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June 19, 2014 Edition
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CHCANYS President & CEO Elizabeth Swain to Co-Chair New MRT Work Group
The New York State Department of Health has announced the formation of the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Social Determinants of Health Work Group, convened by Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson to provide guidance on how best to address the social determinants of health to promote health, improve wellbeing and decrease/eliminate disparities. CHCANYS President and CEO Elizabeth Swain has been selected to serve as Community Co-Chair. Kristin Proud, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, will serve as Governmental Co-Chair. Many members of this new Work Group served on the MRT Health Disparities Work Group convened in 2011, also co-chaired by Elizabeth.

An initial charge to the new work group is to identify potential strategies, programs, and/or policies related to employment that could decrease disparities in health access, utilization, and outcomes.

Click here for more information about the MRT Social Determinants of Health Work Group here, including a full list of members. 

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Agency Feedback for DSRIP Emerging PPS Networks Posted
A number of State agencies have provided feedback on the Letters of Intent submitted by PPS networks identified as "emerging." Click here to read their comments.  

DSRIP Community Needs Assessment Guidance Released 
The Department of Health has released guidance on the Community Needs Assessment, critical component of the DSRIP program. All PPSs are required to conduct a Community Needs Assessment and use the information as the basis for selecting DSRIP projects and to measure baseline metrics for each project domain. read more >>

Webinar: How Do You Measure Successful Behavioral Health Integration?
Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014; Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. This webinar will focus on how to measure the successful integration of behavioral health with primary care and nursing homes as it relates to the New York State Medicaid waiver and the DSRIP program. read more >>

Webinar: DSRIP Evaluation Design
Date: Monday, June 23, 2014; Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Join the Department of Health, Office of Health Insurance Programs for a webinar on the DSRIP evaluation process. Space is limited, and registration is required. read more >>

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Approves Funding Increase for Health Centers
Health centers and their patients scored a big victory on June 10th when the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) approved $5.1 billion in total program funding for the Health Centers program in FY2015. read more >> 

Webcast: New Medicare PPS for Federally Qualified Health Centers - Operational Requirements
Date: Wednesday, June 25; Time: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. As required by Section 10501 of the Affordable Care Act, FQHCs will transition to a Medicare Prospective Payment System (PPS) beginning on October 1, 2014. This call will cover information on operational requirements of the new payment system, including a review of the PPS methodology, billing and claims processing, and cost reporting. read more >> 

Access is the Answer Letter Drive: A Strong Response from New York 
New York’s FQHCs rose to NACHC’s latest challenge and delivered, collecting over 130 letters as part of the Access is the Answer letter drive. Many thanks to those who responded to this important call to action, helping to demonstrate strong support for FQHCs from back home and making the case that Congress must act now to fix the Health Center Funding Cliff. read more >>  

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Webinar: Expanding Contraceptive Choice: Offering IUDs and Implants in a Community Health Center Setting
Date: June 20, 2014; Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. This webinar will provide community health centers with an overview of currently available LARC (long acting reversible contraception) options, clinical considerations for use and patient management, and best practice tips for counseling, and will include practical information on ordering and stocking supplies, clinical documentation, billing and coding, insurance reimbursement and appointment scheduling. read more >>

Community Health Network’s 4th Annual Transgender Health Conference
Date: September 19, 2014; Location: PACE University. Save the date for Community Healthcare Network’s 4th Annual Transgender Health Conference. The Conference Planning Committee is currently recruiting providers of transgender health services to join the conversation by submitting innovative abstract proposals for consideration. Proposals will convene sessions in the form of workshops (one-hour, in-depth presentation on a topic relevant to one of the conference tracks). read more >>

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Webinar: Public Health Objective Onboarding with MURPH Demo
Date: July 15, 2014; Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. This online presentation will review the NY Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Meaningful Use Stage 2 Public Health Objective requirements and onboarding process. In addition to the presentation, an interactive demonstration will be given to show providers how to complete a registration in the new Meaningful Use Registration for Public Health (MURPH) System. Click here to register. 

NYS Cancer Registry Guidance Now Available for Eligible Professionals
Two new guidance documents on cancer reporting, developed for Meaningful Use Stage 2 Eligible Professionals (EP), are now available online. read more >> 

NYS Medicaid Meaningful Use Incentive Program: Forthcoming Webinars
A number of informative webinars have been scheduled for the coming weeks. Click here to view the calendar and to register.

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CHCANYS and Lutheran Family Health Centers Announce the Dr. Philip W. Brickner Memorial Award
CHCANYS and Lutheran Family Health clientuploads/2014 Images/YourCHCANYS/rsz_rsz_1rsz_1rsz_phil_brickner_32.jpgCenters are honored to announce the creation of the Dr. Philip W. Brickner Memorial Award. Dr. Brickner, who died on March 24, 2014, was a pioneer in community and urban public health and nationally recognized as the father of homeless health care. The award will be presented during CHCANYS’ Statewide Conference & Clinical Forum 2014, during the awards dinner scheduled for Monday, October 20. read more >> 

Register Today!  CHCANYS Statewide Conference & Clinical Forum 
Transformation Through Innovation & Collaboration is the theme for CHCANYS’ Statewide Conference & Clinical Forum, scheduled for October 19-21at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains. This year’s conference will feature thought-provoking General Sessions and workshops focusing on finance, policy/regulatory issues, innovative clinical practices and approaches, operations and governance, HIT, primary care workforce development, and more. read more >>

Don’t Miss Out - Reach the FQHC Market with Your Products and Services!
CHCANYS’ Statewide Conference and Clinical Forum is the venue for networking with health center decision-makers and learning about their product and service needs. A not-to-be-missed opportunity to network with over 400 CEOs, finance directors, medical directors and other senior leaders, this year’s event will be held on October 19-21 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains. Don’t wait - tables are limited! read more >>

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NYSOH – Register Now for Spring Training!
Date: Tuesday, June 24; Time: 10:00 a.m. Register now for Know the Immigration Rules of the Game, the third of a “9-inning” training series for navigators and certified application counselors being hosted by New York State of Health. Spots are available on a first come, first served basis, and registration is required – click here to sign up.  

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Application Deadline for Health Center Expansion Grant is July 1
On June 3, 2014, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the availability of up to $300 million in Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding to help community health centers expand service hours, hire more medical providers, and add oral health, behavioral health, pharmacy, and vision services. The application deadline is July 1, 2014read more >>

The Chautauqua Center Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate First Year  
On Friday, May 16, The Chautauqua Center  hosted a clientuploads/2014 Images/YourCHCANYS/rsz_1rsz_21rsz_tcc_ribbon_cutting.jpgribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate its first year of operation. In attendance were representatives from 
Congressman Thomas Reed’s office, Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, County Executive Vince Horrigan, CHCANYS, the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, Chautauqua County Health Network, and other community members. 

HRSA Releases PAL 2014-08 on Progressive Action Process
Program Assistance Letter (PAL) 2014-08 provides policy clarification and updated program guidance regarding the Bureau of Primary Health Care’s Progressive Action process, which was developed to support the review and oversight of Health Center Program requirements and assist health centers in their efforts to achieve program objectives. read more >>

NACHC’s “Emeritus Group” Provides Venue for Peer Mentoring 
The “Emeritus Group” is NACHC member service that connects retired health center executives with current health center managers as peers and confidants, providing an opportunity for health centers to benefit from their knowledge and experience. Group members are available to share information and advice in challenging areas such as board relations, managing financial crises, handling human resource management issues, and succession planning. read more >>

Health Centers Save Big with CommonWealth Purchasing Group
CHCANYS is assisting the CommonWealth Purchasing Group, the leading group purchasing organization for community health centers and other community-based, not-for-profit organizations, in promoting its services to New York’s FQHCs. To learn how your health center can save money on medical and dental supplies, office equipment, waste disposal services, and more, click here.   

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