Member Spotlight
Congratulations to Greater Meridian Health Clinic CEO Wilbert L. Jones
Mr. Jones was recently recognized by the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Gamma Epsilon Chapter and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Delta Nu Zeta chapter for outstanding contributions in the field of health.
New Mobile Clinic Celebrated
at Family Health Center in Laurel
Dr. Rashad Ali (pictured fourth from left, front row) and his staff at Family Health Center in Laurel held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the center's new mobile unit Friday, January 24, 2020. Janice Sherman, CEO of CHCAMS (center), was on hand for the celebration. Mobile units provide additional primary care access in communities and help keep Mississippian's healthy.
Legislative Events 2020
Community Health Center leadership and advocates were in Jackson for several events to visit and advocate for the state's community health centers. On Tuesday, January 21 two teams of health center leaders visited with state lawmakers at the Capitol to make them aware of the issues facing the citizens who need health care and concerns of the community health centers. Wednesday, the CHCAMS board of directors held its annual meeting at the Westin. At this meeting, outgoing board president Angel Greer passed the gavel to incoming president Dr. Geroldean Dyse. Dr. Dyse will serve a two-year term as president. On Wednesday evening, January 22, CHCAMS held its annual reception honoring legislators and presented its awards to those leaders in health care policymaking.

CHCAMS board member and Central Mississippi Health Services Director Robert Smith, MD, was one of two presented with the Legacy Award. Dr. Smith was recognized for his contributions in developing what is now the modern health center movement in the United States, serving more than 33 million Americans. Delta Health Center CEO John Fairman made impromptu remarks honoring Dr. Smith. He told the crowd of legislators and advocates of the significance of Dr. Smith's contributions for health centers around the U.S. Mr. Fairman runs the first health center opened in the country by Dr. Smith and other leaders in Mound Bayou, Miss. For more information about all the award winners, click here. On Friday, a meeting of representatives from the state Division of Medicaid and the managed care organizations held a forum for CHC leadership to answer questions and hear concerns about reimbursements and claims. 
Save the Date: Policy and Issues Forum (P&I)
March 16-19, 2020 in Washington, D.C.
The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Policy & Issues Forum (P&I) draws thousands of Community Health Center professionals and leaders to one of the largest national conferences focused on primary care and health policy. Clinicians, executives, administrators, consumers, board members, and advocates from all over the country assemble to meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and network. Health center advocates bring a depth of understanding to a long history of bipartisan support based on significant achievements as the largest primary health care network in the U.S.
Registration for the P&I and other information can be found here .
Rule: Title 23: Medicaid, Part 200: General Provider Information, Chapter 1: General Administrative Rules for Providers, Rule 1.9: Authorized Provider Representative, Rule 1.10: Electronic Signatures and Rule 1.11: Provider Claim Submission Signatures, Chapter 5: General, Rule 5.7: Electronic Health Records.
This Administrative Code is being filed to define an authorized provider representative, add language allowing the use of electronic signatures, and define acceptable usage of electronic signatures. For full text, click here.
Rule: Title 23: Medicaid, Part 200: General Provider Information, Chapter 4: Provider Enrollment, Rule 4.2: Conditions of Participation.
This Administrative Code is being filed to include language allowing the Division of Medicaid to disenroll out-of-state providers that do not bill the Division of Medicaid within a three (3) year period, except for certain providers as determined by Division of Medicaid. This Administrative Code is being filed to add language requiring providers to verify with the NET Broker that non-emergency transportation is used for Medicaid covered services only. For full text, click here .

Training Opportunities
Provider Coding
and Documentation Training

Date: February 21-22, 2020
Location: Big Cypress Lodge, Memphis, Tenn.

Cost: $199 per attendee - CHCAMS Member Rate
 $249 per attendee - Non-Member Rate

Training Description:
The Community Health Center Association of Mississippi (CHCAMS) and the Association for Rural & Community Health Professionals Coding (ArchProCoding) are offering coding and documentation educational and training services to the clinical and professional staff of Community Health Centers in Mississippi. The course curriculum covers clinical documentation, coding, and billing. ArchProCoding will conduct one four-hour training session in Memphis,Tenn. on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Topics include Evaluation & Management documentation guidelines, ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding & Reporting, surgical package differences, preventive visits, and modifiers. All available 2020 updates, in addition to risk-adjusted coding via HCCs and HEDIS, will be included.

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 the 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.

Transitioning Best Practice to Clinical Integration

March 6, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Pearl. Miss.

CHCAMS Members - $79.00
Non Members -$99.00

Register now for the CHCAMS one-day spring clinical conference. This conference is designed especially for the community health center multi-disciplinary care teams that work to enhance primary care capacity with the goal of improved patient outcomes and integrated care across the primary care continuum. The CHCAMS spring clinical conference sessions will focus on special population programs, initiatives, and evidence-based guidelines designed to improve primary care capacity and patient outcomes.

March 14 – 15, 2020 | Washington, D.C.
Held in conjunction with NACHC’s Policy and Issues Forum

Training for New Clinical Directors
Core knowledge and competencies that all health center clinical directors need to function as effective managers, leaders, and advocates for their health centers and communities are presented at this workshop. In addition to providing contextual knowledge regarding the history, terminology, political evolution and regulatory expectations of the Health Center Movement, course content also focuses on developing competencies in evolving healthcare issues.  
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
2 PM - 3 p.m. CST

Using Health IT to Facilitate the Development and Administration of a PrEP Program
The HITEQ Center's new webinar series for health centers focuses on health IT to improve HIV prevention and care. Robert Harris from the Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc. will describe the whole system approach to develop an IT-supported PrEP program. He will describe the IT components to support the program which uses structured field algorithms, custom reporting, and process automation. This training is targeted for C-suite staff, Information technology leadership and staff and clinical staff.
Webinar Series on Understanding Your Costs in an Evolving
Payment Environment
The Delta Center for a Thriving Safety Net is sponsoring a four-webinar series to assist health center finance and accounting staff to adapt business models to ensure success in value-based payment environments. Capital Link, a HRSA-funded National Cooperative Agreement (NCA), will facilitate the webinars.

Please save the dates:
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
2-3 p.m. CST
Preparing Internal Systems for Gathering Cost Data

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
2-3 p.m. CST
Cost Allocation Methodology for Value-Based Payment Systems

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
2-3 p.m. CST
Utilizing Cost Data to Drive Programmatic Change
News To Use
Funding Opportunities
Deadline: Letter of intent (optional) February 5; Application March 17, 2020
Funding for public health to partner with health systems and primary care clinics to implement evidence-based interventions to increase colorectal cancer screening among target populations with lower screening rates. For more information, click here .

Deadline: March 9, 2020
Service Area Competition Notice of Funding Opportunity Released for September 1 Starts
HRSA released the fiscal year 2020 Service Area Competition (SAC) Notice of Funding Opportunity, HRSA-20-100. This competition is for service areas with a September 1 project period start date (current project period end date of August 31).
Applications are due in by 10:59 p.m. CST Monday, March 9, and in HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks by 4:00 p.m. CST, Wednesday, April 8. Technical assistance (TA) materials are available on the SAC TA webpage.
Grants with Ongoing Deadlines

COMPASS Initiative Core
Grants to community-based organizations that prioritize HIV/AIDS prevention and/or care services across the southern United States. Funding may be used for a variety of organizational and staff resources, including technology and software, meeting space costs, conference attendance fees, professional development, and continuing education. For more info, click here.

Grants for community-led campaigns and education initiatives across the deep south that work to reduce stigma and focused on changing knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors around HIV and AIDS. For more info, click  here.

Grants for projects that effectively impact arts and culture, community improvement/enrichment, education and literacy, the environment, and healthy families. For more info, click here .

Foundation For the Mid South
Grants for organizations in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi working in the areas of health disparities, physical health, mental health, education, financial security, and the growth and prosperity of communities. For more info, click here .
Mississippi Capital Improvements Revolving Loan Program (CAP)
Loans for municipalities and counties in Mississippi for the improvement of public facilities and infrastructure, including hospitals, sewer systems, and water supply systems. For more info, click here .
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