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April 28, 2015
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Reminder: Thank Your Members of Congress Who Voted Yes on HR 2

Thank you AGAIN for your advocacy leading up to the recent passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, which President Obama signed into law on April 16, 2015! Click here if you missed MPCA’s comment applauding the passage of this important bipartisan legislation that includes a 2-year extension of critical mandatory funding for Health Centers, as well as for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program. The law also extends the Children's Health Insurance Program through 2017. In addition, the law replaces the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) payment methodology for Medicare with a new system that will gradually move Medicare toward value-based payment models. Click here for a summary of the SGR fix and the so-called Health Extenders included in the law. 

If you have not done so already, please be sure to email or call your Members of Congress who voted yes on HR 2 to say thank you for supporting Health Centers! 
With mandatory funding in place through fiscal year 2017, the focus now is on the annual federal appropriations process, during which Congress will determine the amount of discretionary funding Health Centers will receive in fiscal year 2016.  

340B Pharmacy Network Spring Face-to-Face Meeting Increases Participation

On April 23, 2015, MPCA hosted the Spring Face-to-Face Meeting of the 340B Pharmacy Network. Nearly double the number of Michigan Health Center pharmacists, pharmacy staff, and personnel who work with contract pharmacies attended this meeting compared to the meeting held in 2014. This increased participation provided an exciting opportunity for members operating under 340B Drug Pricing Program to network, share best practices, and brainstorm avenues to overcome challenges. 

Larry Wagenknecht, CEO, Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA), provided an update of legislative policies centered on pharmacy. Topics included Pharmacy Technician Licensure, Maximum Allowable Cost (MAC) Pricing, Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT)*, and recently introduced legislation. Wagenknecht also extended an invitation for pharmacy leaders to join MPA’s Third P
arty Committee, as a means to foster continuity between MPA and MPCA.

Phillip Bergquist, Director Health Center Operations, MPCA, conducted a discussion on changes to the MDCH managed care re-bid, myHealthPortal pharmacy functionality, and 340B focused Congressional hearings. A joint presentation on Medication Therapy Management (MTM) was given by Heather Roth, RPH, and Lisa Dysard, RPH, of Cherry Health and Baldwin Family Health Care, respectively. Roth and Dysard explored parts of their MTM program implementation, operational processes, challenges, and successes. Round table discussions took place around presentation topics, referral challenges, inventory management processes, and additional pertinent topics.

If you and/or a member of your organization are interested in additional information or connecting with MPCA's 340B Pharmacy Network, please contact Llekken Neal, Clinical Specialist at

* Note: Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) is currently not covered under FTCA for FQHCs; gap coverage is required to participate. 


MPCA is Hiring

MPCA is looking to fill the following positions: Health Center Growth Program Specialist, Health Center Operations Program Specialist, Clinical Program Specialist, System Administrator, and Information Systems Manager.

For more information,visit


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2015 Health Center Board Member Training
May 12, 2015, 8:30 am - 4:45 pm ET
The H Hotel, Midland, MI

Fund Development Networking and Sharing of Resources 
May 21, 2015, 11 am - 12 pm ET

Save the Date: MPCA Finance & Billing Joint Network Meeting
June 15, 2015, 8 am - 5 pm ET
Crown Plaza Lansing West, Lansing, MI

WPS Medicare for an FQHC PPS Session
May 16, 2015, 9 am - 1 pm ET

Save the Date: Recruitment and Retention Conference
June 9, 2015, 8:30 am - 4 pm ET
The James B. Henry Center

Save the Date: 2015 MPCA Annual Conference
August 30 - September 1, 2015
Grand Traverse Resort, Traverse City, 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.



Everyone is an Advocate - Community Health Center Alumni Association

As America's Health Centers celebrate their 50th anniversary, a nationwide effort is underway through the new Community Health Center Alumni Association (CHCAA) to connect connect current and former providers, staff, patients, donors, vendors, volunteers, interns, elected officials, and others who have had a relationship with Community Health Centers. Membership is free and will keep you informed on alumni-related events around the country, enable you to connect with other alumni through a website, as well as have access to a CHCAA Facebook group and newsletter. 

Through sharing experiences, CHCAA members have the opportunity to inspire others. Most importantly, this is a chance to be a part of a community working to strengthen Community Health Centers and help ensure their future. Read more

Detroit Wayne County Health Authority Now Authority Health

Detroit Wayne County Health Authority announced a name change, Authority Health, during its 10th Anniversary Gala held on April 18, 2015. “The name change better reflects the vision of our health authority beyond the geographic definitions of Detroit and Wayne County” highlighted Authority Health Executive Director and CEO Chris Allen. Authority Health also announced a new slogan – Preserving Public Health, Promoting Population Health.

New U.S. Surgeon General Sworn In 

Dr. Vivek H. Murthy became the 19th Surgeon General of the United States on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. During his speech, Dr. Murthy highlighted several barriers keeping the American people from "being who we were meant to be, from achieving our best health," and discussed the importance of combating misinformation with clear communication, woring to move from a culture of treatment to one of prevention, and changing behaviors that keep us from our best health. 

"Public health doesn't exist in a vacuum. It's intrinsically linked to education, employment, the environment and our economy," stated Dr. Murthy. "There is a whole world beyond hospital and clinic waiting rooms where people are struggling with issues of transportation, housing and development. We cannot effectively address the challenges before us until we treat health as a shared responsibility." Dr. Murthy's speech in its entirety can be accessed here

Michigan Senate Appropriations Committee Passes Community Health Budget

Last week, the Michigan Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 for the Department of Community Health with no changes from the proposal forward by the DCH Appropriations Subcommittee. Most significantly, the Senate Appropriations Committee accepted the Subcommittee’s proposed delay in expanding Healthy Kids Dental into Kent, Oakland, and Wayne counties until July 1, 2016, at which time all eligible children (ages 0-21) would have access to the program. 

Another notable proposal accepted by the full Senate Appropriations Committee included the restoration of cuts made to FY 2014-15 Graduate Medical Education funding by the Governor’s Executive Order. The approved appropriations bill now heads to the Senate floor for consideration by the full chamber. To review more details of the budget originally reported from the Senate DCH Appropriations Subcommittee, please click here.

Governor Rick Snyder: Michigan Unemployment Rate Lowest in 14 Years

Since 2010, Michigan has created nearly 400,000 private sector jobs and the unemployment rate has nearly been cut in half. The state's unemployment rate currently stands at 5.9 percent - the lowest in 14 years. Michigan leads the Midwest in private sector job creation and is ranked fifth in the country. A new video highlighting Michigan's growth can be viewed hereRead more

HHS Announces One Fluoride Level for Nation 

On April 27, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a final recommendation for the optimal fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay. HHS now recommends one level, 0.7 milligrams per liter, for the entire nation. Previously, research had shown people consumed different amounts of water according to the geographic region they lived in. New research indicates there is no longer a geographic difference in water consumption. In addition, fluoride can be found in many sources from toothpaste to processed foods. Additional oral health resources from MPCA are available here.

Join the Health Equity Thunderclap

April is National Minority Health Month and on April 30, 2015, you can take action for health equity through Thunderclap, a collective social media tool that enables your message to be heard when combined with messages of others. Sign up to take part in the Health Equity Thunderclap here.

Healthy Michigan Plan at Risk Beyond Signing of Waiver

The Healthy Michigan Plan is at risk of being discontinued if the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services does not approve a waiver by December 31, 2015. (See original news report here.) The program has two options for continuation - federal officials find a way to improve the waiver or the Michigan Legislature changes the state's Medicaid expansion law to meet federal concerns. 

On Friday, April 24, 2015, MIRS reported an additional risk to the program - the amount in state savings. The Medicaid expansion law, passed in 2013, states expanded Medicaid coverage would end if annual state savings and other non-federal net savings are not sufficient to cover the state match as required by the program. As reported by MIRS, projections indicate costs will exceed savings as early as 2019. When the Plan was unveiled, the projected savings from Healthy Michigan would cover program costs until 2035. 

Steve Angelotti, Associate Director of the Senate Fiscal Agency, published an analysis of the Healthy Michigan Plan in February. The analysis estimated annual costs would exceed estimated annual savings in 2020, but Angelotti believes the date could be 2019 as this is when the state's share increases to 7 percent of the program costs. The projected date for cumulative costs exceeding cumulative savings was 2028. MPCA will continue to monitor the Plan and keep you posted on updates.


More State & National News



Addressing the Healthcare Needs of the Transgender Patient (webinar)
April 30, 2015, 1 pm ET
Host: Health Resources & Services Administration, Office of Health Equity

Back to HIPAA Basics: What is Protected Health Information (webinar)
April 30, 2015, 3 pm, ET
Host: Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell

Improving Health Care Value Through OpenNotes
May 1, 2015, 12:15 - 1:00 pm ET
Host: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Time Change: Uniform Data System (UDS) Changes (webinar)
May 6, 2015, 2:30 - 4:40 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care 

Assessing Patient Health Information Needs for Developing Health IT Tools (webinar)
May 7, 2015, 1:30 pm ET
Host: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

National Health Center Week 2015 Kick-Off (webinar)
May 12, 2015, 2 pm ET
Host: National Association Community Health Centers

2015 Michigan Health Policy Forum: Chutes & Ladders - The Game of Healthcare Coverage
May 19, 2015, 1 - 4 pm ET
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing, MI
Host: Michigan State University
Registration Closes May 15, 2015, at 1 pm

Partners in Pediatric Care
May 8, 2015: Marshall, MI, 7 am - 5 pm, Schuler's Restaurant
May 29, 2015: Traverse City, MI, 7 am - 5 pm, Grand Traverse Resort
Host: C.S. Mott Children's Hospital

Supercircular, Sliding Fee Scale & Budget PINs Training 
May 27 & 28, 2015
Host: Feldesman + Tucker + Leifer + Fidell
Early bird registration ends May 1, 2015

More upcoming State & National events




More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center



National Workforce Diversity Pipeline Program

Funder: Department of Health and Human Services/Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
Due: May 18, 2015

Partnerships to Increase Coverage in Communities (PICC) II Initiative Grant
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services/Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
Due: May 22, 2015

Competitive Abstinence Education Grant Program
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services
Due: June 24, 2015

Cooperative Agreement to Support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services
Due: June 15, 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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