News from Policy If you have questions about CHCANYS’ policy and advocacy work, please contact Beverly Grossman, email@example.com.
Save the Date: Community Health Center Advocacy Day 2012 Please mark your calendars and plan to be in Albany for Community Health Center Advocacy Day on March 5, 2012!
The December 31, 2011 Annual Compliance Certification deadline is fast approaching! Don’t miss the deadline for submitting your annual compliance certification form. To obtain more information visit the NYS Office of Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) website. Note: If you have specific questions about whether your health center’s compliance program meets OMIG standards, please contact your legal counsel.
Still available for replay OMIG Webinar- Certification for 2012: What Every Provider Needs to Know about Changes to the OMIG Certification Process Description: In October 2009, New York State became the first in the nation to require Medicaid providers who fall under Article 28 and 36 of the Public Health law and Article 16 and 31 of the Mental Hygiene Law or who bill, order or receive more than $500,000 annually to certify that they have an effective compliance program in place. This certification is accomplished through an online process on OMIG's Web site and must be done upon enrollment and every December thereafter.
Similarly, since 2007, the federal government has required Medicaid providers who bill, order or receive more than $5 million annually to certify, under the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA), that they have instituted established written policies and procedures informing and educating their employees, contractors and agents about provisions of the DRA. This is to take place by January 1 annually. This certification is a separate process, but is also accomplished via OMIG's Web site.
These requirements are separate from, but related to, the mandatory provider compliance programs under New York Social Services Law § 363-d (SSL).
The Certification Webinar will explore changes in the certification process, including legal and regulatory requirements under New York Social Services Law and federal DRA requirements. OMIG Bureau of Compliance representatives will discuss the role that the federal employee identification number (FEIN) plays in the certification process, and how to use this number correctly. Additionally, the Bureau will explain how it will use this certification process as an opportunity for the provider community to aid in identifying services bureaus that may have not taken the correct steps to enroll as Medicaid providers.
Bureau of Compliance staff will demonstrate during the webinar how to fill out the online forms and will use a step-by-step presentation that providers may follow in completing the forms for SSL 2 011 form and DRA 2012 form.
News from Health Center Support If you have questions about CHCANYS’ health center support, please contact Rebecca Gaige, firstname.lastname@example.org.
NYS Department of Health (DOH) announces due date of January 31, 2012 for the 2010 Ambulatory Health Care Facility (ACHF) Cost Report On December 2, 2011 the NYS DOH provided a webinar regarding the data requirements and updates for completing the 2010 cost report. If you missed this important webinar it can be accessed for replay on the HCS system. If you do not have an HCS account please contact Peter Farr of NYS DOH at (518) 402-1004 for assistance.
National Association of Community Health Centers offers Project Power: Proven Techniques for Leading Change at Health Centers a 5 part Webinar Series This five-part webinar series provides an introduction to the proven techniques for planning and managing projects. Participants will be encouraged to work on their own projects throughout the series, and to form learning teams with other participants. The series will rely on The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management, by Eric Verzuh, for reading assignments and for project management templates.
Participants will have the opportunity to submit their own projects to the presenter for direct coaching and to be used as anonymous examples
Why this webinar will benefit you and your staff? By the end of this interactive webinar series, you will be able to:
Describe the project life cycle and relate their own projects to the life cycle phases
Connect project deliverables to strategic results
Successfully collaborate with key internal and external stakeholders to complete complex work projects
Early Bird Rate (by December 19th): *Member: $349 Non-Member: $449
Regular Rate (after December 19th): *Member: $399 Non-Member: $499
For information on dates and times and to register please click here.
UDS Resources Following up on two trainings offered by CHCANYS in November on the Uniform Data System (UDS), CHCANYS has posted additional materials to assist FQHCs and FQHC Lookalikes in their preparation of the UDS report. Click here for materials. (Note: UDS Reports are due February 15, 2012.)
CMS Posts New ICD-10 Handbook CMS has developed four Implementation Handbooks to assist providers in transitioning to ICD-10. These handbooks are step-by-step guides specifically for small and medium provider practices, large provider practices, small hospitals, and payers.
News from Clinical Quality Improvement If you have questions about CHCANYS’ Clinical Quality Improvement initiatives, please contact Kathy Alexis, email@example.com.
2012 Statewide Viral Hepatitis Conference
The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is pleased to announce the 2012 Statewide Viral Hepatitis Conference to be held Tuesday, March 20, 2012 in New York City.
The purpose of this conference is to provide the most up-to-date information on hepatitis B and C epidemiology, diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention, which will assist health and human service providers to offer the most effective care to persons infected with HBV and HCV. It is our hope that, by promoting collaborations and the sharing of knowledge, ideas and experience, we can continue to make advances in the prevention and management of HBV and HCV infections.
The conference is open to anyone who is interested. Early registration is recommended. The conference fee is $100 and includes the cost of tuition and materials, a non-refundable registration fee of $35, and meals (i.e., continental breakfast, refreshment break and lunch). Payment at the door is $125 and the student fee is $75. College ID must be presented at registration on the day of the conference to be eligible for the student fee. Click here for more information.
When:March 20, 2012 Location: City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY Registration Deadline:March 6, 2012 Fee: in advance - $100; at the door - $125; Students - $75 CME, CNE, and CEU for substance Abuse Counselors will be available.
Nonprofit SHARE to Present Poster at San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium SHARE: Self-help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer will present a poster at the 34th Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium featuring SHARE’s Novela, “Se Valiente...Son Tus Senos” (Be Brave…They’re Your Breasts).
SHARE’s Novela has been distributed to 25,000 people at 478 sites within New York City and 89 other sites throughout the U.S. and internationally. Analysis of pre- and post-test evaluations at 17 community-based workshops suggests that the Novela significantly increases knowledge about breast cancer in Latina populations.
Get Yourself Tested (GYT) Campaign Responding to the fact that one in two young people will get a sexually transmitted disease (STD) by age 25-and most won't know it, the Get Yourself Tested (GYT) campaign is a youthful, empowering social movement to reduce the spread of STDs among young people through information; open communication with partners, health care providers, and parents; and testing and treatment as needed. For a generation accustomed to communicating in shorthand, the GYT acronym presents STD testing in a context that is familiar and relatable to young people. Through GYT's presence on MTV Networks, the involvement of music and celebrity talent, and special promotions, GYT encourages testing as an act of pride, not shame-and promotes an open dialogue about STDs by encouraging young people to spread the word about the campaign.
GYT is developed as part of It's Your (Sex) Life, a longstanding public information partnership of MTV and the Kaiser Family Foundation, together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and other national partners, including the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) and the American College Health Association (ACHA). Gilead Sciences, Inc. provides support and resources for select elements of the campaign.
As part of the campaign's efforts to improve GYT each year, the GYT mailing list is undergoing a complete overhaul. If you, your health center, your clinic or your organization is interested in receiving free GYT materials for National STD Awareness Month in April and being included in other special promotions, please sign up to join the GYT campaign here. Even if you have received a GYT kit before, please sign up to ensure that you will be included in the 2012 mailing distribution and to receive a 2012 kit. The only way to receive a kit in 2012 is by signing up. It's fast, it's easy. Be a part of it! Visit http://signup.gytnow.org to join the GYT campaign today!
Smoking Cessation Efforts Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death in New York City, killing 7,200 New Yorkers each year. Helping patients quit smoking is the single most important thing you can do to improve their health.
Smoking cessation counseling is now reimbursable for all Medicaid, Medicaid Managed Care, and Family Health Plus patients. Office-based providers and providers in Article 28 clinics that bill APGs can now bill for up to 6 counseling sessions in a 12-month period.
The Health Department recommends that you screen all patients for smoking status and help smokers to quit. Medicaid enrollees can receive:
Up to 6 months of smoking cessation medications per year, including nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), Zyban® (bupropion SR), and Chantix® (varenicline);
Six sessions of either individual or group counseling in a 12-month period.
The use of nicotine replacement therapy, Zyban® or Chantix® combined with counseling provides the best opportunity to help a smoker quit. For more information, including specific reimbursement information, please visit: NYS Medicaid Benefit (http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/smoke/smoke-nys-medicaid-benefit.shtml) and click here for some Frequently Asked Questions. BigAppleRx Card For all patients but particularly the uninsured who likely do not receive discounts on pharmacotherapy, the BigAppleRx card is a free card that provides discounts for a broad range of medications, including over-the-counter (OTC) smoking cessation aids (i.e., nicotine gum, patch, inhaler, nasal spray) and prescription drugs like Zyban® or Chantix®, at most retail pharmacies in NYC. The BigAppleRx card is available to everyone living, working or visiting NYC, regardless of age, income, citizenship, or health insurance status. In order to receive a discount, the patient must have a valid prescription for both prescription and OTC products like the nicotine gum or patch. For more information, please click here.
News from HIT If you have questions about CHCANYS' HIT work, please contact Lisa Perry, firstname.lastname@example.org.
NY to hold a Vendor/Software Developers 5010 Conference On December 16, 2011 NY Medicaid will hold a HIPAA 5010 web meeting for vendors and software developers. If your vendor or software development team is not yet supporting the NY Medicaid HIPAA Version 5010 or NCPDP Version D.0. requirements, it is important that they participate in this session. To access details and to register please click here.
NY State Webinars on Medicaid Registration & Attestation for Meaningful Use New York State DOH has announced a schedule of webinars describing the NYS Medicaid Registration & Attestation Process for Meaningful Use. We encourage you to register for one of the “FQHC and RHC Walkthrough Webinars.”
The purpose of this webinar is to provide eligible professionals in a FHQC / RHC setting with an in-depth overview of the steps involved to register and attest for the NY Medicaid EHR Incentive Program in payment year 1. In addition to the overview will be information about needy patient volume, 3rd party registration and payment reassignment.
HIT Professional Services: CHCANYS HIT offers many Professional Solutions to assist with all of your HIT needs. To see our brochure click here.
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.