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 November 15, 2014!!!
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June 30, 2014 
MACHC SPOTLIGHT
 
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National Health Center Week 2014   

Celebrating America's Health Centers: Local Engines for Healthier Communities is August 10-16. Now is the time to  start planning and POSTING your events for this year's celebration. Access tools and resources on the NHCW website include best practices to recruit local event sponsors, event ideas, fact sheets, and  media tools and templates. 
Check out the  NHCW Store to order event items and giveaways for your celebrations - NHCW t-shirts will be 15% off from June 23-30! Get started today to make sure your NHCW celebration is a success. 
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CONGRATULATIONS Three Lower Counties on collecting over 3000 signatures for the Access is the Answer Campaign. 

TLC has been a wonderful example and we hope more health centers get involved! 

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Join the Access is the Answer Campaign and advocate for CHC Funding! (template attached)

Health Centers are facing an unprecedented threat and a unique opportunity in 2014. Like every year, Health Centers will have to fight to secure annual funding from Washington. But unlike any year in Health Center history, this year we face a looming Health Center funding cliff - a potential 70% reduction in Health Center program funding scheduled to take effect in 2016. As Health Center Advocates we will also have to make sure that programs, like Medicaid, that are essential to our survival remain intact and strong in the face of efforts to save money.

These are threats to Health Centers AND to the more than 22 million patients Health Centers currently serve and the millions more that Health Centers will need to grow to serve in our communities. Your advocacy through the Access is the Answer campaign is essential if we are to ensure that Health Centers will be there for everyone who needs access to health care.

What can YOU do?

To make the Access is the Answer campaign a success, commit to taking 3 easy action steps:

Number 1: Sign the Access is the Answer petition. 

Number 2: Work with your Health Center leadership to collect Access is the Answer support letters from local elected officials

Number 3:  Work with your Health Center leadership to collect community support letters. 

The value of advocacy:

All politics is local. Congress and the President do really pay attention to the voices of those back home in the community. That means the most effective advocacy has to come from YOU back home.

The Access is the Answer Campaign will be asking Advocates to weigh in on many issues as the campaign goes forward, but if YOU and tens of thousands of Advocates take the 3 steps, we will be laying the foundation for success in a fight neither Health Centers nor our patients can afford to lose. Thanks for joining the Access is the Answer campaign and building the power of Health Center Advocacy.  

MACHC Happenings

MACHC EVENTS

  

(1) MA
CHC Board Retreat

 When: July 10 - 11th, 2014

Where: TBA
Look out for more details here in the coming weeks.
 
(2) MACHC Emergency Preparedness Call
When: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Discuss MACHC's EP activities with members thus far, future efforts. Additionally, discuss ways to be more active and show FQHC value to others through DHMH HPP calls.
 
(3) SAVE
 THE DATE
MACHC's Annual Conference
When: Thursday, September 18th - Friday, September 19th, 2014 
Where: Dover Downs Conference Center, Dover, DE
  • OTHER EVENTS
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    (1Leveraging Multiple State Data Sources to Drive Improvement in Population Health Outcomes

    States have a variety of metrics and data sources that potentially can be used to assess and improve population health outcomes. In order to maximize this potential, states need effective strategies to collect, analyze, integrate, and use data from various sources, and to share it across multiple agencies and health care organizations for activities that drive improvement for all populations. This webinar will feature an overview of state opportunities to identify and use data from a variety of sources to examine subpopulations, identify needs, and target interventions to address the needs of distinct populations. The webinar will also feature a discussion among three states that have taken innovative approaches to using data to drive meaningful changes in health outcomes for various subpopulations with critical needs. Maryland will discuss applications of its health information exchange (the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients - CRISP) to identify issues and areas of focus, Ohio will describe partnership between Medicaid, managed care plans, and public health agencies to use data to address infant mortality and improve perinatal care quality, and Louisiana will highlight how it uses various data sources to create new quality and pay for performance metrics with the goal of improving birth outcomes. Following the panel discussion webinar participants will have an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.

     

    (2) ANNUAL 340B COALITION CONFERENCE

    When: July 14 - 16

    Now is the time to register for the 18th Annual 340B Coalition Conference, which takes place in Washington, D.C.The federal government will be publishing new regulations that will significantly impact all program stakeholders. 340B's rapidly evolving nature makes it important for all stakeholders to stay on top of program changes. Whether you work for a health care provider, contract pharmacy, pharmaceutical manufacturer, 340B-oriented business, or government agency, there is no better way to stay informed and have a voice in shaping the program's future than to attend.

     

    Register now at www.340Bcoalition.org to take advantage of the early bird rates which expire June 1st. If you have questions, please contact Sam Wilhelm-Ross at (202) 536-2280 or sam.wilhelm-ross@snhpa.org. Special discounts are available for members of the 340B Coalition Organizations and Drug Discount Monitorsubscribers. Click here to watch our video about the conference. 

    (3) STD/HIV Prevention Training Center at Johns Hopkins
    Increase your knowledge regarding Sexually Transmitted Infections
    Take our STD Intensive Course!
    Course dates: (Baltimore); July 21-25, 2014 (Baltimore);
    Cost of the class is $250.00 for the entire week. CE is provided
     One week course
     Emphasis on reportable and selected prevalent STIs and associated syndromes
     3 days of Lecture, one day in the lab, one day in the clinic and some case studies
     50% of class time clinical and laboratory experience
     Registration is limited to 10 full-time participants
    For more information and registration details, CLICK HERE

     

    (4) SAVE - THE - DATE 

    2014 COMMUNITY HEALTH INSTITUTE (CHI) & EXPO at MANCHESTER GRAND HYATT

    AUGUST 23-27, 2014

    REGISTRATION IS NOT YET OPEN!

    Community Health Institute (CHI) & EXPO is THE largest and most important annual gathering of 2000 community health center  managers, clinicians, employees, board members and leaders. Every aspect of the community health center movement is represented and  fully-vested at CHI, making it an excellent networking opportunity. CHI provides essential up-to-date information, training and technical  assistance on the latest community health center challenges, providing professionals in the industry with cutting-edge strategies for community health center success                                       

    Emergency Preparedness Events:

     

    ATTENTION MD FQHCS - Please check inbox for MACHC Emergency Preparedness & Management Call on Wednesday, July 23rd at 10 AM. Mark it on your calendars! Representation from each FQHC is required.

     

    *For those of you who missed MACHC's Table Top Exercise (TTX) this past Thursday, June 12th and are interested in the materials, please email Aneeqa Chowdhury at aneeqa@machc.com. 

     

    During the month of June, OP&R and MEMA are co-sponsoring two ICS position-specific awareness trainings, to be held at DHMH Headquarters in Baltimore. Please see below for detailed information and registration links. 

     

    June 30: Incident Command and Planning Section Chief

    DHMH Training and Exercise Project

    ICS Position Specific Awareness Training - Incident Commander and Planning Section Chief

    Course Announcement

    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 Position Specific Awareness Training - Incident Commander and Planning Section Chief training course. This course is awareness-level only.

    Date: June 30, 2014

    Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Location: Lobby Conference Room L-3, 201 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

    Overview: This awareness-level course will provide local- and State-level emergency responders with an introductory understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and the capabilities of an effective Incident Commander (IC) and an effective Planning Section Chief (PSC). 

    The IC is responsible for the overall management of the response. The IC directs and/or controls resources by virtue of explicit legal, agency, or delegated authority. The IC is responsible for all aspects of the response and therefore sets priorities and defines the ICS organization for the particular response.  

    The PSC is responsible for the collection, evaluation, dissemination and use of information about the development of the incident and the status of resources. 

    Prerequisites: IS-100.b; IS-200.b; IS-700.a; and IS-800.b; (or equivalent)
    Recommended: ICS-300; and ICS-400

    Logistics: Lunch will not be provided.  Attire is business casual or daily uniform.

    Register: Registration closes on June29, 2014.  To register, please click here.

    Before registering for the class, students must create an account on the MEMA Learning Management System (LMS) website and obtain a FEMA Student Identification Number (SID). Links to the FEMA SID registration site and the MEMA LMS account registration website are found at the above link.

    For additional assistance, contact Reed Correll at reed.correll@maryland.gov

     

     

    *These are excellent training opportunities for those who may need to brush up on their skills or gain fresh knowledge and insight into the Incident Command System.
    Policy, Advocacy and Legislation
    National News

    New Report Released Describes Impact of the Health Center Funding Cliff

    The Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University released a new report last week entitled "How Medicaid Expansions and Future Community Health Center Funding Will Shape Capacity to Meet the Nationā€™s Primary Care Needs: A 2014 Update". The report estimates the impact of the Health Center funding cliff as well as Medicaid expansion on access to primary care in the United States and concludes that a lack of continued mandatory funding for Health Centers combined with incomplete Medicaid expansion across the country would decrease Health Center capacity by about 25% over the next six years compared with where they are today - and up to 50% compared with where Health Centers could be if full funding is continued. The full report is available here, and you can find NACHC's press release on the report here.

     

     

    Program Assistance Letter (PAL) 2014-07: Scope Alignment Validation in HRSA Electronic Handbooks
    The PAL describes how HRSA will migrate data from the current scope forms included in the Electronic Handbook (EHB) into the new forms 5A and 5B as of June 27, 2014, after which health centers will have almost a month (June 30 - July 23) to complete the validation process (that is, make any necessary changes and verify accuracy). Until the validation process is complete, the current scope forms will remain effective. If a health center does not complete its validation by July 23, 2014, the forms will be updated to reflect the data that was migrated by HRSA (i.e., the data as of June 27) and any changes thereafter will require submission of a formal change in scope request(s) and could trigger an opening of your PPS rate by the Department of Public Welfare (DPW). It will be critical that you review your new forms after migration and make any necessary changes prior to July 23, 2014 or risk losing this one-time opportunity for easy modification

    HRSA Releases Spanish-Language Governance PIN 

    The Health Resources & Services Administration has released a Spanish-language version of Policy Information Notice (PIN) 2014-01: Health Center Program Governance. 
    Fiscal Year 2015 Service Area Competition (SAC) - HRSA has released the second two rounds of FY 2015 SAC funding opportunity announcements (HRSA-15-010 and HRSA-15-011), covering service areas with January 1, 2015 and February 1, 2015 project period start dates.

    HRSA held a Technical Assistance (TA) call for applicants to provide an overview of this funding opportunity on June 25, 2014. The replay is available on the SAC TA webpage.

    One problem highlighted in the data: The ACA may have attracted people who are sicker - rather than healthier, as its creators intended. Of those who told Gallup they were newly insured on an ACA exchange, 38 percent reported they were in good or excellent health compared with 50 percent of the general population.

    New Report Released on Best Practices for Enabling Services

    The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) recently released a report highlighting the most promising enabling services used in Health Centers today and innovative strategies Health Centers have used to provide these services. 

    Start Planning: National Health Center Week Resources Available

    National Health Center Week 2014 - Celebrating America's Health Centers: Local Engines for Healthier Communities ­­- is coming up fast (August 10th-16th). Now is the time to start planning and POSTING your events for this year's celebration. Access tools and resources on the NHCW website including best practices to recruit local event sponsors, event ideas, fact sheets, and media tools and templates. Be sure to check out the NHCW Store to order event items and giveaways for your celebrations - NHCW t-shirts will be 15% off from June 23rd to June 30th! Get started today to make sure your NHCW celebration is a success - post event information on the NHCW website today. The password to post events is: healthy. 
    Scope Alignment Validation (SAV)
    SAV is a one-time opportunity for health centers to view their scope of project in the updated Form 5A: Services and Form 5B: Service Sites and to make limited allowable updates in EHB. SAV opens in EHB on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 12:00am, ET and closes on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 5:00pm, ET

    New Scope Alignment Validation (SAV) TA Resources - BPHC has released several TA resources to assist health centers in completing SAV: 
    SAV Frequently Asked Questions
    Health care spending actually shrunk 1.4 percent in first quarter of Obamacare, BEA says
    Contradicting previous reports, the Bureau of Economic Analysis now says that health care spending decreased by 1.4% during the first quarter of 2014
    With summer in full swing, be on the lookout for the warning signs associated with heat stroke, which include elevated body temperature, lack of sweating, headaches, nausea and vomiting.
    the fifth edition by the Commonwealth Fund, finds the U.S. last overall on measures of health system quality, efficiency, access to care, equity, and healthy lives when compared to other countries. However, with the Affordable Care Act extending health insurance to millions in America, it will help the U.S. decrease deficiencies in access to primary care and inequities and inefficiencies in our health care system. As Dr. Blumenthal, MD, president of the Commonwealth Fund states, "Now that millions more Americans have good coverage, we have to invest in our health care delivery system to be sure all patients--and especially those with the greatest need and whose care is the most costly--can get the high-quality, well-coordinated health care they need." 
    State News
    DELAWARE

    DELAWARE STATE HEALTH IMPROVEMENT PLAN: COMMENTS INVITED 

    DOVER (June 19, 2014) - Public comments will be accepted until June 30 on the Division of Public Health's (DPH) first State Health Improvement Plan. Comments are accepted from health providers and agencies, as well as members of the general public.

    DPH collaborated with non-profit organizations and medical providers to create a draft statewide health assessment. The assessment was then used to develop the improvement plan's goals.

    The process led to two priority goals:

    • To assure an infrastructure necessary to increase the adoption of healthy eating and active living; and
    • To improve access to mental health and substance abuse services and supports to include prevention, early intervention, and treatment for all Delawareans.

    Efforts now will be devoted to building a work plan to address these two goals.

    "The community members that worked on the State Health Improvement Plan should be congratulated for developing important goals that if implemented will significantly improve the health of Delawareans," said Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH director. "Now we need to make sure that progress is made toward implementing those goals."

    Visit www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/ and scroll down to the "How Do I" Section. For questions, please call 302-744-4703.

    A person who is deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, or speech-disabled can call the DPH phone number above by using TTY services. Dial 7-1-1 or 800-232-5460 to type your conversation to a relay operator, who reads your conversation to a hearing person at DPH. The relay operator types the hearing person's spoken words back to the TTY user. To learn more about TTY availability in Delaware, visit delawarerelay.com

    DPH, a division of DHSS, urges Delawareans to make healthier choices with the 5-2-1 Almost None campaign: eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables each day, have no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time each day (includes TV, computer, gaming), get 1 or more hours of physical activity each day, drink almost no sugary beverages. 

     

    Delaware officials eye medical marijuana license

    State officials are in contract negotiations with a lobbyist who once worked for U.S. Sen. Tom Carper to run Delaware's first medical marijuana dispensary.

    Public health officials informed Mark Lally, president of First State Compassion Center, in a letter last month that his organization submitted the top bid for the medical marijuana operation.

    Officials released the letter Thursday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by The Associated Press.

    Meanwhile, a judge has scheduled a hearing Monday in a lawsuit claiming that Lally breached a contract with former Lewes city Councilman A. Judson Bennett.

    Bennett says he hired Lally to help him try to obtain a medical marijuana license, but that Lally, without Bennett's knowledge, later began working with a New England group to land the contract.

    MARYLAND

    Nearly three months after the Maryland health exchange decided to ditch its online marketplace for a new Web site, the exchange board has hired a small Greenbelt firm to check its work.

    The board voted Tuesday to award Angarai International, a professional management consulting firm, a one-year contract for $3.55 million to audit technology development and management on the site.

    Isabel FitzGerald, who was brought in to oversee the tech operation when the first Web site failed, said this firm is expected to be "more proactive" than the previous one, "so we don't wait for a report."

    Those reports, filed regularly by the accounting and consulting firm BerryDunn and eventually released by the exchange, had spotted problems with the Web site up to a year before the launch and warned exchange officials to scale back on the site just before the Oct. 1 opening because it was not fully tested.

    Finance & Business
    Financial Operations Management (FOM), Level II Training Seminar 
    July 9-10, 2014 - Las Vegas, NV

    Early Bird Deadline: Next Wednesday, June 25!
    Register online here
    Download FOM II training brochure.  

    Financial Operations Management (FOM), Level III Training Seminar
    July 16-17, 2014 - San Diego, CA
    Early Bird Deadline: July 2!

    Register here online.
    Download the FOM III training brochure.

     

    Why should you attend a FOM training?

    By the end of each intensive two-day program, participants will be able to: 

    • Understand key dimensions of performance and how you compare with other health centers;
    • Understand the interrelationship between financial and operational processes; and
    • Strengthen your own leadership role and skills in your organization and community. 
    Who should attend this training?
    Health Center CFOs, COOs, Billing and Finance management and key staff
     

    NACHC Again Offering "340B University" 

    Back by popular demand, NACHC will once again be hosting a 340B University at the Community Health Institute in San Diego on August 23, 2014. This is a great opportunity to learn more about health center use of the 340B Program. A second 340B education opportunity is the Annual 340B Coalition Conference in July in Washington, DC. See the NACHC Policy Shop blog for more information on both of these opportunities. 
    The
    Latest News on ACA
     
    OUR WORK IS NOT OVER

      

    Reminder: Outreach and Enrollment Quarterly Reporting

    Outreach and Enrollment Quarterly Reporting (O/E QPR) opens on Thursday, July 1, 2014. Submissions will be due in HRSA's Electronic Handbooks (EHB) on Friday, July 18, 2014 by 11:59pm, ET.  

      

      

    New Marketplace Fix Helps Applicants Denied Medicaid or CHIP Based on Immigration Status

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a new system fix for some immigrant applicants who may have had trouble with their Marketplace application. The new fix addresses an issue experienced by immigrant consumers for whom the Marketplace was unable to verify immigration status through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) immediately, and who have been denied Medicaid and CHIP eligibility by the state because of their immigration status.  In situations where:

    1. an applicant attests to having been denied eligibility for Medicaid or CHIP; and 
    2. The applicant also attested (earlier in the application) to having eligible immigration status, a second question will appear asking the applicant whether they were denied Medicaid or CHIP eligibility based on their immigration status.  
    Answering this question will help HealthCare.gov properly determine eligibility for those individuals with income under 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) who are ineligible for Medicaid or CHIP based on immigration status, but who may be eligible for an advance payment of the premium tax credit (APTC) and cost-sharing reductions (CSRs). This question allows these consumers to continue with their application and enroll in a plan, if they are otherwise eligible 
     
    Reminder: Navigator Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Released
    Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a funding opportunity for organizations and individuals to operate as Navigators in Federally-facilitated Marketplaces (FFMs) and State Partnership Marketplaces (SPMs).  To see the FOA for the Cooperative Agreement to Support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces go to Grants.gov and search for CFDA 93.332. HHS will award up to $60,000,000 to recipients across all service areas of FFMs (including SPMs). For more information, please review the FOA and last week's (6/10/14) assister newsletter. Additional details, including the pre-application webinar slides and FAQs are available at: http://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Programs-and-Initiatives/Health-Insurance-Marketplaces/assistance.html.

      

    Key Dates for Pre-Application Calls

    Key Dates to Remember

    • Letter of Intent to Apply (required) Due: June 30, 2014
    • Applications Due: July 10, 2014
    • Anticipated Award Date: September 8, 2014
    Reminder: Cost-Sharing Reductions are Only Available for Silver Plans

    A reminder to assisters that cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) are only available for Silver qualified health plans. If you're assisting a consumer who is eligible for CSRs, make sure that as you discuss the consumer's plan options and remind them that they will have lower out-of-pocket costs for deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments only if they pick a plan from the Silver plan category. Note that if the consumer is a member of a federally recognized tribe, they may qualify for additional cost-sharing benefits.

    Also please remember the difference between the advanced premium tax credit (APTC) and CSRs.  

    • APTC can be applied to all metal levels, but CSRs are only for Silver plans. 
    • Neither CSRs nor the APTC can be applied to catastrophic plans.

    For more information, please see:

     
    Gaining Insurance, Losing Privacy
    For many young adults remaining on their parents' insurance plans into their mid-twenties, having coverage means sacrificing their privacy since insurance documents get mailed to policy holders, rather than care recipients.    

      

    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

    Transformational Team Talk & Outreach Upates

    ATTENTION ALL OUTREACH STAFF:

    Due to the fact that the MHBE (Exchange) could not demo all the functionality that they would have liked on June 25, the have scheduled another web-ex session on July 1, from 10-12.

    Below are the web-ex details for the session:
    Maryland Health Benefit Exchange invites you to be a panelist in a Web seminar.
    Topic: Change Agent Network Demo
    Host: Maryland Health Benefit Exchange
    Date and Time:
    Tuesday, July 1, 2014 10:00 am, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
    Event number: 667 764 685
    Panelist password: The Event has no Panelist Password
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    1. Go to https://marylandhbe.webex.com/marylandhbe/onstage/g.php?MTID=e679223c38accc269fdd2529829edc8ee
    2. Click "Join Now".

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    US TOLL: 1-650-479-3207
    Access code: 667 764 685
     

     

    ACSE Call- Monday, June 23rd

    MACHC reached out to MHBE to inform them of the last minute email for the ACSE call. Here are a few updates from the call:

    Leslie Lyles Smith, Director of Operations, talked about Medicare consumers and handing them off to LHD and DSS as of 7-01-14; she will get more information off to all involved as soon as they become finalized.

     

    Most of the information discussed was about the last CAC training and testing dates that you should have been notified of previously. The other important item was the Champions webinar that illustrated a new Systems Demo. 

     

    Demo

    The new Connecticut system demo webinar took place in Sky Lobby, Baltimore MD. While the new system seemed promising, it fell short on expectations with some glitches made evident during the demo. More details to come from Exchange during the next call.

     

    Standing Advisory Committee - Maryland Health Benefit Exchange 

    Facilitator: Deputy Director, MHBE, Jonathan Kromm 

    • MHBE trying to get Connectors more involved
    • MHBE to release county level enrollment data on the MHBE Outreach & Enrollment email on June 24th.
    • Sigma & United in talks to become QHPs. Proposed plans and rates are being reviewed by Maryland Insurance Agency and not yet released.
    • Contrary to previous information regarding Connecticut's system not having up to the par Medicaid capabilities, the system will have similar Medicaid capability like that we have had
    • Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for COBRA eligible consumers has been extended to July 15th
    • Trainings will take place in October!
    • Another chance for ACSE designation coming up!

     

    On June 25, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST, the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE) will host a Kick-Off meeting of the Change Agent Network (CAN). This session will provide information on the rolling out the new Maryland Health Benefit Exchange system.

    Meeting details:
    Date: June 25, 2014
    Time: 1:00 - 3:30 pm
    Location: Sky Lobby, 750 Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202

       

    The MHBE Call Center Hours of Operation & Holiday Closings for the period of May 1, 2014 through September 30, 2014 will be as follows:

     

    Hours of Operation

    Mon - Fri - 8am-6pm

    Sat - 8am - 2pm

    Sun - CLOSED

     

    Holiday Closings

    Memorial Day - May 26

    Independence Day - July 4

    Labor Day - September 1

     

    Grants & Funding Opportunities

    Expanded Services Opportunity for Existing Community Health Centers!

    Application Deadline:  July 1, 2014. Awards anticipated in September 2014.
    HRSA sent notification to eligible health centers of this funding opportunity with individual health center awards calculated with a base amount of $178,000, plus supplements based on numbers of total and uninsured patients reported served by the health center in 2013. Funding will be incorporated into grantees' ongoing base awards, dependent upon projections being met. In order to receive funding, applicants must propose to use at least 50% of funds to increase access to comprehensive primary health care services to new underserved patients by:  

    Hiring medical providers, Expanding medical services, and/or Expanding hours of operation.  

     

    Promoting Preventive Health Services for Women (HRSA-14-084) Funding Opportunity 

    HRSA is accepting applications for the Promoting Preventive Health Services for Women initiative. The purpose of this initiative is to improve women's health across the life course by increasing the use of clinical preventive services. Applications are due in Grants.gov  no later than Monday, July 21, 2014 by 11:59pm, ET. 

     

    Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Access to Care Grants 

    Application Deadline: August 18, 2014

    Matching grants to support community-based initiatives in the U.S. providing dental care to underserved/limited access children. Special consideration will be given to programs that have demonstrated success and/or have potential for replication in other communities.

    Funds may be used to cover:

    • Child oral health care
    • Costs of clinic supplies and instruments
    • Patient/parent education materials
    • Take-home supplies (toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.)
    • Education and/or outreach to recruit dentist participation in program activities
    • Other activity with clear, direct impact on pediatric oral health care  
    Application Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
    Funding for hunger prevention, self-sufficiency, healthcare, and education to those who are underserved. 
     
    Application Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
    Provides seed funding to emerging nonprofits, or to new projects of established organizations in the areas of education; environment; health and human services; and hunger and nutrition. Pennsylvania is one of 13 eligible states.
     
    Application Deadline:  Applications Accepted on an Ongoing Basis
    The Community Response Fund supports organizations, activities, and events that address access to needed oral health care and community resources that improve oral health. Programs that address an immediate response to an urgent issue that impacts access to clinical care, provide short-term access to needed care for the underserved, or sustain organizations experiencing short-term challenges are the focus. A limited number of program concepts that provide longer term solutions or essential services for particularly underserved populations will also be considered. The program will also support Missions of Mercy clinics.
    Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Corner 
    HRSA has announced the availability of funds for health centers that have been recognized as PCMH by Thursday, July 1, 2014. HRSA will award the supplemental base awards to health centers based on information on the PCMH Webpage. Please check the PCMH Webpage to verify that your health center's information is correct no later than Friday, July 11, 2014

     

    States, Insurers Increase Reliance on PCMH/ACO Models

    In Arkansas, Medicaid officials have worked to design a payment structure that rewards efficiency and supports primary care doctors in the implementation of team-based strategies, coordinated chronic care delivery and achievement of better patient outcomes, according to a  Health Affairs blog post. The state didn't want to penalize efficient practices, so it rewards providers that hit a targeted, risk-adjusted per-member per-year spending level that doesn't rely on actually spending less and offers smaller rewards for less efficient practices that reduce their spending. Elsewhere, insurers like Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and Aetna have announced their intention to boost member enrollment over the new few years in a PCMH or accountable care organization
    Clinical Quality 
    New Fact Sheet and Webinar Materials Available on National Quality Strategy and Using Levers To Improve Health and Health Care 
    A new fact sheet outlines nine levers identified in the National Quality Strategy to help organizations improve health and health care. Organizations can use these core business functions and other tools to provide better, more affordable care to individuals and the community. In addition, slides and a transcript from a May 13 webinar entitled National Quality Strategy: Using Levers to Achieve Improved Health and Health Care Webinar, are now available.

     

    The National Quality Strategy has released a fact sheet to enable organizations to provide better, more affordable health care to individuals and the community. 
    Also available is the transcript of the National Quality Strategy: Using Levers to Achieve Improved Health and Health Care Webinar 
    Health Observances This Week

      

    National Aphasia Awareness Month  

       

    About the Campaign

    Stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the U.S. A stroke can have various communication effects, one of which is aphasia. Stroke is the most common cause of aphasia, which is a language disorder that affects the ability to communicate. 

    June is National Aphasia Awareness Month, which is a national campaign to increase public education around the language disorder and to recognize the numerous people who are living with or caring for people with aphasia. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is increasing aphasia awareness by sharing communication tips, the effects of having aphasia, assistive devices for those with aphasia and more. We are making progress but we still have a ways to go and we need your help! 

    5 Easy Ways to Support the Campaign

    1. Download and share the Aphasia - Communicating Through the Barriers Infographic - Male PDF | Female PDF with your family and friends.   
    2. Help others with aphasia by sharing your aphasia tips on the Tips for Daily Living Library, from tips for using assistive devices to tips for socializing with aphasia.  
    3. Recognize your stroke survivor, caregiver, or healthcare professional hero with the Stroke Hero Certificate:
       Stroke Survivor Certificate |  Stroke Caregiver Certificate EMS and HCP Certificate  
    4. Did you know 80% of strokes are preventable? Share the  Stroke Risk Quiz with your community to help end stroke.  
    5. Help your loved ones and colleagues by learning more about stroke and the most common warning signs by downloading the F.A.S.T. mobile app.   
    Partners in ActionPlease share your activities - big or small - to be featured on our National Aphasia Awareness Month calendar and check out activities taking place near you.
     

     

    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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