News from Policy If you have questions about CHCANYS' policy and advocacy work, please contact Beverly Grossman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department of Health Releases Temporary Rate Adjustment RFA The Department of Health (DOH) has “re-opened” a Request for Applications (RFA) for Medicaid Temporary Rate Adjustments via the HEAL 21 allocation. DOH has approximately $61 million still available. This opportunity is open to all Diagnostic & Treatment Centers (D&TCs) that meet the eligibility requirements; click here to view them. Applications must be for either new initiatives or previously submitted unfunded applications that have been strengthened. For additional details or if you have any questions, please contact John Gahan, Director of the Bureau of Primary and Acute Care Reimbursement, New York State Department of Health at (518) 474-3267.
DOH to Host Forum on the Role of Private Equity On Tuesday, October 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Department of Health will facilitate a forum on "Improving Capital Access to Health Care Providers in New York State." Dr. John Rugge (CEO, Hudson Headwaters Health Network), Elizabeth Swain (President and CEO, CHCANYS), Ronda Kotelchuck (CEO, Primary Care Development Corporation) and others will participate in discussions on the current health care environment and how the infusion of private equity investments might help and/or hinder New York’s health care landscape. The public is invited to participate in person or via webcast. There is limited space available on-site, and it will be given on a first come basis. Click here for pre-registration and webcast registration information.
News from Health Center Support If you have questions about CHCANYS' health center support activities, please contact Rebecca Gaige, email@example.com.
CHCANYS' 2012 Statewide Conference & Clinical Forum - Register Today!
Saratoga Hilton Hotel and City Center Saratoga Springs, NY October 24-26, 2012
This year’s theme is Achieving the Triple Aim: Better Health, Better Care, Lower Costs. Among this year’s speakers/panelists are:
Daniel R. Hawkins, Jr. Senior Vice-President for Public Policy & Research National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
Jason Helgerson Medicaid Director and Deputy Commissioner Office of Health Insurance Programs (OHIP), NYSDOH
Fred Dedrick, Executive Director, National Fund for Workforce Solutions;
Karen Westervelt, Deputy Commissioner, Office of Primary Care and Interim Deputy Commissioner, OHIP, NYSDOH;
Donna Frescatore, Deputy Director for Healthcare Redesign, NYS Executive Chamber;
Dennis P. Whalen, Executive Vice President, Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS).
Workshop speakers will include: John W. Gahan, Jr. Director, Bureau of Primary and Acute Care Reimbursement, NYSDOH; Greg Allen, Director, Division of Financial Planning & Policy, OHIP; Jacki Leifer, Senior Partner, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP; Peter Epp, CPA, Managing Director, J.H. Cohn LLP, as well as CHCANYS and health center experts.
Click here for the schedule and registration details.
Are you a vendor interested in the community health center market? Sponsor CHCANYS’ conference today – Only a few sponsor/exhibit slots left!
NACHC Offers Documents to Assist Governing Boards Governing Board Responsibilities and How to Do Them is a series of documents that examines nine governance requirements of the Health Center Program. Each document addresses a particular requirement and describes what board members can do to achieve their oversight responsibilities, including information for the board to receive (usually from staff) and review, questions for the board to ask, and the significance of particular answers on health center operations and viability. The guidance for each of the nine requirements may be downloaded for free by clicking here. A 48-page hard copy publication of all nine governance requirements may be purchased for $20 each. Click here for more information.
HRSA Health Center Site Visit Guide Now Available Online The Health Center Site Visit Guide is a review instrument used by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to assess an organization’s compliance with key section 330 Health Center Program requirements as well as a resource to assist grantees in identifying areas for performance or operational improvements. Health centers may also use this guide as a self assessment resource, as it provides a series of prompting questions for both program requirements and performance improvement. This guide is a must-read for heath centers and board members. To access it, please click here.
Don’t miss the session on FQHC program requirements and operational assessments scheduled for Friday October 26th at CHCANYS’ Annual Conference and Clinical Forum in Saratoga Springs, NY! This workshop will discuss HRSA program requirements, identify particular areas of vulnerability for New York FQHCs and offer lessons learned and best practices to avoid “conditions” as HRSA undertakes operational assessment. Click here to register.
HRSA Releases New Video, “Community Health Centers: Quality Care, Satisfied Patients” HRSA has announced the release of a new video, Community Health Centers: Quality Care, Satisfied Patients, which describes the accomplishments of health centers working to improve the health of the nation’s underserved communities and vulnerable populations by assuring access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services. This new video details personal anecdotes and results from the 2009 Health Center Patient Survey that showcases the impact of the Health Center Program. You can view the video by clicking here, as well as on HRSA's YouTube Channel, HRSAtube.
News from the Quality Improvement Program If you have questions about CHCANYS’ Quality Improvement Program, please contact Kathy Alexis, firstname.lastname@example.org.
HRSA to Sponsor TA Call on HIV Testing The HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) invites you to join a multi-disciplinary panel of Federal staff and BPHC Health Center grantees for an upcoming Grantee Enrichment Technical Assistance Call entitled, “Promising Practices for Putting the ‘Routine’ into HIV Testing at Health Centers” on Tuesday, October 11 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET. The learning objectives for this call include:
Increase understanding of Routine HIV Testing Guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Highlight promising approaches to implementing HIV testing programs in health centers.
Identify technical assistance and other resources to support implementation and improvement of HIV testing programs.
To connect to the call:
Audio: Dial: 888-790-3725 Participant Passcode: HIV
Please spell out name to Operator and indicate whether you are a grantee or staff.
It is recommended that you click here beforehand in order to ensure that you have the most recent Adobe software installed on your machine. If you experience technical issues, please contact your organization’s IT Help Desk for assistance.
Speakers will be announced at a later date. Presentation materials will be available the week of the session and may be accessed by clicking here. This TA call will be recorded and the archived version will be available online here within one week following the session.
Free Behavioral Health Training on the Prevention of Human Trafficking
Training Institute on Human Trafficking Prevention: Health and Social Service Concerns for At-Risk Women and Youth Date: October 17 – 18, 2012 Location: The Jacob Javits Federal Building, 26 Federal Plaza, New York NY 10278 Sponsored by: Region II US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Administration for Children and Families, and The Freedom Network USA
This Region-wide training will strive to raise awareness and increase prevention efforts regarding women, youth and human trafficking in the United States. The goal of the Training Institute is to utilize public health and social justice approaches to build the capacity of community-based and faith-based organizations to recognize the signs of human trafficking and to identify the resources available for further information, training, technical assistance and referrals.
Registration is required by October 3rd. Click here for more information and to register online. If you have any questions, please call 212-264-2560 and ask for the HHS Training Institute Coordinator.
Knowledge is Power! Breast Cancer in Women of Color Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012 Time: 8:30 AM- 1:00 PM Location: NYU Langone Medical Center, Farkas Auditorium, 550 First Avenue (at 31st Street) New York, NY 10016
Presented by NYU Cancer Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, this conference has been supported by The Richard and Elizabeth Witten Family Foundation and is intended as a day of empowered learning and sharing for women at risk of developing or diagnosed with breast cancer and those who care for them.
An RSVP is required. To RSVP, please call 212.263.2266, e-mail NYUCIcommunityprograms@NYUMC.org, or make an online reservation by clicking here. Provide your name, phone number, the name of the lecture you plan to attend and the number of people in your group.
State Funds for LGBT Care Available The New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute announces a Request for Applications for Health and Human Services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals, Families and Communities to support provision and/or coordination of care.
FDA Approved the Use of Truvada On July 16, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Truvada® - a fixed dose combination of emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate - as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV-negative individuals who are at high risk of acquiring HIV. As part of PrEP, HIV-uninfected individuals who are at high risk will need to take Truvada daily to lower their chances of becoming infected should they be exposed to the virus. Click here to view the Dear Colleague Letter.
News from HIT If you have questions about CHCANYS' HIT work, please contact Lisa Perry, email@example.com.
NY State's Health Information Exchange - The SHINY: Current Status and Future Development
Date: Friday, September 28, 2012 Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
A great deal of progress has been made by the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and the New York State Department of Health (DOH) towards the development of the Statewide Health Information Network - NY (SHINY) and bringing down the costs of connecting to and receiving services from this statewide health information exchange.
CHCANYS’ Health IT Program invites you to a webinar by NYeC Executive Director David Whitlinger and his team. They will discuss the current status of the SHINY as well as plans for its further development. A Q&A session will follow the presentation. Instructions for connecting to the webinar are as follows:
If you encounter difficulty connecting to the webinar, click here for support.
News from Workforce Development If you have questions about CHCANYS’ Workforce Development Program, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Psychological Foundation Invites Clinicians to Apply for Pearson Early Career Grant The American Psychological Foundation's Pearson Early Career Grant is designed to encourage early career clinicians to work in an area of critical societal need. The program's goals are to support psychology's efforts to improve areas of critical need in society, including but not limited to: innovative scientifically-based clinical work on serious mental illness; serious emotional disturbance; incarcerated or homeless individuals; children with serious emotional disturbance; and adults with serious mental illness, and to encourage early career psychologists to devote their careers to underserved populations.
Applicants should be psychologists with an Ed.D., Psy.D., or Ph.D. from an accredited university and be no more than seven years postdoctoral.
One grant of $12,000 will be awarded. The recipient may use grant monies for direct administrative costs of his or her proposed project. An additional $1,500 will be awarded for travel costs for the recipient to attend the following year's American Psychological Association Convention. The American Psychological Foundation does not allow indirect institutional or overhead costs. Click here to view complete program guidelines and application procedures.
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.