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MPCA eUpdate | March 24, 2015
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March 24, 2015
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Take Action NOW: Call Your Members of Congress to Keep Health Center Funding in the SGR

On March 20, U.S. House leadership introduced a bipartisan package to permanently replace Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and end the need for another temporary patch, such as those that Congress has approved 17 times before, to prevent cutting Medicare reimbursement for doctors and other health care providers. Right now, the House proposal includes $7.2 billion in funding for Health Centers over two years to #FixTheCliff, but that could change. Congress is constantly rethinking what to include and remove from the bill, and they are counting calls from back home to help them make those decisions. Please call your Members of Congress NOW to ask that they keep Health Center funding in the SGR. Dial 1.866.456.3949 and enter your zip code to be routed directly to your Members of Congress. If you’ve already called, CALL AGAIN as EVERY CALL MATTERS. Congressional offices need to hear overwhelmingly from back home. Click here to read NACHC's statement in support of the proposal which is scheduled for a vote on the House floor this week.



MPCA and Michigan Health Centers Convene in DC & Storm the Hill

Last week over 70 staff and board members from MPCA and Michigan Health Centers joined thousands of advocates from across the country in Washington, DC, to attend the 2015 Policy & Issues Forum, celebrate the 50th anniversary of America's Health Centers, and storm the Hill to meet with Members of Congress. We heard loud and clear that there is tremendous Congressional support for America's Health Centers as valued sources of quality, affordable, cost-effective primary and preventive care in local communities! Click here for pictures from the week, and click here for a summary of happenings as reported on the NACHC blog. To read about the bipartisan package introduced March 20 in the U.S. House for replacing Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, and which includes $7.2 billion in funding for Health Centers over two years to #FixTheCliff, see the article above and call your Members of Congress NOW.

MPCA Welcomes Staff to Enabling Services Team, Names New Health Informatics Specialist

MPCA welcomes Shannon Lijewski and Crystal Korpi to MPCA's Enabling Services team as new Program Specialists for the Linking Clinical Care with Community Supports (Linkages) initiative. Although Shannon and Crystal aren’t new to MPCA, they are excited to be filling a new role. Shannon has been with MPCA since January 2014 as an Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator, assisting with health insurance enrollment in Medicaid and the Health Insurance Marketplace. She worked in communities throughout Central Northern Michigan to provide health insurance literacy education and develop partnerships to reach the uninsured. Crystal joined MPCA last May as Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator for Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties. Like Shannon, she has provided application assistance and education for health insurance through creating and building local partnerships. Adam Hurd has been named MPCA's new Health Informatics Specialist. In this new role he will be working with MPCA's Enabling Services and Clinical teams, facilitating better access to data and assisting his colleagues and other stakeholders in using information to drive change at Michigan Health Centers and MPCA. Adam previously served as Information Systems Specialist at MPCA. Click here for a list of all MPCA staff.

MPCA Hiring Clinical Specialist

MPCA is hiring for the position of Clinical Specialist. This position is responsible for coordinating activities to support quality clinical services through model transformation, partner optimization, and data utilization. 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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State Innovation Model Briefing (conference call)
March 25, 2015, 8:30 am ET

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


Practical Approaches to Enhance Diabetic Patient Engagement (webinar)
April 8, 2015, 11 am-12 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


More MPCA Events


More Health Center News


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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.



ACA's 5th Anniversary Celebrated March 23

In the five years since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law on March 23, 2010, more than 16 million people have gained health coverage, 76 million people are benefiting from preventive care coverage, 105 million people no longer have a lifetime limit on their health coverage, and up to 129 million people with pre-existing conditions are no longer at risk of being denied coverage. In Michigan, 596,246 state residents are enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan and 341,183 Michiganders have selected plans through the Marketplace. Click here to watch a #BetterWithObamacare video.

Governor Snyder, Legislature Continuing DCH-DHS Merger Discussions

As we've reported in past issues of the MPCA eUpdate, Governor Rick Snyder announced in his State of the State Address in February plans for merging the Michigan Departments of Community Health (MDCH) and Human Services (DHS). He then issued Executive Order 2015-4 to formalize the executive reorganization with the goal of focusing on people rather than programs. The Executive Order will become effective on April 10, unless the Michigan Legislature votes to block it. To ensure legislators have all of the information they need regarding the merger, the Governor has been meeting with legislative caucuses and committees to answer questions and share details. As reported by MIRS, the Senate Republican caucus has said they have no plans at this time to contest the merger, while the House Democratic caucus has voiced concerns. Internal meetings continue in preparation for the merger. MPCA will keep you updated as we learn more details.

Senate Health Policy Committee Holds Third Hearing on APRN Legislation

The Michigan Senate Health Policy Committee chaired by Senator Mike Shirkey (R-Clark Lake) held a third hearing on legislation calling for the licensure of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (SB 68). During the March 17th hearing, the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants testified that Physician Assistants should be included in the bill. "Passing Senate Bill 68, in its current form, without including PAs would disadvantage the PA profession by creating two sets of regulations for NPs and PAs which would negatively affect all practice settings in Michigan," testified Ron Stavale of the MAPA. Dr. Brenda Coughlin, CEO of Health Delivery, Inc., and Kim Sibilsky, MPCA's CEO, testified in support of SB 68 in the first and second Senate Health Policy Committee hearings, respectively. The committee has not yet taken a vote on SB 68. Meanwhile, House Health Policy Committee Chair Mike Callton (R-Nashville) has said he plans on gathering more information and will bring up the issue for a vote.

Work on Fiscal Year 2016 State Budget Underway

Appropriations subcommittees in the Michigan Legislature are preparing to approve their fiscal year 2016 budget proposals this week. The Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Health in both the Senate and House are meeting on Tuesday, March 24 to make their recommendations on the budget for the Michigan Department of Community Health. Click here for a summary of Governor Snyder's proposed executive budget released in February, and watch next week's MPCA eUpdate for updates on the recommendations put forth by each subcommittee.

CMS Issues Draft Stage 3 Rules for EHR Incentive Program

On March 20, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced the release of the Stage 3 notice of proposed rulemaking for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Incentive Programs and 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria to improve the way electronic health information is shared and ultimately improve the way care is delivered and experienced. Read more 

Opportunity to Volunteer for July ICD-10 End-to-End Testing: Forms Due April 17

Registration is now open for a third sample group of providers to participate in ICD-10 end-to-end testing July 20-24, 2015, with Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and the Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) contractor. Approximately 850 volunteer submitters will be selected to participate. If you were selected to participate in the January and/or April 2015 end-to-end testing week, you are already registered for the July 2015 testing week and you do not need to complete a new registration form. New volunteers interested in being a testing submitter should complete and submit a volunteer form by April 17. CMS will review applications and select the group of testing submitters.

HRSA Seeking Grant Reviewers to Assist in Evaluating Capital Development Projects

Grant reviewers are needed to help evaluate applications for the Health Infrastructure Investment Program (HIIP) Funding Opportunity through the objective review process. Professionals working in or knowledgeable about health care services are invited to register in the Reviewer Recruitment Module database (RRM). The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking individuals with expertise in architecture/construction/engineering; health care facility project management; major/minor capital development project management; property development; and/or health care facilities planning.


More State & National News



FY 2015 Health Infrastructure Investment Program Grant Application Assistance Conference Call
March 24, 2015, 2-3 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care

NHSC Scholarship Application Conference Call
March 26, 2015, 7-9 pm ET
Host: National Health Service Corps

Save the Date: FTCA Application Technical Assistance & Deeming Process Webcast
April 2, 2015, 2-3:30 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care
(Redeeming applications due by May 26, 2015)

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program Technical Assistance Application Webinar
April 7, 2015, 8-10 pm ET; May 16, 2015, 1-3 pm ET
Host: NURSE Corps

Prevent Cancer through HPV Vaccination: Update for Health Care Personnel (webinar)
April 29, 2015, 12-1 pm ET
Host: Michigan Department of Community Health, Physician Peer Education Project on Immunization


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



Samuel D. Harris Fund for Children's Dental Health
Funder: ADA Foundation 
Due: April 10, 2015

Street Outreach Program
Funder: Administration on Children, Youth & Families
Due: April 10, 2015

Capacity Building Initiative for Substance Abuse (SA) and HIV Prevention Services for At-Risk Racial/Ethnic Minority Youth and Young Adults (HIV CBI)
Funder: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
Due: April 23, 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


2015 NHSC Scholarship Program Application Cycle
Funder: National Health Service Corps
Due: May 7, 2015

Partner Support for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Funder: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Due: May 11, 2015

Working with Publicly Funded Health Centers to Reduce Teen Pregnancy among Youth from Vulnerable Populations
Funder: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Due: May 15, 2015

2015 NURSE Corps Scholarship Program Application Cycle
Funder: NURSE Corps
Due: May 21, 2015 (7:30 pm ET)

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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