TAKE ACTION: Collect "Access is the Answer" Petition Signatures to Achieve March's Goal
The deadline for EVERY HEALTH CENTER to collect 500 signatures on the "Access is the Answer" petition is March 31—just a few weeks away! The goal of the campaign is to show every policymaker that protecting and investing in Health Centers is a solution to many of the problems that still face America’s health care system. The Access is the Answer petition is just a first step in demonstrating the importance of Health Centers and the critical role they play in their communities across the country. If every Health Center meets the March collection goal of 500 signatures by the end of the month, advocates will have collected close to 600,000 signatures.
NACHC Policy & Issues Forum March 19-23
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. MPCA will send Michigan-specific information to individuals from Michigan Health Centers who have registered for P&I, so please watch your email inbox next week.
MPCA Welcomes New Members
MPCA is honored to welcome Community Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services of St. Joseph County, Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, Packard Health, and the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians as active members; and New Center Community Services as an associate member. Click here to learn more about MPCA membership and click here for a full listing of current members.
Michigan Health Centers, MPCA Members Invited to Join "Yellow Jug Old Drugs" Program
MPCA is collaborating with the Great Lakes Clean Water Organization's Yellow Jug Old Drugs Program. To-date, the community-based program has collected and properly disposed of more than 45.75 tons of unused/unwanted drugs to help keep our water clean. Several Michigan Health Centers and MPCA members are currently participating in the program, and now is the ideal time for your pharmacy to join the collaboration at a reduced annual rate for MPCA members to increase awareness of the importance of properly disposing of unused/unwanted drugs. Click here to watch a documentary film for more information, and click here to sign up your Health Center's pharmacy as a partner.
MPCA Releases Compensation and Benefits Survey
MPCA has completed the 2013 Compensation and Benefits Survey, a comprehensive report that is as a valuable tool for Michigan Health Centers as they implement strategies for recruiting and retaining quality workforce. Thank you to the 23 Health Centers that participated in this year’s survey, and thank you to Merces Consulting Group for providing the analysis free of charge as part of their commitment to the Health Center movement in their headquarter state. MPCA invites Michigan Health Centers to a webinar on March 27, 2014, at 9:30 am ET, during which we will review the report and you can ask questions of Merces Consulting Group. If you would like a copy of the report, please email Rebecca Cienki, MPCA's Chief Operating Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: MPCA Offering Free Preliminary Security Risk Assessment
If your Health Center is interested in participating in a free security risk assessment, contact Faiyaz Syed before March 20 by emailing him at email@example.com. MPCA is offering a preliminary security risk assessment tool and review developed by the Ohio Shared Information Services (OSIS) at no cost to Michigan Health Centers to provide a baseline gap analysis review of some of the major items that organizations should be aware of as it relates to their HIPAA compliance efforts.
More News from MPCA
Federally Funded Health Centers Brace for Financial Loss
(USA Today) Federally funded health care centers, already straining to makes ends meet, now are fighting to block a 70% cut in their funding next year. Read more
New Health Center Opens in Calumet
(ABC-10 WBUP | WBKP) Residents in Calumet now have the option to see a doctor in their area thanks to a new health center. The Upper Great Lakes Family Health Centers continue their expansion into the Copper Country with opening of a brand-new facility at the Mine Street Station in Calumet. Read more
Clinic Opens in Centreville
(Three Rivers Commercial-News) Today is the first day of business for the St. Joseph County Health Center (SJCHC), operating under the auspices of Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in that agency’s west wing of its Centreville campus. Read more
Integrated Health Center Opens in Midtown
(Crain's Detroit Business) Detroit Central City Community Mental Health Inc. opened an integrated health center in Midtown Detroit today that is expected to serve nearly 3,500 people annually. Read more
Affordable Clinic Opens in Bad Axe
(The Huron County View) The Thumb Area Community Health Center opened Monday and offers appointments and in-office treatment on a sliding scale. Most uninsured, low-income patients will pay only $20 for their appointment. Read more
Family Health Center Receives PCMH Level 3 Recognition
Family Health Center (FHC) has earned national recognition for providing a new model of more personal, effective, and efficient primary care at its Sheridan location. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has recognized the practice as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home—the “gold” standard for delivery of high-quality care and service. Read more
Affordable Care Act Sign-Up Draws 73
(The Daily Telegram) Family Medical Center of Michigan provided three certified application counselors and eight laptop computers to help people through the sign-up process. Read more
More Health Center News
Do you have news to share about your Michigan Health Center? Email events and happenings to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Outreach & Enrollment Specialist, Family Health Center, Inc., Kalamazoo, MI
- Medical Director/Physician, Ingham Community Health Centers, Lansing, 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 email@example.com with Job Posting in the subject field.
FY14 Budget Supplemental Bill Heads to Conference Committee
A supplemental budget bill for the current fiscal year is headed to conference committee, as the Senate and House differ on several provisions within the bill. Of most significant contention is funding for fixing roads and for filling the hole in the MDCH budget due to the Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA) failing to generate sufficient revenue.
Phase-out of Plan First! Family Planning Waiver
In January, the Michigan Department of Community Health released a policy bulletin proposing to discontinue Plan First! enrollment on March 31, 2014; cease program benefits on June 30, 2014; and to not request renewal of the family planning waiver from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). MPCA submitted comments to MDCH requesting continuation of the program for a period of time sufficient enough to assure that most women are covered by other insurance and that the need for Plan First! does not appear necessary. Last Friday, February 28, MDCH issued MSA bulletin 14-12 to notify providers that the department is moving forward with phasing out the program, contingent on approval by CMS. Additional information about the ending of the family planning waiver will be posted on the Plan First! website as it becomes available.
President Obama Releases Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal
The Fiscal Year 2015 federal budget process officially began this week when President Obama released his proposed budget on March 5. While the budget "recognizes the vital role of Health Centers in caring for the medically underserved and uninsured," and it includes significant investments in the National Health Service Corps, it "falls well short of the Health Center Program's effort to meet the increasing demands for access to care and what is currently in the law," said National Association of Community Health Centers' President and CEO, Tom Van Coverden in a statement. Read more
Has Your Health Center Recertified for the 340B Program?
Does your Health Center participate in the 340B program? Did you know the Office of Pharmacy Affairs (OPA) requires all 340B-covered entities to recertify their information each year in order to continue participating in the 340B program? The recertification has begun for Health Centers and it is absolutely critical that Health Centers recertify before the March 14, 2014, deadline—that's next Friday—in order to continue participating in the 340B program. Please contact the 340B Prime Vendor Program with any questions on the recertification process.
BPHC Issues FTCA Program Assistance Letter
The Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) has released Program Assistance Letter (PAL) 2014-03 to describe the process for Health Center Program grantees to submit Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) deeming applications for calendar year 2015. Click here for more information.
More State & National News
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
Physician Shortage in an Era of Health Reform
March 11, 2014, 8-10 am ET
Host: Capital Area Physician Experience
2014 MOHC Legislative Action Day
March 11, 2014, 9 am-3 pm ET
House Office Building, Lansing MI
Host: Michigan Oral Health Coalition
School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan Advocacy Day
March 13, 2014
Anderson House Office Building
Creating Sustainable Funding for Your Nonprofit (introductory seminar to Benevon)
March 13, 2014, 10-11:30 am ET
Common Ground Resource & Crisis Center
Key Financial Concepts for Clinicians (webinar 2 in a 2-part Health Center essentials series)
March 13, 2014, 2-3:30 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers
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
Affordable Care Act Patient Centered Medical Home - Facility Improvements Grant Program
Funder: Health Resources & Services Administration
Due: March 14, 2014
Community Approaches to Reducing Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Funder: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Letter of Intent Due: March 17, 2014
Application Due: April 10, 2014
Drug-Free Communities Program
Funder: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
Due: March 24, 2014
Health Impact Project
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Due: April 2, 2014
More Funding Opportunities