Member's Spotlight
Community Health Center Providers Reach Out to Promote Health Literacy to K-12 Students
Reaching children of all ages to promote health literacy is all in a day's work for East Central Mississippi Health Care providers Sallye Miley, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (left) and Gaydon Nowell (right), Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.

The health professionals recently participated in the Union Co. School's K-12 Health Fair. The theme of the presentation was ‘Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds." Reducing screen time was a topic that generated great interest among the students.

"ECMHCI enjoys partnering with local schools to educate students and staff on the importance of good mental and physical health," said Jill Bishop, CEO of East Central Mississippi Health Care. [ Read the full story ]
Janice Sherman, CEO of CHCAMS, was recently appointed to the Mississippi Rural Health Care Task Force. Gov. Phil Bryant signed  Executive Order 1438 creating the group, which will study the state of rural health care in Mississippi. Sherman is among 14 health care leaders selected to serve.
In the newsletter distributed April 15, 2019, Robyn Wheeler was incorrectly identified in this photograph. We apologize for the error.
On April 30, 2019, CHCAMS will discontinue its old website ( ). Visit .    
Need to Ask Medicaid?
Medicaid Provider Workshops
Dental and Orthodontic Reimbursement
State Plan Amendment (SPA) 19-0010 Dental and Orthodontic Reimbursement, with a proposed effective date of July 1, 2019, has been submitted to allow the Division of Medicaid. Click here for details.
HRSA's Substance Use Disorder-Mental Health funding requirements:

  1. You must add at least 1.0 FTE direct hire(s) and/or contracted personnel who will support SUD and/or mental health services within eight months of award—by Saturday, May 18. Failure to meet this requirement may impact Year 2 funding.
  2. Minor Alteration and Renovation (A/R) Projects: You may not begin any minor A/R activities supported with SUD-MH funding without receiving prior approval from HRSA. You must submit a “Capital Update” via EHBs, and meet all additional conditions when applicable.

Click here for additional updates and details.
For Added Resources, don’t forget to check out HRSA’s new our Substance Use Disorders and Primary Care Integration page
Nearby Session on FTCA University: New Orleans
June 13 - 14, 2019 (Cost $250)
Registration: click here
Please NOTE unresolved conditions from your OSV in the areas of credentialing or QI/QA may result in disapproval of your FTCA deeming application. Please review PAL 2019-02 for updates. Redeeming applications (for coverage for CY 2020) are due by 11:59 p.m. ET
on Monday, July 1.
Conducting Performance Analysis:
Performance Improvement Session in Support of Your OSV
Friday - May 3, 2019
Time: Noon – 2:00 pm CST
Register Here
Thursday, May 9
Noon -1:30 p.m. CST

Call-in: 888-233-9404
Passcode: 6379668

Register here to receive presentation materials ahead of time.
HRSA will provide an overview of the changes for CY 2019 UDS data collection and reporting activities for reports submitted by the 2020 deadline. The webinar will include a discussion on the revised clinical measures resulting from continued alignment with the CMS clinical quality measures. Read a summary of the approved changes in the UDS Changes Program Assistance Letter (PAL) .
July 30, 2019 – August 2, 2019
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

2019 NHSC Scholarship Program
Accepting applications through
Thursday, May 16, 7:30 p.m. ET

News to Use
Training Opportunities
CHCAMS is officially accredited to provide
Direct Continuing Medical Education to Physicians
Contact Desiree Stinson at 601-981-1817
CHCAMS 1 st  Friday Webinar
(participant feedback to be considered)
June 7, 2019  –Telemedicine/ECHO— Dr. Melissa Holland
Registration coming soon!
NACHC HOSTING 2-Part Webinar Series
HRSA’s Site Visit Protocol featuring OSV Reviewers
Tuesday, May 7, noon – 1:30 p.m. CST and Thursday, May 9, 2019, noon – 1:30 p.m. CST
NACHC announcing a 2-part webinar series for health center leaders on HRSA’s protocol for Operational Site Visits (OSVs). Register here ! Cost: $400 for members; $800 for non-members.
Register Here !


Due Date: EHBs by May 13, 2019
New Supplemental Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Integrated Behavioral Health Services
HRSA announces the availability of $200 million in supplemental funding to health centers for Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS).

Due Dates:  April 22 and May 21, 2019 – & Electronic Handbook (EHB) respectively.
The fiscal year (FY) 2019 Oral Health Infrastructure (OHI) supplemental funding opportunity will support one-time physical and organizational infrastructure investments to provide new or enhance existing high quality, integrated oral health services in health centers. Examples of infrastructure investments include:
·       Minor alteration and renovation (A/R)
·       Equipment purchases
·       Training and consultation
·       Health information technology (IT)
·       Infrastructure investments that improve access, including telehealth and virtual dentistry
HRSA anticipates to support an estimated 250 OHI awards. Applicants may apply for up to $300,000.
Due Date:  May 24, 2019
HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for a new Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) program — (HRSA-19-094). HRSA plans to fund three awards to formal or established networks serving rural communities as part of this funding opportunity. You can review the funding opportunity at
Application Deadline: None
The Foundation provides targeted grants for health and wellness projects that typically span a one-year period of time. The initiatives funded by the Foundation have a focus on healthy eating and exercise, with measurable outcomes demonstrating improvement in the health of Mississippians.
Application Deadline: Rolling application deadline on an ongoing basis
Contact Steve Hardin   601-359-3179
Offers funding to counties and municipalities to assist with the location, expansion, and retention of job-creating businesses, including healthcare and other public facilities. Projects must result in the creation or retention of jobs for low-to-moderate income individuals. Eligible projects include: Buildings (rehabilitation/expansion) . Eligibility: Counties or municipalities apply on behalf of industry
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