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July 17, 2014 Edition

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HRSA Announces Availability of $100 Million in New Access Point Awards to Expand Access to Primary Care 
On July 8, 2014, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell announced the availability of $100 million in New Access Point (NAP) funds under the Affordable Care Act to support the establishment of an estimated 150 new health center sites across the country during FY 2015. read more >>

NYS 2013-14 Legislative Session Recap
The New York State 2013-14 Legislative Session adjourned on June 20. While the bulk of New York’s health care legislation is developed during and incorporated into the State budget process, there were a number of issues negotiated by Legislature and Governor Cuomo during the final few weeks of the session, including landmark legislation to allow for the use of medical marijuana and a suite of bills focused on fighting opioid addiction, which has reached epidemic proportions in areas of the State. read more >>

Public Comments on DSRIP Project Advisory Committee Proposals Due July 28 
The NYS Department of Health is seeking public comment on the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) proposals included in each potential DSRIP Performing Provider System’s project design grant application. The applications have been posted to the DSRIP Design Grant web page; the PAC proposals appear in Section 10. CHCANYS encourages all FQHCs to review the PAC proposals for the PPSs in which you are participating and to submit all concerns/comments to NYSDOH. read more >>

What Are Your Plans for National Health Center Week 2014?
National Health Center Week (NHCW) 2014 is only 3.5 weeks away, and many of you are deep in the planning stages. CHCANYS wants to help spread the word about all of the exciting events taking place throughout New York State during the week of August 10-16. Please fill out our quick online form to let us know how your health center plans to participate! read more>>

NYSDOH Implements Changes to CON / LRA Application Process 
The NYS Dept. of Health has implemented a number of important changes to the Certificate of Need / Limited Review Application submission process, effective immediately. CON application schedules 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 13, 16, 17, 18, 20 and 21 have been revised; click here to view them. The LRA instruction sheet and schedules LRA4 and LRA6 have also been revised and are available here.  read more >>

HHS Awards $83.4 Million in ACA Funds to Teaching Health Centers 
On July 7, 2014, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced $83.4 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support primary care residency programs in 60 Teaching Health Centers across the nation. read more >>


CHCANYS is Hiring! Senior Director of External Affairs
CHCANYS is excited to announce an opening for our first Senior Director of External Affairs, who will lead marketing, communications, and development functions across the organization.  In this exciting time of continued growth and service to our FQHC members, this role will be critical not only in leading these external functions, but also in supporting  our Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP) activities and related Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Waiver Initiatives. Click here for a full position description with application instructions to pass along to your networks.

Additional Employment Opportunities at CHCANYS
CHCANYS is currently looking for a handful of people to join the team! For more information about these employment opportunities, visit our online Career Center.

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CHCANYS Offers Support for New Access Point Applications
We would like to remind all FQHCs planning to apply for New Access Point funding that CHCANYS is here to help you! Please visit our online NAP Resource Center to access tools and resources designed to assist you in preparing your applications. Have questions? Please contact Rebecca Gaige at 

FY 2015 Service Area Competition Funding Opportunity Announcements Released
HRSA has released the first four rounds of FY 2015 Service Area Competition (SAC) funding opportunity announcements: HRSA-15-008, HRSA-15-009, HRSA-15-010 and HRSA-15-011. Through the FY 2015 SAC, HRSA will award approximately $591 million in funding to an estimated 242 applicants. A SAC application is a request for federal financial assistance to continue support of comprehensive primary health care services for a competitively announced underserved area or population. All available service areas are currently served by Health Center Program grantees, whose project periods are ending in FY 2015. read more >>

CHCANYS Offers Data Support for SAC Applications
Again this year, CHCANYS Data Support Program offers assistance to health centers completing SAC applications.  In particular, we have revised our tools to simplify the task of completing Form 4 and Form 9.  If interested, click here to submit a request. 

HRSA Releases PAL 2014-07; Health Centers Urged to Re-Validate Scope by July 24
On June 10, HRSA issued Program Assistance Letter (PAL) 2014-07: Scope Alignment in HRSA Electronic Handbooks. This PAL explains how HRSA will migrate health center scope of project information to the updated Forms 5A and 5B. It also describes the process for health centers to review their updated forms, make limited allowable updates, and certify the resulting services and sites in scope via the Scope Alignment Validation deliverable in the HRSA Electronic Handbooks. read more >>

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NYSOH Spring Training Continues with New Immigration Webinar
The NY State of Health (NYSOH) “Spring Training” webinar series continues with Know the Immigration Rules of the Game, Part 2, scheduled for Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. This session will provide answers to many of the questions that were not answered during Know the Immigration Rules of the Game, Part 1 due to time constraints. read more >>

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CHCANYS 2014 Statewide Conference & Clinical Forum is October 19-21:  Register Today!
Transformation Through Innovation & Collaboration is the theme for CHCANYS’ 2014 Statewide Conference & Clinical Forum, which will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains. This event offers topics of interest to all, including senior staff, clinicians of all disciplines, and board members. The General Sessions will touch upon important federal and state issues; workshops will focus on finance, policy and regulatory issues; innovative clinical and quality improvement practices and approaches; health center operations and governance, HIT, primary care workforce development, and more! read more >> 

Join CPG and Save up to 30% on Telecommunications Services
CHCANYS is assisting the CommonWealth Purchasing Group in raising awareness about its services to help health centers save money on their purchases, including telecommunications services, medical and dental supplies, and much more. read more >>

Only a Few Sponsor/Vendor Tables Left – Don’t Miss Out!
CHCANYS’ Statewide Conference and Clinical Forum is the venue for learning about the product and service needs of New York’s community health centers. Scheduled for October 19-21 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains, this event is a don’t-miss opportunity to network with over 400 health center CEOs, CFOs, Medical Directors, and other senior leaders. Don’t wait - tables are limited! read more >>  

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Working Together to Manage Diabetes: CDC Releases PPOD Toolkit
The PPOD Toolkit was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to show pharmacy, podiatry, optometry, and dentistry practitioners how to work collaboratively with each other, as well as with all other members of the health care team, to promote better outcomes in people with diabetes. read more >>

Governor Cuomo Announces Plan to End the AIDS Epidemic in New York State
On June 29, Governor Cuomo released a three-point plan to decrease new HIV infections to the point where the number of people living with HIV in New York State is reduced for the first time. The plan includes identifying persons with HIV who remain undiagnosed and linking them to health care; linking and retaining persons diagnosed with HIV in health care to maximize virus suppression so they remain healthy and prevent further transmission; and providing access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for high risk persons to keep them HIV negative. read more >>

Webinar: Measuring Interim Progress and Success in the New York State Prevention Agenda
Date: Thursday, July 31; Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Hosted by: The School of Public Health, SUNY at Albany. The Prevention Agenda (2013-17) is the blue print for action to improve and promote the health of all New Yorkers. The Prevention Agenda Dashboard provides a means of tracking health indicators at the state and county levels. This webinar is an introduction to measuring progress and success through robust local level evaluation projects. It will present a framework for evaluating chronic disease prevention programs, use of the framework to design successful evaluation projects and provide two specific examples of local evaluation projects. read more >> 

Mobilizing for Oral Health Equity: An Interdisciplinary Effort Webinar
Date: Wednesday, July 23; Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. This webinar will address oral health equity and the root causes of oral health disparities. read more >> 

Webinar: Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? 
Date: Thursday, July 24; Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. This Healthy People 2020 webinar, hosted by HHS, will discuss the complexity of substance abuse and share steps taken by a community-based organization to address substance abuse issues in its community. read more >>

2014 Guide to Clinical Preventive Services
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released the 2014 Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, a resource to help primary care clinicians and patients decide together what preventive services are right for a patient’s needs. The guide includes recommendations on screening, counseling, and preventive medication and includes clinical recommendations for each topic. read more >>

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Webinar: Meaningful Use Stages 1 and 2 for 2014
Date: July 24, 2014; Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Please join CHCANYS for a webinar update on Meaningful Use Stages 1 and 2 for 2014. Topics to be discussed include: CMS Notice of Public Rule Making; Stage 1 2014 changes; Stage 2 2014, including NY Registry Requirements; Attestation and Audits; Q&A. Click here to register and receive login details.

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