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MPCA eUpdate | August 25, 2016
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August 25, 2016
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Another Successful 2016 MPCA Annual Conference 

Over 350 participants, presenters, sponsors, and exhibitors attended the 2016 MPCA Annual Conference, "Enriching Patient Care in an Era of Emergencies & Epidemics," August 14-16, at Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, MI. Experts presented during general and breakout sessions on topics ranging from the Flint water crisis, to social determinants, community health center emergency preparedness, the value of interprofessional oral health practice, and over and under prescribing, amo ng many more.

Thank you, presenters! Click here for a recap of the agenda. A big thank you goes to the 2016 conference sponsors:  Silver Sponsor: Community Health Ventures; Bronze Sponsors: Arthur J Gallagher & Company, LabCorp, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan and Sponsors:  Q uest Diagnostics, Aegis Group Search Consultants, LLC, Henry Schein Dental, Nonstop Wellness, Healthcare Michigan—the organizations that exhibited during the Exhibitors Showcase (sponsor and exhibitor contact list). Kudos also to the 2016 conference planning committee for all the work in planning another successful MPCA Annual Conference. Stay tuned for news abo ut the 2017 MPCA Annual Conference!

35 Michigan Health Centers Receive HHS Quality Improvement Grant Awards

Thirty-five Michigan Health Centers received a total of more than $2.5 million in grants from the Department of Health and Human Services to expand current quality improvement systems and infrastructure to improve the delivery of primary care services. More than $100 million in grants were provided to 1,340 Health Centers in all 50 states. Read the full news release.

Here is a review of the awards MPCA members received:

EHR Reporter Awards: 13 awards totaling $130,000
Clinical Quality Improver Awards: 33 awards totaling $628,573
Health Center Quality Leader Awards: 10 awards totaling $254,239
Access Enhancers Awards: 16 awards totaling $160,000
High Value Health Centers Awards: 9 awards totaling $255,000

FY2015 Health Center Quality Improvement Awards index

Community Health Worker Updates

New MPCA Resource: CHW Toolkit
Check out the CHW ToolKit as it provides Outreach and Enrollment information, trainings, and useful tools to start and implement a CHW program. If there is any information you would like to share with MPCA, or add to the toolkit, please send your resources to Brittani Barkley.

Community Health Worker Network
This fall MPCA will launch a new Community Health Worker Peer Communication Network. The network will the opportunity for CHWs in Health Centers to communicate with others from different programs and Health Centers, receive training, receive statewide and national news updates, attend webinars, and more! CHWs and interested health center staff can contact Brittani Barkley to be added to the CHW Network.

Enabling Services Annual Forum October 3
Please mark your calendar for October 3 to join MPCA for the Enabling Services Annual Forum: Connecting Consumers to Care and Community. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lansing. The day will feature practical sessions on building strategic partnerships, assisting with Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Medicaid appeals, social media outreach, and more!

Asthma Management and Education Training November 3

The Michigan Primary Care Association, in collaboration with The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America – Michigan Chapter, will present Asthma Management: Primary Care Matters Most on Thursday, November 3, 2016, from 8:30 am - 12 noon. 

This program will provide individuals who work with asthma patients the latest information on the pathophysiology of asthma and allergy; current treatment methods; effective techniques for patient education; and ways to prevent asthma episodes. Of note is the prevalence of asthma and lead poisoning among urban children. 

Who should attend?  Anyone who interacts with asthma patients, including physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse managers, medical assistants, community health workers, case management specialists, referral specialists, and all non-clinicians are encouraged to attend to get up-to-date asthma management guidelines.

The training qualifies for 3.0 hours of CEUs for Michigan Nurses.  Application for CME credit will be filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians for 3.0 CMEs.  Certified Asthma Educators earn asthma specific CEU's which are needed for recertification

Register early, and spread the word!  Venue:  Crowne Plaza Lansing West.  Registration includes a hot breakfast, and valuable materials for you to take back with you!  To registration please click here! For more information, please contact Simmi Isaac at or 517.827.0471.

Northwest Michigan Health Services Receives HRSA Grant

Northwest Michigan Health Services will receive $200,000 each year for three years to improve the quality of care for populations with high rates of chronic conditions. The Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration will focus on providing support to rural primary care providers with the implementation of quality improvement activities and furthering coordination of care for patients across health care settings.

They will be required to use an evidence-based quality improvement model, assess practice changes and their impact on performance, and use health information technology to collect and report data. Objectives of the program include improved health outcomes for patients, enhanced chronic disease management, and better engagement of patients and their caregivers.

Clinical Quality Assessment Survey Open

Michigan Primary Care Association to release the Annual Clinical Quality Assessment. This evaluation addresses Health Information Technology, Meaningful Use, and Patient Centered Medical Home certification, among other important issues. This information allows MPCA to better serve you through data-informed decisions. Please ensure that the survey is completed by one member of your organization. If you are not the individual who should complete the survey please see that it reaches them.

The evaluation will be open until September 2, 2016.  If you have any questions, please contact Lindsey Naeyaert, Clinical Specialist at Click here to begin the Annual Clinical Quality Assessment

HIPAA Privacy and Security Basic Training September 15

This one-day training session we will take a closer look at the requirements for the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, as well as the Breach Notification Rule.  You will learn who these rules apply to, what information they protect, and the supporting documentation you should have in place.  We will address a number of common HIPAA compliance issues and break down the requirement for providers to conduct a security risk assessment.  The training session will help you identify if you have a breach of health information, and will explain your breach notification responsibilities.  You will learn how to prepare for the OCR HIPAA audits which are currently underway, to help you avoid the large penalties for HIPAA noncompliance that we now hear about on an almost weekly basis.

Who should attend:  IT directors, compliance officers, chief operating officers, quality assurance/improvement staff, clinical quality leadership, HIT managers.

The training will be at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Lansing, from 8 am – 4 pm. Click here for more information and registration. 


Homeless Health Network:  Annual Face-to-Face Meeting
September 14, 2016, Lansing
Host:  Michigan Primary Care Association


Centering In-Person Meeting
September 15, 2016, Lansing
Location:  Michigan Primary Care Association
Host:  Michigan Primary Care Association


Centering Advanced Facilitation Training
September 16, 2016
Location:  Michigan Primary Care Association
Host:  Michigan Primary Care Association


2016 Fall Clinical Conference:  2016 Comprehensive Management of Substance Use Disorder in Primary Care:  From Prevention to Treatment.
October 19, 2016
Location:  Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing
Host:Michigan Primary Care Association 


HIPAA Training

September 15, 2016
Crowne Plaza Lansing 
Host:  Michigan Primary Care Association

Asthma Management Training: Primary Care Matters Most 
November 3, 2016
Location:  Crowne Plaza, Lansing
Host:  Michigan Primary Care Association, The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Michigan Chapter

More MPCA-hosted events




More job openings

MPCA posts job openings at Michigan Health Center Program grantees, Michigan FQHC Look-Alikes, and MPCA active member organizations. To submit a job opening for posting in the online MPCA Career Center and in the MPCA eUpdate, email the job title, a brief overview, a bulleted list of qualifications, and instructions on how to apply to with Job Posting in the subject field.


HRSA Launches New 340B Resources Webpage

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Office of Pharmacy Affairs has launched a webpage with 340B educational resources. The page provides brief descriptions and links to assist covered entities with 340B registration, implementation, compliance and program integrity.  Please visit the webpage to learn more. 


Turn the Tide Opioid Campaign

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has launched Turn the Tide Rx, a national campaign to educate and mobilize prescribers to take immediate action to help stem the opioid crisis. provides practical clinical tools and important resources. Join the movement and share the news.  





Healthy Safety Net 2016:  A Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan Symposium 
September 8, 2016, 9 am - 3 pm
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing 

Save the Date: Race, Poverty and Policy - Creating an Equitable Michigan
October 10, 2016, 1 - 4:30 pm ET
Radisson Hotel, Lansing, Michigan
Host: Michigan League for Public Policy

Webinar: Autism Spectrum Disorder Best Practices in Screening, Referral, Behavioral Health Interventions
Available Through May 31, 2017

Hosts: Michigan AHEC and Wayne State University of Pediatrics

 More upcoming state & national events

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More resources in MPCA's online Education & Resource Center


Continuum of Care
Due: September 14, 2016
Funder: Department of Housing and Urban Development

Wrigley Company Foundation Community Service Grant
Due: October 1, 2016
Funder: American Dental Hygientists' Association

Bureau of Primary Health Care Loan Guarantee Program
Due: October 1, 2016
Funder: Bureau of Primary Health Care


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