We hope you find this an efficient, useful tool and we welcome your feedback and comments. –Elizabeth Swain, CEO
Advocacy Day is Less than One Month Away!! March 7, 2011 With less than one month left until Community Health Center Advocacy Day, we hope you are finalizing your plans to come to Albany on March 7th. New York faces a budget crisis of historic dimensions. Now, more than ever, New York needs its community health centers. This is our opportunity to ensure that policymakers and their staff are familiar with community, homeless and migrant health centers and understand the high quality and cost-effective primary health care services we provide to New Yorkers.
Join Community, Homeless and Migrant Health Centers in Albany on March 7th for our Annual Community Health Center Advocacy Day 2011. If you have not yet registered, please do so by clicking here.
News from Policy Medicaid Redesign Team Ponders $2.85B in Cuts The task of cutting $2.85 billion from the State’s Medicaid budget is an onerous task for the Medicaid Redesign Team. CHCANYS’ CEO Elizabeth Swain is quoted in a New York Nonprofit Press article about the magnitude of the cuts. Click here to read the article.
Upcoming Medicaid Redesign Team Meetings in Albany The New York State Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) will hold its next two meetings in Albany. Both of these meetings are open to the public, although seating may be limited. The meetings will also be webcast and can be viewed live here.
On February 24, 2011 from 10:30 am to 4:00 p.m., the MRT will meet at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Meeting Rooms 2-4 (located on the Concourse). *Note: Should additional time be required, this meeting will be continued the following day, February 25.
On February 28, 2011 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the MRT will meet at the Hart Theater, The Egg, Empire State Plaza.
House to Vote on Health Center Funding Cuts Call your Representative Today!
House to Vote on $1.3 BILLION in CUTS to the Health Centers Program TOMORROW! CALL YOUR Representative TODAY!
The House is currently debating the FY2011 Continuing Resolution (HR 1) that includes $1.3 BILLION in cuts to Health Center funding and is scheduled to vote on this bill TOMORROW. We know that you are aware of the impact these cuts will have (if not, check the bottom of this email) and this is the last chance you will have to weigh in on this bill in the House. As this bill comes to a vote we need you to CALL your Representative one more time and ask them to:
1) Go to the floor and talk about their support for health centers AND 2) To continue to oppose Health Center funding cuts and Vote AGAINST the Continuing Resolution
Click the link in the upper right hand corner of this alert to enter the Grassroots Action Center and access the direct phone number for your Representative’s office. MAKE SURE to fill out a call feedback form so we know you made your call and can follow up on any information you’re able to share. If you would also like to send your Representative a message about this issue, clickhere.
While this bill is being debated the BEST way to demonstrate the broad support for Health Centers is for as many Representatives as possible to speak about the value and importance of Health Centers from the House floor. So far only a very few Representatives have mentioned Health Centers in their statements so we need you to urge YOUR Representative to talk about why cutting health Center funding is the wrong thing to do for their constituents and for the country!
News from Health Center Support Mark your Calendar! Hold the dates October 16-18, 2011 for CHCANYS Statewide Annual Conference and Clinical Forum. This year’s conference will take place at The Saratoga Hilton and City Center in Saratoga Springs, New York. This is an exciting year as CHCANYS celebrates its 40th Anniversary. Sponsors please contact email@example.com or (212) 710-3806.
Developing Successful Partnerships with Primary Care Residency Programs February 23, 2011 2- 3:30 PM EST Click here for online registration. Registration is deadline February 21, 2011.
A growing number of health centers are developing collaborative relationships with academic medical centers. Health center/Academic Medical Center collaborative models include establishing: · a residency program rotation in an existing health center site · a new health center site to serve as a residency training site, and · assuming operational oversight of an existing teaching hospital’s ambulatory care site where the teaching hospital continues to operate the residency program.
This session will explore the key operational, financial and legal issues to consider in establishing successful residency program collaborations, including applicable Graduate Medical Education requirements. Representatives from health centers with residency program collaborations will discuss their “real-world” strategies for creating and maintaining successful residency training partnerships, as well as the concerns and challenges they faced in creating these partnership arrangements.
Learning Objectives: By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
Identify the benefits and challenges of participating in residency program training programs.
Describe the various health center-academic medical center residency program collaboration models.
Understand the financial, operational, and legal issues related to developing and implementing residency program training programs.
News from Clinical Quality Initiatives Eat Well, Live Well, Move More: First Annual Conference of Collaborative Efforts Promoting Obesity Prevention and Healthy Lifestyle ActivitiesApril 14-15, 2011 Call for Abstracts
Healthier New York City is now accepting abstract submissions for Eat Well, Live Well, Move More: First Annual Conference of Collaborative Efforts Promoting Obesity Prevention and Healthy Lifestyle Activities.
The purpose of this conference is to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to engage in learning, discussion, and action planning to reduce obesity, improve nutrition, promote physical activity, and influence health for the better among residents of New York City.
The target audience for this conference includes academics/educators, public health practitioners and officials, policy makers, employers, human resource managers, urban planners, members of the faith community, students, social innovators, community leaders, and anyone interested in improving the health of New York City residents and employees. Presenters are encouraged to highlight innovative programs, perceived challenges, models of sustainability and economic viability, and opportunities for further advancement in promoting the health of New York City residents and employees. For more information, please click here.
NYSHealth's 2011 Special Projects Fund RFP The New York State Health Foundation's (NYSHealth's) 2011 Special Projects Fund request for proposals (RFP) invites organizations across New York State to apply for funds to improve the health of New Yorkers. Although NYSHealth's grantmaking is focused on three priority areas (expanding health insurance coverage, improving the management and prevention of diabetes, and encouraging the integration of substance use and mental health services), the 2011 Special Projects Fund is designed specifically to support projects that fall outside of those priority areas, but are consistent with NYSHealth's broad mission to improve health care in New York State. This RFP provides an opportunity for the Foundation to be responsive to the changing health care environment and ideas that emerge from the field.
Download the detailed 2011 Special Projects Fund RFP here.
Potential applicants are required to complete an online inquiry form to determine whether a proposed project fits the funding criteria. NYSHealth staff will review the inquiries on an ongoing basis and respond to potential applicants. For more information about the Special Projects Fund, please click here.
The deadline to complete the online inquiry form is March 11, 2011 at 1 p.m.; and the deadline for the full application is May 5, 2011 at 1 p.m.
SAVE THE DATE! Are you interested in learning more about health effects from fine particulate air pollution? Perhaps you are a health professional short on free time and looking to earn some continuing education credits? Two upcoming, FREE lunch hour webinars in February 2011 might help! Each webinar will provide 1 hour of CME, CNE, CEU, and CPE credit (approval pending). You are welcome to attend either one or both of these events.
Particulate Matter and Patient Health - Module 2 (1 hour of continuing education credit--pending) February 22, 2011, noon-1:00 pm This session will focus clinical impacts of particulate matter in the environment, sensitive populations and appropriate interventions.Toll-Free Dial-in: (877) 675-8205Passcode: 9721450 For the Internet/presentation slides on 2/22 click here.
Agenda: Andrew Stolbach, MD (20 minute presentation) Objective: Explain the clinical impact of fine particulate matter on health --Health effects of PM 2.5 (pulmonary, extrapulmonary, acute, and chronic) --Acute & chronic exposure evidence--Pathophysiology of PM 2.5 injury
Ronald H. White, MST (15 minute presentation) Objective: Recognize populations particularly susceptible to particulate matter exposures --Special population considerations (elderly, pediatric)
Andrew Stolbach, MD (25 minute presentation) Objective: Describe approaches to management and interventions regarding particulate matter exposures -- Reduction of PM 2.5 exposure at the level of the community and the individual patient --Management of exposure to PM 2.5 --Case studies – Intervention studies
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ATSDR/CDC) and the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) are sponsoring the two webinars. Participants are welcome to register for either or both of these events. All you will need is a connection to the Internet and a phone line to participate in these live events. During the live broadcasts on February 15 and 22, you will have the opportunity to ask questions of leading experts in this field. Afterwards, these webinars will be archived on the ACMT website (www.acmt.net).
If you have any questions or you would like to register for the sessions, please contact Lora Siegmann Werner, ATSDR Region 3 at 215-814-3141, firstname.lastname@example.org or Tarah Somers, ATSDR Region 1 at 617--918-1493, email@example.com.
NYS Diabetes Campaign
Diabetes Learning Series In January, Dr. Aruna Poduval conducted an insightful presentation on the Current Trends in the Management of Type I and II Diabetes in children and adolescents. For access to the presentation, click on the link below and enter the associated Recording ID.Recording URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/chcanys/view Recording ID: JQD6M9The presentation slides are also available for download on the NYS Diabetes Campaign page under CQI at www.chcanys.org.
Preventing Diabetes and Promoting Heart Smart Women: A Webinar with Dr. Jennifer Mieres When: February 18, 2011 Time: 12pm-1pm For women with diabetes, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death, according to the American Diabetes Association. Women with diabetes are two times as likely to have a second heart attack and four times more likely to have heart failure than women without diabetes.
In recognition of American Heart Month in February, the NYS Health Foundation will host a webinar with Jennifer Mieres, MD, FACC, FAHA, FASNC. A nationally renowned expert in CVD and women, Dr. Mieres is the Director of Nuclear Cardiology and Assistant Professor at New York University School of Medicine, and a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association.
Dr. Mieres will discuss clinical approaches to prevent, diagnose, and manage the double burden of CVD and diabetes, which affects so many women. To register for this event, click here.
HANYS Diabetes Webinar Series As partners in the NYS Diabetes Campaign, the Healthcare Association of NYS (HANYS) holds monthly Web conferences and they are opening the January through May sessions to all CHCANYS members. The Web conference schedule is listed below and all sessions are FREE to join. To register, please click here. Upon registration, you will be added to the e-mail list to receive reminders with log-on instructions for these Web conferences. All Webconferences will be held from noon to 1 p.m.:
Date: Thursday, February 24, 2011 Topic: Aggressive Management of Diabetes in a Busy Primary Care Office Faculty: Thomas Dilamarter, Jr., M.D., Medical Director, Chestnut Ridge Family Practice
Date: Thursday, March 24, 2011 Topic: Transitions of Care for Patients with Diabetes: From Hospital to Home Faculty: James Desemone, M.D., Director of Medical Staff Quality, Ellis Medicine
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011 Topic: Benefits of Utilizing Certified Diabetes Educators and Diabetes Self Management Education for Patients with Diabetes Faculty: Esther Wei, M.S.N., A.N.P., C.D.E., Adult Nurse Practitioner and Site Co-Leader of the WCIMA Diabetes Improvement Team, Weill Cornell Internal Medicine Associates at New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2011 Topic: Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Community Diabetes Initiative Faculty: Abby Schwartz , R.N., B.S.N., M.B.A., Diabetes Nurse Consultant and Tracy Breen, M.D., Director, Diabetes Center, The Mount Sinai Medical Center
Reimbursement for DSME or DSMT Effective January 1, 2011, Medicaid will reimburse for DSME or Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) when provided by an Article 28 clinic that is accredited by The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CMS recognizes the accreditation from the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA). DSMT is performed by a NYS licensed, registered, or certified professional such as a MD, DO, RN, ANP, PA, RD, PT, or Pharmacist. These services can be provided at individually or group sessions of up to eight patients. For more information, click here for the NYS Medicaid Policy and Billing Guidance document. HIV/Oral Health
HIV Oral Health Preceptorship Program in New York & New Jersey The New York State Department of Health-AIDS Institute Oral Health Regional Resource Center in collaboration with the NY/NJ AETC would like to offer you a unique chance to participate in an HIV Oral Health Preceptorship/Mini-Residency.
HIV Oral Health Preceptorships/Mini-Residencies are available for dentists or dental hygienists in New York and New Jersey. These programs are individually tailored to the needs, interests and experience-level of the individual provider. Typical training sessions are from one to five days. Tuition for the preceptorships/mini-residencies is fully covered by a grant from Health Resource and Service Administration (HRSA) and nationally accredited continuing education credits are available from the NYS Dental Foundation and the Dental Hygiene Association of the State of NY.
If you would like further information regarding this program or to register, please contact Howard Lavigne, Deputy Director of HIV Clinical Education,NYS Department of Health-AIDS Institute at 315-477-8479 or HEL01@health.state.ny.us Participant slots are limited so don’t wait.
CDC: 2010 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced the publication of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines—2010, which update the 2006 Guidelines, in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) December 17, 2010 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Recommendations and Reports. Click here for the guidelines. They can also be found on the MMWR's website and through CDC's STD Treatment Guidelines 2010 webpage. You can order hard copies of the report as well as wall charts and pocket guides.
Are you looking for a Dentist, a Physician Assistant, an Internal Medicine MD, or a Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Women’s Health? Underneath the auspices of HRSA, the Bureau of Clinician Recruitment & Service (BCRS) was established in 1970 to address health disparities. It also helps underserved communities and facilities experiencing critical shortages of health care providers by recruiting and retaining clinicians through scholarship and educational loan repayment opportunities in exchange for service. HRSA is legislatively mandated to develop shortage designation criteria and use them to decide whether or not a geographic area, population group or facility is in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or a Medically Underserved Area (MUA) or Population (MUP).
The BCRS is able to assist these underserved communities through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). Over 30,000 clinicians have served since 1972. In 2008, 3,500 clinicians cared for 4 million patients and about half of those were in CHCs. Statistics show that half of the clinicians who serve in the NHSC go on to care about underserved people and choose to work where they are needed most.
The NHSC clinician is committed to serve one year for each year of support (usually 2-6 years) at an approved site in a high-need HPSA. These clinicians are licensed and have served a primary care residency in various specialties (family medicine, general pediatrics, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, psychiatry, general or pediatric dentistry).
There are five NHSC clinicians that need immediate re-placement:
Pediatric Dentist – NYC Area (HPSA score must be > 17)
If you have any interest in employing one of these dedicated clinicians, please contact Dr. Kameron Wells (VP, Clinical Quality Initiatives) at 212-710-3814 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss further. In addition, if you would like to learn more about the BCRS click here, and for the NHSC click here.
Emergency Preparedness NYC Sites The CHCANYS New York City Emergency Preparedness Team is still booking Community Health Centers for participation in its Emergency Management Plan Technical Assistance project and its Business Continuity Technical Assistance project. Space is limited so please contact the CHCANYS Emergency Preparedness Team for available dates at 212-710-3810 or EPteam@chcanys.org.
Upstate Sites CHCANYS is pleased to pass along news that the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is planning for the inclusion of Community Health Centers into two upcoming communications drills.
Participation in these drills can help to satisfy HRSA expectations that health centers partner with local/regional emergency planners.For details on how your organization can take part, please reference a letter from NYSDOH here.
News from Health Information Technology Calling all HIT staff We are developing a list-serve to facilitate communication with our members’ health information technology staff. This information will include announcements of CHCANYS meetings, webinars and trainings relating to technology. Please forward the names, email addresses and phone numbers of your senior technology staff to Katherine Reyes at email@example.com at your earliest convenience.
Release of NYS Medicaid Update Special Edition: Prepare for HIPAA 5010 today! On January 16, 2009, the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) published a Final Rule adopting updated versions of the standards for electronic transactions previously adopted under the Administrative Simplification subtitle of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Since the mandate and subsequentimplementation of the original transactions in October 2003, industry stakeholders submitted many comments to DHHS and change requests to the Designated Standards MaintenanceOrganizations (DSMOs). This resulted in the development of updated specifications for the existing transactions, which all covered entities are mandated to implement by January 1, 2012.
Click here for the February Special Edition Update.
Management, Finance and Compliance NACHC offers: Maximizing Revenue and Third Part Reimbursement Training Seminar March 9-10, 2011 – New Orleans, LA For more information click here.
If your health center has a training or technical assistance program 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.