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March 17, 2015
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Please Take 'Fix the Cliff' Action This Week

While thousands of Health Center advocates from across the country convene in Washington, DC, for NACHC's Policy & Issues Forum this week and meet with Members of Congress on March 19 to ask them to fix the cliff, your voice is needed from back home! Please put these two very important action steps on your "to do" list for this week:

  1. Send your Members of Congress an email asking them to sign the Health Center Funding Dear Colleague Letter. The Bilirakis-Green letter is circulating in the U.S. House, and the Wicker-Stabenow letter is circulating in the U.S. Senate. The deadline for Members of Congress to sign on is March 23, so please click here to send your email now. As of March 13, Congressmen John Conyers and Sander Levin of Michigan have signed the House letter. Please take a minute to thank them for their support. Also please thank Senator Debbie Stabenow for her leadership by once again co-sponsoring the Senate letter.
  2. Mark your calendar for Health Centers National Cliff Call-in Day on Thursday, March 19. By calling your Members of Congress on March 19, you will amplify the message advocates are delivering in-person that Congress needs to act now to fix the funding cliff. Click here for the call-in phone number, a brief sample script, and video to help you prepare to call your Members of Congress. For more information and resources about the Health Center funding cliff, click here.



MPCA CEO Testifies in Support of APRN Legislation

During the Michigan Senate Health Policy Committee's second hearing on Senate Bill 68 held March 10, MPCA's CEO Kim Sibilsky testified on behalf of Michigan Health Centers in support of the legislation that calls for the licensure of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). "I implore you not to allow the debates undertaken in consideration of SB 68 to turn a critical public health issue into a turf battle. We should never lose sight of the most important issues which are protection of the public, the public’s resources, and the consumer’s access to quality care," said Kim. Click here to read Kim's testimony in its entirety. During the panel's first hearing on SB 68, Dr. Brenda Coughlin, CEO at Health Delivery, Inc. also testified on behalf of MPCA and Michigan Health Centers, as reported in the March 10th issue of the MPCA eUpdate. The Senate Health Policy Committee is scheduled to hear additional testimony on SB 68 on March 17.

MPCA Joins Health Centers in Marking 50 Years of Improving Health, Saving Lives 

MPCA is joining the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) in celebrating the success of the Health Center program. Fifty years ago, a daring experiment in President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty led to the opening of the nation’s first Health Centers in Boston and the Mississippi Delta. The first Michigan Health Center opened two years later, in 1967. That pilot project has evolved into the largest and most successful primary health care system in the U.S. Today, Health Centers now serve more than 23 million Americans, including 600,000-plus Michiganders. They save the nation’s health care system approximately $24 billion annually in reduced overall costs from hospitalizations and emergency room visits, and a Michigan-specific study demonstrates that Michigan Health Centers save the Michigan Medicaid program $12 per beneficiary per month for a projected total savings of nearly $16 million annually. "Michigan Primary Care Association is a proud sponsor of the 50th Anniversary celebration of Health Centers and their historic legacy of improving care, improving health, and reducing costs. We support their mission to provide high quality and affordable health care to ensure access to care for all. Every day, MPCA is working alongside Health Centers to promote, support, and develop comprehensive, accessible, and affordable community-based health care services to everyone in Michigan,” said Kim Sibilsky, MPCA's CEO. Click here to learn more about the 50th Anniversary of America's Health Centers.

MPCA Welcomes New Staff

MPCA welcomes Derek Commey, Training and Education Coordinator, and Smriti "Simmi" Isaac, Clinical Quality Specialist, to our staff. Derek comes to MPCA having worked most recently for John Snow Inc. in the Ghana Focus Region Health Project, a program of the United States Agency for International Development. He is now working with Barb Lincoln, MPCA's Training and Education Manager, in helping to plan and coordinate events hosted by MPCA. As part of MPCA's Clinical Services Team, Simmi's work will center around Quality Improvement initiatives, including facilitating the QI Directors Network, Patient Centered Medial Home activities, Health Information Technology adoption and maximization, and building meaningful partnerships with national and state partners. Click here for a list of all MPCA staff.

MPCA is Hiring

MPCA is hiring for the position of System Administrator I. This position is responsible for the maintenance and monitoring of the VirtualCHC data centers, including services, network devices, and any connected entities. Click here to learn more about this position and other open positions at MPCA, and please share with others who might be interested.


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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


Igniting Change in Dental Teams: Education & Opportunities for RDAs (webinar)
March 23, 2015, 10-11 am 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


More MPCA Events


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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.



2015 NHSC Scholarship Application Period Open

The 2015 National Health Service Corps Scholarship application period is open until May 7, 2015 (7:30 pm ET). Students pursuing primary care careers can receive scholarships for serving communities in need upon graduation and completion of training. Eligibility is open to students enrolled in a fully accredited training program for physicians (MD or DO), dentists, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants at U.S. accredited schools. The NHSC is hosting an application conference call on March 26 at 7-9 pm ET to provide more information and answer questions. Read more

HRSA Releases Program Assistance Letter Regarding Health Centers' Calendar Year 2016 FTCA Deeming Application Submissions

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released Program Assistance Letter 2015-03 on March 16 to explain the requirements for Health Center Program grantees submitting a Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) application requesting initial deeming or an annual redeeming application for deeming coverage for Calendar Year 2016 (January 1, 2016-December 31, 2016). All FTCA deeming applications must be submitted electronically through the FTCA deeming module within the HRSA Electronic Handbook. The EHB system will be available to begin receiving CY 2016 deeming applications on April 13, 2015. FTCA redeeming applications must be submitted within the EHB on or before May 26, 2015, in order to be eligible to be deemed for the entirety of CY 2016 without a gap in coverage. PAL 2015-03 includes updated requirements and guidance on application components. Technical assistance on these requirements, including webcasts, will be posted on the Health Center Application Process page of HRSA's website.

UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program Accepting Applications

The UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program (HCEP) is a unique opportunity for executives of Community Health Centers and AIDS service organizations to participate in an intensive management training program at UCLA Anderson. The curriculum consists of practical tools, techniques, and approaches to leadership and management relevant to organizations who are adapting to the major changes in health policy, financing, and service integration. April 30 is the deadline to apply for the July 13-23 residential program being held at UCLA. If you are interested in learning more, you may sign up to participate in an informational webinar hosted by the program's Faculty Director on April 2, 2015. 

HRSA Administrator Wakefield Named HHS Acting Deputy Secretary

Mary Wakefield, who has served for the past five years as Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), was recently named Acting Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She will serve directly under HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell. HRSA Associate Administrator for Primary Health Care Jim Macrae will become Acting HRSA Administrator. Read more

Over 341,000 Michiganders Enrolled in Marketplace Coverage

According to a report released last week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as of February 22, 2015, nearly 11.7 million Americans are enrolled for health coverage this year through the Marketplace. Of the 341,183 Michiganders who enrolled, 42% are new consumers who did not have coverage as of November 2014, and 87% percent had the option of selecting a plan for $100 or less per month. Individuals who owe a fee on their taxes for not having health coverage last year and who don't yet have health coverage for this year may still be able to get coverage through a special open enrollment period that started March 15 and runs through April 30, 2015. Meanwhile, enrollment in Medicaid, the Healthy Michigan Plan, and MIChild is open year around. As of March 16th, 588,641 Michiganders are enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan. Michigan residents who are newly enrolled for coverage through the Marketplace, Healthy Michigan Plan, Medicaid or MIChild are encouraged to visit to learn how to make the most of their health coverage and to #StayCovered.


More State & National News



Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Webinar: Mental Health
March 19, 2015, 12-1 pm ET
Host: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Michigan Benefits Access & MI Bridges Navigation Training Session
March 26, 2015, 1-4 pm ET
West Bloomfield, MI
Host: Michigan Benefits Access, United Way, Food Bank Council of Michigan 

Alpena to Zilwaukee: Impacts of ACA Coverage Expansions in MI
Health Reform Symposium
March 26, 2015, 1-5 pm ET
U-M Michigan League Ballroom, Ann Arbor, MI
Host: Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation in partnership with the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) and the School of Public Health

Getting Started in PECOS: Part B Providers Training Opportunities (webinar)
Session dates available on April 1April 16May 5May 20June 4, and June 16
Host: National Government Services


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



2015 Health Infrastructure Investment Program
Funder: Health Resources & Services Administration
Due: April 21, 2015

2016 Michigan State Loan Repayment Program Application Opportunity
Funder: Michigan State Loan Repayment Program
Due: April 30, 2015, or until all program funds are obligated

Targeted Capacity Expansion: Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations at High-Risk for HIV/AIDS (Short Title: TCE-HIV: High Risk Populations)
Funder: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
Due: May 14, 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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