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MPCA eUpdate | September 8, 2015
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September 8,  2015
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Disruptive Innovation – 2015 Annual Conference Largest Conference to Date 

With over 325 participants, presenters, sponsors, and exhibitors in attendance, the 2015 Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) Annual Conference was the largest and most successful to date. The overall conference theme, Disruptive Innovation, featured sessions to challenge attendees to be disruptive, creative and innovative as healthcare moves into the future.    

On Sunday, several network meetings were held for operations, finance, Health Center board members, and the Michigan Quality Improvement Network. Steve Geiermann, DDS, Wayne Kohn, DO, and Kim Sibilsky, CEO, MPCA, led a clinical leadership forum focusing on why strong leadership is critical in the healthcare industry now and in the future and what the future of healthcare looks like. The Board of Directors held a meeting and outgoing MPCA Board President Joe Ferguson (Advantage Health Centers), transferred the gavel to incoming MPCA Board President Denise Crawford (Family Health Center, Inc.). The evening concluded with a welcome dinner and reception for Denise as she begins serving her two-year

On Monday, the opening session included a policy update from Elizabeth Kwasnik, National Association for Community Health Centers, and two Legacy of Leadership Awards were presented to Kathleen A. Stiffler, Acting Medicaid Director, Medical Services Administration, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Jackie Prokop, Director, Program Policy Division, Medical Services Administration, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Then, Bechara Choucair, M.D. provided attendees concrete examples of how disruptive innovation in public health and healthcare improved population health in Chicago. The day ended with Michigan beer and wine tasting alongside a dinner buffet outside enjoying the beautiful late summer evening in Traverse City.

On Tuesday, an award ceremony celebrating the accomplishments of Michigan Health Center staff, board members, volunteers, and partners set the tone for the day. A total of 33 awards were given out in nine separate categories. A complete list of categories and award winners will be featured in the September 15 eUpdate. The final session for the day was from Shawne Duperon, a communications and leadership speaker who reminded attendees that not all gossip is bad and how to turn the narrative around.

In addition, the conference included round table breakfast and lunch discussions, learning labs, general and breakout sessions. Topics provided a wide range of information following administrative, board, clinical and data tracks. Thank you to our presenters who provided great content for attendees to be disruptive, innovate and creative! If you were unable to attend the conference or attended another track, many of our presenters made their presentations available and we have them linked on our website.

The annual conference would not be possible without the support of our conference sponsors – AmeriHealth Caritas – VIP Care Plus (bronze), Blue Cross Complete (bronze), Community Health Ventures (silver), eClinicalWorks (gold), Fidelis SecureCare (gold), Michigan Complete Health (gold), Michigan Quality Improvement Network, Quest Diagnostics, Trinity Health, United Healthcare Community Plan, and Value in Purchasing Program – ViP (silver). Thank you for your support!

Thank you to the exhibitors who participated in the Exhibitors Showcase. A record number of exhibitors participated in the showcase highlighting their product, service and expertise to attendees as well as contributing some fantastic raffle prizes.

The participation from our sponsors, exhibitors, and planning committee is greatly appreciated. Without your support, our annual conference would not be a success. If you are interested in being a part of the 2016 MPCA Annual Conference Planning Committee, contact
Barb Lincoln, Training & Education Manager.

A recap of the conference via Twitter is available through searching #MIpca2015 (and you don’t need to be a registered Twitter user) and conference photos can be viewed on Facebook

Now Available: 2015-16 Directory Michigan Health Centers & MPCA Members

The 2015-16 MPCA Health Center and Member Directory has arrived! The first copies of the directory were given out last week during annual conference; and we have plenty to go around!

The directory is an annual publication providing a snapshot of each Michigan Health Center and includes information on site location(s), service area(s), services provided, executive staff and board leadership as well as 2014 UDS data.

If you would like to order copies, send an email to Alyssa Jones and include the following information: organization name, name of individual receiving shipment, complete shipping address (cannot be a P.O. Box), email address and the quantity requested.

The directory is also available
online and will be kept up-to-date throughout the year.

Quality Improvement Webinar – Increasing Breast Cancer Screenings

If you are a quality improvement professional at a Health Center, you’ll want to participate in the upcoming webinar scheduled for September 29 at 2 pm ET.

Sara Koziel, MPCA Clinical Specialist, will share success stories and process improvement strategies used on a project with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to increase breast cancer screenings in several Michigan Health Centers.

The quarterly webinar, hosted by MPCA, highlights various topics on clinical quality guidelines and measures, and data-driven quality improvement strategies to improve the delivery of health care and patient outcomes. 


Now Hiring – Health Center Operations Director 

Are you an experienced healthcare professional with a focus in healthcare management, finance and/or managed care? Do you have knowledge of public/private/managed care systems, reimbursement systems and health care compliance?  View the complete position summary and submit your resume for consideration.   


340B “Mega-Guidance” Published & Open for Comment

On Friday, August 28, 2015, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) published the 340B Drug Pricing Program Omnibus Guidance, also referred to as the “Mega-Guidance” on the 340B drug discount program.

The proposed guidance addresses a wide range of issues, including the definition of a patient, contract pharmacy arrangements, and audit requirements. The National Association for Community Health Centers (NACHC) is preparing a summary of the key points that will impact Federally Qualified Health Centers and their patients; the summary will be published on the NACHC website as soon as possible. In addition, both NACHC and the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) are preparing to submit formal comments to HRSA, due on Tuesday October 27.

Please email Lindsay Sailor, Clinical Specialist at MPCA, by close of business on Friday, October 9, 2015, with any suggested comments for inclusion in MPCA’s formal comments. You are also encouraged to prepare your own comments to submit to HRSA since your on-the-ground perspective is invaluable to policymakers. 


More News from MPCA



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Linkages Patient Care Team Training
September 23, 2015, 8 am - 5 pm ET
Eagle Eye Club House, Bath, MI

Webinar: Quality Improvement - Increasing Breast Cancer Screenings

September 29, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET

2015 MPCA Fall Clinical Conference
October 16, 2015, 8 am - 5 pm ET
Suburban Collection Showcase, Diamond Center, Novi, MI

Save the Date: Corporate Compliance and Affiliations Training with Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell, LLP
November 11 - 12, 2015
Ypsilanti, MI


More MPCA Events


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.



September is Infant Safe Sleep Month

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) is Michigan's leading cause of preventable infant death. Michigan currently ranks 37th among states for overall infant mortality and the state's infant mortality rate, 7.1 deaths per 1,000 live births, remains one of the highest in the nation.

To help raise awareness in SUID, Governor Rick Snyder proclaimed September as Infant Safe Sleep Month in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has resources available to assist in outreach including posters, brochures, videos, and a communications toolkit.

In addition, an Infant Safe Sleep Forum is scheduled for September 15 from 8 am to 4 pm ET at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan.

Affordable Care Act Funding for Twenty-Nine Michigan Health Centers for Quality Improvement Achievement

On August 25, 2015, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Acting Administrator Jim Macrae announced $63.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 1,153 Health Centers. The funding recognizes Health Center achievements in providing high quality, comprehensive care.

In total, 29 Michigan Health Centers received $1,402,438 in funding under the following clinical measures including Access Enhancers, Clinical Quality Improver, EHR Reporting, Health Center Quality Leader, High Value Health Center, and National Quality Leader. Read more.

Second Healthy Michigan Plan Waiver Submitted

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services submitted the second Healthy Michigan Plan waiver to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on September 1, 2015.

The waiver submission is the next step to ensure the Healthy Michigan Plan is aligned with state law and to allow for continuation of the program which currently provides health care coverage for nearly 600,000 previously uninsured residents.

State law mandates that a second waiver must be submitted by September 1, 2015, and approved by CMS by December 31, 2015. If Michigan's second waiver is not approved, the Healthy Michigan Plan will end on April 30, 2016.

MPCA is working with state and national partners to support the continuation of Healthy Michigan and will keep you posted as a collaborative strategy develops.


More State & National News




Michigan's 2015 Fall Immunization Conference
Various dates and locations throughout Michigan

Live Webcast: Step It Up! Surgeon General's Call to Action
September 9, 2015, 10 am ET

Virtual Conference: Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Risk Management
September 10, 2015, 11 am - 4 pm ET

Webinar: Increasing Consumer Use of Preventive Services Using eHealth Tools Part I
September 10, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET

Webinar: Identifying Migratory and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Status
September 10, 2015, 2:30 - 3:30 pm ET

Webinar: Maximizing Partnerships to Expand Care Coordination: Vermont's Hub & Spoke Model
September 15, 2015, 1 - 2 pm ET

Webinar: Health People 2020: Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators
September 17, 2015, 12 - 1 pm ET

Webinar: Students to Service Loan Repayment Program 
September 17, 2015, 7 - 8:30 pm ET

Medicare Learning Network National Provider Call
September 18, 2015, 1:30 - 3 pm ET

Webinar: Increasing Consumer Use of Preventive Services Using eHealth Tools Part II
September 21, 2015, 1 - 2 pm ET

Webinar: Intake Innovation Process
September 22, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET

The Power of Partnerships Conference
October 12 - 13, 2015
Amway Grand Hotel, Grand Rapids, MI

Save the Date: Policy Forum - A New Approach to Reducing Poverty and Increasing Economic Security
October 26, 2015, 1 - 4 pm ET
Radisson Hotel, Lansing, MI

Annual Summit on Ending Homelessness
October 28 - 29, 2015
Holiday Inn, Livonia, MI

Great Lakes Bay Region Symposium: Advancing the Patient-Centered Medical Home
November 6, 2015, 8 am - 1:30 pm ET
Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw, MI

Save the Date: Michigan Health Policy Forum
November 9, 2015
Kellogg Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Save the Dates: Michigan MotherBaby Summits
November 18, 2015 - Detroit, MI
November 20, 2015 - Mt. Pleasant, MI

Michigan Oral Health Conference

May 19 - May 20, 2016
Crowne Plaza, Lansing, MI
Now Accepting Workshop Proposals

More Upcoming State & National Events



More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center 




2015 Brighter Futures Community Grants
Due: September 30, 2015
Funder: Delta Dental Foundation

2015-16 Building Health Communities: Step Up for School Wellness 
Due: September 30, 2015
Funder: Blue Cross Blue Shield

Immunization and Vaccines for Children Program
Due: October 19, 2015
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services

Center for Sharing Public Health Services
Due: October 20, 2015
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Service Area Competition Funding Opportunity
Due: November 2, 2015
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part A HIV Emergency Relief Grant Program
Due: November 2, 2015
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services

Culture of Health Prize
Due: November 12, 2015
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

More Funding Opportunities


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