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MPCA eUpdate | October 6, 2015
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October 6,  2015
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Mark Your Calendar: Pharmacy 340B Network Meeting Scheduled

The Michigan Primary Care Association will host a Pharmacy 340B Network Meeting on November 18, 2015 in Mt. Pleasant. The meeting provides a forum for Michigan Health Center pharmacists, pharmacy staff, and personnel who work with contract pharmacies to share and discuss pharmacy best practices. The agenda is still being worked on and will be made available soon.

The meeting will take place at the Mt. Pleasant Comfort Inn & Suites from 9 am - 4 pm ET on November 18, 2015. Registration is now open. Hotel accommodations for overnight stay should be reserved before October 27, 2015. 

Is Your Health Center Ready for Payment Reform?

We have all been hearing more and more about transforming the health delivery system to achieve better health outcomes at lower costs. With Secretary Burwell’s announcement that 30% of Medicare payments will be based on non-fee-for-service models by the end of 2016, combined with Michigan Medicaid’s Health Plan rebid requiring health plans transition to value-based payment, and the large number of value-based models being implemented across the country, we must begin preparing for changes.

In order to prepare for a transformed payment and service delivery model, it is important for the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) and Michigan Health Centers to not only have a strong understanding of the payment reform efforts underway, but to be able to critically assess the current capabilities of Health Centers and develop collaborative strategies to accelerate the transformation.  A thorough assessment of Michigan Health Center's preparedness is an essential next step as we strategically plan for the next few years. 

MPCA is committed to facilitating support to Health Centers in the completion of the assessment. As such, a kick-off webinar is scheduled for October 9, 2015, will walk participants through how to use the assessment tool and address questions. On October 14, 2015, a Michigan-specific webinar will be held with John Snow, Inc. for an additional opportunity for Michigan Health Centers to ask questions and a review of the proposed process to complete the assessment tool.  

If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Cienki.

Payment Reform Readiness Assessment Tool Webinars for Michigan Health Centers

Payment Reform Readiness Assessment Tool: Launching the Web-Based Tool in Colorado & Michigan

October 9, 2015, 2:30 - 3:30 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Payment Reform Readiness Assessment Tool: Michigan Conversation with JSI
October 14, 2015, 1:30 - 2:30 pm ET
Host: Michigan Primary Care Association & National Association of Community Health Centers

NACHC Policy Webinar Series: Diving into Health Center Payment Reform

Lessons from the Experts: Payment Reform 1.0

October 13, 2015, 3 - 4 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Lessons from the Experts: Payment Reform 2.0
October 15, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Lessons from the States: California's 3-Year APM Pilot
October 22, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Lessons from the States: Oregon's APM Model
November 6, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Survey Reminder: LGBTQ Training & Education Needs

Michigan Primary Care Association has initiated efforts to increase Health Center engagement in providing care for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) population. National efforts to support LGBTQ population health are supported by both the National Association of Community Health Centers and Health Resources and Services Administration.

Please take a moment to complete this 10 minute survey to assess your Health Center interest, training, and educational needs regarding the LGBTQ population. The survey will be open until October 20, 2015.

If you have any questions, please contact Llekken Neal.

Register for Corporate Compliance & Affiliations Training 

Do you have compliance, contractual or other Health Center related legal questions? Then join the Michigan Primary Care Association for a two-day Corporate Compliance and Affiliations training with Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP attorneys, Jackie Leifer, Adam Falcone, and Marty Bree, as they put their Health Center experience to work for you.

Registration for the training, held at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest on November 11 and 12, is now open. The full draft agenda is available here.

There will be three areas covered during the training - Affiliations, Compliance 101 and Compliance 201. The Affiliations portion of the training, scheduled for Wednesday morning, will explore goals and opportunities for collaboration; equip Health Centers to evaluate a variety of contractual approaches; and discuss legal implications and compliance concerns associated with collaborations, mergers, and acquisitions. Compliance 101, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, will describe the evolution of corporate compliance programs and provide strategies for implementing effective compliance programs. Compliance 201, scheduled for Thursday, will describe the enforcement environment and address financial, clinical, and regulatory risk areas, including risk areas relevant to Section 330 requirements. 

Click here for registration and pricing details. Please be sure to book your hotel room following the instructions on the event webpage by Sunday, October 18, to obtain MPCA’s group rate.

If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Healy

Expand Your Outreach with the Get Covered Connector

Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace begins on November 1! The Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) Enabling Services Team is excited to announce the launch of a new outreach and enrollment tool, the  Get Covered Connector, an online scheduling system that connects consumers directly with Certified Application Counselors or Navigators for enrollment assistance appointments.

In partnership with the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Enroll Michigan, and Enroll America, MPCA is offering access and support to Health Centers interested in utilizing the tool. Participating Health Centers will receive assistance with launching the Get Covered Connector, training for all Outreach and Enrollment staff, and ongoing technical assistance to help maintain the Get Covered Connector schedules and users. 

Why the Get Covered Connector? 

The Get Covered Connector allows assisters and community outreach partners to:

  • help consumers find and schedule appointments with local assistance,
  • access tools for reminding consumers of their appointments, and
  • download appointment and outreach data.

The Get Covered Connector allows consumers to:

  • search for help by ZIP code, review their options, and schedule an appointment,
  • receive automated notifications and reminders of their appointment via email or text message, and
  • access contact information for local assisters so consumers can contact assisters directly if they have questions or problems.

MPCA strongly encourages Health Centers to take advantage of this opportunity to collaborate with assisters across the state to increase access to in-person enrollment assistance. Nearly 100,000 appointments were scheduled through the Get Covered Connector nationwide over the last year and 46 percent of appointments resulted in a successful enrollment outcome.

If you are interested in learning more about the Get Covered Connector, please join us for a demo webinar on October 8 at 2 pm ET. There is no cost for the demo, but advance registration is required. Click here to register. During the webinar, MPCA and Enroll America-Michigan will demonstrate how consumers and partners can use the tool for enrollment scheduling, how your organization can add and maintain appointments in the system, and details on requirements for gaining access to the Get Covered Connector.

If you have questions, please contact Julie Tatko or Lydia Starrs

MPCA Comments on Healthy Michigan Plan Second Waiver

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

During the federal public comment period, which closed October 3, 2015, the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) worked with national and state partners and received input from MPCA’s Health Policy Committee as it compiled comments in support of the waiver. In its comments, MPCA requested CMS to approve the waiver in order to ensure continued access to health care for nearly 600,000 low-income Michiganders, but urged CMS to include safeguards and protections for beneficiaries in the terms and conditions of the waiver.

Click here to read MPCA’s submitted comments. Under Michigan law, the second waiver must be approved by December 31, 2015, for Healthy Michigan to continue past April 30, 2016.  

Reminder: Enhance Your Recruiting Results & Clinical Experience

Is your Health Center looking for ways to enhance your recruitment efforts? Has your Health Center worked with student clinical rotations that seem just too short to really foster a lasting relationship with a medical student? 

In October, the Michigan Primary Care Association will host a two-part webinar series to introduce Michigan Health Centers to Central Michigan University College of Medicine’s Comprehensive Community Clerkship (CCC). The CCC is a longitudinal clerkship that presents Michigan Health Centers with the chance to engage in a unique clinical rotation and collaboration opportunity over a 24-week clerkship. The clerkship can cultivate lasting relationships with medical students who will be prospective candidates in the near future. 

The webinar will feature Dr. Elizabeth Palmer, Family Practitioner and Assistance Professor at Central Michigan University College of Medicine, who is the director of the CCC. During the two-part webinar, attendees will learn how a longitudinal clerkship prepares physicians to work in rural and underserved regions of Michigan. 

The webinar series is targeted for Health Center executive, clinical, and human resources leadership. Part I is scheduled for October 13, 2015 from 12 - 1 pm ET and Part II will take place on October 27, 2015 from 12 - 1 pm ET.


More News from MPCA



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Webinar: Asthma Essentials in Primary Care: What's New in 2015
Part 1 - October 6, 2015, 12 - 1 pm ET
Part 2 - October 20, 2015, 12 - 1 pm ET

Outreach and Enrollment Training and Networking Event
October 13, 2015, 8 am - 3:30 pm ET
The James B. Henry Center, Lansing, Michigan

Webinar: Introduction to CMU College of Medicine's Comprehensive Community Clerkship
Part 1 - October 13, 2015, 12 - 1 pm ET
Part 2 - October 27, 2015, 12 - 1 pm ET

Webinar - Federal Tort Claims Act Toolkit and Related Resources
October 14, 12 - 1 pm ET

Webinar: Payment Reform Readiness Assessment Tool: Michigan Conversation with JSI
October 14, 2015, 1:30 - 2:30 pm ET
Host: Michigan Primary Care Association & National Association of Community Health Centers

2015 MPCA Fall Clinical Conference: Improving Patient Health - It Takes the Whole Team
October 16, 2015, 8 am - 5 pm ET
Suburban Collection Showcase, Diamond Center, Novi, Michigan

Corporate Compliance and Affiliations Training
November 11 - 12, 2015
Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest

Pharmacy 340B Network Meeting
November 18, 2015, 9:30 am - 4 pm ET
Mt. Pleasant Comfort Inn & Suites, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

The Joint Commission Primary Care Medical Home Certification Program: An Educational Seminar for Health Centers
November 19, 2015, 8:30 am - 4 pm ET
Michigan Primary Care Association, Lansing, Michigan

Webinar: QI Directors Networking Monthly Meeting
December 9, 2015, 11 am - 12 pm ET

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.



340B Registration Now Open for Health Centers

The 340B Drug Pricing Program requires drug manufacturers to provide outpatient drugs to eligible health care organizations/covered entities at significantly reduced prices. To participate in the 340B Program, eligible organizations/covered entities must register and be enrolled with the 340B program and comply with all 340B Program requirements.

340B registration is now open for Health Center Program grantees and Look-Alikes. Note: sites must be verified as ‘active’ status in the health center’s scope of project (Form 5B: Service Sites) in EHB order to complete the site’s registration for the 340B Program.

The deadline for registration is Wednesday, October 15, 2015. Health Centers are encouraged to register early and not wait until the deadline in the event issues in registration may arise.

Eligibility requirements and additional information is available here.


More State & National News




Webinar: Foundations of Grant Writing
October 6, 2015, 3:30 - 5 pm ET
Host: Office of Minority Health

Organizational Transformation: From Policy to Practice - Building Health Equity in Boston
October 7, 2015, 2 - 3:15 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Webinar: Effective Strategies for Connecting People with Mental Illnesses to Services after Release from Jail
October 8, 2015, 2 - 3:15 pm ET
Host: National Association of Counties

Facebook Event: Finding a Primary Care Job at a National Health Service Corps Site
October 8, 2015, 8 - 9:15 pm ET
Host: National Health Service Corps

2015 Fall Regional Immunization Conferences
Various dates and locations beginning October 13 through November 20, 2015
Host: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
***Continuing education credits now available for nurses, physicians and pharmacists***

Virtual Job Fair
October 20, 2015, 6:45 - 10 pm ET
Host: National Health Service Corps

Health is Primary Detroit City Tour
October 21, 2015, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm ET
Host: Family Medicine for America's Health
Sign up to attend the site tour at CHASS during this event.

2015 Financial, Operations Management/IT Conference (FOM/IT)
October 27 - 29, 2015
Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, Nevada
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Webinar: Individual and Neighborhood Determinants of Health: Inequalities in California's Central Valley
November 10, 2015, 2 - 3:30 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

2015 PCA & HCCN Conference
November 16 - 18, 2015
Delray Beach, Marriott Hotel, Florida
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers


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