We hope you find this an efficient, useful tool and we welcome your feedback and comments. –Elizabeth Swain, CEO
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
News from Health Center Support
NationalHealth Center Week is August 8-14. If you would like to download a PDF of last week’s CHCANYS-NACHC webinar on National Health Center Week, please click here. The recording ID you'll be asked for is NHCW2010.
To post your NHCW event on the CHCANYS website, please click here. Don’t forget to include any elected officials you’ve invited in the notes section of the form.
If you'd like to see what other events are happening around the state, click here.
Logos, posters, flyers and banner PDFs to promote your event are available for you to download and use by clicking here. You'll also find sample press advisories, press releases, and other media materials for you to use. NACHC also has a wealth of resources and information at your disposal by clicking here.
We're looking for health centers to go into their waiting rooms and do quick interviews with their patients about how important or how essential their community health center is to them. We're looking for short quotes and quips to put together a 3-4 minute video that will be available to be shown at the New York City NHCW Breakfast. It will also be posted on the CHCANYS NHCW website so you can download it and show it at your event as well. We'll also send it off to NACHC for their Video Contest.
Since video files are usually pretty big, please upload your file to the following FTP site: ftp://mail.commservices.net Cut and paste this link into your web browser. Username: visitor Password: George (case sensitive). Open the Uploads folder and place your clips in the NHCW Video Clips folder.
If using Internet Explorer, you need to enter ftp://mail.commservices.net into the address bar. It may say, "cannot connect as anonymous". Click on "File", "Login as", and enter the credentials.
Please name the clip so that it is clear what health center it is from and the name of the person in the clip. Please e-mail Libby Post, CHCANYS Communications Director, at email@example.com to let her know you've uploaded a clip and to send her the names of the folks in the clips.
You will need to have the folks you interview sign a release. Click here to download a release you can use.
Affordable Care Act School-Based Health Centers Capital Program Grant Announcement. Application Deadline: July 30, 2010 This program will support school-based health center efforts to expand capacity to provide primary healthcare services to school-aged children. To be eligible, an applicant must be a school-based health center or a sponsoring facility of school-based health centers. For details, please click here.
The eMedNY Seminar Schedule for July through September is available by clicking here.
Upcoming Webinar: Models for Improving Medicaid Primary Care: Lessons for Health Reform Tuesday, July 27 1-2:30 pm, ET As Medicaid expands to cover more than one quarter of the U.S. population, its purchasing leverage will become even more critical to support improvements in primary care, particularly for people with chronic illnesses. This webinar will describe the evolving model of primary care, as well as practice-based transformation strategies underway in two states. To learn more and register for this webinar, please click here.
CHCANYS Clinical Forum & Statewide Conference: Register Today! This year’s conference will focus on health care reform and provide important content related to capital development, health care home and timely news and practices in health care policy, clinical quality, reimbursement, health information technology, and more. The conference will take place October 3-5 at The Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY. For hotel and registration, please click here.
Jeffrey T. Latman Foundation Grant: Finance Scholarships – Apply Today! CHCANYS is pleased to announce that we received a grant from the Jeffrey T. Latman Foundation to support technical assistance training and financial webinars for community health center finance and accounting staff. The grant also provides a limited number of scholarships for CHCANYS’ Clinical Forum and Statewide Annual Conference October 3-5 in Albany, NY. Applications are accepted immediately through August 15th. To apply for a scholarship, please click here.
HHS Launches New Website for Consumers The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recently unveiled www.HealthCare.gov, an online tool that will help consumers find information and resources to access quality, affordable health care coverage. Set in motion by the Affordable Care Act, the site provides consumers with both public and private health coverage options tailored specifically for their needs in a single, easy-to-use tool. For a brief introduction to the new site and its functionality, please click here.
New Issue of Free Publication for Health Center Boards Available The current issue of Across the Board, a free publication for health centers and their board members, is available for download at no charge by clicking here! Across the Board, and its Spanish version, Desde La JuntaDirectiva, are bulletins to assist, educate, encourage, and communicate with volunteer board members of primary health care programs. The current issue focuses on leading in tough times and developing resilience. For new board members seeking to learn more about board topics, or for boards seeking resource materials for board development, most past issues of Across the Board are available for download from the Across the Board website. All downloads of Across the Board are free, and may be reproduced for health center use.
Capital Link Offers Free Guide on Capital Project Financing Selecting the Right Capital Project Financing, A Guide for Health Center Staff and Boards, prepared by Capital Link, gives health centers the information needed to determine available financing options for capital projects. It contains a primer on health center capital financing, including how to estimate debt capacity, and details on specific sources for equity, debt, and credit enhancement. It also provides a discussion on the factors that influence health center financing. HRSA supported development of the guide. This publication is the latest in a comprehensive collection of resource materials Capital Link has prepared to assist health centers and primary care associations with accomplishing specific tasks related to the capital development process. To visit the Capital Link website and to order this and other free publications, please click here. Ordering information is at the bottom of the page. CMS Working to Streamline Provider Enrollment Process The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is working with providers to address concerns about enrollment in the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries continue to receive the health care services and items they need. PECOS is the electronic system used to enroll physicians and eligible professionals into the Medicare program. As part of those efforts, CMS will, for the time being, not implement changes that would automatically reject claims based on orders, certifications, and referrals made by providers that have not yet had their applications approved by July 6, 2010. While more than 800,000 physicians and other health professionals have enrolled and have approved applications in the PECOS system, some providers have encountered problems.
News from Clinical Quality Initiatives
Plant a Seed for Healthy Vision in Your Community NEI is pleased to announce the 2011 cycle of the Health Vision Community Awards (HVCA) program which provides up to $10,000 in seed money to nonprofit and community-based organizations to support grassroots eye health education efforts. Proposed projects must focus on eye health education, be innovative, have the potential for sustainability once funding ends and address one or more of the following topics: Age-related Macular Degeneration; Diabetic Eye Disease; Glaucoma; Occupational Eye Safety or Vision Rehabilitation. For program information, including more details about applicant eligibility, the electronic application process, and criteria for final award selection, please click here.
Online application deadline: August 30.
Diabetes Learning Series: Recorded Webinars Now Available The following recorded webinars are available on the CQI page of the CHCANYS website as part of the NYS Diabetes Campaign.
Master your Cultural and Survival Nutrition Skills
Shared Medical Appointments–An Innovative Practice Model to Improve Outcomes in Your Patients with Diabetes
Managing Progressive Kidney Disease
Incorporating Self Management Goal Setting with the Patient into a Routine Visit
To view the recordings and download the associated PowerPoints, please click here.
NYSIIS News The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) has released its June 2010 issue of Needle Tips (www.immunize.org/nt), for all healthcare professionals who give vaccines. Also available is Vaccinate Adults (www.immunize.org/va), a version of Needle Tips modified for those who work only with adult patients. These publications contain ready-to-print educational materials for healthcare professionals and their patients, updated immunization schedules, vaccine news highlights, and IAC’s popular "Ask the Experts" question-and-answer column. To receive direct notification when new issues are published, please click here.
NYSDOH Critical Asset Survey (CAS) The survey may be found on the Health Commerce System (HCS) portal by clicking here. Questions on the survey may be directed to Jon Maskin, Project Manager, NYSDOH at 518-408-5161 or Mary Lou Caprara, CHCANYS Emergency Preparedness at 518-434-0767 x15.
News from HIT
NYC Health Centers are Invited to Join our PCMH/MU Collaborative PCDC and CHCANYS invite you to learn about a new six-month Patient Centered Medical Home/Meaningful Use (PCMH/MU) Collaborative focused on the unique needs and concerns of local NYC community health centers. The Collaborative includes a program of technical assistance and collaboration designed to help health centers interested in developing their PCMH and MU plans and in reaching their PCMH and MU goals.
A full-day informational session will be held on July 21st at Baruch College (located at 151 East 25th Street, New York, NY, 10010) to outline in detail the requirements of Patient Centered Medical Home and Meaningful Use and develop a common understanding of how these important initiatives impact your practice in terms of risk and reward. During this session, we will provide more information, including the costs and benefits of Collaborative participation, to help your health center decide if the PCDC-CHCANYS PCMH/MU Collaborative opportunity is right for you.
For information, including directions on how to register for the July 21st session, including directions on how to register for the July 21st session, please click here.
For further information: • Call Cari Reiner at 212-437-3912 • E-mail our event mailbox at firstname.lastname@example.org
HEAL 17 Grant Opportunity Now Available. Applications are due August 9, 2010 from eligible applicants to fund projects that improve the coordination and management of care through a Patient Centered Medical Home model that emphasizes improved management and coordination of care by including mental health, long term care, and home health care providers supported by the implementation and effective use of interoperable health information infrastructure. CHCANYS will partner as a stakeholder with any FQHC willing to lead in developing the application. To access the Request for Grant Application, please click here.
Final Meaningful Use Rule Announced. The US Department of Health & Human Services announced release of the final rule on meaningful use today. Click here for the final rule. An article about the final rule by Dr. David Blumenthal, Director of the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT, is available on the New England Journal of Medicine website by clicking here.
In summary, the criteria have been softened and providers have some choice in selecting criteria. CHCANYS will provide further information once we have read the final rule.