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MPCA eUpdate | January 27, 2015
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January 27, 2015
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Still Time to Register for February 4th Media Training

There are still a few spots left for the half-day Media Training that MPCA is hosting in Lansing on Wednesday, February 4, so registration will remain open until January 29. If you or a member of your staff interact with the media, we encourage you to register today so you don't miss out on this valuable skill-building opportunity. Health Centers are in the media spotlight today more than ever, especially in light of the potential funding cliff and this year marking the Health Center Program's 50th anniversary. During the training three former reporters with decades of award-winning journalism experience will coach you on how to effectively and proactively communicate with the media. What you say, what you don't say, and when and how you say it can help or hurt your Health Center's brand. 


2015 MPCA Legislative Forum Just Over One Month Away

With the 98th Michigan Legislature just underway, the 2015 MPCA Legislative Forum (#MPCALF15) taking place in Lansing on March 4 is the perfect opportunity to get to know your state legislators and learn about the current state policy and legislative environment as it pertains to health care. Click here for more information and to register today. Watch for more details coming soon about the agenda and a pre-conference call, during which registered attendees will learn details about MPCA’s 2015 policy priorities. Please note the conference hotel, the Radisson Lansing at the Capital, is sold out. MPCA has reserved a block of rooms at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West; reservations at the MPCA rate must be made by February 11. Click here for more information about the overflow hotel.


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Media Training: The What, When, How, and Who of Communicating with the Media
February 4, 2015, 9 am-12 pm ET
Crowne Plaza Lansing West, Lansing, MI
Online registration closes January 26


Homeless Health Care & Public Housing Network Meeting
February 11, 2015, 10 am-12 pm ET
Michigan Primary Care Association, Lansing, MI
There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required; RSVP to Sara Koziel at or click here 

Donor Management & Relations (webinar)
February 19, 2015, 11 am-12 pm ET

Outreach & Enrollment Program Managers Meeting
February 20, 2015, 10 am-2 pm ET
Michigan Primary Care Association, Lansing, MI

2015 MPCA Legislative Forum
March 4, 2015
Lansing, MI

HHS Grants Guidance: Allowable/Unallowable Advertising & PR Costs (webinar)
March 25, 2015, 1:30-2:30 pm ET


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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.



Governor Snyder Announces Plans to Merge Departments of Community and Human Services

During Governor Rick Snyder's 2015 State of the State address last week, he announced plans for merging the Departments of Community Health and Human Services—the two largest departments in state government. Establishing the new Department of Health and Human Services is part of the Governor’s plan to restructure government so it focuses on people and not programs, creating opportunities for success for all Michiganders. The Governor is expected to issue an executive order in the near future to formally direct creation of the new department. The individual who will lead the new Department of Health and Human Services has yet to be announced. During his address, Governor Snyder also highlighted the success of the Healthy Michigan Plan as "our version of Medicaid expansion done right," and he thanked Senator Mike Shirkey for his leadership as a State Representative that helped lead to passage of Medicaid expansion legislation in 2013. Click here for a summary of the State of the State. In related news, Governor Snyder will release his Fiscal Year 2016 state budget recommendation on February 11.

President Obama Addresses Health Care in State of the Union

During President Barack Obama's sixth State of the Union delivered January 20, he included several references to health. He noted that "more of our people are insured than ever before," and that, "in the past year alone, about 10 million uninsured Americans finally gained the security of health coverage." He also vowed to veto any bill passed by Congress that would "put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance." He said his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year that begins on October 1, 2015, will address helping folks afford health care, among other provisions. In reference to veterans, the President stressed the importance of ensuring they have access to health care and that "if you want somebody who's going to get the job done, hire a veteran." Lastly, he announced plans for launching a new Precision Medicine Initiative that he said would "bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes and to give all of us access to the personalized information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier." If you missed live coverage of the address, click here to watch it on video.

A Message from NACHC President & CEO Tom Van Coverden to Advocates: YOU Are the Key to Success

"As we begin 2015, we begin the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Health Center Program. From their beginnings as part of the War on Poverty, 50 years ago until today, Health Centers have played a unique role in America’s healthcare system by providing access to quality healthcare to everyone in the communities they serve, regardless of patients’ ability to pay. Yet now, as we celebrate that legacy of success, we are also faced with the biggest threat to the Health Center Program since its creation 50 years ago. The Health Center Funding Cliff—a looming 70% reduction in funding for the Health Center Program hangs over the program’s golden anniversary. Without action by Congress, this devastating reduction in Health Center funding will occur this fall and, if that happens, millions of people that Health Centers were created to serve will no longer have access to care. I am sending you this message today because as a Health Center Advocate YOU have the power to preserve the Health Center Program and ensure a healthy future for Health Centers and the patients they serve." Read more

MDCH Announces Implementation Timeline Change for Managed Care Request for Proposal

This week the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) announced the request for proposal (RFP) for the Comprehensive Health Plan Contract for Michigan's Medicaid Health Plans will be released by May 1, 2015, with responses due in August 2015. This timeline change is to allow bidders adequate time to prepare for meeting the RFP modifications that MDCH announced on January 6. Current contract end dates will be extended from September 30, 2015, to December 31, 2015. New contracts as a result of the rebid will begin January 1, 2016. Read more  

Michigan Confirms First Measles Case of 2015, Urges Residents to Vaccinate

Last week the Michigan Department of Community Health confirmed the state's first measles case of 2015, which involves an adult in Oakland County. Michigan is now one of seven states reporting measles, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more

2015 Childhood Immunization Schedule Available Online

Every year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) develops recommendations for routine use of vaccines in children, adolescents, and adults. When adopted by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), they become official CDC/HHS policy. The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report will publish a summary of childhood schedule changes in early February. However, all of the 2015 figures, footnotes, and tables for the childhood schedule are currently available on the CDC website. The CDC has also updated the parent-friendly schedules to reflect the new 2015 recommended immunization schedule for children from birth through age 6 and for pre-teens and teens from 7 through 18 years oldThe 2015 adult schedule is set to be published on the CDC website on February 3. Until then, the 2014 schedule will remain on the website. (Source: Michigan Department of Community Health)

Data Available for Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage 2015 Plan Selections by Zip Code

Since Open Enrollment began on December 15, nearly 300,000 Michiganders have enrolled in or renewed their Health Insurance Marketplace coverage. Data is now available for the plan selections made in each zip code as of January 16. This includes the total number of consumers who selected a Marketplace plan or were automatically re-enrolled for 2015 coverage in states that use the platform, including Michigan. For comparison to enrollment during last year’s Open Enrollment period, which ended on March 31, 2014, view the 2014 Zip Code Enrollment Data. MPCA’s Health Coverage Enrollment Report provides analysis on enrollment in the Healthy Michigan Plan by county, as well as additional enrollment data for the Health Insurance Marketplace. You can find the most recent report posted at Consumers have until February 15, 2015, to enroll in Marketplace coverage or change their plans for this year.

New Markets Tax Credits Allocation Awards Expected this Spring

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Program (CDFI) Fund is expected to announce New Markets Tax Credit Program allocation awards for $3.5 billion this spring. Once the announcement is made, awardees will be actively seeking near-term Health Center expansion or renovation projects to finance beginning in Summer/Fall 2015. (Source: Capital Link)

HRSA Updates Scoring Criteria for Determining Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released on January 14, 2015, a notice in the Federal Register updating the scoring criteria for determining mental health professional shortage areas (HPSA) of greatest need. This updates the previous criteria published in 2003. MPCA is working with the Primary Care Office to ascertain how the scores will affect mental health HPSAs moving forward, but HRSA has confirmed that scores will not be changed retroactively. MPCA will share more information as it becomes available.

Annual 340B Drug Pricing Program Recertification Begins January 28

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) requires that all 340B covered entities recertify their eligibility every year in order to continue participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Recertification for 2015 begins on January 28 and continues through March 11. It is critical that Health Centers recertify before the March 11 deadline in order to continue participating in the 340B Program. Click here for more information about the recertification process and what your Health Center needs to do. Click here for a replay of a webinar that HRSA hosted on January 7 for HRSA and IHS grantees on program participation, eligibility, and program integrity. If you have any questions on the recertification process, contact the 340B Prime Vendor Program at 1.888.340.2787 or

Applications Being Accepted for Health Professionals Loan Repayment Opportunities

The competitive application period of several state and federal loan repayment opportunities for health professionals are currently open, as listed below. These programs help address the shortage of primary health care providers through loan repayment that assist underserved communities' recruitment and retention of health professionals. Watch for National Health Service Corps and NURSE Corps scholarship application periods to open in March or April 2015.

Proposed Michigan Medicaid Policy on Mobile Dentistry Facilities Open for Comment

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has released proposed policy regarding new requirements for mobile dental providers/facilities that will be effective April 1, 2015. All mobile dental facilities will be required to obtain a permit from the MDCH Oral Health Program to operate as a mobile dental provider in Michigan. Compliance with all requirements of the Mobile Dental Facility Permit is required to provide services to Medicaid beneficiaries. MPCA is preparing a response to 1462-Dental on behalf of Michigan Health Center dental providers, so please submit comments to Diane Rydahl, Clinical Specialist at MPCA, at by February 19, 2015. 

MDCH Quarterly Newborn Recoveries Being Processed 

On January 21, 2015, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) notified Michigan providers via email that the latest batch of quarterly newborn recoveries is being processed, which includes fee-for-service claims for newborns that were retroactively enrolled into a Medicaid Health Plan. Please note, as with previous quarterly newborn take backs, claims must be submitted to the Medicaid Health Plans within 60 days from the Medicaid Remittance Advice date. Click here for information on how to verify the Adjustment Source of your claim. If you have questions, please contact Jean Troop, Revenue Cycle Consultant at MPCA, at


More State & National News



Health IT Safety Webinar Series: The Role of e-Prescribing in Health IT Safety - Challenges and Solutions (webinar)
January 30, 2015, 1-2:30 pm ET
Host: Office of National Coordinator for Health IT

Eliminating Stigma from the Language of HIV Communications (webinar)
February 3, 2015, 4-5:30 pm ET
Host: Positive Women's Network of the United States of America

BPHC All-Programs Webcast
February 5, 2015, 2-3 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care

Veteran Health Services: What Health Centers Need to Know (webinar)
February 11, 2015, 2-3:30 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

2015 Policy & Issues Forum
March 18-22, 2015
Washington, DC
Grassroots Advocacy Program: 6-month program kicks off March 17 (separate registration required)
New Medical Director Training: March 21-22 (separate registration required)
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers


More Upcoming State & National Events hosted by organizations outside of MPCA that may be of interest and benefit for individuals affiliated with Michigan Health Centers.



More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center



2016 Michigan State Loan Repayment Program Application
Funder: Michigan State Loan Repayment Program
Due: January 1-April 30, 2015

Reinventing Oral Health: A Midwest Collaborative Initiative - 2015 Community Mini-grant
Funder: Michigan Oral Health Coalition
Due: February 16, 2015 (5 pm ET)

2015 Global Youth Service Day Grants
Funder: Michigan Community Service Commission and partners 
Due: February 20, 2015

2015 NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program Application
Funder: NURSE Corps
Due: February 26, 2015 (7:30 pm ET)
Application technical assistance conference calls: January 29 (2-4 pm ET), February 12 (7:30-9:30 pm ET)

Specialty Care Access for Underserved Patients in Michigan
Funder: BCBSM Foundation and the BCBSM Social Mission Department
Letters of interest due: March 6, 2015

Regional AIDS Education and Training Centers
Funder: Health Resources & Services Administration
Due: March 6, 2015

Rural Health Value Program
Funder: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Due: March 23, 2015

2015 National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Application
Funder: National Health Service Corps
Due: March 30, 2015 (7:30 pm ET)
Application and program guidelines webinar: February 3 (8-9:30 pm ET)

Community Economic Development Projects
Funder: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Due: April 24, 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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