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May 2, 2014
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Access is the Answer: Collect Letters of Support for Your Health Center by May 31

There is still much work to be done to ensure adequate funding for Health Centers and to stop the federal funding cliff that looms at the end of Fiscal Year 2015. That's why it is critical that EVERY Health Center participate in the second phase of the Access is the Answer campaign by:

  1. COLLECTING 5 letters of support from local elected officials and 10 letters of support from community partners by May 31.
  2. REPORTING your results to NACHC.
  3. SCHEDULING in-person visits with your Members of Congress at your Health Center or in their local offices during Congressional Recess Weeks to hand-deliver signed Campaign petitions and support letters.

If you missed the teleforum that NACHC hosted last week focused on this phase of the campaign, click here to access the call recording and transcript.

How Will Your Health Center Celebrate National Health Center Week 2014?

Thank you to the Michigan Health Centers who've let MPCA know that plans are underway for how they will celebrate National Health Center Week (August 10-16, 2014) focused on the theme, "Celebrating America's Health Centers: Local Engines for Healthier Communities." Start planning now, contact your elected officials to invite them to attend (the earlier, the better), and please keep MPCA updated on your plans so we can help spread the word and promote events taking place across the state. If you need assistance, please email Dana Lawrence at


Congratulations to Kim Sibilsky on 20th Anniversary at MPCA

“Please join me in congratulating MPCA's Chief Executive Officer, Kim Sibilsky, on her 20th anniversary as our Association’s leader! Undoubtedly, Kim’s dedication and commitment to the vision and mission of the Community Health Center efforts in the State of Michigan are as evident today as they were at the start. My hope is that you will take the time to not only thank Kim for her consistently excellent performance, but also recognize the leadership role she has developed for MPCA and its members.” ~ Joseph W. Ferguson, MHA, FACHE, MPCA President; Executive Director, Advantage Health Centers

Optimize Your Experience with MPCA's New Website & Online Community

MPCA launched a new website and online community last week at Since you are receiving this issue of the MPCA eUpdate, you have a profile within our online community. We invite you to visit, navigate around, and log in using the username and password that MPCA emailed to you last week. If you don't remember your password, click on "Forgot Password." If you have any problems, please let us know via or Contact Us. Please note that you must be logged in when registering for events to receive the discounted member rate. We also encourage you to make FireFox or Chrome your web browser, rather than Internet Explorer - click here to read an article about the security risks of using IE, especially on Windows XP as this will not be fixed by Microsoft. Please also whitelist to ensure you receive emails from MPCA.

MPCA Welcomes New Communications Program Coordinator

MPCA is pleased to announce that Lisa Hoffer is joining the staff as the new Communications Program Coordinator. Lisa will begin transitioning into this position on May 8, and assist with MPCA communications, graphic design, and maintaining the MPCA website. Click here for a complete list of MPCA staff.

Upcoming Regional Outreach & Enrollment In-person Training & Networking Meetings Announced
MPCA invites Michigan Health Center outreach and enrollment staff members to attend the in-person training and networking meeting that is being held in their region: Southeast Region, May 30, Detroit; Southwest Region, June 3, Kalamazoo; North Region, June 6, Houghton Lake. Featured topics include MiBridges system updates, consumer education, health insurance renewal, and future outreach and enrollment strategies. There is no registration fee, but advance registration is required as space at each training is limited, so register TODAY.

Registration Opening Soon for In-person Training for Michigan Health Center Administrative and Executive Assistants
Michigan Health Center administrative and executive assistants, save the date to attend a one-day training designed just for you on June 3, 2014, at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City, Michigan. The interactive agenda will include topics such as, "What Makes a Dynamic Administrative Assistant" and, “How to Manage Your Boss and Your Duties at the Same Time.” Other discussions will focus on how you can help increase awareness of and promote your Health Center (everyone has a role in communications and marketing); best practices for interacting with board members, and other board governance topics; and much more. We hope you can join us! Watch for more information and registration to open soon at

MPCA Fund Development Network Seeks Input from Health Center Executives
The newly formed Fund Development Network (an MPCA-hosted Peer Communication Network) is in the process of surveying Michigan Health Center executives on the status of fund development activities at their respective Health Centers. A survey will be distributed through Survey Monkey to the CEO or Executive Director at each Michigan FQHC and FQHC 'Look-Alike' beginning May 2, 2014. The results will be used to provide a baseline analysis of Michigan Health Centers' technical assistance needs related to fund development. Each Michigan Health Center executive (or appropriate staff member) is asked to complete the 10-minute survey by May 16, 2014. If you are interested in joining the Fund Development Network or have any questions, please contact Neal Colburn at

More News from MPCA


Training Medical Physicians to Provide Mental Health Care (webinar 2 in a 2-part behavioral health series)
May 6, 2014, 3-4 pm ET

Successfully Securing & Managing Grants
May 6, 2014, 8 am-4:30 pm ET
Crowne Plaza Lansing West, Lansing, MI

When to Consider Borrowing (webinar)
May 7, 2014, 1-2 pm ET

Introduction to the Network Formation Exploratory & Strategic Mapping Process
May 13, 2014, 12-12:45 pm ET

Membership & Governance Board Committee Conference Call
May 15, 2014

Health Center Board Member Training
May 16-17, 2014
The H Hotel, Midland, MI

Health Policy Committee Conference Call
May 19, 2014

2014 Network Formation Kickoff Event
May 20, 2014, 12-4 pm ET
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing, MI

Triple Play: Addressing Multiple Initiatives, Data & Sustainability
May 21, 2014
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing, MI

Dental Meaningful Use: It's Not Too Late (webinar)
May 23, 2014, 12-1:30 pm ET

Save the Date: Recruitment & Retention Conference
June 12, 2014, 8 am-4 pm ET
The Henry Center at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Save the Date: 2014 MPCA Annual Conference "Strength in Numbers"
August 3-5, 2014
Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville, 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.


Healthy Michigan Plan Enrollment Over 158,600

As of April 28th, 158,654 beneficiaries are enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan, Michigan's expanded Medicaid program. Enrollment statistics are now updated every Monday at 3 pm and posted on the MDCH website. If your Health Center would like to help spread the word about the #HealthyMichiganPlan via Facebook and/or Twitter, please email to request tools and resources.

MDCH Issues Draft Policy for Introduction of Health Homes in Selected Counties

The Medical Services Administration of the Michigan Department of Community Health recently issued a proposed policy for introducing Medicaid Health Homes in Grand Traverse, Manistee, and Washtenaw Counties. Click here to read the proposed policy, and if you would like to have your comments included in MPCA's response, please email Brittany Beard at by May 19, 2014.

Michigan House Appropriations Committee Passes State Loan Repayment Bill

This week the Michigan House Appropriations Committee voted out Senate Bill 648, legislation introduced by Senator John Moolenaar and previously passed by the Michigan Senate, which revises the Public Health Code regarding the Michigan Essential Health Provider program (also known as the State Loan Repayment Program, or SLRP). SB 648 adds dentists to the list of professions allowed to participate in the program; increases the maximum annual state loan repayment amount from $25,000 to $40,000; removes the 4-year maximum; establishes a $200,000 per participant ceiling for total payment; and limits provider specialties to general practice, family practice, obstetrics, pediatrics, and internal medicine. The Senate Appropriations Committee, which Senator Moolenaar chairs, has included an increased appropriation of $500,000 for the program in its version of the Fiscal Year 2015 budget. SB 648 now heads to the full House for consideration.

Michigan Senate Appropriations Committee Holds Hearing on HICA "Fix"

Also this week, the Appropriations Committee of the Michigan Senate heard testimony on two bills (Senate Bill 893 and Senate Bill 913) introduced by Senator Roger Kahn to permanently fix the budget shortfall created by the Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA). SB 893 would restore the previously eliminated “provider tax” (also called a quality assurance assessment program, or QAAP) on Medicaid HMOs, and reduce the dependence on HICA. The HICA never generated the expected revenue, resulting in an approximate $110 million shortfall in the FY 2014 and FY 2015 Michigan Department of Community Health budgets. Although both houses have fixed the problem for FY 2014, a longer term solution is being sought. Senate Bill 931 would reduce the HICA tax from 1% to .75%, something both the insurance and business communities like as they have never supported HICA and would prefer it be eliminated and replaced with revenue from the QAAP on Medicaid HMOs once again. The QAAP has support from the Michigan Association of Health Plans. While no vote is planned in the near future, we will be watching the legislation closely and are most hopeful that a permanent solution is forthcoming.

Michigan House Regulatory Committee Hears Testimony on Tobacco Legislation
The Michigan House Committee on Regulatory Reform heard testimony this week on legislation (House Bill 5393) that would amend the Youth Tobacco Act by changing the definition of “tobacco product” to include products such as electronic cigarettes or vaporized nicotine. The purpose of this bill is to ensure that children under the age of 18 are prohibited from purchasing such products. The tobacco lobby is alive and well, and there does not seem to be support from the committee for this legislation. Opponents of the bill assert that the evidence of harm from such products is seen to be inconclusive, and there does not seem to be an appetite for more government regulation at the state level. It is felt that the FDA should be the authority on this matter. MPCA has signed in support of this bill, along with many partner organizations.

Opportunity to Learn About the State Innovation Model
Michigan has submitted the final Blueprint for Health Innovation to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. The Blueprint is Michigan’s final product of the State Innovation Model (SIM) planning process that has taken place over the last year, and provides a framework for moving forward into the next phase of preparing the SIM test grant application. Health care providers and leaders with an interest in learning more about Michigan’s SIM initiative are invited to an interactive webinar on May 7, 2014, 3-4:30 pm ET.

CMS Finalizes Medicare PPS for FQHCs
Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Medicare Prospective Payment System (PPS) final rule (with comment period for some sections) in the Federal Register. The new payment system will be implemented beginning on October 1, 2014, and FQHCs will be transitioned into the new PPS throughout 2015. Read more, including MPCA's analysis and a response statement by the National Association of Community Health Centers.

BPHC Hosting FTCA Application Office Hours Webcast Series
Health Centers submitting Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) redeeming or initial deeming applications are strongly encouraged to attend webcasts that the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) is hosting on May 8 and May 22. Each webcast is comprised of frequently asked questions and opportunities to ask questions, and includes a special guest who will cover an important topic related to the FTCA. You may mail questions you would like discussed during office hours to Applications are due by May 23, 2014. Read more

More State & National News


Evidence-Based Breastfeeding: What Clinicians Need to Know
May 6, 2014
Emmet County Fairgrounds, Community Building, Petoskey, MI
Host: McLaren Northern Michigan, McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation, the S.T. Kutcipal Fund

Human Resources Webinar Series
May 7, May 14, May 28, June 4, 2014
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

10th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference
May 7-8, 2014
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Host: Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources

2014 Health Center Financial/Operations Management Seminar - Level III Advanced
May 7-8, 2014
Philadelphia, PA
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Great Lakes Medical/Dental Summit 2014
May 9-10, 2014
Indianapolis, IN
Host: Primary Care Associations from Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio, DentaQuest Foundation

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.

Upcoming Health Observances


More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center


Minority AIDS Initiative Continuum of Care Pilot - Integration of HIV Prevention and Medical Care into Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Programs for Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations at High Risk for Behavioral Health Disorders and HIV
Funder: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
Due: June 4, 2014

Economic Studies of Vaccines & Immunization Policies, Programs, and Practices for Adults
Funder: Centers for Disease Control & Prevent
Due: June 5, 2014

Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health: Improving Maternal Health & Safety
Funder: Health Resources & Services Administration
Due: June 16, 2014

Disseminating & Implementing Evidence from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research in Clinical Practice Using Mobile Health Technology
Funder: Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
Letter of Intent Due: June 20, 2014
Application Due: August 4, 2014

NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Due: July 29, 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.MPCA's 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% funded by federal dollars at a current annual level of $1,069,988.00.

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