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MPCA eUpdate | February 21, 2014
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February 21, 2014
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MPCA is Looking Forward to Seeing Advocates at Next Week's MPCA Legislative Forum

MPCA staff is looking forward to advocating alongside Michigan Health Center staff and board members next Wednesday, February 26 at the 2014 MPCA Legislative Forum in Lansing. If you aren't able to attend the Legislative Forum, we'll be posting on MPCA's Facebook page and tweeting throughout the Forum using hashtag #MPCALF14.

Every Health Center, Every Advocate Called on to Take Action in "Access is the Answer” Campaign

The new "Access is the Answer" campaign is in full swing. The goal of the campaign spearheaded by the National Association of Community Health Centers is to show every policymaker and every American that protecting and investing in Health Centers is a solution to many of the most difficult problems facing our health care system. How is your Health Center collecting Access is the Answer petition signatures? What are your Health Center's plans for collecting at least 5 support letters from your Local Elected Officials and at least 10 support letters from Community Supporters? Please share your plans with MPCA by emailing and let us know how we can help in your efforts.



Registration Open for March 14th "Preparing for the Patient Surge" Summit

"Preparing for the Patient Surge" is day-long Summit focused on preparing for the surge of newly covered patients that is anticipated when the Healthy Michigan Plan is fully implemented. The Summit will feature presentations and panel discussions from the Michigan Department of Community Health and Medicaid health plan partners to set the stage for collaborative Health Center working groups focused on enrollment and plan/provider selection, new patient education, staffing, clinical process adaptation, quality improvement, and more. Given the deep impact Healthy Michigan Plan implementation will have on all facets of an organization, MPCA encourages Health Center staff across all disciplines to attend the Summit at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing on March 14.

MPCA Offering Free Preliminary Security Risk Assessment by OSIS

To assist Health Centers in preparing for a risk assessment, the Ohio Shared Information Services (OSIS) has developed a preliminary security risk assessment tool and review, which it will share during an MPCA-hosted webinar on March 20, 2014, at 2-3 pm ET. This webinar is the fourth in a 5-part series on HIPAA Compliance/Meaningful Use Requirements and Security Risk Assessment that MPCA is hosting. During the fifth and final webinar in the series on April 17, OSIS will review preliminary security risk assessment results and provide some specific recommendations to the individual participating Health Centers to mitigate any noted findings. MPCA is offering this assessment at no cost to Michigan Health Centers to provide a baseline gap analysis review of some of the major items that organizations should be aware of as it relates to their HIPAA compliance efforts. If your Health Center is interested in participating in OSIS’s security risk assessment review, contact Faiyaz Syed before March 20 by emailing him at


Analysis of Latest Enrollment Data


Last week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the latest round of enrollment data for the Health Insurance Marketplace as of February 1, 2014. HHS publishes such data every month, including demographics on enrollees, plan selection, financial assistance, and Medicaid/CHIP eligibility assessments. MPCA has posted a Michigan-specific analysis on its blog "infused with a little editorial context." MPCA has also provided analysis of the Kaiser Family Foundation's recently released an in-depth report that offers insight into the attitudes and health care experiences of adults at the start of Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation, and points us in the right direction for outreach and enrollment going forward. Read more


More News from MPCA


Women Health Care Leaders in Jackson Defy National Industry Trends

Nearly all of the major health organizations in the county, with the exception of the county health officer, are run by women. Molly Kaser, CEO for the Center for Family Health, said women in Jackson have a history of changing the trend. Read more


Advantage Health Centers Earns Coveted National Quality Award

Advantage Health Centers has earned a highly prestigious national quality achievement award from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Read more

Heaven DENT 2 Provides More Smiles for Patients of Traverse Health Clinic

This past weekend, patients of Traverse Health Clinic received the wonderful gift of a new smile. Heaven D.E.N.T., the second volunteer weekend of its kind, was initiated two years ago by an area dentist who heard that there were a bunch of edentulous patients at Traverse Health Clinic in need of dentures. Read more

Kaiser Report Spotlights ACA Implementation in California, Highlights Critical Role of Health Centers

According to a new report, The Uninsured at the Starting Line in California by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Community Health Centers will "remain critical providers of care to vulnerable populations under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).” Read more


More Health Center News


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  • Workforce Development Specialist, MPCA, Lansing, MI
  • Physician-Family Practice, Western Wayne Family Health Centers, Taylor, MI
  • Physician-OB/GYN, Western Wayne Family Health Centers, Taylor, MI
  • Family Practice Nurse Practitioner, Western Wayne Family Health Centers, Taylor, MI
  • Chief Medical Officer, Family Health Center, Inc., Kalamazoo, MI
  • Dentist, Family Health Center, Inc., Kalamazoo, MI
  • Human Resources Director, Family Health Center, Inc., Kalamazoo, MI
  • Nurse Practitioner, Family Health Center, Inc., Kalamazoo, MI
  • Physician Assistant, Family Health Center, Inc., Kalamazoo, MI
  • Physician-Internal Medicine, Family Health Center, Inc., Kalamazoo, MI
  • Physician-Family Practice, Family Health Center, Inc., Kalamazoo, MI

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.



MDCH Announces ICD-10 Business-to-Business Testing for all Michigan Medicaid Providers

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) announced this week the availability of ICD-10 compliant CHAMPS B2B Test system as part of Michigan's preparation for national implementation of ICD-10 Code Set usage on October 1, 2014. This testing enables Michigan Medicaid providers to pursue the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Level II Compliance, to ensure "an entity covered by HIPAA has completed end-to-end testing with each of its external trading partners and is prepared to move into production mode with the new versions of the standards by the end of the period." Please note that the CMS ICD-10 national testing week is March 3-7, 2014. Click here for more information about registering for this testing initiative.


Senate Passes Legislation Combating Human Trafficking


The Michigan Senate unanimously passed a package of bills this week aimed at combating human trafficking in the state. Senate Bills 586, 587, 590, and 592 would "better equip the state to identify victims [of human trafficking], get them out of dangerous situations, and provide them the services and support they need to transition to a normal, healthy and happy life," said SB 587 sponsor Senator Vincent Gregory (D-Southfield), as reported in Gongwer.

Senate Committee Hears Testimony on Healthy Michigan Plan Readiness

The Senate Appropriations Human Services Subcommittee heard testimony on February 18, 2014, on the state's readiness to implement and open enrollment for the Healthy Michigan Plan (Michigan's expanded Medicaid program). Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) Deputy Director Nick Lyon reported that early versions of an online Medicaid eligibility system are working well so far, and the department is currently focused on the interface with the federal government for accepting account transfers, and on increasing awareness of the program among potential newly eligible beneficiaries. Meanwhile, MDCH has made available "The Healthy Michigan Plan Handbook" for eventual enrollees. Enrollment is scheduled to begin in April 2014.

Income Tax Bills Pass House Panel

There was movement this week on a House proposal to use the state's budget surplus to roll back the income tax. The House Tax Policy Committee passed a package of bills (HB 5265, 5266, and 5267) that would reduce the income tax from the current 4.25% to 4.15% on October 1, 2014; then to 4.05% on January 1, 2016. Beginning October 1, 2017, other cuts of 0.1% would come in future years if General Fund revenue increased by $300 million the year before. The bills head to the full House for consideration. Meanwhile, the Senate has also introduced a tax rollback plan, calling for reducing the income tax rate to 3.9% by 2017. Governor Snyder has proposed expanding the Homestead Property Tax Credit.


Senate Proposes Fix to HICA Tax Hole in MDCH Budget

In September 2011, Governor Snyder signed into law a bill that would apply a 1% assessment on all paid health insurance claims. The Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA) was intended to replace the HMO use tax that was no longer allowed for Medicaid match by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The assessment was expected to generate approximately $400 million each year. However, after several years of experience, the tax is only generating about $300 million a year. This is creating a problem in the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) budget that needs to be fixed. After several failed attempts to adjust the tax through changes to the law, the Michigan Senate passed a supplemental appropriation on February 20, 2014, allocating general funds from the excess revenue left from last fiscal year. The House will still need to agree with the fix, and this fix only takes care of the problem for this year. It is unclear what will be done to address the problem permanently.

Elections Taking Place Feb. 25 in 50 Michigan Counties

Local elections will be held on Tuesday, February 25 in 50 of Michigan's 83 counties. Polls will be open 7 am-8 pm. To find out if there is an election in your community, click here, visit the Secretary of State website, or check with your county clerk's office. Voters can make sure they are registered to vote using the online Michigan Voter Information Center at, and they can also find their polling location and view a sample ballot. If your Health Center is offering voter registration assistance, be sure to use the new Community Health Vote online portal and resources. If your Health Center has not yet started offering voter registration assistance, visit the Community Health Vote website for guidance on running a successful ongoing program.

FY 2015 MSLRP Selection Preference Given to Practice Sites Using Approved Retention Plans

The Fiscal Year 2015 Michigan State Loan Repayment Program (MSLRP) application period is open through April 30, 2014. Starting with this application period, providers employed at practice sites using MSLRP-approved retention plans will be given preference in the selection process. The program is implementing this policy because it believes focusing state and federal loan repayment resources on practice sites with approved retention plans will increase the number of primary care providers who remain in shortage areas beyond their service obligations. Click here for more information, which includes instructions for ordering a Provider Retention Planning Toolkit.


Presentation Materials from BPHC's Informational Call on New Governance PIN Available

HRSA's Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) hosted an informational call on February 12, 2014, on Program Information Notice (PIN) 2014-01: Health Center Program Governance. Click here for the presentation materials. This PIN is the primary HRSA policy source for information on Health Center Program governance, and it pulls all Health Center Program Governance into a single document to convey and clarify statutory and regulatory governance requirements for all Health Center program grantees and Look-Alikes.


Call for 340B Coalition Summer Conference Speakers

The 18th Annual 340B Coalition Summer Conference will be held July 14-16, 2014, in Washington, DC, and the call for speakers is open until March 21. The Coalition is interested in receiving presentation proposals on a broad range of 340B-related topics including operations, policy, compliance, patient care, and other topics of interest. Click here for more information.


More State & National News



Substance Abuse and Mental Disorders: Early Detection, Prevention, and Treatment: Healthy People 2020 Progress Review Webinar
February 26, 2014, 12:30-2 pm ET
Host: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Making the Numbers Talk: A Four Year Review of Health Center Operational Data (webinar)
February 26, 2014, 2-3 pm ET
Host: Capital Link

Electronic Health Record Functionality to Support Primary Care (webinar)
February 28, 2014, 2:30-4 pm ET
Host: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Upcoming Health Observances

More Upcoming State & National Events



 More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center



NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program
Funder: HRSA's NURSE Corps
Due: February 27, 2014 (7:30 pm ET)

On-demand application assistance webinar


Affordable Care Act Mental Health Service Expansion-Behavioral Health Integration
Funder: Health Resources & Services Administration
Due: March 3, 2014
Application technical assistance


Affordable Care Act Patient Centered Medical Home - Facility Improvements Grant Program
Funder: Health Resources & Services Administration
Due: March 14, 2014
Application technical assistance


Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health (Level 1: Community-based Healthy Start)
Funder: Health Resources & Services Administration
Due: March 31, 2014
Application Assistance
Application assistance webcast Friday, February 21, 2-4 pm ET

Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health (Level 2: Enhanced Services)
Funder: Health Resources & Services Administration
Due: March 31, 2014
Application Assistance
Application assistance webcast Friday, February 21, 2-4 pm ET

Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health (Level 3: Leadership and Mentoring Healthy Start
Funder: Health Resources & Services Administration
Due: March 31, 2014
Application Assistance
Application assistance webcast Friday, February 21, 2-4 pm ET


Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals-Services in Supportive Housing
Funder: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
Due: April 25, 2014


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 by subscribing at

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.

Michigan Primary Care Association’s (MPCA) federal grant program titled "State and Regional Primary Care Associations” allows MPCA to provide technical assistance and support to Health Centers in Michigan and is 100 percent funded by federal dollars at a current annual level of $1,069,988.00.


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