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July 5, 2016
MACHC SPOTLIGHT

Goodbye and Best Wishes
Aneeqa Chowdhury of our MACHC team will be moving on after three wonderful years at MACHC. We are grateful for the wonderful work that Aneeqa has performed over the last 3 years while serving as an invaluable member of the  MACHC Team.  We will miss her profusely! 
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. 
MACHC HAPPENINGS
  
MACHC EVENTS

(1) Mastering the Art of Minute Talking
July 12, 2016 
12pm-1pm
*For webinar link, please email Deitra Bell at deitra@machc.com


(2)  TO BE RESCHEDULED: 
Outreach & Enrollment Webinar with Enroll America  
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
  • OTHER EVENTS


  • (2) SAVE THE DATE 
    ParkWest's Janie B Geer Scholarship Fund Golf Classic Monday, August 8, 2016
    The Woodlands Golf Course
    2309 Ridge Road, Windsor Mill MD 21244 
     
    Starting With Success: Building and Enhancing Your Health Center, is a 2.5-day, intensive training that will provide an in-depth look into the health center program requirements in addition to an overview of promising practices for health centers on a range of domains. This training will feature national experts from the Bureau of Primary Health Care, consulting firms, health center leaders, and staff from the National Association of Community Health Centers. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with other CHC leaders and our expert panel.
    In this training, participants will develop a deeper understanding of health center program requirements.
     
    (3) Board Chair/CEO Partnership: Creating a Culture of Collaborative Leadership  Saturday, August 27, 2016 | Chicago, Illinois More here

    An Introduction to the Toolkit is a one-day training offered by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) to acquaint health center staff and board members with both the content and utilization of NACHC and Capital Link, Inc.'s new Strategic Planning Toolkit. The training's program was designed to provide a comprehensive examination of the factors that drive an ever-increasing need to plan and manage strategically as well as an instruction on how to use the forty-plus tools contained in the toolkit.

    Detailed info here: 2016 COM≠MU≠NITY HEALTH INSTI≠TUTE & EXPO More info here
    August 28-30, 2016
    Hyatt Regency Chicago
    151 East Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL

    Health cen≠ters, PCAs and HCCNs will have the oppor≠tu≠nity to hear about issues such as:
    * Fed≠eral fund≠ing oppor≠tu≠ni≠ties * Out≠reach and enroll≠ment
    * Patient nav≠i≠ga≠tors
    * Nego≠ti≠at≠ing con≠tracts with man≠aged care plans and ven≠dors
    * FQHC reimbursement/payment reform activ≠i≠ties under Med≠ic≠aid, Medicare and the Mar≠ket≠place
    * Work≠force (vet≠er≠ans, suc≠ces≠sion plan≠ning)
    * Clin≠i≠cal work≠force recruit≠ment and reten≠tion
    * Clin≠i≠cal care team inte≠gra≠tion
    * PCMH recog≠ni≠tion and accred≠i≠ta≠tion
    * Tele-behav≠ioral Health
    * Qual≠ity, com≠pli≠ance and sus≠tain≠abil≠ity

    Emergency Preparedness Events: 

     
    Zika Virus: What You Need to Know
    Visit the new HHS page for up-to-date information on the Zika virus.
    Fact: Sun, Surf, Zika: Protecting Yourself and Your Family This Summer
    There is no vaccine to prevent this disease and no medicine to treat it. Protect yourself and your family by knowing the facts.

    As doctors treated the horrific injuries of victims shot in the Pulse nightclub massacre here, a mistaken report of a gunman nearby forced officials to briefly lock down the emergency room; the medical staff shoved heavy X-ray machines against the doors, creating a makeshift barricade in a treatment bay. Emergency room physicians ran low on tubes needed to reinflate the lungs of patients shot in the chest. The doctors scrambled to make sense of gunshot wounds because paramedics had rushed victims in with no time to assess their conditions. The hospital's emergency preparedness manager, asleep at home, received an urgent email but did not respond until awakened by text. 

    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]
    *VACANT*
    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 

    [Baltimore City; Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties]
     
    Kathleen Long
    Office phone: 410-877-1003
    Work cell: 443-388-6290
    Office address: 120 S. Hays Street
    Bel Air, MD  21014


    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]
    Corinne Edds
    Office of Preparedness & Response
    Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    300 W. Preston Street, Ste. 202
    Baltimore, MD  21201 
    casey.owens@maryland.gov


    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. 
     
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    How Prepared Is Your Community for an Emergency? 

    Download the kit checklist: 

    Family communication and evacuation plan: 


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    *** Look for the latest EP related updates RIGHT HERE!
    Policy, Advocacy and Legislation
    National News
    FY 2017 Service Area Competition (SAC) Funding Opportunity Announcement for February 1, 2017 Project Period Start Dates
    On Tuesday, June 28th, BPHC is releasing the FY 2017 SAC funding opportunity announcement (HRSA-17-051) for service areas with a February 1, 2017 project period start date (current project period end date of January 31, 2017). Current award recipients should refer to box six (6) of the most recent Notice of Award (NoA) to obtain their project period end date.
    Applications are due to Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, August 29, 2016, and in HRSA's Electronic Handbooks (EHB) by 5 p.m. EST on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Technical assistance materials are available on the SAC Technical Assistance website.

    National Health Center Week: Focused Theme Days 
    For National Health Center Week 2016, NACHC has added focused themed days, that will allow for more opportunities to showcase the innovative services and programs at Health Centers. NACHC encourages you to consider coordinating your celebrations around the corresponding dates and focused themes listed below to showcase the innovative programs and services your health center provides in the community. To be clear, your events do not have to coincide exactly with the focus of respective days - much like the NHCW theme, focus days are available to enhance your events and help provide structure at your discretion.   By coordinating as many local efforts as possible focused on each area on the same day, helps maximize the impact of our message nationally.
    • Sunday 8/7: Health Center Workforce
    • Monday 8/8: Health Screenings **Is your Health Center partnering with the American Cancer Society on Health Screening Programming in the community? Use NACHC's template op-ed to publicize your great work and positive health outcomes in the community.
    • Tuesday 8/9: Public Housing Health Center Day
    • Wednesday 8/10: Healthcare for the Homeless Day
    • Thursday 8/11: Farmworker Health Day
    • Friday 8/12: Protecting Public Health
    Another reminder:  Mark your calendars for the NHCW Picture & Video Contest(s) Webinar on July 20 at 3PM ET. To register, click here.  This webinar will give you an in-depth look at this year's NHCW Picture & Video Contests. Find out about the awesome prizes, timeline for submissions and voting, and get tips on how to take winning photos and videos at your NHCW events and throughout the month of August. 

    Most of the people eligible for Medicaid expansion work jobs that don't offer sick days. For those working in the hospitality industry missing work due to illness means a loss of income. Most newly eligible Medicaid recipients earn between $16,395 and $33,534 (the household income level can be as high as $44,961 for a family of six). James Comeaux, a vice president at Access Health Louisiana, said that means that nearly everyone in that category loses money when they miss work.

    A report released by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services shows rural communities have seen access to health care rise since the beginning of the first open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act.  While there has been a slight increase in premiums for rural consumers, fewer consumers are reporting unaffordability as a reason for not enrolling.

    These funds will be used to expand preventive and primary care services, outreach, and patient education and screening. The three health centers and their 12 delivery sites in American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands served nearly 26,000 patients in 2014, including more than 6,000 women age 15 to 45.

    The purpose of this report is to describe trends in the number of unintentional drugand alcohol-related intoxication deaths occurring in Maryland during the period 2007-2015. Trends are examined by age at time of death, race/ethnicity, gender, place of death and substances related to death. This report was prepared using drug and alcohol intoxication data housed in a registry developed and maintained by the Vital Statistics Administration (VSA) of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). The methodology for reporting on drug-related intoxication deaths in Maryland was developed by VSA with assistance from the DHMH Behavioral Health Administration, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) and the Maryland Poison Control Center. Assistance was also provided by authors of a Baltimore City Health Department report on intoxication deaths.

    340B Registration Open July 1-15, 2016
    Health centers that are new to the 340B Drug Discount Program or need to add a new site or location, must register to participate in the program during the 340B Registration Period.  The registration period opens today, July 1, and ends July 15. As a reminder, HRSA's Office of Pharmacy Affairs accepts new registrations for the 340B Drug Discount Program only 4 times a year.  If a health center does not make this deadline, the next registration period is October 1-15, 2016.  Check out 
    the HRSA website for additional information.  
    State News
    DELAWARE
    Faced with loud outcry from the medical community, Delaware lawmakers Tuesday restored funds to three programs that provide a supply of doctors and dentists to the state.
    Sunday News Journal story detailed how the cuts, which amounted to about $2.9 million, would have left current Delaware medical students without crucial tuition assistance. The cuts also would have put prospective students here at a disadvantage when applying to out-of-state medical schools that typically give preference to in-state candidates.
    About 170 students enrolled in medical, dental and veterinary programs would have been impacted by the cuts.
    MARYLAND
    State workers and their union called on the Hogan administration Thursday to hire more staff and improve training at mental health care facilities, pointing to injuries employees have suffered as a result of assaults by patients. 

    Maryland's health cooperative filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the federal government from requiring it to pay more than $22 million in fees for a program designed to cover insurance company shortfalls.
    The lawsuit by Evergreen Health Cooperative Inc. is the latest twist in the saga of health insurance co-ops set up under the Affordable Care Act to compete against larger, established insurers.
    Finance & Business
     A breakup of Anthem Inc.'s $48 billion bid for Cigna Corp., under scrutiny by U.S. antitrust regulators, could spark new deals for smaller health plans in a continued wave of industry consolidation. Smaller insurers could become targets for Cigna, including WellCare Health Plans Inc., Centene Corp. and Molina Healthcare Inc. Anthem, meanwhile, may chase after assets that might be sold by industry rivals Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. as they seek approval for their $35 billion tie-up.

    U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals got $6.49 billion in research and speaking fees, food and other goods or services from drug, biotechnology and medical-device companies in 2015, according to an annual report by the government. The data released Thursday represent the second full year of disclosures from the industry, describing financial links with clinicians who prescribe and use their products. The amount paid by manufacturers is on par with 2014, when they made $6.43 billion in payments.
    The
    Latest News on ACA

    OUR WORK CONTINUES

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Monday proposed changes to the Medicare home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) for calendar year (CY) 2017 that would foster greater efficiency, flexibility, payment accuracy and improved quality. Approximately 3.4 million beneficiaries received home health services from approximately 11,400 home health agencies, costing Medicare approximately $17.8 billion in 2015.


    Check Whether Your Information Correct on Healthcare.gov
    Find Local Help on Health Insurance Marketplace's Healthcare.gov website is a tool used by consumers to find in-person assistance for health care coverage and help.  If you have a listing on Find Local Help, the days and hours of operation should be completed so consumers may determine the best times to contact or visit your health center for enrollment assistance. 

    Special 2017 Assister Certification Training Webinar Invitation - Wednesday, July 6, 2016 from 2:00 PM ET to 3:00 PM ET
    Please join us next week for a special Wednesday webinar that will prepare you for the launch of the 2017 Assister Certification Training on the Marketplace Learning Management System (MLMS). Participants will learn about the certification and recertification process, what's new in the MLMS, and system requirements for accessing the training. We will also provide important reminders and tips for navigating the MLMS and completing the training.  
     
    What:
    At the end of this webinar assisters should be able to:
    •  Understand the training, certification, and recertification process
    •  Prepare your computer system
    •  Identify the steps to create a new Enterprise Portal account
    •  Login to CMS and request access to MLMS
    •  Enroll into the appropriate Assister curriculum
    •  Complete training
    •  Print a training completion certificate
    •  Re-launch Course
    •  Select Spanish curriculum
    •  Complete Feedback        
    •  Locate additional resources
     
     
    Who Should Attend:
    Navigators, enrollment assistance personnel, and certified application counselors (CACs)
     
    When:
    Wednesday, July 6 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET
     
    RSVP:
    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=1105950
     
    Space is limited - we strongly encourage individuals from the same organization to gather in a common room and participate as a group using a single computer.
     
    The audio portion of the webinar will ONLY be delivered via your computer. Please check your computer settings in advance to ensure that your speaker volume is adjusted appropriately. If you cannot hear audio through your computer speakers, please check your audio settings again on your computer.
     
    Please try to log in 5 minutes in advance so that audio links can be made.

    O/E QPR Reminder
    The Outreach and Enrollment (O/E) Quarterly Progress Report (QPR), covering the period of April 1 through June 30, 2016, will be available on July 1 and is due on Thursday, July 14. Health centers should report only on activities for this specific reporting period. View Frequently asked questions and other resources. Questions should be directed to bphc-oe@hrsa.gov 

    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
    MACHC's Outreach & Enrollment Call and the Best Practices Webinar is coming up...
    Check here for webinar link or ask Shannon Boyer (shannon@machc.com) to add you to OE Team listserv
    641-715-3580 / Access Code: 941-597 / Login: https://enrollamerica.adobeconnect.com/_a1138253866/sageneral

    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
    ashley.l.williams@wellsfargo.com   
     

    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
    www.rd.usda.gov/md
    PCMH Corner 
    BPHC is pleased to announce the availability of funds to acknowledge health centers that have been recognized as Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) by July 1.The award amount of the PCMH recognition award in FY 2016 will be determined based upon the availability of federal funding. The table of health centers with valid PCMH recognition status and the number of sites with PCMH recognition is posted on the
    If you have questions pertaining to your health center PCMH recognition information, please email the HRSA BPHC Quality Division Inbox¬ with subject heading "2016 Health Center PCMH Quality Awards." Please be sure to include documentation of PCMH recognition (for each site, if applicable) on or before July 1.

    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 
    Declining Rates of the Uninsured
    The rate of uninsured American adults declined significantly between 2013 and 2014. The percentage of adults ages 18 to 64 who were uninsured for the entire calendar year fell from 18.8 percent (35.6 million) in 2013 to 14.4 percent (27.4 million) in 2014. 

    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!)
    Health Observances This Week
     


    Bone marrow transplants can treat and even cure some types of genetic disorders and blood diseases. Key to this potentially life-saving procedure is finding a matching donor. Not all patients, however, are able to find a match among their relatives. In those cases, searching for an unrelated, matched donor can be a long, stressful, and possibly unsuccessful process-especially for ethnic and racial minorities.
    Blood from human umbilical cords acquired soon after a baby is born contains a small number of the adult stem cells that mature into healthy blood cells. Umbilical cord blood donation poses little risk to donors, and the life-saving blood can be stored frozen for years (albeit for a fee if it is stored through a private company).
    For more than 15 years, the NHLBI has supported research into the safety and effectiveness of transplanting cord blood that has been donated by people unrelated to the patients who need it. Studies are ongoing in sickle cell disease, severe aplastic anemia, and myelodysplastic syndromes, as is research to improve the yield of blood-forming stem cells from cord blood.
    July is National Cord Blood Awareness Month. We encourage you to learn more about cord blood research and the importance ofparticipating in clinical trials to advance scientific knowledge and improve the treatment of disease. A different way to help someone in need is to register as a bone marrow donor.
    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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