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January 16, 2014 Edition

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Advocacy Day 2014 Registration Now Open!
Community Health Center Grassroots Advocacy Day 2014 is right around the corner, and we hope you are finalizing your plans to come to Albany on March 3rd. Registration is now open - click here to get started. read more >>

Fiscal Year 2014 Omnibus Bill Released
House and Senate Appropriators unveiled the FY2014 omnibus appropriations bill on Monday, January 13. The House has passed the $1.1 trillion spending bill and sent it to the Senate. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (H.R. 3547) contains all 12 regular appropriations bills and... read more >>

2014 Legislative Session Kicks Off with State of the State Address
Governor Andrew Cuomo kicked off the 2014 Legislative Session with his annual State of the State address on January 8th. His comments included brief mentions of NY State of Health enrollment and 
a proposed medical marijuana pilot, 
as well as the establishment of Regional Health... read more >>

NACHC Policy & Issues Forum: Reserve Now!
It’s not too soon to begin planning for NACHC’s annual Policy & Issues Forum, scheduled for March 19-23 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.  Rooms are going fast, so we encourage you to make your reservations as soon as possible. read more >>

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Uniform Data System Update
HRSA has recently announced changes to reporting for the 2014 Uniform Data System (UDS). read more >> 

RFA: Component A: HIV/Hepatitis C Center for Excellence
The NYS Department of Health AIDS Institute, Office of the Medical Director has announced a RFA for the Clinical Education Initiative. This re-solicited RFA is for Component A: HIV/Hepatitis C Center for Excellence. read more >>

Call for Abstracts: 142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition
Theme: Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health and Well-Being; Vision Care Section; Submission Deadline: Monday, February 10, 2014. The Vision Care Section invites presentations of original research on public health issues pertaining to vision and eye care. read more >>

December 2013 Medicaid Update Special Edition
The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of the December 2013 Medicaid Update Special Edition. read more >>

The World Congress 3rd Annual Leadership Summit: Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care Models
Date: March 24-25, 2014; Location: Orlando, FL. This summit will bring together senior leadership to discuss strategies for successful implementation of behavioral health and primary care integration. 

Unite for Sight Innovator's Forum
Date: Friday, March 14, 2014; Location: The Shubert Theater, New Haven. The Innovator's Forum will bring together health, education, development, and social entrepreneurship professionals and students for a focused, highly interactive, and collaborative conference on best and emerging practices for effective programs. read more >> 

Mobilization for Health: National Prevention Partnership Awards
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) have announced the anticipated availability of Fiscal Year 2014 funds for The Mobilization for Health: National Prevention Partnership Awards (NPPA) grant program. read more >> 

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2014 NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program App Cycle: Now Open!
The 2014 NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open. The deadline is February 27, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. Eligibility is open to registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses (e.g., nurse practitioners) who have qualifying educational loans, and who are dedicated to serving medically underserved populations in health professions shortage areas. read more >> 

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UDS Reports Due on February 17
Uniform Data System (UDS) reports are due on February 17, 2014. A variety of resources are now available on the CHCANYS website to assist health centers as they work to complete these reports. read more >>

HRSA to Offer Webinar on 340B Recertification
The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Pharmacy Affairs will host a webinar on 340B recertification on January 222014 at 1 p.m.  It is very important for health centers participating in the 340B program to understand the recertification process and recertify in a timely manner, as failure to do so could result in removal from the program. For more... read more >>

Webinar: Growth Planning: Tools and Techniques to Win the Growth Race
Date: Wednesday, January 22; Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. If growth planning is not high on your “to-do” list, it should be.  Fifty-five thousand baby boomers turn 65 each day.  Healthcare will soon be overwhelmed by a demographic storm. read more >>

Webinar: ICD-10 Is Just Around the Corner: Steps Your Practice Should Take to Prepare for October 1, 2014
Date: January 22, 2014; Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Are you prepared for the October 1, 2014 ICD-10 implementation date? Join HIMSS on January 22 as a 15-year CMS specialist hands you the keys - tools, resources and even free technical assistance available - to help fast track a successful conversion to ICD-10. read more >> 

PMG Offers ICD-10 Readiness Series
PMG will host a comprehensive series of WebEx presentations designed exclusively for the community health center market on ICD-10 readiness and implementation beginning in January. Each session costs $249 per learner, and those who register for the entire series will receive a 20% discount. read more >>  

Negotiating Managed Care Contracts – How Not to Lose Your Shirt in the Process
NACHC, in partnership with experts from Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLC, will offer a five-part webinar series in February/March 2014 on Managed Care Contracting in order to provide community health centers with the tools necessary to conduct successful contract negotiations. read more >>  

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A Change in the CHCANYS Emergency Management Program
After over five years at CHCANYS, Matthew Ziemer is leaving his position as Director of Emergency Management to explore an exciting personal opportunity in Australia.  His last day will be January 24. read more >>  

CMS Proposes Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Providers
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposal regarding emergency management standards required of 17 provider and supplier types, including FQHCs, in order to participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs. CHCANYS’  Emergency Management Team is currently reviewing this proposal and will submit comments... read more >>

Biosurveillance Update
Click here for a detailed update on Influenza and the Chikungunya Virus.

FEMA’s National Incident Management System (NIMS) Federal Training Program
HRSA and other federal agencies require all partner entities to be prepared for an emergency.  Part of this preparedness is a familiarization at all levels of management and staff with the National Incident Management System. read more >> 

Emergency Management Plan Template for Community Health Centers on DOH Learning Management System
CHCANYS has posted an Emergency Management Plan template targeted to community health centers on the New York State Department of Health’s Learning Management System. The courses, offered in modules, cover 10 emergency management plan standards. read more >>

PCEPN Offers Free Training 
Over the next six months, The Primary Care Emergency Preparedness Network (PCEPN*) will offer a series of free training sessions to all New York City primary care centers. A wide variety of emergency management topics will be covered:February 12 - Social Media in Emergencies; March 12 - Continuity of Operations... read more >> 

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