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MPCA eUpdate | September 23, 2014
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September 23, 2014
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MPCA Applies for Grant Funding from Michigan Health Endowment Fund 

MPCA was among 11 Michigan organizations that recently submitted a competitive grant application to the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. The Fund was created last year by state legislation allowing Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) to convert into a nonprofit mutual health insurer. The Fund will receive $1.56 billion over 18 years from BCBSM; it received the first payment of $100 million in April. Should MPCA's application be selected for funding it will use the dollars to help hire, train, and integrate more than 30 Community Health Workers into teams at Michigan Health Centers. The Fund's board of directors is expected to approve between $25 million and $50 million in grants to at least six and up to 11 health organizations when it meets on October 20. Meanwhile, the Fund's board of directors continues to host listening tour sessions across the state. The next sessions will take place October 14 in Traverse City, October 20 in Detroit, and November 21 in Grand Rapids. The purpose of these sessions is to provide an opportunity for Michigan residents and representatives of health-related organizations to learn about the Fund and share health issues they are facing. Click here for more information and to register to attend a listening tour session.


MPCA Supports Michigan Health Center Initiatives to Increase, Improve Delivery of Health Care to Veterans

With support from Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA), Michigan Health Centers are exploring and implementing initiatives to increase access to care for veterans and their families and to ensure the care delivered is meeting veteran-specific needs. Click here to read about two initiatives that are underway.


Putting the Pieces Together for Comprehensive Care Conference Agenda Details Available

The agenda for the 2014 Putting the Pieces Together for Comprehensive Care Conference is now available on the MPCA website. It includes general and breakout sessions for all disciplines within Michigan Health Centers and other community safety net providers, as well as poster presentations. Click here to register today to join us for a day of learning and networking at #PutPieces2gether14 on October 15 in Kalamazoo. Please note that the deadline to reserve a room at the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites (the site of the conference) is September 29. Thank you to the sponsors of the conference - Behavioral Health Professionals Inc., DentaQuest Foundation, Laboratory Corporation of America, Pfizer, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and the University of Michigan School of Social Work.


MPCA is Hiring

MPCA is hiring for a new position, Revenue Cycle Program Consultant. This position is responsible for supporting Michigan Health Centers in achieving or maintaining financial stability, optimizing Health Center revenue cycles, and ensuring sustainable reimbursement mechanisms for Health Center services. Click here for more information and to learn about other employment opportunities at MPCA.


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HR Policies & Employment Contract Best Practices (webinar)
October 8, 2014, 10-11 am ET


Putting the Pieces Together for Comprehensive Care Conference
October 15, 2014
Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites, Kalamazoo, MI

Outreach & Enrollment Training and Network Event
October 23, 2014
Best Western Plus Lansing, Lansing, MI
Online registration, agenda, and hotel information now available


340B Pharmacy Network Fall Meeting
November 20, 2014, 9 am-3 pm ET
MPCA, Lansing, MI


Save the Date: Finance Officers Network Meeting
December 2, 2014
Crowne Plaza Lansing West, Lansing, MI


Save the Date: UDS Training
December 3, 2014
Crowne Plaza Lansing West, Lansing, MI


Save the Date: 2015 MPCA Legislative Forum
March 4, 2015
Anderson House Office Building, Lansing, MI

More MPCA Events


More Health Center News


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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.



Members of Michigan Congressional Delegation Sign Dear Colleague Letters in Support of Health Centers and Finding Solution to Funding Cliff

The bipartisan Dear Colleague letters which support Health Centers and finding a solution to the funding cliff closed in the U.S. Senate and House last Thursday, September 18. The Senate letter, co-lead by Senator Debbie Stabenow, closed with 66 co-signers (47 D/17 R/2 I), including Senator Carl Levin (D-MI). The House letter closed with 249 co-signers (178 D/71 R), including Representatives Dan Benishek (R-MI), John Conyers (D-MI), John Dingell (D-MI), Bill Huizenga (R-MI), Dan Kildee (D-MI), Sander Levin (D-MI), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Tim Walberg (R-MI). Thank you to all of the advocates who contacted your Members of Congress to urge them to co-sign the letter in their chamber. If your U.S. Representative co-signed the House letter, please take a minute to thank him, and also thank Senators Stabenow and Levin for their continued leadership and support.


HHS Announces $99 Million in New Grants to Improve Mental Health Services for Young People

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced on September 22, $99 million to train new mental health providers, help teachers and others recognize mental health issues in youth and connect them to help, and increase access to mental health services for young people. These funds were included in the President and Vice President’s Now Is the Time plan to reduce gun violence by keeping guns out of dangerous hands, increasing access to mental health services, and making schools safer. Among the behavioral health workforce education and training grantees are Eastern Michigan University, University of Michigan, University of Detroit Mercy, and Wayne State University. Read more

Census Shows Decline in Number of Uninsured in Michigan

According to data released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of uninsured Michiganders declined in 2013, falling to 11% (1,072,000 people) from 11.4% in 2012. The rate of uninsurance in our state is expected to drop even further this year as the result of the Health Insurance Marketplace and Healthy Michigan Plan. "The expansion of Medicaid invests in the health and well-being of our state’s residents, families, and communities, and in increasing access to care," said Kim Sibilsky, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Primary Care Association. "The 260 assisters at Health Centers across the state have done tremendous work to not only connect residents with affordable health insurance, but to also connect them with a primary care provider. Having a regular source of care is critical to ensuring that coverage translates to preserving health, staying out of the emergency room, and improving quality of life and productivity." Read more

MI Health Accounts for Healthy Michigan Plan

On October 1, cost-sharing contributions will begin for Healthy Michigan Plan (HMP) beneficiaries enrolled for 6 months. The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) began sending welcome letters last week, alerting beneficiaries that their first quarterly statements will arrive soon. Quarterly statements will outline averaged copay amounts due for the previous 3 months of coverage, as well as the monthly cost-sharing contributions for beneficiaries earning above 100% of the federal poverty level. Beneficiaries will use provided coupons to submit payment to their MI Health accounts. MDCH hosted a webinar with details on the MI Health account implementation and how healthy behaviors will reduce the cost-sharing contribution requirement. Click here for information from MDCH about information regarding HMP covered services, copays and copay exempt chronic conditions, and drug classes.


Navigator and Certified Application Counselor Training and Recertification

Navigator and Certified Application Counselor (CAC) trainings are now available online and should be completed as soon as possible. Navigators should begin their training but not complete the final module until new ID guidance has been distributed. CACs should use their unique CAC number as their login ID for the training module. Upon completing the training, O/E supervisors should have each CAC complete the CAC Recertification Request Form before issuing a current CAC certificate. Please email with any training and recertification questions.


Enterovirus D68 Cases Confirmed in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has received results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirming three cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) thus far. Due to the increase in respiratory illness reported across the state and additional pending specimens, additional laboratory confirmations are expected. Read more

New Blog Features Success Stories of Michigan Residents, Organizations in Improving Health

The Michigan Department of Community Health recently launched a new blog to highlight the successes of Michigan residents and organizations committed to improving the health of residents as part of the Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Plan. The Plan lays out strategies for reducing obesity in Michigan. Click here to access the blog, and click here to share your success story.


October 6 is Deadline to Register to Vote in Michigan's November 4th General Election

Monday, October 6 is the deadline for Michigan residents to register to vote in the November 4th general election, or to update their voter registration record if they've moved or changed their name since the last election. Voter registration information is available at (Michigan residents can check to see if they're already registered to vote, find their clerk, see a sample ballot, learn about registering vote and voting by absentee ballot, etc.). Click here for a list of the official Michigan general candidate listing. If your Health Center is providing voter registration assistance, resources are available at Community Health Vote and NonprofitVOTE


More State & National News



Two-part Medicaid Webinar Series

Managing Ambulatory Health Care II: Advanced Course for Physicians in Community Health Centers

September 29-October 2, 2014
Boston, MA
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers


Michigan's 2014 Annual Immunization Conferences
Various dates/locations beginning October 7 through November 21, 2014
Host: Michigan Department of Community Health

Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance Annual Meeting 2014
October 8, 2014
Lansing, MI
Host: Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance


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




National Health Service Corps Students to Service Loan Repayment Program

Funder: National Health Service Corps
Due: November 13, 2014 (7:30 pm ET)
Application help conference call October 1, 8-10 PM ET


Health Disparities Research Loan Repayment Program
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Due: November 17, 2014


USAC Rural Health Telecommunications Program
Funder: Universal Service Administrative Company
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis


Self-Management for Health in Chronic Conditions (R01)
Self-Management for Health in Chronic Conditions (R15)
Self-Management for Health in Chronic Conditions (R21)

Funder: National Institutes of Health
Due: January 7, 2018


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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