Member Spotlight:
Above:  Community Health Center Leadership & Capitol Resources team gathered at the State Capitol on January 29 th for Legislative Day 2019: Advocating for Priorities, chief of which is the MS Qualified Health Center Program funding, members engaged legislators in impact stories, patient testimonials and discussions around mental health and the opioid issues.

Left : Dr. Kevin Koehler, a family physician from Access Family Health Services in Smithville, gives insight to the legislators from a physician’s perspective as he discussed the need for more warm hand-offs between mental health and primary care providers.
Other photos of Capitol Day Accessible with Member log-in here :
Mississippi Legislators Honored at
Community Health Center Association of MS
Rep. Kathy Sykes
Reception 2019
Rep. Nolan Mettetal
Senator Hillman Frazier
Senator Jim Bean -Lifetime Achievement Award
Rep. Mark Baker
CHC Legacy Award
Senator John Horhn
Senator Jim Bean Health Care Leadership Award
Rep. Omeria Scott
CHC Legacy Award
Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, not pictured, was also recognized with the 2019 Healthcare Leadership Award.
Consumer Board Members make incredible contributions to the
Health Center Movement & are recognized for their volunteer service
Smallest Health Center with greatest number of Consumer Board Members
Awarded to Jefferson Comprehensive Health Center, Ms. Shirley Ellis-Stampley, CEO
Largest Health Center with greatest number of Consumer Board Members
Awarded to Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center, Dr. Jasmin Chapman, CEO
The 2019 poverty guidelines
Effective January 11,2019
Federal Register notice forthcoming .
See the update poverty schedule here .
New "Hot Spot" Map for New Access Point Applications - Mississippi

HRSA's current New Access Point Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) offers priority points for High Unmet Need, FQHC Look-Alike status and Sparsely Populated Areas. The High Unmet Need category is met by proposing to establish a full-time service site in a "hot spot zip code, a total of 82 zip codes for Mississippi.

Thanks to work the Indiana Primary Care Association (IPCA) has shared, you are also able to access a map of the hot spot zip codes. To access the map, use this direct link to the hotspot page developed by IPCA to visually display the zip codes in Mississippi. Please note: To access the MS map, click "MS" on the state filter to the right of the screen and allow a few seconds for the map to populate. Since many of us were at the Capitol for legislative events during the most recent webinar, HRSA's pre-recorded webinar on the New Access Point funding opportunity, the accompanying slides and more are available here .

Wishing You Much Success 
Meeting Purpose:  To review processes for challenges with Change in Scope and thus establishing PPS rates; credentialing alignment, and other timelines for request to the Division of Medicaid

Per Medicaid, most missing document from health center side as added here:  Medicare Tie-In Notices

One of the key take-aways to request support from Medicaid for the myriad of challenges discussed was through Medicaid’s process of submitting RFIs or Requests for Information .

The following is a link to the RFI tab on their web site.  
In addition to the PPS rate, FQHCs will receive an additional fee for certain services provided after normal FQHC operating hours (8:00-5:00 M-F), when billing claims with codes 99050 and 99051.

A listing of these services may be viewed at

The services will be paid at the existing fee-for-service rate on the MS Medicaid Physician Fee Schedule
News to Use
Training Opportunities
CHCAMS officially accredited to provide
Direct Continuing Medical Education to Physicians
Contact Desiree Stinson at 601.981.1817
CHCAMS 1 st Friday Webinars (Feb 8/Apr 5/June 7)
(participant feedback to be considered)

  • February 8th—Stigma, Opioid Use and Overdose: What is the Connection—Ed Johnson, LPC, LAC, MAC, CCS, Associate Director T/TA, SE Addition Technology Transfer Center
Register Here for February 8th Webinar

  • April 5th Beyond positive screening—illegal substances found and implications for treatment programs—Dr. Daniel Edney
  • June 7th –Telemedicine/ECHO—Dr. Melissa Holland

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

T raining Description:
The Association for Rural Health Professional Coding (ARHPC) is part of Universal Medical & Compliance, a Georgia company, will provide coding and documentation educational and training services to the clinical and professional staff of CHCs in MS related to clinical documentation, coding, and billing. ARHPC will conduct 1 4-hr training session in Memphis, TN on 2/16/2019 on items including E&M documentation, ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding & Reporting, surgical package differences, preventive visits, and modifiers. All efforts will include any 2019 updates in addition to risk adjusted coding via HCCs and HEDIS.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through Community Health Center Association of Mississippi.  The Community Health Center Association of Mississippi (CHCAMS) is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  CHCAMS designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Register Here
CHCAMS One-Day Clinical Conference
March 8, 2019, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hilton Garden Inn, 118 Laurel Park Cove, Flowood, MS 39232
There is a limited room block. Double/King $114. Please book before February 21, 2019 
Visit the web link for online reservation or call 601-487-0800 and use Group Code PHC

FEE: Per participant, Includes continental breakfast and lunch
CHCAMS Members - Free
Non-Members - $49.00

Systems of Care: Best Practices for Clinical Integration
With a substance use disorder/behavioral health focus, this training will consider the systems approach to best practices for clinical integration. 

  • Recovery Oriented Systems of Care
  • Trauma Informed Care Across the Addiction Continuum
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Patient-Centered Medical Home Update
  • CENTENE Behavioral Health Outcomes

Register Here
Primary Care Association and Health Center Controlled Network Workforce Professional Development Series
Hosted by The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved’s STAR 2 Center, a HRSA-funded NCA
NCAs – Who Are They, What Resources Do They Have
Thursday, February 7
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

HPSAs, National Health Service Corps, and Federal Resources
Thursday, March 7
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

Understanding HR Metrics
Thursday, April 4
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
NACHC Advocacy Platform & Website transition COMPLETE
The Health Center Advocacy Network is now operating on the SparkInfluence platform. The web address (along with the overall look/feel/organization of the website) remains the same:
2019 NHSC Loan Repayment Programs
Apply Now!
Accepting applications through
Thursday, February 21, 7:30 p.m. ET
Click Here for More Information
Application Deadline: Feb. 14, 2019
Financial assistance to support projects that improve access to healthy foods in underserved areas, create and preserve quality jobs, and revitalize low-income communities.
Application Deadline: March 13, 2019

Current Clinical Scholars program overview and projects
Start an application
Clinical Scholar video  Clinical Scholars 2 min Video

Clinical Scholars  is a national leadership development program for experienced health practitioners. Clinical Scholars fellows include pharmacists, physical therapists, veterinarians, dentists, social workers, nurses, physicians, and many others working in clinical or academic settings. Through mentoring, networking, and an intensive curriculum centered on equity,  they deepen their influence and impact as leaders with the power to transform their workplaces and communities . Working in teams of two to five representing diverse disciplines, they design an innovative project to address a complex health problem in their area. Teams receive  annual grant funding up to $525,000  so members can participate in the three-year program at no cost to themselves or their organizations. Clinical Scholars is  one of several programs created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation  to develop a network of strong, interdisciplinary leaders from every sector working to create a nation where everyone can reach their best possible health and well-being. 
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