Updates from your ACE team
Expand your practice to achieve financial independence
Over the past month, we've had the pleasure of meeting many of you at the conferences we've attended, and hearing about your greatest hurdles and trends you're seeing. The good news is that most are experiencing the same challenges, and we have solutions to help!

We know from experience that practice expansion is the key to meeting your financial and operational goals. This means increasing your patient base, expanding your pharmacy model, and adding new specialties - supported by streamlined revenue cycle processes to maximize revenue. It's a balancing act!

In our previous newsletter, we outlined some of the ways we achieve this, which is different for every facility. In case you missed it, read our handy fact sheet on steps you can take to identify expansion opportunities. In this issue, we touch again on retroactive reimbursement for self-pay balances, since it can provide a significant revenue boost with minimal impact to your operations.

We also share some interesting articles about technology and information technology advancements in the industry, updates from NACHC on the progress of long-term funding, and the latest from HRSA and CMS. Take note of the increasing focus on value-based care and quality measures - we focused on this earlier in the year let us know if you need help with implementation!

Last but not least, National Health Center Week is coming up - and what a great time to thank you for your service to our communities. We feel so privileged to be able to contribute to your mission!
Retroactive reimbursement: are you missing out?

With nothing to lose and unpaid revenues to gain, this is an ideal way to generate additional revenue quickly.

We're seeing great results so far, receiving reimbursement for up to 35% of claims that would have otherwise been written off! 

Thanks for visiting our booth!

Thanks to the FACHC team for hosting another successful event, and making everyone feel so welcome.

It was great to catch up with old friends, make new ones, and compare notes on industry trends and challenges.

Media watch and other useful info
HHS focusing on IT to empower patients

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded almost $42m in funding to 49 Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs). The funding will help 1,183 federally-funded health centers increase the use of information technology to promote data sharing, improve usability for both providers and patients, and increase value-based care.

Blockchain technology and healthcare?

Blockchain technology has been around since the early 1990s, and was designed to provide a secure way to timestamp digital documents. It evolved over the years and is now being tested in different healthcare applications including credentialing and electronic health records (EHRs). It could be the way of the future, and we'll keep track to see how this progresses.

NACHC UPDATES

New Veterans Community Care Program - opportunity for health centers
The Veterans Administration has established the Veterans Community Care Program, which will allow qualified veterans to seek primary and/or urgent care from a community-based provider. On the NACHC website there is a toolkit and fact sheet, explaining the opportunity and how health centers can participate.
Hot topic in Washington: long-term funding for health centers
Over the past week, there has been a burst of activity before the August Congressional recess which is scheduled to last until after Labor Day. Almost 50 health center advocates met with their Senators and Representatives, discussing the need for long-term funding, and there are multiple bills being debated. Click on the image for a great infographic highlighting how the funding gets used.

NACHC is asking the public to support Community Health Center funding. Find out how on the NACHC website.
National Health Center Week: August 4-10

National Health Center Week is fast approaching, and this year's theme is "America's Health Centers: Rooted in Communities". During the week, each day will have a different focus:


There's even an official #NHCW19 Playlist! Go to the website for full details.
CMS UPDATES

Focus on Medicaid and CHIP quality measures
CMS has refreshed quality measure data in the Medicaid and CHIP Scorecard, showing progress in state reporting. See the press release and link to the Scorecard.

CMS has also released a draft report titled "Recommendations for Improving the Core Sets of Health Care Quality Measures for Medicaid and CHIP: Summary of a Multi-Stakeholder Review of the 2020 Child and Adult Core Sets" and is seeking public comment until Monday, August 5. More details on the report and commenting process can be found on the website.

RFI on Reducing Administrative Burden
In June 2019, CMS proposed a new rule as part of the Patients over Paperwork initiative, focusing on reducing administrative burden. CMS has now issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking innovative ideas and solutions in a number of areas. Read the full RFI, and submit comments by August 12.

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HRSA UPDATES

New "Precision Medicine Initiative"
Earlier this month, HRSA met with staff from 46 community health centers to discuss an ambitious partnership with NIH to enlist more than 1 million patients in a study across 21 states. The study will look for ways to prevent and treat disease by looking at genetic, environmental, and lifestyle markers. Learn more on the HRSA website.

New Center of Excellence for Protected Health Information
This SAMHSA-sponsored center offers training and technical assistance on privacy issues for care providers and consumers. It may be helpful for health centers struggling with privacy regulations, including if and how to comply with 42CFR.

2019 UDS Manual
The 2019 Uniform Data System (UDS) Manual was recently released and includes changes to better capture data for specific services. Refer to the UDS Resources webpage for more details.

Stay up to date with HRSA's latest news.