Member Spotlight: Jefferson 1st MS CHC to Achieve ACE Certification
Congratulations to Jefferson Comprehensive Health Center on being the first CHC in Mississippi to be recognized for their commitment to advocacy, although others are at work to do the same. The Advocacy Center of Excellence (ACE) program supports and recognizes health centers that achieve specific measures of advocacy success and demonstrate ongoing commitment to advocacy by making it an organizational priority. 
Medicaid payment rules for FQHCs differ from those for other providers because federal law has established a prospective payment system (PPS) prescribing how FQHCs are to be paid for each encounter or visit. States also may implement an alternative method (APM) that pays the same or more than the federal PPS. CHCs are now aligned with other providers for having reimbursement defined in the Mississippi state Medicaid statute.
BPHC All-Programs Webcast
The next Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) All-Programs webcast is scheduled for Tuesday, April 3, 12:00 - 1:00 pm CST. Questions in advance, were due by email to by Thursday, March 29, with the subject line "BPHC All-Program Question."
Community Health Centers Partner with MPHCA on Childhood Obesity
MEND 7-13 is a comprehensive, family-based program that helps overweight children ages 7-13 improve their health, fitness and self-esteem. MEND 7-13 combines the three key elements of safe, effective weight management and sustained lifestyle
change: healthy eating, regular physical activity and behavior change. Children and families who attend the Program learn important skills and knowledge to help them manage their weight and feel fitter, healthier and happier for the rest of their lives. This dove tails 2 other obesity initiatives currently underway by MPHCA. For more information, contact MPHCA at 601.981.1817
Mississippi selected as 1 of 4 Associations
nationwide for participation in Childhood Obesity Initiative . 
New Medicare Cards for
Beneficiaries in April 2018
Beginning in April 2018, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be mailing your patients the new Medicare cards with a designated Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) to all people with Medicare in phases by geographic location. The change to MBIs won’t change how we find non-active Medicare beneficiaries. The MBI and the HICN don’t tell us which beneficiaries are non-active, so we’ll keep using the data that does give us that information. The new MBI will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on the new Medicare cards for Medicare transactions like billing, eligibility status, and claim status. CMS will have a transition period where you can use either the HICN or the MBI to exchange data with us. The transition period will begin no earlier than April 1, 2018 and run through December 31, 2019. Mississippi beneficiaries will be mailed new cards after June 2018, per CMS.
You can find more details here and these are flyers you can share with your patients.
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As a vendor or sponsor, you will get the opportunity to share your company, organization, and brand with hundreds of community health care professionals from around Mississippi. Sign up today to take advantage of the early bird registration special. 
More On Opioid Resources
If you completed the MPHCA opioid Training on March 7th, you have 5.75 of the Required 8 hours (physicians) and 24 hours (NPs and PAs)
  • Licensed under state law
  • DEA controlled substances registration
  • Qualified by specialized training/certification
  • Required to treat no more than 30 patients in first year of qualification

Information courtesy of our Mental Health Partners, you have several options to complete the remaining hours online via this link .
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
MS DOH Community Interpreter Training
The Mississippi State Department of Health, Office of Policy, Evaluation and Government Relations - Health Equity is excited to announce

The Community Interpreter Training:
Medical, Educational and Social Services Interpreting (CTI training)
When : April 11-14 and April 16-17, 2018
Location : Jackson, MS at 805 S. Wheatley St, Ridgeland, MS 39157, 4 th  Floor Conference Room.
This training is only for bilingual oral and sign trainees.
The registration is currently open until Today, April the 2 nd.
$200 per person, or $150 if more than one applicant from the same agency.

Please return the completed registration form attached to this message via fax, regular mail, or e-mail. For your questions regarding this training, please contact Ana Alfaro-Correa o r Victoria Walker office #: 601 576 7428.
Developing Effective Data Dashboards
MPHCA Monthly Lunch and Learn Webinar Series
Thursday, April 5, 2018
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET
The best dashboards give health centers actionable information at their fingertips, and use great design practices to focus a user’s attention on the most important information on the page. The HITEQ Center will present tips on how to develop effective data dashboards, common pitfalls in dashboard design and how to avoid them, and dashboard software for consideration. Learn about the Indiana Quality Improvement Network’s experience with developing a data dashboard for their health centers and how they are using the dashboard today.
Useful for: C-suite staff, information technology leadership and staff, quality improvement staff
When:  April 6, 2018; 12:15 – 1:00
What:  WellCare will be presenting on their Medicare Advantage Pay for Quality (P4Q) Program’s performance measures and data.

Registration is REQUIRED but FREE!
New Provider Training: “Improving Population Health Outcomes by Providing a Patient-Centered Healthcare Experience”
Helping providers and staff positively impact patients’ experiences during their provider office visits; which is essential for improving population health outcomes. Target Audience: Physicians, APRNs, PAs, Quality Improvement staff, Compliance officers, Front desk staff and Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognized providers/practices
To schedule this training, please contact:
Joyce Smith Via email
Quality Improvement Project Manager – MS, AR, TN
Direct line: 601-321-5608
Mobile: 601-966-7909
Fax: 813-262-2863
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 : (H otel reservation today April 2, 2018)
$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

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Application Deadline: Rolling
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