Elizabeth Swain, CHCANYS' Former President and CEO, Passes Away Elizabeth Swain, CHCANYS' former President and CEO, passed away on July 7, 2016. Elizabeth was a tireless advocate for the community health center movement and the people it serves, spending nearly her entire career working to support and expand access to primary care services in medically underserved communities. A nationally recognized leader on community health care policy, she will be remembered for her fierce dedication to the belief that access to high quality, culturally-sensitive health care is a right of all people. CHCANYS, New York’s health centers, their patients, and the greater health advocacy community are deeply grateful to Elizabeth for her many years of thoughtful and inspired leadership. She will be greatly missed. To read more about Elizabeth and her work, click here. CHCANYS is compiling remembrances and condolences to share with Elizabeth’s family. If you wish to send a message, please mail it to CHCANYS, 111 Broadway, Suite 1402, New York, NY 10006.
POLICY/ADVOCACY IN THE NEWS
National Health Center Week is Only Four Weeks Away! National Health Center Week 2016 (August 7-13) is only 4 weeks away – what are your plans? Each August, we recognize National Health Center Week (NHCW) in an effort to enhance the visibility of community, migrant, homeless, and public housing health centers and build support for the Health Center Program. Health centers across the country open their doors to state and federal elected officials and the public in order to showcase the numerous services they provide... and to celebrate! While there are countless reasons to honor health centers, among the most important is their success in providing access to affordable, high quality, cost effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people for over 50 years. We hope that you will consider hosting an event during National Health Center Week this summer and invite your elected officials, business partners, patients, and community members to participate. CHCANYS has developed a special NHCW 2016 web page featuring a wealth of tools and resources to assist you in your planning - please check back often, as we will be updating it frequently. Remember to let CHCANYS know about your events by filling out an event form – we will add it to our online listing of NHCW celebrations taking place across the state this August.
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT NEWS
Pro Bono Physician Search by Merritt Hawkins: Applications Due August 10 Merritt Hawkins, the leading physician search firm in the United States and a company of AMN Healthcare, has announced a pro bono physician search program through which it will help to recruit doctor for an understaffed community health center, waiving its professional fees. Applications are due by August 10, 2016. A NACHC preferred staffing partner for permanent physician search, Merritt Hawkins supports FQHCs through unrivalled market data, including surveys, white papers, books, and speaking presentations. These resources are provided as a courtesy to FQHCs seeking the most recent and insightful information on physician compensation, supply and demand, recruiting and retention and related topics. For more information, click here or call 800-876-0500.
Virtual Job Fair: National Health Service Corps and NURSE Corps Date: July 19, 2016 Time: 6:45 – 10:15 p.m. Hosted by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), this space-limited Virtual Job Fair will connect interested individuals with prospective employers from National Health Service Corps and NURSE Corps sites. Advance registration is required. Eligible individuals who are seeking information about job openings, benefit packages, site information and populations served are encouraged to attend. Please contact NHSCVirtualJobFair@hrsa.gov with any questions.
The Cost of Residency Training in Teaching Health Centers Last week, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published the results of the George Washington University study on the cost of residency training in Teaching Health Centers. According to the report, the average cost to train a Teaching Health Center resident is estimated to be $157,602 per year - higher than the initial $150,000-per-resident amount initially provided to THCs when the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program was first implemented and substantially higher than the current $95,000-per-resident amount made available under the funding extension of the THCGME program in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). To read the report in full,click here. To view the American Association of Teaching Health Centers’ press release on the study,click here.
CHCANYS Statewide Conference & Clinical Forum 2016: Sponsorships Available Whether you have existing FQHC clients or are new to the community health center market, CHCANYS’ Statewide Conference and Clinical Forum is the venue for networking with health center decision-makers and learning about their current product and service needs. This is a don’t miss, one-stop opportunity to network with over 500 CEOs, CFOs, Medical Directors and other senior leaders of health centers located throughout New York State. The conference is scheduled for October 30- November 1 at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, and this year’s activities will all take place in one building to ensure easier access to vendors and conference events. Click hereor contact email@example.com to learn more about marketing opportunities, including ROI. Don’t wait, spaces are limited.
CHCANYS/Latman Family Day at the Races: September 24, 2016 This year’s CHCANYS/Latman Family Day at the Races will take place on Saturday, September 24 at the beautiful Belmont Park Racetrack. Scott Fein of BioReference Laboratories and Lynn Sherman of Charles B. Wang Community Health Center are this year’s honorees. This fun-filled family event will feature a BBQ lunch, activities and entertainment for children of all ages, raffles, a silent auction, and more! Proceeds will benefit CHCANYS and its mission to ensure high quality health care to anyone in need, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. To purchase tickets, journal ads, and sponsorships, click here.
CHC SUPPORT NEWS
New Look for the NYS Dept. of Health Medicaid Update The monthly Medicaid Update published by the NYS Dept. of Health’s Office of Health Insurance Programs has a new look and can now be viewed more easily on smaller mobile devices. Click here to view the most recent version.
The Final Rule On The FLSA White-Collar Overtime Regulations: What Employers Need To Know Now Date: July 19, 2016 Time: 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. This webinar, hosted by Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell and presented by Stacy Mueller of Constangy, Brooks, Smith and Prophete, LLP, will review the U.S. Dept. of Labor's newly adapted Final Rule on white-collar exemptions to overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which will take effect on December 1 and is expected to have a significant impact on many employers. Specific topics to be addressed include: new salary threshold for exempt status; new compensation level for highly compensated employees; review of the duties test (which will remain unchanged); special guidance for non-profit employers; and reclassification considerations and options going forward.
Save Money with CPG CHCANYS partners with the CommonWealth Purchasing Group (CPG) as a value-added service to FQHCs in New York State. CPG’s portfolio of over 60 nationally recognized vendors can help you save money on day-to-day business purchases as well as larger, one-time expenses related to expansion projects. For a free assessment and to learn more, click here.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT NEWS
Beat the Heat - Stay Cool! Stay Hydrated! Stay Informed! During the summer months, all New Yorkers are vulnerable to hot weather hazards. Those residing in New York City, where temperatures can be as much as ten degrees warmer than in surrounding areas, are particularly vulnerable. When you must be outdoors in hot weather, take steps to stay cool and healthy. Cut down on exercise and other hard tasks. Drink two to four glasses of cool, non-alcoholic fluids every hour. Rest often in shady areas. Wear light clothing and protect yourself from the sun with a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher). Click here to view NYC’s “Beat the Heat” brochure andhere for suggestions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Active Shooter Planning and Response in a Health Care Setting Active Shooter events at health care facilities present unique challenges; health care professionals may be faced with decisions about leaving patients, visitors will be present, and patients and/ or staff may not be able to evacuate due to age, injury, illness, or a medical procedure in progress. For an in-depth look at a planning and response resource produced by the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council, including information on prevention, law enforcement tactics, coordinated response, and behavioral health support. click here.
Prevent and Mitigate Ransomware Attacks Ransomware is a type of malicious software cyber actors use to deny access to systems or data. The malicious cyber actor holds systems or data hostage until the ransom is paid. Click hereto learn more about ransomware from the Department of Health and Human Services, including ways to protect your networks and steps you should take if you become infected with ransomware.
QUALITY IMPROVEMENT NEWS
Tobacco Treatment Specialist Core Training Date: September 20-23, 2016 Location: CAI-NYC, 505 8th Ave, New York, NY Hosted by Cicatelli Associates, Inc., this intensive 4-day training program is designed to help tobacco treatment providers build the necessary core competencies for providing evidence-based treatment for nicotine dependency. For more information and to register, click here. Note: This training requires a prerequisite course on basic skills for working with smokers facilitated through the University of Massachusetts at Worcester.
HEALTH IT NEWS
Webinar: Navigating Key Challenges of Meaningful Use Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Time: 9:00 -11:00 a.m. Presented by: Stephanie Rose (Health Center Network of New York); Jason Thaw (Healthix), and CHCANYS HIT Staff This webinar will provide updates on the Meaningful Use program and strategies for approaching the most difficult measures, including Health Information Exchange, Patient Portal/Engagement, and Public Health reporting. Jason Thaw from Healthix RHIO will present a high-level overview of Healthix services, along with a demo to help FQHCs understand how Healthix can assist with data, interoperability, and care management needs. This webinar is free to attend, but advance registration is required - click here to sign up. Questions? Contact Amy Tammam.