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Call for Proposals due May 20, 2011 – CHCANYS Statewide Annual Conference and Clinical Forum CHCANYS Statewide Annual Conference and Clinical Forum is October 16-18, 2011. 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. The conference will address timely topics by taking an integrated approach to Health Information Technology, finance, policy, clinical quality areas of focus including behavioral and oral health and more. Health centers are encouraged to submit proposals for workshops. For guidance and to complete an online proposal form, please click here.
News from Policy Check upcoming Your CHCANYS for future policy news.
News from Health Center Support Become a Preceptor The SEARCH (Student/Resident Experiences and Rotations in Community Health) Program, coordinated by the New York State Area Health Education Center (AHEC) System, provides an opportunity for health centers to expose medical and other health profession students to the critical work of health centers. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. Through SEARCH, centers will receive practice site support for each student placement during the four to six week rotation period. The program provides an opportunity for health centers to reach qualified students and to expose them to a career path of commitment to underserved populations. Through SEARCH, students may receive assistance with travel and housing reimbursement and centers receive guidance and resources through the professional AHEC network.
For more information or an application, contact: Megan Vaughan, Project Manager NYS AHEC System at email@example.com, www.ahec.buffalo.edu 716-898-4699.
NACHC Regional Trainings
May through June Training Seminars
Health Center Finance and Operations Management (FOM), Level 3 training seminar, May 18-19, 2011
Essentials for Establishing a Health Center Finance Department (EHFD) training seminar, May 25-26, 2011
Developing a Great Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) training seminar, June 8-10, 2011
Maximizing Revenue and Third Party Reimbursement (Max Rev) training seminar, June 22-23, 2011
NACHC Offers New ACO Toolkit Our nation’s health care system is at a critical crossroads; unsustainable growth in health care costs poses a serious threat to our national fiscal integrity, as well as the ability of individuals and small businesses to receive affordable, high-quality health care. In an attempt to address this challenge, historic national health care reform legislation was passed in March of 2010. Over the past few years a number of organizations committed to higher quality and lower costs have come together ahead of the Medicare Shared Savings program to try and form ACOs in the commercial sector and through Medicare and Medicaid pilot programs. The experiences of these organizations, as well as the research of health care policy experts from across the country, have led to one of the first attempts to lay out succinct guidance for the successful implementation of an ACO – the ACO Toolkit.
Covering key topics in six parts, the ACO Toolkit provides a path forward for the implementation of ACOs across the country. The Toolkit strives to be both specific enough to allow organizations to clearly understand the steps needed to become an ACO, and stay broad enough to make sure the path put forward for implementation is possible for a diverse range of health care provider groups. It will also be updated and supplemented to ensure it stays relevant and helpful to health care providers as they face new challenges in advancing more accountable care. The ACO Toolkit was developed by The Brookings Institution and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. To download the ACO toolkit, please click here.
For information about Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), please click here.
News from Clinical Quality Initiatives Launch of CHCANYS Clinical Library CHCANYS
announces the launch of its Clinical Library! The Clinical Library,
a repository of clinical guidelines and best practices for a number of
chronic health conditions, was created in response to a need expressed
by the Clinical Committee members across New York State. The library is
a living record that is cultivated and maintained by CHCANYS’ Clinical
Quality staff. More importantly, the best practices link for each
condition will be updated by our members. Many of our health centers
have implemented some amazing systems, tools and processes. We
encourage you to share these with your colleagues. Our hope is that you
will visit our library on a regular basis to use the resources and to
help us build a first class collection for our clinicians, as well as
our patients. Click here to go directly to the Clinical Library page.
National Women’s Health Week – May 8th through May 14th National Women's Health Week is a weeklong health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health. It brings together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women's health. The theme for 2011 is "It's Your Time." National Women's Health Week empowers women to make their health a top priority. It also encourages them to take steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases. Click here for events taking place in NYS.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) presents the following free program The Central Role of the Primary Care Physician to Optimize Outcomes in Women’s Cancers – Wednesday, May 11, 2011 6:30pm - 8:30pm Program; 6:00pm Registration Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Commack 650 Commack Road, Commack, NY 11725 This course is directed towards primary care physicians, OB/GYNs and medical oncologists and eligible for CME credits. Click here for more information.
21st Annual HIV/AIDS Clinical Conference: the Hope and the Challenges of Restoring Health Join us on May 20, 2011 for a conference titled: Diagnosis; HIV/AIDS Treatment or Therapies; Persons with HIV/AIDS sponsored by the University of Rochester Medical Center, AIDS Center, Henrietta, NY. This conference is intended for physicians, pharmacists, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and other health care professionals. This conference will provide the information they need to meet the existing and emerging challenges of diagnosing and treating today's HIV patients. Experts will present the latest information on diagnosing and treating persons with HIV in the primary care setting and answer questions from attendees. Workshops will present emerging strategies for dealing with specific problems in HIV care today and offer the opportunity for experienced clinicians to debate specific approaches to treatment.
For more information, contact Monica Barbosu, Clinical Education Initiative, Infectious Disease Division, University of Rochester Medical Center. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; phone 585-276-5086; or access the Web site here. Online registration is available here.
10th Finger Lakes Rural HIV Update Join us on June 9, 2011 in Geneva, New York for a conference titled: Case Management/Administration; HIV/AIDS; Outreach; Rural; Social Services sponsored by AIDS Care, The Center for Positive Living. The Finger Lakes Rural HIV Update was started in 2002 as a way to provide updates and information to human service and medical providers in rural areas. The Update is aimed at health care providers, social workers, outreach workers, youth services providers, aging services providers, school nurses, public health nurses, case managers, counselors, teachers, and community educators. This year's theme, HIV: Then and Now, is a reflection of the 10th anniversary of the Update and the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the pandemic.
For more information, contact AIDS Care. E-mail email@example.com ; phone 315-849-1256; or access the Web site here. Attendance is limited to 130 participants. Registration fee: $30.00. Registration deadline is May 27, 2011.
Recording of April 29 Live CME Program Webinar, Anna’s Story now available Anna’s Story: The Impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Implications for Women Across the Lifespan was presented by Ann Jennings, PhD, Founder and Executive Director of the Anna Institute. Participants in this webinar learned:
cumulative trauma’s central role in development of health, behavioral health and social problems
to trace the multiple potential impacts and serious disabling consequences of unaddressed adverse childhood experiences throughout an individual’s lifespan
the “symptoms” and “health risks” as manifestations of the neurological impacts of trauma and as attempts to cope with those impacts and with the emotional pain of trauma.
3 health risk behaviors used to cope with traumatic impacts
health and social service providers are welcome to view this recorded
webinar, including medical care providers, dentists, social workers,
teachers, mental health workers, substance use disorder treatment
providers, corrections officers, and community program staff, to name a
About the series: The impact of violence, abuse, neglect, disaster, war, and other harmful experiences continues long after the traumatic event has ended. Exposure to trauma is a pervasive issue that has significantly affected the health and well-being of millions of Americans and nearly everyone seeking services in the public health and social services systems. Understanding how trauma affects the emotional, behavioral, cognitive, social, and physical functioning of the people we care for can improve our services.
Join HHS' email list! If you received this notice as a forwarded message and want to ensure you receive all notifications, or would like to be removed from this list, please e-mail the webinar coordinator at Emma.Winter@hhs.gov.
This LIVE webinar was sponsored by: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health – Region V with generous support from SAMHSA
CEUs The University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Illinois Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Public Health Webinar Series on Hemoglobinopathies Hosted by: The Division of Blood Disorders, CDC 4th Thursday of every month from 2:00PM – 3:00PM EST
The purpose of this webinar series is to offer a hemoglobinopathies learning collaborative platform for providers, consumers, educators, and scientists.
Note: Based on overwhelming response, the capacity limitations have been removed for the web and audio portions of this series. The entire webinar series will be recorded and made available for viewing.
Hemoglobinopathies Webinar Schedule 2011
5/26: Vitamin Deficiency and Sickle Cell Disease Dr. Ifeyinwa Osunkwo, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta 6/23: --- No Webinar This Month --- 7/28: Transfusion Issues for Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassemia Patients Dr. Rebecca Kruse-Jarres, Tulane University School of Medicine 8/25: Administrative Data Sets Dr. Scott Grosse, CDC Division of Blood Disorders 9/22: Emerging Pathogens and Blood Safety for Transfused Populations Sean Trimble MPH, CDC Division of Blood Disorders 10/27: The Use of Hydroxyurea for Sickle Cell Disease Dr. Nancy Green, Columbia University Medical Center 11/24: --- No Webinar This Month --- 12/22: TBA
If you have ideas on topics for future webinars, would like the call-in number, or have any questions or comments about this series please submit them to Shae Pope, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free webinars sponsored by TeenScreen National Center TeenScreen National Center at Columbia University offers a wonderful series of one-hour webinars that are directed to non-mental health clinicians and pediatric primary care providers. The series offers a good overview on selected pediatric issues, including use of anti-psychotic meds, reimbursement for services and improving teen mental health.
The link that includes the upcoming webinar as well as all of the "archived" webinars can be accessed by clicking here. If you are not able to watch the webinars live, you can always watch them once they are archived.
CHCANYS Diabetes Learning Series Save the Date:May 18th at 9am In 2008, Lutheran Family Health Center was funded to conduct a demonstration project on the utilization of patient navigators for at-risk and high risk diabetes patients. This patient navigator project is built on the services provided to high risk diabetic patients by Lutheran Family Health Centers existing Care Management program serving adults and children with diabetes and cardiovascular conditions.
To register for this event, please e-mail Kathy Alexis at email@example.com. Log-on information will be forwarded to you upon receipt of registration.
CHCANYS Diabetes Learning Series: Archived Webinar Diabetes and its Effects on the Feet: Identification and prevention of pedal problems in the primary care setting Dr. Craig Herman, D.P.M. presented a webinar program that provided a general overview of Diabetes statistics followed by a review of potential complications of Diabetes manifesting in the feet: Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Charcot Arthropothy, Ulcerations and Amputations.
Target Audience: PCP, Nurse, Health Educators, Quality Improvement Staff
Click here for access to the PowerPoint presentation.
Educational Broadcast on Colorectal Cancer Increasing rates of colorectal cancer screening is a priority of the New York State Cancer Services Program. On March 17, 2011 the Cancer Services Program supported a broadcast, "Appropriate Cancer Screening: How Are You Doing?" which promoted guideline-concordant screening. The broadcast presenters were Jean Berg, M.D. and Nicholas Kulbida, M.D. They discussed the pros and cons of the various screening options, the evidence against the use of the single slide, in-office fecal test, and patient and provider barriers to screening. Health disparities and systems for improving screening rates were also discussed.
The broadcast has been archived and is available for viewing at the following link. We encourage you to view this important broadcast and complete the necessary evaluation for free CEU's if appropriate. To view the broadcast, please click here.
For more information about the broadcast or the NYSDOH Cancer Services Program please feel free to contact Ellen Bradt via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (518)474-1222.
News from Emergency Preparedness UPSTATE Personal Protective Equipment Webinar The New York State Department of
Health (DOH) Office of Emergency Preparedness invites all healthcare personnel
working in community health centers to participate in a Personal
Protective Equipment (PPE) Webinar Training to be held on the NYS
Learning Management System (LMS), from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on May 17,
2011. The training is
listed and searchable on the LMS as OHEP PPE.
This webinar, presented by
Eileen M. Franko, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., will provide participants the most current
information about PPE, N-95 respiratory protection, OSHA and Public Employee
Safety and Health (PEH) requirements and how to perform a fit test. In addition
to assist with your training, each main health center site will receive a
respiratory protection training packet, fit testing equipment kit and small
supply of N-95 respirators.
Specific details of this
webinar training may be accessed by clicking here.
2011 Critical Asset
Survey for CHCs The New
York State Department of Health has initiated the 2011 Critical Asset
Survey for Community Health Centers. Please find the NYSDOH Critical
Asset Survey letter by clicking here. The survey results will provide the Department with important information
regarding your needs in the event of a catastrophic accident or health
emergency and will allow the Department to plan for deployment of emergency
supplies and medicine to your Center prior to or during an emergency.
The survey can be found by clicking here.
Once logged in to the
Health Commerce System, find the application Nursing Home Surveillance and
Reporting System and select Community Health Center Critical Asset Survey 2011.
Then find the data entry menus.
Mary Lou Caprara
Departing CHCANYS Emergency Preparedness Program It is with
mixed emotions that we announce that our Upstate Emergency Preparedness
Coordinator, Mary Lou Caprara is leaving CHCANYS as of May 4th.
Mary Lou has been offered an exciting new position at New York State Department
time at CHCANYS, Mary Lou worked as the Administrative Assistant for the Albany
office before transitioning to EP early in 2010. Since becoming a part of
the EP team, Mary Lou has been invaluable as we assist our upstate sites in
their work to fulfill their HRSA mandated EP requirements. As our upstate
EP Coordinator Mary Lou has been a constant source of information to our
upstate CHCs and has worked tirelessly to nurture the relationship between CHCs
and NYSDOH. After working with her for over a year, we can safely
say that Mary Lou’s knack for organization and professionalism are only
exceeded by her genuinely sunny disposition and helpful nature. She will be greatly missed by her CHCANYS colleagues, her EP contacts at the
upstate CHCs, and most of all by the CHCANYS EP team.
News from HIT NYeC Summits to take
place on EHRs and Meaningful Use The NY
eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) is sponsoring a series of summits on EHRs &
Meaningful Use around the state. Please click here
for information. Use the CHCANYS discount code provided for free
also running the Regional Extension Center for upstate New York. Regional
Extension Centers were established nationwide with stimulus funding to support
primary care providers in implementation of EHRs and achieving Meaningful Use.
CHCANYS is an agent authorized to provide federally-subsidized REC
services to FQHCs. For more information, contact Sandy Worden (email@example.com) or Lisa Perry (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Community Based Care
Transitions Program (CCTP) Initiative:
A Federal Funding Opportunity The
Community Based Care Transitions Program (CCTP) was established to reduce
hospital readmissions, test sustainable funding streams for care transition
services, maintain or improve quality of care, and document measureable savings
to the Medicare program. For more
information on this initiative, please click here.
An e-mail box has been
established for interested individuals who wish to submit comments or questions
regarding this new initiative. The URL for that mailbox is: CareTransitions@cms.hhs.gov
watch service has also been established so that you can be notified by
email of any updates to this webpage. Please click here
to subscribe to this service.
If you are
considering applying for this funding opportunity, please let CHCANYS know by
emailing Lisa Perry, email@example.com
often contacted by community based organizations seeking to partner with our
health centers. Visiting Nurse Service of NY has contacted us on the CCTP
Releases ACO Proposed Rule Last month, the
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the proposed
framework for accountable care organizations (ACOs). The proposal aims to
support creation of entities that are coordinated, seamless and have patient
choice. The rule also addresses new protections that participating
providers are given from federal antitrust laws. CHCANYS and NACHC will
be reviewing and commenting on the rule and welcome feedback from you on its
provisions. The draft rule can be found by clicking
CHCANYS will also be offering a webinar on these proposed rules
in the near future. Please stay tuned for more information on this upcoming
AHRQ seeks healthcare
professionals for EHR Systems focus group The Agency
for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a component of the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services is looking for physicians, physician assistants,
certified nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners in New York State to
participate in important focus group research. AHRQ is planning to hold the
group sessions sometime between July and September 2011. This study will help
inform federal policy related to the Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR)
users and non users of EHR systems are needed. AHRQ is offering each participant a $200 gift for
participating in a 90-120 minute focus group session. They are seeking clinicians
who work in outpatient settings (private practice or Federally-Qualified
Health Center), and whose patient population is 30% or more Medicaid.
qualify, you may be able to participate in a focus group either in-person or
via a conference call. Other
health care professionals in the groups may include physicians, certified nurse
midwives, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and dentists. Your responses will be kept
confidential. This study is
sponsored by AHRQ and is being conducted by RTI International, a leading
non-profit health care research organization. To learn more about the study and
to see if you qualify, please contact Sean Hogan, Ph.D., with RTI International at 312-456-5265.
from Management, Finance and Compliance Health Center
Site Review Guide a Great Tool for Self-Survey The
Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Site Visit Guide is a
review instrument used by HRSA to
assess an organization's compliance with key section 330 Health Center Program
requirements as well as a resource to assist grantees in identifying areas for
performance or operational improvements. Health centers may also use the guide,
which is available on HRSA's health center website, as a self assessment
resource as it provides a series of prompting questions for both program
requirements and performance improvement. For more information, please
The Office of Inspector General website
offers a list of excluded individuals. Do you have a process in place to check monthly whether any
of your employed or contracted providers are on the HHS excluded list? Visit
the OIG link by clicking here.
from Workforce Development Welcome to our new
Director of Workforce Development Dr.
Bill Stackhouse joined CHCANYS on April 25, 2011 as its first Director of
Workforce Development. He brings over 18 years of post doctoral
experience in health and human services to help create and launch our Workforce
Development Program. His primary responsibilities will include: analyzing
workforce needs among CHCANYS’ members, developing and implementing workforce
recruitment and retention programs, developing new partnerships with
educational institutions and job training programs, creating professional
development and training programs, and working with partners to support the
integration and use of technology to expand the reach of services and training.
Stackhouse is a NY State licensed psychologist and a New York City registered
marriage officiant. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from
Beloit College and his Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity
School. His work in NYC began in 1978 in sexual and reproductive health,
including adjunct positions teaching Health Education and Human Sexuality at
several colleges. He then returned to school and received his Doctorate
in Counseling Psychology from New York University. He has worked at the
New York State Psychiatric Institute (2 years), the New York City Department of
Health and Mental Hygiene (11 years), GMHC (4 years), and Gilead Sciences (1
Stackhouse is looking forward to applying his experience with multiple
health care service settings and his counseling psychology training in career development
towards our important new program to assure the workforce at FQHCs is prepared
to meet the challenges and opportunities presented by health care reform.
Welcome to our new Deputy
Director of Workforce Development CAPT Susan Dunn joined CHCANYS in March 2011 as its first
Deputy Director of Workforce Development. She brings over 26 years of
health care experience in Minnesota, Washington and New Mexico and has had a
variety of job responsibilities ranging from Public Health Nurse to Provider to
Chief Medical Officer. CAPT Dunn is currently a US Public Health Service
Officer, a HRSA Ready Responder and the Region 2 Team Leader for Regional
Incident Support Team (RIST). She is with us part-time and remains
part-time in clinical practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner at a clinic in
Washington Heights. CAPT Dunn is on assignment from HRSA’s Bureau of
Clinician Recruitment Service (Division of National Health Service Corps) to
help us build our Workforce Development Program by lending her rural health clinic
and strategic planning experience.
CAPT Dunn will be based out of the NYC office on Mondays and
Tuesdays. CAPT Dunn has been in the NYC area for 1½ years and is excited to
develop key relationships within our FQHC family, as well as government and membership
associations. CAPT Dunn plans to attend the Board of Directors meeting in NYC on
Friday, May 20th. She will be a member of the Development,
Workforce and Clinical Committees. CAPT Dunn is looking forward to applying
her wealth of clinical and workforce experience towards the development of our
new and exciting Workforce Program.
Take Better Care of
Your Recruitment and Training Needs
Health centers in New York
City have one of the best resources in the country to help them find and
develop clinical and support talent, thanks to a key investment made by the
City in recent years. NYC Business Solutions Healthcare was established
by the City of New York in 2009 to provide businesses and organizations in
healthcare with access to high quality, no-cost recruitment and training
services. Helping these
organizations to hire the right people at the right time, and developing the
skills of their existing employees, is an important investment in the City's
economy and contributes to the success and strength of the health care
Healthcare organizations can
benefit from a vast candidate pool including RNs, CNAs, LPNs, Medical
Assistants and other clinical staff. NYC Business Solutions
Healthcare draws candidates from all over NYC to help organizations fill
positions that require foreign language skills, experience in specialist
practice areas, and administrative skills required to do the job. And
with access to graduates from LaGuardia Community College, one of the City's
most respected healthcare education institutions; they have the most
comprehensive pool of healthcare talent in NYC.
NYC Business Solutions
Healthcare has several options to help small and large groups enhance their
employees' skills through targeted investments in staff training. For
example, organizations can enroll staff in Excel training to enhance data and
information management. They have also committed to investing over
$100,000 in training medical billers to meet the growing demand. New York
City has, for many years, been a leading global location for healthcare
services, and this investment helps maintain and grow this essential part of
the City's economy. Organizations in NYC's healthcare industry should get
to know all they have to offer, starting with these no-cost recruitment and
If your health center has a training or technical assistance program that you'd like to share with others around the state, or if you would like to subscribe others at your health center to Your CHCANYS, please email the pertinent information to Rebecca Gaige-Troxell at firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome your feedback and comments.