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MPCA eUpdate | October 27, 2015
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October 20,  2015
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Last Day to Participate in LGBTQ Training & Education Needs Survey

Michigan Primary Care Association has initiated efforts to increase Health Center engagement in providing care for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) population. National efforts to support LGBTQ population health are supported by both the National Association of Community Health Centers and Health Resources and Services Administration.

Today is the last day to provide input on your LGBTQ training and education needs. If you have not already provided input, please take a moment to complete this 
survey to assess your Health Center interest, training, and educational needs regarding the LGBTQ population. 

The Joint Commission Primary Care Medical Home Certification Workshop

The Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) is partnering with The Joint Commission to provide an educational/informational workshop on the The Joint Commission's Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) Certification option.

On November 19, 2015, MPCA will host the day-long workshop to provide the nuts-and-bolts of the PCMH certification process and how to be successful in achieving and maintaining PCMH certification. To date, 65 percent of Michigan Health Centers have achieved PCMH recognition.

Lon Berkeley, project director, The Joint Commission and Michigan Health Center colleagues who have successfully achieved PCMH certification will present on a variety of topics. A complete list of topics can be viewed here.

There is no cost to attend this seminar; however, attendance is limited. For more information and to register, click here.


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Webinar: Part Two - Introduction to CMU College of Medicine's Comprehensive Community Clerkship
October 27, 2015, 12 - 1 pm ET

Corporate Compliance and Affiliations Training
November 11 - 12, 2015
Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest

Pharmacy 340B Network Meeting
November 18, 2015, 9:30 am - 4 pm ET
Mt. Pleasant Comfort Inn & Suites, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

The Joint Commission Primary Care Medical Home Certification Program: An Educational Seminar for Health Centers
November 19, 2015, 8:30 am - 4 pm ET
Michigan Primary Care Association, Lansing, Michigan

Webinar: QI Directors Networking Monthly Meeting
December 9, 2015, 11 am - 12 pm ET 

Save the Date: 2016 Legislative Forum
March 8, 2016
Anderson House Office Building, Lansing, Michigan

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.



Ten Million Individuals Expected to Be Enrolled in Health Insurance Marketplaces 

On October 15, 2015, U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced she expects 10 million individuals to be enrolled in coverage through Health Insurance Marketplaces and paying their premiums by the end of 2016.

“We believe 10 million is a strong and realistic goal,” Burwell said. “We’ve seen high levels of satisfaction with the Marketplace and expect the vast majority of our current customers will re-enroll. And our target assumes that more than one out of every four of the eligible uninsured will select plans. We are working hard to improve the customer experience with upgrades to our site and more tools to help people find what they are looking for. We want to make it easier for consumers to find the right plan at the right price.”

Additional information on the estimate calculations can be found in the complete announcement.

The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation released demographic analysis of uninsured individuals who are likely eligible for Marketplace coverage:

  • Almost half are between the ages of 18 and 34,
  • Almost 40 percent are living between 139 and 250 percent of the poverty level (approximately $30,000 – $60,000 for a family of four),
  • Almost 8 in 10 have an income that may qualify them for financial assistance, and
  • More than a third are people of color: about 19 percent are Hispanic, 14 percent are African-American, and 2 percent are Asian. There are also more men than women; around 57 percent are male.

More Than $240 Million Granted to Expand Primary Care Workforce & Service in Underserved Communities

On October 14, 2015, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced more than $240 million in funding to support the National Health Service Corps and NURSE Corps scholarship and loan repayment programs.

The funding, approximately $176 million in Affordable Care Act funding, will help increase access to primary health care in underserved communities.

“The most critical step in connecting people to quality health care is a primary care provider,” said Secretary Burwell. “These awards provide financial support directly to health professionals, including physicians, registered nurses, and physician assistants, to help individuals -- particularly the 17.6 million uninsured who have recently gained coverage -- find the primary care services they need.”

These programs provide funding to primary care clinicians and students in exchange for their service in underserved communities. They also assist in removing financial barriers for health professionals interested in practicing a primary care discipline, enabling them to pursue community-based careers.

Resources for Lead Prevention Awareness Week

The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services has created a
toolkit to help prepare for Lead Prevention Awareness Week, October 25 thru October 31, 2015. The toolkit contains ideas for activities to promote awareness as well as a sample press release, suggested social media posts and a sample news article. In addition, there are several informational pieces available including Blood Lead Level Quick Reference for Primary Care Providers, a Parent Handbook, and a flyer for pregnant and nursing mothers.

Senate Bill to Extend Federal Tort Claims Act Protection to Health Center Volunteers

The Family Health Care Accessibility of 2015, introduced as Senate Bill 2151, would extend Health Centers’ medical malpractice protection under the Federal Tort Claims Act to volunteer providers providing care at deemed Health Centers. The bipartisan legislation was introduced by Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Bob Casey (D-Pa) on October 7, 2015, and is identical to legislation previously passed by the House, but not the Senate. Click here to read the National Association of Community Health Center's blog post describing the bill and here to read their support letter for the legislation. 

Michigan Primary Care Association is monitoring the progress of this valuable legislation and will keep you informed of developments and/or opportunities for advocacy.

Grant Awarded to Develop Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics

On October 19, 2015, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in conjunction with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) awarded a total of $22.9 million to support states throughout the nation in their efforts to improve behavioral health of their citizens by providing community-based mental and substance use disorder treatment.

Twenty four states were awarded funding - Michigan was among them, receiving $982,373.

“The planning grants will help states strengthen payment for behavioral health services for Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries, and will help individuals with mental and substance use disorders obtain the health care they need to maintain their health and well-being” said Vikki Wachino, deputy administrator of CMS, and director, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services.

“Building community-based systems of care is vital to supporting residents with behavioral health needs,” said Nick Lyon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. “This grant is an important first step in developing a more comprehensive way of delivering services throughout our state to best serve our residents.”

As one of 24 states awarded planning grant funding, Michigan will develop criteria for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCHBCs) in the state, establish a prospective payment system, and prepare an application to participate in a two year demonstration program. After MDHHS submits the Phase II application for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) demonstration funding, SAMHSA will then award demonstration grants to eight states who will be allowed to pilot their CCBHCs over two years.

To be considered a CCBHC, an organization will serve adults with serious mental illnesses, children with serious emotional disturbances, and those with long term and serious substance use disorders. These organizations will need to provide a variety of services and supports including crisis mental health services; screening, assessment, and diagnosis; patient-centered treatment planning; outpatient mental health and substance use services; primary care screening and monitoring; targeted case management; psychiatric rehabilitation services; peer support and counselor services and family supports; and intensive, community-based mental health care for members of the armed forces and veterans. 

More State & National News





Webinar: Why All the Excitement of Logic Models?
October 20, 2015, 3:30 - 5 pm ET
Host: Office of Minority Health

Webinar: Improving Patient Outcomes through Violence Prevention - Promising Strategies from Community Health Centers
October 21, 2015, 2:30  - 3:30 pm ET
Host: Futures Without Violence

Webinar: Improving Patient Management During Flu Season
October 22, 2015, 1 - 2 pm ET
Host: Quidel & Value in Purchasing

Webinar: Strategies to Incorporate Protocols into EHRs
October 26, 2015, 12 - 1 pm ET
Host: Million Hearts

Save the Date - Webinar: New Models for FQHC Partnerships with Hospitals
November 4, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Health Management Associates

Webinar: Getting to Know the Federal Government and Funding Opportunities
November 5, 2015, 3:30 - 4:30 pm ET
Host: Department of Health & Human Services/Office of Minority Health

Great Lakes Bay Region Symposium: Advancing the Patient-Centered Medical Home
November 6, 2015, 8 am - 1:30 pm ET
Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw, MI

Webinar: The Future of Community Behavioral Health - Leveraging the Transformation to Value-Based Health Care
November 10, 2015, 3 - 4 pm ET
Host: Health Management Associates

2015 National Network for Oral Health Access Conference 
"Interprofessional Collaboration to Improve Oral Health Access & Outcomes"
November 15 - 18, 2015
Indianapolis, IN
Host: National Network for Oral Health Access

Webinar: Rethinking the Role of the Medical Assistants on the Primary Care Team
November 18, 2015, 1 - 2 pm ET
Host: Migrant Clinicians Network

Save the Date: 2016 Conference on Adolescent Health
April 18 - 19, 2015
Host: University of Michigan Health System's Adolescent Health Initiative

Save the Date: National School-Based Health Care Convention & Advocacy Day Rally
Arlington, Virginia
Host: School-Based Health Alliance
June 26 - 29, 2016
Call for Abstracts Open to October 26


More Upcoming State & National Events



More resources in MPCA's online Education & Resource Center


Service Area Competition Funding Opportunity
Due: November 2, 2015
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part A HIV Emergency Relief Grant Program
Due: November 2, 2015
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services

Academy of General Dentistry Foundation Grant Program
Due: December 1, 2015
Funder: Academy of General Dentistry

Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program
Due: December 15, 2015
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration

Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program
Due: December 16, 2015
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration

Primary Care Training and Enhancement Program
Due: December 16, 2015
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration

Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention - Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Program: Behavioral Health Integration

Due: January 22, 2016
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration


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