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February 28, 2014
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Thank You Advocates Who Attended MPCA Legislative Forum

Board and staff members from Michigan Health Centers convened in Lansing on Wednesday, February 26 to attend the 2014 MPCA Legislative Forum. Thank you to everyone who made the trip to Lansing to learn more about the current legislative climate and to educate your State Legislators about Health Centers and this year's MPCA policy priorities. Over 70 visits with State Senators and Representatives took place, in addition to more informal discussions during a legislative luncheon. You can read a recap of the Forum on the MPCA blog and check out an online photo album on MPCA's Facebook page.

NACHC Policy & Issues Forum Just Weeks Away

The 2014 Policy & Issues Forum hosted by the National Association of Community Health Centers is taking place March 19-23 in Washington, DC. This year's Congressional visits on the Hill will take place Thursday, March 20, and MPCA is scheduling Congressional visits for every Michigan Health Center. Please email Doug Paterson by March 13 to let him know who from your Health Center will be attending.



Happy 34th Birthday to Us!

MPCA is celebrating its 34th birthday today, February 28, 2014. It was on this date back in 1980 that MPCA incorporated to expand the scope of what was then the Michigan Association of Rural Health Care (MARHC). Read more about MPCA's beginnings and the vision for the future.

MPCA Presents Champion for the Medically Underserved Award to Senator Richardville and Representative Shirkey

On behalf of Michigan’s 39 Health Center organizations, MPCA presented Senator Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) and Representative Mike Shirkey (R-Clark Lake) with the Champion for the Medically Underserved Award during its Legislative Forum held in Lansing on February 26, 2014. This annual award recognizes state legislators for their work to promote and protect affordable, quality health care for medically underserved populations in Michigan. “MPCA commends Senator Richardville and Representative Shirkey for their leadership in ensuring more Michigan residents have insurance coverage through the bi-partisan Healthy Michigan Plan. This plan not only helps Michiganders better afford health care coverage, it does so while saving the state money at the same time,” said Kim Sibilsky, Chief Executive Officer, MPCA. Read more

MPCA Submits Comments on CMS Draft Letter to Issuers

As we reported in the February 7th issue of the MPCA eUpdate, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its Draft 2015 Letter to Issuers earlier this month, which outlines guidelines for Qualified Health Plans that want to participate in the Marketplaces for the upcoming year. MPCA submitted comments this week on the draft letter, which were due to CMS by February 25. Since Michigan's health insurance exchange is structured as a partnership utilizing the Federally Facilitated Marketplace for most exchange functions, the requirements for issuers contained in the draft letter are highly significant for Michigan Health Centers.

Save the Date for the 2014 MPCA Annual Conference

It's not too early to start making plans to attend the 2014 MPCA Annual Conference August 3-5 at the beautiful Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, Michigan. The theme for this year's conference is "Strength in Numbers" and educational sessions will focus on supporting and promoting Michigan Health Centers as a strong, unified statewide network that is increasing access to care for Michiganders, improving health outcomes, saving the health care system money, creating jobs, and boosting local economies. More information will be shared in the months to come, so mark your calendar for August 3-5 and stay tuned for updates.


More News from MPCA


Avon Breast Health Outreach Program Awards Grant for Breast Cancer Program to Cherry Street Health Services

The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $50,000 one-year grant to Cherry Street Health Services to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer and provide mammograms and clinical breast exams. Read more


Jackson Healthcare Providers to Host Obamacare Enrollment Event Next Month


Allegiance Health and the Jackson Center for Family Health are co-hosting an event next month for area residents with questions or concerns about enrolling in an insurance plan on the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplace. Read more


Detroit Central City Community Mental Health Hosting Annual Run for Literacy


The 3rd Annual Run for Literacy, hosted by Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, will be held on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the Detroit RiverWalk at 10am. The goal of Run for Literacy is to continue to raise awareness of the growing demand for mental health services and the stigma that keeps people from seeking help. Read more


More Health Center News


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  • Part-time Program Coordinator-Outreach, Enrollment, and Education, MPCA, Lansing, MI
  • Workforce Development Specialist, MPCA, Lansing, MI
  • CEO, Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc. Traverse City, MI
  • Primary Care Physician, Mercy Health-Saint Mary's Community Health Centers, Grand Rapids, MI

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.



MDCH Issues Healthy Michigan Bulletin to Inform Providers

The Medical Services Administration (MSA) within the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) distributed MSA bulletin 14-11 on February 27 to inform providers of the new Healthy Michigan eligibility category and to provide information regarding the services available to beneficiaries. Beneficiaries in the Adult Benefits Waiver will be automatically transitioned into the Healthy Michigan Plan effective April 1, 2014. In mid-March, MDCH will announce when the eligibility system will be ready for others to apply for the program. The bulletin also outlines the delivery system, health risk assessment, beneficiary cost sharing requirements for individuals enrolled in Healthy Michigan through a contracted health plan, and covered services.

MDCH, MPCA, Partners Hosting Webinar on Healthy Michigan Plan Structure and Benefits

As work to implement the Healthy Michigan Plan continues, MDCH in partnership with MPCA, the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, Michigan Association for Local Public Health, Michigan Association of United Ways, Enroll Michigan, and Michigan Benefits Access is hosting a training webinar on March 4 at 3-4:30 pm ET focused on the structure, unique design, and program benefits of the Healthy Michigan Plan. This training is especially important for health care providers who will be interacting with Healthy Michigan beneficiaries at the point of care. Meanwhile, MDCH has been working diligently to prepare answers to an updated list of Healthy Michigan Plan frequently asked questions (FAQs). Most (if not all) of the questions came from the webinar held by the aforementioned partners in January. Click here for the new FAQs; the original set of FAQs is still available for reference at

MDCH Implementing Updated Paper Claim Forms

Per MSA bulletin 14-07, MDCH will convert to the ADA 2012 and the CMS 1500 (Version 02/12) paper claim formats. Effective March 22, 2014, MDCH will implement a hard cut-over to the new formats for claim adjudication. Claims received using the previous formats on or after this date will be returned to the provider for resubmission utilizing the new claim forms. MDCH is also implementing a new adjudication rule to comply with the existing UB 04 claim form. Questions regarding this bulletin may be directed to Provider Inquiry at

House Supplemental Looks Very Different than Senate Version

In last week's MPCA eUpdate we reported the Michigan Senate passed a supplemental appropriations bill that includes a fix for the hole in the MDCH budget resulting from the Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA) failing to generate sufficient revenue. This week the House Appropriations Committee approved a new version of SB 608, which includes a $100 placeholder instead of $114 million to fix the HICA shortfall. The rationale behind Including a placeholder is that it allows more time for the consideration of different proposals for fixing the shortfall. The bill now heads to the full House for consideration. Should the House and Senate versions remain split, the bill will go to conference committee. Read more

MDCH Funds Four Pilots Focused on Mental Health Diversion

MDCH awarded grant funding this week to kick off pilot programs for diverting people with mental illness away from jail. St. Joseph County received $349,000 to train the county's diversion team and sheriff's department on identifying mental health issues. In Detroit, $350,000 will be used to establish an interview and assessment location at the Detroit Police Department. The Kalamazoo County Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services was granted $335,980 to expand its crisis intervention team, which supports officer training so they can identify mental health issues. A grant of $297,060 was given to Pathways Community Mental Health to add a jail diversion liaison.

MDCH Issues Clarification on NPI for Non-FQHC Services

MDCH sent a letter via file transfer on February 26, 2014, to all Health Centers regarding the use of National Provider Identifier (NPI) numbers for different types of services. The letter directs Health Centers to obtain a separate, non-FQHC type 2 NPI (sometimes called a facility or FAO NPI) to bill non-FQHC services. Non-FQHC services are defined in the letter as those which do not receive the PPS rate, those performed at non-FQHC sites, and those not included in a Health Center’s Bureau of Primary Health Care scope of project. If you have questions about the letter please contact Phillip Bergquist.

School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan Seeking Annual Conference Workshop Proposals

The School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan (SCHA-MI) is seeking workshop proposals for its annual conference to be held July 24-25 at Shanty Creek in Bellaire, Michigan. The theme for the conference is "Putting Healthcare in Their Hands—Empowering Youth as Healthcare Consumers." SCHA-MI is seeking best practices in the field of school-based and school-linked health care and adolescent medicine. Suggested workshop topics include mental health, physical health, policy and advocacy, team building/communication, revenue cycle management, and more. The deadline to submit a proposal is March 7. Click here for more information.

President's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposes Increased Funding for Primary Care Workforce Programs

When President Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 budget is released next Tuesday, March 4, it will include substantial increases in primary care workforce development programs including the National Health Service Corps. The proposal builds upon efforts included in the Affordable Care Act and would be one of the largest expansions of the primary care workforce in history, and if enacted, would be vitally important to Health Centers and the patients they serve. "A trained, committed clinical workforce is a major part of the equation in turning our health system into one built on primary and preventive care." Read more

Congressman John Dingell Announces Retirement

Congressman John Dingell (D-Dearborn), the longest serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives, announced this week that he will retire at the end of this term and not seek re-election. "We will miss you, Congressman Dingell. You have been a true champion for ensuring the underserved have access to quality health care, and you have been a wonderful friend to Health Centers in Michigan and the nation. Thank you for your six decades of service and the valuable things you've done with them," MPCA posted on its Facebook page. Candidates for the 12th Congressional District (which includes the greater Ann Arbor area, Dearborn, and Downriver Detroit) must file petitions by April 22. Likely candidates include Debbie Dingell, Congressman Dingell's wife, who is expected to announce her candidacy today; and State Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor), who launched today an exploratory committee. According to MIRS, State Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor) is also considering running for the seat.

HHS Offers HIPAA Guidance on Behavioral Health

HHS Office for Civil Rights has issued guidance to clarify when it is appropriate under HIPAA for a health care provider to share the protected health information of a patient who is being treated for a mental health condition.

ONC Issues Next Edition of Electronic Health Record Technology Certification Criteria

On February 21, 2014, the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued proposals for the next edition (the “2015 Edition”) of electronic health record (EHR) technology certification criteria. The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on February 26, ONC will accept comments on the proposed rule through April 28, and the final rule is expected to be issued in summer 2014. Read more

More State & National News



Federal Communications Commission Support for Community Based Health IT (webinar)
February 28, 2014, 2-3 pm ET
Host: Health Resources & Services Administration

Electronic Health Record Functionality to Support Primary Care
February 28, 2014, 2:30-4 pm ET
Host: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Healthy Michigan Plan Structure and Benefits
March 4, 2014, 3-4:30 pm ET
Host: MDCH, MPCA and Partners

Advocacy 101: Why Engaging in Policy is Part of Your Job
(Strengthening the Oral Health Safety Net webinar)
March 5, 2014, 2-3 pm ET
Host: National Network for Oral Health Access

Managed Care 101: The Basics
(webinar 1 in a two-part Health Center essentials series)
March 6, 2014, 2-3:30 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Integrating Oral Health Care in HIV Primary Care Settings: A Guide to Oral Health Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS
(webinar series)
March 7, 2014, 2-4 pm ET
March 28, 2014, 2-4 pm ET
Host: HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau


Upcoming Health Observances

More Upcoming State & National Events



More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center


Affordable Care Act Mental Health Service Expansion-Behavioral Health Integration
Funder: Health Resources & Services Administration
Due: March 3, 2014

Application technical assistance

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program National HIV Training & Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreements

Funder: Health Resources & Services Administration
Due: March 3, 2014

Mobilization for Health: National Prevention Partnership Awards Program

Funder: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
Non-binding Letters of Intent Due: January 21, 2014
Due: March 3, 2014

Supporting Healthy Start Performance Project

Funder: Health Resources & Services Administration
Due: March 3, 2014

Global Youth Service Day Mini-Grant

Funder: Michigan Days of Service partners
Due: March 3, 2014

Affordable Care Act Patient Centered Medical Home - Facility Improvements Grant Program

Funder: Health Resources & Services Administration
Due: March 14, 2014

Application technical assistance

NHSC Loan Repayment Program
Funder: HRSA's National Health Service Corps
Due: March 20, 2014
Application Conference Call March 5, 8-9:30 pm ET

FY 2015 Michigan State Loan Repayment Program Application Period

Funder: Michigan State Loan Repayment Program
Due: April 30, 2014

Safe Infant Sleep Systems Integration Program

Funder: Health Resources & Services Administration
Due: April 30, 2014

Family-Centered Self-Management of Chronic Conditions
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Due: May 7, 2014

NAANA 2014 Nursing Scholarship

Funder: National American Arab Nurses Association
Due: May 30, 2014


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.

Michigan Primary Care Association’s (MPCA) 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 percent funded by federal dollars at a current annual level of $1,069,988.00.


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