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 email@example.com. Thank you.
CHCANYS UPDATES - NEW Financing Community Health Centers as Patient-and-Community-Centered Medical Homes: A Primer You can read this excellent, thoughtful and detailed piece about health centers as "patient and community-centered medical homes" by clicking here.
Family Day at the Races Saturday, September 12, 11:30 am You are cordially invited to join us in celebrating the 12th annual Family Day at the Races in the Marquee Tent at Belmont Park Racetrack, Elmont, NY We will be honoring Katherine Grant-Davis, President and CEO of the New Jersey Primary Care Association and recipient of The JTL Foundation Lifetime of Service award. For questions, contact Judy@jtlfoundation.org. For driving instructions, tickets and ticket packages, go to www.jtlfoundation.org
Health Centers and the Stimulus: An Interactive Map Much of the stimulus funding reserved for health centers has been allocated and is already at work in communities across the country. NACHC has developed an interactive map about how health centers are a bright spot in communities hit hard by the recession. Thanks to this historic investment, health centers are truly making a difference by providing affordable and accessible health care. It is not too late to add your story to the map. Please contact Terry Tyson at Communication Services to have your information added at 518-438-2826 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For a run down of New York State projects, click here.
CALL for PROPOSALS - CHCANYS Clinical Forum & Statewide Annual Conference Health centers statewide are invited to submit proposals from now through August 28th for this year's conference - October 14-16 in Rye Brook, New York. The theme is Integrating Community Health Across Populations to focus on the work of community health centers in diverse rural and urban communities throughout the state. To learn more and to submit a proposal click here.
National Health Center Week a Success NHCW activities were held throughout New York State last week. Click here to read media coverage. If you have media stories that we don't know about or have photos that we can use in a NHCW-NYS 09 photo album we're putting together for the CHCANYS website, please e-mail Libby Post at email@example.com.
Call for Participation The Quality Initiatives Team at CHCANYS continues to host monthly Clinical Quality calls to discuss issues that matter to the health centers statewide. We welcome clinicians of all disciplines (e.g., physicians, PAs, NPs, nurses, social workers, health educators, etc.) to join in on the discussions that have a dynamic impact on all health centers statewide.
When: 3rd Friday of every month (unless otherwise announced) Time: 9am-10:30am EST Dial-in number: 1-866-504-8504 Conference Code: 2127103817
Enlist Your Health Center The NYS Diabetes Campaign, sponsored by the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) in partnership with the Institute for Family Health, is an initiative designed to reverse the diabetes epidemic in New York State by improving clinical care, mobilizing communities, and promoting policy. CHCANYS has been chosen as one of the clinical hubs to participate in this effort and help primary care providers across New York State achieve high standards of care and improved patient outcomes. CHCANYS is now enlisting health centers to participate in the campaign.
The Campaign and CHCANYS will work with providers at whatever level they are ready to participate and assist health centers in applying for national diabetes recognition programs (National Committee for Quality Assurance's (NCQA) Diabetes Recognition Program and Bridges To Excellence's Diabetes Care Link program). To access information on how you can adopt seven standard practices that characterize high-quality clinical diabetes management at your health center, contact Kathy Alexis at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-710-3817.
Congratulations to Diabetes Recognition Program Recipients CHCANYS would like to congratulate the following CHCs that have submitted and achieved NCQA Diabetes Recognition. These centers have demonstrated and will be publicly recognized for its skill in providing excellent care to their patients with diabetes:
Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, NY, NY
Urban Health Plan, Bronx, NY
Family Health Network of Center NY, Cortland, NY
The Institute for Family Health - East 13th Street Family Practice - NY, NY.
To learn more about how your health center can become NCQA or BTE recognized for diabetes care, contact Kathy Alexis at mailto:email@example.com or 212-710-3817.
Diabetes Policy Brief Release by NYS Health Foundation and Bridges To Excellence Now Available The New York State Health Foundation's Diabetes Policy Center, in partnership with Bridges To Excellence, has released their policy brief, which describes their new Diabetes Incentive Program Endorsement - strategy created to promote incentives that drive excellence in diabetes care and outcomes. The Center's goals are to encourage the majority of health plans in New York State to offer and deliver incentives to physicians and practices that demonstrate delivering quality care and achieving better outcomes for patients with diabetes and to encourage the alignment of incentive programs across New York's health plans. To read the policy brief, click here.
FREE Webinar - "Who Needs CLAS?" On Thursday, October 8th, 2009, the NYS Department of Health Bureau of Community Chronic Disease Prevention, Bureau of Chronic Disease Control, and Bureau of Injury Prevention invite public health and traffic safety professionals to attend a video-teleconference for a free, one-hour training entitled "Who Needs CLAS?" from 11:00 am to Noon. This training will focus on the four federally mandated Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards and how they apply to your organization.
We are currently looking for sites to serve as a host for this video teleconference. In order to serve as a host, all your organization needs is video teleconference equipment that can be accessed by either an ISDN phone line or an IP address (check with your tech folks if you are not sure). If you are willing to act as a host site please send a note to Eric Weiskopf at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, August 26th along with the following information:
Your name/address/contact info Name/contact info for technical point of contact (POC) Name of organization Name/address of room with video teleconference equipment Number of people you can accommodate in room IP address or ISDN number for equipment (Tech POC should know this) Are you willing to host guests from other organizations? Is there adequate parking for guests? Is your facility accessible for persons with disabilities?
A registration form will be sent out on Monday, August 31st. It will include the name and address of all host sites.
New Technical Assistance Materials on ARRA Reporting Now Available The federal government has posted on the main recovery website new technical assistance materials to assist grantees in submitting their ARRA government-wide reports. Further, on August 17, 2009, www.federalreporting.gov will go live and recipients of ARRA funds will be able to register as the first step in the reporting process mandated by ARRA. More information is available by clicking here.
ARRA-funded Loan Repayment Offer for Health Professions Workforce Now Available Nearly $200 million in ARRA funding is now available to support student loan repayments for primary care medical, dental and mental health clinicians who want to work at National Health Services Corps sites. The purpose of the loan repayments is to bolster and expand the health professions workforce. This opportunity is available to those with and without high HPSA scores. The deadline for this opportunity is September 30, 2009 and applications will be accepted until that deadline or until available funds are expended. For details, click here.
UPCOMING MEETINGS AND TRAININGS - NEW Corporate Compliance Training For FQHC's & Look-Alikes September 10, 10 AM and September 11, 9 AM Hampton Inn & Suites in Downtown Albany Register Now. Space is limited.
This intensive, two-day training hosted by CHCANYS is developed by Feldesman, Tucker, Leifer, and Fidell, LLP and RSM McGladrey Inc., with the support of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). The content will be provided by the expert faculty of Peter Epp, Adam Falk, Esq., Jacki Leifer, Esq., and Kim Harrison, and will focus on specific issues relating to corporate compliance for community health centers including New York-specific concerns such as the recently issued Provider Compliance Regulations. The two-day schedule is full of valuable information. For a detailed overview of the training and general session topics, click here.
Additional Compliance Officer Only Session An additional two hour Compliance Officer Session will be held on Friday, September 11 from Noon to 2:00 p.m. (lunch will be served). Pricing for the additional Compliance Session: $175.00 Register Here.
Questions? Please contact Rebecca Gaige -Troxell at 518-434-0767 ext. 13.
Hotel Information: A block of rooms is being held at the Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Albany for Wednesday, September 9, and Thursday, September 10, at the reduced rate of $99.00 per night, including a hot breakfast. Please call 518-432-1112 before August 29 to make your hotel reservations and mention code "A03" to get the special rate.
Who should attend? CEO's, COO's, Senior Managers, Risk Managers, Compliance Officers, billing, coding and human resource staff.
FREE Webinar: Together Rx Accessฎ Program The New York State Diabetes Campaign invites you to participate in an informative webinar about ways in which you can help uninsured New York residents gain better access to prescription medicines. Amy Niles, Chair Medical Relations/Advocacy of Together Rx Access, will discuss how Together Rx Access, a prescription savings program, can help eligible uninsured residents gain immediate and meaningful savings on hundreds of brand-name prescription products and thousands of generics at their neighborhood pharmacy. The Together Rx Access Card is free to get and free to use. Learn How.
Date: September 17, 2009 Time: 12pm-1pm EST Dial-in number: 1-800-261-3225 Conference Code: 3200314
FREE Webinar: How To Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in Practice - A Primary Care Clinician's Evidence-Based Toolkit and Guide In February 2009, the NYS Academy of Family Physicians and the American Cancer Society in conjunction with CHCANYS offered an evidence-based CME/CNE opportunity, "How to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in Practice--A Primary Care Clinician's Evidence-Based Toolkit and Guide". The curriculum focuses on identifying patients at increased risk for colorectal cancer and improving screening rates utilizing the most recent guidelines and recommendations.
A recording of the webinar has been archived on the CHCANYS website for viewing at your convenience. Click here for more information and a link to the recording. At the end of viewing the archived recording, please complete an evaluation (a link can be found on the same webpage). Completion of the evaluation is necessary in order to obtain CME/CNE credits. All completed evaluations should be faxed to Kathy Alexis at (212) 279-3851.
Chronic Disease and Diabetes Self-Management Program Have you seen the Surgeon General's Perspectives in this month's edition of Public Health Reports: "SELF-MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS: ONE WAY TO PROMOTE HEALTHY AGING." It mentions the role of programs such as Stanford University School of Medicine's Chronic Disease Self- Management Program in helping patients control their symptoms and manage their chronic illness.
The Quality Initiatives team at CHCANYS has been trained to be Master Trainers of the Stanford Chronic Disease and Diabetes Self-Management Program. Staff is available to facilitate a 6-week session for identified patients of your facility. This program gives patients with chronic diseases and their caretakers the skills needed to manage their health and to maintain a healthy and active life.
Kudos to Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Services Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Services has taken the initiative to host the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) workshop for their patients and caretakers. In addition to supporting facilitators from CHCANYS, WMY was successful in recruiting participants and allotting the resources needed to make the trainings possible. After an engaging and exciting 6-week series, the workshop resulted in 15 participants graduating from the CDSMP. "I suffer from depression but since taking this class I haven't been depressed. I've had something to look forward to." - WMY CDSMP graduate. Thank you to WMY patients and staff for making this an enjoyable experience.
GRANT OPPORTUNITIES - NEW Kresge Foundation Announces Two New Health Initiatives The Health Clinic Opportunity Fund, targeted to free clinics, public health centers and qualified FQHC Look Alikes, with initial proposals due September 4, 2009 and awards made in December 2009 and The Safety-net Enhancement Initiative, which encourages collaboration and regional partnerships to address health disparities, enhance services delivery and care. For more information on both grants, please click here and look for Health Program portion.
Requests for Application for Community Based HIV Primary Care and Prevention Services Announced New York State Department of Health, AIDS Institute, Division of HIV Health Care, Bureau of HIV Ambulatory Care Services and Health Research, Inc. announces a Request for Application for Community Based HIV Primary Care and Prevention Services. For more information on deadlines, click here.
NACHC UPDATE--NEW NHSC LRP Conference Call Scheduled The NHSC Loan Repayment Program (LRP) conference call will take place August 30, 2009 from 2:30-4:30pm EDT. Call 1-888.889.0974, passcode 8360318. Find more information about LRP by clicking here .
Establishing and Collecting Fees for Health Center Services One of the most important and challenging decisions every health center must make is the setting of an appropriate schedule of fees for its services and a corresponding schedule of discounts off fees that are required to be made available to eligible patients. A just-released NACHC analysis examines this topic in detail by clicking here.
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