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MPCA eUpdate | May 27, 2015
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May 27,  2015
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Conference Committee Finalizes FY 2016 Michigan Department of Community Health Budget

In an announcement made on May 20, 2015, Governor Rick Snyder and legislative leaders agreed on spending targets for the fiscal year 2016 budget. The agreed upon spending targets includes an additional $400 million in General Fund money to help repair Michigan roads and bridges. The agreement is an important step as lawmakers and Governor Snyder continue work on the 2016 budget, which goes into effect on October 1, 2015. The agreement marks the fifth straight year that Michigan’s budget is on course for completion in June. 

This morning, the House-Senate conference committee on the Department of Community Health (DCH) budget met to reconcile the differences between the budgets proposed by the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives, including noteworthy topics for Michigan Health Centers such as the statewide expansion of Healthy Kids Dental and funding for Graduate Medical Education (GME).

Under the final version of the budget for DCH, now a part of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Healthy Kids Dental program will see an increase of $37 million ($12.7 million General Fund) to expand services into the final three counties not currently included (Kent, Oakland, and Wayne) to cover children ages 0-12. As for GME, the final budget restores Executive Order funding cuts to maintain GME funding at the same level as it received at the beginning of the 2014-15 fiscal year. The budget was unanimously adopted by today by the conference committee.

Stay tuned to future eUpdates for more information as the budgets are finalized and sent to the Governor for signature.


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Webinar: National Health Center Week - Michigan Planning
May 28, 2015, 2:30 - 3:30 pm ET

MPCA's All Members Meeting
June 2, 2015, 11 am - 1:30 pm ET
Family Health Center, Inc., Kalamazoo, MI  

Recruitment & Retention Conference
June 9, 2015, 8:30 am - 4 pm ET
The James B. Henry Center, Lansing, MI
RSVP by June 5

Webinar: Overview of Types of Fundraising Campaigns
June 11, 2015, 2:30 - 3:30 pm ET

MPCA Finance & Billing Joint Network Meeting
June 15, 2015, 8:30 am - 4:45 pm ET
Crowne Plaza Lansing West, Lansing, MI
RSVP by June 9

Save the Date: ICD-10 Boot Camp
July 7 - 8, 2015
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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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's Unemployment Rate at 15-Year Low

Michigan's unemployment rate has fallen for the 20th consecutive month. On May 20, 2015, the April unemployment rate in Michigan was equal to the U.S. rate at 5.4 percent. The last time the unemployment rate was this low was September 2000. The rate fell in part to more people working in April coupled with a decline in total labor force. Read more

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Webinar: Coordinated Assessment for Health Centers
May 28, 2015, 2 - 3:15 pm ET
Host: Corporation for Supportive Housing

Breaking through the Taboo of Alzheimer's Disease
June 2, 2015, 8 am - 3:45 pm ET
Sterling Inn, Sterling Heights, MI
Host: Alzheimer's Association Greater Michigan Chapter

Webinar: Medicare FQHC PPS - Lessons Learned through Implementation
June 9, 2015, 2 - 3:30 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

2015 Michigan Oral Health Conference
June 11 - 12, 2015
Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI
Host: Michigan Oral Health Coalition

ICD-10 Summit

June 11, 2015, 9 am - 4 pm ET
Lansing Community College West Campus, Lansing, MI
Host: Michigan State Medical Society

Webinar: Financial Implications for Health Centers Serving Frequent User and other High Need Populations
June 11, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Corporation for Supportive Housing

Federally Qualified Health Center Prospective Payment System Seminar
June 16, 2015, 9 am - 1 pm ET
Michigan Primary Care Association, Lansing, MI
Host: WPS Medicare

Webinar: What's New with the 340B Drug Discount Program?
June 25, 2015, 2 - 3:30 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers 

2015 Financial, Operations Management/IT Conference
October 27 - 29, 2015
Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, NV
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers
Call for workshops - Abstracts due June 4, 2015


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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services EHR Proposed Rules:

  • Overview of Stage 3 and Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 through 2017 (Webinar) (PDF)
  • Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 through 2017 (Webinar) (PDF)
  • Health IT Certification Criteria (Webinar) (PDF)

Highlights from the National Rural Health Association Conference

 More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center



Improving Adult Immunization Rates through Partnerships with Providers and National Organizations
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Due: July 6, 2015


National Center for Afterschool and Summer Enrichment
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - OCC
Due: July 20, 2015

National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - OHS
Due: July 20, 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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