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September 28, 2016
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MPCA, MDHHS Officials to Discuss Rules for Medicaid 340B Program Changes

Michigan is one of a growing number of states planning to implement changes that could reduce Health Centers’ ability to retain 340B savings on drugs dispensed to Medicaid managed care patients.  The changes are a result of the Affordable Care Act and its expanded managed care drug rebate program. The new federal policy will eliminate 340B savings for all Medicaid fee-for-service patients.

With the state required to implement rules by April 1, 2017, MPCA will meet with MDHHS officials October 5 to discuss the 340B program and how changes to the duplicate reporting could have significant negative consequences for Health Centers. MPCA will continue to emphasize to MDHHS officials and others the importance of the 340 savings to Health Centers and the impact the loss of the savings will have on patients and patient care.

Participating in the meeting with be CEO Loretta V. Bush, COO Joanne Sheldon, Director of Operations and Enabling Services Julie Tatko and Policy and Government Affairs Manger Ryan Grinnell.  

In preparation for the meeting, MPCA is collecting data from all Health Centers who participate in 340B, including how savings are utilized.

HRSA encourages 340B covered entities to work with their state to develop strategies to prevent duplicate discounts on drugs reimbursement. The intent of the 340B program, as stated by Congress, is “to stretch scarce Federal resources as far as possible, reaching more eligible patients and providing more comprehensive services.”

Learn more about Medicaid and 340B and what Health Centers should be doing and watching. 

FQHC Dentist Supports Dental Therapists before Senate Health Policy Committee 

Kevin Steely, DDS, dental director for Grace Health in Battle Creek, testifying in favor of a bill to license dental therapists in Michigan, said that more dental practitioners are needed to address the oral disease burden of the Medicaid-insured population.

Speaking before the Senate Health Policy Committee, chaired by Sen. Mike Shirkey, R- Clark Lake, Steely said, “If I had dental therapists working alongside my dentists—analogous to our fourth-year dental students—it would permit a greater volume of services for our community.”

He went on to say that practitioners should “make the decision for their own practice as to how to expand access in their communities," but reiterated the fact that "dentists should have the option to employee a dental therapist." 

Also testifying in favor of Senate Bill 1013 were Karl Self, DDS, director of the Division of Dental Therapy at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, and Emily Pietig, DDS, an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. 

Register for the Enabling Services Annual Forum by September 29th

The MPCA Enabling Services Team is hosting its annual forum on October 3rd at the Crowne Plaza in Lansing. This event is open to anyone interested in strategic partnerships, health coverage application assistance, the Medicaid appeals process and patient advocacy, updates on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Integrated Service Delivery launch, planning and implementing targeted outreach, and best practices for effective social media outreach. Click here to view the full agenda and speaker list.

The morning will kick-off with a session on building strategic partnerships, presented by Kristen Stoimenoff, Deputy Director at Health Outreach Partners. HOP is a National Cooperative Agreement specializing in health outreach and enabling services, program planning and development, needs assessments and evaluation, and community collaboration. Stoimenoff will present an afternoon session on targeted outreach. Registration is available until September 29


MPCA Clinical Team to Host Zika Virus Teleconference October 5

On October 5, 2016 from 11 am-12 pm, MPCA’s clinical team will host a teleconference with updates on the Zika virus. This meeting will include the latest updates from the CDC, a quick review and discussion of the L Letter from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, an overview of available resources, updated information on Zika virus activity in the US, and additional information from MPCA.  

Webcast attendees are limited to 25 website connections, so please share if possible.

Zika Virus: What you need to know

The following information includes details on how you can join the meeting.
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States +1 (312) 757-3121
Access Code: 859-200-669 

Crain’s Detroit Highlights ACA’s Impact on Michigan’s Health System

Crain’s Detroit September 18 issue labels Michigan “one of the nation’s most aggressive states in seeking funds from the Affordable Care Act.” Writer Jay Greene highlights the $709 million allocated to Michigan, ranking it 11th in the country for most ACA funds. Moreover, five of the top 10 organizations receiving ACA grant funding in Michigan are FQHCs. Read the complete Crain's story. 




Enabling Services Annual Forum 
October 3, 2016, 9 am - 3 pm 
Location:  Crowne Plaza Lansing West 
Sponsor:  Michigan Primary Care Association 


2016 Fall Clinical Conference:  2016 Comprehensive Management of Substance Use Disorder in Primary Care:  From Prevention to Treatment.
October 19, 2016
Location:  Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing
Host: Michigan Primary Care Association 


Webinar:  Primary Care Services for LGBT Youth 
October 24, 2 pm - 3 pm 
Sponsor:  Michigan Primary Care Association


Asthma Management Training: Primary Care Matters Most 
November 3, 2016
Location:  Crowne Plaza, Lansing
Host:  Michigan Primary Care Association, The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Michigan Chapter


More upcoming state & national events




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.


Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyles Grant 

The Michigan Health Endowment Fund is pleased to announce the opening of the 2017 Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyles proactive grant round. The aim of this proactive initiative is to address the lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, and childhood obesity in Michigan communities by leveraging and coordinating efforts to enable children in Michigan to practice healthy behaviors and live healthy lives.

Visit the Michigan Health Endowment Fund website for FAQs and grant-making information. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Laurie Solotorow at with any questions. 

Free PRAPARE Electronic Health Record Templates Now Available

The Protocol for Responding to and Assessing Patients’ Assets, Risks, and ExperiencesImplementation and Action Toolkit is now available for free. The toolkit contains Electronic Health Record templates for eClinicalWorks, Epic, GE Centricity, and NextGen. Health centers interested in using these templates will need to sign an End User License Agreement in order to access the EHR templates. The PRAPARE toolkit walks users through each step of the process to collect data on the social determinants of health and respond to needs identified, ranging from planning guides and workflow diagrams to Electronic Health Record templates and sample reports to examples of social determinant interventions.

The PRAPARE assessment was created in an effort to help health centers collect patients’ social determinants of health data  needed to better understand patient risk, identify patient needs for supportive services, advocate for patient and community needs, and demonstrate the value of the health center model to payers, patients, and communities.

MPCA staff is available to support health centers implementing PRAPARE. Our experience using the PRAPARE in our Linkages project has resulted in numerous best practices and valuable guidance for using the tool.  Please contact Lydia Starrs if you have questions or would like technical assistance. Contact Faiyaz Syed for questions related to the EHR templates.

Registration Open for Michigan's Annual Immunization Conferences

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Fall Regional Immunization Conferences offer an excellent opportunity to update health care professionals on immunization issues that affect people of all ages.

While the conferences are intended for all immunizing providers representing diverse health care settings, physicians’ offices, in particular, may benefit from this immunization update and networking opportunity. However, everyone is welcome to attend this conference, and health care professionals from a variety of settings will find this training opportunity beneficial.

Conference speakers feature William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, associate director for immunization education for the Immunization Action Coalition; Candice Robinson, MD, MPH, medical officer in the CDC’s Immunization Services Division; and JoEllen Wolicki, RN, BSN, nurse educator at the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

The conferences are scheduled for October 11 through November 18 at locations throughout the state. Conference registration fee will be $50.

Feds Make Progress on Antibiotic Resistance 

Most of modern medicine is possible because antibiotics provide the power to fight common infections. Unfortunately, we’ve seen this tool’s power gradually diminish over time. Every year, at least 2 million people become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and 23,000 die as a result.

To find a solution to this public health challenge, President Obama tasked HHS to work with our federal partners on a comprehensive, five-year National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB). Learn more here

Free Webinar October 27:  The SBIRT Challenge 

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs.

This free webinar—October 27, 3-4:30 pm ET—will review the barriers experienced when implementing Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment education. A model identifying the interrelationship between barriers and facilitators will be presented, as well as a comparison of implementation with different populations of students, geographic locations, professional concepts and cultures.





CMS Accountable Health Communities
Due:  November 3, 2016
Funder:  Department of Health and Human Services 


W.K. Kellogg Foundation 

Various Grants


Bureau of Primary Health Care Loan Guarantee Program

Funder:  Bureau of Primary Health Care 


Susan G. Komen Michigan Community Grants 
Due:  October 14, 2016


More grant opportunities



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