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October 21, 2014
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Get Ready to Email Your Members of Congress the Week of October 27th

As you know, the Health Center Program is facing a 70% reduction in program funding at the start of fiscal year 2016—which is just around the corner. The Health Center Funding Cliff is real, it is written in current law, and it will affect every Health Center. The only way to Fix the Cliff is for Congress and the President to act to change the law and ensure Health Centers continue to have the support and resources they need to provide care to their current patients and millions of others who still lack access to care. As never before, the future of the Health Center Program is in the hands of Health Center Advocates like YOU. Be on the lookout for an action alert coming soon from NACHC and then please take action by:

  • Emailing your Members of Congress between October 27th and October 31st to ask them to act to Fix the Cliff during the lame duck session of Congress, before the end of 2014
  • Asking your co-workers, colleagues, partners, friends, and family to also email their Members of Congress between October 27th and October 31st

We MUST send thousands of emails to every Member of Congress the week of October 27th so they heard loud and clear the support for Health Centers and the urgent need to fix the funding cliff. If you don't already receive information and action alerts from NACHC via email, click here to sign up.


Participate in Phase 2 of Access is the Answer Campaign

In addition to emailing your Members of Congress the week of October 27th, as explained above, it is critical that EVERY Health Center participate in phase 2 of the Access is the Answer campaign by taking these three action steps:

  1. Collecting Local Support Letters in your community: Visit the Local Support Letter webpage on the campaign website to access letter templates and instructions.
  2. Publishing at least 1 piece of local media regarding the potential impact of the Health Center Funding Cliff before the end of 2014. Visit the Local Media Placement webpage of the campaign website to access templates and instructions.
  3. Educating candidates and newly elected officials about the vital role your Health Center plays in the community and the urgent need to Fix the Health Center Funding Cliff. Visit the Candidate & New Member Education webpage of the campaign website for more information, tools, and resources. 


2014 Comprehensive Care Conference Provided Integrated Care Learning & Networking Opportunities

Last Wednesday, October 15, MPCA hosted the 2014 "Putting the Pieces Together for Comprehensive Care" conference in Kalamazoo to provide learning and networking opportunities for staff across the disciplines at Michigan Health Centers and other community safety-net providers. The robust agenda consisted of general and breakout sessions focused on integrating primary medical, dental, and behavioral health care and pharmacy services. Thank you to the conference sponsors—Behavioral Health Professionals Inc. (a platinum sponsor), DentaQuest Foundation, Laboratory Corporation of America, Meridian Health Plan, Michigan Quality Improvement Network, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and the University of Michigan School of Social Work—presenters, exhibitors, poster presenters, and participants for making #PutPieces2gether14 a success! Click here for a few pictures from the conference. Conference presentations will be posted in MPCA's online Education & Resource Center soon.


MPCA's 2014 Clinical Quality Assessment Opens This Week

MPCA's clinical team has prepared a brief 2014 Clinical Quality Assessment that will be emailed to Michigan Health Center CEOs and Quality Improvement leaders this week. The online assessment covers a range of topics regarding Michigan Health Center quality initiatives, Patient Centered Medical Home, Meaningful Use, workflow, Health Information Technology, and training needs. Responses will be used to develop MPCA's strategic plans for technical assistance in 2015, as well as to monitor changes and progress over the past year. While multiple individuals at each Michigan Health Center will receive the assessment, only one assessment per Health Center should be completed. Please contact Katie Commey, MPCA's Population Health Specialist, at with any questions. 


Registration Open for 2014 UDS Training & Finance Officers Meeting

MPCA is hosting the 2014 Bureau of Primary Health Care Uniform Data System (UDS) Training on Wednesday, December 3, and the Finance Officers Meeting on Tuesday, December 2 at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West Hotel. Online registration for these events is now open, and you may choose to register for one or both. The UDS in-person training is a full-day program covering the preparation of the 2014 UDS Report. The training addresses each of the report’s tables, including a discussion of the changes that have been made and the definitions necessary to complete the report. The UDS training is aimed at those who are responsible for gathering and reporting the data elements included in the UDS Report, as well as management and clinical staff who need to understand the definitions and concepts used. Click here for the complete agenda and other information.


Mark Your Calendar: 2015 Health Center Board Member Training

Michigan Health Center Board Members, CEOs, and Executive Directors are encouraged to mark their calendars for the 2015 Health Center Board Member Training. The training will be one full-day—Tuesday, May 12, 2015—and take place once again at the beautiful H Hotel in Midland. Watch for more details coming in 2015.


More News from MPCA



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Developing & Nurturing Relationships with Your Local Media (conference call of the MPCA Communications Network)
October 22, 2014, 10-11 am ET
RSVP to Dana Lawrence and you will be sent the call-in information


Outreach & Enrollment Training & Network Event
October 23, 2014
Best Western Plus Lansing, Lansing, MI


Prospect Research 101: Developing the Prospect Pool for Effective Fund Development (webinar)
October 23, 2014, 11 am-12 pm ET


FQHC Provider Enrollment Using the 855A (webinar)
November 6, 2014, 1-2 pm ET


340B Pharmacy Network Meeting
November 20, 2014, 9:30 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.



State's Preparedness, Education Efforts Continue Against Threat of Ebola

Last Friday, October 17, Governor Rick Snyder issued a media release detailing the state's continued preparedness and education efforts against the Ebola threat. The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) and its Office of Public Health Preparedness have activated the Community Health Emergency Communications Center (CHECC) to enhance public health preparedness and coordination efforts for Ebola. The CHECC is currently activated at 'alert mode,' which is Level 2 out of four possible levels. The Governor also designated MDCH Director Nick Lyon and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Matthew Davis to lead the state's efforts. MDCH continues to update the Michigan Ebola website with information for health care providers, communities, and laboratories, as well as preparedness information for everyone. Meanwhile, MPCA's clinical team is carefully tracking the latest Ebola information from credible and reliable sources, including MDCH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to support the readiness of Michigan Health Centers to identify infected patients and take the appropriate actions to control exposure. Below are some of the most recently released guidance documents for use at your Health Center. MPCA is currently preparing a webpage to house vetted resources such as these for Michigan Health Centers; the webpage is under construction and will be available soon at

BPHC's Recorded Webinar Provides Overview of New Sliding Fee PIN

The Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) has made available a recorded webinar to provide an overview of Policy Information Notice (PIN) 2014-02: Sliding Fee Discount and Related Billing and Collections Program Requirements. The webinar recording also provides information on next steps that BPHC is taking, and who to contact with additional questions. MPCA staff will be providing a detailed review of the policy during the December Finance Network meeting. However, if you have questions about the new PIN beforehand please contact Phillip Bergquist, Director of Health Center Operations, at


More State & National News



2014 MDCH Fall Regional Immunization Conferences
October 21: Flint
October 24: Troy
November 19: Kalamazoo
November 21: East Lansing
Host: Michigan Department of Community Health


BPHC All-Programs Quarterly Meeting (webcast)
October 23, 2014, 2-3 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care


14th Annual Case Management Conference: Riding the Waves of Change
October 28, 2014
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing, MI
Host: MSU College of Nursing-Professional Partnerships


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


340B Audit Readiness Webinar Series: Confirming & Documenting Eligibility (webinar 1)
October 29, 2014, 2-3 pm ET
Host: Health Resources & Services Administration


The Revenue Cycle 360 Seminar
December 3-4, 2014
Las Vegas, NV
Early bird deadline November 19
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care


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.

November Health Observances


More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center



Strengthening the Oral Health Safety Net
Funder: MPCA through support from the DentaQuest Foundation
Due: October 28, 2014


Students to Service Loan Repayment
Funder: National Health Service Corps
Due: November 13, 2014 (7:30 pm ET)


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


American Heart Association's Go Red Multicultural Scholarship
Funder: American Health Association, Macy's
Due: December 31, 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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