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December 8,  2015
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Have You Registered to Attend the Operations Network Meeting? 

The Michigan Primary Care Association Operations Network meeting is scheduled for December 16, 2015 from 11 am to 5 pm ET. The half-day, face-to-face meeting is being held in conjunction with the UDS Training scheduled for the following day. Both sessions will be held at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West Hotel in Lansing, Michigan. The Operations Network meeting is limited to 24 people, don't miss out, register here

Neal Selected for Michigan HIV/AIDS Council Membership

Llekken Neal, a clinical specialist with Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA), has been accepted as a member of the Michigan HIV/AIDS Council (MHAC) for a three-year membership beginning in January 2016.

The MHAC is a statewide body that serves in an advisory role to the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services. The mission of MHAC is to represent the diversity of those infected, affected, and at-risk of HIV in the state of Michigan, to maintain parity among prevention and care issues, and to engage key stakeholders in identifying strategies and barriers to HIV prevention and care. Membership applications are competitive and seek individuals who have experience and expertise in HIV/AIDS and support working towards the development of a statewide comprehensive plan(s) for HIV/AIDS prevention, care and monitoring implementation of the plan(s).

Neal, a member of MPCA's clinical team, is a population health specialist who focuses on HIV/AIDS and the LGBTQ populations by providing strategic planning and developing local and national partnerships. In addition, she serves as a data analyst for Michigan Quality Improvement Network, conducts trend, forecast, benchmark and comparative analyses to drive quality and process improvement initiatives. 

Healthy Michigan Plan Second Waiver Advocacy Webinar

The Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) held an advocacy webinar on December 1, 2015, to create awareness centered on the impact the Healthy Michigan Plan has had on the state. If you missed the webinar, it can be accessed here.

As we prepare for a decision from the Centers of Medicaid & Medicare, advocacy efforts should be proactive and focus on building HMP awareness throughout December. Additional advocacy resources for HMP can be found here

If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Healy, Health Center Operations & Policy Program Specialist, Alyssa Jones, Communications Manager or Lydia Starrs, Enabling Services Specialist. 

Sibilsky Quoted in National Publication 

In a December 4, 2015 Politico article "Michigan's Medicaid Waiver Puts CMS in Tight Spot", Kim Sibilsky, CEO, Michigan Primary Care Association, was quoted alongside Marianne Udow-Phillips Director, Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation, University of Michigan), Trish Riley, Executive Director, National Academy for State Health Policy, and Joan Alker, Executive Director, Georgetown Center for Children and Families .

In the article, experts stated the seven percent cost-sharing limit likely presents the biggest sticking point. In addition, if federal officials do not approve the provision, Governor Rick Snyder would need to turn to state legislature to save the program, a more conservative legislature than the one that barely approved expansion in 2013. "To expect this legislature to reopen it and address it in a constructive, responsive, heartfelt way is just awfully difficult to envision," said Sibilsky. "If CMS comes out with anything but a straight 'yes''s very clear what this legislature will do."

A spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services said discussions have been "productive" and the department is "cautiously optimistic" about receiving approval for the second waiver.

The article appeared on the subscription-only arm of the policy and government news service, PoliticoPro. A copy of the Politico article can be read on MPCA's website.

Health Center Board Member Committee Network Webinar Scheduled

Are you a member of the Health Center Board Member Committee Network? If so, be sure to join Michigan Primary Care Association on December 16, 2015, from 10 - 11 am ET, for a Health Center advocacy webinar. (You do not need to have board membership to attend, the webinar is open to anyone interested.)

The webinar will feature Elizabeth Kwasnik, Manager of Grassroots Advocacy, National Association of Community Health Centers. There is no cost to attend the webinar, but attendees are required to register in advance. Not a member of the Health center Board Member Committee Network? If you have any questions, contact Nashia Choudhury.

eUpdate & MPCA Holiday Schedule 

It's hard to believe, but year-end is upon us. As such, please take note of the following Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) closures for the holiday season as well as the eUpdate schedule:

  • Christmas - December 24 & 25
  • New Year's - December 31 & January 1
  • Last 2015 eUpdate - December 15

MPCA will resume normal business hours on January 4, 2016.


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Webinar: QI Directors Network Monthly Meeting - Demo by Qualis Health for PCMH Assessment & Renewal Tools
December 9, 2015, 11 am - 12 pm ET

Webinar: Health Center Board Member Advocacy
December 16, 2015, 10 - 1  am ET

2015 MPCA Operations Network Meeting
December 16, 2015, 11 am - 5 pm ET
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.



National Influenza Vaccination Week

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention established December 6 through December 12, 2015, as National Influenza Vaccination Week.

The week was established to highlight the importance of the flu vaccination. To aid in creating awareness, a toolkit with key points, materials and resources are available here. You can also sign the CDC Flu Vaccination Pledge for 2015-16 Season and download mobile content.

Stay up-to-date on Michigan influenza information with FluBytes, available from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services and sign up for the MI Flu Focus mailing list by sending an email to Stephanie Cole.

Nominate a Champion of Change

Prescription drug abuse and heroin use have impacted many Americans and their families and strained community services. Do you know an individual who has made an extraordinary difference in your community in advancing prevention, treatment and recovery? If so, nominate this individual as a Champion of Change.

The Champion of Change is a national recognition given by the White House, in 
honor of incredible individuals who lead as Champions of Change.

Nominations are due by December 19, 2015.

2014 National Health Expenditures Released

On December 2, 2015, the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare (CMS) released the national health expenditures for 2014 as studied by the Office of the Actuary at CMS. Overall, U.S. health care spending grew 5.3 percent reaching over $3 trillion or $9,523 per person.

Highlights include:

  • Total private health insurance expenditures (33 percent of total health care spending) reached $991 billion;
  • Medicare spending (20 percent of national health spending) grew 5.5 percent to $618.7 billion;
  • Medicaid spending (16 percent of national health spending) grew 11 percent to $495.8 billion;
  • Out-of-pocket spending (includes co-payments, deductibles, spending not covered by insurance, excluding premiums) grew 1.3 percent to $329.8 billion;
  • Retail prescription drug spending grew 12.2 percent to $297.7 billion; and
  • Households and the federal government accounted for the largest shares of spending (both at 28 percent), followed by private businesses at 20 percent and state and local governments (both at 17 percent). The federal government share increased from 26 percent (2013) due mainly to Medicaid expansion and health insurance premium tax credits.

The report concludes the increase in spending growth from 2013 was primarily driven by millions of new people with health insurance coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act and by rapidly rising prescription drug costs.

Additional highlights from the study can be read here as well as an article, "National Health Spending in 2014: Faster Growth Driven by Coverage Expansion and Prescription Drug Spending" published by Health Affairs on December 2, 2015.

National & Michigan Marketplace Enrollment Data for Week Four

Over the last several weeks, the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) has released weekly Marketplace enrollment snapshot data. This week, CMS included state level enrollment data in their weekly snapshot. 

In Michigan, 63,334 plan selections were made between November 1 and 28. The total reflects a preliminary total of individuals who have submitted a Marketplace application and selected a plan. Of the 38 states in the Federal Facilitated Marketplace, Michigan ranks 5th in the highest number of plan selections made.

Marketplace and Healthy Michigan Plan data is updated weekly in the Health Coverage Enrollment Report available here.

Plan First! Program Winds Down, Reminder For Beneficiaries

Plan First!, Michigan's Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver for family planning services, will end coverage on January 31, 2016.

Currently, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) is conducting reviews to determine eligibility for other Michigan Medicaid programs including the Healthy Michigan Plan. Eligibility will be automatically reviewed for current Plan First! beneficiaries who do not have additional health care coverage on record. Current Plan First! beneficiaries who have additional health care coverage through a third party must opt-in to the eligibility review process by December 11, 2015. Beneficiaries can have their coverage eligibility reviewed by submitting a new coverage application online or by calling 877.522.8050. Individuals with general questions should contact the MDHHS Beneficiary Help Line at 800.642.3195.

If you have questions or concerns, please send a message to

State of the State Program Cover Student Design Contest

Michigan K-12 students are invited to help Governor Snyder design the 2016 State of the State program cover. The top five designs will be shared on Governor Snyder's Facebook page and the winner will be determined by Facebook "Likes". The winner and one guest will be invited to meet Governor Snyder and attend the 2016 State of the State address at the Capitol Building in Lansing, Michigan. Deadline for submissions: January 3, 2016. For more information, click here.


More State & National News





Webinar: The Power of Social Media for Advocacy & Influencing Elected Officials

December 9, 2016, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Webinar: Managing 10,000 Medications - A Prescription for Risk
December 9, 2015, 3 - 4 pm ET OR December 10, 2015, 12 - 1 pm ET
Host: ECRI Institute

Webinar: Payment Reform Readiness Assessment Tool
December 9, 2015, 4 - 5 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Webinar: Healthy People 2020 - Empowering People to Manage Their Diabetes
December 10, 2015, 12:30 - 2 pm ET
Host: Healthy People 2020

Webcast: BPHC All Programs Update
December 10, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care

Webinar: Engaging Partners in Health & Housing Partnerships
December 10, 2015, 2 - 3:30 pm ET
Host: Corporation for Supportive Housing

Webinar: Office-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Dependence Training
December 12, 2015, 8 am - 12:30 pm ET OR December 15, 8 pm - 12:30 am ET
Host: American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine

Webinar: Mitigating IT Security Risks and Medical Identity Theft: A Guide for Community Health Centers
December 16, 2015, 11 am ET
Host: CommonWealth Purchasing Group

Webinar: Affordable Care Act Messaging for American Indians & Alaska Natives
December 17, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Cross-RHEC American Indian and Alaska Native Caucus

Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Overdose Summit
February 10, 2016, 7:30 am - 4 pm ET
Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center
Host: Greater Detroit Area Health Council in partnership with Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority

Annual 340B Coalition Winter Conference
February 17 - 19, 2016
Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego, CA

Save the Date: SCHA-MI Advocacy Day
April 27, 2016, 9 am - 4 pm ET
Central United Methodist Church
Host: School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan

More Upcoming State & National Events



More resources in MPCA's online Education & Resource Center


Rural Health Network Development Planning Program

Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: January 8, 2016

Service Area Competition
Funder: Department of Health & Human Services/Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: January 19, 2016

Oral Health Service Expansion
Funder: Department of Health & Human Services/Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: January 19, 2016

Funding to Connect Kids to Coverage
Funder: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Due: January 20, 2016

Health Center Controlled Networks
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: February 1, 2016
**Technical Assistance Webinar: December 10, 2015, 4 pm ET


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