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MACHC Conducting LEAN observations
Lean training teaches you how to reduce waste and increase efficiency for your organization. So remember, if you see MACHC staff at your health center, we are simply recording cycle time and may ask you a few questions at your leisure about bottlenecks. Our aim is to mitigate bottlenecks so health centers can operate as efficiently as possible. We also make sure to stay out of your way and never step inside the patient rooms with your staff (no HIPPA violations).
Thursday & Friday, February 18-19, 2016 at Tidewater Inn
Please contact Deitra Bell at email@example.com for additional details.
Outreach & Enrollment Call
Friday, March 4, 2016
1-866-740-1260 Access 4319483
Discuss state updates, best practices, barriers/issues that need attention and provide any support and advocacy where needed.
(3) Policy & Issues (P&I) Forum is OPEN! March 16-20, 2016 in Washington, D.C.
Join MACHC and your FQHC colleagues from across the state and country to get the most up-to-date information and tools to stay ahead, competitive and ready for another year of health center advocacy.
Webinar Series: Population Health Management
and Health Systems Transformation
to Insure Value Based Care
January 28-March 10, 2016
NACHC, along with Shannon Nielson, VP of Consulting Services at Centerprise, Inc., is proud to present a five-part webinar series on Population Health Management and Health Systems Transformation to Ensure Value Based Care
. The emphasis will be on helping PCAs and HCCNs understand the necessary components for success within Population Health Management at a state level as well as an introduction to how health centers approach these same concepts. The focus of this webinar series is to partner with PCAs and Health Center Controlled Networks to operationalize the principles of health system transformation and integrated clinical networks to position health centers strongly in a managed care environment.
Webinar 3 - Optimizing Care Coordination to Manage Risk
Date/Time: Thursday, February 18th, 2016 | 12pm -1pm Eastern
Webinar 4 - Health Center Case Studies
Date/Time: Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 | 12pm -1pm Eastern
Webinar 5 - Alternative Payment Models and Systems
Date/Time: Thursday, March 10th, 2016 | 12pm -1pm Eastern
(2) National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Virtual Job Fair for Indian Health Service and Tribal Health Clinic Sites- Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 6:45pm - 10:00pm, ET - The NHSC is hosting a job fair for IHS and Tribal sites to promote vacancies to primary health care providers interested in serving communities with limited access to health care. More here.
Apr 10 - 12, 2016
Sponsoring organization: Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center
(4) Practice Operations Management, Level II(POM II) Training
April 20-21, 2016 | Charlotte, NC
NACHC is pleased to present the Health Center Practice Operations Management Training - Level II (POM II). POM II offers health center Chief Operating Officers, Practice/Clinic and other managers, and Board Members an opportunity to learn and apply the critical management and leadership skills necessary to optimize performance. This training features a multidimensional approach to effective management and continuous improvement the areas in the health center: profitability, staffing, and patient workflow.
(5) An In-Depth Look at FTCA Coverage for Health Centers. Learn More
Nashville, TN - May 4 & 5, 2016
Philadelphia, PA - June 7 & 8, 2016
Operating a health center within the confines of the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) has never been more challenging. The myriad requirements and involvement of various agencies coupled with increased accountability and responsibility can make providing health care services to your patients a risky proposition. This training provides information from trusted and experienced health center attorneys, Marty Bree, Molly Evans, and Matthew Freedus, who for years have provided advice and counsel on the day-to-day issues that arise around FTCA at health centers.
Emergency Preparedness Events:
U.S. health experts cautioned Friday that the apparent discovery of the Zika virus in saliva and urine from people in Brazil does not necessarily mean the virus can be spread by more casual contact with infected people, such as through kissing. "I think we need to be careful that don't we jump to any conclusions about transmissibility," Anthony Fauci, who leads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued detailed recommendations Friday for preventing the sexual transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, including the suggestion that men who have traveled to Zika-affected areas consider abstaining from sex with their pregnant partner for the duration of the pregnancy. ... Mosquitoes remain the primary way Zika is spread, and preventing bites is the best way to avoid infection. But the CDC said it was issuing the interim recommendations to stop sexual transmission, however rare, because of concerns over Zika's potential link to birth defects
The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has launched
The Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange
(TRACIE) which now
allows health and emergency preparedness professionals access to the nation's most comprehensive system of resources designed to help communities better manage the health impacts of disasters. TRACIE features resource materials, a help line, just-in-time suggestions, and tools to share information gleaned from real-life experiences in preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters.To learn more about preparedness, response and recovery from the health impacts of disasters, visit the HHS public health and medical emergency website via clicking on the title above.
Important Announcement for Maryland FQHCS
Please get in touch with your Regional Coordinators if you have not already done so and be more active in your Regional Coalition. MACHC has reached out to you in order to make sure you know who your coordinators are and has planned MINI GRANTS as incentives to help with travel for the Coalition meetings.
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 UNTIL JANUARY 1, 2016
New Regional Coordinator will be posted here
Allegany County Health Department
12501 Willowbrook Road
Cumberland, MD 21502
[Baltimore City; Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties]
Edward Johnson will be leaving end of Jan, 2016; new Coordinator TBA
Harford County Health Department
120 S. Hays Street, Suite 230
Bel Air, MD 21014
[Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester Counties]
Kent County Health Department
A.F. Whitsitt Center
300 Scheeler Road, P.O. Box 229
Chestertown, MD 21620
Region V Emergency Preparedness Coalition
[Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George's and St. Mary's Counties]
Office of Preparedness & Response
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
300 W. Preston Street, Ste. 202
Baltimore, MD 21201
September is National Preparedness Month, a time for everyone to plan how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect your community. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) developed resources that can help you spread the word about preparedness in your community.
, and public service announcements.
What to look forward to:
MACHC has been working diligently on this year's Emergency Preparedness Plan. The agenda for us is to 1.) increase participation at DHMH Regional Meetings (Have you signed the MOUs?) 2.) Conduct two Tabletop exercises late March-early April at two health center locations. The focus of our exercises this year will be emerging infectious disease i.e. Zika Virus 3) ICS400 and 700 Webinar Trainings
How Prepared Is Your Community for an Emergency?
Download the kit checklist:
Family communication and evacuation plan:
*** Look for the latest EP related updates RIGHT HERE!
Policy, Advocacy and Legislation
| Here's how millennials could change health care
With a presidential election fast approaching, healthcare is an issue that's getting plenty of traction on both sides of the political aisle. For Republicans, taking down President Obama's signature Affordable Care Act remains a red meat issue. Republican presidential candidates are also trotting out an ACA repeal as a key incentive for voting a member of the party into the Oval Office. Healthcare has been a key issue in the Democratic debates as well, with Hillary Clinton pushing back on rival Bernie Sanders' plan for universal health care. Amid all the debate, however, one group could prove to be the wild card. As more millennials interact with the healthcare system, the industry will find itself facing a more sophisticated and demanding group that won't stand for its inefficiencies with the same begrudging acceptance of previous generations, said Kathy Hempstead, director of insurance coverage for the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation.
340B University OnDemand
Apexus has created an educational module to provide the fundamentals of 340B through a convenient, online platform. You can watch "Introduction to the 340B Drug Pricing Program," for the answers to all your basic 340B questions. For the rest of your 340B educational needs, Apexus has created 340B University OnDemand, an online educational program designed to support compliance and integrity for all 340B program stakeholders. Topics covered include: eligibility, registration, recertification, pricing, contract pharmacy, implementation models and audit preparedness. A full list of modules is available by clicking here. Content is consistent with HRSA's interpretation of 340B policy.
UDS Report Due February 15
The Uniform Data Systems (UDS) report is due Feb.15 for all community, migrant, homeless, and public housing health centers. This includes new starts funded prior to October 15, 2015.
Assistance is available by calling 1-866-UDS-HELP, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm ET, Monday - Friday) or e-mail UDSHelp330@bphcdata.net
Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell on Friday hailed the health law's 2016 enrollment gains and said the department was already beginning to gear up for the next enrollment period. In addition to the health law, Burwell's agency is juggling many other priorities these days, including coordinating her agency's response to the emerging threat of the Zika virus, President Barack Obama's "Moonshot on Cancer" initiative and the growing epidemic of opioid abuse. "The beat goes on," she said during a briefing with reporters at HHS headquarters.
A doctor in the House is recommending that legislators adopt a form of Medicaid expansion that closely mirrors the "Healthy Utah" plan previously proposed by Gov. Gary Herbert and passed by the Senate - but blocked in the House. Rep. Raymond Ward, R-Bountiful, a family physician, introduced HB302 on Friday as his prescription of how to expand Medicaid. ... He said he would pay for it through "an assessment on the hospitals for $25 million, and a tax on e-cigarettes at the same rates as other cigarettes." He said that tax makes sense because "it's all nicotine, and it's all addicting." Ward said he borrows some ideas from plans that other House members pushed, but which also failed
|Drug Industry Launches Ad Campaign Aimed At Lawmakers
The pharmaceutical industry, under fire this election season for rising drug prices, is ramping up a new advertising campaign designed to improve its reputation with lawmakers as it lobbies against any effort to rein in prescription costs. The sector's largest trade group, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, says it intends to spend several million dollars this year, and 10% more than in 2015, on digital, radio and print ads that emphasize the industry's role in developing new drugs and advancing medical science.
As health care costs have skyrocketed in the last decade, employees have had to pick up an ever-growing share of what it costs to stay healthy, making greater contributions to plans that often cover a smaller portion of their bills.
Now state governments, long a refuge of generous employee health care benefits that were once common across America, may soon follow the private sector in passing more costs on to its workers.
The cost of Delaware state employees' health care is projected to balloon to more than $1 billion by 2020, and the debate - already growing loudly - over how to rein in those costs will be one of the top battles of the legislative session.
Gov. Larry Hogan
is supporting the Prince George's County Regional Medical Center after all.
On Friday, Hogan announced Dimensions Healthcare System
will receive $15 million in operating funds, which county officials have been calling for to help support the hospital's financial viability. Additionally, the health system will receive $55 million in funding through 2021 until it can transition into a new hospital in partnership with the University of Maryland Medical System
"The President has made clear that addressing the opioid overdose
epidemic is a priority for his Administration and has highlighted tools that are effective in reducing drug use and overdose, like evidence-based prevention programs, prescription drug monitoring, prescription drug take-back events, medication-assisted treatment and the overdose reversal drug naloxone."
When Bernie Sanders released his long-awaited health care plan last month, it was light on the details. But it did include one major, crowd-pleasing promise: Under his Medicare-for-all proposal, no American would ever have to pay a deductible or co-payment to receive health care again. Deductibles and other forms of cost-sharing have been creeping up in the United States since the late 1990s. A typical employer health plan now asks an individual to pay more than $1,000 out of pocket before coverage kicks in for most services. The most popular plans on the Affordable Care Act exchanges require customers to pay several times as much. Even Medicare charges deductibles.
About 12.7 million people signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act or had their coverage automatically renewed in the third annual open enrollment season. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, said the signups exceeded her goals and her expectations. "Open enrollment for 2016 is over, and we are happy to report it was a success," she said. Most of the plan selections were for people in the 38 states - more than 9.6 million - who used the federal website, HealthCare.gov. The other 3.1 million people were enrolled in states that run their own marketplaces.
Marketplace Call Center and SHOP Call Center Hours
Health Insurance Marketplace Call Center: For customer service support, to start or finish an application, compare plans, enroll or ask a question. 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325). Available 24/7. Closed Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
SHOP Call Center: For customer service support, including assisting employers and employees apply for and enroll in SHOP. 1-800-706-7893 (TTY: 711). Available M-F 9:00 am-7:00 pm EST.
MACHC Conference Call Updates
Thank you for those who joined MACHC's Outreach & Enrollment Call tonight. We will be sending out a brief 2-3 question survey to capture the OE3 period from you as well as receive ideas/suggestions to add to our monthly discussions moving forward.
One recurring barrier in the past OE3 has been the following that has been discussed.
- QHP consumers are being terminated from their QHP's for not making their binding payments on the 1st of the month. But according to letters consumers are receiving with their premiums, there is a grace period for them to make their payments if not by the 1st.
OE Staff is reaching out direct to the carrier to confirm whether they are given grace period and retro-ed if full amount paid by the end of the supposed "grace period."
Will keep everyone abreast.
Join MACHC's next Outreach & Enrollment Call ON FRIDAY, March 4, 2016!
As the new enrollment season kicks off, there will be a significant increase in consumers pouring in for assistance. During this time, it remains vital for Outreach & Enrollment staff to attend the Outreach & Enrollment calls we host to share the latest on the trends, barriers and share best practices. Remember, this is the way we can all be aware of State affairs, assist more seamlessly and learn from each other. Have a representative from your FQHC present on the call if your schedule does not permit attendance.
What would you like to included as part of Maryland & Delaware's Outreach & Enrollment assistance from MACHC? Please send Aneeqa Chowdhury an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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.
Rural Health Funding Opportunities
|Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program - applications due February 25, 2016. Licensed registered nurses who are employed full time in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) may be eligible to apply for up for payment of up to 60 percent of their nursing student loans in return for a two-year service obligation in a HPSA, and an additional 25 percent of their original loan balance for an optional third year. Applicants should attend one of two Technical Assistance conference calls on January 28 from 2-4 pm ET and February 11 from 7-9 pm ET. Dial in 1-888-790-3148 ; passcode 7775191.
Rural Health Research Center Cooperative Agreement - applications due March 14, 2016. FORHP is funding up to seven Rural Health Research Centers to conduct policy-oriented health services research on rural issues and synthesize the issues into publically available policy briefs designed to be easily understood by a non-technical audience. Applicants can take part in a technical assistance webinar on Wednesday January 27th from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST.
Building Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Capacity - applications due March 22, 2016. Community-based, faith-based and tribal organizations are among those eligible to apply for funding intended to build national capacity for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) recipients and engage People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) to increase their access to health care. Funded organizations will work with HRSA, CMS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to assess and disseminate best practices culturally appropriate methods for improving health outcomes of PLWH. Interested applicants should attend a technical assistance webinar on Wednesday, January 27 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET; go to https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/coag/ and enter as Guest. To join the audio, dial 888-603-9810 with participant passcode 1165029.
Community Response Fund
The Community Response Fund supports organizations, activities, and events that address access to needed oral healthcare 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.
DEADLINE: ongoing basis
ELIGABILITY: The DentaQuest Foundation makes grants to a variety of organizations that are engaged improving oral health. Grants are not made to individuals.
CONTACT: Matthew Bond, Grants and Programs Manager: Matthew.Bond@DentaQuestFoundation.org
340B Peer-to-Peer Program
The purpose of the 340B Peer-to-Peer Network is to connect 340B entities and stakeholders with high performing sites, called leading practice sites that have exemplary 340B pharmacy service offerings. These sites serve as guides for covered entities that are interested in improving patient care. This approach provides the opportunity for practice sites to reach their peers and strengthen the 340B program from inventory management to quality care initiatives.
Sites that receive the status of a 340B Peer-to-Peer recognized site will be asked to dedicate two members of their team to share their expertise and leading practices - for a limited amount of time per month - with other safety-net organizations to help these organizations achieve results and establish sound business practices.
FUNDING AVALIABLE: Peer-to-Peer annual stipends of $10,000/year
ELIGABILITY: Applications must be submitted by a 340B entity listed on the Office of Pharmacy Affairs (OPA) 340B database as a participating 340B entity.
Healthcare Connect Fund
The Healthcare Connect Fund provides funding to healthcare providers for telecommunications and internet access services, as well as network equipment, at a flat discounted rate of 65%. Participants can apply as a member of the consortium or a stand-alone entity.
FUNDING AVAILABLE: Participants will receive a flat rate discount of 65%. There is an annual spending cap of $400,000,000.
ELIGIBLITY: Rural public or nonprofit healthcare providers (HCPs) are eligible. Consortia may be comprised of both rural and non-rural HCPs. All consortia must consist of more than 50% rural participation within three years of receipt of the first funding commitment obtained through the HCF Program. Connections to, and equipment located at, eligible off-site data centers and administrative offices are eligible for support.
USAC Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program
Health care providers are permitted to apply to receive reduced rates for a variety of telecommunications services under the Rural Health Care Program. Health care providers may seek support for multiple telecommunications services of any bandwidth and for monthly Internet service charges.
FUNDING AVALIABLE: The level of support depends on the HCP's location and the type of service chosen. Health Care Providers are permitted to apply to receive reduced rates for a variety of telecommunication services under the RHCD program. HCPs may seek support for multiple telecommunications services of any bandwidth.
As a result of recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) action, health care participants may be eligible to receive a 25% discount on their monthly Internet service charges. These services are limited to the monthly Internet net access charge, monthly charges for web hosting and web addresses.
ELIGIBILITY: Community health centers or health centers providing health care to migrants
Wells Fargo Corporate Giving Programs
Wells Fargo supports nonprofit organizations that work on a community level in the areas of human services, arts and culture, community development, civic responsibility, education, environmental consciousness, and volunteerism.
CONTACT: Ashley Williams -- Community Support Rep -- Wells Fargo
Maryland Small Grants Program
The Maryland Small Grants Program awards funding to nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to poor and vulnerable populations.
FUNDING AVALIABLE: Award Ceiling: $50,000
CONTACT: Amy Kleine, Program Director, Basic Human Needs
410-654-8500, ext. 268
Accelerating Community-Centered Approaches in Health
Accelerating Community-Centered Approaches in Health will support innovative population health programs and policies that work to improve health at the community level, including the use of new financial models to achieve cost effective solutions.
CONTACT: Phone: 248.643.9630
Commonwealth Fund Health Grants
The Commonwealth Fund promotes a high performing healthcare system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including people with low-incomes, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, people with disabilities, and the elderly.
The Fund supports independent research on healthcare issues and makes grants to improve healthcare practice and policy. The Commonwealth Fund actively seeks to support projects on innovative approaches to addressing problems within its areas of focus.
CONTACT: Email: email@example.com
USDA Community Facilities Loan and Grant Program
The USDA Community Facilities Loan and Grant Program provides loans, grants, and loan guarantees for essential community facilities in rural areas. Priority is given to healthcare, education, and public safety projects. Funds may be used to construct, enlarge, or improve facilities.
AVALIABLE FUNDING: Amount varies. Grants are authorized on a graduated scale. Applicants located in small communities with low populations and low incomes will receive a higher percentage of grants.
CONTACT: Bill McGowan, State Director
1221 College Park Drive, Suite 200
Dover, DE 19904
Voice: (302) 857-3580 www.rd.usda.gov/de
No New Updates at this time: Come back next Week for more!
Revised Opioid Overdose Toolkit Now Available
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a revised version of the Opioid Overdose Toolkit
. This toolkit is designed to educate first responders, physicians, patients, family members, and community members on ways to prevent opioid overdose.
Educate Veterans on Importance of Hepatitis C Screening
Outreach efforts are underway to reach Veterans at risk for Hepatitis C and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs your help. VA currently recommends Hepatitis C Virus screening for Veterans born between 1945 and 1965 and those with known risk factors.
Care and treatment can limit disease advancement, prevent liver cancer deaths, and help break the cycle of unknowingly transmitting the virus to others.
Reducing potentially preventable hospitalizations is important for increasing quality of care and containing hospital costs. Medical conditions such as asthma, urinary tract infections, and complications of diabetes are considered ambulatory care sensitive conditions, meaning that when those conditions are present, primary or preventive health care can reduce the need for emergency department (ED) visits and inpatient hospitalization. From 2000 through 2012, the rate of potentially preventable hospitalizations among adults aged 18 years and older decreased by 25 percent.
This webinar will walk you through new updates to the 80% by 2018 Communications Guidebook, a resource that is designed to help educate, empower and mobilize key audiences who are not getting screened for colorectal cancer. The 2016 update includes a new Hispanic and Latino Health companion guide, which features new tested messages and materials in Spanish. Learn what new market research tells us about perceptions of and barriers to colorectal screening among Hispanics/Latinos, and how to use the Spanish language messages and materials to motivate action and get screened.
We will hear directly from Ricardo A. López, president of Hispanic Research Inc., who led the market research to develop the Spanish messages, as well as Anjee Davis and David Greenwald, chairs of the NCCRT Public Awareness Task Group, who helped provide leadership in overseeing this work. We will also feature short demonstrations on how to use the new American Cancer Society Statistics Center to generate state-specific data and Washington University's MIYO (Make It Your Own) to create customized educational materials. The presentations will end at 1:00pm EST, but speakers will stay on to answer questions until 1:30pm EST.
The webinar is open to CDC grantees, NCCRT members, 80% by 2018 partners, and ACS Health Systems staff.
NCQA will be offering a PCMH Technical Assistance Training on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm, ET. This live forum is to address questions related to PCMH 2014 standards, the application, and the survey process. Registration is required and will close on Wednesday, Feb.10, 2016.
Health Observances This Week
AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
February is National AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month. AMD or Age-Related Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss affecting over 15 million adults over the age of 50.To understand how AMD affects your vision. Take your left hand and cover your left eye, now make a fist with your right hand. Take your right fist and place it directly in front of your right eye. The only thing you should see is images in your periphery or side vision. Now imagine that this is how you are to function within the world.
Age-Related Macular degeneration can develop so slowly that it's not until the vision is getting severely bad that the patient will notice. Age-Related Macular Degeneration primarily destroys the sharp central vision controlled by a spot at the back of the retina called the macula. Sharp central vision is needed to read, drive, identify faces, watch television and perform daily tasks that require straight ahead vision.
The exact cause of AMD is not known. But there are a number of risk factors that may play a role. Some you can help control, some you can't.The same things that put you at risk for heart disease and stroke also put you at risk for AMD. These include:
* High blood pressure
* High cholesterol
Risks you cannot control include age, family history, gender and race.
AMD symptoms include blurriness, wavy lines, or a blind spot. You may also notice visual distortions such as:
* Straight lines or faces appearing wavy
* Doorways seeming crooked
* Objects appearing smaller or farther away
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. If you are diagnosed with wet AMD, it is important to see a Retina Specialist for the most appropriate care
Living with AMD
Make the Most of your Vision. Millions of people have macular degeneration and millions of them continue to do everything they always did. Because you never become blind with AMD, there is always sight available if you know how to use it.
The peripheral vision you have helps you to get around the house and outside. There are devices and techniques for everything from reading to cooking to watching sports on TV. You may have to stop driving at some point, but for everything else, there is a solution.
If you are losing sight, there are some simple things you can do on your own to improve your ability to see. Don't become discouraged! You will probably need to try out multiple devices before you find one that works for you. These range from magnifiers that are held in the hand or suspended on a stand to devices that attach to your glasses or computers that help you to read.
Things you can do on your own:
- See more at: http://www.ehnpc.com/blog/detail/2012/02/22/february-is-national-amd-low-vision-awareness-month.html#sthash.zoIacA3L.dpuf
* Improve the lighting in your home and office. This may not necessarily mean that you should increase the lighting or the brightness. Glare is often a problem for people with low vision. You'll need to experiment to see what works best for you. Special lights are available through many catalogs.
* Use high contrast for reading and writing. Write in large letters with a broad felt tip pen on white or light paper.
* Use large print books or try other media, like books on tape, disk or mp3. Most libraries have a section of these or you can find them online. There are also special libraries for visually impaired.
* Use a hand held magnifier. In the beginning, you may find some help at your local drug store by trying out the various small hand-held magnifiers available. If one of them helps your vision, you should certainly use it. Other magnifying devices may be more useful if your vision is very bad.
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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