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July 28,  2015
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Michigan Health Center Clinicians & Staff Explore Patient-Centered Medical Home Accreditation

On July 16, 2015, the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) hosted an educational seminar led by representatives from the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). The seminar, Learning the Principles of Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Among Peers, enabled clinicians and Health Center staff and affiliated partners to network and share best practices for PCMH recognition and accreditation through the AAAHC.  

Many attendees were exploring accreditation for the first time, and received specific guidance on the AAAHC Standards including how to create a roadmap for excellence in the delivery of health care within a Health Center. Quality improvement was a special focus of the day. With the support of the Health Resources and Services Administration Accreditation Initiative, Health Centers have the option to apply for accreditation through the AAAHC, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and the Joint Commission.     

If you and/or a member of your organization is interested in additional information on PCMH accreditation, please contact Clinical Quality Program Specialist Simmi Isaac

Registration Now Open for 2015 MPCA Clinical Conference

Registration is now open for the 2015 Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) Clinical Conference scheduled for October 16, 2015, at the Suburban Collection Showcase, Diamond Center, in Novi, Michigan. The theme for this year's conference is Improving Patient Health - It Takes The Whole Team.

The Clinical Conference is intended to reach all disciplines within a Health Center and other community safety net providers. The conference is open to any organization.

MPCA is developing a comprehensive agenda complete with educational and networking opportunities for oral health providers, behavioral health professionals, pharmacy staff, primary care clinicians and health IT professionals. As the agenda develops, MPCA is focusing on transitions of care, behavioral health and primary care needs in management of chronic diseases, quality improvement and the future of payment models, health information technology, providing quality health care for the LGBT population, best practices identified by operational assessments, clinical research in Health Centers, integrated care and an evolving workforce. Each discipline will be addressed during general sessions and various breakout sessions. Continuing education credits for the conference are available.

Additional opportunities on presenting at the conference, submitting a poster, participating as an exhibitor or becoming a sponsor are


Deadline for Free NextGen Review is July 31

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 Dr.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
Dr. Faiyaz Syed.

Back to School with No Decay: Enrollment Open for Michigan Caries Prevention Program

One in seven elementary school children suffer from a toothache, which can negatively affect their concentration, school attendance and academic achievement. In fact, over HALF of children in Michigan will enter kindergarten with tooth decay. In 2013, more than 60% of the children in Michigan covered under Medicaid didn’t receive any dental care during the year. A majority of children see a family physician or a pediatrician for frequent well-child visits, but very few are seen by the dentist.

In an effort to address this profound disparity, the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics and United States Preventative Services Task Force recommend primary care clinicians apply fluoride varnish to the teeth of all infants and children starting at tooth eruption. Another important step in preventing dental disease for patients is to ensure the establishment of a dental home by age one.

Provider comfort with preventive oral health care delivery has been a significant barrier to meeting the recommendations. The Michigan Caries Prevention Program (MCPP) aims to increase the number of children receiving preventive oral health care and advance appropriate care practices in both the medical and dental communities.

The MCPP, created by the Altarum Institute in collaboration with Delta Dental of Michigan, the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, is working to reduce the burden of dental disease in one million Michigan children. The Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) is collaborating with the MCPP to reach our Michigan Health Centers providing dental services to pediatric patients in their communities.

MCPP is now offering free training and support throughout Michigan to primary care providers interested in preventing pediatric dental disease. Michigan Health Centers interested in participating in this program, please contact Dr. Faiyaz Syed with MPCA.

Benefits include: Better patient care – including alignment with AAP Bright Futures guidelines, free in-person, one-hour training, 20 PI CME credits (MOC Part IV credit approval coming soon), comprehensive technical assistance, Smiles for Life certification, fluoride varnish and other oral health supplies, and increased Medicaid reimbursement ($23 per patient visit).

For more information on MCPP, please visit or call 1-844-4-MITEETH (1-844-464-8338).

2015 MPCA Compensation & Benefits Survey Deadline July 31

The deadline to provide input for the 2015 Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) Compensation and Benefits Survey is July 31, 2015. If you have not completed the survey, distributed to the MPCA Human Resources Network via email in June, please take a moment to do so.

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. Merces Consulting Group, Inc. (Merces) has graciously offered to provide this service to MPCA members on an annual basis at no extra charge

In addition to the MPCA Compensation and Benefits Survey, Merces is conducting a separate Provider Productivity & Compensation Survey 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 Health Centers to complete the new survey for a comprehensive industry profile, as well as to be eligible to receive free copies of the final report. The provider survey will come from Ed Ura.

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

National Health Center Week in Michigan August 9 - 15

Governor Snyder has officially proclaimed August 9 -15, 2015, as National Health Center Week in Michigan!  The proclamation will be sent to Health Centers as soon as we area able to finalize the press release with the Governors Office. 

National Health Center Week (NHCW) is a short 12 days away and Michigan Primary Care Association staff would love to attend and help out at your NHCW event(s). We are monitoring the NHCW 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 and to aid in promoting, attending, and staffing, if needed.

Next week, talking points will be made available to Health Centers to use when speaking with the media as well as additional tools to promote NHCW - even if you do not have a planned event.

Finally, it's not too late to invite your Health Center’s elected officials to join you for NHCW events. Contact Colleen Healy if you have questions or would like assistance inviting elected officials.


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


More News from MPCA



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2015 MPCA Annual Conference
August 30 - September 1, 2015
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Acme, Michigan 

**Note: Make Your Block Rate Room Reservation No Later Than July 29, 2015**

2015 MPCA Fall Clinical Conference
October 16, 2015, 8 am - 5 pm ET
The Diamond Center (Connected to The Hyatt Place)
Novi, Michigan 
Registration Now Open!


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.



Are You Ready? ICD-10 is Less Than 70 Days Away! 

After several years of unparalleled cooperation across the health care community, the ICD-10 finish line is near. Less than 70 days remain until our nation makes the transition to ICD-10 for coding medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures on October 1, 2015. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to helping the health care community prepare. CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt recently sent a letter to all Medicare providers urging them to prepare for ICD-10. Plan on attending the National Provider Call: Countdown to ICD-10 on August 27, from 2:30 - 4 pm ET.  More tools and resources are available to help you prepare for implementation.


Michigan Child Well-Being Slips in Ranking

According to the Kids Count ® Data Book, more than 524,000 Michigan children live in poverty - a number greater than the last full year of the Great Recession.

In 2008, one in five Michigan children lived in poverty; today, the number is one in four. The rankings include economic well-being, education, family and community, and health.  Michigan ranks 33rd overall and is behind all of its Great Lakes neighbors (Indiana - 32, Ohio - 23, Illinois - 20, Wisconsin - 13, and Minnesota - 1).

More information is available on Michigan Indicators including indicators by age, race and ethnicity, family nativity, employment and income, housing, poverty and more. 

U-M Research Indicates Healthy Michigan Plan Enrollees Meeting Key Requirement 

New research from the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation indicates the availability of primary care appointments has improved for people with Medicaid in the first months after the state launched the Healthy Michigan Plan (HMP).


According to a University of Michigan Health System news release, secret shoppers called hundreds of clinics posing as new HMP enrollees looking for a routine checkup with a new provider. Of those who had Medicaid, 55% of clinics offered an appointment after the HMP rollout. Prior to the rollout, 49% of clinics offered an appointment. Furthermore, of the secret shoppers posing as patients with private insurance, 88% of clinics said they would take them prior to the HMP while 86% said they would after the HMP rollout.

The research paper, Primary Care Appointment Availability for New Medicaid Patients Increased After Medicaid Expansion in Michigan, measured how easy it was for HMP enrollees to fulfill a key provision of their new coverage: the requirement to see a primary care provider within three months of obtaining coverage. 

The initial expectation was if clinics were getting full due to Medicaid expansion and an increase in private insurance under the Affordable Care Act, researchers would see a decrease in availability of appointments and longer wait times. Instead, the opposite happened. Read more.

More State & National News




Webinar: Raising the Bar - Behavioral Health Integration in Patient-Centered Medical Home Standards
July 29, 2015, 1 - 2:30 pm ET
Hosts: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Health Resources and Services Administration 

Webinar Series: Eliminating LGBT Health Disparities
July 30, 2015, 2 pm ET
Host: Morehouse School of Medicine/National Center for Primary Care

Webinar: HRSA Supported Tools for Health Centers and PCAs/HCCN
August 4, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Capital Link

Pediatric and Adult Influenza Webinar: 2015-16 Flu Season
August 26, 2015, 12 - 1 pm ET
Host: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan State University

National Provider Call: ICD-10
August 27, 2015, 2:30 - 4 pm ET
Host: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid

2015 Community Health Leadership Summit
September 16, 2015, 9 am - 2 pm ET
Host: University of Michigan School of Public Health, Office of Public Health Practice

An Introduction to Creating a Dynamic and Useful Strategic Plan - A New Toolkit for Health Centers
September 23, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Capital Link

2015 AHRQ Research Conference: Producing Evidence and Engaging Partners to Improve Health Care
October 4 - 6, 2015
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, VA

More Upcoming State & National Events




 More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center 




Tribal Transportation Program Safety Funds

Funder: Federal Lands Highway Program
Due: August 25, 2015

Indian Health Service Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI)
Funder: Department of Health and Human Service, Indian Health Services
Due: September 8, 2015 

The Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Due: September 10, 2015

Wrigley Company Foundation Community Service Grant
Funder: American Dental Hygienists' Association
Due: October 1, 2015

Data Across Sectors for Health: Empowering Communities Through Shared Data and Information

Funder: Robert Wood Johnson
Letter of Intent Due: July 29, 2015
Due: October 21, 2015

Wal-Mart Foundation Community Grant Program
Funder: Walmart Foundation
Due: December 31, 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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