NYS Meaningful Use Registration & Attestation - New Instructions on CHCANYS Website Are you confused about obtaining an ePACES account for each eligible provider in order to become eligible for Meaningful Use incentive payments? If so, check out step #7 of the NYS Medicaid Meaningful Use Registration and Attestation Guide on the CHCANYS website for new information.
News from Policy If you have questions about CHCANYS' policy and advocacy work, please contact Beverly Grossman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
NYS 2012-2013 Budget Enacted The Legislature passed the $132.6 billion State Budget on March 30th, two days in advance of the April 1st deadline. CHCANYS worked diligently to ensure that Federally Qualified Health Centers were protected in the final decision-making. Click here for health-related highlights of the budget.
NACHC Launches Community Health Vote 2012 At its annual Policy & Issues Forum on March 21-25, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) launched Community Health Vote 2012, an initiative designed to establish voter engagement as an ongoing effort at as many health centers as possible. More than just a voter registration drive, Community Health Vote provides tools that anyone coming into a health center can use to register to vote and to get as much encouragement and information as possible to cast his or her vote in 2012 and beyond.
Join this important movement today! Visit the Community Health Vote page on the NACHC website for a toolkit that includes how-to guides and templates for providing voter registration and education at your health center.
News from Health Center Support If you have questions about CHCANYS' health center support, please contact Rebecca Gaige, email@example.com.
Brand New Bedford-Stuyvesant Family Health Center Poised to Double Annual Patient Visits On April 3, 2012, Bedford-Stuyvesant Family Health Center (BSFHC) opened the doors to a brand-new 38,000 square foot practice at 1456 Fulton Street. The added capacity will enable BSFHC, which currently serves 20,000 patients in Bed-Stuy and surrounding communities, to double its patient visits to approximately 110,000 annually over the next two years. Click here to read the full press release.
Sponsor/Exhibit and Associate Member Opportunities Now Open for CHCANYS' 2012 Statewide Conference & Clinical Forum CHCANYS' 2012 Conference will be once again be held at The Saratoga Hilton Hotel & Saratoga Springs City Center. Please hold the dates of October 24-26, 2012.
This conference provides an opportunity to learn and network with 400 health center participants and partners serving 1.4 million patients annually. There will be one large exhibit hall this year, where some meals/breaks are scheduled to take place. Vendors will receive complimentary registrations to participate in sessions based on their level of support. Don’t wait – spaces are limited! Sponsors/exhibitors who become Associate Members will receive additional benefits. To learn more about sponsor/exhibit opportunities and the new Associate Membership discount for first-time members, click here.
AETC-NMC, Howard University College of Medicine to Offer Webinar on April 19, 2012 The AIDS Education and Training Center National Multicultural Center (AETC-NMC) at Howard University's College of Medicine will offer the following webinar on Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time:
Patient-Provider Communication and the Impact on Medical Outcomes for Patients with HIV Presenter: E. Blaine Parrish, Ph.D., School of Public Health and Health Services, The George Washington University
Describe the history of the patient-provider relationship in the United States;
Define health communication as it relates to the patient-provider interaction;
State measures and better understand knowledge, attitudes and beliefs among health care providers toward patients with HIV;
Identify barriers to successful patient-provider communication and understand their impact on decision-making;
State the importance of linguistically appropriate and culturally competent care for patients living with HIV and those at-risk for HIV; and
Identify interventions for health care providers to better communicate with HIV patients.
Continuing Education Credits:
PHYSICIANS: This activity has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.0 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
NURSES: ANCC accepts credits awarded by the Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Please click here for more information on nursing credits.
HRSA to Host TA Call on UDS Changes on April 18, 2012 The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) will host a technical assistance call on April 18, 2012 from 3 - 5 p.m. Eastern Time to provide an update on 2012 UDS table changes. This webinar will highlight the new clinical measures on Table 5A, revised Table 6A, revised data on electronic health records (EHR), and national quality recognition at health centers. To participate: Web link: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/i64hjzjfqz2y
If you experience difficulty connecting to the webinar, call the Ready Talk Customer Care Line at 1-800-843-9166 and provide the following Access Code: 5733343.
Visit the National Association of Community Health Centers’ Human Resources Clearinghouse National Association of Community Health Centers’ (NACHC) HRClearinghouse is a website designed to assist human resources professionals in understanding and handling a wide variety of health center staff issues. Find resources submitted by peers on major HR topics, such as policies and procedures, hiring and credentialing, benefits and compensation, and more! Expand the site by submitting new resources yourself. Click here to visit the HRClearinghouse. For more information, contact Betsy Vieth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-347-0400.
CHCANYS' 2012 Statewide Conference & Clinical Forum - Health Center Staff Register Today! CHCANYS’ Statewide Conference & Clinical Forum, to take place on October 24-26, 2012 in Saratoga Springs, is a great opportunity for health center board members, CEOs, senior staff, HIT Directors, Finance Directors, clinicians and others to stay abreast of the latest national and state issues as well as share best practices with colleagues. Click here to register today!
News from Clinical Quality Improvement If you have questions about CHCANYS’ Clinical Quality Improvement initiatives, please contact Kathy Alexis, email@example.com.
FY 2012 Victim Assistance Professional Development Fellowship Program - Financial Fraud and Abuse The Office for Victims of Crime has just released a solicitation for a fellowship on financial abuse, with a major focus on victims of elder financial exploitation. The individual awarded a fellowship grant will work on-site at OVC in Washington, DC. Application Deadline: May 1, 2012
One fellowship of up to $135,000 will be awarded to an individual to work on-site at OVC in Washington, D.C., undertaking activities related to financial fraud and abuse with a specific focus on elder financial exploitation and financial abuse that may be co-occurring with other types of victimization. The fellow will assist OVC in meeting the larger field’s need for evidence-based training, technical assistance, and other resources to support the expansion and effectiveness of services to underserved crime victims. Applicants must be individuals (organizations are not eligible to apply) who demonstrate the financial and administrative capacity to manage the cooperative agreement, as well as the desire, knowledge, and ability to successfully execute the development of training, technical assistance, public awareness, and other informational resources to meet the needs of victim service providers and allied practitioners who serve crime victims. Those applying are strongly encouraged to begin the application process well in advance of the May 1, 2012, deadline.
For more information and to access a copy of the application, please click here.
The NYS Diabetes Campaign The National Committee for Quality Assurance and Bridges to Excellence (BTE) Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP) are voluntary programs for practices to receive recognition for delivering quality diabetes care. Recognized health centers enjoy benefits such as being acknowledged as leaders in the community of practice and leveraging NCQA DRP data abstraction efforts for incentives such as that received through the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition. CHCANYS staff is available to provide technical assistance to those submitting for these recognition programs and to explore opportunities to improve clinical care outcomes.
For more information regarding the Campaign and for tools and resources available, visit the Half the Care website.
To begin your application for Diabetes Recognition, contact Kathy Alexis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
American College of Physicians Releases Clinical Guideline on Oral Pharmacologic Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus The American College of Physicians (ACP) has developed a clinical guideline to present evidence and provide clinical recommendations on the comparative effectiveness and safety of type 2 diabetes medications. Click here to read the guideline in its entirety.
Focus on Eye Health: A National Summit - SAVE THE DATE! Date: June 20, 2012 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Location: Washington Marriott at Metro Center, 775 12th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Prevent Blindness America is hosting "Focus on Eye Health: A National Summit" on June 20, 2012 at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center. This event will launch the update of two very significant public health reports – Vision Problems in the U.S. and Economic Impact of Vision Problems. In addition to these updates, a variety of public health presentations will address vision and eye health in United States.
Attendees will include patient advocates, community-based organizations, national vision and eye health organizations, government agencies, and policymakers. Sign up here today for summit news and registration alerts.
NYPATH News NYPATH (New York Promoting and Advancing Teen Health) is an exciting new initiative for healthcare providers who serve adolescents in primary and specialty care settings throughout New York State. The purpose of the project is to increase clinician capacity to provide high-quality sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRH) and other preventive healthcare services to adolescents. This will be accomplished by providing web-based tools, resources, and training programs as well as on-site training programs throughout New York State. NYPATH is planning kick-off training events in several regions throughout New York State designed to inform providers about resources available through NYPATH and to provide clinical training focused on recent innovations in providing adolescent-friendly, patient-centered reproductive health services. The first kick-off event will take place at the Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center on May 15th. Click here for more information.
Please click here to read the third edition of the NYPATH News. This newsletter will help to inform you about training programs and other activities available through NYPATH. Please help NYPATH to expand its statewide reach by sending them e-mail addresses of your colleagues involved in adolescent health, or by forwarding this newsletter to other healthcare providers in your region. Your feedback, thoughts, and ideas are welcomed and may be sent to Judy Lipshutz, MSW, RN at email@example.com or 212-304-5237.
Free Programs at the NYU Cancer Institute The NYU Cancer Institute is hosting programs that are open to the public and free of charge to patients, family members, future healthcare professionals and the NYC community at large. For more information, please click here.
News from Workforce Development If you have questions about CHCANYS’ Workforce Development Program, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AHEC Dental Workforce Conferences / Recruitment Events - May 2012 Our colleagues at the New York City and New York State Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) have scheduled three Dental Workforce conferences on Saturdays in May 2012. These conferences present health centers with a chance to participate, network, and engage with dental students and residents about potential staff recruitment opportunities. Each event will include presentations on dental services in underserved areas, oral health population needs, and the National Health Service Corps. Lunch will be provided.
Health Centers are encouraged to consider participating in these events. Details for these three Dental Workforce conferences are as follows:
NYC Metro Region Date: Saturday, May 5, 2012 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Location: NYU College of Dentistry, 345 East 24th St., NY, NY
Eastern NY Region Time: Saturday, May 12, 2012 Date: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Location: NYS Dental Assn/Foundation, 20 Corporate Woods Boulevard., Albany, NY
Western NY Region Time: Saturday, May 19, 2012 Date: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Location: 7th District Dental Society, 225 Woodcliff Dr., Fairport, NY
For additional information and/or to register for any of these events, please click here.
The following materials provide the information you'll need to participate and may also be used to promote these events:
If your health center has a training or technical assistance program that you'd like to share with others around the state, or if you would like to subscribe others at your health center to Your CHCANYS, please email the pertinent information to Rebecca Gaige-Troxell at email@example.com. We welcome your feedback and comments.