CHCANYS' 2012 Statewide Conference & Clinical Forum – Proposals Accepted Now Through June 15! CHCANYS is accepting proposals from health centers and partner organizations today through June 15, 2012. To review proposal guidelines, deadlines and recommended topics please click here. The conference will take place October 24-26, 2012 at The Saratoga Hilton Hotel and City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. Experts Jacki Leifer, Senior Partner, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP and Peter Epp, CPA, Managing Director, J.H. Cohn LLP will be among this year's presenters.
CHCANYS' Statewide Conference & Clinical Forum is geared to CEOs, CMOs, CIOs, CTOs, COOs, board members; Finance Directors and fiscal staff; Human Resource Directors and staff involved in recruitment and retention; clinicians of all disciplines; senior and middle managers and all those interested in primary care. To register for the conference and take advantage of the best registration and hotel rates, click here.
News from Policy If you have questions about CHCANYS' policy and advocacy work, please contact Beverly Grossman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final MRT Report to Serve as Framework for 1115 Superwaiver Application The final report of the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT), released on May 3, 2012, nicely summarizes both the accomplishments of the State and the vision for the health care delivery system going forward. The report will also serve as the basis of the State’s application for an 1115 “Superwaiver” which, if granted, will redirect $10 billion of the $34 billion in State and federal savings resulting from the MRT reforms to allow for their full implementation. The State will issue a draft proposal in June for public comment and will submit the final version of the waiver application in November 2012.
To access the final MRT report, please click here.
News from Health Center Support If you have questions about CHCANYS' health center support, please contact Rebecca Gaige, email@example.com.
FQHC Resource Page CHCANYS is pleased to announce the launch of the FQHC Resource Page, a dynamic repository of information and links designed to help both existing FQHCs and organizations in the planning stages to become and remain compliant with the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) 19 Health Center Program Requirements--conditions that all FQHCs must meet in order to open and remain in operation and that are essential to maintaining strong organizations with the capacity to provide high-quality, cost-effective and accessible care.
The FQHC Resource Page is housed on the CHCANYS’ website. Intuitive and easy to navigate, the page has been organized into the same four main categories as are the HRSA Program Requirements. Each category features topic-specific links to tools and information. The page also includes a “General Resources and Guides Section” with links to the Program Requirements, existing new start guides, and other helpful overviews that are available online.
To access the FQHC Resource Page, please click here.
Community Healthcare Network Wins Prestigious Award for Excellence in Case Management Community Healthcare Network’s case management team was recognized for its outstanding efforts on May 9th at the Case In Point Platinum Awards ceremony, held at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., where it received the award for the Integrated Case Management category. The award “represents the best care/case management program that integrates medical and behavioral health for a holistic approach to care management,” noted Dorland Health, the contest’s sponsor.“Every day at Community Healthcare Network, we strive to achieve the highest quality of care for all our patients,” said CHN President and CEO Catherine Abate. “This award offers another affirmation of the strong steps we are taking to advance standards in the field of integrated case management and to make sure that patients receive the coordinated care that they need.”
Sponsor/Exhibit and Associate Member Opportunities Available for CHCANYS' 2012 Statewide Conference & Clinical Forum CHCANYS' 2012 Conference will 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! If you can meet the wide variety of business and health care service needs of health centers, this is the venue for you! Sponsors/exhibitors who become Associate Members will receive a special designation and additional benefits. To learn more about sponsor/exhibit opportunities and the new Associate Membership discount for first-time members, click here.
School-Based Health Center Capital (SBHCC) Program
Deadline: June 26, 2012
Funding Amount: Expected Number of Awards: 150 Estimated Total Program Funding: $75,000,000 Award Ceiling: $500,000
Eligibility: Eligible applicants must: (a) Be a school-based health center or a sponsoring facility of a school-based health center as defined in 4101(a)(6) of the Affordable Care Act, as set forth in section 2110(c)(9) of the Social Security Act (42 USC 1397jj(c)(9)). (b) Provide assurance that funds awarded will not be used to provide any service that is not authorized or allowable by federal, state or local law (such as supporting space which will be used for activities inconsistent with the operations of the school-based health center and/or rented to other entities for the purpose of generating revenue). Applicants for the SBHCC award must be operational within the two-year budget period and must administer and report on the use of federal funds. Agency: HHS, Health Resources & Services Administration
Grant ID: HRSA-13-140
CFDA #: 93.501 -- Affordable Care Act (ACA) Grants for School-Based Health Center Capital Expenditures
Summary: For FY 2013, the SBHCC awards will address significant and pressing capital needs to improve service delivery and support the expansion of services at school-based health centers (SBHCs) through the alteration/renovation of an existing facility(ies), construction of a new site(s) or expansion of an existing site(s), and/or the purchase of moveable equipment. Applicants must demonstrate how their proposal will support the SBHC in providing more effective, efficient and quality health care and will lead to improvements in access to health services for children at a SBHC.
An eligible applicant may submit one application proposing a maximum of 5 projects including any combination of site-specific, stand-alone facility projects and one project to purchase moveable equipment for multiple SBHC sites. Applicants may not request SBHCC funds to support the provision of health services, personnel or other operational expenses. For FY 2013, applications for SBHCC funding will propose to address capital needs at school-based health centers (SBHCs), through the following types of projects:
Alteration/renovation (A&R) (existing facility): Project types include: acquisition of an existing facility; associated work required to modernize, improve, and/or reconfigure the interior arrangements or other physical characteristics of a facility; and/or installation of permanently affixed equipment in an existing facility. This type of project would not increase the total square footage within an existing building. This type of project may include the purchase of related moveable equipment. Furniture, administrative equipment (i.e., computers, servers, telephones, fax machines, copying machines, software) and special purpose equipment used for medical activities (e.g., stethoscopes, blood pressure monitors, scales, electronic thermometers) with a useful life of one year or greater and a unit cost of less than $5,000 may also be included.
Construction (new site or expansion of existing site): Project types include: construction of a new stand-alone structure; acquisition or improvement of land or an existing facility; and/or associated work required to expand a structure to increase the total square feet of the facility. Construction projects may include use of a permanently affixed modular or prefabricated building and/or the purchase of related moveable equipment. Furniture, administrative equipment (i.e., computers, servers, telephones, fax machines, copying machines, software) and special purpose equipment used for medical activities (e.g., stethoscopes, blood pressure monitors, scales, electronic thermometers) with a useful life of one year or greater and a unit cost of less than $5,000 may also be included.
Equipment-only projects: This project type includes the purchase of moveable equipment, including mobile vans. Furniture, administrative equipment (i.e., computers, servers, telephones, fax machines, copying machines, software) and special purpose equipment used for medical activities with a useful life of one year or greater and a unit cost of less than $5,000 (e.g., stethoscopes, blood pressure monitors, scales, electronic thermometers) may also be included.
A funding preference will be used for this announcement. In order to be eligible for the funding preference, applicants must certify that the SBHC site(s) serves or will serve a large population of children eligible for medical assistance under the state Medicaid plan under title XIX of the Social Security Act (the Act) or under a waiver of such plan or children eligible for child health assistance under the state child health plan under title XXI of the Act (42 U.S.C. 1397aa et seq.).
News from Clinical Quality Initiatives If you have questions about CHCANYS’ Clinical Quality Initiatives, please contact Kathy Alexis, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHCANYS’ Diabetes Learning Series – Diabetes Prevention: A Clinically Sound and Community Partnered Approach One in four adults in the US has pre-diabetes. Nearly all will develop diabetes, unless they lose weight and become more physically active. In fact, one in two African American and Latino children will develop diabetes unless our lifestyles change. Clinicians play a key role in diagnosing and managing pre-diabetes. Yet, our patients live in environments that promote obesity and sedentary activity. Thus, clinicians need to understand the social determinants of obesity and diabetes and discover community-based assets to help their patients in the struggle to be healthy. This webinar will describe the diabetes epidemic, strategies to prevent diabetes, and highlight successful and promising community-academic partnered diabetes prevention efforts.
Date: May 31, 2012 Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. URL: Click here to join the webinar. Meeting ID: RN896M Attendee Entry Code: Diabetes
The NYS Diabetes Campaign The National Committee for Quality Assurance and the 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 kalexis@chcanys.
News from Emergency Management If you have questions about CHCANYS' Emergency Management work, please contact Matthew Ziemer, email@example.com.
Your Updates Needed: 2011-2012 Critical Asset Survey for Community Health Centers The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is requesting that all health centers update their information on the 2011-2012 Critical Asset Survey for Community Health Centers. Your Health Center’s HCS Director/Coordinator(s) need to either complete or update the survey annually. For those of you with multiple access points, a survey must be completed for each site. Although many of you completed this survey last year, the NYSDOH is asking that you again access the survey, verify the information that appears, and resubmit it so that the Health Commerce System is up to date with the latest information.
CHCANYS will provide outreach to assist the NYSDOH in tracking participation and the progress of the survey responses. The survey results will provide the NYSDOH with important information regarding your needs in the event of a catastrophic accident, disaster, or health emergency and will allow the NYSDOH to plan for the deployment of emergency supplies and medicine to your center prior to or during an emergency.
To access the survey, please click here. Once logged in to the Health Commerce System, find the application Nursing Home Surveillance and Reporting System, select Community Health Center Critical Asset Survey 2012, and then locate the data entry menus.
For assistance with log in, requests for passwords or other technical issues, please contact the HCS IT Helpline CAMU at 1-866-529-1890. This unit will assist you with issues that you may have gaining access to the Health Commerce System.
Please report any problems you encouter to Mario Gonzalez, CHCANYS’ Emergency Management Program Manager, at 212-710-3810 or firstname.lastname@example.org so that they can be further addressed with the New York State’s HCS.
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.