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September 3, 2014
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Take Action: Please Ask Senator Levin & Your U.S. Representative to Sign Health Center Funding Cliff Letter

Bipartisan "Dear Colleague" letters are circulating in the U.S. House and Senate which support Health Centers and call on Congressional leadership to work toward a solution to the looming Health Center funding cliff. Thank you to Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan for co-leading the Senate letter, and to Congressman Sander Levin for signing the House letter. Please click here to contact Senator Carl Levin and your U.S. Representative today to ask them to sign the Health Center funding cliff letter that is circulating in their chamber. Click here to stay up-to-date on the most current co-signers of each letter.



MPCA Adopts New Board Structure

As of the August 2014 convening of the MPCA Board of Directors, the board is now configured under a regional model based upon the distribution of MPCA's Michigan Health Center members in eight regions of the state (as opposed to the historical model of every Active Member having a seat on the Board of Directors). Throughout 2013, MPCA explored various options for restructuring the Board of Directors to be more dynamic and adaptable. After reviewing bylaws from other associations and Primary Care Associations, MPCA's Membership and Governance Committee and Board of Directors determined that MPCA would move to a regional model with an 11-member board comprised of eight executive directors from member Health Centers who serve as regional board representatives, one board member representing the Health Center Board Member Committee, one board member representing the Clinical Services Committee, and one board member representing the Finance Officers Network. The Executive Committee consists of board president, president-elect, treasurer, secretary, and the Health Center Board Member Committee chair. MPCA's Chief Executive Officer serves on the Board and Executive Committee as an ex officio member.


More Details About Upcoming Comprehensive Care Conference Announced, Registration Open

Some of the breakout session topics to be presented during the upcoming "2014 Putting the Pieces Together for Comprehensive Care" conference on October 15 in Kalamazoo have been posted on the conference website at We encourage you to check them out and register today for this day-long conference intended to include all disciplines within a Health Center and other community safety net providers. MPCA welcomes all organizations to attend and is providing a comprehensive agenda full of educational and networking opportunities—including poster presentations—for oral health providers, behavioral health professionals, pharmacy staff, and primary care clinicians. #PutPieces2gether14


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Centering Model of Care & Learning Community Pre-application Webinar
September 9, 2014, 10-11 am ET

Implementation of Developmental Screenings in FQHCs
September 11, 2014, 9:30 am-2 pm ET
MPCA, Lansing, MI

Assessment Tools & Evaluation Processes for Health Center Boards (webinar)
September 16, 2014, 10-11 am ET


Patient Portal Success: A Practice Transformation Tool (webinar)
September 17, 2014, 2-3 pm ET

Putting the Pieces Together for Comprehensive Care Conference
October 15, 2014
Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites, Kalamazoo, MI
Sponsor & Exhibitor opportunities available until September 15

Save the Date: Outreach & Enrollment Training & Network Event
October 23, 2014
Best Western Plus Lansing, Lansing, MI
Registration opening soon


Save the Date: 340B Pharmacy Network Fall Meeting
November 20, 2014, 9 am-3 pm ET
MPCA, Lansing, 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.



MDCH Director Haveman Steps Down

On August 28, Governor Rick Snyder announced that he accepted the resignation of Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) Director Jim Haveman, who is stepping down effective September 12 to focus on his health. Deputy Director Nick Lyon has been appointed as the next director. "We have so greatly enjoyed the partnership that has developed between Director Haveman and Michigan’s Health Centers. We will miss him, but look forward to working closely with Director Lyon as Michigan continues to strive to meet and exceed the goals set for us all by Governor Snyder," said Kim Sibilsky, CEO, MPCA. “Jim was the right person, in the right job, at the right time” said Doug Paterson, Director of State Policy, MPCA. “I truly believe that he was a major factor in the passage of the Healthy Michigan Plan (Michigan’s Medicaid expansion). We will be forever grateful for all he did to advance the mission of MPCA and Michigan Health Centers increasing access to all.”


HRSA Issues Updated Process for Change in Scope Submission, Review, and Approval Timelines

The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) has issued Program Assistance Letter (PAL) 2014-10 to update existing Health Center Program Change in Scope (CIS) processes and clarify how timelines for CIS submission and review align with existing scope policies. This PAL applies to Health Center Program grantees and FQHC Look-Alikes. 


HHS Awards Funding to Support Patient Centered Medical Homes in Health Centers

Last week, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced over $35 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support Patient Centered Medical Homes in 147 Health Centers nationwide, including seven Michigan Health Centers, through new construction and facility renovations. Congratulations to Baldwin Family Health Care, Community Health & Social Services (CHASS) Center, Health Delivery Inc., Ingham Community Health Centers, InterCare Community Health Network, MidMichigan Community Health Services, and The Wellness Plan Medical Centers. Read more

CMS Finalizes EHR Meaningful Use Rule, Allowing for Flexibility

On August 29, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule allowing hospitals and eligible professionals more flexibility in how they meet meaningful use requirements for the electronic health record incentive program. If you would like more information or additional assistance from Michigan Quality Improvement Network (MQIN) staff, please contact Faiyaz Syed, Clinical Process Improvement Specialist at MPCA.


MDCH Announces Rate Increases for Obstetrical Services

The fiscal year 2015 state budget, which goes into effect October 1, 2014, includes increased Medicaid reimbursement rates for obstetrical services to 95% of Medicare rates. The Michigan Department of Community Health's (MDCH) Medical Services Administration issued bulletin 14-32 on August 28, listing the obstetrical services for which the rate increase will be implemented on and after October 1, 2014.


Healthy Kids Dental Contract Expansion Effective October 1

Effective October 1, 2014, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) will expand the Healthy Kids Dental contract with Delta Dental Plan of Michigan to administer the Healthy Kids Dental Benefit in Kalamazoo and Macomb counties. Medical Services Administration bulletin 14-33, distributed to dentists and dental clinics on August 28, provides information regarding participation, policies, procedures, and reimbursement. 


New Regulations on HCPs Effective October 6

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a final rule that, effective October 6, 2014, hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) will be reclassified as schedule II under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Under the CSA, every controlled substance is classified into one of five schedules based on its potential for abuse, currently accepted medical use in treatment in the U.S., and the degree of dependence the drug or other substance may cause. As a result of this new classification, DEA registrants (e.g. physicians, pharmacies, distributors) will be required to adhere to more stringent security and record keeping requirements with respect to HCPs. Click here for a fact sheet that contains a general summary of the effects of the rescheduling.   


Call for Nominations: 2014 Million Hearts® Blood Pressure Control Champions

Clinicians, practices, and health systems that provide primary care and have achieved hypertension control rates greater than 70% are eligible to enter for the Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge. This is a national initiative of partners from across the public and private sector, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 2012 and 2013, Million Hearts® recognized Hypertension Control Champions for their success in achieving hypertension control among their patient populations with high blood pressure, and this year they want to recognize even more champions. The Challenge is open through October 10, 2014. Click here for more information and to enter. 


More State & National News




Introduction to the UDS Mapper (webinar)
September 3, 2014, 2-3 pm ET
Host: HRSA, John Snow Inc., Robert Graham Center


Michigan Health Endowment Fund Listening Tour Session
September 4, 2014, 10 am-12 pm ET
Northern Michigan University (Bottum University Center, Erie Room), Marquette, MI
Host: Michigan Health Endowment Fund

Healthy Safety Net 2014: A Blues Symposium
September 8, 2014
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing, MI
Host: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan


Prevention & Population Health Education Across the Health Professions: A Healthy People 2020 Spotlight on Health (webinar)
September 9, 2014, 1-2:30 pm ET
Host: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services


Improving HPV Vaccination Rates in Michigan: A Call to Action (webinar)
September 10, 2014, 11 am-12 pm ET
Host: Michigan Department of Community Health, Michigan Cancer Consortium


Health Center Outreach & Enrollment Grantee Call
September 10, 2014, 3-4:30 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care


Public Forum #5: Michigan's Integrated Care Demonstration
September 11, 2014, 10 am-12 pm
Northern Michigan University (Bottum University Center, Great Lakes Rooms)
Marquette, MI
250 conference call lines available on first come first served basis
Host: Michigan Department of Community Health


CHC Clinical Leaders Training Institute
September 12-13, 2014
Springfield, IL
Host: Illinois Primary Health Care Association


Michigan Health Endowment Fund Listening Tour Session
September 15, 2014, 1-3 pm ET
Northwood University (Groswold Communications Center, Dining Hall), Midland, MI
Host: Michigan Health Endowment Fund


3rd Annual Northern Michigan Interprofessional Conference
September 26-27, 2014
Treetops Resort, Gaylord, MI
Host: Michigan Health Council


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


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School-Based and School-Linked Child & Adolescent Health Centers RFP
Funder: Michigan Department of Education
Required Intent to Apply Form Due: September 15, 2014
Proposal Due: October 3, 2014


Health Innovation Grants
Funder: Michigan Department of Community Health
Due: September 22, 2014


Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP)
Funder: Health Resources & Services Administration
Due: October 14, 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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