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November 13, 2014 Edition
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CHCANYS Welcomes Michael Sellers, Senior Director, Office of External Affairs
CHCANYS is pleased to announce that Michael Sellers has joined the organization as Senior Director of a new Office of External
Affairs (OEA). He will oversee organizational advancement efforts that include external affairs, communications, marketing, media relations and development to support the expansion of sustainable health centers in New York State while reinforcing the CHCANYS brand as a powerful advocate for FQHCs and their patients. Michael has spent the past decade as a marketing and communications executive at several New York City medical centers, including NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell, Columbia University Medical Center, and Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communications, as well as a Master’s degree in Educational Technology, both from Boston College. Prior to his work in healthcare, Michael worked as an information technology manager for Warner Brothers, Digital Equipment Corporation, and NBC. 

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DSRIP Project Plan Application Deadline Extended
The NYS Department of Health has posted a revised timeline for DSRIP Year O, which includes an extension of the Project Plan Application deadline. Applications are now due on December 22 and will be posted for public review on December 24. To see CHCANYS’ comments on the draft PPS application, click here

Election Roundup
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 was Election Day. Click here for an overview of the results in New York State, prepared by Brown & Weinraub PPLC. To learn more about the implications for health centers on the federal level, read this blog post prepared by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). 

OMH Proposes Integrated Outpatient Services Rule
The Office of Mental Health has filed with the Department of State a Notice of Proposed Rule Making to add a new Subpart 599-1 Integrated Outpatient Services, which will impact FQHCs with multiple licenses. The proposed rule is currently open for public comment; submissions are due on December 1
CHCANYS is drafting comments and will make them available here once they have been submitted.  

Access is the Answer “Tsunami Week” Results
Thanks to all those who e-mailed their Members of Congress during Access is the Answer “Tsunami Week” on October 27-31. New York ranked third in the nation for total number of advocates participating in this coordinated e-mail push urging Congress to fix the primary care funding cliff during the lame duck session. Congress returns to the Hill this week, and NACHC will continue to monitor the situation closely in the event that an opportunity arises to move on this issue before the end of the calendar year. In the meantime, there are a number of additional steps that all advocates are being asked to take as part of the fight to preserve federal funding for health centers. It will take strong and consistent effort from every one of us in order to convince Congress to make the funding cliff a priority now. Click here to find out what you can do to help. 

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UDS Training in NYC: Register Today!
CHCANYS will host a one-day UDS training session at New York University in Manhattan on December 3, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Click here to register.  read more >>

CHCANYS Conference Presentations and Photos Now Online 
CHCANYS would like to thank the 500+ participants who attended the 2014 Statewide Conference & Clinical Forum in White Plains and helped to make this year’s event one of the largest and most successful ever. The conference presentations are now available online and may be accessed here. To view photos taken during the conference, click here.

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Emerging Technologies to Improve Glycemic Control among Persons with Diabetes: A Healthy People 2020 Spotlight on Health Webinar
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014; Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.; Hosted by: HHS. This webinar will highlight technologies designed to improve glycemic control and the health of persons with diabetes. read more >>

NYS COE LARC Clinical Institute
Increased utilization of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) on a population level is a first-line strategy to reduce rates of unintended pregnancy. Accordingly, both the NYS Department of Health and the "Providing Quality Family Planning Services: Recommendations of CDC and the U.S. Office of Population Affairs" (also referred to as the "QFP") recognize the critical need for family planning provider agencies to build internal capacity to deliver high-quality, evidence-based, and client-focused LARC services. T
he New York State Center of Excellence for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services’ (NYS COE) has developed a one-day LARC Clinical Institute to enhance the capacity of clinicians to deliver high-quality, evidence-based, and client-focused LARC services. Available to those centers receiving Title X funding, training sessions are scheduled to take place in Syracuse on November 20, 2014 and New York City on December 4, 2014. Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) and Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are available.  read more >>

October 2014 Medicaid Update Now Available
The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of the October 2014 Medicaid Update. Click here to access it. 

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Ebola Preparedness Resources Available on CHCANYS Website
CHCANYS’ Emergency Management Team is continuing to update its Ebola preparedness webpage with helpful links and resources, including important information from the NYS Department of Health, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Click here to access it. 

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Open Enrollment Begins This Weekend!
The new open enrollment period for the NYSOH Marketplace begins this Saturday, November 15, 2014. Assistors across the state are gearing up to help uninsured consumers to enroll in health coverage and insured consumers to process their renewals. We will be updating our Outreach and Enrollment webpage with new information and resources as they become available, so please visit often!

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HRSA Awards $51.3 Million in ACA Funding to Support Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment
On November 6, 2014, HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N announced $51.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support 210 health centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in establishing or expanding behavioral health services for nearly 440,000 people nationwide. Thirteen New York health centers will receive will receive a total of $3,210,125 of this funding, enabling them to improve access and care for individuals in need of mental health care and substance abuse treatment.  read more >>

High-Performance Community Health Centers: Learning, Measuring, and Achieving
This new guide developed by Capital Link specifically for health center staff and boards explores the transition from data to information to knowledge to action with the goal of achieving a high level of performance. It discusses the difference between calculating outputs and measuring outcomes and reviews the basics of “change management,” explaining how to identify what’s important and how to transform limited resources into significant improvements. read more >>

Webinar: Health Centers Serving Individuals and Families Experiencing Homelessness
Date: November 18, 2014; Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. This webinar will provide health centers with an overview of current health trends and address the needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. read more >>

OMIG Provides Overview of Annual Certification Requirements
Click here
to access an archived recording of Compliance Certification Process: December Annual and Enrolling Providers, an OMIG webinar that provides a high-level overview of the annual certification requirements and introduces the forms that required providers must use to complete the process. read more >>

Webinar: 340B Inventory Management
Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014; Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Health centers participating in the 340B program must ensure program integrity and maintain accurate records documenting compliance with all requirements. This session will provide a review of a virtual replenishment model for contracted pharmacy arrangements. read more >>

Webinar: Co-Applicant Arrangements for Public Center Homeless Programs
Date: November 21, 2014; Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.; Hosted by: National Health Care for the Homeless Council.  In response to requests for assistance in developing HRSA-approved co-applicant arrangements, the Council has invited two grantees who have created successful co-applicant arrangements to share their experiences. read more >>

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CHCANYS Community HealthCorps Now Accepting Proposals
The CHCANYS Community HealthCorps (CCHC) program is now accepting proposals from community health centers interested in hosting AmeriCorps members for the 2015 program year. CCHC is a workforce development program dedicated to preparing its members for careers in community-based primary health care. read more >> 

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