Community Health Centers
Expand Services & Open New Sites
G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center (GACFHC), Belzoni opened doors to a new clinic location in Belzoni. A ribbon cutting ceremony was hosted on Monday, November 5 th . Present with G.A. leadership was also Congressman Bennie Thompson and local elected officials. The Belzoni site will continue to provide high quality medical care for the entire family.
GACFHC Ribbon Cutting Ceremony,
November 5, 2018, Belzoni
SEMRHI Ribbon Cutting Ceremony November 9, 2018, Hattiesburg
Members of the Hattiesburg community and staff of the Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative (SEMRHI) gathered together in the chilly Friday weather on November 9 th to participate in a Ribbon Cutting ceremony for SEMRHI’s newest clinic site. The Support Services Center will offer patients opportunity to access both online health education resources as well as print materials. The center also houses counselors for behavioral health and other conditions to address the opioid issues.
Excerpt from the HRSA Primary Care Digest: November 6, 2018
New Graphic Available!
Review Process for Service Area Competition
This new graphic illustrates what to expect after submitting a Service Area Competition (SAC) or Renewal of Designation (RD) application to HRSA. Take a look to learn more about the updated HRSA review process.
A new quick reference guide tells SAC and RD applicants how to manage Correspondence Requests from HRSA about their application. It will help you respond quickly to the 14-day turnaround time in HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks (EHBs).
Congratulations Sonja!
CHAIR:   Sonja Fuqua, PhD, RN
Dr. Sonja R. Fuqua is the Director of Clinical Quality for the Community Health Center Association of MS. With over 30 years in nursing, her experiences range from Obstetric nursing (clinical) to Manager of Research and Recruitment with the Jackson Heart Study, as well as serving at a local Community Health Center (CHC). While at a CHC, she served as the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Director and was responsible for overseeing the organization’s readiness for PCMH recognition and completing the application process for which recognition was achieved!
Since Health Center Site Visits and HRSA’s Diabetes Quality Improvement Initiative, Dr. Fuqua has also worked to provide trainings via the CHCAMS Quality Improvement Workgroup, in collaboration with state public health regarding action planning using root cause analysis. Again for additional updates from HRSA, watch this video to learn more.
The 2019 Open Enrollment
Period Starts Nov. 1, 2018!

The 6 th open enrollment period (OE6) for ACA Marketplace insurance runs from  Thursday, November 1, 2018 through Saturday, December 15, 2018. A Google Drive folder that contains social media graphics, one pagers, fact sheets, videos and other materials you can use in your outreach to consumers has been created to easily access these materials. Several significant events leading up to OE6 will influence enrollment numbers this year.
Below is the link to the newly revised Target BP portal housing tools & resources for both patients and providers. Health centers are encouraged to sign up to receive and share beneficial information on a number of topics including CME/CEUs for providers. The new Target BP link: . If you should have questions, feel free to reach out to Dr. Beady at
Click this link for Mississippi Auto HPSA Updates for your sites – October 2018
CHCAMS has reached out to the State Office of Rural Health about the provider data that has been used for this update preview and the impact of provider data on future update preview reports.  Our hope is to collaborate for an upcoming webinar session.
Please visit the following HRSA website to learn more about the project or please contact CHCAMS staff directly during the interim.
CMS Finalizes Changes to Advance Innovation,
Restore Focus on Patients via the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule :  In order to qualify for participation in the CMS Quality Program, Health Centers will be required to continue in an APM, such as the ACO or MIPS reporting will be required in 2019.
To view the CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule and updated codes for Telehealth reimbursement by Medicare, click   here  
Updates Security Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool October 2018
If not addressed already, Health Centers Should be sure to update their
HIT Security Risk Assessment Tool
In order to successfully attest to Meaningful Use, providers must conduct a Security risk assessment (SRA), implement updates as needed, and correctly identify security deficiencies. By conducting an SRA regularly, providers can identify and document potential threats and vulnerabilities related to data security, and develop a plan of action to mitigate them. Please call Michael Edwards if assistance is needed.

The Mississippi Division of Medicaid will host a series of provider meetings across the state. The dates and locations are as follows:

  1. Natchez | November 27-28 at the Natchez Convention Center
  2. Ridgeland | December 3-4 at the Embassy Suites
  3. Southaven | December 6-7 at the Landers Center
  4. Meridian | December 11-12 at the Northeast Conference Center

All Medicaid-eligible providers are invited to attend to gather important information and updates for the 2019 calendar year.
Mandatory Billing Policy Change for 340B Purchased Drugs
Went into effect November 1, 2018
Effective November 1, 2018, the Division of Medicaid (DOM) implemented a mandatory billing policy whereby providers must identify 340B purchased drugs on claims. This billing policy is in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirement that DOM define its policies and oversight activities related to 340B purchased drugs as outlined in CMS State Release No. 161, dated Oct. 26, 2012. Providers can find the complete Administrative Code Filing on the Administrative Code final file page .

NOTE: This represents a mandatory change to DOM billing policy only and will not impact 340B reimbursement.
Pharmacy Claim Billing - Reminder:
Correct NDC Numbers Required
Pharmacy providers and clinicians who administer drugs and bill drugs via medical claims are reminded to ensure that they are billing the correct 11-digit National Drug Code (NDC) number dispensed or administered at the time of service pursuant to Administrative Code Title 23, Part 214, Chapter 1, Rule 1.6: Prescription Requirements, H. Failure to bill the exact NDC given at the time of service constitutes fraudulent billing.
Effective as of November 1, 2018
News to Use
Training Opportunities
CHCAMS officially accredited to provide
Direct Continuing Medical Education to Physicians
Contact Desiree Stinson at 601.981.1817
2018 CHAMS UDS Training
December 4, 2018|7:30 - 4:30 pm (CST)|Members ($179), Non Members ($225)
The Uniform Data System (UDS) in-person training is a full day program covering the preparation of the 2018 UDS Report. The training addresses each of the report’s tables, including a discussion of the changes that have been made and the definitions necessary to complete the Report. The UDS training is aimed at those who are responsible for gathering and reporting the data elements included in the UDS Report, as well as management and clinical staff who need to understand the definitions and concepts used, and those who use the data in their program management and quality improvement activities.
Hilton Jackson, 1001 E. County Line Road, Jackson, MS 39211
CHCAMS  E valuation & Management Auditing Bootcamp
December 11-12, 2018|Day 1 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (CST), Day 2 8:30 am - 12:30 pm|Cost $399
This interactive 2-day training is intended for healthcare practitioners, medical billers, coders, auditors, office managers and IT professionals involved with authoring clinical documentation, generating E&M progress notes, auditing professional physician service claims and maintaining a healthy revenue cycle. The primary course focus will emphasis documentation guidelines set forth by CMS for reporting Evaluation and Management services (E&M), as defined by CPT. The curriculum will provide attendees with a strong grasp of Evaluation and Management auditing, coding and documentation techniques.

The curriculum is designed to assist in development and mastery of the necessary skill set to successfully audit Evaluation and Management (E&M) services. This education and training has been designed to promote compliance and minimize the risk mitigation associated with post-payment review and 3rd party audit exposure.
MSU CAVS Extension Center, Canton, MS

Provider Documentation & Coding Training
February 15 & 16, 2019, Big Cypress Lodge, Memphis, TN

CHCAMS Annual Conference - 2019
Beau Rivage, Biloxi, MS
July 30 - August 3, 2019

Sessions will be added as they become available, so check back often
Navigator Training Available
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2018-2019 Navigator Training.

Step-by-step instructions are available on the Technical Assistance Resource tab of the Health Insurance Marketplace Information. Please contact CHCAMS, Maria Morris at for more information. Click here to begin the registration process.
O&E Assister Networking Call/Webinar
Check with Maria Morris at CHCAMS for next O&E call to publish.
RFP: Children & Youth with Special Healthcare Needs
Request for Proposal Release Date:  October 22, 2018
Required Informative Question and Answer Session:  November 6, 2018 (10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)
Application Deadline: November 30, 2018
Notification of Award: December 7, 2018

See additional information here .
Application Deadline: November 28, 2018

NACHC, in partnership with Americares, is issuing two (2) Requests for Proposal (RFPs) around Mental Health First Aid (MHFA).
  • The first program is open to NACHC Member Organization health centers and will award a scholarship for a staff member at two different health centers to become certified MHFA Instructors--find the application here.
  • The second program is open to PCAs and HCCNs for the selection of 25-30 people from their staff and member organizations to become MHFA certified—find the application here. Both applications are due November 28, 2018.
Application Deadline: Rolling application deadline on an ongoing basis

Contact Steve Hardin   601.359.3179
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