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March 31, 2015
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Next Issue of MPCA eUpdate to be Distributed Week of April 23

The next issue of the MPCA eUpdate will be distributed the week of April 20. Until then, please visit the MPCA website and Facebook page and follow @michpca on Twitter for the latest updates.

MPCA Welcomes New Staff & Announces Staffing Change 

On March 30, Jaspreet Malhotra joined the MPCA staff as Outreach & Enrollment Coordinator. In this role, she will be working to increase health insurance coverage and access to quality primary health, dental, and behavioral care for community residents in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties. Jaspreet brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to MPCA through her experience as a Navigator providing health coverage education and enrollment assistance in Macomb County. Llekken Neal, MPCA's Access Coordinator, has been named the new Clinical Specialist. In her new role within the MPCA Clinical Team, Llekken will focus her work on managing data, evaluation, population health, and infectious disease. On April 1, Alyssa Jones will join the MPCA staff as Communications Manager. Alyssa most recently served as the Business Development and Communications Manager of Battle Creek Unlimited/Battle Creek Downtown Partnership. Click here for a list of all MPCA staff.

MPCA Hosting June Meeting of Finance & Billing Networks: Save the Date

MPCA is hosting a joint meeting of the finance and billing networks on June 15, 2015, at the Crowne Plaza in Lansing. The meeting will feature sessions on topics and issues that are pertinent to both Health Center finance and billing. There will also be breakout sessions specific to each network, as well as networking opportunities. Registration and more detailed meeting information will be available in the coming weeks. The Crowne Plaza Lansing West is accepting hotel reservations now if you are interested in reserving a room. Click here for more information.


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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

340B Pharmacy Network 2015 Spring Meeting
April 23, 2015, 9:30 am-3 pm ET
Michigan Primary Care Association

Overview of Types of Fundraising Campaigns (webinar)
April 23, 2015, 11 am-12 pm ET

2015 Health Center Board Member Training
May 12, 2015
The H Hotel, Midland, 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.



Health Center Funding Continuation Included in House-passed HR 2—Now Your U.S. Senators Need to Hear from You

In a whirlwind of activity last week, the power of grassroots advocacy made its mark. On March 25, U.S. House leaders introduced bipartisan legislation to permanently replace Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. The historic legislation extends $7.2 billion in mandatory funding over two years for Health Centers and continues funding for the National Health Service Corps and the Teaching Health Centers Program. The following day, March 26, the full House overwhelmingly passed the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act (HR 2) by a vote of 392-37, with all of Michigan's U.S. Representatives voting Yes with the exception of Representative Justin Amash. If your U.S. Representative voted Yes on HR 2, please click here to thank him/her. As a result of the incredible bipartisan show of support in the House, the President has publicly stated his support and willingness to sign the bill into law once it arrives on his desk. Health Center advocate calls, emails, and in-person meetings with Members of Congress helped make this happen! The last step to make HR 2 a reality is passage of HR 2 in the Senate. The Senate has recessed for two weeks and will not vote on HR 2 until after they return to DC on April 13. We need to do everything we can over the next two weeks to get a commitment from each Senator that he/she will vote Yes on HR 2. Watch for action alerts and more information coming from the National Association of Community Health Centers. Click here to register to receive NACHC action alerts. Click here to subscribe to the weekly NACHC Washington Update.

FY 2016 Health Center Funding Support Letters Close with Significant Number of Co-signers

Each year during the federal appropriations process, bipartisan champions in the U.S. House and Senate circulate "Dear Colleague Letters" addressed to the appropriations committee to show support for Health Center funding. This year the House letter was led by Congressmen Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Gene Green (D-TX). That letter closed on March 23 with a tremendous show of support. Among the 271 co-signers (173 Democrats and 98 Republications) were Representatives Dan Benishek, John Conyers, Debbie Dingell, Bill Huizenga, Dan Kildee, Brenda Lawrence, Sander Levin, Candice Miller, and John Moolenaar of Michigan. The Senate letter was led by Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and closed with 60 co-signers (39 Democrats, 19 Republicans, 2 Independents) including Senator Gary Peters of Michigan. Please thank Senator Stabenow for her leadership in championing the Senate letter and Senator Peters for signing on. If your Representative signed the House letter, please also thank him/her.

VA Announces Changes to Veterans Choice Program Eligibility Requirements

The Veterans Administration (VA) recently announced an important change to the Veterans Choice Program eligibility requirements. One requirement for a veteran to be eligible for the program, which allows them to seek care at non-VA facilities including Health Centers, is that they must be located at least 40 miles from the nearest VA facility. This distance was previously defined using a straight line. The VA has changed that 40 mile definition to more accurately reflect the travel time for veterans, using driving distance instead of the straight line definition. Click here to read NACHC's comments to the VA requesting this change. Click here for a NACHC fact sheet explaining what Health Centers need to know about the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act.

Michigan House, Senate Appropriations Subcommittees Report FY 2016 Budget Recommendations

Before adjourning for Spring recess at the end of last week, Michigan House and Senate appropriations subcommittees began reporting their fiscal year 2016 budget recommendations. The next step in the state budget process involves the full House and Senate voting on the proposed appropriations bills, after which any differences between the chambers will be reconciled through a conference committee. Click here for a summary of the recommendations, which are of most interest to MPCA and Michigan Health Centers, as put forth by the Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Health in each chamber.  

Executive Order Merging DCH-DHS Takes Effect April 10

The Michigan Legislature left for Spring recess at the end of last week without blocking the Executive Order that Governor Rick Snyder issued in February to merge the Michigan Departments of Community Health and Human Services. Under the State Constitution, the Legislature had 60 days to vote to block the executive order. The 60-day deadline expires April 10, and since the Legislature did not vote to block the merger before it adjourned on March 27 for a two-week recess ending April 13, the merger will take effect April 10. We will continue to keep you updated as more details are released about the new Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

MDCH Accepting Public Comment on Proposed Pharmacy Policy

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is accepting public comment on proposed policy for clarifying MDCH'S documentation requirements for pharmacy providers. Click here to read the proposed policy. MPCA is compiling Michigan Health Center pharmacy provider comments and will submit a response on behalf of Michigan Health Centers to the State of Michigan analyst. Please forward your comments to by April 14.

BCBSM Announces Changes in Billing Instructions for Global Maternity Services 

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) recently published changes to its postpartum global maternity reporting requirements. Click here for the details of those changes. 

NACHC Accepting Poster Abstract Submissions for Presentation at CHI

Health Centers, Health Center Controlled Networks, Primary Care Associations, and researchers are invited to submit poster abstracts for presentation at the National Association of Community Health Centers' 2015 Community Health Institute (CHI) to showcase exceptional programs that have improved care or reduced costs and that can be replicated by other Health Centers, or that showcase research conducted with or about Health Centers. The 2015 CHI will be held August 23-25 in Orlando, Florida. The deadline for poster abstract submissions is May 4. Click here for more information and to submit a poster abstract. 


More State & National News



CY 2016 FTCA Application Technical Assistance Webcasts
April 2, 2015, 2-3:30 pm: Risk Management
April 9, 2015, 2-3:30 pm: Professional Liability

HPV Vaccine Recommendations Update (webinar)
April 3, 2015, 11 am-12 pm ET
Host: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Geiger Gibson Capstone Fellowship in Community Health Policy & Leadership
April 20-22, 2015
Washington, DC
Host: George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers
Applications are currently being accepted

Developing Strategic & Business Plans that Result in Action (seminar)
April 29-30, 2015
Las Vegas, NV
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers
Early bird registration closes April 15

2015 National Farmworker Health Conference
May 5-7, 2015
San Antonio, TX
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Epidemiology & Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (aka Pink Book) Class
June 16,-17, 2015
Lansing, MI
Host: Michigan Department of Community Health
Online registration opens April 6


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: April 30, 2015, or until all program funds are obligated

FY15 National Workforce Diversity Pipeline Program
Funder: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
Due: May 18, 2015

Rural Business Development Grant
Funder: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Click here for more information about requesting application materials 

More Funding Opportunities


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