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MPCA eUpdate | July 21, 2015
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July 21,  2015
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MPCA Annual Conference Registration Now Open

You've saved the date, now it's time to register! The 2015 Michigan Primary Care Association Annual Conference registration is now open.

The annual event brings together Michigan Health Center staff and board members to learn from each other and expert faculty on clinical, finance, operations, governance, and administrative topics. The conference provides a great opportunity to make new connections, hear new ideas, engage with peers and refuel as you return to your Health Center with new resources, tools, and approaches to strengthen your programs, services, and operations.

This year, the annual conference will be held at the beautiful Grand Traverse Resort & Spa on August 30 - September 1. Register today

Don't forget to reserve your room. The deadline for hotel reservations is July 29, 2015. Reservations can be made by calling 1.800.236.1577. Be sure to ask for the Michigan Primary Care Association room block to receive the discounted rate.

See you in Acme!

National Health Center Week - Are Your Ready to Promote & Celebrate?

National Health Center Week (NHCW) 2015 is right around the corner! Governor Snyder has officially proclaimed August 9-15 as National Health Center Week in Michigan, and Health Centers across the state and nation are planning a variety of events to celebrate the week. MPCA will announce Governor Snyder’s proclamation in a press release later this week or early next week and will then provide a copy of the proclamation to Health Centers for use in promoting your event(s). With less than three weeks until NHCW kicks off on August 9, it is time to post your Health Center events to the NACHC website and spread the word to patients, staff, community, local media, and elected officials! 

At the Michigan Primary Care Association, we are gearing up for an exciting NHCW week and would love to attend and help out at your Health Center’s event(s). We will be monitoring the NACHC website to ensure we don’t miss any Michigan Health Center events, but you are also encouraged to contact Colleen Healy so we are aware of your event to aid in promoting, attending, and staffing, if needed.

If your Health Center is not planning an event for NHCW, please consider promoting the week as a whole through social media, your website, and local media. NHCW provides a great opportunity to recognize the services and contributions of Community, Migrant, Homeless and Public Housing Health Centers. While there are countless reasons to celebrate America’s Health Centers, among the most important and unique is their long success in providing access to affordable, high quality, cost effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people throughout the United States.


Did you know the month of August is Community Health Worker (CHW) Appreciation Month as well? Consider recognizing your Health Center’s CHWs at a NHCW event or using the opportunity to distribute informational materials to community members and patients. For assistance with developing materials or ideas for celebrating CHWs, contact Crystal Korpi and Shannon Lijewski at MPCA. 


As you continue to promote your Health Center’s NHCW events, don’t forget to check out the great variety of media tools available from the National Association of Community Health Centers: 

Social Media - A great way to increase awareness is through social sharing.

  • Not sure what to say? Here are some sample social media posts.
  • Use the following hashtags during the week to promote (even if you do not have an event): #NHCW15 & #MiHC2015. 
  • Consider scheduling your posts ahead of time (but still be sure you watch the social stratosphere for interactions).
  • Change your Facebook cover photo and Twitter heading photo to support NHCW. Both also available in Spanish.

Local/National Media - A great way to help a reporter with a story is through writing a press release or letter to the editor and even an opinion piece.

  • Templates to help you frame your message are available: press release, opinion, letter to the editor.
  • Tag your local media in social media posts (and be sure to thank them via social media when they write/air the story).
  • Submit your event to the NHCW website (password: healthy).

For additional assistance in developing media content and materials, contact Alyssa Jones

Finally, don’t forget to invite your Health Center’s elected officials to join you for NHCW events. Contact Colleen Healy at MPCA if you have questions or would like assistance inviting elected officials.

We look forward to celebrating the incredible services provided by Health Centers across Michigan! 

Healthy Michigan Plan Enrollment & Retention Resources

Over the last year, the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) has reported bi-weekly Healthy Michigan Plan (HMP) enrollment trends in our Health Coverage Enrollment Report. MPCA uses the weekly county level enrollment data available from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to monitor how many Michiganders have enrolled in the HMP, monitor the change in enrollment numbers, and monitor progress of the county in enrolling estimated HMP eligible residents. The estimated eligible resident number is based on 2013 Census data provided by the Small Area Health Insurance Estimates.

Since April 2015, there has been a significant monthly drop in HMP enrollments. The monthly drop in enrollment reached a record number of beneficiaries, 27,273, at the beginning of July. The decline, in part, is believed to be the result of beneficiaries who are unsuccessfully completing annual redetermination. 

Healthy Michigan Plan Enrollment Trends
March 2015 - July 2015


In order to assist in improving the retention of HMP beneficiaries, MPCA has created several resources to support consumers, and assisters, in understanding the renewal process including a
Michigan Medicaid Renewal Infographic, Michigan Medicaid Renewal Guide, Healthy Michigan Plan Enrollment Worksheet,, Michigan Medicaid Renewal Training, and customizable marketing and outreach tools. You can access these resources, including Spanish and Arabic versions, in MPCA’s Outreach and Enrollment Toolkit at

In addition, Health Centers can use new patient data available in the Community Health Automated Medicaid Processing System (CHAMPS) to identify the HMP beneficiary’s redetermination date. Health Centers can search individual beneficiary’s and view the redetermination date in the Member Benefit Level, or use the batch 270 Eligibility Inquiry to produce a batch 271 Eligibility Response file. Once the file is downloaded, it can be opened in Access or Excel, and filtered by redetermination date.

If you have questions about how to use any of the strategies or resources mentioned above, please send a message to

2015 MPCA Compensation & Benefits Survey Underway

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.

We're Hiring

MPCA is looking for a Member Services Specialist to serve Michigan Health Centers. The Membership Services Specialist coordinates all membership activities, including board and membership meetings and various committees, develops strategies and tools to increase and retain membership, coordinates technical support and manages the electronic Association Management System (AMS). Interested applicants should complete the online application.

Bridge Magazine Highlights Rural Physician Shortage in Michigan

Many Michigan counties have a shortage of primary care physicians and the shortage is projected to grow. On July 21, 2015, reporter Ted Roelof's published an article in Bridge Magazine that explores two physicians practicing in rural Michigan. Roelof's interviewed MPCA's Health Center Operations Director Phillip Bergquist and Alcona Health Center Executive Director Chris Baumgardner.


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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 23,10 - 11 am ET

Registration Now Open! 2015 MPCA Annual Conference
August 30 - September 1, 2015
Grand Traverse Resort, Acme, MI

Save the Date: 2015 Fall Clinical Conference
October 16, 2015

Suburban Showplace, Novi, MI
**Additional Information Available Soon**


More MPCA Events


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.



Take Your Health Center Leadership to the Next Level 

Are you interested in a management position in a Health Center? The Community Health Center Executive Fellowship program is accepting applications for the Class of 2016. The national program will grow and develop your knowledge and professional skills so you are equipped to respond to the dynamic challenges that exist in the Health Center environment. The program will begin in January 2016 and is available to all Health Centers and Primary Care Associations. 

The Greater Detroit Area Health Council is soliciting health care hero nominations for their annual Salute! to Health Care Awards dinner held on November 5, 2015. 

Nominations Open for Health Care Hero

Do you work with an individual who has dedicated their work to significantly improve the quality, access and/or delivery of health care? Consider nominating them for the Symond R. Gottlieb Award. Do you work with a southeast Michigan organization that has made steady progress in advancing a health care issue in quality, access and/or cost? Consider nominating them for the Eagle Award for Visionary Leadership.

Nominations accepted until Friday, July 24, 2015.

Raise Awareness & Understanding on World Hepatitis Day 

Every year World Hepatitis Day is held on July 28, the birthday of Nobel Laureate Professor Baruch Samuel Blumberg, who discovered the virus. World Hepatitis Day aims to increase the awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis as a major global health threat.

All types of viral hepatitis can cause inflammation of the liver; however, a hepatitis B or C infection can result in a lifelong, chronic infection. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates nearly 400 million people have chronic viral hepatitis worldwide and most of them do not know they are infected. More than 1 million people die each year from causes related to viral hepatitis, commonly cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Several resources are available to help raise awareness and understanding of hepatitis, on July 28 as well as any other date throughout the year. Visit or for more information.

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