MACHC
Weekly E-Blast:  
Voicing the latest news on Communities in Need
In This Issue

Have you heard about the new Ebola Funding? 
Check out Emergency Preparedness and Upcoming Events section for more details.
Have news to share with us? Want to be featured on our next E-Digest? Want to read about something in particular? Please email us at aneeqa@machc.com. 

March 2, 2015
MACHC HAPPENINGS

MACHC EVENTS

Discuss State and FQHC updates, trends, best practices, obstacles and issues. These are disc ussed and issues are brought to the respective official's attention. These topics are included in MACHC's advocacy efforts on behalf of FQHCs.


 

(2) Transformational Call (*bi-weekly) 

March 10th, 2015; 
March 24th, 2015
10 am - 11 am
1-866-740-1260 Access Code: 4319483

To get on call listserv, email aneeqa@machc.com

Audience: MD and DE  Member FQHC Leadership

Topic:Discuss State and FQHC updates, trends, best practices, obstacles and issues. These are disc ussed and issues are brought to the respective official's attention. These topics are included in MACHC's advocacy efforts on behalf of FQHCs.


(3) MACHC Emergency Preparedness Call-
March 12, 2015; 11am- 12pm
1-866-740-1260 Access Code: 4319483

MACHC conducted two emergency preparedness drills (topic: active shooter) at two of our health center member sites (Community Clinic & Family Health Centers of Baltimore). All were invited to participate and observe. 

We will discuss the drill in detail as well as disseminate important and pertinent resources. ALL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS POIs are strongly urged to join the call. 


(4) March 26-27, 2015
Finance/IT 
Turf Valley Conf. Ctr.

The Finance/IT Conference will be held at Turf Valley with some of the finance topics to include G-Coding, Productivity and Volume of Business, Knowing Internal and External Reporting Requirements and Understand HRSA"s Financial Requirements, IT topics could include,  Patient Portal - making the best of it for patients and meaningful use, Standardization of documentation, IT best practices for: (Support, Maintenance, Helpdesk), balance of in house vs contracted services (immediately availability, high touch, low touch, expertise, economies of scale), Sharing data beyond UDS - how to share and what to share (and their effectiveness)  and ICD 10 Training.

 

(4) June 19-20, 2015
Clinical/Informatics
Harbourtowne

(5) September 18, 2015 
Operations Leadership
Turf Valley Conf. Ctr.

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Board of Directors Meetings:
(Third Friday @ 11:00 a.m.)

February 26-27, 2015
Board Retreat
Tidewater Inn

April 17, 2015
Face to face
11 am - 1pm

June 19, 2015
Face to face
11 am - 1pm

September 18-19, 2015
Board Retreat
Turf Valley


  • OTHER EVENTS
  •  

    (1)  NCQA, in collaboration with Partnership for Prevention and the National Chlamydia Coalition, has developed this three-part webinar series designed to provide participants with a guide to improve the quality of care and services using the chlamydia screening HEDIS measure. Experts will provide information on the specifics of the HEDIS measure and also share practical information to include resources and tools to address common barriers experienced using this measure. Each session will feature case studies presented by colleagues in the field. 

    Session 3- Tools to Address Preserving Confidentiality, Providing Services to Adolescents and Talking with Parents
    March 4, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST | 

    Register for Webinar

    At the conclusion of session 3, you will be able to: 

    • Review laws and policies governing confidentiality of sensitive services
    • Discuss options for maintaining confidentiality with explanation of benefits and billing
    • Discuss specific tools for clinics and providers to become adolescent friendly
    • Provide examples of tools and tips for talking with parent
    • Identify educational materials and resources that health plans may use for patients, parents, and providers Faculty

     

    (2) Accreditation and PCMH Recognition Initiative Webinar - Thursday, March 5, 2015, 10:30am - 12:00pm, ET and 1:30pm - 3:00pm, ET

    BPHC is hosting this webinar to discuss  PAL 2015-02 "Accreditation and PCMH Recognition Initiative" (outlined in the "What's New" section of the Digest) and the new notice of intent process. This is an important session for health centers interested in receiving HRSA support in pursuit of national quality recognition. 

     View the webcast the day of the session. Connect to the audio line using 1-888-790-3418; Participant passcode: 9569850.

     

    (3) Funding Opportunity Announcement: HPP Ebola Preparedness and Response Activities Conference Call
     
    DHMH will host a conference call on

    Friday, March 6, 2015, at 2 p.m.
     to discuss the recently released. 
    Due to the expected large number of participants and limited ports we are requesting one incoming line from each facility.  Thank you.

    Call in number: 410-225-5300

    Call ID# 3384

     

    (4) 2015 NACHC Policy & Issues Forum

    Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC

    March 18-22, 2015

    Dates: 
    March 18-22, 2015
    Day 1: 03-18-2015 8:00AM - 5:00PM   
    Day 2: 03-19-2015 8:00AM - 5:00PM   
    Day 3: 03-20-2015 8:00AM - 5:00PM   
    Day 4: 03-21-2015 8:00AM - 5:00PM    


    (5) Aligning Forces for Quality Webinar - Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, ET. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is hosting this webinar to highlight the Aligning Forces for Quality Patient Engagement Toolkit  for health care organizations interested in establishing provider-patient partnerships to improve care. 
     View more information and register for the webinar.

    Emergency Preparedness Events: 

     

    Sierra Leone's vice president in quarantine for Ebola 

    Sierra Leone's vice president has put himself in quarantine following the death from Ebola of one of his security guards.

    Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana is set to become acting president later Sunday when President Ernest Bai Koroma leaves Sierra Leone to attend a European Union conference on Ebola in Belgium. Sam-Sumana will carry out his presidential duties from his home.


    MACHC implemented an active shooter drill at two of our member locations (Community Clinic Inc & Family Health Centers of Baltimore) last week. The drill tested the facilities' ability to follow their emergency and communications plan. All the participants were able to learn from the exercise and we will share all the best practices and resources with all of you in March during MACHC's EP Call. 

    Look in the upcoming events section for details. 

     

     

    Measles Cases in the United States  
    From January 1 to February 6, 2015, 121 people from 17 states and Washington, DC, were reported to have measles. Most of these cases are part of a large, ongoing multi-state outbreak linked to an amusement park in California . As you continue to seek timely, accurate, and credible information for clinicians and other professionals in health care related to emergency preparedness and response and emerging public health threats, HRSA encourages you to participate in teleconferences and webinars coordinated through the Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) .  COCA organizes presentations from leading experts on a variety of topics and often provides the opportunity for questions to be answered. The following Measles resources, among others, are available for use: 

     CDC's measles outbreak webpage  

    Resources for Healthcare Professionals  

     Information about Measles and the Vaccine to Prevent it Fact Sheet  

    Understanding MMR Vaccine Safety Fact Sheet
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    Influenza has been making steady rounds around the country. Are you ready? 

    Please find flu fact sheets to disperse within your health centers below.

    Flu Factsheets in english

    Flu Factsheets in spanish

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    Health Care Resources for Suspected Cases of Ebola Virus Disease 

    HHS' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HRSA, and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) continue to work with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The following Ebola resources, among others, are also available for use: 

     

  • Timeline of What's New 
  • Latest CDC Outbreak Information
  • Determining Risk of Ebola Transmission in Healthcare and Community Settings
  • Video & Slides: What you REALLY needs to Know about Ebola
  • Factsheet: Why Ebola is Not Likely to Become Airborne (pdf)
  • Top 10 Things You Really Need to Know about Ebola (pdf)
  • Audio Replays and Transcripts of Ebola past Calls and Webinars.
  • View all CDC Ebola updates and resources.
  • View all ASPR Ebola updates and resources
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    ATTENTION MD FQHCS 

     

    1. MACHC's Table Top Exercise (see slides attached) After Action Report Improvement Plan (AARIP). Please find AARIP attached here. Additionally, the Situational Manual discussed during the discussion is attached here

     

    2. DHMH Satellite Phone Recall FQHCs that still have the satellite phones distributed by DHMH 4 years ago, please send them back to: 
    L. Kay Webster, MPH

    Office of Preparedness & Response

    Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

    300 W. Preston Street, Ste. 202

    Baltimore, MD  21201 

    3. Please get in touch with your Regional Coordinators if you have not already done so and be more active in your Regional Coalition. You should already have their contacts in emails I have sent within this year numerous times. Please find them below: 

     

    Regions I and II Health Care Coalition 

    [Allegany, Frederick, Garrett and Washington Counties]

    Alison Robinson

    Allegany County Health Department

    12501 Willowbrook Road
    Cumberland, MD  21502
    301-759-5238 (Office)

    443-934-2232 (Mobile)

    301-777-2069 (Fax)
    alison.robinson@maryland.gov 

     

    Region III  Health and Medical Task Force

    [Baltimore City; Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties]

    Edward Johnson

    Harford County Health Department

    120 S. Hays Street, Suite 230
    Bel Air, MD  21014 
    410-877-1031 (Office)

    443-388-6290 (Mobile)

    410-420-3448 (Fax)
    edward.johnson@maryland.gov

     

    Region IV -

    [Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester Counties]

    Region IV is currently looking for a new Regional Coordinator

    Kent County Health Department

    A.F. Whitsitt Center

    300 Scheeler Road

    P.O. Box 229
    Chestertown, MD  21620

    410-778-4861 (Office)

     

    Region V  Emergency Preparedness Coalition

    [Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George's and St. Mary's Counties]

    Kamelah Jefferson

    Prince George's County Health Department

    9201 Basil Court, Suite 318

    Largo, MD  20774

    301-883-7632(Office)

    443-462-0230 (Mobile)

    kamelah.jefferson@maryland.gov 

     

     

    4. Find ATTACHED (Please click here) the guide was developed to provide hospitals in California with a useful tool for developing and implementing effective respiratory protection programs, with an emphasis on protecting health care workers from aerosol transmissible diseases. It was prepared by the Occupational Health Branch (OHB) of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) with funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOS H) National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL).  It sure looks like something that we can perhaps modify for Maryland.  
    Also attached, you will find the template for setting up a respiratory protection program in hospitals.  

    5. MACHC conducted two FQHCs with Planning for Onsite Drill/Exercise in February 5th & 6th, 2015. The Drill on Active Shooter will be available post the MACHC EP call taking place on March 12th (see additional info above in upcoming events section). All EP POIs please dial in for this important call.

    6. There is a DHMH Ebola Funding Announcement call this Friday, March 6th at 2 pm. Look in the events section (above) for full details.
     
    *** Look for the latest EP related updates RIGHT HERE!
    MACHC SPOTLIGHT

    A huge congratulations and thank you to MD & DE FQHC Leadership on their Board Retreat Participation last week. Without all of you, it would not have been such a success. 

    We sincerely appreciate your support and effort.

    *Picture from the MACHC Board Retreat held February 26-27th of last week.

    Have you checked out the NEW MACHC website?
    The MACHC website now
     features Communifier (please email Junaed Siddiqui for login info or details at junaed@machc.com) which allows our membership to access all meeting, conference and any related documents directly on our website. 

    ***If there are any job openings at any of MD or DE health centers, please email them to us at junaed@machc.com to be posted on our website.

     

    Access is the Answer Phase Two Continues

    Health Center Advocates should begin reaching out to newly elected Members of Congress and continue strengthening relationships with current Members in the months to come. Take these three simple action steps as part of phase two of Access is the Answer to demonstrate to your Members the outpouring of support for Health Centers and to help secure a fix to the Health Center Funding Cliff: 

    1) Collect Local Support Letters from state and local elected officials and community partners.

    2) Place an editorial in a local media outlet regarding the cliff and its impact in your community.

    3) Meet with Members of Congress and educate new Members about Health Centers and the cliff.

    If you missed the national TeleForum launching Phase Two of Access is the Answer, check out the transcript and recording of the call. You can find more information on the Campaign for America's Health Centers website


    Policy, Advocacy and Legislation
    National News
    HRSA's 340b Drug Pricing Program Recertification
    HRSA requires all 340b covered entities to annually recertify their program information in order to continue participation in the 340b Program. Recertification is open through March 11, 2015.
    It is critical that health centers recertify before the deadline in order to continue participating in the 340b Program.
     Contact the 340b Prime Vendor Program with any questions on the recertification process.
    HHS' Million Hearts Initiative recognized 30 health care practices and systems, including eight Federally Qualified Health Centers, as Hypertension Control Champions in 2014 for their success in helping patients control high blood pressure. These Champion health care systems achieved blood pressure control for at least 70% of their patients with hypertension.
    The Fight against Measles Starts with Vaccination 
    The elimination of measles in the United States in 2000 is one of public health's most celebrated success stories. But as recent outbreaks have revealed, there is still reason to be concerned about measles. While most people in this country are protected against measles through vaccination, the current outbreak highlights the importance of vaccination
    Medical-Legal Partnership and Health Centers Issue Brief 
    The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership has developed an issue brief to help health centers understand the benefits of partnerships with civil legal aid agencies, and to introduce resources that can help health centers implement medical-legal partnerships.
    View the medical-legal issue brief.

    In case you missed last week's Teleforum, Phase Three of the Access is the Answer campaign to fix the Health Center Funding Cliff was officially launched and Health Center Advocates were called upon to take specific advocacy action steps. You can read the transcript of the call here (recording coming soon). This new phase ramps up efforts to engage various major Health Center constituencies: Health Center Boards, staff & patients, and state-based elected officials and community partners. Click here for more information (including how to access templates and talking points) and to learn what you and your Health Center can do to help move Congress to ACT to fix the cliff. Questions about the campaign? Email grassroots@nachc.com.

    Veteran Health Services Webinar Recording Now Available

    If you missed the recent webinar "Veteran Health Services-- What Health Centers Need to Know", a recording is now available. The webinar covered the ins and outs of the VA health system, and how the Veterans Choice Act (VCP) and Patient-Centered Community Care Networks (PC3s) interact and affect health centers' abilities to provide health care to veterans. Click here to log in to MyNACHC  and view the recording.

    340B Recertification Deadline March 11

    Have you completed your annual 340B Drug Discount Program recertification yet? The annual recertification process for 340B grantees ends March 11, 2015. It is critical that every health center participating in the 340B Drug Discount Program complete the recertification by the deadline in order to ensure continued participation in the program. Your health center's authorizing official should have received detailed information and instructions on how to complete the process. Should you have any questions, you can view the Office of Pharmacy Affairs User Guide and contact HRSA's recertification inbox at 340b.recertification@hrsa.gov.


    Some Rural Health Clinics to Qualify as Essential Community Providers in 2016

    Last Friday CMS released the finalized 2016 "Letter to Issuers" and final rule on "Benefit and Payment Parameters" establishing requirements for Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) to be sold in Federally-facilitated Marketplaces in 2016. NACHC previously submitted comments on both documents, which address network adequacy and payment rules. Among the issues impacting FQHCs directly, little was changed since initial guidance was proposed late in 2014.  

    The final documents permit some Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) to qualify as Essential Community Providers (ECPs) starting in 2016. This allows these RHCs to count towards the requirement that QHPs contract with at least 30 percent of ECPs in their service area. RHCs that can be counted as ECPs are those that - like FQHCs - are open to all regardless of insurance status and offer a sliding fee discount; or are located in a primary care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). They must also accept all insurances. QHPs will still be required to contract with at least one FQHC in each county even if they contract with a nearby RHC or other ECP. Please stay tuned to "The Policy Shop" blog for a forthcoming evaluation of both the Letter to Issuers and final rule on Benefit and Payment Parameters.

    ICD-10 Implementation Preparation

    Join us for a webinar on Mar 05, 2015 at 10:00 AM CST.

    Register now!

    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5594699256411153921

     

    ICD-10 Implementation Preparation

    Complete Medical Solutions (CMS) is excited to offer a hands-on ICD-10 Implementation Workshop to Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers (MACHC) members on March 26 and 27, 2015. Our Senior Implementation Consultant, Suzanne MacEwan, will use this webinar in order to educate you on the materials that you will need to bring to the on-site workshop in order for us to ensure that you are able to fully maximize every hands-on activity that will take place and ultimately be able to successfully implement ICD-10 into your practice.

    The first phase of preparing for ICD10 is to determine your practice's readiness, we do this by conducting an Impact Assessment. The Impact Assessment will help us analyze the issues, obstacles, options and costs associated with the goal of achieving a successful ICD-10 implementation. To accomplish this goal you must thoroughly evaluate every situation that currently involves an ICD-9 code and determine if the element will be obsolete or relevant to ICD-10 implementation, and anticipate potential new circumstances that might arise as a result of ICD-10. We will use our propriety READY10 Software to guide us through the process ensuring all areas of impact are accessed.

    The Ready10 software is an integral part of the Impact Assessment and will be required to participate in the Implementation Training Day workshop. Each practice that will participate in upcoming workshop will be required to purchase the Ready10 softeware beforehand. This webinar will demonstrate various key features of the software to show you how we can significantly reduce the possible negative impact that ICD-10 can create for an unprepared practice.

    The Ready10 software will be offered to members of MACHC at exclusive wholesale pricing for this event only.

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    View System Requirements

    In the past several years, due to economic pressures, consumers have seen banks, airlines, and other businesses add fees for basic services that were once complementary. Now medical practices and healthcare providers have started in this trend. While most health insurance plans have reimbursement guidelines for covered services, the plans also allow doctors to charge patients for non-medical services including administrative and processing fees. 

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is pushing for an expansion of smart syringes, a type of syringe that becomes defective after a one-time use and that proves to be safer. According to the WHO, 16 billion injections are administered each year and up to 40 percent of these injections are from reused syringes. While the cost of these smart needles is greater than traditional syringes, the organization argues smart syringes would still be cheaper than the cost of treating diseases caused by infections or misuse of syringes. 

    State News
    DELAWARE
    Did you know? 

    Delaware is going to need more bike trails.

    State workers spent $195,000 last year on fast-food, according to an analysis of spending on state-issued credit cards.

    That's $534 per day, including weekends.

    "I hope they're eating salad," said Rita Landgraf, Delaware's Health Secretary. "Or the fruit and yogurt."

    MARYLAND
    Prince George's County, in partnership with the Sanctuary at Kingdom Square, First Baptist Church at Highland Park, and St. Paul Baptist Church, is launching "The Biggest Winner" health initiative to combat obesity in the county. A study linking churchgoers with obesity prompted the county to start this contest. The congregation with the greatest total weight loss at the end of the program will be acknowledged by the Prince George's County Council.

    On MHBE Announcement of Special  Enrollment Period

    This week the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE) announced a special enrollment period, from March 15 to April 30, for Marylanders who were unaware that they would incur a tax penalty for not having health coverage in 2014, and who would be subject to a still higher penalty for 2015 if they remain without coverage. 

    Finance & Business

    HHS Invites Participation in the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network

    Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is inviting private payers, employers, providers, patients, states, consumer groups, individual consumers, and other partners within the health care community to participate in the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network ("Network").  First announced on January 26 by HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell, the Network has been created to support the transformation of the nation's health care delivery system to one that achieves better care, smarter spending, and healthier people through the expansion of new health care payment models.

    Cooperation through the Network supports efforts to help the entire U.S. health care system match or exceed the goals recently announced for Medicare: tying 30 percent of fee-for-service payments to quality or value through alternative payment models by the end of 2016 and tying 50 percent of payments to alternative payment models by the end of 2018.  It will also support the broader goal of tying the vast majority of payments in the health care system to quality or value. 

    For more information on the Network, please visit: innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/Health-Care-Payment-Learning-and-Action-Network/.  The Network's kickoff event is planned for March 25, 2015. 

    The
    Latest News on ACA
     
    OUR WORK IS NOT OVER

     

    HHS announced a new special enrollment period (SEP) for consumers who find out they must pay the Shared Responsibility Payment because they did not have coverage in 2014.

    Consumers are eligible for this SEP if they:

    • live in states with a Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM),
    • are not currently enrolled in 2015 FFM coverage,
    • attest that when they filed their 2014 tax return they paid the fee for not having health coverage in 2014, and
    • attest that they first became aware of, or understood the implications of, the Shared Responsibility Payment after the end of open enrollment (February 15, 2015) in connection with preparing their 2014 taxes.

    This SEP does not apply to consumers who do not have to pay the penalty but are subject to reconciliation and have to repay APTCs.

    This SEP will begin on March 15th and end on April 30th. Consumers who qualify must complete the entire enrollment process (that is, including selecting a plan) by 11:59 pm E.S.T. on April 30th.

     

    Assister Webinar Schedule and Supplemental Webinars

    Assister Webinar Schedule

    • Friday, March 6 at 2:00 pm EST
    • Friday, March 13 at 2:00 pm EST

     

    Supplemental CMS Webinars 

       Got Coverage? Next Steps in Using Your Health Insurance

    • Thursday, March 5, 2015 | 2:00 pm EST
    • Register for the webinar using this link | To Join By Phone Only: 1 (415) 655-0051, Access Code: 910-370-456, Pin Number is the # key.

    Many people now have health insurance but may not know how to use it. This webinar will discuss how to read your insurance card, how to find a doctor, what you need to know in making an appointment and what to do in case you have a health emergency. Key terms will be discussed as well as recommended health screenings. We will highlight the From Coverage to Care materials on health insurance literacy during the webinar.

     

      Special Enrollment Periods and Resources for the Uninsured

    • Thursday, March 12, 2015 | 1:00 pm EST
    • Register for the webinar using this link | To Join By Phone Only:1 (562) 247-8321, Access Code: 172-763-629, Pin Number is the # key.

    The health care law has created special enrollment periods for those who experience special circumstances such as graduating from college and losing health insurance, getting married and needing coverage for a spouse, losing employer insurance or turning 26 and losing coverage on a parent's health plan. Join this webinar to learn more about special enrollment periods and how to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. For those who are uninsured and don't qualify for the special enrollment period, you can learn what resources are available and when to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. 

     

    HHS officials have released the following statement: 
    "The marketplace resolved the systems issues that prevented some consumers from submitting their applications. Consumers who were impacted should log in to their Marketplace account now and click on their 2015 application to finish it and complete their enrollment for health coverage. The marketplace will continue to monitor the systems and respond to any issues should they arise."
    HHS also released the following 
    additional guidance for assisters on how to help consumers who encountered issues enrolling.

    Starting tomorrow (February 15th), the marketplace will be reaching out to consumers who were unable to complete their application to let them know they should come back to healthcare.gov or contact the Call Center to complete their enrollment.

    It is important to note that consumers who had already submitted their application and received an eligibility determination were not affected by this issue and were able to select a plan and enroll.

    If a consumer was unable to submit an application because their income could not be verified due to this or had any other technical issue that prevents enrollment before the deadline, the marketplace plans to provide them with a special enrollment period. Additional information will be provided to those consumers in the coming days.

    HRSA grantees funded to provide O/E assistance  in FFM and SPM states have been included  in this pilot program.

    The pilot Resource Center currently serves as a dedicated, complementary service to the Marketplace Call Center and provides support to a subset of assisters-Navigators and Enrollment Assistance Program (EAP) assisters in the Federally Facilitated Marketplaces-with complex issues related to applications, eligibility determinations and redeterminations, and re-enrollment. 

    As HRSA O/E grantees in  FFM/SPM states you will be able to access the Resource Center beginning Friday, January 16, 2015.  To ensure the success of the program, please keep in mind the following:

    • You should continue to use your training, guidance issued by CMS, and the Marketplace Call Center as your first sources of support.
    • In the event that you are unable to resolve an issue through the tools provided during your training, guidance issued by CMS, or the Marketplace Call Center, you may contact the Resource Center for assistance. 
    • Please note that the AHRC is not able access consumer accounts. Although AHRC can provide some steps to help them resolve certain issues, they are not able to reset consumer passwords, unlock accounts and or assist with proof of identity. 

    You must identify yourself as a HRSA grantee in order to receive assistance from the Resource Center. You may leave a voicemail during times when the Resource Center is closed and an agent will respond to your call within one business day.

    Resource Center/AHRC Phone Number:               855-811-7299

    Resource Center/AHRC Hours of Operation:      Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm EST; Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

    Through your inquiries, CMS will have timely awareness of complex issues that consumers encountered in the enrollment process which will provide them the opportunity to share the issues and the remedies to those issues with all assisters-including the Federal Marketplace Call Center agents, Certified Application Counselors, Agents and Brokers, and States-Based Marketplaces-through guidance, trainings, and established communications such as assister list serves, newsletters, and webinars.

    CMS is very excited to have you participate in this pilot project and looks forward to being able to address your inquiries.   

    Transformational Team Talk & Outreach Upates

    A message from MHBE's Jody Hartzell

     

    Important message that was sent out to all applications for CAC's.

    Good Afternoon,

    We have scheduled MHC System training webinar sessions for Application Counselors. These sessions are scheduled and open for registration in The Hub for those who still need to complete this requirement or if you feel you need refresher training on the system.  The webinar sessions are scheduled under the MHC-Application Counselor ILT System Training Event listed in the HUB either on the active or completed tab on your transcript.

    If you have problems with accessing your Hub account, contact our training team at mhc.trainingsupport@maryland.gov.


     

    Title: MHC-Application Counselor ILT System Training

    Locator Number: 788

    Date: March 26th, 2015

    Time 10:30 am - 1: 30 pm

    Registration close date/time: 3/23/2015 @ 12:00 am

     

    Title: MHC-Application Counselor ILT System Training

    Locator Number: 795

    Date: June 25th, 2015

    Time 10:30 am - 1: 30 pm

    Registration close date/time: 6/22/2015 @ 12:00 am

     

    Requirements for Webinar Completion:

     

    1.    You must attend the webinar session in their entirety. Participants who miss more
    than 15 minutes of the webinar, as captured by entry and exit times throughout
    the session, will not receive completion status for the training.  For example, if a participant enters the online meeting space after 9:15 am for a webinar start time of 9:00 am, he or she will not receive credit for the training. 

    Participants must participate in the webinar through the Webex Meeting space and by phone for audio. If you are on the phone the entire time, but not signed into the
    WebEx, you will not receive credit for the training.  For this reason, we encourage you to remain logged into the online event during scheduled breaks and Q&A sessions. 

     2.    You must log into the session on an individual computer with a complete and
    accurate last name, first name, and email address. When joining the session, 
    please enter the same name and email address you used when registering for the
    webinar on The Hub.

    Participants who share a computer to attend the webinar will not receive completion status for the training, because their names and email addresses will not be captured
    in the webinar attendance report. 

    3.    Only participants who completed the required prerequisites and registered for the webinar through The Hub, before the registration deadline date and time, and satisfied the attendance requirements listed above will receive credit for completing the webinar.
     
    4. Only registered participants will receive an email on how to access the webinar, to the email address that was used to register in The Hub, at least 24 hours before the
    start of the webinar. 

     

    Thank you,

    MHBE

     

    Maryland--Call Center Note:

    Direct Line for Navigators and CAC to MHBE Call Center--Regarding the Call Center # 844-224-6762 It should be noted that: If you need customer assistance from the call center, CAC's should call this number.

    Grants & Funding Opportunities

     Federal Surplus Personal Property Program 

    Application Deadline: None  

    Eligible state and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations, including health centers, can obtain property that the federal government no longer needs through the Federal Surplus Personal Property Donation Program.

     

    BJ's Charitable Foundation

    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.

     BUILD Health Challenge

    Application Deadline:  January 16 for round one; April 10 for round two

    A collaborative initiative of the Kresge Foundation, Advisory Board Company, de Beaumont Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation offers two kinds of awards - planning and implementation - to strengthen partnerships among hospitals, nonprofits, local health departments, and other community organizations to improve the health of low-income neighborhoods within cities with populations greater than 150,000

     

    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research - Healthy Food Retail and Early Care and Education
    Letter of Intent (Required): January 7, 2015
    Application deadline: March 4, 2015
    Supports research on environmental and policy strategies designed to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among groups at highest risk for obesity: Black, Latino, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander children, and children who live in lower-income communities.

     

    Migrant Health Scholarship
    Application deadline: March 20, 2015
    Offers scholarships to individuals pursuing or continuing their career in the migrant health field and employees at a Community/Migrant Health Center.
     

    Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling Program
    Application deadline: March 30, 2015
    Awards funding to pilot a new program, the Benefits Counseling Program, which will work to expand outreach, education, and enrollment efforts in rural communities. Programs will seek to assist eligible uninsured individuals and families, and newly insured individuals and families in rural communities with the navigation of public health insurance options and benefits offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace and/or private health insurance plans.


     

     
    NHSC Loan Repayment 

    Apply to the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program by March 30  Primary care medical, dental and mental/behavioral health clinicians can get $50,000 to repay their health profession student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment to work at an approved NHSC site in a high-need, underserved area. 
     

    Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Corner 
    02BPHC released PAL 2015-02 which describes the Accreditation and Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition Initiative, and outlines the process and requirements for applying for ambulatory health care accreditation and/or patient centered medical home (PCMH) recognition in 2015.
    Clinical Quality 
    National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center 
    The purpose of the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) is to respond to the needs of states and communities in addressing current and emerging public oral health issues. OHRC collaborates with stakeholders to gather, develop, and share high-quality and valued information and materials to improve oral health services for infants, children, adolescents, and their families.
    Use OHRC's resources to promote maternal and child oral health in your community
    Health Observances This Week

    Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older.

    The good news? If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to encourage people to get screened.

    How can Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month make a difference?

    We can use this month to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and take action toward prevention. Communities, organizations, families, and individuals can get involved and spread the word.

    Here are just a few ideas:

    • Encourage families to get active together - exercise may help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
    • Talk to people in your community about the importance of getting screened for colorectal cancer starting at age 50.
    • Ask doctors and nurses to talk to patients age 50 and older about the importance of getting screened.
    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:

    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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