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MPCA eUpdate | September 16, 2014
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September 16, 2014
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Bipartisan U.S. House Health Center Funding Cliff Letter Extended through September 18

The deadline has been extended for U.S. Representatives to co-sign the bipartisan "Dear Colleague" letter circulating in the U.S. House that supports the Health Center program and calls on Congressional leadership to avert the looming Health Center funding cliff. The sign-on deadline is now close of business on September 18. As of the distribution of this issue of the MPCA eUpdate, 217 U.S. Representatives (166 D/51R) have signed, including Representatives John Dingell, Bill Huizenga, Dan Kildee, Sander Levin, and Tim Walberg from Michigan. If your U.S. Rep. hasn't signed on yet, there is still time. Click here to contact your U.S. Representative and ask him/her to sign the House Health Center Funding Cliff letter TODAY. Click here to stay up-to-date on the most current list of co-signers. Meanwhile, the companion letter in the U.S. Senate also closes September 18. Thank you to Senator Debbie Stabenow for co-leading the letter and Senator Carl Levin for signing on. 



MPCA Submits Written Testimony Supporting APRN Scope of Practice Legislation

The Health Policy Committee of the Michigan House of Representatives, chaired by Representative Gail Haines, heard testimony September 9, 2014, on Senate Bill 2 (SB 2) which establishes criteria for advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) designation in Michigan. SB 2 provides independent practice and prescriptive authority guidelines for such practitioners and passed the Michigan Senate in November 2013. The bill would allow APRNs to practice within the scope that their training, education, and expertise allows, as Senator Mark Jansen, sponsor of the bill, pointed out during the hearing. Kim Sibilsky, CEO of MPCA, and Dr. Brenda Coughlin, President/Chief Executive Officer of Health Delivery, Inc. attended the hearing and submitted a card to testify; unfortunately, they were not called on to testify but their written testimony was provided to the committee members. The committee did not vote on the bill.


Comprehensive Care Conference Taking Place in Less Than One Month

The MPCA-hosted 2014 Putting the Pieces Together for Comprehensive Care conference is taking place in less than one month. MPCA welcomes individuals across the disciplines from Michigan Health Centers and other community safety net providers to join us October 15 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in Kalamazoo. The robust agenda consists of educational and networking opportunities—including general and breakout sessions and poster presentations—for oral health providers, behavioral health professionals, pharmacy staff, and primary care clinicians. Click here to learn more and register today. #PutPieces2gether14


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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

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.



36 Michigan Health Centers Among Recipients of Expanded Services Grant Awards

Last Friday, September 12, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $295 million in expanded services grant funding to 1,195 Health Centers across the country to enable them to increase access to comprehensive primary health care services by hiring an estimated 4,750 new staff including new health care providers, staying open for longer hours, and expanding the care they provide to include new services such as oral health, behavioral health, pharmacy, and vision services. In Michigan, 36 Health Centers received awards totaling $8,539,761, which is projected to support 144 new full-time equivalent positions in Michigan and enable these organizations to provide primary and preventive health care for 51,635 new patients.


HRSA Releases Clarifications Regarding Its Role in Financial & Programmatic Monitoring

In a recent issue of the Primary Health Care Digest, HRSA clarified that it will no longer require submission of Financial Recovery Plans as the formal monitoring of financial performance. HRSA stressed that while it will continue to assess Health Center compliance with financial management requirements, it believes that financial viability is an individual health center responsibility. HRSA also addressed the reduction of Health Center grants for projects that fail to meet the proposed patient projections. Read more  on the NACHC Policy Shop Blog. Click here to subscribe to the Primary Health Care Digest.


Lyon Appointed as MDCH Director

As reported in the September 3, 2014, issue of the MPCA eUpdate, Jim Haveman stepped down as Director of the Michigan Department of Community Health effective September 12 to focus on his health. As of September 15, Nick Lyon, previous Chief Deputy Director of MDCH, is now 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. Click here to learn MDCH Director Nick Lyon.


MDCH Schedules Sixth Public Input Forum on Michigan's Integrated Care Demonstration

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is hosting the sixth public input forum on MI Health Link, the state’s plan to integrate care for individuals who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, on October 14 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites in downtown Kalamazoo. MDCH will provide a conference line for interested stakeholders to participate by phone (250 lines will be available on a first come, first-served basis). Click here for the presentation materials from the previous forums—the most recent forum was held last Thursday, September 11 in Marquette.


Healthy Michigan Plan Enrollment Update

As of Monday, September 15th, 385,541 Michiganders are enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan (Michigan's expanded Medicaid program). Each week the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) posts updated enrollment statistics and MPCA provides a county-by-county analysis, which includes health plan enrollment and the estimated eligible enrolled. Meanwhile, this week the Urban Institute released results of study showing that states, like Michigan, that have expanded their Medicaid programs with federal funding are making far more progress in covering lower-income parents than states that have rejected Medicaid expansion.


Community Health Workers Asked to Respond to National Survey

Emory University is conducting a survey of Community Health Workers (CHWs) nationwide to learn more about how they support patients who have high blood pressure. Results from this survey will be used to help address gaps in literature about the ways CHWs help patients with high blood pressure. The survey has multiple choice and short answer questions and should not take longer than 25 minutes, it is completely anonymous, and no identifying information will be collected or reported. All participation is voluntary. Individual information will not be used in reports or documents. In order to take the survey, you must be a CHW, over the age of 18, and speak English. If you are willing to take the survey and contribute to the knowledge about CHWs, please click here. If you have any questions, contact Emory University at 614-554-5298 or


More State & National News



Access to Care for Hispanic/Latino Populations: HRSA's Affordable Care Act Efforts (webcast)
September 17, 2014, 11 am-12 pm ET
Host: Health Resources & Services Administration

Healthier Pregnancy: Tools & Techniques to Best Provide ACA-Covered Preventive Services (webcast or live event)
September 23, 2014, 9-10:30 am ET
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Host: Office of Women's Health


Primary Care as a Strategy in the ACA to Promote Healthy Aging (webinar)
September 23, 2014, 2-3 pm ET
Host: Community Health Partners for Sustainability

Medicaid PPS Basics (webinar 1 in a 2-part series)
September 23, 2014, 2-3:30 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers


Community Health Workers: Understanding the Value 
September 25, 2014, 7:30-9:30 am ET
Hospice of Michigan, 400 Mack Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
Host: Greater Detroit Area Health Council


Medicare PPS One-Day Implementation Trainings
October 21, October 22, October 23, 2014 - Denver, CO
November 11, November 12, November 13, 2014 - Dallas, TX
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers
*Each training is capped at 75 attendees and prioritization will be given to Health Centers that will implement in 2014


2014 Financial, Operational Management and IT (FOM/IT) Conference
October 28-29, 2014
Las Vegas, NV
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers


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



Comprehensive High-Impact HIV Prevention Projects for Community-Based Organizations
Department of Health and Human Services
Funder: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Letter of Intent Due: September 17, 2014
Application Due: November 14, 2014

2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Due: September 17, 2014 (3 pm ET)

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


Strengthen Evidence Base for Maternal and Child Health Programs
Funder: Health Resources & Services Administration
Due: November 10, 2014


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Policy Fellows Program
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Due: November 13, 2014 (3 pm ET)


Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program
Funder: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Due: November 14, 2014


More Funding Opportunities


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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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