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Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program Application Deadline Extended to September 28
The application deadline for Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program funding has been extended to. September 28 at 4:00 p.m. ET. The NYS Dept. of Health has also released an Addendum that explains a technical issue encountered in completing the Capital Budget in Grants Gateway; click here to view it. Through this program, a minimum of $30 million in funding is allocated for community-based providers, including FQHCs, mental health and alcohol and substance abuse treatment clinics, and home care providers. This is the first time that the State has earmarked capital funding in the budget specifically for community-based providers, and CHCANYS encourages all interested parties to apply.

Value Based Payment Bootcamp: Registration Open for Region 5
Registration for the Value Based Payment (VBP) Bootcamp Series in Region 5 (Queens and Long Island) is now open. Registration is required to attend these sessions in person and may be accessed here.    

2016 National Health Center Week Picture and Video Contest Winners
The results of NACHC’s 2016 National Health Center Week Picture and Video Contest are in! Congratulations to Long Island FQHC, NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers, Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, Morris Heights Health Center on their “runners up” entries, which may be viewed here.  See prize details here.

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Montefiore Health System Receives HRSA Grant to Train Family Medicine Residents
Montefiore Health System's Department of Family and Social Medicine has received a $2 million training grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) that will be used to develop an Advanced Primary Care co-training program for family medicine residents and post-graduate primary care psychology fellows. The program is intended to address living conditions that negatively affect health, with a focus on respiratory illnesses and a five year goal of reducing emergency room visits by 20 percent and hospitalizations by 15 percent for patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. To read more, click here.   

STAR² Center Offers Recruitment & Retention Tool
Offered by the STAR² Center (Solutions, Training, and Assistance for Recruitment and Retention) of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) , which provides free resources, training, and technical assistance (TA) related to recruitment and retention in community health centers, the  new Provider Retention and Recruitment (R&R) Plan  is a working, living document that can be easily modified by your workforce team to create robust R&R programs that can adjust to changing conditions at your health center and in the health care environment. The STAR² Center will offer a three-part webinar series beginning in October to walk health centers through the tool and explore its framework.  For more information and to register, click here

STAR² Center Virtual Office Hour
Date: September 28, 2016
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
The ACU STAR² Center  will host a virtual “office hour” to address questions and allow for allow casual discussion about the ACU Self-Assessment Tool.  Questions and/ or topics for discussion must be submitted in advance. For more information and to register, click here

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CMS Releases Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
On September 8, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the release of the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers. This important new rule establishes national emergency preparedness requirements for 17 provider and supplier types (FQHCs are one of them) to ensure adequate planning for natural and human-caused disasters and coordination with federal, state, tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems. 

Updated Emergency Management Plan Template Available
CHCANYS has revised and updated its Health Center Emergency Management plan template. For a preview, click here.  If you would like to request a copy, please contact us at  

Fall Weather is Here: Here’s what you Autumn Know!
As the days get shorter and temperatures fall, a new round of potential weather hazards is on the rise, including hurricanes, wildfires, intense winds, flooding, droughts, early season snow, and more. Learn about the dangers that these hazards pose and specific actions you can take to stay safe with the following preparedness tips from the National Weather Service.   

Mystery Patient Drill Slots Available: Act Now!
The Primary Care Emergency Preparedness Network (PCEPN) coalition has announced its new Mystery Patient Drill Exercise cycle. This exercise tests the ability of participating FQHCs to follow their infection control plans when faced with a potentially infectious patient. PCEPN will provide training/technical assistance and work closely with a team of on-site staff members to conduct a Mystery Patient Drill at each participating FQHC. Limited slots are still available – for more information and to sign up, click here

3rd Annual PCEPN Emergency Preparedness Seminar 
: March 23, 2017 

Location: Baruch College, Manhattan

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CHCANYS/Latman Family Day at the Races: Last Day to Order Tickets
The CHCANYS/Latman Family Day at the Races is fast approaching and tickets are almost sold out. The event will take place on Saturday, September 24 at the beautiful Belmont Park Racetrack.  Scott Fein of BioReference Laboratories and Lynn Sherman of Charles B. Wang Community Health Center are this year’s honorees. This fun-filled family event will feature a BBQ lunch, activities and entertainment for children of all ages, raffles, a silent auction, and more! Proceeds will benefit CHCANYS and its mission to ensure high quality health care to anyone in need, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. To purchase tickets, journal ads, and sponsorships, click here.

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HRSA Draft Compliance Manual Open for Public Comment 
HRSA has posted a draft of its long-awaited Health Center Program  (HCP) Compliance Manual online for public review and comment. Your feedback is very important; CHCANYS encourages all health centers to submit comments by the November 22 deadline. Once finalized, the manual will supersede previous HCP policy issuances (such as PINs and PALs) related to compliance and eligibility.    

PrEP, Primary Care, and Community Health Centers Summit
September 28, 2016
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Jacob K. Javits Federal Building, 26 Federal Plaza, 6th Floor Conference Center, Room J, NYC 

This summit, hosted by HRSA’s Office of Regional Operations Region II, will be a roundtable discussion on the use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV infection in New York City. Due to space limitations, the event is open to NYC-based health centers only. Please RSVP no later than September 16, 2016 to Ms. Octavia Wisseh or (212) 264-3999. Registered attendees will receive a final agenda and instructions for entering the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building closer to the summit date. For more information, please click here.  

August 2016 Medicaid Update 
The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the NYS Dept. of Health has released the August 2016 Medicaid Update; click here to view it.  

NACHC’s 340B Program Manual 
The 340B Drug Discount Program allows FQHCs to provide low cost prescription drugs to their patients, as well as increase access to patient care. However, there are a number of requirements that health centers must meet in order to participate in the program. The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) has created a manual to provide FQHCs with a centralized resource containing 340B Program policies and information needed to ensure compliance with the federal requirements. Issues covered in the manual include: 340B basics; registration and recertification; Medicaid and 340B; policies and procedures; audit and compliance requirements; and the latest policies from HRSA. This manual represents input from various sources, including legal and financial experts, and also includes some “best practices” from health center peers as appropriate. Cost for NACHC members is $249.00; for non-members, the manual costs $349.00. For more information and answers to any questions, contact Luke Ertle

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Webinar: Emergency Contraception 101 
Date: September 21, 2016 

Time: 9:00 a.m.  Emergency Contraception (EC) can stop a pregnancy before it starts. There are four types of EC available, and they all work up to 5 days (or 120 hours) after unprotected sex.  However, not every EC option will work for every patient. This 20-minute webinar will highlight the various EC options and will discuss how to use EC to “Quickstart” patients on ongoing contraceptive methods. To register, click here.

Funding Available for School-Based Dental Care 
The Cuomo administration is offering a $7.5 million grant to implement school-based dental sealant programs for second and third graders attending schools in low-income neighborhoods. This program supports the state's Prevention Agenda;  and is intended to help reduce cavities through the use of sealants. For more information, click here

Webinar: Behavioral Health Compliance 
: September 29, 2016 

Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m. 
Hosted by: CHCANYS Behavioral Health Subcommittee
Geared toward corporate compliance staff, behavioral health administrators, and other community health center leaders in New York State who are interested in behavioral health compliance, this training will review the essential components of an effective corporate compliance program in New York State and will focus specifically on hot topics and areas of risk within behavioral health services. Attendees will walk away having identified concrete steps they can take to strengthen their behavioral health compliance program.  To register, please click here.

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CCIIO Assister Forum
Date: September 26, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
This remote live streaming forum, hosted by the Center for Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), will promote best practices and share strategies for enhancing assister capacity to perform outreach, education, and enrollment activities for the 2017 Open Enrollment period for the individual market (OE 4) and beyond. Topics will include navigator metric reporting, Plan Compare 2.0, and consumer engagement and outreach strategies for OE 4. Registration will close on Thursday, September 22 at 12:00 p.m. ET. To sign up, click here.

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