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MPCA eUpdate | September 12, 2016
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September 12, 2016
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MPCA Testifies Before Senate Committee

The Senate Health Policy Committee, chaired by Sen. Mike Shirkey, R- Clark Lake, held a hearing on access to dental care in Michigan with MPCA receiving an invitation to present. Loretta V. Bush, CEO, was joined by Dr. Brenda Coughlin and Dr. Paul Crowley from Great Lakes Bay Health Centers to highlight the lack of access to dental care Michigan’s most vulnerable population face daily due to the many various reasons – shortages of providers, low Medicaid reimbursement, and the challenge of treating patients with complex oral health issues. Based on the testimonies provided by MDHHS, Michigan Oral Health Coalition, MPCA, Michigan Dental Hygienist Association, Michigan Dental Association, and others, it is clear that Michigan faces many issues related to access to dental care and as a state we must do something to help.

Read the full story here


MPCA to Host HIPAA Privacy and Security Training September 15, 2016

This one-day training session we will take a closer look at the requirements for the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, as well as the Breach Notification Rule. You will learn who these rules apply to, what information they protect, and the supporting documentation you should have in place. We will address a number of common HIPAA compliance issues and break down the requirement for providers to conduct a security risk assessment. The training session will help you identify if you have a breach of health information, and will explain your breach notification responsibilities. You will learn how to prepare for the OCR HIPAA audits which are currently underway, to help you avoid the large penalties for HIPAA noncompliance that we now hear about on an almost weekly basis.

Who should attend: IT directors, compliance officers, chief operating officers, quality assurance/improvement staff, clinical quality leadership, HIT managers.

The training will be at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Lansing, from 8 am- 4 pm. Click here for more information and registration.


Genesee Community Health Center Receives NCQA Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition

Congratulations to Genesee Community Health Center for achieving National Committee for Quality Assurance Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition! Special recognition to all at the Health Center who were responsible for attaining this national quality seal of approval. The PCMH program emphasizes care coordination and communication to transform primary care into meeting patients’ total health care needs . Medical homes can lead to higher quality of care and lower costs, and can improve patients’ and providers’ experience of care.

Contact Simmi Isaac, MPCA clinical quality program specialist, for questions and assistance on PCMH. For additional information on the NCQA PCMH recognition, click here


EHR/EDR User Group Webinar: Patient Portal Implementation- Tips and Tricks

Join this September 20 webinar, 11 am – 12 noon, to hear Kathy Pisa, client services manager, Michigan Center for Effective IT Adoption. Pisa, a former FQHC manager, will provide an overview of implementing the patient portal and how to meet this meaningful use measure, along with tricks and tips to get your staff and patients engaged in the use of this tool.

The MPCA’s Debbie Kristy, HIT specialist, and Dr. Faiyaz Syed, associate director of clinical services, will host the webinar.

Registration:  Click here to register. Contact Debbie Kristy with questions.

MPCA to Host Dental Providers' Meaningful Use Webinar September 14

Despite the rumors about the demise of meaningful use, the Medicaid meaningful use program is slated to continue as previously planned until 2021. The final year a provider can join the Medicaid MU program and still receive financial incentives is 2016. Join Bruce Maki, Michigan Center for Effective IT Adoption Regulatory Analyst, as he reviews what Dental Eligible Professionals need to know today to become Meaningful Users in 2016. There is still $63,750 per provider in incentives available. Q&A to follow the presentation.

Registration: There is no cost, but advanced registration is required. 

Contact MPCA’s Lindsay Sailor, clinical specialist, with questions.

MPCA Enabling Services Annual Forum October 3: Connecting Consumers to Care and Community

Registration is now open for the MPCA Enabling Services Annual Forum: Connecting Consumers to Care and Community. The day will feature practical sessions on building strategic partnerships, assisting with MDHHS/Medicaid appeals, social media outreach, and more! Click here for the agenda.

If you have questions or need assistance with registration, please contact Jaspreet Malhotra at



Homeless Health Network:  Annual Face-to-Face Meeting
September 14, 2016, Lansing
Host:  Michigan Primary Care Association

Centering In-Person Meeting
September 15, 2016, Lansing
Location:  Michigan Primary Care Association
Host:  Michigan Primary Care Association

Centering Advanced Facilitation Training
September 16, 2016
Location:  Michigan Primary Care Association
Host:  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 

HIPAA Training
September 15, 2016
Crowne Plaza Lansing 
Host:  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 MPCA-hosted events



More job openings

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.


Flint Receives Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area Designation 

Primary care services in Flint will be strengthened through a federal Health Professional Shortage Area designation that makes the area eligible for primary care workforce recruitment and retention programs.

MPCA played a key role in gathering provider data from Flint to demonstrate the need for primary medical providers. For the past year, MPCA worked with the Flint community and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Health Resources and Services Agency to review data which ultimately led to the HPSA designation.

There are three types of HPSA designations: primary care, dental and mental health. In addition to the primary care HPSA, all of Flint is located within a mental health HPSA and portions are located within a dental health HPSA. HRSA is the primary federal agency for enhancing access to health care for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable.

Read the full MDHHS news release

Emergency Management:  Do 1 Thing

This month’s focus in the do1thing curriculum is Step 5: Vital Resources. The goal is to make sure that vital resources are available, even when you can’t get back to your site.

Take these steps to prepare your Health Center for a potential emergency:

  • Identify what records, systems, and equipment are necessary to continue essential functions in your business.       
  • Back up vital records and equipment off-site. 
  • Make a Go Kit for vital records in case you have to evacuate your building.

If you missed the last 4 steps, they can be accessed by clicking here

FQHC Look-Alike Resource and Webinar 

The Bureau of Primary Health Care has released new, streamlined instructions for applicants applying for Look-Alike Initial Designation. The purpose of the Look-Alike Initial Designation application is to establish new Look-Alike service delivery sites under the Health Center Program that provide comprehensive primary health care services, but do not receive Health Center Program funding. The updated instructions and application resources are available on the Look-Alike Technical Assistance website.  

A Webinar for applicants will be held on Tuesday, September 13 at 3 p.m. EDT. Click here to Access the webinar. Call-in number: 800-619-8459 ; Passcode: 3531389. 

Please contact the MPCA's Nashia Choudhury, health center growth specialist, for more information about FQHC Look-Alikes. 

Apply by September 15 for SDOH Academy

The Social Determinants of Health Academy is a six-month virtual training series and is the first national initiative to offer a coordinated curriculum on multiple community-based Social Determinants of Health interventions. The training series will help Health Centers develop, implement and sustain SDOH interventions in their clinics and communities.  The SDOH Academy is led by eight organizations with expertise in a range of SDOH topics, program implementation, and evaluation, each of which has a National Cooperative Agreement with HRSA to provide training and technical assistance to support the development of SDOH interventions in the health center field:

 Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations; Association of Clinicians for the Underserved; Community Health Partners for Sustainability; Corporation for Supportive Housing

Health Outreach Partners; National Association of Community Health Centers; National Center for Medical Legal Partnerships; National Health Care for the Homeless Council

Applications for the 2016-2017 class are due September 15, 2016. Fifty Health Centers and PCAs will be selected from the applications, and applicants will be notified on September 23, 2016. You can find application FAQs here and any other questions about the application should be directed to Sharena Hagins.

Provider Recruitment Spotlight:  J-1 Waiver Opportunity 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is accepting applications for physicians practicing at a Health Center who have a J-1 visa to waive the two-year foreign residency requirement. Physicians must agree to deliver services for three years at a Federally Qualified Health Center, rural health center, or tribal health center in a health professional shortage area with a score of seven or higher.  Physicians must practice family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, obstetrics & gynecology, or general psychiatry.

If an applicant meets the above criteria, the application should be submitted through the U.S. Exchange Visitor Program - Clinical Care, not the Conrad State 30 Program. The benefits of the US Exchange Visitor Program are that there is no cost to file or reporting requirement, applications are accepted year round, and there is a much quicker application processing time. HHS entourages FQHCs, RHCs, and tribal health centers to use this waiver as a first line for primary care and then apply to the state Conrad 30 program for specialists.

Please visit the MDHHS for more information about the United States Exchange Program – Clinical Care, including instructions for obtaining a letter of support. Crystal Korpi, MPCA program specialist, is also able to answer questions and can be reached at The United States Exchange Visitor Program website contains the complete application. 

CMS Announces New Funding Opportunity: Accountable Health Communities Track 1 

In January 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a new funding opportunity for an innovative model of care, the Accountable Health Communities Model. The AHC Model is based on emerging evidence that addressing health-related social needs through enhanced clinical-community linkages can improve health outcomes and reduce costs. The initial request for applications focused on three different tracks, each with a specific degree of intervention to address social determinants of health. The current funding opportunity makes two modifications to Track 1 in an effort to make the model more accessible to a broader set of applicants: lowering the number of required screenings and increasing the funding award amount.   

CMS is accepting applications from community-based organizations, health care practices, hospitals and health systems, institutions of higher education, local government entities, tribal organizations, and for-profit and non-for- profit local and national entities with the capacity to develop and maintain relationships with clinical delivery sites and community service providers. All applicants, including those who applied previously to Tracks 1, 2 or 3, are eligible to apply. Applicants that previously applied to Track 1 of the AHC Model under the original announcement must re-apply using this funding announcement (# CMS-1P1-17-002) to be considered.

Interested applicants can apply at through November 3, 2016. For more information about the AHC Model, visit 




More resources in MPCA's online Education & Resource Center


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

Health Promotion Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Males
Due: January 7, 2020
Funder:  Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health 

Wrigley Company Foundation Community Service Grant
Due: October 1, 2016
Funder: American Dental Hygientists' Association

Bureau of Primary Health Care Loan Guarantee Program
Due: October 1, 2016
Funder: Bureau of Primary Health Care


More grant opportunities




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