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MPCA eUpdate | November 4, 2014
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November 4, 2014
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Polls are open in Michigan through 8 pm this evening. Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center to see a sample ballot specific to you and locate your polling location. Remember to bring a photo ID with you to the polls, otherwise you'll be required to sign an affidavit attesting your identity. If you or anyone you know experiences problems on election day, call one of these hotlines: 1.866.OUR.VOTE (866.687.8683); 1.888.VE.Y.VOTA (en Español); 1.888.API.VOTE (bilingual assistance in Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi and Bengali).




Thank You to Advocates Who Emailed Congress During Tsunami Week

Thank you to the 362 advocates in Michigan who sent a total of 1,175 emails to members of the Michigan Congressional Delegation during Access is the Answer “tsunami” week October 27-31. You were among 6,900+ Health Center advocates from across the country who sent over 23,000 emails to help protect the future of the Health Center program and access to care. Please see the article below for how your Health Center can continue to urge Congress to "Fix the Cliff," as our work is not done. Meanwhile, as advocates across the country were sending emails last week, a letter signed by more than 100 leading national organizations was sent to Congressional leaders calling for immediate action during the lame duck session to prevent the scheduled cuts to the Health Center, National Health Service Corps, and Teaching Health Centers programs. Without Congressional action, federal funding for the Health Center program will be reduced by up to 70% at the end of fiscal year 2015, and the National Health Service Corps and Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education program will be eliminated entirely. 


Every Health Center Called on to Take Three Action Steps During Phase Two of Access is the Answer Campaign

The goal of phase two of the Access is the Answer campaign is for Congress to pass a fix to the Health Center funding cliff by the end of this year. EVERY Health Center across the country—including EVERY Health Center in Michigan—is asked to take these three action steps to help make this happen:

  1. Collect local support letters in your community
  2. Publish at least 1 piece of local media before the end of 2014 about the projected impact of the funding cliff to your Health Center, patients, and community
  3. Educate returning and newly elected Members of Congress about the vital role your Health Center plays in the community and the urgent need to fix the Health Center funding cliff


Register Today for 2014 UDS Training

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 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. Health Center staff 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, are encouraged to attend. 


Strengthening the Oral Health Safety Net Application Deadline Extended to November 14

If your Michigan Health Center is interested in participating in MPCA's Strengthening the Oral Health Safety Net initiative (SOHSN) through funding and support from DentaQuest Foundation, there is still time to apply! The application deadline has been extended to November 14, 2014. Michigan Health Centers selected to participate in this initiative will receive in-depth practice management technical assistance from Safety Net Solutions that is valued at $45,000. This is a tremendous opportunity to grow and improve your Health Center's oral health program. Click here to access the application. If your Health Center is considering applying and would like to talk with a Michigan Health Center who has participated in MPCA's SOHSN initiative in the past, please contact Diane Rydahl, MPCA Clinical Specialist, at


Registration Open for 340B Pharmacy Network Fall Meeting 

If you are a Michigan Health Center pharmacist, pharmacy staff member, or individual who works with contract pharmacies, don't miss out on attending the in-person meeting of MPCA's 340B Pharmacy Network being held November 20th, 9:30 am-3 pm ET, at MPCA's office in Lansing. Click here to register online. This meeting is an opportunity to learn from and network with your peers.


MPCA's 2014 Clinical Quality Assessment Open Until November 5

MPCA's clinical team has prepared a brief 2014 Clinical Quality Assessment that has been emailed to Michigan Health Center CEOs and Quality Improvement leaders. 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. The assessment is closing on November 5. Please contact Katie Commey, MPCA's Population Health Specialist, at with any questions.


New Training Modules for Medical Assistants

MPCA has designed training and educational modules specifically with Medical Assistants in mind. They focus on increasing basic knowledge of the related disease process and the specific role of the Medical Assistant as a member of the care team, and can be used effectively on an individual basis or as part of group training. The first module focuses on asthma. Additional modules will be available soon regarding diabetes and hypertension.


More News from MPCA



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


Preparing for the Future: Developing Potential Leaders (Health Center Board Member Network webinar)
November 13, 2014, 11 am-12 pm ET


340B Pharmacy Network Meeting
November 20, 2014, 9:30 am-3 pm ET
MPCA, Lansing, MI


Prospect Research 201: Developing the Ask (MPCA Fund Development Network webinar)
November 20, 2014, 11 am-12 pm ET

2014 UDS Training & Finance Officers Meeting
UDS Training: December 3, 2014
Finance Officers Meeting: December 2, 2014
Crowne Plaza Lansing West, Lansing, MI

Save the Date: 2015 Legislative Forum
March 4, 2015
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.



Michigan Monitoring Residents for Ebola in Accordance with Updated Guidance

While there are no current cases of Ebola in Michigan, last week the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) announced that it and the state's network of local public health agencies are monitoring nine individuals with a travel history that includes a return to Michigan from Ebola affected areas. MPCA's clinical team continues to monitor and evaluate updated information and resources for their applicability to Michigan Health Centers. Vetted information and new/updated resources are continually being added to MPCA's Ebola webpage, such as:

HHS Awards $2.2 Billion in Grants for HIV/AIDS Care and Medications

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced on October 29 that more than $2.2 billion in grants was awarded in fiscal year 2014 to cities (including Detroit), states (including Michigan), and local organizations (including Detroit Community Health Connection, the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Trinity Health Corporation, Ingham County Health Department, Michigan Department of Community Health, and University of Detroit Mercy), funded through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. 


HRSA Recognizes Civil Legal Aid as Approved "Enabling Service" for Health Centers

In recognition of the link between health and legal needs for vulnerable and low-income populations, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently clarified that civil legal aid may be included in the range of “enabling services” that HRSA-funded Health Centers (FQHCs) provide to meet the primary care needs of the population and communities they serve. Click here to see the language about civil legal services (page 23). The National Center for Medical Legal Partnership (NCMLP) was recently awarded a 3-year National Cooperative Agreement from HRSA to support medical-legal partnerships at Health Centers across the country. Click here for resources for Health Centers from NCMLP.


HRSA's Electronic Handbook  Login Changing

Starting Thursday, November 20, 2014, at 8 pm ET, external Electronic Handbook (EHB) login credentials will change from a user ID to an email address. This update will make it easier for users to remember their user names. All external EHB users should have received email correspondence with instructions to update user IDs to email addresses. Click here for more information. Questions should be directed to the HRSA Contact Center at 1.877.464.4772.


Health Insurance Marketplace Premiums Released for 2015

In preparation for the Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment that begins on November 15, the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services Health Insurance Consumer Assistance Program (HICAP) has posted on its website the full listing of Marketplace plans for 2015 along with estimated monthly premiums. A premium estimator is also available to give Michigan residents an idea of the options available based on their circumstances.


MDCH Issues EPSDT Dental Periodicity Schedule Bulletin

All state Medicaid programs are required to adopt a dental-specific periodicity schedule for children up to 21 years of age under Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) requirements. Effective November 1, 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics Dentistry Recommendations for Pediatric Oral Health were adopted in Michigan. Click here for more information per MSA bulletin 14-47 issued by the Michigan Department of Community Health's Medical Services Administration (MSA) on October 30.


MDCH Clarifies Beneficiary Notification of Copays at Point of Service for Healthy Michigan Plan Beneficiaries in Managed Care Plans

The Michigan Department of Community Health sent a letter to all Medicaid providers on October 28 clarifying that Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries enrolled in Medicaid managed care plans are required to receive information on potential copays at the point of service. Beneficiaries enrolled in a health plan are not, however, responsible for the payment of copays at the point of service as long as the service is covered by the health plan. Instead, the copay will be collected through the MI Health Account. MDCH has made available to providers and Medicaid Health Plans a printable copy of a document entitled, "Information About Healthy Michigan Plan Copays," which outlines potential copay requirements for Healthy Michigan Plan enrollees. The document is accessible on MDCH's Healthy Michigan Plan Provider Information webpage. 


More State & National News



Transitioning to ICD-10 (webinar)
November 5, 2014, 1:30-3 pm ET
Host: MLN Connects


ICD-10 Virtual Training
November 6, 2014, 10-11 am ET
Host: Michigan Department of Community Health


UDS Sampling Methods, including (final webinar)
November 6, 2014, 1:30-3 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care

Recordings and presentations from UDS training webinars held October 15, 20, and 22


Special/Vulnerable Populations Enrichment Webinar Series: Health Centers Serving Individuals and Families Experiencing Homelessness (webinar)
November 18, 2014, 2-3 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care


Save the Date: Supporting Patient Centered Medical Homes through Data Feedback Reporting (webinar series)
December 8-11, 2014
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

October 28, 2014, 2-3 pm ET
Host: Capital Link


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



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


Strengthening the Oral Health Safety Net
Funder: MPCA through support from the DentaQuest Foundation
Due: November 14, 2014


Komen Mid-Michigan Community Grants
Letter of Intent to Apply Deadline: November 12, 2014 (5 pm ET)
Application Deadline: November 14, 2014
Funder: Susan G. Komen Mid Michigan


Community Grants: Breast Cancer Patient Navigation Programs
Funder: Susan G. Komen
Letter of Intent Due: November 19, 2014 (2 pm ET)
Full Application Deadline: December 17, 2041 (2 pm ET)
Funder: Susan G. Komen through support of Walgreens


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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