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Your CHCANYS: 04-07-16


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New York State FY 2016-17 Budget: FQHC-Related Highlights
The New York State FY 2016-17 budget was finalized last week and includes a number of health-related items, detailed in this memo.  Highlights include $195 million for health care facility transformation funding, at least $30 million of which must go to community-based healthcare providers, including FQHCs. Also included is $54.4 million in state funding for the 2016 Clinic Uncompensated Care Pool (UCP).  Unfortunately, the final budget bill does not include contingency funding to compensate for the potential shortfall in 2015 UCP federal funding. In a side letter, the Administration affirmed their support for the program and committed to working “aggressively” to secure federal funding for 2015 and 2016.  CMS has not yet made a final decision regarding the State’s request for federal matching funds for 2015 UCP and beyond and as such, despite the lack of contingency funding in the State budget, the issue remains unresolved. 

Updated VBP Roadmap Open for Public Comment 
The annual update to the 2016 Value Based Payment (VBP) Roadmap has been posted to the NYS Dept. of Health’s DSRIP website in draft form for public comment through April 18, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.  Developed with the input of the Value Based Payment Workgroup and other stakeholders, the Roadmap has been updated based on broad stakeholder engagement from a number of workgroups and subcommittees.  Public comments should be submitted to by the aforementioned deadline. 

DSRIP Year 2 Timeline Updated 
DSRIP Year 2 began on April 1, 2016 and the timeline has been updated to include a number of important event dates and deadlines. To view the timeline, click here.  

Integrated Services Info Added to State’s DSRIP Website 
The DSRIP Integrated Services webinar hosted by the NYS Dept. of Health on January 26 is now available online.   An updated version of the Integrated Services FAQ document and the Billing Matrix, previously distributed on March 18, 2016, are now available on the State’s DSRIP website as well. Click here  and scroll down to the Integrated Services section to view. Please direct any questions to or through your PPS' DSRIP Account Support contact.

DSRIP Project Approval and Oversight Panel and DOH to Host Public Comment Days on 1115 Waiver 
The Department of Health has announced that it will host two Public Comment Days on New York’s 1115 Waiver programs. During these meetings, members of the DSRIP Project Approval and Oversight Panel will join NYS Dept. of Health staff in listening to comments provided by members of the public and stakeholders. Feedback on all waiver programs is welcomed. 

NYAPRS 12th Annual Executive Seminar: Beyond Survival to Success 
Date: April 21-22, 2016  

Location: Hilton Albany 
The Executive Seminar, hosted annually by the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS), is an opportunity for professionals to join together and learn about models and best practices supporting integrating behavioral health, substance use and primary care with a focus on health homes, regional PPS/DSRIP programs, FQHCs, health care systems and health plans -- all to best serve individuals with co-occurring disorders and complex physical health care needs.  To view the agenda and to register, click here

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NCCHCA 2016 Webinar Series: Outreach Workforce Development 
This five-part webinar series, led by Health Outreach Partners (HOP) and hosted by the North Carolina Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA), will cover a variety of topics to support outreach directors and supervisors in outreach program development. HOP, Migrant Clinicians Network, and the National Center for Farmworker Health will present content and share strategies to help effectively structure and manage a comprehensive community health outreach program.  For more information, including dates, times and registration instructions, click here.

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Emergency Management for Primary Care Centers In-Person Training
(*Two spots remaining)  
This course will provide an overview of the four phases of emergency management, the key elements of an emergency management program and plan, and the role of the health center during emergencies and disasters. *The initial roll-out of this training is being offered to health centers located in the Capital District, Long Island and the Hudson Valley. If you are interested in bringing it to your health center, contact The online version of this training is available on the NYS Department of Health Learning Management System.

Partners in Preparedness 
CHCANYS / PCEPN has been designated as a member of Partners in Preparedness! Established in 2011, Partners in Preparedness is a nationally recognized New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) program that supports organizations in preparing their employees, services, and facilities for emergencies. Acceptance into this partnership reflects an organization's commitment to preparedness and provides access to resources and support needed to be prepared and resilient.   

PCEPN Second Annual Emergency Management Seminar 
Date: April 14, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Location: Baruch College 
Featuring special guest speakers from DOHMH, NYCEM and FEMA, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities, this seminar will provide information on a variety of preparedness and response activities. Breakfast and lunch are included. For a look at the full agenda, click hereTo register, click here.

2016 Health Commerce System Communications Drill
The CHCANYS Emergency Management Team, in partnership with the NYS Dept. of Health, will coordinate a communications drill in May using the NYSDOH Health Commerce System (HCS).  This drill will assess the response rates among community health centers when prompted to confirm receipt of a notification by e-mail and phone. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Training Opportunity 
PCEPN, in partnership with the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene and Northwell Health, will offer five PPE trainings for clinical providers in April 2016 to support infectious disease preparedness. Participating organizations will be provided with personal protective equipment kits, which can be used for training or in health center operations, as well as possible educational credits (CMEs) for participating providers. 

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HRSA Highlights Funding Opportunities for 330 Grantees during NACHC P&I Forum 
At NACHC’s 2016 Policy & Issues Forum, Tonya Bowers, Acting Associate Administrator for Primary Health Care at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) delivered a Health Center Program update that featured a FY2016 funding forecast for 330 grantees. Click here to view the slide deck from her presentation, including a list of proposed awards and approximate amounts. 

Coding and Documentation in a Transitioning VBP World - Rochester
Date:  April 28-29, 2016 
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Location: 2100 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Road, Suite 100, Rochester
CHCANYS has retained Coding & Compliance Initiatives, Inc. (CCI) to provide a face-to-face training on coding guidelines and documentation improvement. Appropriate documentation and accurate coding are essential components of effective charge capture and compliant billing practices. This hands-on workshop is designed to prepare physicians and non-physician practitioners for a successful transition to ICD-10 requirements related to documentation and specificity and will provide participants with a solid background on the documentation required by providers to support the ICD-10 codes and severity of a patient’s condition.  For more information and to register, click here.

2nd Annual New York State STD Conference, Finger Lake Region
Date: June 24, 2016 
Location: The Lodge at Welch Allyn, 4355 State Street Road, Skaneateles 
Hosted by: The NYS STD Center of Excellence, University of Rochester, Clinical Education Initiative of the New York State Department of Health.  For more information and to register, click here.

Webcast Series: Enhancing Access to Behavioral Health Care 
This free webcast series, hosted by HRSA, is designed for provider organizations who would like to develop or expand tele-behavioral health services for underserved populations and will feature a presentation on the tele-behavioral health model used by Finger Lakes Community Health. For more information, including webcast dates and times, click here.

2016 Uniform Data System (UDS) Changes Webinar 
Date: April 12, 2016 

Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. 
Hosted by the Bureau of Primary Health Care, this webinar will highlight proposed changes to the 2016 UDS information to be reported by Health Center Program grantees and look-alikes in February 2017. The changes include: adding to patient characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender identity (Table 3A, 3B); adding quality improvement staff, community health workers, and dental therapists in the staffing tables (Table 5, 8A); revising clinical measures to improve measure alignment and data standardization (Table 6B, 7); and adding two new elements on the electronic health record (EHR) capabilities and quality recognition form. 

March  Medicaid Update 
The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of the March 2016 Medicaid Update. To access it, click here.

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CHCANYS16 Abstracts Due April 11; Registration Now Open 
CHCANYS’ 2016 Statewide Conference & Clinical Forum will take place on October 30 – November 1 at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown. We welcome your proposals to share expertise, innovative strategies, and cutting-edge ideas with conference participants. The submission deadline is April 11, 2016. To review the theme, topical areas and guidelines for this year’s event, click here.  Registration is now open - reserve your space and hotel room today! Click here to get started. 

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Quarterly Progress Report Reminder 
The Outreach and Enrollment Quality Progress Report (QPR) covering the period of January 1 through March 31, 2016 is due on April 14, 2016. Health centers should report only on activities for this specific reporting period. Answers to frequently asked questions and other resources are available here
Any other questions should be directed to

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Deadline for 2016 Registration of Intent for Meaningful Use Public Health Reporting Measures is April 14 
Eligible Professionals (EPs) and Eligible Hospitals (EHs) with a full calendar year EHR Reporting Period intending to submit data to registries sponsored by the NYS Dept. of Health and/or the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene for Payment Year 2016 must submit a registration of intent by April 14, 2016. Please note: EPs and EHs demonstrating Meaningful Use for the first time in 2016 will have a 90-day EHR Reporting Period and must register intent within 60 days of the start of their EHR Reporting Period. 

Webinar: Collecting Social Determinants Data with PRAPARE  
Date: April 20, 2016 

Time: 3:00 p.m.
Hosted by: NACHC
This webinar will provide an introduction to the PRAPARE tool that helps health centers and other providers collect patient-level data on the social determinants of health. It will walk participants through what the tool is, what is measures, what resources it contains to collect and act on social determinants data, how data can be collected in the EHR and clinical workflow, and how data can be used to transform care and advocate for payment models that sustain integrated care with non-clinical services and community partnerships. 



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