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.
CHCANYS UPDATES--NEW CHCANYS and PCDC Partner On Medical Home Project CHCANYS is partnering with the Primary Care Development Corporation to launch PCDC's new how-to manual on navigating the NCQA's Physicians Practice Connections--Patient Centered Medical Home (PPC-PCMH) recognition process to community health centers around the state. The Institute for Family Health has already achieved this status. To download a copy of the manual, click here. The New York State Department of Health recently released a letter detailing the fee-for-service incentive payments for providers that achieve the NCHA's PPC-PCMH status. Click here to read it.
DOH offers $4.5 million annually to establish obesity, type 2 diabetes and other chronic disease programs. The New York State Department of Health (DOH) Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (DCDIP) seeks applications to establish programs to prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases in New York State through the implementation of sustainable policy, systems and environmental changes in communities where people live, work and play. The approach to chronic disease prevention emphasizes supportive environments and population-wide efforts that accelerate improvements in individual health behaviors and health outcomes. Applications are open to public and private not-for-profit agencies and organizations in New York State and applications will be accepted through February 3, 2010. Some restrictions apply. For the full RFA, please click here.
CNYAHEC offers on-line service training for health professionals CNYAHEC, a not-for-profit health care workforce development organization has developed InService Solutions, an innovative on-line system for managing health care facilities' inservice requirements. Developed by health care professionals for health care professionals, InService Solutions provides a variety of easy-to-use core modules formulated to address current health care regulations on any computer with high-speed internet access, 24/7. For an on-site or online informational demonstration, contact Erica Haray-Butcher at 607-756-1090 or email email@example.com.
NBA All-Star joins NYS Diabetes Campaign to stress better patient management and care for patients with diabetes. On November 19, former NBA All-Star and Diabetes patient Dominique Wilkins teamed up with the NYS Diabetes Campaign on a visit to the Urban Health Plan in the South Bronx to stress both the importance of better patient management and better care for patients with diabetes. The event was part of a new effort to ramp up care and prevention across New York State by connecting providers with the resources and support needed to improve diabetes management and care. For the full press release, please click here.
HRSA/BPHC to offer a national technical assistance/training call on Health Center Quarterly Reporting The third Health Center Quarterly Report for ARRA grantees must be submitted to www.federalreporting.gov by midnight PST on January 10, 2010. To assist grantees with completing and submitting this report, HRSA/BPHC has scheduled a national technical assistance/training call on December 8 from 3-5 pm (EDT). Dial in number: 1-800-369-1812 Participant Passcode: 5523367
In addition to the training call, grantees may access more information as follows:
Click here for a revised HCQR manual, PowerPoint presentation and Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ).
The BPHC Technical Assistance Helpdesk is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am - 6 pm (EDT) at 301-443-7356 or BHCMISys@hrsa.gov.
For assistance in completing a Federal ARRA Section 1512 report, contact the Federal Reporting Help Desk at: 877-508-7386, TTY: 877-881-5186 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mandatory Compliance Program Certification Required by December 31, 2009. The deadline for providers to certify is December 31, 2009. The regulation, certification form and FAQ's are available on the OMIG Website at www.omig.state.ny.us.
Exercise is Medicine - New Prescription Form Available A new prescription form is available for providers to encourage their patients to include an exercise regimen in their efforts to improve their overall health. The form gives the provider the opportunity to prescribe the type of physical activity, number of days a week to perform that activity, duration of the exercise each day and the total minutes per week that the activity should be performed. For the form, please click here.
CHCANYS Annual Meeting and Board Elections Announced The Annual Meeting of CHCANYS will be held on Sunday, January 31, 2010 in Albany, NY. At that time elections will be held for members and Officers of the Board of Directors. If you are an Organization Member in good standing, you may submit nominations for Board Members or Officers to the Nominating Committee. Such nominations must be received by December 31, 2010.
You may mail your nominations, together with resumes of nominees (if a new nominee) to the CHCANYS New York City office, directed to Maurice Reid as the chairperson of the Nominating Committee. Or, if you wish, you may e-mail the nominations to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations may be submitted for any of the 11 open Board seats, the five Officers, the Downstate Clinician Representative and the At-large Consumer Representative. The term of the Upstate Clinician Representative expires next year and the Officer positions are President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary. The Immediate Past President is also an Officer of the Board. All of the current Officers are eligible for re-election to another one year term and there is an incumbent eligible for re-election for the Board seats unless noted otherwise.
The open Board seats are divided by region as follows:
Bronx 2 (lost a seat)
Brooklyn 1 (lost a seat)
Manhattan 3 (one new seat)
Upstate 4 (one new seat)
Once received, all nominations will be presented to the Nominating Committee for action. The recommendations of the Nominating Committee will be sent to all Organization Members by January 15, 2010 and presented for action at the CHCANYS Annual Meeting on January 31, 2010.
FLU UPDATE Statewide For OSHA directives with regard to enforcement procedures for H1N1 exposure, please click here.
CDC has received reports of fraudulent emails (phishing) referencing a CDC sponsored State Vaccination Program. The messages request that users must create a personal H1N1 (swine flu) Vaccination Profile on the cdc.gov website. The message then states that anyone that has reached the age of 18 has to have his/her personal Vaccination Profile on the cdc.gov site.
CDC has NOT implemented a state vaccination program requiring registration on www.cdc.gov. Users that click on the e-mail are at risk of having malicious code installed on their system. CDC reminds users to take the following steps to reduce the risk of being a victim of a phishing attack:
Do not follow unsolicited links and do not open or respond to unsolicited email messages.
Use caution when visiting un-trusted websites.
Use caution when entering personal information online
CDC Influenza Vaccine Ancillary Supply Kits Click here for a document that provides an overview of the different needles and syringes that are included in the 2009 H1N1 monovalent influenza vaccine ancillary supply kits. Manufacturers' websites and contact information have also been included as an additional resource. NYSDOH does not have the ability to specify size and/or type of needles contained in each kit. It is recommended that the 1.5 inch needles provided in the adult ancillary supply kits not be used to administer vaccine to children/adolescents 18 years old or younger if 1 inch needles are available.
CHCANYS Influenza Like Illness Reimbursement Update CHCANYS has been pivotal in calling together key stakeholders in order to address the situation of payment denial for delivering ILI visits when health centers do not have contracts with the patients' insurance plans or when centers have contracts with the plans but are not listed as the PCP. Both the Medicaid and Commercial Plans Associations have agreed to explore creative solutions such as developing an overriding code for ILI visits or modifying their billing appeals process for expedited, consistent and optimal functioning. Next week, CHCANYS will issue a negotiated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) template that will provide health centers with an option of billing non-contracted plans for ILI visits.
November Update to Medicaid The November Medicaid Update features an increase to the reimbursement for H1N1 vaccine administration fee to $17.85. The extremely low previous reimbursement rate of $13.23 was something discussed on CHCANYS' H1N1 EP webinar. Click here to read the Update.
New York City: To access locator sites for H1N1 Vaccine Ordering, please e-mail email@example.com and indicate:
Your site's CIR Facility Code
Your phone number so you can be reached with questions
That your site is on the City's locator and is a priority vaccine provider
That your site is running low on vaccine and needs more to remain on the locator
Your order (i.e., vaccine formulation and quantity)
Antiviral Access Program for Un/Underinsured: Please make use of these resources from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene regarding their Antiviral Access Program for the Under and Uninsured:
For Antiviral Access Program Provider Letter , click here.
Weekly Update NYC DOHMH has provided an update on the availability and distribution of H1N1 vaccine in NYC. Click here to read it.
NACHC UPDATES--NEW The National Association of Community Health Centers just launched a new section of its website dedicated to helping health center advocates better understand the potential impact of health care reform legislation on you, your health center and your community. Click here for more information.