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May 28, 2015 Edition
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CHCANYS and NYSDOH to Coordinate Communications Drill
In the next few weeks, CHCANYS EM Team, with assistance from the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH), will coordinate an interoperable communications drill using the NYSDOH Health Commerce System (HCS).  To prepare for this drill, please verify that your HCS contact person roles are populated and up-to-date. For more information, click here or contact CHCANYS’ Emergency Management team at   

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Advocacy Activity Reports for Phase 3 of the Access is the Answer Campaign Due May 29!
Thanks in large part to the hard work and persistence of health center advocates nationwide, the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act, a law which contains two years of continued mandatory funding for the Health Center Program, was signed into law last month. NACHC would like to recognize advocates for their efforts, but needs more information in order to do so. Have you collected any patient advocate cards or letters of support? Did your board of directors pass a resolution outlining action steps to fix the Cliff? Please send an e-mail detailing your health center’s recent advocacy-related activities by Friday, May 29 to and  The information you submit will be reflected in NACHC’s final Access is the Answer campaign reports and make it possible for NACHC to include your health center in recognition activities scheduled for this summer.  

National Health Center Week is Right Around the Corner!
National Health Center Week is celebrated in August each year to rally support for the Health Center Program by showcasing the many services provided by community, homeless, migrant and public housing health centers nationwide. It also provides us with a prime opportunity to celebrate our work and generate community pride. While there are countless reasons to honor health centers, among the most important and unique is their 50-year track record of providing access to affordable, high quality, cost effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people across New York State and the rest of the country. We hope that you will consider hosting an event during National Health Center Week this summer and inviting your elected officials, business partners, patients, and community members to participate. To assist you in your planning, CHCANYS has developed a special National Health Center Week in NYS web page featuring an event posting form, a list of event ideas, flyers and social media tools, and much more! To access it, click here.

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Webinar: Multi-Level Interventions to Improve Hypertension Control for African-Americans
Date: June 9, 2015; Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), Clinical Directors Network, Inc. (CDN) and the Rockefeller University Hospital Center for Clinical and Translational Science. This webcast is pending for up to 1.5 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Click here to register.  

Webinar: Transforming Suicide Prevention with Lived Expertise
Date: June 9th, 2015; Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.; Hosted by: The Center for Dignity, Recovery & Empowerment. Internationally recognized leaders in transforming lived experience related to suicide into prevention programs will present on a groundbreaking resource and its historical context. The current status and exciting array of future possibilities for this work will be explored. Following the presentation segment of the session, the presenters will engage the audience in a dialogue about changes and challenges for suicide prevention going forward as lived experience begins to play a greater role in the innovation and improvement of initiatives. Click here to register.

Practice Transformation Through Team-Based Care: Full-Day, In-Person Training Sessions in Syracuse and NYC
In Syracuse: Monday, June 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Doubletree Syracuse. In NYC: Tuesday, June 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; NYC Seminar and Conference Center. Intended for those interested in integrating team-based care into their health center’s practices, this free training will cover best practices, workflows, and the different roles played by health center staff. Through interactive group exercises, attendees will practice working in care teams and participate in in-depth discussions around how roles change as practices transform. We will also discuss payment models for team-based care and evidence for integrating these models into real practice change. read more >>

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CHCANYS FTCA University a Great Success!
A big thank you to all those who participated in CHCANYS’ FTCA University, an innovative training event organized by the experts at HRSA. We were happy to welcome more than 120 attendees from FQHCs across New York State and have received great feedback about the program. Stay tuned for information about additional training programs to be offered in the coming months.

CHCANYS Statewide Conference: Abstract Proposals & Award Nominations Due June 15
This theme of this year’s conference, to take place on October 18-20, 2015 at The Sagamore Resort, Bolton Landing, is From Vision to Value: The Health Center Movement at 50.  Policy expert Alan Weil, Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs, will deliver the keynote address.  Abstract proposals are due on June 15. To review abstract guidelines and to make a submission for a workshop and/or poster presentation, click here.  Each year, CHCANYS honors and celebrates exemplary employees and supporters throughout New York State who are working to ensure access to high quality health care for all.  To make a nomination, click here by June 15.

CHCANYS15 Sponsor and Exhibit Opportunities Now Available
CHCANYS15 is a great networking opportunity, typically attracting over 400 FQHC leaders and decision-makers serving 1.7 million patients at approximately 600 delivery sites throughout New York State. Click here and here to learn more about the benefits of showcasing your products and services at our annual conference. Don’t wait; vendor booths are available on a first come, first serve basis.  The best pricing is available before August 1. Register today! 

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Medicare FQHC PPS: Lessons Learned Through Implementation 
Date: June 9, 2015; Time: 2:00  - 3:30 p.m. Hosted by NACHC, this webinar will offer insight on critical elements of the Medicare FQHC PPS and best practices for a successful implementation from health centers, as well as a Q&A with experts and peers who have already completed the implementation process. The webinar is free to attend, but preregistration is required. Click here for more information and to sign up. 

What’s New with the 340B Drug Discount Program?
Date: June 25, 2015; Time: 2:00  - 3:30 p.m. This presentation has been designed by NACHC to help ensure that health centers are up-to-date with the latest developments in 340B policy  and program/compliance requirements. The webinar is free to attend, but preregistration is required. Click here for more information and to sign up.

NACHC to Offer ICD-10 Webinar Series in June; Onsite Training Also Available
NACHC is working with Coding & Compliance Initiatives, Inc. (CCI) to offer an ICD-10 webinar series for health center providers and clinical administrators, as well as onsite trainings for billing and coding staff.  The three "no-cost" webinars will be offered on the following dates at both 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. EST and 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST to accommodate different time zones: June 25, 2015 (Part 1); July 2, 2015 (Part 2); and July 16, 2015 (Part 3). Online registration will open very soon. To schedule a one-day "in-depth" onsite training, please contact Shellie Sulzberger, Certified Professional Coder and ICD-10 trainer, at 913-768-1212 or For more information, visit the CCI website

Save on Medical Supplies and More with CPG
CHCANYS has partnered with the CommonWealth Purchasing Group (CPG), the leading group purchasing organization in the country specializing in the health industry, to promote its services to FQHCs in New York State.  CPG will review your existing orders and show you how to save even more. For additional information, click here

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