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MPCA eUpdate | November 18, 2014
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November 18, 2014
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Call to Action: EVERY Health Center Needed to Participate in Access is the Answer Phase 2

It is critical that EVERY Health Center actively participate in phase 2 of the Access is the Answer campaign. The immediate goal is to urge Members of Congress to fix the cliff during the current lame duck session. In the event a fix isn't reached by the end of the year, it is critical that returning and newly elected Members arrive in Washington, DC, in January with a deep understanding of how the Health Centers in their district benefit the constituents and communities they represent, and that fixing the cliff is an urgent priority. MPCA has launched a new webpage to guide your Michigan Health Center in: 1) determining how the funding cliff will impact your organization, patients, and community; 2) discussing the funding cliff with your current/newly elected Members of Congress; 3) collecting letters of community support; and 4) getting at least 1 piece of media published before the end of year. Questions? Contact Ryan Grinnell at


Start Planning Now to Attend 2015 MPCA Legislative Forum and NACHC Policy & Issues Forum

MPCA's Legislative Forum and NACHC's Policy & Issues Forum are annual events that provide opportunities for Health Center advocates to get the latest on what's happening at the state and federal level impacting Health Centers and the patients they serve, and to talk one-on-one with elected officials and their staff. Mark your calendar to attend MPCA's 2015 Legislative Forum March 4 in Lansing and watch for registration to open soon. Meanwhile, registration for NACHC's 2015 Policy & Issues Forum (March 18-22 in Washington, DC) is now open. We also suggest making hotel reservations now, as the site of P&I, the Marriott Wardman Park, and nearby Omni/Shoreham Hotel fill up quickly. The 2015 P&I will be extra special as it will kick off the celebration of the Health Center Program's 50th anniversary year! 




Health Insurance Marketplace is Now Open

“Approximately 200 enrollment staff at Michigan’s Health Centers are trained and certified to answer questions and help community residents enroll in Marketplace plans as well as Medicaid, the Healthy Michigan Plan, and MIChild,” said Julie Tatko, MPCA's Enabling Services Consultant. Read more about how Michigan Health Centers are sources of enrollment assistance. Michiganders who need help understanding and applying for health insurance are encouraged to contact their local Health Center. Residents are also encouraged to visit, a project of MPCA designed to help individuals understand how to apply for coverage in Michigan and then learn about their new benefits and make the most of their health coverage. MPCA also provides technical assistance and resources to support Michigan Health Centers in their outreach and enrollment activities, including this fact sheet outlining 10 ways to build awareness and support open enrollment. The fact sheet contains links to talking points, a sample news release, letter to the editor template, flyers, postcards, and more! The Spanish and Arabic versions of the written outreach materials will be available later this week and posted on the Outreach Tools & Templates section of MPCA's online Outreach and Enrollment Toolkit. Please email with any questions. 


MPCA is Hiring: Health Informatics Specialist

The Health Informatics Specialist position is responsible for developing, documenting, and supporting both standardized and customized reports from various sources, including practice management and electronic health record software, using a variety of tools and technologies. Click here to learn more and please share with individuals who might be interested.


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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


MPCA Office Closed in Observance of Thanksgiving
November 27-28, 2014

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

Online registration open until Nov. 28

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.



Mobile Dentistry Forms Open for Comment

Open for public comment are nine draft mobile dentistry forms and supporting documents released by the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) on November 12. Legislation was passed in April 2014 regarding the practice of mobile dentistry in Michigan. Beginning April 1, 2015, the mobile dental law (PA 100 of 2014) will go into effect. From this date forward, mobile dental providers who practice in Michigan will have to apply for and be approved by MDCH before performing dental procedures in a mobile facility. MPCA is preparing a response to the draft forms/resources on behalf of Michigan Health Center dental providers, so please submit comments to Diane Rydahl at by December 5, 2014. The finalized Mobile Dental Forms will be available on the MDCH Oral Health Website.


Senator Hildenbrand Named Next Chair of Michigan Senate Appropriations Committee

Michigan Senate Majority Leader-elect Arlan Meekhof announced that Senator Dave Hildenbrand (R-Lowell) will be the next chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Senator Hildenbrand will succeed the current Appropriations Chair, Senator Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw Township) who is term-limited. The process of organizing other committees is underway in both chambers. Committees are an important part of the legislative process as they consider bills and issues and oversee agencies, programs, and activities within their jurisdiction. The decisions of the Appropriations and Health Policy Committees greatly impact Michigan Health Centers and the patients they serve. We will keep you updated as we hear of appointments to these legislative committees for 2015-16. Make sure to also check the "Contact Your Elected Officials" page of MPCA's website for the most up-to-date information. 


Health Center Program Oversight Requirements Apply to Look-Alikes

The Bureau of Primary Health Care released Program Assistance Letter (PAL) 2014-11 on November 14 to clarify that the Progressive Action process and associated enforcement actions described in PAL 2014-08: Health Center Program Requirements Oversight issued on June 11, 2014, also apply to FQHC Look-Alikes. PAL 2014-11 outlines the Progressive Action process for Look-Alikes. Please note that until further enhancements are made to the Electronic Handbook (EHB) module, Look-Alikes will be notified of Progressive Action conditions and condition response deadlines via an EHB email. Look-Alikes should submit their responses to conditions via email and will receive feedback from HRSA by EHB email as to whether the response adequately addresses the area of non-compliance.


VA Releases Interim Final Rule Regarding Veterans Choice Program

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released an interim final rule effective November 5, 2014, regarding implementation of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014. This legislation directs the VA to establish a program for providing veterans the option of receiving health care at non-VA facilities rather than waiting for a VA appointment or traveling to a VA facility. NACHC is reviewing the rule and will provide more detailed information for Health Centers. In the meantime, if you have questions about the Veterans Choice Program or a veteran brings a Choice Card to your Health Center and you are unsure how to proceed, call the VA-established hotline at 866.606.8198.


ATSU Announces Groundbreaking Scholarly Activity Partnership with NACHC

Craig M. Phelps, DO, President of A.T. Still University (ATSU), and Ron Yee, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) recently announced a groundbreaking, joint research partnership between ATSU and NACHC. The partnership will help create and advance interprofessional scholarly activity within Bureau of Primary Health Care supported Health Centers, and it will help improve the health status of patients and communities across the nation.


New Ebola Resources

MPCA's clinical team continues to monitor news about the current Ebola activity and review newly released and updated resources for relevancy to Michigan Health Centers. Over the past week, two important resources were released: Disinfectants for Use Against the Ebola Virus (Environmental Protection Agency), and HIPAA Privacy in Emergency Situations (Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights). These resources have been posted on MPCA's Ebola webpage.


IRS Issues Guidance Regarding Private Business Use of Tax-exempt Bond Financed Facilities

The IRS issued Notice 2014-67 on November 10, 2014, to provide guidance for determining whether a state or local government entity or a 501(c)(3) organization will be considered to have private business use of its tax-exempt bond-financed facilities due to its participation in an "accountable care organization" and guidance regarding certain management contracts that do not result in private business use. 


More State & National News



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


Using Health IT to Measure Practice Transformation (webinar)
November 19, 2014, 3-4:30 pm ET
Host: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Overview of Performance-Enhancing Tools for Health Centers Part I: Staff and Board Education (webinar)
December 2, 2014, 2-3 pm ET
Host: Capital Link


Overview of Performance-Enhancing Tools for Health Centers Part II: Strategic Growth Readiness Assessment (webinar)
December 3, 2014, 2-3 pm ET
Host: Capital Link


Medicare PPS One-Day Implementation Trainings
December 16 & 17, 2014
San Diego, CA
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.

November Health Observances


More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center



American Indian & Alaska Native Medical Equipment Grants
Funder: Association of  American Indian Physicians
Due: December 1, 2014


March of Dimes Chapter Community Grants Program: 2015 RFP
Funder: March of Dimes Michigan Chapter
Due: December 1, 2014


Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Implementation Funds Program
Funder: American Academy of Pediatrics
Due: January 30, 2015


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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