Member Spotlight:

Community Health Center Tackles Opioid Crisis with Telemedicine Partnership
Bryan Gillespie, LCSW
Mantachie Rural Health Care, one of the state’s 21 FQHCs, partners with the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson to provide Northeastern Mississippi residents with expanded behavioral health services through telehealth. The program operates three days a week with a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, as the overseeing provider with Mantachie’s Bryan Gillespie, who is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Services offered include assessments, counseling, and medication management.
Through federal grant funding, new services for opioid and substance abuse have been added to combat the growing opioid crisis. Bryan’s passion for people continues to make a difference in the lives of rural residents and telemedicine has aided in extending services beyond their rural borders. “We all have anxieties,” said Bryan “We all have stresses in life. Sometimes, we get to the point where we can’t handle any more.” 
ROMP Excites Upcoming Physicians to Work at CHCs
Every Spring, the Office of MS Physician’s Workforce (OMPW) at UMMC hosts the Rural Opportunities for Mississippi Physicians, a career fair that highlights great opportunities in rural MS for doctors. The event is held in connection with MS Academy of Family Physician’s (MAFPF) Conference, an educational event for practicing physicians, and Spring Fling, an event specifically for residents and medical students.
MPHCA represented CHC opportunities to the attendees. Thanks to OMPW for our partnership to assist in finding the next generation of Community Health providers.
Bonnie Hodge, UMMC School of Medicine Student, was one of the winners of a YETI Coldster at the 2018 Rural Opportunities For Mississippi Physicians event at the Marriott Downtown Jackson on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The winner of the second YETI Coldster was Dr. David Wheat, private practice family medicine physician from Clinton, MS.  Congratulations  to both winners
CMS Refreshing the Certified Application Counselor (CAC) Program.
CMS is refreshing the certified application counselor (CAC) program by implementing an enhanced application and renewal process. The new application process will promote better engagement with our CAC Designated Organizations (CDOs) and provide the assister community with an improved user experience. As we undergo updates to the application, we are temporarily suspending the acceptance of new applications for participation in this program. The online CAC program application has been removed at this time.

As part of the refresh effort, we are also improving the online application tool to provide new features that allow CDOs to access and update your organization’s contact information in real time, as necessary (e.g., address updates, adding or removing states where assisters are working, etc.). Contact information updates ensure that CMS has the most up-to-date information for your organization, which is critical when providing programmatic updates and communications.
For more information, please contact MPHCA's Maria Morris
Calendar Year (CY) 2019
Updates for Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) 
New OSVs & HRSA Progressive Action Conditions Library
Effective March, 2018  
HRSA recently release PAL 2018-01 to describe the process for Health Center Program grantees to submit applications for FTCA initial deeming and redeeming for CY 2018 and 2019. In addition, PAL 2018-02 describes the deeming process and requirements for health center volunteer health professionals for CY 2019.

Redeeming applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, June 4.

Given the new structure of OSVs and compliance, the MPHCA Operations Work Group is inviting all members to share lessons learned and any best practices noted during your visit. Marilyn Sumerford is team lead for the work group. We will plan to compile these in a rotating basis to share on board meeting postings. Please note that condition(s) placed on 330 grantee awards prior to the use of the Conditions Library will continue through the Progressive Action policy and process. Please direct any questions to the  BPHC Helpline  or call 877-974-BPHC (2742) 8:30 am to 5:30 pm ET, Monday - Friday (except Federal holidays).   FAQs HRSA Conditions
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Training Opportunities
Financial Performance Measures Webinar
May 30, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CST  
This webinar will explore the methodology of managing the transition from data to information to knowledge to action with the goal of achieving a high level of performance. The webinar will also discuss the difference between calculating outputs and measuring outcomes.

Along with exploring the basics of change management, explaining how to identify what’s important and how to transform limited resources into significant improvements. Finally, the webinar will describe the importance of measuring, benchmarking, and evaluating all organizational activities, providing a basic introduction to the tools needed to attain “high performance.”
Registration Required

Members: Free
Non Members: $49.99
Greg L. Wolverton, Chief Technology Office, CSI Solutions, LLC in Bethesda, MD. CSI solutions provides strategic support program development, implementation, and sustainability planning to health care agencies and provider orgnizations that are positioning themselves for the ever changing health care environment.
Special Session planned for Thursday, May 4th designed specifically for FQHC CEOs, Key Staff and other Behavioral Health Leadership. Registration Link
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
2018 Uniform Data System (UDS) Reporting Changes Technical Assistance Webinar
This technical assistance webinar will provide an overview of the changes for the CY 2018 UDS data collection and reporting activities . HRSA will summarize the approved changes for 2018 UDS (for reports submitted by February 15, 2019), then share possible changes for 2019 UDS and revised clinical measures resulting from continued alignment with electronic specified clinical quality measures.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Call-in: 888-469-3349
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.

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.