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May 12,  2015
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HHS Awards Funding for Eight New Health Center Sites in Michigan

On May 5, 2015, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $101 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support 164 new Health Center sites across the country. Eight of the new sites are in Michigan. In a press release issued by Michigan Primary Care Association, Rebecca Cienki, Chief Operating Officer stated "Today's announcement from HHS will allow Michigan Health Centers to expand quality, affordable health care to residents. The New Access Point grants will enable Health Centers to reach populations in new communities where necessary health care services are currently unavailable." The new funding will enable Health Centers to provide care to a proposed 28,804 Michigan residents.

MPCA encourages all New Access Point grantees to attend the technical assistance webinar scheduled for May 12, 2015, at 2 pm ET. All recipients should have received an invitation via email with call-in information and a passcode. If you cannot locate this information or you have questions, please contact

Opportunities to Participate in ICD-10 Implementation & Testing

Testing is an important part to the ICD-10 implementation process. During the week of July 20, 2015, a final sample group of providers will have the opportunity to participate in ICD-10 end-to-end testing with Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and the Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) contractor. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accepting July volunteers from May 11 through May 22, 2015. This is a great opportunity to participate in end-to-end testing with Medicare prior to the October 1, 2015, implementation date. For more information on participating, click here.

Additional Resources:

MLC Connects National Provider Call: Preparing for Implementation and New ICD-10-PCS Section X 

ICD-10 Resources for Medicare Providers 

Five More Facts About ICD-10

Save the Date: MPCA ICD-10 Boot Camp, July 7 - 8, 2015

MPCA CEO Quoted in Modern Healthcare

On May 6, 2015, Modern Healthcare Health Regulatory and Policy Reporter Virgil Dickson reached out to the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) for a quote on the proposed change the state wants to make to its Healthy Michigan waiver and what sort of impact it could have on the residents currently relying on the program. 

Kim Sibilsky, MPCA CEO, provided the following to Dickson. "As advocates for the underserved, our greatest concern is that, without CMS’ approval of the second waiver, the program currently covering nearly 600,000 Michigan residents could go away. The second waiver is requesting approval of an increase in charges to a maximum of 7% of income after four years of participation. This is counter to the CMS cost-sharing ceiling of 5%. The Healthy Michigan Plan legislation states the program will be terminated if those terms aren’t met. Of the enrollees that could be subject to the increase, it is estimated only 20,000 to 30,000 would actually reach the cost sharing ceiling which can be reduced through healthy behaviors. We strongly urge CMS to approve the waiver and allow this critical program to continue."

Dickson's article GOP-lead Medicaid Expansion States Test Limits of CMS Flexibility on Waivers appeared in the May 7, 2015 edition.


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Webinar: 2015-16 MPCA Membership Directory Updates
May 14, 2015, 9 - 10 am ET or 2 - 3 pm ET

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

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

Sliding Fee Discount Program Policy Review
Runs through June 30

ICD-10 Boot Camp
July 7, 2015, 10 am - 4:45 pm ET & July 8, 9 am - 1 pm ET
Crowne Plaza Lansing West, Lansing, MI

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.



Michigan Medicaid Director to Retire

Michigan's Medicaid Director, Stephen Fitton recently announced he will retire in June 2015. Fitton has been credited for the state's "stellar record for service, delivery, and innovation" with the Medicaid program as well as the Medicaid expansion program, Healthy Michigan. Read more

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Appoints New Chief Medical Executive 

Dr. Eden Wells has been appointed as the new Chief Medical Executive (CME) for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). As Michigan’s CME, Wells will serve Michigan residents by providing professional medical leadership, expertise and coordination in addressing public health issues, workforce issues and health policy development to the MDHHS. Wells currently works at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health in Ann Arbor as a Clinical Associate Professor, Epidemiology and the Director for the Preventive Medicine Residency. Read more

BCBSM Program Now Accepting Grant Applications

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's program, Strengthening the Safety Net is now open for eligible dental and medical clinics to apply for grant funding. If you're a clinic in Michigan providing free health care to uninsured or underinsured residents, consider applying. The grant will help eligible medical and dental clinics provider free or low-cost medical, dental, mental health, vision, and specialty care services. Clinics interested in applying can join an informational conference call on May 19 at 2 pm ET or May 21 at 10 am ET. To join, call 800-462-5837 and enter pass code 613530#. Those interested in applying can also email or call 517-325-4651 for additional information. 

More State & National News



Webinar: Technical Assistance for New Access Point (NAP) Awards
May 12, 2015, 2 pm ET
Host: Health Resources and Services Administration

Webinar: National Health Center Week 2015 Kick-Off
May 12, 2015, 2 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Webinar: Bureau of Primary Health Care All-Programs
May 13, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care

Webinar: Healthy Aging - Physical Activity and Quality of Life
May 19, 2015, 1 - 2 pm ET
Host: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, National Physical Activity Society, and Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Webinar: IRS Affordable Care Act - Employer Share Responsibility and Information Reporting
May 21, 2015, 1 pm - 2:30 pm ET
Host: Internal Revenue Service

Managing Ambulatory Health Care I: Introductory Course for Clinicians in Community Health Centers
June 15 - 18, 2015
Portland, OR
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers and Northwest Regional Primary Care Association

Supercircular, Sliding Fee Scale and Budge PINS: It Does NOT Have to be a Three-Ring Circus!
June 16 - 17, 2015
Columbus, OH
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers and Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell

340B Coalition Annual Conference
July 13 - 15, 2015
Washington, DC
Host: 340B Health

Dates Set: 2015 Fall Regional Immunization Conferences
Marquette - October 13
Gaylord - October 15
Lansing - November 3
Grand Rapids - November 5
Flint - November 6
Kalamazoo - November 17
Dearborn - November 19
Troy - November 20
Host: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

2015 National Network for Oral Health Access Annual Conference
November 15 - 18, 2015
Indianapolis, IN
Host: National Network for Oral Health Access
Registration Now Open!

More upcoming State & National events





More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center



Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, Part B
Funder: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Due: June 1, 2015

2015 National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement in Oral Health, Health Information Technology and Data, and Clinical Workforce Development
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: June 1, 2015

Telehealth Focused Rural Health Research Center Cooperative Agreement
Funder: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Due: June 29, 2015

More Funding Opportunities



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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