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News from Health Center Support
CHCANYS Clinical Forum & Statewide Conference: Call for Proposals Deadline is this week!
Health centers are invited to submit proposals for CHCANYS annual conference October 3-5, 2010 at The Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY.
The conference will focus on the health care home and timely policy, clinical, reimbursement, health information technology, operational issues and more. General Registration is also open at www.chcanys.org.
Registration Now Open for Two New Free NACHC Webinars! NACHC is now offering two new webinars to provide health centers the tools needed to keep up with the changes coming out of Health Care reform. The first webinar is designed to offer health centers guidance on understanding the nuances of disability insurance coverage, and how to determine if staff members are adequately covered. The second, focuses on the challenges of health center staffing, and offers tips on attracting the top candidates and how to keep them! See details below on how to register for one of these dynamic and free webinars today!
Disability Insurance: How to be Sure Your Whole Staff is Covered July 1, 2010 2 – 3:30 PM EST Online registration cutoff date: June 28, 2010 This hour long webinar focuses on a very important employee benefit that often times gets overlooked: disability insurance. The make-up of the health center’s staff is varied. Is each member of your staff adequately covered?? Learn the nuances of disability coverage and get to know the discounts available to you as a NACHC member community health center! At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
Determine what the actual benefit would be to a staff member if he/she went out on a disability claim.
Find out what your current disability insurance covers.
Distinguish between group health coverage and individual coverage.
Staffing Your Health Center in an Era of Health Reform July 15, 2010 2 – 3:30 PM EST Online registration cutoff date: July 12, 2010 This convenient 90 minute webinar will address the challenges and obstacles of recruiting primary care physicians and dentists to your community health center. Topics discussed will include strategies for recruiting and retaining top talent. We will also provide inside expertise on the best ways to attract the candidates you really want and how to retain them. In the fast paced world of community health, planning is key. We will discuss a successful CHC recruitment process model that will help you staff your clinics with the providers needed so you are not left with empty buildings losing potential revenue. DDS Resources: Ed Taaffe, President, MD & DDS Resources; Jason Ortwerth, Vice President, MD Resources; Krista Holloway, Vice President, DDS Resources
Growing the Federally Qualified Health Center Program: New Access Point and Expansion Application Workshop July 13-14, Albany Hampton Inn & Suites, 25 Chapel Street, Albany, NY 12210 For reservations call 518-432-7000 “Group code A08” for $99 room rate *Very few seats left! *
The newly passed health reform package contains significant funding to promote growth in the Federally Qualified Health Center program. Join CHCANYS for this intensive 2-day training and learn how to apply for this funding.
Whether you are an existing FQHC, a look-alike, or just getting started, CHCANYS staff and national experts will help you to determine your readiness to apply for these federal funds. This program will give existing health centers that are looking to expand sites or services tips on how to present information and what review committees are looking for. Please join us for this "hands-on" training workshop, designed to provide you with tools to develop your New Access Point and/or FQHC Look Alike Application.
Topics to be included:
Understanding the FQHC program expectations
Determining readiness to apply for an FQHC
Understanding and applying for FQHC funding
FQHC operational issues
Developing health and business plans
Preparing a needs assessment
Bringing the community in as your partner
Pamela Byrnes, PhD, Director of Health Growth & Development National Association for Community Health Centers
Gil Bernhard, CPA, Managing Director RSM McGladrey, Inc.
Robert Martiniano, M.P.A., M.P.H. Center for Health Workforce Studies, University at Albany
14th Annual 340B Conference Slated for DC in July The 14th Annual 340B Coalition Conference on Improving Access to Pharmaceutical Care and Ensuring Compliance with Federal and State Laws will be held in Washington, DC July 19-20, 2010. For information and to register, click here.
Need Recruitment Help? The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), through its corporate partners, offers a variety of options to support meeting your staffing needs including:
MD & DDS Resources: Focus is physician and dentist recruitment.
endevis (formerly Staffing Masters): Focus is nurse placement, but also places clinical and non-clinical candidates.
Uniformed Services Health Professional Placement (USHPP): Works exclusively with military healthcare professionals seeking employment in their transition from the military into civilian practice.
Merritt Hawkins & Associates: Specializes in permanent placement for physicians and dentists, as well as select allied health professionals.
Staff Care: Provides locum tenens physician placement services.
More information is available on each of these organizations by clicking here.
Jeffrey T. Latman Foundation Grant: Supports Health Center Finance TA/Training CHCANYS is pleased to announce that we received a grant from the Jeffrey T. Latman Foundation to support technical assistance training and financial webinars for community health center finance and accounting staff. The grant also provides a limited number of scholarships for CHCANYS’ Clinical Forum and Statewide Annual Conference October 3-5 in Albany, NY. Scholarship applications will be available online June 30.
Clinical Quality Initiatives
Diabetes Learning Series: Incorporating Self Management Goal Setting with the Patient into Routine Visit Tuesday, June 29, 2010 9am-10am EST
Webinar Attendee url: click here Member ID: M3PH93
No Entry Code Registration not required
Session Outline: Dr. Doug Rahner, Medical Director, and Tricia Lyman, Collaborative Coordinator of Family Health Network of Central New York, Inc. will co-facilitate a webinar about incorporating self-management goals for patients with diabetes in an office visit. The purpose of self-management goal setting is to aid and inspire patients to become informed about their conditions and take an active role in their treatment. Helping patients and families manage chronic conditions is an idea whose time has come. Many patients do not understand what their doctors have told them and do not participate in decisions about their care, which leaves them ill prepared to make daily decisions and take actions that lead to good management. Others are not yet even aware that taking an active role in managing their condition can have a big impact on how they feel and what they are able to do. Enabling patients to make good choices and sustain healthy behaviors requires a collaborative relationship, a new health partnership between health care providers and teams, and patients and their families; a partnership that supports patients in building the skills and confidence they need to lead active and fulfilling lives. The goal of the webinar is to inspire the participants to design, implement, and eventually share how self management goal setting is incorporated in medical appointments for their patients with diabetes in their practices.
Objectives: By the end of the webinar, the participants will be able to:
Learn what needs to be done before, during, and after an appointment
Access the resources to create a self management goal sheet and action form
Learn how other members of the team can assist in the process
Use Self Management Goals Setting as a forum for teaching nurses, medical students, and residents.
Diabetes Learning Series: Recorded Webinars The following recorded webinars are available on the CQI page of the CHCANYS website as part of the NYS Diabetes Campaign.
Master your Cultural and Survival Nutrition Skills
Shared Medical Appointments–An Innovative Practice Model to Improve Outcomes in Your Patients with Diabetes
Please click here to view the recordings and download the associated PowerPoints.
CHCANYS, NYS DOH and Hudson River Healthcare Inc. would like to cordially invite you to the following learning event:
Webinar:Managing Progressive Kidney Disease Date: Monday, June 28, 2010
Time: 10am-11:30am EST
Facilitator: Dr. Andy Narva, Director National Kidney Disease Education Program National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases National Institutes of Health
Synopsis: This presentation focuses on strategies for improving outcomes for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the primary care setting. The discussion will include a description of standards of care for people with CKD as well as barriers to improving care, identifying and monitoring patients with progressive disease, collaborating with a nephrology consultant, and educational materials available from the National Kidney Disease Education Program.
Webinar Access Information: To join the meeting directly, click here. No entry code is needed.
The webinar will be open to the first 125 participants who call-in. For those unable to join the call, the webinar will be recorded for future viewing.
If you are a first time Live Meeting user, please make sure to check that your system is compatible with the Live Meeting software.
All webinar attendees will need to log in into Live Meeting via computer (PC) and call in using the dial in number.
First Time Users: To save time before the meeting, click here to make sure your system is ready to use Microsoft Office Live Meeting.
SEARCH: Become a Preceptor Maxine Golub, Sr. VP, Planning and Development, Institute for Family Health joined by AHEC will provide an overview of the SEARCH Program on the June 18th CHCANYS Clinical Call at 9:00 a.m. Please join us to learn more about how this statewide program can benefit your health center. To participate, please dial (866) 504-8504 Code: 2127103817
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, community health 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 a Preceptor flyer and application, click here.
HEART HEALTH: Cardiovascular Guidelines for Community Health Centers, a training reference manual, is the bi-product of CHCANYS' collaboration with the Healthy Heart Program of the New York State Department of Health. The goal of this manual is to provide all New York State health centers and parties interested in improving cardiovascular care within their respective institutions with information on blood pressure measurement and in-house CLIA waived point-of-care diagnostic testing guidelines. CHCANYS is pleased to offer electronic versions of the manual and a corresponding training PowerPoint presentation online through CHCANYS' website free of charge. To access the manual, please click here. For more information about this resource, please contact CHCANYS Quality Initiatives via telephone at 212-279-9686.
Emergency Preparedness - Downstate
ServNY On June 21st at 8:30 AM, CHCANYS will host a webinar related to licensed medical volunteer management. The New York State medical volunteer management program called ServNY and the New York City Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) are partnering to present a webinar on the licensed medical volunteer registration program through the New York State Department of Health’s ServNY website and the MRC volunteer registration website. This training will demonstrate how to access and register for the program as well as information on how the program will manage and credential licensed medical volunteers. So join us and learn all about this important valuable program to New York’s medical surge capability.
Speakers Betty Duggan from NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Lori Liptak from NYS Department of Health will explain various issues relating to medical volunteer management. Also speaking on this webinar will be Dr. Stephen Platt from William F. Ryan Community Health Center. Dr Platt will talk about his William F. Ryan’s experience with using MRC volunteers during their response to the recent H1N1 pandemic. All participants will need to log in into Live Meeting via computer (PC) and call in using the dial in number.
To join the meeting directly, click here. Attendees have free entry. To access the audio portion, dial into the number below: Audio - Phone: +1 (866) 504-8504 Participant code: 8086175
Critical Asset Survey The 2010 Critical Asset Survey for Community Health Centers (CAS) may be found on the NYS DOH Health Commerce Portal, formerly called the HPN. For facilities that completed the CAS last year you can access the 2009 survey, update as needed and resubmit. We estimate it will take 1 hour or less to do so. For centers that did not complete the survey in 2009, we estimate 4 to 5 hours to complete the survey. The NYS DOH has allotted 45 days to complete the survey. Please do not forget to verify and SAVE the survey so your new data will be submitted properly. If you have questions please call Bill Frost, NYS DOH at 518-408-5163 or Mary Lou Caprara, CHCANYS at 518-434-0767 x15.
Influenza Planning Guide Draft Last week, members of the Influenza Working Group received an e-mail distributing a draft Influenza Planning Guide, a document developed to assist Community Health Centers in their planning activities for influenza related incidents. Prior to distributing the document to our member health centers, we are asking you for your assistance in editing this guide.
As providers at the health centers for whom this guide is intended for, you are in the unique position of being able to provide us with valuable feedback so that this guide will meet your needs. We are requesting that you look over the document and help us identify the sections that are necessary and which ones could be removed. Our goal is to make this a succinct guide that will be useful to you when the next influenza crisis hits.
Continue to Report H1N1 Vaccines to CIR/NYSIIS We want to remind providers that you are required by law to report immunizations administered to your patients, particularly those 18 years of age or younger, in a timely manner. NYC city providers can contact the Citywide Immunization Registry (CIR) by clicking here. Upstate providers can report immunizations administered to your patients to the New York State Immunization Information System (NYSIIS) by clicking here.
The CIR and NYSIIS provide many benefits to both providers and their patients, making it easier to determine the immunization status of your patients and ensuring that they receive their recommended vaccines on time, among other public health benefits. Click on the links above for more information on the CIR and NYSIIS, and if you have any questions that aren’t covered by these documents, please don’t hesitate to contact CHCANYS’ EP Program.
NYC DOHMH Health Care Worker Vaccination Study New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to pilot a study on how to best determine the percentage of health care workers who are immunized against flu annually. DOHMH is interested in including health centers in the study and would like to have 3 – 4 sites involved. Sites interested in taking part should contact Edward Wake, Adult Immunization Director at DOHMH, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call him at 212-676-2283 for more information.
News from HIT Check the next Your CHCANYS for updates.
News from Policy/Advocacy
HRSA Issues Draft FTCA Manual for Comment The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) has issued a draft Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Policy Manual, available by clicking here. HRSA has consolidated various Program Information Notices (PINs) and Program Assistance Letters (PALs) related to FTCA to create the FTCA Policy Manual. The FTCA Policy Manual is intended to convey guidance regarding existing policy and current processes, and to serve as the principal policy resource on FTCA matters for Health Center Program grantees and related stakeholders. HRSA is offering health centers and other interested parties the opportunity to comment on the draft FTCA Policy Manual. Comments should be submitted to OPPDGeneral@hrsa.gov by the close of business on Friday, August 6, 2010. Red Flag Rule Once Again Delayed The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has once again delayed implementation of the "Red Flag Rules," which require financial institutions and creditors (which by definition would include most health centers) to develop and implement written identity theft programs. Because health centers regularly extend, renew, or continue credit to patients and offer covered accounts (including billing accounts), they are considered "creditors" and must comply with the rule. The Red Flag Rules were scheduled to go into effect June 1, 2010, but the FTC has extended the enforcement date to December 31, 2010 at the request of Congress. For more, see the FTC notice on the delay available by clicking here.