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MPCA eUpdate | December 9, 2014
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December 9, 2014
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New Cost-efficiency Study Shows Michigan Health Centers Save the State Money

According to an evaluation of Medicaid managed care and fee-for-service claims from 2011 and 2012, Michigan Health Centers are 8% more cost efficient at providing services to adult Medicaid beneficiaries than are other Medicaid providers. MPCA contracted with the Institute for Health Policy at Michigan State University to conduct the evaluation, and the results are presented in the report, "An Evaluation of the Cost Efficiency of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and FQHC 'Look-Alikes' Operating in Michigan." The report demonstrates that Michigan’s Health Centers save the State of Michigan $12 per member per month, or $144 per beneficiary per year, in Medicaid expenditures. This equates to a projected total savings of $15.9 million annually to the Medicaid program based on the number of adult Medicaid beneficiaries that Michigan Health Centers serve. Click here to access the full report and executive summary. 


Action Alert: Tell Your State Senator to NOT Take Money from Schools to Fix Roads

Roads are important to Michigan's future, but they should be funded in the right way. The plan that the Michigan House of Representatives passed in lame duck session last week will divert needed dollars from schools and communities. In addition to supporting schools, the state education fund also supports School-based and School-linked Health Centers. Click here to sign the School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan's petition and call your State Senator today to urge him/her to reject the House plan and stick with the Senate plan to pay for roads. Be sure to explain the effect that the loss of funding will not only have on schools, but also on children's physical and mental health services.



MPCA, Michigan Health Centers Continue Urging Congress to Fix the Funding Cliff

MPCA continues to hear from Michigan Health Centers about their participation in phase 2 of the Access is the Answer campaign. THANK YOU to the staff, board members, and advocates who are working to educate current and newly elected Members of Congress about the critical need to fix the Health Center funding cliff; collecting local support letters; and working with the media to publish editorials and articles about the potential impact on patients and communities. Be sure to visit MPCA's Fix the Cliff webpage for Michigan-specific resources to help in your efforts—and remember that MPCA staff is available to assist you. Please also let us know about your successes and challenges—we are eager to hear about each Michigan Health Center's efforts.  

MPCA Highlights Michigan's Experience in Second Open Enrollment Thus Far

MPCA's Director of Health Center Operations, Phillip Bergquist, joined enrollment experts from Missouri, Illinois, and Florida for a national talk hosted by Families USA last week to discuss how open enrollment is unfolding in these federally facilitated marketplaces. The general consensus among the experts is that consumers are prioritizing their health care needs over premiums this time around, compared to during the first open enrollment period.


Survey Closes December 12: Please Tell Us What You Think About the MPCA eUpdate

As a subscriber of the MPCA eUpdate, your feedback is important to us. If you haven't done so already, please complete this short 12-question survey to tell us what we’re doing well and how we can improve our weekly e-newsletter. The survey is open until Friday, December 12. Thank you in advance for sharing your feedback with us. 


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Fair Labor Standards Act: Understanding Exempt and Non-exempt Employees (webinar)
December 10, 2014, 11 am-12 pm ET


Quarterly EHR/EDR All User Group Meeting: Great Lakes Health Connect (webinar)
December 17, 2014, 2-3 pm ET


Utilizing the Board of Directors in Fund Development Activities (webinar)
January 22, 2015, 11 am-12 pm ET

Save the Date: 2015 Legislative Forum
March 4, 2015
Lansing, MI
Online registration opening soon


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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 State Loan Repayment Program to Grant $2.7 Million in Debt Relief

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) announced that 64 primary care providers in Michigan’s underserved areas will each receive up to $50,000 in medical education debt relief under the Michigan State Loan Repayment Program (MSLRP). The MSLRP received a record number of applications this year and more than doubled the number of new participants from last year. The new application period will open January 1, 2015, and continue through April 30, 2015. 


HRSA Publishes FAQs for Sliding Fee PIN

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has published an initial set of frequently asked questions for Policy Information Notice (PIN) 2014-02: Sliding Fee Discount and Related Billing and Collections. Included are several important clarifications regarding the extent of board approval, eligibility assessment, the definitions of income and family size, and discounts on service-related supplies and materials. Read more on NACHC's Policy Shop blog. Click here to access an on-demand webinar of the informational session HRSA hosted in October; click here for the presentation slides (PDF).


Appropriations a Top Priority for Congress As Year-end Nears

As reported in last week's NACHC Washington Update, Congress is wrapping up the year's business with the top priority of finding a resolution to the fiscal year (fiscal year) 2015 appropriations process. The stopgap measure that is currently keeping the federal government functioning is set to expire on December 11, 2014. House and Senate negotiators have been working to craft an "omnibus" spending bill for FY 2015, which would determine the funding outlook for Health Centers and other priority programs for the remainder of FY 2015. Congress is still considering action on several longer-range items during the lame duck session, and NACHC, MPCA, Health Centers, and partners continue to press for action on the primary care funding cliff. 


CDC Issues 2014-15 Flu Activity Health Advisory: Drifting H3N2 Viruses

On December 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a health advisory regarding the potential for circulation of drifted influenza A(H3N2) viruses. So far this flu season, national influenza viral characterization data indicates that 52% of influenza A/H3N2 viruses are antigenically different (i.e. drifted) from the H3N2 vaccine virus. The CDC health advisory reminds clinicians of the benefits of influenza antiviral medications and urges for continued influenza vaccination of unvaccinated patients this influenza season. This week (December 7-13) is National Influenza Vaccination Week—the perfect opportunity to increase awareness that it's not too late to vaccinate.


Measles Confirmed in Michigan

As reported by the Michigan Health Alert Network on December 5, two cases of measles have been confirmed in northwest Michigan. Both cases lacked a vaccination history against measles and recently had traveled to the Philippines where they were exposed. These are the first measles cases in Michigan in 2014. Click here for information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for health care professionals. Click here for key facts about measles from the Michigan Department of Community Health, including diagnosis, testing, and reporting and public health response.


Nominations for 2015 Governor's Fitness Awards Due by December 31

The Governor’s Fitness Awards recognize individuals, organizations, and events that lead by example and encourage others to lead healthier lifestyles. The Michigan Fitness Foundation and Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports are accepting nominations by December 31 in a variety of categories, such as outstanding healthy workplace, conquering obesity, veteran of the year, and more. Click here for more information and the nomination form.


More State & National News



Journey to Quality: A Health Center's Experience (FTCA risk management & quality improvement webinar)
December 9, 2014, 3-4 pm ET or December 11, 12-1 pm ET
Host: ECRI Institute on behalf of HRSA


Integrating Behavioral Health Into Primary Care (webinar)
December 10, 2014, 12 pm ET
Host: The Commonwealth Fund


ICD-10 Clinical Documentation Improvement (eHealth Provider webinar)
December 10, 2014, 12-1:30 pm ET
Host: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, American Health Information Management Association


Engagement as Prevention: The HIV Care Continuum in Action (webinar)
December 10, 2014, 1-2 pm ET
Host: National Center for Innovation in HIV Care


Health Centers Serving Residents of Public Housing (special/vulnerable populations enrichment webinar)
December 16, 2014, 2-3 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care


The Role for the EHR in Patient Safety: What Does the Evidence Tell Us? (webinar 1 in a 10-part series on HIT and patient safety)
December 18, 2014, 1-2:30 pm ET
Host: Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT


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.


More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center



Family-to-Family Health Information Centers
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services
Due: December 16, 2014


Rural Assistance Center for ORHP Cooperative Agreement
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services
Due: January 9, 2015


Partnership for Urban MCH Leadership Community Cooperative Agreement
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: January 9, 2015


Statewide Consumer Network Program
Funder: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
Due: February 2, 2015

Advanced Nursing Education Program
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: February 13, 2015


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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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