Member Spotlight
SeMRHI Receives
Advocacy Center of Excellence Recognition and
Community Service Award
Congratulations to Dr. Geroldean Dyse and the staff at Southeast Rural Health Initiative of Mississippi for being recognized as an Advocacy Center of Excellence – Silver Status from the National Association of Community Health Centers. Dr. Dyse is the current president of CHCAMS.
Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc. (SeMRHI) recently received a community service award at the
14 th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ecumenical & Interracial Breakfast on January 20, 2020. Dr. Geroldean Dyse (photo, left), Chief Executive Officer, accepted the award on behalf of the community health center network.
CEO Dr. Rozelle Chapman, MD announced the new mobile unit has arrived at Mallory Community Health Center and will be placed in service soon, creating another primary care access point in the state. Congratulations!
Register Now: Policy and Issues Forum (P&I)
March 16-19, 2020 in Washington, D.C. presented by NACHC
Community Health Center professionals and leaders are registering now to attend one of the largest national conferences focused on primary care and health policy. In addition to educational sessions and committee meeting, clinicians, executives, administrators, consumers, board members, and advocates meet make appointment with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to promote the impact of health centers. Registration for the P&I and other information can be found here . To download the P&I conference mobile app, follow the instructions found here .
Informational Session about CHCs Presented
to Mississippi Senate Medicaid Committee Members
CHCAMS CEO Janice Sherman was invited to make a presentation about Community Health Centers in Mississippi to the Mississippi Senate Medicaid Committee on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. Members of the Senate committee were engaged and asked questions about the impact of CHCs in the state as to how it relates to providing health care access.
Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) State Plan Amendment (SPA)19-0011 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) was approved by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to allow the Division of Medicaid (DOM) to demonstrate compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) final rule as it relates to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), effective July 1, 2018. See the CHIP State Plan via this link .
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 .
U.S. Department of Agriculture releases New Guide,
Addresses Addiction in Rural Communities

The USDA's Rural Community Action Guide: Building Stronger, Healthy Drug-Free Rural Communities was recently released to assist rural community leaders in building an effective local response to the crisis of addiction.
The guide provides background information, recommended action steps, and promising practices to help manage the impact of substance use disorder on local communities and help those with the disease of addiction. The topics are based on lessons learned from the Department of Agriculture rural roundtable discussions held in over a dozen states, as well as the experiences of several rural stakeholder partners. 
The guide complements both the  Community Assessment Tool , which gives county- specific data about deaths and factors which may make a community more vulnerable to addiction, and the  Federal Rural Resources Guide , which includes comprehensive information about different federal funds for rural communities impacted by addiction. The guide also has a companion supplement, a listing of promising practices which you can find here: Rural Community Action Guide: Promising Practices

Training Opportunities
Reminder: Two Webinars Left
CHCAMS Preparing for HRSA OSV (Finance) Webinar Series
As part of our continued effort to enhance your preparedness for operational site visits (OSVs), CHCAMS is hosting webinars that address the finance
sections of the compliance manual. Subject matter experts Johnathan Goh and
Steve Weinman will teach the sessions.

No charge for CHCAMS members; $49 for non-members

Financial Management & Budget (Chapters 15 & 17)
Friday, February 21, 2020
Noon -1:30 p.m. CST

Overview of Financial OSV Compliance Review Process
(Chapters 9, 12, 13, 15-18)
Friday, February 28, 2020
Noon -1:30 p.m. CST

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.  

Registration is Open for Four New Health Center Learning Collaboratives
The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership is a proud member of the steering committee for The Social Determinants of Health Academy, a HRSA-funded virtual training series designed to help staff from health centers, health center controlled networks, and primary care associations develop, implement, and sustain SDOH interventions in their clinics and communities. The SDOH Academy  launched a new website  featuring dozens of free population- and issue-specific SDOH trainings.
Four new learning collaboratives start this spring, designed to help health centers humanize enabling services data, build a workforce to care for sexual and gender minority patients, reduce disparities through community partnerships, and create equitable emergency and disaster preparedness. Each collaborative consists of two 90-minute virtual trainings. Questions? Contact Danielle Rahajason at .
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 explain the IT components to support the program, which uses structured field algorithms, custom reporting, and process automation. C-suite, information technology leadership, and staff and clinical staff will benefit from the training.
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.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
2-3 p.m. CST
Preparing Internal Systems for Gathering Cost Data
Register here .

Check here for registration to the following events.

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
USDA Interest Rate Drops for CF program
Effective January 1, 2020, USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities (CF) direct loan interest rate is being reduced to 2.75%, with terms up to 40 years, or the useful life of the project. Eligible applicants are public bodies and non-profits or communities of 20,000 or less in population. Interest fixed/no pre-payment penalty.

The CF program can be used to finance any “essential community facility” – hospitals, clinics, schools, community centers, fire stations, courthouses, etc., as well as equipment (e.g., vehicles) and infrastructure (e.g., bridges), among other types of projects. For more info, please contact John Rounsaville, State Director, USDA Rural Development, 601-965-4316, .
Register Now for Healthy Grants Workshop
Current HRSA grant recipients can now register for one of three content-packed Healthy Grants Workshops in 2020. These workshops focus on grants administration from pre-award through closeout. Workshop registration is free, and your travel costs may be allowable under your grant. Register today and join us at one of the following workshops:

HRSA Headquarters, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD, 20857.
(Meet your Grants team in Rockville.)

Harold Washington Library, 400 S State Street, Chicago, IL, 60605.

NOAA Western Regional Center, 7600 Sand Point, Seattle, WA, 98115.

Learn more about the workshop , including registration information, workshop locations, topics, and more! For questions, email .
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 are made 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.

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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