Member Spotlight:

Congratulations MississippiCare
Mississippi’s newest FQHC celebrated its official ribbon cutting ceremony on July 17 th in Pontotoc County. CEO, Dr. Steven Collier, is pictured with scissors, along with members of the MississippiCare Team.

MississippiCare is an expansion of the the ARcare system in Wynne, Arkansas. We welcome them as a part of the Mississippi family of Community Health Centers!
MPHCA 31 st
Annual Statewide Conference Countdown
1 Week Away & We’ll See You There!
Click here to make Hotel Reservations (Room Block ended June 30, 2018)
Conference Registration link here .
THEME:
Celebrating Health Centers:
Home of America’s Health Care Heroes

Events in Mississippi Commemorating the Event:

August 11 th , 2018 MPHCA Statewide CHC Obesity Challenge – MPHCA and its 21 CHCs across the state host the central race, while other CHCs throughout the state host races, which include 5k and 10k races and a health fair at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in Jackson (7:30 am on 8/11/18) more info. Check individual CHC web sites for local race information.

August 13, 2018 - Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, (SEMRHI) Inc. will be hosting a Free Check-Up Day at all clinic sites. Providing Free screenings: Blood Pressure, Glucose, BMI, Dental, Vision, Clinical Breast Examinations, Prostate Examinations, and HIV Testing.

August 15, 2018 - SEMRHI hosts a press event at Hattiesburg Family Health Center (66 Old Airport Road, Hattiesburg, MS 39401) at 10:00 a.m. More info on SEMRHI events here.

August 16, 2018 East Central MS Health Care, Sebastapool: 4:00-6:00 PM – 40 th Year Anniversary Celebration.  Contact ECMHC

August 18, 2018 Coastal Family Health Center – 40 th Anniversary Celebration and Gala. Contact Coastal here.
Health Centers Now have an extended deadline
August 14 th , 2018 to opt-in for new NHSC Funding
An additional $105 Million will be made available this year from the National Health Service Corp in N HSC Loan Repayment Program awards that expand and improve access to quality opioid and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment in rural and underserved areas. You are eligible to opt in if your site provides any of these services:
  • Opioid treatment program. Facilities certified by SAMHSA
  • Office-based opioid treatment. Outpatient facilities with providers eligible to administer Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • Non-opioid outpatient SUD treatment facilities. Outpatient facilities that offer SUD treatment services (but do not provide MAT), as demonstrated on their website or other organizational materials.
All NHSC sites must opt in for your providers to be eligible for the additional SUD treatment funding. HRSA has extended the deadline to opt in to Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 11:59 pm ET. More information can be found here .

CMS [PROPOSES] changes to the MSSP quality measure set to reduce the total measure set from 31 measures to 24 measures:

Aligning the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Accountable Care Organization (ACO) with the Meaningful Use Measures Initiative


Comment period open through September 10, 2018
Recently, 98 percent of Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs successfully reported quality measures for the 2017 performance period. CMS is proposing..... more information .

In commenting, please refer to file code CMS-1693-P.
You may submit electronic comments on this regulation to http://www.regulations.gov . Follow the “Submit a comment” instructions.
HRSA, BPHC & Joint Commission Partner for Webinar for FQHCs
HRSA/BPHC and The Joint Commission are helping promote the advancement of quality improvement efforts for federally qualified health centers and will be hosting a community health center webinar on July 31, 2018 at 1:00 pm specific to FQHCs . They will discuss their HRSA contract along with the steps, process and resources for application. Click here for registration

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Training Opportunities
Chronic Care Management (CCM): An Overview and Case Study (Webinar)
July 24, 2018|10:00 am – 11:30 am (CDT) |Price: Free (Members) $99 (non-members)
Request for Applications for in-kind dental program technical assistance (Webinar)
July 26, 2018|12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (ET) | Price:  FREE
Target: BP CEU Credit - The Importance of Measuring Blood Pressure Accurately (Webinar)
July 26, 2018|12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (CDT)
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES 
Application Deadline: Letter of Intent, June 12, 2018; Application, Aug. 6, 2018
A funding and technical assistance opportunity for organizations working to expand economic opportunity for low-income and financially insecure people and communities in the United States, with an emphasis on small cities, rural areas, and places with high rates of poverty. Sponsors are Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and The Rockefeller Foundation.
Application Deadline: Letter of Intent by Aug. 31, 2018; Application by Sept. 28, 2018
Grants to support community-based organizations providing direct services, education, or research in the areas of HIV and AIDS, with priority given to smaller communities and rural areas.
Application Deadline: Oct. 1, 2018
Provides funding to dental hygienists for projects aimed at improving oral health or providing oral health education.

Application Deadline: Rolling
Support well-established nonprofit organizations across the nation that address issues within four major areas of interest: education, health, culture, and social service. Health interests include cancer, geriatrics, neonatology, perinatology, pediatrics, women's health, and the disabled.
The Hearst Health Prize , in partnership with the Jefferson College of Population Health, is now accepting applications for the 2019 award. The winner will receive a $100,000 prize, with $25,000 awarded to up to two finalists, in recognition of outstanding achievement in managing or improving population health. The goal is to discover, support and showcase population health programs that have made a measurable difference. Deadline, August 9th, 3:00 p.m. (ET).