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November 25,  2015
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Colorectal Webinar Scheduled for December 3

Join the Michigan Primary Care Association and the Michigan Colorectal Cancer Forum on December 3, 2015 at 2 pm ET for a one-hour webinar focused on reaching the 80 percent colorectal cancer screening rate by 2018.

The webinar will feature numerous speakers from the University of Michigan, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, Great Lakes Gastroenterology, the American Cancer Society and MidMichigan Community Health Services.

Colorectal cancer screening is a Michigan Cancer Consortium priority for 2016-2020, as well as a UDS measure for Federally Qualified Health Centers. This webinar will provide valuable tools to implement effective screening into your practice, and help you achieve your goals of increasing rates by 2018.

MPCA Operations Network Meeting Scheduled 

Registration is now open for the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) Operations Network meeting. The half-day, face-to-face meeting will be held in Lansing on December 16, 2015, from 11 am to 5 pm ET, at the Crown Plaza Lansing West. This meeting is being held in conjunction with the UDS Training being held on December 17. The agenda for the meeting is still being finalized, but will be updated on MPCA's website. 

Registration Open for HMP Advocacy Webinar

As we prepare for the Healthy Michigan Plan (HMP) second waiver decision from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) has developed an advocacy timeline and toolkit for Health Centers to create additional awareness centered on the impact HMP has had on the state.  

Join MPCA on December 1, 2015, from 2 - 3 pm ET, for the Healthy Michigan Plan Waiver Advocacy webinar for an update on the second waiver and a walk-through of the HMP advocacy toolkit. During the webinar, best practices for engaging stakeholders and beneficiaries will be highlighted and useful templates for communications with patients, community members, and media will be shared. Registration is now open.


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Webinar: HMP Waiver Advocacy Webinar for FQHCs
December 2, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET

Webinar: Colorectal Screening in Michigan FQHCs - Reaching 80% by 2018
December 3, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET

Webinar: QI Directors Network Monthly Meeting - Demo by Qualis Health for PCMH Assessment & Renewal Tools
December 9, 2015

2015 MPCA Operations Network Meeting
December 16, 2015, 
Crown Plaza Lansing West, Lansing, MI

2015 UDS Training & Finance Officers' Meeting
December 16 - Finance Officers' Network Meeting
December 17 - UDS Training
Crown Plaza Lansing West, Lansing, MI

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

Save the Date: 2016 Health Center Board Member Training
May 10, 2016
The H Hotel, Midland, MI


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.



Michigan Health Centers Receive Outreach & Enrollment Funding

On November 13, 2015, the Health Resources and Services Administration awarded approximately $7 million to 93 Health Centers throughout the U.S for outreach and enrollment assistance.

Three Michigan Health Centers received awards to support their work in raising awareness of affordable insurance options and providing eligibility and enrollment assistance to uninsured residents in their communities including Isabella Citizens for Health, Inc., Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network, and Packard Health, Inc. 

"Health Centers play a valuable role in providing free health coverage education and application assistance in their communities," said Julie Tatko, Enabling Services Director, Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA). "MPCA and Michigan Health Centers are committed to increasing access to quality, comprehensive primary and preventive health care services and funding to support outreach and enrollment efforts for Health Centers will enable additional Michiganders to enroll in health coverage available through the Marketplace and Healthy Michigan Plan." 

As of November 23, 2015, more than one million consumers made Marketplace plan selections - 34 percent of which are new consumers. In Michigan, 585,095 beneficiaries were enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan as of November 16, 2015. The report breaks down beneficiaries by County as well as comparing data from prior year numbers. The report, updated weekly, can be accessed here

GLPTN Now Open for Enrollment

The Altarum Institute has opened enrollment for the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network (GLPTN), one of 29 Practice Transformation Networks funded nationwide to assist providers in the integration of quality and process improvements by building on existing change methodologies and practice transformation tools.

The GLPTN will serve as a trusted partner, providing quality improvement expertise, best practices, coaching, and additional support in understanding and preparing for the changing health care reimbursement landscape at no cost to enrolled providers.

Complete the Letter of Participation and Provider Detail Spreadsheet and send to Brittany Henderson, Altarum Institute to verify your eligibility and reserve your spot for service delivery to begin in Spring 2016. 

Michigan State Loan Repayment Program Application Cycle Begins January 1

It's that time of year once again and student loan repayment program application cycles are all the buzz. This year’s Michigan State Loan Repayment Program (MSLRP) application cycle is open from January 1, 2016 thru April 30, 2016.

The MSLRP helps Health Centers recruit and retain primary medical, dental, and mental health care providers by providing loan repayment. Similar to last year, priority for awards will be given to applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis. For Health Center’s with lower Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) scores, the MSLRP is the best option for your providers. Given the competitive nature of the MSLRP application process, eligible providers with qualifying loan debt, who are interested in participating in the 2016 MSLRP are encouraged to submit their application early in the application period to increase the likelihood of being selected for an award. 

If you have additional questions, contact Ryan Grinnell-Ackerman with any questions. Additional information will be available for the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program in future issues of MPCA’s eUpdate.

CMS Announces Funding Opportunity to Enroll Eligible Children in Health Coverage

On November 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced $32 million in funding is available to support efforts to enroll children eligible for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

The Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Grant is due on January 20, 2016 and CMS will hold an informational call for potential applicants on November 30, 2015 at 3 pm ET. (See State & National Events for call in information.)


More State & National News





Connecting Kids to Coverage Grant Informational Call
November 30, 2015, 3 pm ET
Call: 1.877.267.1577; Passcode: 998168839; Password: Meeting1

Standing Strong: Uniting the Community Around Safety and Civil Rights
November 30, 2015, 6:30 pm ET
The ANNEX at the Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI

Webinar: EHR Solutions to Provide Great Care

December 3, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: National Center for Innovation in HIV Care

Webinar: The Affordable Care Act - Building Health Equity for LGBT People
December 7, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: National LGBT Health Education Center

Webinar: The Power of Social Media for Advocacy & Influencing Elected Officials
December 9, 2015, 2 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Webinar: Market Assessment and Payer Mix Modeling in an Era of Health Reform
December 9, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Capital Link

Webinar: Total Cost of Care Benchmarks and Physician Practices
December 9, 2015, 3 - 4 pm ET
Host: Health Management Associates

Webinar: Building Population-Based Integrated Delivery Systems for Vulnerable Populations
December 10, 2015, 1 - 2 pm ET
Host: Health Management Associates

Webinar: Hallmarks of High Performance at America's Health Centers
December 10, 2015, 2 pm ET
Host: Capital Link

Save the Date: Michigan Oral Health Conference
May 19 - 20, 2016
Crowne Plaza West, Lansing, MI
Call for Proposals: Due November 30, 2015

Save the Date: Mental Health America Annual Conference
June 8 - 10, 2016
Alexandria, VA
Call for Proposals: Due December 31, 2015

More Upcoming State & National Events



More resources in MPCA's online Education & Resource Center


Addressing HIV Care & Housing Coordination through Data Integration to Improve Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration HIV/AIDS Bureau/Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of HIV/AIDS Housing
Due: December 15, 2015

Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program - Formula
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services/Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: January 19, 2016

Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Cooperative Agreements
Funder: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid/Department of Health & Human Services
Due: January 20, 2016

Statewide Family Network Program
Funder: Department of Health & Human Services/Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
Due: January 21, 2016


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