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February 3, 2015
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MPCA Signs Amicus Brief Supporting ACA Subsidies

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear King v. Burwell in March, MPCA joined NACHC, Primary Care Associations in other states with federally facilitated marketplaces, the American College of Physicians, and the American Nurses Association in filing an amicus brief supporting the position of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. King v. Burwell is the case that challenges federal subsidies established by the Affordable Care Act which are intended to help U.S. residents purchase health plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace. On average, premium tax credits lower health insurance premiums by $246 per month for Michigan residents. Should the Supreme Court hold that these subsidies are illegal in federal exchanges, including in Michigan, it would likely result in the end of federal financial support for millions of enrollees in the federal exchanges. This would harm patients and Health Centers. The difference between the average cost of a premium without a tax credit ($342) and with financial assistance ($97) is unquestionably one of the largest determining factors in making coverage attainable for Michiganders. Read more

MPCA Accepting Applications for Participation in BCCCP Project

MPCA is pleased to announce an opportunity for Michigan Health Centers to participate in a project with the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) beginning in early March 2015. The program will include training and technical assistance from MPCA and the Michigan Department Community Health to work in partnership with Community Health Workers at the participating Health Centers in an effort to increase breast and cervical cancer screening, referrals, and follow-up. Quality improvement, increased Health Center patient and staff satisfaction, and supplemental funding for CHWs are a few of the benefits expected during this program. A letter of invitation to participate and a site application will be sent to each Health Center, with a deadline for response by February 27, 2015. Up to eight Michigan Health Centers will be accepted for participation. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Koziel, Clinical Program Specialist, at

Save the Date: MPCA Legislative Forum Pre-Conference Call

If you are registered for the 2015 MPCA Legislative Forum, you are invited to a conference call on February 26 at 3:30-4:30 pm ET. MPCA policy staff will discuss the 2015 policy priorities in detail and share tips for having effective discussions with state legislators during office and luncheon visits on the day of the Legislative Forum, March 4th. Being prepared for these discussions is critical for success. If you are already registered for the 2015 MPCA Legislative Forum, you will receive an email with the conference call-in information. If you haven’t registered yet, it's not too late - click here. The conference hotel is sold out, but the overflow hotel is accepting reservations at the MPCA rate until February 11 or as long as rooms are available.

MidWest Clinicians' Network Announces New Incoming Board President

Midwest Clinicians’ Network congratulates and welcomes Russ Kolski, RN, of Baldwin Family Health Care in Grant, Michigan, on his recent election as Incoming President of the Board of Directors for 2015.


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Homeless Health Care & Public Housing Network Meeting
February 11, 2015, 10 am-12 pm ET
Michigan Primary Care Association, Lansing, MI
There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required; RSVP to Sara Koziel at or click here 

Donor Management & Relations (webinar)
February 19, 2015, 11 am-12 pm ET

Outreach & Enrollment Program Managers Meeting
February 20, 2015, 10 am-2 pm ET
Michigan Primary Care Association, Lansing, MI


Health Center 50th Anniversary Communications & Tools (webinar)
March 2, 2015, 1:30-2:30 pm ET

2015 MPCA Legislative Forum
March 4, 2015
Lansing, MI


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More Career Opportunities


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.



President Obama Releases FY16 Budget Proposal

President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal on February 2. It calls for an additional $2.7 billion per year for three years in mandatory funding for the Health Centers program. This amount would be combined with discretionary funding of $1.5 billion and reserve funding from the existing Health Centers Fund. Click here for more details in a statement from NACHC President & CEO Tom Van Coverden. Click here for the President's "Budget in Brief" for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

2014 UDS Manual Finalized

The deadline for Health Center Program grantees and Look-Alikes to submit Calendar Year (CY) 2014 Uniform Data System (UDS) reporting is February 15, 2015. Click here for technical assistance resources provided by the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC), including the recently finalized and approved 2014 UDS Manual. This final manual supersedes all draft versions released prior to December 31, 2014, including the version distributed at UDS training hosted by MPCA, and should be used to reference the 2014 UDS tables when preparing the UDS report. In review of the final manual, there are two changes MPCA would like to highlight, as they may be different from guidance shared during the UDS training—click here. If you have questions, please contact MPCA staff or BPHC’s UDS assistance inbox and phoneline, or 866.837.4357.

CMS Considering Proposals for Modifying Meaningful Use Requirements

On January 29, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its intent to issue a new rule this spring to update the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The intent is to reduce the reporting burden on providers. Among the proposals CMS is considering is shortening the EHR reporting period in 2015 to 90 days. “Through our partnership with M-CEITA, the Regional Extension Center for Michigan, MQIN (the Michigan Quality Improvement Network) has been constantly updating the CMS EHR Incentive program about the challenges facing Federally Qualified Health Centers regarding Meaningful Use attestation. MPCA has also reached out to NACHC on behalf of Michigan Health Centers to advocate for Meaningful Use requirements relief. We are appreciative that CMS has heard the request from not only our Michigan Eligible Providers but providers all over the country for shortening the EHR reporting period in 2015 to 90 days," said Faiyaz Syed, MD, MPH, Clinical Process Improvement Specialist and Meaningful Use lead at MPCA. Read more

HHS Proposes Path to Improve HIT & Transform Care

On January 30, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap Version 1.0. The draft Roadmap is a proposal to deliver better care and result in healthier people through the safe and secure exchange and use of electronic health information. This announcement is linked with the Precision Medicine Initiative that President Obama announced in his 2015 State of the Union address, which aims to improve care and speed the development of new treatments. Click here to access the draft Roadmap and related Standards Advisory, for which public comments are being accepted. The public comment period for the draft Roadmap closes April 3, 2015. The public comment period for the Standards Advisory closes May 1, 2015. Read more

2015 Federal Poverty Level Guidelines Released

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation has released the 2015 updates to the federal poverty guidelines. By law, these updates are used to determine financial eligibility for certain federal programs such as Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The 2015 Dual Eligible standards have also been updated based on the percentage of Federal Poverty Level.

APRN Bill Reintroduced in Michigan Senate

Michigan Senator Mike Shirkey (R-Clark Lake) introduced legislation last week to establish criteria for Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) designation in Michigan. Senate Bill 68 – which is similar to Senate Bill 2 that passed the Michigan Senate in 2013 but stalled last year in the House Health Policy Committee, and which MPCA formally supported – would allow APRNs to practice at a level that their training, education, and expertise allows. "We commend Senator Shirkey for his leadership in introducing this bill that provides full practice and prescriptive authority to APRNs commensurate with their education and training. Fully utilizing APRNs will significantly help alleviate the shortage of primary care providers in our state and increase access to quality, affordable care," said Kim Sibilsky, MPCA's CEO. SB 68 differs slightly from SB 2 in that it sets up a fund for a portion of the license fee for APRNs that would go to the Department of Treasury to be used by APRNs who work in underserved areas of the state. SB 68 was sent to the Senate Healtg Policy Committee, which is chaired by Senator Shirkey.

CDC's Measles Information for Health Care Professionals

From January 1 to January 30, 2015, 102 people from 14 states, including Michigan, were reported to have measles. Most of these cases are part of a large, ongoing outbreak linked to an amusement park in California. The CDC urges health care professionals to consider measles when evaluating patients with febrile rash and to ask about a patient's recent international travel history and travel to domestic venues frequented by international travelers. Click here for more information, including guidelines for patient evaluation, diagnosis, and management.

CDC's Epidemiology & Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Course Coming to Michigan in June

Each year, immunization educators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer a two-day live course in about two or three states that provides a comprehensive review of vaccine-preventable diseases and the recommended vaccines to prevent them. This year, the class will be offered in Lansing June 16-17. Participants will have many opportunities to ask questions, and a variety of health care professionals may be eligible to earn continuing education for attending. A state immunization update, given by the Michigan Department of Community Health, Division of Immunization, will also be included. Online registration for the class will begin during the first week of April, so mark your calendar. Read more

Medical-Legal Partnership Resources for Health Centers

The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (NCMLP) recently received a National Cooperative Agreement from the Health Resources and Services Administration to help Health Centers develop programs for integrating civil legal services and health care to improve the health of vulnerable people. The NCMLP is hosting its annual Medical Legal Partnership Summit April 8-10 in Virginia, to bring together hundreds of leaders from the health care, legal, public health, and government fields to share ideas and best practices. A focus at this year's Summit will be on Health Centers and how MLP services can help address prevention mandates of health reform. Continuing education credits are available for physicians, nurses, and social workers. Register by February 27 for the early bird discounted rate.

Michigan Caries Prevention Program: Improving the Oral Health of 1M Children

The Michigan Caries Prevention Program (MCPP) was created by Altarum Institute in collaboration with Delta Dental of Michigan, the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, and the Michigan Department of Community Health to reduce the burden of childhood dental disease in Michigan. Faiyaz Syed, MD, MPH, Clinical Process Improvement Specialist at MPCA, serves on the Physician Advisory Committee of the MCPP to represent Michigan Health Centers. To support primary care physicians and clinical staff in preventing pediatric dental disease, the MCPP will be offering several support tools at no cost, including a clinical decision support program, an electronic dentist referral and tracking tool, and comprehensive technical assistance. Click here to learn more.  


More State & National News



NHSC Loan Repayment Program Guidelines Webinar
February 3, 2015, 8-9:30 pm ET
Host: Health Resources & Services Administration

BPHC All-Programs Webcast
February 5, 2015, 2-3 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care

Capital Projects Integrating the Social Determinants of Health (webinar)
February 10, 2015, 2-3 pm ET
Host Capital Link

Community Facilities/Tele-Medicine Opportunities (webinar)
February 26, 2015, 2-3:30 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers, USDA, Capital Link


2015 Policy & Issues Forum
March 18-22, 2015
Washington, DC
Grassroots Advocacy Program: 6-month program kicks off March 17 (separate registration required)
New Medical Director Training: March 21-22 (separate registration required)
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers


More Upcoming State & National Events hosted by organizations outside of MPCA that may be of interest and benefit for individuals affiliated with Michigan Health Centers.



More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center



Specialty Care Access for Underserved Patients in Michigan
Funder: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation and Blue Cross
Letters of interest due: March 6, 2015

March of Dimes Community Grants Program: 2015 RFP Cycle B
Funder: March of Dimes 
Due: March 20, 2015

State Offices of Rural Health Coordination and Development Program (SORHCDP)
Funder: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Due: March 27, 2015

Rapid Response Rural Data Analysis and Issue Specific Rural Research Studies
Funder: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Due: March 30, 2015

Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling Program
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services
Due: March 30, 2015

Rural Network Allied Health Training Program
Funder: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Due: March 31, 2015

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The MPCA eUpdate is a weekly e-newsletter intended to keep Michigan Health Centers, MPCA members, partners, and friends updated on the latest happenings impacting Health Centers and providing care to the underserved. Please feel free to forward this to interested individuals, or they may request to be added to the distribution list. Information from outside organizations does not represent an endorsement by MPCA, and opinions expressed by outside authors are not necessarily official positions or policies of MPCA. This project is 80% supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the $1,186,260.00 grant number U58CS06824 titled “State and Regional Primary Care Associations”. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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