MPHCA Launches Commercial Promoting CHC's Statewide
Aimed at an effort to standardize data across all federal programs, please note UDS changes for this Calendar Year to be reported in February 2019!

For more details on any of these changes, visit the link here  to access the PAL, or contact Joseph Grice at the MPHCA office.
Mississippi CHCs Thank You, Senator Wicker:
The Senate FY19 health center funding appropriations letter--the Wicker-Stabenow letter --closed on Wednesday, April 11 with 65 cosigners. Your co-sponsorship of this letter demonstrates your continued public support for continued funding for the Health Centers Program in 2019 and we very much appreciate you!
Make sure your Health Centers are up to date with 2018 Meaningful Use Changes. See a summary for Medicare here and Medicaid here .

·          Where applicable, impact of MACRA will show in 2020
·          2015 Edition CEHRT Bonus 
·          Payment Adjustment Increases to -/+5% 
·          Low Volume Threshold Increases  
·          Performance Threshold Increases from 3 to 15 
·          Cost Category Takes Effect 
·          Virtual Group Participation Becomes Optional 
·          Hardships & Unforeseen Circumstances Exclusion 
·          Small Business Accommodations & Incentives 
CMS is rewarding Eligible Clinicians (EC) that are utilizing a 2015 Edition CEHRT up to 10% when reporting in 2018.  As of July 17, 2017, there are 86 vendors in compliance with the 2015 edition.  To learn which EHR systems and modules are certified for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, please visit the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) on the ONCwebsite .
Click here to make Hotel Reservations
As a vendor or sponsor, you will get the opportunity to have a captive audience during a special vendor reception with targeted decision makers and promote your brand with hundreds of community health care professionals from around the state and beyond.

Sign up today to take advantage of the early bird registration special.
Tishomingo County, among CDC list, targeted for Opioid Funding::
HRSA/FORH plans to award up to 75 grants to rural communities as part of a new Rural Communities Opioid Response (Planning) initiative in FY 18.
Successful awardees will receive up to $200,000 for one-year to develop plans to implement opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery interventions. The initiative will focus on the 220 counties identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as being at risk ( PDF – 158 KB), as well as other high risk rural communities. This initiative is part of a three-year Rural Communities Opioid Response initiative by HRSA aimed at supporting treatment for and prevention of substance use disorder. Please watch and for the Notice of Funding Opportunity anticipated later this spring, 2018. For more information please email: Allison Hutchings .
NACHC 340B Manual Update Available
NACHC's 340B Manual for Health Centers has been significantly updated and expanded to reflect recent developments and common questions. There are new chapters on prices and savings and on the C-suite role in 340B. In addition, discussions of the HRSA database and interactions among 340B, 330, and Medicaid have been updated and expanded.
The second edition is available on MyNACHC . Organizations that purchased the first edition are eligible to receive the second edition for free; to access it, log onto MyNACHC using the same credentials used to purchase the first edition and click "launch" on the 340B Manual page. For more information about accessing the manual, contact OR contact MPHCA.
News to Use
Submit your best Patient Stories for a chance to win a Free MPHCA Annual Conference Registration ($600 value) .

MPHCA is looking to make a series of videos highlight positive patient outcomes at Mississippi CHCs. The Spring Stories Series will consist of videos posted to social media that will have patient and provider interviews. The top video will earn its CHC a free Annual Conference Registration.
Training Opportunities
NEW -- NACHC Offering 3-Part Webinar Series on OSV
NACHC is offering a three-part webinar series to occur May 1, 4, and 8 addressing the Operational Site Visit (OSV) Protocol. These webinars will be delivered from the perspective of OSV reviewers and health center leaders who have prepared for and experienced the OSV since February 2018, which was the start of the latest version of the OSV, including the new performance analysis activity. For more information and to register, click here
New Opioid Funding Opportunities:
BD Helping Build Healthy Communities aims to identify, award, and share successful community health innovations with other safety net providers, officials, and the public to generate awareness of health centers’ unique ability to address community needs.
Up to five (5) Awards of $200,000 each will be made in 2018 for Medication Therapy Management Programs.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Organizations from all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are eligible to apply
  • Applicants must be federally-qualified health centers, or look-alikes, and NACHC member
  • Regional health center consortia and statewide associations are not eligible to apply
  • Past Award winners may reapply if they have not received funding the past two award cycles
To learn more about the awards program and to apply, click here.
Become A Community Health Or Rural Health Coding & Billing Specialist
*** Approved For 11 Continuing Education Units By The AAPC And ARHPC***

Date : April 17-18, 2018
Time : 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Cost : $399

Meeting Location :
Hilton Garden Inn
109 US 11
Meridian, MS 39301

Room Block :
$110 per night
Group Name: MS Primary Health Care Assoc
Book Room Online:
(Copy & Paste link into web

Application Deadline: April 2018
HEALTH: Since its founding, hospitals and health agencies have been recipients of foundation awards. Equipment, outreach programs, staff positions, screening and education materials are just a few examples of grants given. Health education programs for at-risk children and their parents, support for the critically ill, AIDS/HIV education programs, and nursing scholarships have all received awards in the past decade. Specific institutions and specific programs, rather than national organizations, are usually given priority.
Telephone: (501) 324-2233
Contact: Anna Kay F. Frueauff, V.P., Communications & Programs Or Alma Willett, Office Mgr.

Grantseekers are encouraged to visit the foundation's web site for additional information prior to calling or submitting a letter of inquiry. Please re-visit the foundation's website periodically for an update on the funding status
Application form not required.
Applicants should submit the following:

Copy of IRS Determination Letter
Copies of proposal: 1
Board meeting date(s): May and Nov.
Final notification: After May and Nov. meetings
Deadline April 30, 2018

The Drucker Prize ($100,000) is granted to the organization that best demonstrates Peter Drucker’s definition of innovation: “change that creates a new dimension of performance.” In addition, the judges look for highly effective programs that have made a demonstrable difference in the lives of the people they serve.

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.