Welcome to the May 15, 2009 issue of Your CHCANYS Email Update.
Twice each month, Your CHCANYS brings you quick summaries of items your health center needs to know about with links to additional information and resources. It includes timely updates about newly available resources, application deadlines for grants and upcoming trainings, as well as policy updates since our last contact with you. Look for these updates in the beginning and middle of each month.
We hope you find this an efficient, useful tool and we welcome your feedback and comments.
--Elizabeth Swain, CEO
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CHCANYS Updates--NEW CHCANYS' New York City Health Agenda FY 2010
CHCANYS is proud to present its New York City Health Agenda FY 2010 and would like to thank all those who contributed for their suggestions and guidance. We look forward to working with the Mayor's administration, City Council and community health centers in achieving the four priority initiatives highlighted in the FY 10 City Agenda and having them adopted in the upcoming New York City budget. Please call Darryl Ng, Director of Government Affairs at (212) 710-3814 with any questions. For a copy of the NYC Agenda, please click here.
New York City FY 10 Executive Budget Proposal
Mayor Bloomberg is proposing a $59.4 billion Executive Budget that fills a $6.6 billion deficit through a series of tax increases, job cuts, agency spending reductions and other actions. To read about the impact of these actions on New York City health centers, click here.
For Up to Date Information on the FY2010 Federal budget for HRSA, click here.
Update on CHCANYS' H1N1 Activities
CHCANYS has been working with NYS Department of Health (DOH) and NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to disseminate H1N1 alerts, information, and guidance. CHCANYS recently disseminated a cooperative agreement form to NYC health centers that, once signed and returned to DOHMH, will allow for the inclusion of community health centers in the City's Antiviral Allocation Plan.
H1N1 (Swine) Flu Resources for CHC's (click on each of the items below to access)
Additional resources on H1N1 can be found by clicking here. www.CHCANYS.org.
If you or anyone on your staff would like to sign up for CHCANYS' Emergency Preparedness Alerts, please drop Matt Ziemer, our Emergency Preparedness Program Coordinator a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Red Flag Rule Delayed
FTC grants three-month delay of enforcement of ‘Red Flags' Rule requiring creditors and financial iInstitutions to adopt Identity Theft Prevention Programs The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that the red flag enforcement date is being extended until August 1, 2009 and additional guidance will be forthcoming. You can read the full press release here.
Region II Conference Speakers Confirmed
The Region II Conference July 12-14 provides training and networking opportunities among primary care associations and health centers in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Attendees include medical and site directors, CEOs, COOs, health center board members, operational team members, senior and mid-level staff, as well as partners and those interested in primary health care including medical, public health and public policy students.
Confirmed keynotes/speakers to date include:
John Sawyer, Director of Federal Affairs, NACHC
Ron Moss, Regional Division Director, Office of Performance Review (OPR) - welcome
Richard Daines, MD, Commissioner of Health, New York State
Deborah Bachrach, Deputy Commissioner Office of Health Insurance
Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Conference Call Info Now Available
If you missed the recent Capital Improvement Program Conference call on May 15th you can hear a recording of it by contacting Rebecca Gaige-Troxell, CHCANYS Program and Planning Coordinator mail to mailto:email@example.com or 518-434-0767 x 13.
HRSA NEWS HRSA Announces new HHS Office of Health Reform This new office will spearhead the department’s efforts to pass urgently needed health reform this year and coordinate with the White House Office of Health Reform.To learn more about the key staffers within this new office, click here.
HRSA Announces new members to the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee and HIT Standards Committee Established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, these two new federal advisory committees bring together a wide diversity of key stakeholders to help guide Health IT policy.To read more, click here.
GRANT OPPORTUNITIES--NEW Stimulus Support for Oral Health
Oral health services have been identified as a priority for economic stimulus funds. HRSA has released guidance for Health Centers on how to apply for capital funding of oral health care projects. Details are available by clicking here.
For consultation on your specific oral health plans, please contact NNOHA at (303) 957-0635.
FY 2010 SAC Competing Guidance Information The FY 2010 SAC competing guidance has just been released! Click here to access the application guidance in EHB. If you have questions regarding the FY 2010 Service Area Competition application and/or the review process described in this application guidance, please call Nicole Amado in the Bureau of Primary Health Care’s Office of Policy and Program Development at 301-594-4300 or Nicole.Amado@hrsa.hhs.gov. The Bureau of Primary Health Care will announce a pre-applicant teleconference conference call shortly after the guidance release date. For the call date and additional resources, please click here.
UPCOMING MEETINGS AND TRAININGS-NEW Complimentary Webinar on HITECH Act May 20 3:30 pm – 4:30 p.m. EST
May 27 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, part of the federal stimulus package, authorizes roughly $36 billion in outlays over the next ten years for health IT.Significantly, the HITECH Act authorizes $34 billion to promote the adoption of certified EHRs among practitioners, hospitals, and clinics through Medicare incentive payments and Medicaid programs.
You are invited to join a series of free webinars presented by Manatt and Manatt Health Solutions designed to outline questions and opportunities your organization should be thinking about in light of the HITECH Act.To register, click here.
Training Opportunity for Clinicians New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will sponsor a free three-day training course for primary care providers on Basic & Advanced Disaster Life Support at Jamaica Hospital Medical Centeron June 2-4.Please note that the first day is Basic Disaster Life Support, followed by 2 days of Advanced Disaster Life Support. The training is geared towards clinical staff but registration will be taken for non-clinical staff. Clinical staff will receive priority in the event of limited space.Information on BDLS and ADLS can be found by clicking here.Interested people should contact Dr. Bindy Crouch at DOHMH by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for an Expression of Interest Form.
NACHC Offers webinar series on social networking for health centersFour webinars available through NACHC over the course of the spring and summer will focus on so-called “Social Networking” activity. Social Networking 101: The BASICS of Facebook and Twitter(May 20, 2 p.m. EDT) is intended for beginners and will cover how to establish your personal or health center presence on these platforms. Using Social Media to Communicate the Value of Health Centers June 2, 2 p.m. EDT), is geared specifically for PCA and health center communicators who want to expand outreach. Space is limited, so register today!
HRSA PINS AND PALS INFORMATION--NEW PAL 2009-05
The Health Center Program: New Requirements for Medical Malpractice Coverage Deeming under the Federally Supported Health Centers Assistance Act for Calendar Year 2010. This PAL contains the instructions for health centers filing initial and renewal deeming applications for calendar year (CY) 2010. All currently deemed health centers must file a renewal deeming application no later than July 17, 2009 in order to be deemed for CY 2010. For more information please click here.