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July 14,  2015
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ICD-10 Boot Camp - Are YOU Ready?

Last week, the Michigan Primary Care Association in partnership with Priority Management Group, hosted a two-day ICD-10 Boot Camp. During the boot camp, participants learned the differences between the two coding systems (ICD-9 versus ICD-10), the importance of accurate coding and documentation, the need to understand the overall health of their organization and the need to create an overall plan to ensure readiness by October 1, 2015. 

Ray Jorgensen, Chief Executive Officer, Priority Management Group kept the presentation of “dry” material, very entertaining. His message, however, was loud and clear: ICD-10 implementation is an enormous practice transformation with a fast-approaching implementation deadline. Presentations included coding and documentation from a clinical perspective, implementation from a leadership perspective and vendor readiness. Health Centers received several tactical considerations for implementation and mapped out all the areas ICD touches.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Community Health Automated Medicaid Processing System (aka CHAMPS), NextGen and Success EHS all provided insight on system readiness and testing processes. Overall participants walked away not only with the urgency to move forward with implementation, but with new tools to help facilitate a successful transition.

Additional ICD-10 Resources

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Society are working together to ease ICD-10 transition. They recently published a consolidated list of resources, training opportunities and tactical suggestions in an attempt to facilitate readiness. The information is available here.


CMS released a revised MLN Matters Article #SE 1408 regarding billing for services which occur on or after the October 1, 2015 ICD-10 implementation date.   

Are you ready?

MPCA Welcomes New Intern


Jillian Bajema has joined the MPCA team as a summer intern. Jillian is a biochemistry major at Calvin College where she will be a senior in the fall. She is considering graduate work in public health or health services administration. Jillian will work on specific projects related to health literacy and data, but will also have exposure to all practice areas within MPCA during her 12 week internship.

MQIN Partnership Enables Free NextGen Review

Are you taking full advantage of all the tools available through NextGen? Are you a member of the Michigan Quality Improvement Network (MQIN)? Have you recently made changes or updates to your technology? Have your workflows changed with the upgrades? If you answered yes to any of the questions, you may be the perfect applicant for a free review of your NextGen workflow.

Too often, a Health Center will make changes or updates to technology, but the workflows that support the Health Center do not change alongside the upgrades. To help ensure your Health Center is taking advantage of the complete automation offered through NextGen, MQIN is partnering with Ohio Shared Information Services (OSIS) to provide a free cost gap assessment to Michigan MQIN members using NextGen as their Electronic Health Record.

The half day, on-site EHR review conducted by OSIS, will analyze your Health Centers current workflow state, from check in to check out, to ensure processes are standardized and in alignment with the complete NextGen EPM/EHT solution. OSIS utilizes tools and methodologies developed specifically for Health Centers as well as automating all technology including Meaningful Use, Patient-Centered Medical Homes, and Population Health.

If you are a Federally Qualified Health Center and would like to participate in the MQIN sponsored review of your NextGen workflow for FREE, please complete the application form and submit it via email to Faiyaz Syed no later than July 31, 2015.

If you are a non-MQIN Health Center member interested in participating in this review, please contact Faiyaz Syed.

2015 MPCA Compensation & Benefits Survey Currently In-Progress

MPCA has launched its 2015 Compensation & Benefits Survey of Michigan’s Health Centers, in partnership with Merces Consulting Group, Inc. (Merces). Merces has graciously offered to provide this service to MPCA members on an annual basis at no extra charge. This year’s survey collects information on non-provider jobs and reports detailed information on programs, practices, and total compensation levels as well as employee benefits. The 2015 Compensation and Benefits Survey was distributed to the MPCA Human Resources Network via email at the end of June. The return deadline has been extended to July 31, 2015. 

In addition, Merces Consulting is conducting a separate survey just for providers starting this year  that will be unique to the Federally Qualified Health Centers/Primary Care Association industry. The survey will capture information nationwide on provider salaries, staffing levels, pay programs and other relevant information. The results of the provider survey will be a useful tool in the recruitment and retention of hard to fill positions. MPCA encourages providers to complete the new survey for a comprehensive industry profile. Please be on the lookout for the provider survey from Ed Ura in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions on either survey, please contact Ryan Grinnell-Ackerman.


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Webinar: Serving America's Veterans: How Health Centers Can Answer the Call
July 15, 2015, 10 - 11:30 am ET

Contract Training and Learning Lab
July 23, 2015, 8 am - 5 pm ET
Crowne Plaza Lansing West, Lansing, MI

Webinar: Conrad 30 J-1 Waiver Legal Review
July 23, 2015, 10 - 11 am ET

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

Save the Date: Fall Clinical Conference
October 16, 2015
Suburban Showplace, Novi, MI

**Additional Information Available Soon**


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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.



Oral Health in Michigan Report Offers Praise and Room for Improvement

The Center for Health Workforce Studies at the School of Public Health, University of Albany, released a report on the Oral Health in Michigan.


The report praises the states effort to increase access, but indicates there is also room for improvement. 

"The report shows we still have work to do," stated Karlene Ketola, executive director of the Michigan Oral Health Coalition. The approved state budget for 2015-16, which begins in October, phases in coverage for children in Kent, Oakland, and Wayne counties under the Healthy Kids Dental program, a program already in place in 80 other counties in the state.

Other highlights from the report:

  • 36.3 percent of Medicaid-eligible children had preventative dental care in 2013 compared to 8.2 percent in 1999. The national average is 38.5 percent.
  • 70.3 percent of third-graders in the Upper Peninsula had experienced tooth decay compared to 55.9 percent statewide.
  • 16.8 percent of children in Detroit were in need of immediate dental care compared to 7 percent statewide.
  • Michigan has 62 dentists per 100,000 people; however, they are not spread sufficiently throughout the state.

"There's a significant increase in insurance coverage and programs for increased access," Ketola said. "The report shows that we still have work to do to address the problem."

The Michigan Council for Maternal & Child Health is exploring solutions to address the issue of dental access in Michigan including increasing the number of dental professionals and improving oral health education for Michigan residents

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