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June 13, 2016

Don't Forget to Register for MACHC's Semi- Annual Conference: Transformation in Healthcare Delivery: Shifting from Volume to Value      
The Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers provides an opportunity for community health centers providers / clinicians and other safety net providers to receive professional development and ongoing education while networking with colleagues in the primary care settings across Delaware, Maryland and other states in the region. Transforming health care payment and delivery systems is essential in order to achieve improvements in health care quality and reductions in costs that are needed to achieve the Triple Aim.  
This conference seeks to share information and educate attendees on concepts of volume to value in all four breakout tracks:
  • Finance
  • IT
  • Clinical
  • Quality
COME OUT AND JOIN  Register Here
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Anne Arundel Medical Center

National Health Center Week
August 7-13, 2016
Visit the Health Center Week website to access the NHCW Kick-off webinar recording and slides. The webinar featured Health Center leaders from Georgia and Virginia who shared best practices on how to plan and host successful Health Center Week celebrations. Also, be sure to take advantage of support and resources designed to help with event planning and implementation - visit the NHCW website. Plan ahead and inform us, your PCA, about any NHCW Happenings and whether we can assist in coordination of having your Congressman at your event. Remember, this week is the best week to showcase your health center successes.

(1 The Art & Science of Communication
June 14, 2016   12pm-1pm
*For webinar link, please email Deitra Bell at deitra@machc.com

(2) ***REGISTER NOW***
MACHC Clinical Informatics/Quality/Finance Conference 
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, MD
Transformation inHealthcare Delivery: Shifting from Volume to Value
The Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers provides an opportunity for community health centers providers / clinicians and other safety net providers to receive professional development and ongoing education while networking with colleagues in the primary care settings across Delaware, Maryland and other states in the region. Transforming health care payment and delivery systems is essential in order to achieve improvements in health care quality and reductions in costs that are needed to achieve the Triple Aim.  This conference seeks to share information and educate attendees on concepts of volume to value in all four breakout tracks - Finance, IT, Clinical and Quality. This is a conference you will not want to miss!   Register Here

(3)  Outreach & Enrollment Webinar with Enroll America  Friday, June 24, 2016  11am- noon
Check next week for webinar link or ask Aneeqa to add you to OE Team listserv
641-715-3580 / Access Code: 941-597 / Login: https://enrollamerica.adobeconnect.com/_a1138253866/sageneral

(4) Gearing Up for National Health Center Week 2016
Thursday, June 30, 2016 10:00 am      Register HERE
Starting to think about National Health Center Week, but not sure where to begin planning? Do you want the latest information on sponsorships, engaging elected officials, and social media strategy? Join your colleagues in Maryland and Delaware for NHCW 2016 updates including event ideas, planning essentials, finding funding, and incorporating advocacy into your events. Learn from your Maryland and Delaware colleagues about the most successful events they've hosted, and get the ideas and motivation you need to make NHCW 2016 the most successful so far.

(5) Mastering the Art of Minute Talking
July 12, 2016 
*For webinar link, please email Deitra Bell at deitra@machc.com


  • (1)
     Rural Recruitment Innovations Through Partnerships & Collaboration, June 14th 2-3pm- Register Here
    Building state partnerships to leverage resources and opportunities is a critical aspect of workforce development for health centers and Primary Care Associations. Join ACU's STAR² Center on this webinar to hear about the work of the Tennessee Rural Partnership and their suggestions for increasing partnership engagement

    (2) Webinar - Children's Food Insecurity in the Summer: The Role of Clinicians and Health Providers in Connecting Children to the Summer Meals Program-Wednesday, June 15, 4-5 p.m. EST-
    This webinar will discuss food insecurity and describe how to connect children to resources such as USDA's Summer Meals Program. Additionally, participants will learn how a health center can serve as a place where children access meals during the summer months and also connect to important health and social services. Register here.

    (3) 1st Annual Community Basketball Shoot-out & Youth Clinic
    9AM - 2PM Basketball Courts  & Park Area at Easterwood Recreation Center
    1530 N. Bentalou Street | Baltimore, MD 21216
    Total Health Care and Tuerk House have always represented Healing, Health, and Hope in the Baltimore Community. Now we decided to include the word FUN! Join us for our Community Basketball Shootout and *Youth Clinic!
    Baltimore's own Choo Smith, former Harlem Globetrotter; Professional Coach and Mentor Keith Williams; and NBA Superstar DeMarcus Cousins will be conducting the clinic on the main court at 12 PM so reserve your son or daughter's spot for this free session!
    We will also have basketball contests, food trucks, guest speakers, local celebrities, free health screenings and healthy snacks, activities for children,  vendor giveaways,  special performances by local dance teams, plus more!
    *The first 125 kids to sign up receive a free mini-basketball courtesy of our Signature Sponsor, Med Help! Boys and girls 4-18 years old are eligible.To reserve your child's spot, please send an email to Chris Maynard at cmaynard@totalhealthcare.org.

    (4) Webinar: NCCRT Webinar on FIT Testing
    Wednesday, June 29, 2016 12:00 pm 
    The purpose of the webinar is to review the rationale for FIT-based testing programs, and discuss strategies for successful implementation of stool-based testing programs. Register Here

    ParkWest's Janie B Geer Scholarship Fund Golf Classic Monday, August 8, 2016
    The Woodlands Golf Course
    2309 Ridge Road, Windsor Mill MD 21244 

    Emergency Preparedness Events: 
    Dr. Tom Frieden has dealt with a number of epidemics during his seven-year tenure as director of the Centers for Disease Control. But the rapidly spreading Zika virus, the terrifying birth defects it causes and Congress' inexplicable foot-dragging on funding anti-Zika efforts has him feeling downright desperate. "Imagine that you're standing by and you see someone drowning, and you have the ability to stop them from drowning, but you can't," Frieden told a packed room of reporters and potential donors at the National Press Club on Thursday. "Now multiply that by 1,000 or 100,000. That's what it feels like to know how to change the course of an epidemic and not be able to do it." 

    On The Horizon...
    • MACHC Pre-Semi Functional Exercise, Technical Assistance session on dissecting Federally Qualified Health Center Emergency Preparedness Plans to find gaps.
    • Semi-functional exercise with all FQHCs as observers

    Get to Know Your Regional Coordinators!
    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]
    Allegany County Health Department
    12501 Willowbrook Road
    Cumberland, MD  21502
    301-759-5238 (Office)
    443-934-2232 (Mobile)
    301-777-2069 (Fax)

    [Baltimore City; Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties]
    Harford County Health Department
    120 S. Hays Street, Suite 230 
    Bel Air, MD  21014 
    410-877-1031 (Office)
    443-388-6290 (Mobile)

    Region IV 
    [Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester Counties]
    Kristin McMenamin
    Kent County Health Department
    A.F. Whitsitt Center
    300 Scheeler Road, P.O. Box 229
    Chestertown, MD  21620
    410-778-4861 (Office)
    443-690-3091 (Mobile)
    410-778-4862 (Fax)

    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 

    Preparedness Resources 
    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. 

    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
    National News
    Medicaid expansion remains divisive for Georgia Republicans
    Two years ago, state Sen. Renee Unterman helped lead an effort to shut down Medicaid expansion in Georgia. But now the prominent Republican wants her colleagues to reconsider years of opposition to any form of Medicaid expansion. ... Unterman's shift is the latest crack in Republican opposition to a key component of President Barack Obama's signature health care law. Unterman and others argue that increasing Medicaid eligibility is the only way to quickly affect Georgia's health care system, which has seen a rash of rural hospitals shutting down or cutting services in recent years

    Jessica Kilpatrick was in the middle of a 10-hour shift at Burger King when she checked her phone messages. Right away she knew. It was the canned voice of the community corrections office ordering her in for a random drug test. Jessica put her headset back on and tried to stay calm. She looked into a mirror. She was hot and greasy and smelled like a Croissan'wich, but her eyes were clear and her mind was straight, unglazed by opioid painkillers. She had not missed a single day of work in 11 months. Above: Jessica Kilpatrick and Jeremy Horton have tried to get their lives in order after years of drug abuse. But with Jeremy now having to serve a prison sentence, Jessica must enter a new chapter while fighting her addiction to painkillers. "Have a blessed one," a customer shouted from the drive-through, and Jessica, who was 33, hollered back in her raspy twang, "You do the same." She had learned in recovery to focus on the positive and not let the old voices get too loud, so on the drive to the courthouse later she thought of the calendar she kept at home on her nightstand. For every day she stayed clean, she marked another X
    GOP Surprises With Push For Smaller ObamaCare Changes 
    House Republicans are considering small-bore changes to ObamaCare even as they prepare to release an outline for replacing the entire law. The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Friday held a hearing on five bills that would make relatively small changes to the health law, such as changing the documentation required to enroll in coverage or changing how insurers can use someone's age in setting premiums. The moves indicate that Republicans have not ruled out making adjustments to the existing law despite preperations to tout their long-awaited replacement plan for all of ObamaCare, coming from Speaker Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) task force later this month. 

    Hundreds lined up to give blood Sunday in Orlando to help the victims of the massacre at a gay nightclub, but major restrictions remain for gay men wanting to give blood themselves. The response overwhelmed OneBlood donation centers, where officials asked donors to make appointments and continue donating over the next several days. Over 50 people were injured and 50 were killed when a gunman opened fire early Sunday inside the downtown Orlando club Pulse. While many Facebook and Twitter posts from individuals and at least one gay advocacy group in Florida said no one would be turned away and all blood would be screened, OneBlood denied any change in policy.

    Health Center Program Governing Board Workbook 
    English and Spanish Versions-NACHC has produced an interactive workbook with exercises relating to health center governance, and it's now available in Spanish and English.  Learn about the board's role in guiding the future, overseeing finances, managing health center risk, ensuring quality and safety, ensuring CEO performance and continuity, and other essential governance responsibilities. Download in Spanish.Download in English.

    HHS and theHRSA recently issued guidance regarding the use of federal funds to implement or expand SSP. Health Center Program award recipients must receive written approval from HRSA prior to using section 330 funding to support SSP. EmailBPHCssp@hrsa.gov to obtain additional information. To learn more about syringe services programs visit AIDS.gov or CDC.
    The transparency of the lists should help health providers choose technologies that meet the needs of their practices with better information about the costs, limitations, and trade-offs of health IT products. Certified health IT developers now must publish disclosure statements online and in other marketing materials with detailed, plain language information about their products, specifically including any limitations or further costs that may be incurred
    Medicare Patients with Alzheimers Disease, Depression, Asthma and More
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid joined the open data movement by opening up their trove of data. PolicyMap now features some key indicators related to chronic conditions.
    More than 34 million people in the United States are covered by the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) program, about 10% of the total population. Under this program, older Americans (over the age of 65) and other eligible individuals have access to services and supplies that are medically necessary to treat a disease or condition. As portions of the Affordable Care Act are taken to court and as health care takes center stage on the platforms of the presidential candidates, the national spotlight continues to shine on the topic of health insurance. It is  crucial that our Medicare data stays current amidst these conversations.

    Drug Overdose Death Data now on PolicyMap
    As a part of the national dialog around opioid addiction and overdoses, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released drug overdose death statistics that are now available on PolicyMap.

    FDA approves first buprenorphine implant for treatment of opioid dependence
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Probuphine, the first buprenorphine implant for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence. Probuphine is designed to provide a constant, low-level dose of buprenorphine for six months in patients who are already stable on low-to-moderate doses of other forms of buprenorphine, as part of a complete treatment program.
    Until today, buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid dependence was only approved as a pill or a film placed under the tongue or on the inside of a person's cheek until it dissolved. While effective, a pill or film may be lost, forgotten or stolen. However, as an implant, Probuphine provides a new treatment option for people in recovery who may value the unique benefits of a six-month implant compared to other forms of buprenorphine, such as the possibility of improved patient convenience from not needing to take medication on a daily basis. An independent FDA advisory committee supported the approval of Probuphine in a meeting held earlier this year.
    State News

    The Delaware Division of Public Health recently announced a fourth Zika case involving a Delaware resident.
    Like the three other cases, the person acquired the illness from a mosquito bite while traveling abroad. The first three cases announced in February and March were New Castle County residents. The fourth case involved a Kent County resident. None of the Delaware residents are considered infectious if they are bitten by a mosquito that then bites another person. The virus leaves the blood after about a week, and all current Delaware cases are two weeks to several months old. There have been no confirmed cases of transmission by a local mosquito bite anywhere in the U.S. Pregnancy is not a factor in any of the four Delaware cases.

    The Rev. John Riley takes his health seriously.
    Diagnosed with cancer in 2014, the military veteran and pastor with Smyrna First Presbyterian Church is vigilant about check-ups and his overall well-being, but hasn't seen a primary care doctor in the last year.
    That hasn't been by choice; his doctor's office has had issues hiring another physician after his left. Though he enjoys working with the nurse practitioner, he said, he would like to see a doctor.
    "It's more than just an interview problem," Riley said.
    Riley's issues are not unique.
    Delaware is plagued with numerous health care issues. There are shortages of psychiatrists and dentists, and the general health of the state's population is less than stellar, ranking 32nd in the nation, according to the United Health Foundation. But one of the most urgent problems, experts say, is the cost to the state for providing care.
    She is another harried mother, on her way to pick up her child at school on a recent afternoon but with one more errand to run - to a van parked on a Southwest Baltimore street where city health workers give out clean needles to heroin users.
    The woman trades 125 used syringes for new ones, and asks for more of a drug that she's been given to revive fellow heroin addicts if they overdose. She says that her last Narcan kit was stolen.
    "Look at it this way," says Derrick Hunt, the needle exchange director. "Maybe they'll use it."Workers inside a Baltimore City needle exchange van, parked on The Block near Gay Street on Thursday night, were also dispensing naloxone to help prevent heroin overdoses. 
    That addicts would be armed with new needles and Narcan to make their heroin use as safe as possible is just one sign of a shifting public health strategy to fight a deadly crisis.

    Across the country the obesity epidemic is on the rise. In the city of Baltimore, one out of three kids is obese or overweight.
    "Here in Baltimore city it is our duty to make sure that parents have the most accurate information to make the best choices for their kids," said city heath commissioner Dr. Leana Wen.
    Finance & Business
    Millions of people who pay the full cost of their health insurance will face the sting of rising premiums next year, with no financial help from government subsidies. Renewal notices bearing the bad news will go out this fall, just as the presidential election is in the homestretch. "I don't know if I could swallow another 30 or 40 percent without severely cutting into other things I'm trying to do, like retirement savings or reducing debt," said Bob Byrnes, of Blaine, Minnesota, a Twin Cities suburb. His monthly premium of $524 is already about 50 percent more than he was paying in 2015, and he has a higher deductible.

    Six years after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, the health reform law has gained acceptance from a majority of California voters, but the cost of getting healthcare remains a major concern, eclipsing worries about having insurance, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. The widespread worry about costs indicates a potential shift in the debate over healthcare, at least in this heavily Democratic state
    Latest News on ACA


    Veterans Choice Program FREE Toolkit for Outreach Partners
    The fact sheets, social media content, frequently asked questions and other materials in this toolkit are designed to make it easy to share information and spread awareness about the Veterans Choice Program. It includes sample communications and templates you can customize for specific events.

    Marketplace Webinar Invitation - Wednesday, June 15 from 2:00 PM ET to 3:00 PM ET
    Please join us for a special Wednesday webinar next week. This week, CMS announced that consumers who qualify for one of five types of special enrollment periods (SEPs) will be instructed to submit documentation to confirm their eligibility. Beginning next week, Eligibility Determination Notices (EDNs) for consumers who qualify for one of these five SEPs will include information on which SEP they qualified for and a list of examples of documents they should provide to prove that they qualify for the SEP. During this webinar, we'll share more information and details on this process.
    Special Enrollment Period (SEP) Verification
    Who Should Attend:
    Navigators, enrollment assistance personnel, and certified application counselors (CACs)
    Wednesday, June 15 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET
    To facilitate a quicker registration process on the day of the event, please register for the session by visiting the following link: https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1105943  

    Resource: New rules for enrolling in Medicaid managed care 
    Check out the first analysis in our series explaining major changes to how Medicaid managed care works. This analysis explains the elements of the new Medicaid managed care rule that affect enrollment, including new requirements for states to create "beneficiary support systems" to help individuals with the enrollment process.  

    A new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) memo affirms that insurers selling plans with mandated benefits under the Affordable Care Act cannot require people to wait a certain amount of time before they can use those benefit

    Starting July 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has implemented an interim final rule requiring consumers to prove they had qualifying health coverage for one or more days in the 60 days before their move, unless they are moving from a foreign country or United States territory. Also, moving only for medical treatment or staying somewhere for vacation doesn't qualify them for a Special Enrollment Period.  This interim final rule will not take effect until July 11, 2016, and CMS is accepting comments on the rule through July 5. 

    Marketplace Announces 2017-2019 Open Enrollment Dates
    • 2017 Benefit Year (OE4): November 1st, 2016-January 31st, 2017 (coming up!)
    • 2018 Benefit Year (OE5): November 1st, 2017-January 31st, 2018
    • 2019 Benefit Year (OE6): November 1st, 2018-December 31st, 2018
    NEW: Ending Special Enrollment Period (SEP) Retroactive Coverage
    On April 1st,  the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance announcing that after March 31, 2016 the Marketplace will no longer be accepting new requests for Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for retroactive coverage back to 2015. All retro SEP requests received after this date will receive a max retro date of January 1, 2016.
    MACHC Conference Call Updates
    Maryland Health Benefit Exchange News:

    At the May 17 meeting covering Chapter 14 (Terminations, Cancellations and Rescissions), MHBE stated that it would provide an update to stakeholders about any edits the Exchange would make regarding two items:
    1. the obligation of carriers to process enrollee requests for termination without the enrollee first notifying the Exchange; and 
    2. how a household's contract and accumulators would be affected if the primary enrollee in a household is terminated from the plan.
    MHBE intends to incorporate the amendments to and additional about these two items as specified below.
    MHBE will continue to accept written comments on Chapters 7 and 14 through Wednesday, May 25. We've extended the date to allow stakeholders additional time to respond to the updated information in this email.
    We thank you for your continued time and partnership.
    • MHBE will amend Chapter 14 to require that carriers must only accept and process whole-household termination requests directly from the enrollee without requiring that the enrollee first notify the Exchange. 
    • At this time, carriers will not be required to accept and process partial household termination requests directly from the enrollee, and the enrollee will be required to notify the Exchange of this request.
    • CMS removed the original explicit requirement that both the Exchange and carriers process any enrollee-requested terminations under 45 CFR 155.430(b)(1)(i) and instead added language at 45 CFR 155.430(e) to allow the Exchange to specify a termination process for itself and carriers that corresponded with the technical and operational capacity and preference of each Exchange. As such, based on feedback from stakeholders, MHBE will amend its original proposed rule and only require carrier processing of whole household termination requests. Partial household termination requests will be processed only by the Exchange given then current technical capabilities of the Exchange and its partner carriers.

    The contract:
    • MHBE will amend Chapter 14 to add the following options that carriers may use to ensure that the household's coverage continues seamlessly when the primary enrollee is terminated from coverage for any reason:
      • MHBE proposes that for 2017, a carrier either: 1) continue the contract with the original policyholder but the individual moves to the position of responsible adult in lieu of an enrollee; 2) allow the original policyholder to assign the contract to another enrollee from the original enrollment household who is maintaining their enrollment; or 3) if the carrier cannot currently accomplish items 1 or 2, the carrier must manually apply the household accumulators from the original contract to the new contract with the household members who have maintained coverage when the previous primary enrollee terminated coverage. 
      • MHBE proposes for 2018 and beyond that the carrier use approach 1 or 2, except for certain exceptions listed below where option 3 will remain permissible in 2018 and beyond.
    The accumulators:
    • MHBE will also amend Chapter 14 to address how accumulators should be handled in situations where the primary enrollee is terminated from coverage:
      • MHBE proposes that for all situations, the issuer must apply all amounts contributed to the deductible and out-of-pocket costs under the contract -- regardless of who in the household incurred and accrued the amounts (including from the initial primary subscriber) -- to either the remaining enrollees in the contract (if the contract continues under option 1 or 2 above) or the new contract for the remaining enrolled members (if the contract is new under options 3 above).
    • This language mirrors the final 2017 issuer letter.
    • It is MHBE's understanding that carriers currently continue accumulators within the contract when anyone but the primary terminates, because MHBE has provided approaches whereby the contract may continue uninterrupted despite the primary enrollee's termination, MHBE believes that carriers can apply their current logic to primary enrollee terminations. 
    • MHBE, however, recognizes two exceptions where option 3 above must be permitted in 2018 and beyond to allow carriers to meet the accumulator requirements. These situations are:
      • Where the household is enrolled in a family plan but termination of the primary enrollee -- even if the primary is moved to the responsible adult position -- results in a change in the plan structure such that, under the carriers contract requirements, the remaining enrollees are moved to a child-only plan.
        • MHBE will work with carriers in these situations to build an indicator within the 834 to alert carriers that the accumulators from the original contract should be applied to the new contract.
        • This situation will also be identifiable because the previously enrolled adult is moving to the responsible adult position.
      • Where the terminated member is leaving the tax household completely (ie divorce).
        • If the two new households (i.e., divorced adults with any children that are now under his/her new tax household) elect to enroll in a new plan through an SEP, they would not qualify for the continuing contract accumulators rule.
        • If one of the new households remains under the current contract but the other household enrolls through a new account/plan, the former household would qualify for the continuing accumulators rule but the latter household would not qualify for the continuing accumulators under the new contract. MHBE believes that how households choose to construct themselves is addressed by a court order, not MHBE.
          • If the individual who leaves the original household/contract) and moves to a separate household was the primary enrollee, MHBE will work with carriers to build an 834 indicator for the remaining enrollees in the original contract to indicate that there will be a new primary enrollee. In this situation, MHBE suggests that carriers allow the original primary enrollee/policyholder (one of the original spouses) to assign the contract to the new primary enrollee (the other original spouse)

    Marketplace Announces 2017-2019 Open Enrollment Dates
    • 2017 Benefit Year (OE4): November 1st, 2016-January 31st, 2017
    • 2018 Benefit Year (OE5): November 1st, 2017-January 31st, 2018
    • 2019 Benefit Year (OE6): November 1st, 2018-December 31st, 201

    Join MACHC's next Outreach & Enrollment Call ON FRIDAY, 
    June 10, 2016.
    We took a poll at the past conference call but would like to continue to ask you to submit the following: What would you like to included as part of Maryland & Delaware's Outreach & Enrollment assistance from MACHC? Please send Aneeqa Chowdhury an email at aneeqa@machc.com.

    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

    HRSA Funding Opportunity to Support Leadership Training for People Living with HIV
    The needs of people living with HIV have continued to evolve over time, and it is essential that the diverse perspectives and experiences of people living with HIV continue to be an integral part of program planning and implementation at all levels. To ensure that people living with HIV are engaged and their voices continue to be heard, HHS has directed $2.5 million from the Secretary's Minority AIDS Initiative Fund to support a new initiative to provide leadership training for people of color living with HIV.
    HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau is leading this effort and recently published a Funding Opportunity Announcement, Leadership Training for People of Color Living with HIV.

    Ongoing Accepted Applications

    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

    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.
    CONTACT: rhc-assist@usac.org

    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
    CONTACT: rhc-admin@universalservice.org

    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
    Email: akleine@hjweinberg.org

    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: grants@cmwf.org
    Phone: 212.606.3800

    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
    PCMH Corner 
    Free PCMH Technical Assistance is Available through NCQA's Government Recognition Initiative Program (GRIP) Register here
    The National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) Live Open Forum will address questions related to PCMH 2014 standards, the application, and survey process. NCQA staff will respond to your questions. You may attend the Open Forum as many times as you need.
    Clinical Quality 
    Training Programs and HHS Region III brings you the following webinars:
    August 3, 2016: Opioid Prescribing: Safe Practice, Changing Lives* (Choose to attend this event  in-person in Philadelphia, PA, or participate by webinar!)

    NACHC Webinars to Improve Compliance, Finance, Operations
    The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is offering several webinars to support health centers in making the best of the present, remain in compliance and prepare for the future.  There is no fee for any of the webinars, but registration is required.  
    For a FULL List of Webinars, CLICK HERE 
    Ask the Experts Webinar Series: State Policy & Behavioral Health 
    • Behavioral Health Integration--Tuesday, June 14, 2PM ET
    • Substance Use Disorder--Tuesday, June 21, 2PM ET
    • Behavioral Health Workforce--Tuesday, June 28, 2PM ET
    • Behavioral health experts will speak to state health policy challenges and opportunities related to behavioral health integration in health centers
    2016 Maryland Patient Navigation Network Annual Meeting & TrainingMaryland Patient Navigation NetworkTuesday, June 14, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)                 Towson, MD
    Register Here
    Benefits Include:
    • Hearing from national and local speakers that are experts in topics pertaining to patient navigation and cancer care 
    • Learning about resources available to cancer patients and their families
    • Networking with other navigators across the state
    • Certificates of attendance will be distributed
    Health Observances This Week

    June is Cataract Awareness Month
    Prevent Blindness America has declared June as Cataract Awareness Month. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the United States, and it is the leading cause of blindness in the world. There are 24 million Americans over the age of 40 who are affected by cataracts, so it seems fitting that an entire month should be dedicated to education and awareness.
    In anticipation of Cataract Awareness Month, here are some common questions and answers about cataracts:
    What is the treatment for cataracts?
    Even though cataracts are so prevalent, they are very simple to treat. Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye, which prevents passage of light into the eye. The solution to cataracts is cataract surgery, which requires a surgeon to remove the deteriorated lens and replace it with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens or IOL. Over 3 million Americans undergo cataract surgery annually, making it one of the most common surgeries in the United States. In fact, the entire surgery lasts only about 20 minutes, and most people can resume normal activities the fairly rapidly.
    Is cataract removal safe?
    Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective surgeries with a success rate of 95 percent. Your surgeon will remove your clouded lens and replace it with an intraocular lens (IOL). Only a miniscule incision in the cornea is necessary to do this procedure, and it can be completed in about 15 minutes in an outpatient surgery center
    Do cataracts only affect seniors?
    Cataracts can affect anyone! Although most people do not show symptoms of cataracts until at least the age of 40, cataracts can also affect young adults or even children. Heredity, disease, eye injury and smoking could cause cataracts to develop at an earlier age.
    Can I prevent cataracts?
    There is no proven way to prevent age-related cataracts. However, choosing a healthy lifestyle can slow the progression of cataracts. Some ways to delay the progression of cataracts include avoiding smoking, reducing exposure to UV rays, eating healthy foods, and wearing proper eye protection to avoid eye injury.
    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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