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March 31,  2016
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We're Growing...and Hiring!

The Michigan Primary Care Association is now hiring for a Health Information Technology Specialist, a Clinical Team Program Coordinator and a Director of Health Center Operations.

For additional information on each position as well as a link to apply, click on the desired position above.

In addition to the above positions, applications are still being accepted for the following: Support Services Program Coordinator and Workforce Development and Grassroots Advocacy Support Specialist.

Dental Dinner & Education Session Scheduled 

The Michigan Oral Health Conference will take place on May 19 and May 20 (if you haven't already registered, here's the link to sign up: Michigan Oral Health Conference.)  During the conference, the Michigan Primary Care Association alongside DentaQuest are sponsoring a dinner and education session on May 19, 2016 at 5:30 pm ET at Crowne Plaza Lansing West.

The topic for the dinner and education session is Practice Viability as a Medicaid Provider and will feature Charles Czerepak, DMD, Pediatric Dentist and Member of the American Dental Association Medicaid Provider Advisory Committee, and Steve Geiermann DDS, Staff Dentist, American Dental Association and former Regional Dental Consultant, Health Resources and Services Administration. Charles and Steve will share insights, opportunities and threats regarding program integrity, compliance, fraud, advocacy and how better to safeguard your practice and yourselves while providing care to this growing population. Special emphasis will be given to the importance of proper documentation for medical necessity.

If you are a Health Center leader or dental provider, this is an event you will not want to miss. There is no cost to attend the dinner and education session, but advanced registration is required. In addition, attendees are also eligible for two (2) continuing education credits from the Michigan Board of Dentistry and Academy of General Dentistry.

If you have any questions, please contact Lindsay Sailor.


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2016 Spring Clinical Conference: Advancing Quality Utilizing Health Information Technology
April 19, 2016
Crowne Plaza Lansing West, Lansing, MI

Pharmacy 340B Network Face-to-Face Meeting
April 28, 2016, 9 am - 3:30 pm ET
Michigan Pharmacists Association, Lansing, MI

Save the Date: 
2016 Health Center Board Member Training
May 10, 2016
The H Hotel, Midland, MI

Save the Date: 
2016 MPCA Annual Conference
August 14 - August 16, 2016
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Acme, 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.



Update from NACHC

On March 28, 2016, the National Association of Community Health Centers published a blog post and press release on "House and Senate Lawmakers Hail Community Health Centers as a Bipartisan Solution." 

An overwhelmingly bipartisan coalition of House and Senate lawmakers called on key subcommittee chairs  “to recognize Health Centers as providers of high quality, cost-effective primary care” and to ensure continued funding for a model of care that offers a “bipartisan solution to the primary care access problems” facing the U.S. The Senate letter was signed by 62 Members of the Senate (39 Democrats, 22 Republicans and 2 Independents).  The House letter was signed by 307 Members of the House (178 Democrats, 129 Republicans).

Free CME & MOC Part IV Credit Program Offered to Michigan Health Centers

The Michigan Caries Prevention Program (MCPP) is offering free direct-to-provider training and technical assistance to help primary care providers, including clinical support staff, to integrate preventive oral health services for children during the appropriate well-child visits as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Enroll in this program by September 2016 to be eligible for 30 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits and 20-25 Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV credits as part of a joint-providership with the University of Michigan Medical School and Health System.

Call 844-MI-TEETH (844-464-8338) to learn more, and schedule your training today! Click here for additional MCPP training details. 

CMS Finalizes Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Rule for Medicaid and CHIP

On March 29, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a finalized rule to strengthen access to mental health and substance use services for individuals with Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage, aligning with protections already required of private health plans. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 generally requires health insurance plans treat mental health and substance use disorder benefits on equal footing as medical and surgical benefits. 

U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell stated "Today’s rule eliminates a barrier to coverage for the millions of Americans who for too long faced a system that treated behavioral health as an unequal priority. It represents a critical step in our effort to ensure that everyone has access to the care they need. This rule will also increase access to evidence-based treatment to help more people get the help they need for their recovery and is critical in our comprehensive approach to addressing the serious opioid epidemic facing our nation.” The complete press release can be found here.

340B Registration Period Opens April 1

The next quarterly 340B registration period for Health Centers who want to participate in the drug discount program begins April 1, 2016.

Covered entities who register between April 1 and April 15 will be eligible to participate in the program beginning July 1, 2016.

The next registration period begins on July 1, 2016. For more information, visit Office of Pharmacy Affairs.

Michigan Infant Mortality Rate Down, MDHHS Releases 2016-2019 Reduction Plan

On March 30, 2016, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services announced the 2016-2019 Michigan Infant Mortality Reduction Plan, a plan that provides a roadmap for Michigan to continue improvements in ensuring infants thrive through their first year of life.

The plan includes not only goals but also outlines the efforts and progress made during the 2012-2015 Infant Mortality Reduction Plan. According to the 2014 estimate, the state rate is currently down to 6.75 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, nearing the Healthy People 2020 goal of six infant deaths per 1,000 live births. 

Of note, in 2013, five out of every 1,000 Caucasian babies and 10 out of every 1,000 Hispanic babies died before their first birthday. Among African American babies, the rate is 13 out of every 1,000 babies. The numbers indicate persistent and troubling racial disparities.

The new plan continues and strengthens efforts to address the social, emotional and environmental factors that affect health and health equity.

More State & National News





Online Course with Certificate: Primary Care Providers Working in Mental Health Settings - Improving Health Status in Persons with Mental Illness
Through December 31, 2017

Webinar: Community Inclusion Policy Development
April 4, 2016, 1 pm ET
Host: Mental Health America and The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion

Webinar: Managed Care and Homeless Populations - Linking the HCH Community and Managed Care Organization Partners
April 5, 2016, 2:30 - 3:30 pm ET
Host: United-National Healthcare for Homeless Council

Webinar: Affordable Care Act - Employer Shared Responsibility Provision (IRC 4980H)
April 6, 2016, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Internal Revenue Service

Webinar: Community Engagement at Health Centers, Part 2
April 6, 2016, 3 - 4 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers and National Health Care for the Homeless Council

Webinar: 2016 Uniform Data System Changes
April 12, 2016, 2 - 3:30 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care
Call In: 888-628-9520; Passcode: 2170393

Webinar or In-Person Training: Data Mapping for Program Planning in Michigan
April 19, 2016, 1 - 2:30 pm ET
Host: Michigan Department of Health & Human Services
Location: Washington Square Building, Room 206, Lansing, MI
For Audio: 877-873-8017; Access Code: 1086365#

Webinar: Collecting Social Determinants Data with PRAPARE
April 20, 2016, 3 - 4:30 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers, Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, Oregon Primary Care Association, Institute for Alternative Futures

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Best Practices in Screening, Referral and Behavioral Health Interventions
Several locations and dates available:
April 21, 2016, 7:30 - 10:30 am ET, Federal Reserve Bank, Detroit, MI

June 17, 2016, 9 am - 12 pm ET, Western Michigan University, Grand Rapids, MI; Simulcast Locations include Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI; Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI and Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

August 19, 2016, 9 am - 12 pm ET, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI; Simulcast Locations include Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI; Western Michigan University, Grand Rapids, MI; Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Webinar ($$): Got 340B Audit Findings? We Have Answers!
April 21, 2016, 3 - 4:30 pm ET
Host: Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell

Workshop: Implementing Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSS) into Healthcare Education
April 22, 2016, 8 - 4 pm ET
Bethesda, MD
Host: National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research

An In-Depth Look at Federal Tort Claims Act: Coverage for Health Centers
May 4 - May 5, 2016
Nashville, Tennessee
Host: Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell


June 7 - June 8, 2016
Philadelphia, PA
Host: Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell

Webinar ($$): 340B Contract Pharmacy Arrangements: Meeting Legal and Regulatory Requirements
May 12, 2016, 3 - 4:30 pm ET
Host: Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell

Webinar: Hot Topics and Common Pitfalls in 340B Compliance
June 9, 2016, 3 - 4:30 pm ET
Host: Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell

20th Annual US Conference on AIDS
September 15 - 18, 2016
Hollywood, FL
Call for Abstracts: Due April 8, 2016


More Upcoming State & National Events



More resources in MPCA's online Education & Resource Center


2016 Cultivating Healthy Communities
Funder: Aetna Foundation
Due: April 15, 2016

Integrated Behavioral and Primary Care for Safety Net Patients in Michigan
Funder: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Social Mission Department, Ethel and James Flinn Foundation and Michigan Department of Health & Human Services
Due: April 18, 2016

Family Self-Sufficiency Program Coordinators
Funder: US Department of Housing & Urban Development
Due: April 20, 2016

National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention
Funder: Department of Health & Human Services
Due: April 29, 2016

2016 Behavioral Health Grant Opportunity
Funder: Michigan Health Endowment Fund
Due: May 16, 2016

2016 Responsive Grant Funding Opportunity
Funder: Michigan Health Endowment Fund
Due: May 16, 2016

Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program - Innovation Awards
Funder: Department of Health & Human Services / Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: May 17, 2016

Developing and Disseminating Targeted Immunization Materials
Funder: Department of Health & Human Services / Centers for Disease Control - NCIRD
Due: May 20, 2016

International AIDS Education and Training Center
Funder: Department of Health & Human Services / Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: May 23, 2016

DTA Foundation Grant - Increase Access to Oral Health Care
Funder: Dental Trade Alliance Foundation
Due: May 25, 2016

Maternal and Child Health Measurement Research Network Grant
Funder: Department of Health & Human Services / Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: May 27, 2016

Newborn Screening Implementation Program Regarding Conditions Added to the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel
Funder: Department of Health & Human Services / Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: May 27, 2016

Creating a National Network of Partners to Promote Cancer Prevention through Human Papillomavirus Vaccination
Funder: 2016 Prevention and Public Health Funds / Department of Health & Human Services / Centers for Disease Control - NCIRD
Due: May 30, 2016

Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs (SPF Rx)
Funder: Department of Health & Human Services / Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Due: May 31, 2016


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