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July 28, 2016
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MPCA Receives $1.125 Million HHS Grant to Support Health Center Controlled Network Information Technology

The Michigan Primary Care Association has received a $1.125 million Health and Human Service grant for its 37-member Health Center Controlled Network to support health information technology.

“These funds will allow us to continue to collaborate with our Health Centers to enhance quality patient care through improved health information technology systems,” said Lynda Meade, director of the Michigan Quality Improvement Network, Michigan’s HCCN.  

The HCCN supports the federal health information technology plan to implement certified health record technology; integrate data collection, analysis and reporting; meet the requirements of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic incentive program; and improve clinical and operational quality, reduce disparities and improve population health.

“To receive HHS funding for the second year demonstrates the effective collaboration between MPCA and the Health Centers participating in the network. We are well on our way to utilizing data and technology in a way that will have a positive impact on patient care throughout the state,” said Loretta V. Bush, MPCA Chief Executive Officer. 


Register Today for the 2016 MPCA Annual Conference 


Please join us at the 2016 Michigan Primary Care Association Annual Conference taking place August 14 - 16, 2016, at the beautiful Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Acme, Michigan. This year’s conference theme is “Enriching Patient Care in an Era of Emergencies & Epidemics.”

The MPCA Annual Conference brings together Michigan Health Center staff (executive leadership, medical, dental, and behavioral health providers; finance and operations officers; clinical directors) and board members to learn from each other and expert faculty on clinical, finance, operations, governance, and administrative topics. It is an opportunity to refuel, engage, and return home with new ideas, connections, resources, tools, and approaches to strengthen your Health Center's programs, services, and operations.

You can find more information about MPCA's Annual Conference and registration here, including the following:  

• Schedule of Events
• Online conference registration (register by August 3 to receive the early bird rate) 
• Reserving a room at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa 
• Information on sponsoring, exhibiting, or advertising during the annual event.


Annual All Members Meeting August 14

The Michigan Primary Care Association Annual All Members Meeting is scheduled for August 14 at 4:30 pm at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. Speakers include Ricardo Guzman, current chair of the National Association of Community Health Centers, Loretta V. Bush, MPCA Chief Executive Officer and Joanne Sheldon, MPCA Chief Operating Officer. Don't miss the opportunity for an update on current issues and to network with your colleagues. 

Centering® Model of Care and Learning Community Cohort Accepting Applications; Due August 15

The Michigan Primary Care Association clinical staff, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services and Centering Healthcare Institute have collaborated once again to provide support for start-up costs and implementation of a second Michigan Health Center Learning Community cohort for the Centering® Model of Care. 

The Centering® Model of Care is a model of group health care which incorporates three major components: assessment, education, and support. Patients meet with their care provider and other group participants for an extended period of time, usually 90-120 minutes, at regularly scheduled visits over the course of their care. Centering promotes greater patient engagement, personal empowerment, and community-building. 

Michigan Health Centers are encouraged to apply and will be selected based upon their readiness for transformation and by the populations/services of focus. Up to two Health Centers will be selected into the competitive program and will receive resources valued up to $46,000. Applications are due to MPCA by August 15, 2016, and Health Centers will be notified of awards by the following week. MPCA will assist with the pre-implementation process in September 2016.

Interested applicants are encouraged to review the pre-application webinar for an overview of the project's scope, eligibility requirements, and application.

If you would like to discuss or have questions about this opportunity, please contact Jaspreet Malhotra.


National Health Center Week Coming Up 



National Health Center Week, Celebrating America's Health Centers: Innovators in Community Health, will be August 7 to August 13 and events throughout Michigan are scheduled to celebrate the importance of Health Centers in their communities.


Be sure to post your event on the National Association of of Community Health Centers event page. Also, please forward your event activities to the MPCA's Ryan Grinnell-Ackerman

  • For more information on NHCW including events, the events being hosted and the stories being shared, click here.
  • For social media ideas including tweets, photos and suggested posts, clickhere

Save the Date & Call for Presenters: 2016 Fall Clinical Conference Oct. 19

The 2016 Michigan Primary Care Association Fall Clinical Conference is scheduled for October 19, 2016 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing, Michigan. MPCA is looking for presenters to speak at the fall conference. 

MPCA and its partners are developing a comprehensive agenda complete with educational and networking opportunities for all health professionals, with an emphasis on primary care, substance use disorder and behavioral health providers. 

To submit an application and obtain additional details, click here. Deadline to submit a presentation is August 5, 2016.

If you have any questions or are interested in sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities, please contact the MPCA's Sara Koziel, Associate Director,Integrated Health at



2016 MPCA Annual Conference
August 14 - August 16, 2016
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Acme, Michigan

Health Center Board Member Webinar
August 3, 2016, 10 am - 11 am, ET
Host:  Michigan Primary Care Association 

Reaching and Assisting LGBT Communities Webinar
August 8, 2016, 11 am - 12 pm, ET
Host:  Out2Enroll 

Enabling Services Annual Forum:  Connecting Consumers to Care and Community
October 3, 2016, Crown Plaza, Lansing
Host:  Michigan Primary Care Association 
Registration will open soon at 

More MPCA-hosted events



More job openings

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.


New Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Data

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services has released an updated Marketplace effectuated enrollment snapshot, providing point-in-time enrollment estimates. As of March 31, 2016, 11.1 million consumers had effectuated coverage and paid their premiums. This is an increase of approximately 1 million consumers from this time last year. Moving forward, CMS will report effectuated enrollment data semi-annually.

The snapshot provided state level enrollment estimates in addition to national total enrollment estimates. In Michigan, 313,123 consumers were enrolled in Marketplace coverage as of March 31. Of those consumers, 275,080 are receiving financial assistance through advance premium tax credits, and 164,725 are receiving cost sharing reductions to make their coverage more affordable! As of July 11, 2016, 593,953 beneficiaries were enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan. Certified enrollment staff at Michigan Health Centers were integral in answering questions and helping community residents enroll and renew Marketplace coverage as well as Medicaid, MI Child, and Healthy Michigan Plan coverage. Health Center O/E staff enrolled nearly 8,000 Michiganders in coverage between January and March 2016.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) provides weekly updates on Medicaid enrollment numbers. You can also find enrollment numbers and data on the remaining uninsured in our quarterly Health Coverage Enrollment Report

Local Health Department Partnership Opportunities with Dental Homes

When Gov. Snyder signed the Fiscal Year 2017 budget in June, an appropriation of $1.55 million was included to be distributed to local health departments that partner with qualified, nonprofit dental service providers to provide dental homes for seniors, children, and adults enrolled in Medicaid, and low-income uninsured.

MPCA encourages all Health Centers interested in collaborating on this one-time funding opportunity to begin discussions with their local health departments about how funds may be used to improve access to oral health care in their communities. Watch for details about how Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will administer the funds.

Providers must demonstrate effective processes for health insurance enrollment and charging patients on a sliding scale based on the patient’s ability to pay. With the existing outreach and enrollment infrastructure and oral health provider capacity, MPCA views Michigan Health Centers as well positioned to partner with their local health departments on this initiative.

Upcoming Auto-Health Professional Shortage Area Changes

Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Health Workforce has announced important changes to Auto-HPSA Scoring effective July 2017 that could impact Health Centers’ scores.  Auto-HPSAs include any facility that is automatically designated as a HPSA, including Federally Qualified Health Centers and look-alikes, and rural health clinics. In an effort to increase transparency in the Auto-HPSA scoring process, BHW has proposed the following changes to the system:

  • Separate scores will be calculated for each Health Center site. Currently, each Health Center organization has a single auto-HPSA score that covers all sites.
  • Health Centers will no longer be permitted to use their UDS data to indicate the percentage of population that is below 100% FPL; rather, BHW will use the census data on poverty for those census tracts that lie within a 30-minute travel time of the site.  The percentage of population below poverty represents 20 percent of the total HPSA scores (a maximum of 5 points out of 25).

An initial impact analysis will be conducted by BHW in January 2017, which will not affect any Auto-HPSA scores at this time. The impact analysis will look at the overall score changes that will occur once the system is implemented. This will be done by recalculating the scoring criteria for each site which include the following:

  • Population-to-Primary-Care Physician Ratio
  • Infant Mortality Rates/Low Birth Weight Rates
  • Poverty Rates
  • Travel Time/Distance to nearest Available Source of Care

MPCA is working with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Primary Care Office to update Michigan Health Centers’ provider information to ensure the most accurate information is used when the automatic recalculation occurs in July 2017.  A questionnaire has been developed that will assist MPCA in identifying the Population-to-Provider ratio for each site to determine auto-HPSA scores (this includes Primary Care Physicians, Dentists, and Psychiatrists). 

The questionnaire will be sent to a member of the executive administrative staff for each organization in the near future from Loretta V. Bush, MPCA’s Chief Executive Officer.  Any questions regarding the upcoming changes can be directed to Joe Tran at  

Medicare Cost Report Training Opportunity

During the month of August, the National Association of Community Health Centers is offering a four part webinar series: The New Medicare FQHC Cost Report (Form CMS-224-14 )and Other Medicare FQHC Reimbursement Issues. Webinar participants will receive an overview of the new Medicare FQHC cost report to gain an understanding of the overarching changes from the previous version of the Medicare FQHC cost report, walkthroughs of the individual cost report worksheets, and more. For registration information, please visit MPCA’s Billing and Finance webpage or contact Julie Tatko.






Healthy Safety Net 2016:  A Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan Symposium 
September 8, 2016, 9 am - 3 pm
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing 

Webinar: BEAT IT! Becoming Empowered Africans Through Improved Treatment of Hep B and HIV/AIDS
August 12, 2016, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Department of Health & Human Services / Office of Minority Health

Save the Date: Race, Poverty and Policy - Creating an Equitable Michigan
October 10, 2016, 1 - 4:30 pm ET
Radisson Hotel, Lansing, Michigan
Host: Michigan League for Public Policy

Webinar: Autism Spectrum Disorder Best Practices in Screening, Referral, Behavioral Health Interventions
Available Through May 31, 2017

Hosts: Michigan AHEC and Wayne State University of Pediatrics

 More upcoming state & national events

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More resources in MPCA's online Education & Resource Center


American Indian/Alaska Native Early Head Start (EHS) Expansion and EHS-Child Care Partnerships
Due: August 24, 2016
Funder: Administration for Children and Families

Early Head Start (EHS) and Migrant and Seasonal EHS-Child Care Partnership Grants
Due: August 24, 2016
Funder: Administration for Children and Families

Early Head Start (EHS) and EHS-Child Care Partnership Grants
Due: August 24, 2016
Funder: Administration for Children and Families

National HIV Program: HIV/AIDS Prevention and Engagement in Care
Due: August 28, 2016
Funder: Indian Health Service

Service Area Competition
Due: August 29, 2016
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration

Comprehensive HIV Prevention Programs for Health Departments
Due: September 1, 2016
Funder: Centers for Disease Control - NCHHSTP

Continuum of Care
Due: September 14, 2016
Funder: Department of Housing and Urban Development

Wrigley Company Foundation Community Service Grant
Due: October 1, 2016
Funder: American Dental Hygientists' Association

Bureau of Primary Health Care Loan Guarantee Program

Due: October 1, 2016
Funder: Bureau of Primary Health Care

More grant opportunities




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