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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Don't Miss CHCANYS Annual Clinical and Statewide Conference Many great speakers will be addressing a wide variety of topics. Our agenda will not disappoint anyone. Its just around the corner––don't wait to register.
This year, we’re at The Desmond in Albany from Sunday, October 3rd through Tuesday, October 5th. Click here to register. The conference will focus on the nuts and bolts of health care reform, how we can strategically plan to fulfill our statewide goal of doubling health center patients by 2015 and how we can be positioned to grow and strengthen community health care well into the future. There’s something for everyone at this conference—from CEOs, CFOs and CIOs to board members, clinicians and health educators. CHCANYS Statewide Growth Plan and the work we’re doing with CHCs across the state are the building blocks of this year’s conference. Click here for the conference schedule. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________
CHCANYS to Sit on Governor’s Health Care Reform Advisory Committee As a member of the Governor’s Health Care Reform Advisory Committee, CHCANYS and the 36 other committee members representing health care provider groups, consumers, businesses, organized labor, advocates, local governments, health plans and insurers, and health policy experts will help provide guidance to the Governor’s Health Care Reform Cabinet on key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Reconciliation Act. New York’s network of health centers will play an important role in bringing health care reform to fruition for uninsured and underinsured patients statewide. Now, as part of the Governor’s Advisory Committee, CHCANYS will be a highly visible representative of community health centers as important decisions are made in state government about the implementation of reform.
Joint Meaningful Use-Medical Home Project to Help 100,000 Underserved New Yorkers at City-based FQHCsCHCANYS and the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) and have launched the "Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) / Meaningful Use of Health Information Technology (HIT) LearningCollaborative." This unique initiative will help New York City’s community health centers leverage two historic state and federal financial incentives, while simultaneously transforming the delivery of primary care. The initiative is being supported with $525,000 in total grant funding from The Altman Foundation, The New York Community Trust, and the RCHN Community Health Foundation. Click here to read more.
News from Health Center Support Tips for Creating Successful New Access Point Application Business Plans webinar As part of our endeavor to provide you with the information and tools you need to strengthen your grant applications for federal support in your communities, CHCANYS is pleased to announce a webinar on September 28th from 3:00 – 4:30pm, which will focus on the development of strong business plans for New Access Point applications. The lead presenter, Scott Morgan, Director of McGladrey’s Healthcare Group, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge on creating strong business plans for Federally Qualified Health Centers. Although there is no charge for the webinar, you must be registered to attend. Please click here to register.
Deadline Past! Have you sent your Economic Impact Analysis and Market and Workforce Assessment to Capital Link? If not please do so immediately. CHCANYS wants to provide you with the information and tools you need to strengthen your New Access Point (NAP) or Expansion Grant applications for federal support in your communities. These reports can be used to demonstrate the impact applicants have on their communities and will help to enable applicants to attract crucial state and local resources. Please complete and return the EIA/MWA survey form to Capital Link today. The form can be accessed by clicking here . For questions, contact to Beverly Grossman at email@example.com or Rebecca Gaige-Troxell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HHS Launches Spanish Version of Healthcare.gov The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has launched the Spanish version of its healthcare.gov website. This website will allow Spanish-speaking Americans to get information about the Affordable Care Act, insurance coverage options, federally qualified health centers, and much more so that they can make better choices about their healthcare in the age of healthcare reform. It is important to note that this website will not collect or store any information nor is it selling anything. Please share this website with Spanish-speaking patients in your centers.
NACHC Offers "Coding Health Centers Can Use" Webinar Series NACHC and Brown Consulting are offering a "Coding Health Centers Can Use" webinar series. This three-webinar series is designed to assist health centers in the areas of billing and collections. Each session will inform health centers of the basic components of coding and how improving current billing practices and systems can translate into increased revenues. Participate in this series for a complete overview of the billing and reimbursement issues that impact coders, billers and providers in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Individuals attending this webinar leave with:
A better understanding of the basic components of coding;
Knowledge of how improving current billing practices and systems can translate into increased revenues; and
An overview of the billing and reimbursement issues effecting health center operations.
Registration for each webinar in the series is $150. For further information, contact Sherry Giles at email@example.com or (301) 347-0400 or click here.
Brown Consulting will also be doing two coding sessions at CHCANYS annual conference on Sunday October 3rd at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY. Please visit CHCANYS website at www.chcanys.org for more information.
Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Community Health Centers Thanks to Drs. H. Jack Geiger and Count Gibson, the first Community Health Centers were established in 1965. You can read the history and watch a video on the remarkable vision that led to primary health care for nearly 20 million people by clicking here.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is Offering Tips to Avoid Deceptive Practices Regarding Obtaining Affordable Health Care:
Order and distribute materials about medical discount plan scams and related topics. You can order these and other consumer education materials for free at ftc.gov/bulkorder.
Visit FTC consumer education websites on medical discount plans at www.ftc.gov/medicaldiscountscams...as well as other health-related topics such as choosing products and services, learning the truth about so-called miracle cures and more at www.ftc.gov/health. These sites contain information on how consumers can spot and avoid scams, and about enforcement actions the FTC has taken to stop them. The content and graphics are copyright free – so you can use them in your newsletter, website and other materials.
Urge people to file complaints if they’ve seen a scam. Go to ftc.gov/complaint or call 1-877-FTC-HELP.
Please contact Lisa Lake, Bureau of Consumer Protection/Division of Consumer and Business Education at the Federal Trade Commission, 202-326-2345 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
News from Clinical Quality Initiatives NYSHealth to Offer Workshop Series on Navigating the Changing Economic Landscape This free, half-day workshop focused on Managing in a Changed and Changing Economic Reality is exclusively for NYSHealth grantees. As organizations face potential budget deficits, growth and restructuring opportunities, and changes in business models, leadership teams are being called on to make strategic decisions that keep mission, capacity and finance in balance. This workshop is designed to provide key managers (CEO’s and CFO’s) with the tools to do just that.
Event details for the workshop are below: Date: Thursday September 23, 2010 Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location: New York State Health Foundation, 23rd floor 1385 Broadway (btw 38th and 37th Streets) New York, NY 10018 (Subway lines: B, D, F, V, R, Q V, W; 1,2,3: Herald Square)
Topics covered include:
How the changing market environment will affect nonprofits
Role of the Executive Director and Board in leading the organization through the recovery period
Recognizing the hidden opportunities to strengthen the organization’s standing
Assessing and addressing risk
Revenue and expense considerations
Cash flow management and credit
Practical scenario planning and modeling: how to develop smart, strategic responses
Communicating your financial story and resource needs
Renée Jacob, Associate Director, Consulting Services, Nonprofit Finance Fund
Bill Holmes, Associate, Consulting Services, Nonprofit Finance Fund
Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, September 17 to Senta Kreger at email@example.com and indicate the number of individuals from your organization who are interested in participating. Organizations responding will receive instructions on registering online for the workshop.
If possible, we encourage you to use existing travel funds within your project budget to attend this workshop. If such funds are not available we will cover the cost of up to two hotel rooms per organization Wednesday night, September 22nd. Limited funds are available to defray the cost of transportation.
News from Community Health Corps CHCANYS Community HealthCorps Update
Our new CHCANYS HealthCorps class of 2010-2011 year officially began last week Sunday, September 5th 2010.
We conducted a 6 day Pre-Service Orientation training for our HealthCorps Members. Members traveled to Camp Ramapo in Rhinebeck, NY for a three day team building and personal development training, and completed the remainder of the week training at the CHCANYS New York City office.
Members also participated in a CHCANYS HealthCorps Scavenger hunt. CHCANYS HealthCorps collaborated with South Bronx Center for Children & Families, Harlem Children’s Health Project, Urban Health Plan, and Callen-Lorde to formulate and develop this public health program. Members traveled to these four community health center sites and engaged in educational activities that helped to inform them about important public health issues. They were also able to learn about the history and development of these health centers, the populations they serve, and the services they provide. We would like to thank these health centers for their participation and support in the success of this event.
News from HIT, Policy News, Emergency Preparedness and Management & Finance Check the next Your CHCANYS for updates __________________________________________________________________________________________