunity synopsis, update information is provided below the synopsis.

If you would like to receive notifications of changes to the grant opportunity click send me change notification emails. The only thing you need to provide for this service is your email address. No other information is requested.  

 

Health Information Technology (HIT) Capacity Building for Monitoring and Improving Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum - Capacity Building Sites (HRSA-14-057 )

02/04/2014 12:00 AM EST

Apply By: Mon, 31 Mar 2014

 

National Organizations for State and Local Officials (NOSLO) (HRSA-14-094 )

02/04/2014 12:00 AM EST

 Apply By: Mon, 31 Mar 2014

 

Affordable Care Act - Mental Health Service Expansion - Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) (HRSA-14-110 )

02/04/2014 12:00 AM EST

 Apply By: Mon, 3 Mar 2014

 

Affordable Care Act Patient Centered Medical Home - Facility Improvements (P-FI) Grant Program (HRSA-14-073 )

02/04/2014 12:00 AM EST

 Apply By: Fri, 14 Mar 2014

 

National Rural Health Policy and Community Development Program (HRSA-14-080 )

02/04/2014 12:00 AM EST

Apply By: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 

 
 

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 
New Webinar: To Align or Not to Align: State Options in Multi-Payer Medical Home Initiatives
March 4, 3:30-5:00 pm (EST)

Register Here
Currently, 18 states are participating in one or more multi-payer patient centered medical home initiatives (PCMH). As states develop new multi-payer PCMH initiatives, they will have to grapple with the question of how much, if any, alignment is necessary among key programmatic elements, including payment, qualification standards and evaluation measures. This webinar, supported by The Commonwealth Fund, will feature key stakeholders from New York, Michigan, and Nebraska who will share their unique approaches that span the alignment spectrum. 
Clinical Quality 

2014's Clinical Quality Measures Tipsheet. Click here to view.

 

Health Observances This Week

Remember......

February is American Heart Month

 

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths is caused by heart disease.

The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.

Make a difference in your community: Spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage people to live heart healthy lives.

How can American Heart Month make a difference?

We can use this month to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it - both at home and in the community.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Encourage families to make small changes, like using spices to season their food instead of salt.
  • Motivate teachers and administrators to make physical activity a part of the school day. This can help students start good habits early.
  • Ask doctors and nurses to be leaders in their communities by speaking out about ways to prevent heart disease.
How can I help spread the word?

We've made it easier for you to make a difference. This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:

So in light of Valentine's Day
today, we hope each of you will take a step to raise some awareness on this issue! 
Happy Valentine's Day to all the hearts out there! Here's to being healthy!
February is ALSO National Children'sDental Health Month (featured last week on E-Blast)
"Healthy Mouths for You and Your Baby"
  
The Horowitz Center for Health Literacy at the University of Maryland, School of Public Health, produced a 12 minute video aimed at educating mothers on good oral health practices for themselves and their families.

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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