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June 2,  2015
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MPCA Hosting Medicaid Managed Care Re-Bid Webinar June 10

Last month, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released the bid for Medicaid managed care plans in Michigan. It includes significant new content surrounding value-based payment methodologies, patient-centered medical homes, behavioral health integration including the use of Community Health Workers and population management strategies (including risk stratification), and coordination with services rendered outside the health plan contract (including PIHPs, community-based entities and social determinants). A brief summary of the bid can be read here.

Please join MPCA staff, our consulting partners from Health Management Associates, and Health Center colleagues from across the state on June 10, 2015, from 1 to 2:30 pm ET for a webinar on the re-bid. The webinar will provide an in-depth review of the health plan bid, including a specific focus on opportunities for Michigan Health Centers in 2016 and beyond. 

The webinar is open to all Michigan Health Center staff and board members. Please register in advance.

National Health Center Week: Planning Underway in Michigan

On May 28, 2015, staff from Health Centers across Michigan attended a webinar focused on planning and preparing for National Health Center Week, scheduled for August 9-15, 2015. Elizabeth Kwasnik from the National Association of Community Health Centers provided a national overview of this annual weeklong event, including this year’s theme, America’s Health Centers: Celebrating our Legacy, Shaping Our Future. Elizabeth also offered planning strategies, media advice, suggestions for finding sponsors, and a long list of event ideas.

Attendees also heard from Alyssa Jones and Colleen Healy, both of MPCA, who encouraged Health Centers to reach out to MPCA for assistance with their marketing efforts including developing media contacts, press releases, talking points, story pitches, and social media plans as well as inviting elected officials and obtaining sponsors for National Health Center Week events. In addition, Amy Frolka, an Outreach and Enrollment Specialist at Sterling Area Health Center, shared a variety of practical tips relative to National Health Center Week planning, including her suggestion to start early with planning as well as the need to have a plan (or backup plan) for weather.

If you were unable to join us for the webinar, click here to view the 40-minute informative session. In addition, please email your Health Center’s primary point of contact for National Health Center Week planning-related materials to Colleen Healy. Be sure to submit your events to NACHC and MPCA so they can be featured on the National Health Center Week event website and promoted within the State of Michigan by MPCA.

An Update from the National Association of Community Health Centers Reform Summit

Last week, MPCA staff joined leaders from the national Health Center network in Denver for a two-day interactive summit focused on value-based payment strategies. The summit covered topics ranging from Health Center strategies to innovative base payment and leverage incentive structures to key transformational concepts in organizational leadership, service delivery, and financial/operational support.

We look forward to applying lessons learned from the summit in continuing and expanding upon payment innovation work with Michigan Health Centers in the coming months. For more information, we encourage members to review the National Association of Community Health Centers' brief, Health Centers and Payment Reform: A Primer.

MPCA Welcomes New Staff

MPCA has a new Program Specialist, Joe Tran. Joe recently completed his Masters in Public Health from Michigan State University and has been working at the Ingham County Health Department as an epidemiologist intern supporting their community health needs assessment project. Joe’s primary responsibilities at MPCA will focus on completing shortage designations and needs assessments, along with other various data/research related projects. Please welcome Joe to MPCA when you see him over the next few months.


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

Webinar: The Michigan Medicaid Health Plan Re-Bid - What's New and Opportunities for Health Centers
June 10, 2015, 1 pm - 2:30 pm ET

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

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, 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.



Campaign Launches to Improve Access to Care for Farmworkers and Families

The number of agriculture workers served by Health Centers in the U.S. is on the decline at an estimated 18%. During the 2015 National Farmworker Health Conference, a Call to Action was deemed necessary by Health Center executives, consumer board members, clinical leaders, and farmworker advocates to improve this number.

In an announcement made on May 22, 2015, every Migrant Health Center grantee will be challenged to increase the number of agricultural workers they serve by 15% each year for the next five years. Even Health Centers who do not receive 330G funding are asked to report their numbers for patients who meet the definition of "migrant" or "seasonal" agricultural worker per UDS criteria and definitions. The overall goal is to work collectively to increase Health Centers' reach within this special population. 

According to the 2014 Migrant Health Program Directory published by the National Center for Farmworker Health, five Migrant Health Center funded organizations in Michigan served 13,394* patients who were agricultural workers.

The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and the National Center for Farmworker Health will serve as the lead agencies for the Ag Worker Access 2020 campaign and a task force will be appointed soon. Additional information will follow. In the meantime, comments and suggestions should be directed to Joe Gallegos at NACHC.

* Data from 2013.

Changes for Health Centers with Budget Period Start Date of November 1

Starting in Fiscal Year 2016, to ensure all Health Centers have sufficient opportunity to prepare and submit their Service Area Competition and Budget Period Progress Report applications, Health Center Program grants will no longer be assigned November 1 budget period start dates. To facilitate this transition, existing grants with a budget period end date of October 31, 2015, will receive a budget period extension for up to four months.  

Impacted award recipients will be notified of this shift through an EHB email message that will refer them to a Notice of Award that will be issued in May 2015. The May 2015 Notice of Award that issues the balance of funds for Fiscal Year 2015 will:

  • Reflect the new budget period end date (December 31, January 31, or February 29); and 
  • Provide prorated funding for June 1, 2015, through the new budget period end date. 

It is critical award recipients take note of their new budget and project period end dates to ensure they apply for a Service Area Competition or complete a Budget Period Progress Report at the correct time.

Cooperative agreement award recipients may direct questions or concerns to Health Centers may contact their Grants Management Specialist with questions. The adjustment to November 1 budget period start dates will be announced publicly via Federal Register Notice.

Nominations Sought for National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice

The Health Resources and Services Administration is requesting nominations of individuals interested in serving on the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP). 

For additional information on the requirements and responsibilities of nominees as well as the deadline to submit, click here.

Meet Up and Eat Up - Summer Meals for Kids

The Michigan Departments of Education (MDE); Health & Human Services (DHHS); and Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) – along with their local partners – announce the availability of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) for children across the state. The program is crucial to fill the gap during the summer for the Michigan students who rely on federal school meals during the school year.

The SFSP program is available at 749 sites in Michigan counties. The MDE has a Site Locator Map available for families to locate the nearest Meet Up and Eat Up™ site including meal types, times, and driving directions. Read more

CMS Proposes Rule to Strengthen Managed Care for Medicaid and CHIP Enrollees

On May 26, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed to modernize Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) managed care regulations to update the programs’ rules and strengthen the delivery of quality care for beneficiaries.

This proposed rule is the first major update to Medicaid and CHIP managed care regulations in more than a decade. It would improve beneficiary communications and access, provide new program integrity tools, support state efforts to deliver higher quality care in a cost-effective way, and better align Medicaid and CHIP managed care rules and practices with other sources of health insurance coverage.

Overall, this proposed rule supports the agency’s mission of better care, smarter spending, and healthier people. Read more

More State & National News



Webinar: Taking the Next Step with Electronic Quality Measures eCQM 102 for Quality Reporting Programs - How to Implement Quality Measure Updates
June 4, 2015, 12 - 1:30 pm ET
Host: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Webinar: That was easy: Understanding Health Center Finances for Board Members
June 16, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: National Center for Farmworker Health

Practice Operations Management, Level II (POM) Training Seminar
June 22 - 23, 2015
Salt Lake City, UT
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Health Care Reform Conference
September 24, 2015, 8 - 11:30 am ET
Oakland University, Rochester, MI
Host: Michigan Business & Professional Association

2015 National Network for Oral Health Access Conference

November 15 - 18, 2015
Indianapolis, IN
Host: National Network for Oral Health


More upcoming State & National events





 More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center



National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning Grant
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Due: July 20, 2015

Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Implementation Funds Program

Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Planning Funds Program
Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Resident Funds Program

Funder: American Academy of Pediatrics
Due: July 31, 2015

Health Smiles, Healthy Children Access to Care Grants
Funder: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Due: August 3, 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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