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May 5, 2015
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Spring Quality Improvement Director’s Network Conference a Grand Success

On April 16, 2015, Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) hosted a conference titled Developing and Implementing the Health Center’s Quality Improvement Program, Part 1 and II. In attendance were 65 Quality Improvement (QI) professionals from 40 Health Centers and partner organizations who convened to network, share best practices, and brainstorm avenues to overcome challenges in the areas of clinical, financial, and regulatory affairs related to their QI planning initiatives.The two-part presentation was led by Candace Chitty, founder of Quality First Healthcare Consulting, Inc., who tied together quality improvement program development, implementation, and documentation. Chitty provided samples of policy documents and templates for maintaining current clinical and quality management policies and procedures. She also outlined systems to track and monitor ongoing and meaningful QI activities across Health Centers. Small-group activities allowed for Health Center representatives to simulate trouble-shooting and problem-solving to assure positive system-wide performance outcomes.

If you and/or a member of your organization are interested in additional information or connecting with MPCA's QI Director’s Network, please contact Simmi Isaac, Clinical Quality Program Specialist at

Michigan Primary Care Association to Host ICD-10 Boot Camp

ICD-10 transition date is October 1, 2015. Are you ready? The transition to ICD-10 is required for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPPA). 

To help you prepare 
for the transition, the Michigan Primary Care Association is hosting a two-day ICD-10 Boot Camp on July 7 and July 8 in Lansing. The boot camp, presented by PGM, will feature sessions on coding/documentation and implementation strategies. Save the date - registration will be open soon! 

In the meantime, utilize the resources listed below for up-to-date ICD-10 news from payers.

Five Facts about ICD-10Aetna ICD-10 ReadinessMedicaid ICD-10 ResourcesMedicaid ListservUnited Health Care ReadinessBlue Complete ICD-10 Testing/Educational Opportunities, and Meridian ICD-10 Update.


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2015 Health Center Board Member Training
May 12, 2015, 8:30 am - 4:45 pm ET
The H Hotel, Midland, MI

Webinar: Fund Development Networking and Sharing of Resources
May 21, 2015, 11 am - 12 pm ET

Recruitment & Retention Conference
June 9, 2015, 8:30 am - 4 pm ET
The James B. Henry Center, Lansing, MI

Webinar: Overview of Types of Fundraising Campaigns
June 11, 2015, 2:30 - 3:30 pm ET

MPCA Finance & Billing Joint Network Meeting
June 15, 2015, 8:30 am - 4:45 pm ET
Crowne Plaza Lansing West, Lansing, MI

Save the Date: 2015 MPCA Annual Conference
August 30 - September 1, 2015
Grand Traverse Resort, Traverse City, MI


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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.



National Association of Community Health Centers Calls for Nominations

Each year at the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Annual House of Delegates Meeting, membership elects officers of the Association. 

For the 2015 House of Delegates Election, candidates are being sought for Chair-Elect, Speaker of the House, and Vice-Speaker of the House. In addition, candidates are being sought for one Health Center Board Member Representative and one Clinician Representative to serve on the NACHC Board of Directors. All positions are two-year terms and nominations are due by May 15, 2015. 

If you have any questions about the nominations procedure or elections process, Darline DeMott at the NACHC office is available at 301.347.0400 x 2014. 

Mental Health - Raise Awareness & Decrease Costs

One in five American adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year and 50 percent of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life. Half of those people will develop conditions by age 14.

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and Mental Health America has developed a toolkit to help with education and outreach. The earlier mental health problems are diagnosed and treated, the better the results and the lower the costs. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released a statistical brief on mental health expenditures among non-institutionalized adults ages 18 - 64. The data collection occurred between 2009 - 2011.

Highlights from the report include:

  • $27.5 million - the annual average of health care expenses for adults with mental health disorders.
  • $48.2 billion - the annual average of direct spending to treat mental health disorders. Forty five percent or $21.7 billion was spent on prescriptions.
  • $1,751 - the annual average mental health-related expenses per person.
  • Private insurance paid for approximately one-third of expenditures for treatment of mental health disorders. Medicaid covered 24.2 percent, out-of-pocket expenses constituted 16.7 percent, and Medicare paid for 14.3 percent. The remaining expenditures were covered through veteran’s benefits, TRICARE, Workers’ Compensation, government aid, and private and public insurance.

The Statistical Brief # 454: Expenditures for Mental Health among Adults, Ages 18 - 64, 2009 - 2011: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population can be read here.

Human Trafficking Legislation Passed By Senate May Draw from Health Center Fund

On April 22, 2015, the Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 178, entitled "The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015." The legislation is intended to improve services for victims of human trafficking and includes creation of a Domestic Trafficking Victims’ Fund. During the final stages of negotiating the Bill, Senate leaders changed the funding mechanism used to pay for the Victims' Fund. As passed, the language states that the Victims' Fund will be drawn from two sources: fines paid by sex traffickers as well as a match paid from the Health Centers Fund.

The Health Centers Fund is the main source of federal support for Health Centers, which provides high quality and affordable primary and preventive care to more than 23 million patients across the country, including over 600,000 Michigan residents. On April 16, 2015, President Obama signed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) into law to extend the Health Centers Fund for an additional two years. MACRA passed both Houses of Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support.

In a statement released by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), Dan Hawkins, Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Research, said “Health Centers agree with Senate leaders that victims of human trafficking should receive the health care and other services they need.” He further agreed, “It makes sense that those who perpetrate these crimes should pay to support services and care to their victims.”

As Hawkins cautioned, however, “paying for important services for trafficking victims by reducing support to the low-income, medically underserved patients who rely on Health Centers for their care is simply bad policy. It is robbing Peter to pay Paul, and it is harmful to the health of the patients and communities health centers serve." Hawkins assert that "this isn’t a choice Congress needs to make" and instead urges Congressional leaders to fully fund both of these critical investments. The complete statement from NACHC can be read here. MPCA will continue to keep you posted.

American Dental Association Releases Update on Oral Health Education and Outreach

On May 1, 2015, the American Dental Association released its second year report on the progress of its community-based movement to improve the nation's oral health. Action for Dental Health focuses on three distinct goals: provide care now to people who suffer from untreated dental disease, strengthen and expand the public/private safety net, and bring disease prevention and education into communities.

Community water fluoridation can help with disease prevention. On April 20, 2015, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) released the final 
Public Health Service recommendation for the optimal fluoride level to prevent tooth decay - 0.7 milligrams per liter of water.

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease for children and adults and it is preventable. New materials developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are available in both Spanish and English to help educate patients about the importance of oral health.

Revised APRN Bill Reported To Senate By Health Policy Committee

After several months of debate and testimony, the Senate Health Policy Committee unanimously voted on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, to report Senate Bill 68 (SB 68) relating to licensure of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) to the full Senate. The version of the Bill recommended by the Committee is a twice-revised version of the Bill originally introduced by Senator Mike Shirkey in January. 

The reported Bill recognizes APRNs in Michigan’s Public Health Code, clarifies their scope of practice, and takes significant steps towards increasing the ability of APRN to operate to the full extent of their training. Dr. Brenda Coughlin, CEO at Health Delivery Inc., and Kim Sibilsky, CEO at Michigan Primary Care Association, testified in support of SB 68 during Committee meetings on March 3, 2015, and March 10, 2015, respectively, explaining that the Bill presents an important opportunity to increase access to high quality primary care in Health Professional Shortage Areas. 

The next step in the legislative process is for the full Senate to vote on SB 68. Click here to find contact information for your state senator and please call or email to request their support of SB 68! 

Help Increase Awareness of Hepatitis and National Testing Day

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. Estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates about 3 million people in the U.S. are living with chronic Hepatitis C. The CDC also estimates most people are unaware of their infection, increasing the opportunity for transmission of the virus and for curative treatment. Both the CDC and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend Hepatitis C screening for all people born between 1945 and 1965, regardless of any risk factors.

National Hepatitis Testing Day is May 19. Health care providers offering Hepatitis C testing are encouraged to register their testing event to help build testing resources. Register your event here. To help raise awareness of Hepatitis C, a toolkit has been developed with posters, public service announcement scripts, banners, buttons, and more.

Click here to learn more about Hepatitis Awareness Month. To learn more about the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan and what the Department of Health and Human Services is doing about viral hepatitis, visit

Graduate Medical Education Funding Concerns Remain as Budget Bills Move Through Legislature 

Last week, the Michigan House of Representatives passed its version of the general omnibus state budget, House Bill 4102, by a vote of 59-51, including provisions to cut general fund monies in Graduate Medical Education (GME) and concurs with the Governor’s executive budget recommendation to fund GME through increases in provider tax. 

The Senate Appropriations Committee also reported its budget bill, Senate Bill 118, to the full chamber last week. The Senate version of the bill rejects the executive budget’s proposed increase in the provider tax and restores FY 2014-15 Executive Order cuts to GME. Final action on the FY 2016 budget is not expected until June. 

Please stay tuned for more updates as to how the budget proposals are reconciled in the coming weeks.


More State & National News



Webinar: 2015 Uniform Data System (UDS) Changes
May 6, 2015, 2:30 - 4:30 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care

Coffee & Controversy: Do I Really Need That Antibiotic or Test?
May 7, 2015, 7:30 - 9:30 am ET
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Detroit, MI
Host: Greater Detroit Area Health Council

Population Healthcare Management: Strategies That Work
May 7, 2015, 7:30 - 9:30 am ET
MGM Grand Detroit, Detroit, MI
Host: Modern Healthcare

Webinar: The 2014 Quality and Disparities Report and the National Quality Strategy: Working Together to Improve Health Care
May 11, 2015, 2 pm ET
Host: National Quality Strategy

Webinar: National Health Center Week 2015 Kick-Off
May 12, 2015, 2 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Webinar: What's Trending - Enforcement Actions & HIPAA Audits
May 12, 2015, 3 pm ET
Host: Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell

20th Annual Medical Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect: What Medical Professionals Need to Know to Keep Children Safe
May 13 - 14, 2015
Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth, MI
Hosts: Michigan Department of Human Services Medical Advisory Committee, in cooperation with Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

2015 Michigan Health Policy Forum: Chutes & Ladders - The Game of Healthcare Coverage
May 19, 2015, 1 - 4 pm, ET
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing, MI
Host: Michigan State University

2015 Nursing Leadership Summit
September 10 - 11, 2015
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Detroit - Dearborn, MI

More upcoming State & National events




More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center



2015 Give Kids a Smile Community Leadership Development Institute
Funder: American Dental Association
Due: May 11, 2015

Community Grant Program

Funder: March of Dimes - Michigan Chapter
Letter of Intent Due: June 1, 2015
Due: August 21, 2015

Rural Quality Improvement Technical Assistance Cooperative Grant
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: June 22, 2015

Telehealth Focused Rural Health Research Center Cooperative Agreement Grant
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: June 29, 2015

Innovations for Healthy Living - Improving Population Health and Eliminating Health Disparities
 (R43)/(R44) & (R41/42)
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Due: July 23, 2015

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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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