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CHCANYS Clinical Forum and Statewide Conference Starts Sunday. This year, we’re at The Desmond in Albany from Sunday, October 3rd through Tuesday, October 5th. 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.
Safe travels! We look forward to seeing you there!
Gearing Up for Grassroots Action CHCANYS needs your voice and your action as we begin the 2011 Legislative Session. Click here to sign up for CHCANYS’ Grassroots Action Network.
News from Health Center Support Tips for Creating a Successful Health Care Plan (HCP) as Part of Your New Access Point Application Webinar October 8th from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration Required. Health Reform has brought an unprecedented opportunity for new and existing Federally Qualified Health Centers. The level of interest in the recently released New Access Point opportunity is unprecedented. Because the application process will be highly competitive, it is essential that applicants submit the strongest application possible. This includes a HCP that responds to the required Clinical Performance Measures. This webinar will review strategic objectives, core health indicators, outcome measures, data collection methodology, program evaluation, and a process for continuous improvement. In addition, it will provide an understanding of how your HCP will be scored by HRSA/BPHC. This webinar will be presented by Dr. Kameron Wells, Vice President of Clinical Initiatives, CHCANYS. To register for this webinar, please click here.
NACHC Presents Webinar Series Learn how to successfully collaborate with new partners during the Community Partnerships Introductory Webinar Series. Health
Reform Law encourages providers to develop innovative community-based
partnerships for the delivery of health care services to all
populations, with a particular emphasis on the underserved. The time
is now for health centers nationwide to explore how they can position
themselves to not only take part in these new opportunities, but also
to lead the way in establishing successful community partnerships
utilizing some "tried and true" approaches as well as some exciting new
partnering techniques. NACHC, along with co-sponsors Feldesman Tucker
Leifer Fidell LLP, invite you to participate in this new webinar
series. The Community Partnerships Introductory Webinar Series is a
three-part webinar series designed to provide health centers with:
an overview of what to expect from;
explanations of how to implement; and
insight on challenges of a new community partnership
The series is broken into three webinar sessions. Session #1: Key Operational Concepts for Collaborations; October 13th (2-3:30pm Eastern) Session #2: Key Financial Concepts for Collaborations; October 20th (2-3:30pm Eastern) Session #3: Community Partnerships 101: Keeping Your Collaboration Arrangements Legally Compliant; October 27th (2-3:30pm Eastern)
information about each of the webinars in the Community Partnerships
Introductory Webinar Series is provided below. Don’t miss this
opportunity to get all the information, resources, and tools from the
convenience of your desk. Online registration ends October 11 – Register now!
News from Clinical Quality Initiatives New Additions to Clinical Quality Initiatives Team Kameron L. Wells, ND, RN has joined the staff as the new Vice President for Clinical Initiatives for CHCANYS. Dr. Wells has been a healthcare professional for more than 25 years, beginning his career as a critical care nurse and ultimately receiving a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle.
As Vice President for Clinical Initiatives, Dr. Wells will have primary responsibility for directing and managing all current clinical improvement projects of CHCANYS as well as identifying and developing new opportunities for CHCANYS and health centers.
Dr. Wells comes to CHCANYS from Community Healthcare Network (CHN) in New York City, where he most recently served as AVP of Ambulatory Care Compliance/QI/Medical Informatics. In this capacity, Dr. Wells was responsible for supervising and evaluating the EMR system (eClinicalWorks) from a clinical standpoint; working with senior leaders and managerial staff in acquiring and maintaining Joint Commission accreditation status; overseeing organizational, departmental and programmatic Quality Improvement activities and the agency’s annual QI evaluation; and overseeing the development, implementation and quality management of CHN’s Medical Informatics program, products and services to address both the clinical needs of patients and training needs of clinical staff.
Prior to his position with CHN, Dr. Wells was a Naturopathic Doctor with The Atkins Center for Complementary Care in Manhattan, where he treated patients with acute and chronic conditions using herbal medicine, homeopathy, therapeutic nutrition and counseling.
Surkhab Peerzada, MPH has joined the CQI team as a Clinical Quality Initiatives Coordinator. In this capacity, Ms. Peerzada will be co-leading with Kathy Alexis, Clinical Quality Initiatives Manager, on CHCANYS’ Diabetes Campaign and new Depression Collaborative as well as the many endeavors that the CQI team will be undertaking.
Prior to joining CHCANYS, Ms. Peerzada received a Bachelors of Health Science degree with a minor in International Development from the University of Western Ontario. She recently graduated from New York University with a Master of Public Health degree with a specialization in International Community Health. Ms. Peerzada has more than four years of professional experience in project management and more recently conducted outreach to faith-based organizations for the Bronx Knows Initiative at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene – recruiting organizations and leaders to raise HIV/AIDS Awareness and Testing in the Bronx. She has worked in both developing and developed countries, independently and as a member of a diverse team. During her professional career thus far she has developed instruments to collect qualitative and quantitative data and collected as well as interpreted data using SPSS and Excel.
News from Emergency Preparedness CDC Releases New Seasonal Influenza Prevention Strategies for Healthcare… We’re Back to Surgical Masks! CDC recently issued its new guidance on Prevention Strategies for Seasonal Influenza in Healthcare Settings. The updated guidance recommends that healthcare workers wear surgical masks instead of N-95 respirators during routine care of flu patients. Find more details, click here.
Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Study The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is enrolling facilities to field test a new CDC-sponsored standardized measure to determine influenza vaccination coverage rates among healthcare personnel. Help to protect and promote the health of your staff and their patients; access more information about the program by clicking here and here.
Save the Date for an Emergency Response Plan for Adult Care and Health Care Practices On October 19, Dr. Kristine Gebbie, author of What to Do Before, During and After an Emergency or Disaster – A Preparedness Toolkit for Office-based Health Care Practices will discuss steps that you can take to minimize the impacts of an emergency, improving not only your ability to continue delivery of services during an emergency but also to restore your facility to normalcy more quickly and efficiently. Please join us for the October edition of the Adult Care EP Central Conference Call. The call is free. Dial-in information and a call agenda will follow. Click here for details.
Current Projects CHCANYS Emergency Preparedness Program has begun recruiting for initiatives aimed at assisting our member health centers with their emergency management and planning needs. These initiatives will ensure that our membership can achieve the level of preparedness required by HRSA and Joint Commission operational standards for FQHCs.
NEW YORK CITY EMP Assistance* – participating sites will undergo an on-site evaluation by the CHCANYS EP staff to review their existing EMPs, to assess their quality and identify areas of improvement to ensure they meet acceptable standards. BCP Assistance* – CHCANYS EP staff will provide on-site assistance to health centers in creating or updating their Business Impact Analysis, reviewing their Business Continuity Plans, and developing an After-Action Report/Improvement Plan to ensure they meet all standards. Exercise Plan Templates – CHCANYS EP staff will draft 5 Emergency Preparedness Exercise Plans, the completion of which will help health centers satisfy drill requirements for Joint Commission and HRSA. We’re still looking for your input on what kinds of exercise plan scenarios would be best for your centers.
UPSTATE EMP Assistance* – participating sites will undergo an on-site evaluation by the CHCANYS EP staff to review their existing EMPs, to assess their quality and identify areas of improvement to ensure acceptable standards are met. EMP Template – CHCANYS will solicit feedback from centers to determine areas of improvement needed to update the Community Health Center Emergency Preparedness Manual Template. NYSDOH Communications Drill –In the coming year, NYSDOH is preparing two communication drills planned to improve emergency communications between health centers and the NYSDOH. CHCANYS will provide coordination between NYSDOH and our member health centers.
*Limited spaces available
Please e-mail us at EPTeam@chcanys.org to let us know about your interest in any of the above projects.
Management & Finance Amendments to PIN 2009-06 FQHC Look-Alike Guidelines and Application The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) has released Policy Information Notice (PIN) 2010-02, "Amendment to PIN 2009-06, Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Look-Alike Guidelines and Application, Additional Submission Requirements for Change in Scope Applications," to announce supplemental requirements for submitting change in scope (CIS) applications. Effective September 8, 2010, all FQHC Look-Alikes must submit CIS applications electronically through HRSA's Electronic HandBook (EHB) system. When completing CIS applications in HRSA's EHB, FQHC Look-Alikes must complete two additional forms, which were not included in PIN 2009-06. These forms are SF-424 Face Page and SF-424A Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs. PIN 2010-02 also discusses factors that HRSA considers in making determinations on FQHC Look-Alike CIS applications to add specialty services to the HRSA-approved scope of project.
Mark your calendar – NACHC’s 2010 Financial Operations/ Management and Information Technology Conference November 16-18, 2010 Planet Hollywood Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada! Registration for FOM/IT is now open. Click here For more information about the conference click here.