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If your health center has a training or technical assistance that you'd like to share with others around the state, or would like to subscribe others at your health center to Your CHCANYS please email the pertinent information to Libby Post at email@example.com. Thank you.
CHCANYS UPDATE Region II Conference: Register Today The New Jersey Primary Care Association (NJPCA) hosts this year's Region II primary care conference for health centers in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The theme is Community Health Centers...A Pathway to Health Care Reform. The conference will take place June 1-3, 2010 at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. To take advantage of the best hotel and registration rates, please register before May 10th.
For registration, preliminary schedule and hotel, click here. Dr. Yvonne S. Thornton is this year's keynote. She is a Life Member of the NY Academy of Medicine, Health Advocate & Pulitzer Prize Nominated Author of The Ditchdigger's Daughters. For more information about Dr. Thornton, click here. Tom Van Coverden, President and CEO, NACHC will also address the conference.
CHCANYS Clinical Forum & Statewide Conference Hold the dates October 3-5, 2010 for the CHCANYS annual conference at The Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY. Sponsor/Vendor and General Registration are now open at www.chcanys.org. The conference will focus on timely policy, clinical, reimbursement, health information technology, operational issues and more. The online call for proposals for health centers is coming soon.
News from Health Center Support Services Medicaid Patient-Centered Medical Home Webinar hosted by CHCANYS Monday, May 3rd from 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Foster Gesten, M.D., Medical Director, Office of Health Insurance Programs, New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH)
Donna Haskin, Director of Quality Initiatives, Division of Financial Planning and Policy, New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH)
Rod Lloyd, Program Research Specialist, New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH)
CHCANYS is delighted to announce an upcoming webinar about New York State's Medicaid Patient-Centered Medical Home program and FQHC-specific concerns, presented by experts from the New York State Department of Health. The Patient-Centered Medical Home Program will provide enhanced Medicaid payments to health centers certified by the Commissioner of Health as medical homes. The Department of Health will use NCQA's three levels of Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition. Click here to read DOH's special Medicaid Update.
There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions of the presenters. If you have questions that you would like to hear addressed during the webinar, please email them to Rebecca Gaige-Troxell at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 26. To register, please click here. You will receive an email with the "call-in" information prior to the webinar.
IMPORTANT: We will need your email to send you the "webinar dial-in" information. Please make sure your email is correct. Please note: There is no charge to attend this webinar, but all participants will need to register prior to the call.
If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Gaige-Troxell at 518-434-0767 or email@example.com
OACHC and 3RNet Third Annual Recruitment and Retention Webinar Series Presented by OACHC and the National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3Rnet) OACHC and 3RNet are once again offering a four-part recruitment and retention webinar series with experts in the field. These webinars offer you the opportunity to train multiple staff from the comfort of your office with the top leaders in the field for one low price!
April 22, 2010 2:00 Eastern:The Why, Who, When and What of Background Investigations, Credentialing and Privileging. Rhonda Jackson, President, Reality Check Screening will discuss background checking and it's place in medical professional recruitment and retention. Jared M. Pollick, Director of Human Resources, Community Health Services, Fremont, Ohio will cover credentialing and privileging
May 27, 2010 2:00 Eastern: Health Care Reform - What it Means in Rural America. Maggie Elehwany, Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy, National Rural Health Association will provide updates on health care reform as it affects rural and underserved communities.
June 24, 2010 3:30 Eastern: On Boarding-You Have the Provider, Now What? Laura Screeney, In-House Recruitment and Retention Consultant, offers insights into the process of integrating new providers into the practice and community with goal of long term retention.
All webinars will take place at 2 pm ET. The cost is $75 per webinar for OACHC and 3RNet members or $175 for the remaining sessions. Non-member price is $125 per webinar or $325for the remaining sessions. Cost is per phone line and internet connection so train as many people as want for one low price!
Register for one or all at the same time by clicking here.
News from Clinical Quality Initiatives An Invitation from DOHMH and American Cancer Society: CME Opportunity Join Dr. Richard Rosenberg, Columbia University Medical Center, for a webcast review of the medical and administrative nuances of direct referral for screening colonoscopy. Direct referral is a growing practice that eliminates the pre-procedure consultation for average-risk men and women. This process reduces barriers for patients and improves their adherence to recommendations for colon cancer screening. It is increasingly accepted nationally as a referral strategy for appropriate patients
Learn more about the DOHMH guidelines for colorectal cancer screening and a new tool to increase screening in your practice. This tool promotes primary care assessment of patients for colonoscopies and is increasingly accepted by gastroenterologists and endoscopists in NYC.
Audience: This webcast is recommended for:
Primary care physicians and clinical staff
Ob/Gyns and clinical staff
Practice administrators and managers
Gastroenterologists and clinical staff
Date: Monday, April 26, 2010. Time: 4pm-5pm. Presenter: Richard Rosenberg, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center. Register here. Spaces are limited so sign up now!
CME Credits: ME credits are pending and will be provided through the American Academy of Family Physicians.
For more information about the webcast or the direct referral initiative, please contact Jessica Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presentation on Vision Health We are very excited to invite you to a presentation given by John Crews, project officer from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who will present on vision loss prevention, aging and disability. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Mr. Crews and engage in discussion. We would also request that you forward this invite to your leadership, colleagues and staff as appropriate.
Mr. Crews is passionate about elevating the connection between vision loss and chronic disease, as well as raising awareness regarding secondary prevention of chronic disease and other issues for individuals who already have vision impairment. Mr. Crews will be presenting from 10:30 am to 12 noon on April 21st in Albany. The space for this is TBA and dependent on how many people plan to attend in person. We will also try to have a phone line available to provide that option to anyone not able to travel that day.
Please RSVP by COB, April 19th to Sallie Ann Avery (email@example.com or 518-408-0125), with your name and organization, and the name(s) and organization(s) of anyone that wishes to join you. Please indicate who is available in person and who would like to join by phone.
SEARCH: Become a Preceptor The SEARCH (Student/Resident Experiences and Rotations in Community Health) Program, coordinated by the New York State Area Health Education Center (AHEC) System, provides an opportunity for health centers to expose medical and other health profession students to the critical work of health centers. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. Through SEARCH, community health centers will receive practice site support for each student placement during the four to six week rotation period. The program provides an opportunity for health centers to reach qualified students and to expose them to a career path of commitment to underserved populations. Through SEARCH, students may receive assistance with travel and housing reimbursement and centers receive guidance and resources through the professional AHEC network. For more information or an application, click here. For a Preceptor flyer, click here.
Maxine Golub, Sr. VP, Planning and Development, Institute for Family Health will provide an overview of the SEARCH Program on the May 21st Clinical Call. Please join us to learn more about how this statewide program can benefit your health center.
News from Policy/Advocacy PMG is Offering Coding Training. PMG is offering coding training and other trainings tailored specifically for community health centers during the month of June 2010, via webinar. Click here for information.
News from Emergency Preparedness Emergency Preparedness Needs Assessment Survey Announcement: CHCANYS Emergency Preparedness Department is launching a Needs Assessment Survey today, Monday, April 19, with an expected return date of Friday, May 14. The purpose of this survey is to assess the emergency management needs of New York State's Community Health Centers. The results of this survey will allow CHCANYS to better understand health center needs, provide for these needs, and make available emergency management programs that help centers become active emergency preparedness partners.
Executive Order 29 has now expired! Executive Order 29, which declared a State disaster emergency and authorized suspension and modification of specified laws and regulations for the purpose of facilitating the timely distribution and administration of 2009 H1N1 influenza and seasonal influenza vaccine, expired April 17, 2010. Beginning on April 18, 2010, all modifications and suspensions of laws and regulations under the Executive Order will be no longer in effect, and affected parties must fully comply with existing New York State law. Please click here for more details.
H1N1 Conference to be hosted by Medical Society of the State The Medical Society of the State is hosting an H1N1 conference entitled "Experiences from the Frontline: A Physician's Perspective on H1N1. This goal of this conference is to reflect upon the lessons learned by physicians in the aftermath of the H1N1 epidemic and how these lessons can be applied in handling future epidemics. The conference will be accredited with 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. This conference has tremendous potential to inform physicians of New York on how the H1N1 epidemic was handled by their colleagues. More information can be found by clicking here.
NYS Continues to Urge H1N1 and Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Providers are encouraged to continue vaccinating children and adults against both the H1N1 and seasonal influenza vaccine until the vaccine expires or it is no longer available. Please click here for more details. (Insert "Continued Vaccination" here.)
Pandemic Disaster Response Study Eager to Include Community Health Center Experiences The University of Kentucky Center for the Study of Violence Against Children is conducting a study examining psychosocial responses to pandemic. Researchers are particularly interested in the professional experiences of health care workers who provided immunization and treatment services during H1N1 and SARS. The study is focused on the psychosocial effects of pandemic on children and families, how pandemic affected the lives of health care workers and their families, and lessons learned or suggestions for improved planning, preparedness and response to future health emergencies to develop best practice guidelines and training modules. You may participate by taking an online survey, volunteering for an interview, or participating in a focus group. All participants will receive an incentive for their participation. Researchers would like to conduct focus groups of health care providers in your community. If you would be interested in participating in a focus group or interview, please click here. Click here to take the online survey.
To volunteer for a focus group or interview, please contact: Miriam Silman, firstname.lastname@example.org (that's a zero at the end of the e-mail address), 606-454-4715 Pandemic Disaster Response Study Center for the Study of Violence Against Children University of Kentucky 3470 Blazer Parkway, Suite 100 Lexington, KY 40509
HRSA PINS AND PALS HRSA Issues PAL 2010-01: Enhancements to Support Health Center Program Requirements Monitoring The purpose of this Program Assistance Letter (PAL) is to provide policy and program guidance regarding the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)/Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) Progressive Action process, which has been developed to support the review and monitoring of Health Center Program requirements and support health centers in their efforts to achieve Health Center Program objectives. For Program Assistance Letter (PAL), please click here.