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MPCA eUpdate | March 3, 2015
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March 3, 2015
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MPCA Legislative Forum March 4

Michigan Health Center staff and board members are convening in Lansing tomorrow, March 4, for the 2015 MPCA Legislative Forum. This is a vital opportunity for building relationships with State Legislators and discussing with them issues impacting Michigan Health Centers and the patients they serve. For those of you who are attending Legislative Forum, we are looking forward to you joining us. If you aren't able to attend, we will be posting on MPCA's Facebook page and tweeting throughout the Forum using hashtag #MPCALF15 - you can follow us at @michpca.


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Colorectal Cancer Screening (webinar)
March 18, 2015, 10-11 am ET

Quarterly EHR/EDR User Groups Webinar: Meaningful Use Audit Preparation (webinar)
March 18, 2015, 2-3 pm ET

Overview of Types of Fundraising Campaigns (webinar)
March 19, 2015, 11 am-12 pm ET

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

Developing/Implementing the Health Center's Quality Improvement Program: Part 1 & 2
April 16, 2015, 9 am-3:30 pm ET
James B. Henry Center, Lansing, MI

340B Pharmacy Network 2015 Spring Meeting
April 23, 2015, 10 am-3 pm ET
Michigan Primary Care Association, Lansing, MI


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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.



HHS Secretary Burwell Warns House Panel About Health Center Funding Cliff's Impact

While testifying before the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health on February 26, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Burwell warned that, “Without renewed funding in 2016 and beyond, we estimate that more than 7 million Americans would lose access to essential cost-effective primary care services provided through our Nation’s health centers and approximately 40,000 jobs would be lost." The Secretary explained that investing in Health Centers is critical as they “are an essential primary care provider for America’s most vulnerable populations, serving 1 out of every 15 Americans while reducing the use of costlier care through emergency departments and hospitals.” Burwell's testimony focused on the 2016 HHS budget request, which also requests funding for other programs in addition to Health Centers, including the National Health Service Corps and the Children's Health Insurance Program. It is essential that Members of Congress hear loud and clear from their constituents that they must fix the cliff. Click here for action steps that America's and Michigan's Health Centers need YOU to take now. For those of you attending the Policy & Issues Forum in Washington, DC, March 18-22, please start preparing now for the discussions you will have with your Members of Congress and their staff about how the funding cliff will impact your Health Center, patients, and local community. 

U.S. Supreme Court Hearing King v. Burwell on March 4

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell beginning at 10 am ET on March 4. This is the case which questions the Affordable Care Act's payment of premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions to people in states with federally facilitated Marketplaces, such as Michigan. If the Supreme Court decides these subsidies must stop, many consumers will be unable to purchase coverage and therefore lose access to care. The Urban Institute has estimated this would increase the number of uninsured by 8.2 million people and eliminate $28.8 billion in tax credits and cost-sharing reductions in 2016 for 9.3 million people. Click here to read an analysis posted on the SCOTUS blog. Families USA has launched a social media campaign and an interactive video and action center using the hashtag #DontTakeMyCare. Please watch these stories and help spread the word about the negative impact that disallowing subsidies would have and the threat it poses to access to affordable health care for all.

Comprehensive Dental Reform Act Introduced in U.S. House, Senate

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) introduced legislation last week for improving access to dental care. The Comprehensive Dental Reform Act calls for expanding dental coverage through Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. It also calls for authorizing funding to increase access to dental services at Health Centers and School-based Health Centers, and for expanding National Health Service Corps scholarship and loan repayment programs to include dental care, among other provisions. Read more

Uninsured Rate Hits 7-year Low

According to data released February 24, the uninsured rate in the U.S. dropped 3.5 percentage points last year, from 17.3% to 13.8%. This is the lowest annualized rate across the seven years of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index measurement. No state reported a statistically significant increase in the percentage of uninsured in 2014 compared with 2013. Not surprisingly, the uninsured rate in states that have chosen to expand Medicaid and set up their own state exchanges or partnerships in the Health Insurance Marketplace declined significantly more last year than the rate in states that did not take these steps. Michigan’s uninsured rate dropped to 10.8% in 2014 from 12.5% in 2013. Michigan is now in the second lowest uninsured rate quintile nationwide. Read more

CMS Extends EHR Attestation Deadline for Medicare Eligible Professionals

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the deadline for eligible professionals to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program 2014 reporting year. The new deadline is March 20, 2015 (11:59 pm ET). The previous deadline was February 28. This Medicare extension does not affect deadlines for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.

CMS Reports Medicare FFS ICD-10 End-to-End Testing Week a Success

From January 26 through February 3, 2015, Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) health care providers, clearinghouses, and billing agencies participated in the first successful ICD-10 end-to-end testing week with all Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) MAC Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) contractor. Approximately 660 providers and billing companies submitted nearly 15,000 test claims. CMS reported that the testing demonstrates CMS systems are ready to accept ICD-10 claims, and it puts CMS on course for successful implementation by October 1, 2015. Additional end-to-end testing weeks will be held April 27 through May 1 (volunteers have been selected), and July 20 through July 24 (volunteer forms will be available March 13).  

Reminder: March 11 is Deadline for 340B Program Recertification

It is critical that 340B entities including Health Centers recertify their program information by March 11, 2015, in order to continue participation in the 340B Drug Pricing ProgramClick here for more information about this annual recertification for Health Centers. If you have any questions about the recertification process, contact the 340B Prime Vendor Program at

Michigan Senate Passes Bills to Fix Current Year Budget Shortfall

Last week the Michigan Senate passed a pair of negative supplemental bills to help fill the shortfall in the current fiscal year 2015 budget. House Bills 4110 and 4112 previously passed the House and are now headed to Governor Snyder for his signature. As we reported in the February 24th issue of the MPCA eUpdateHB 4110 transfers money from the School Aid Fund to the state's General Fund. HB 4112 cuts and shifts spending for various state departments, including the Michigan Department of Community Health. 


State Innovation Model Update

Last week, the Michigan Department of Community Health and Michigan Public Health Institute presented a webinar recapping the State Innovation Model (SIM) overall design and key components, with a special focus on pre-implementation efforts planned for the next several months. In the next two weeks, the SIM team will launch an Accountable System of Care (ASC) Capacity Assessment. In the SIM design, ASCs are systems with a significant number of attributed patients that will work to coordinate providers in a network, align care management, integrate health information technology, pursue quality improvement, and manage financial risk. In late March, the SIM team will also release a Community Health Innovation Region (CHIR) assessment. In the SIM design, CHIRs are broad stakeholder engagement entities which pull together key players in a community to collaborate on innovation efforts, sustainability, data sharing, and more. Both assessments will be used by the SIM team to gather information to support the eventual selection of SIM test regions, ASCs, and CHIRs in two waves of activity. If you have questions about these assessment processes or of the SIM design in general, please reach out to MPCA staff.

MDCH Releases Final Mobile Dental Facility Application and Guidelines

The Mobile Dentistry Law goes into effect in Michigan on April 1, 2015. From this date forward, before dental procedures are performed in a mobile facility, an operator or owner of the mobile dental facility must complete an application and be approved by the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH). A Mobile Dental Facility Permit will be issued for three years from the date of approval. Every three years the mobile dental facility operator, owner, or his/her designee, shall reapply to MDCH and receive approval to continue the practice of mobile dentistry in the State of Michigan. Click here to access the Mobile Dentistry Facility Permit Application and Guidelines. If you have questions, please email them to

MDCH Releases Draft Policy on Expanding Coverage for Pharmacy Administration of Vaccines

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is accepting public comment on draft policy issued this week regarding the expansion of coverage for pharmacy administration of vaccines. This policy will broaden access to recommended vaccines for beneficiaries. Increasing immunization rates in the state is one of MDCH’s Strategic Priorities for 2015 and is a metric in the Governor’s Health and Wellness Dashboard. MPCA is compiling comments and will prepare and submit a response on behalf of Michigan Health Center pharmacy providers. Please email your comments to Diane Rydahl at by March 30. 

MDCH Awards Building Healthy Communities Planning Grants to Seven Local Health Departments

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) announced last week $292,000 in Building Healthy Communities Planning Grants to seven local health departments. Central Michigan District Health Department; Chippewa County Health Department; Public Health, Delta and Menominee Counties; District Health Department No. 2; Luce, Mackinac, Alger, Schoolcraft District Health Department; Macomb County Health Department; and Public Health, Muskegon County will use the funding to create three-year strategic plans to reduce obesity and other chronic diseases at the local level. Read more

Health Reform Symposium Panel Featuring Michigan Health Center Leaders

The Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT) is hosting a health reform symposium on March 26 at 1-5 pm ET in Ann Arbor. Alpena to Zilwaukee: A Symposium on the Affordable Care Act’s Coverage Expansions in Michigan is bringing together panels of stakeholders—including Chris Shea, CEO at Cherry Health, and Ricardo Guzman, CEO at CHASS Center—to discuss the coverage impacts of the ACA in Michigan. The event is free and open to the public with advance registration.


More State & National News




Accessing Capital from Community Development Financial Institutions (webinar)
March 3, 2015, 2-3 pm ET
Host: Capital Link

Accreditation and PCMH Recognition Initiative Webinar
March 5, 2015, 10:30 am-12 pm ET and 1:30 pm-3 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care

Tools for Engaging Patients in Quality Improvement (webinar)
March 25, 2015, 1-2 pm ET
Host: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Save the Date: Michigan Suicide Prevention Conference
"Let's Talk About It"
April 30, 2015
Host: Michigan Department of Human Services, Michigan Department of Community Health, Michigan Association for Suicide Prevention


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

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Part C Capacity Development Program Grant
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: April 27, 2015


“Now is the Time” Project AWARE-Community
Funder: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
Due: May 1, 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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