Member's Spotlight
International Health Advocates Visit Community Health Center
Dr. Jasmin Chapman, CEO of Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Services (pictured 2nd from left) , speaks to the international delegation of health advocates during their visit to the health center in April 2019.
Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center was a stop for international health advocates on a recent health systems tour in the Metro Jackson area. The visitors were specifically looking at how the U.S. provides resources to uninsured or vulnerable patients, because each works closely with these populations at home. Many of the leaders work with programs that protect and educate women in third world countries, provide healthcare services to the disadvantaged, feed those affected by hunger, or serve vulnerable populations in other ways. Visitors in the delegation came from Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Libya, Russia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mongolia, the Ivory Coast, among others. The delegation was visiting Jackson as part of a U.S. State Department program.
HRSA seeks public input and feedback: Service Area Overlap

HRSA seeks input from the field to inform service area-related policy considerations. A link to the related Request for Information (RFI) solicits additional ideas and suggestions from the public related to these topic areas.

Deadline : Public feedback must be submitted on or before July 8, 2019.
Take Action Now! Mississippi’s Congressional Delegation Needs to Hear from You!
U.S. Congressional funding deadlines for Community Health Centers are coming up in September. Please ask your congressional delegations to co-sponsor bills that support Community Health Centers (FQHC) and programs like the National Service Corps and Teaching Health Centers. While a number of bills have been introduced to help in that effort, strong bipartisan support is needed. According to the National Association for Community Health Centers, bipartisan support is particularly important for the House CHIME Act ( HR. 2328 ). Please contact your representatives, especially Congressmen Trent Kelly and Steven Palazzo to ask for their support of the House CHIME Act and let them know how important the Community Health Centers are to you and your community.
The Division of Medicaid’s State Plan Amendment (SPA) 19-0010 Dental and Orthodontic Reimbursement has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). You can view the SPA and State Plan via this link

Medicaid Provider Workshops Planned
The Division of Medicaid, in conjunction with its contractors Conduent, Alliant UM/QIO, and the MSCAN plans – Magnolia Health, Molina Healthcare and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, will conduct “FREE” Medicaid Provider Workshops June 11, 2019 through July 30, 2019 at locations throughout the state. These workshops are designed to provide information and changes related to Medicaid and managed care programs. Office directors, office managers, coders, practitioners, and billing staff are encouraged to attend. Click here for the schedule of meetings.
CMS Unveils New Initiative to Overhaul Primary Care
CMS recently released  its CMS Primary Cares Initiative , with the goal of improving patient care while managing health care costs. The CMS Primary Cares Initiative will provide primary care practices and other providers with five new payment model options, two of which are under the Primary Care First path. NACHC has confirmed that health centers are not eligible for all the options, but are able to participate in the Direct Contracting Pathway . For more information, read NACHC’s blog .
Reminder: Pharmacy BIN/PCN changes for
Effective Oct. 1, 2018
Providers should have prepared their software billing systems to use the New BIN/PCN numbers for claims with dates of service of Oct. 1, 2018, and thereafter.

Magnolia Health MSCAN (RxAdvance)
Molina Health Plan (CVS Caremark)
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan MSCAN (OptumRx)
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan CHIP (OptumRx)

See Detailed Information here:
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.
July 30, 2019 – August 2, 2019
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
Lace up those athletic shoes.
It’s time to register for Jackson area 65x65 5K/10K race.

Registration is open for the 3 rd Annual 65x65 5K Run-Walk, 10K and Health Fair in the Jackson metro area.

7:30 a.m. Race Time, Saturday, August 10 th at the Mississippi Sport Hall of Fame. Sign up here .
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
Register Here !
2019 Mississippi Rural & Community Health Documentation, Coding & Billing Boot Camp
June 26-27, 2019|Day 1: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Day 2: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
MSU CAVS Extension Center | 153 Mississippi Parkway, Canton, MS 39046
Registration is now open for NACHC’s June 5 th webinar on the Veterans Community Care Program. See details below and spread the word! Thanks for your continued support and service to our Veteran patient population and Veteran community!

June 5  | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT/11:00 am –  12:00 p.m. MST
Webinar: Veterans Community Care Program
Introduction to the UDS Mapper webinar (held monthly)
Thursday, June 6, 2019 . Click here  for more info.
HITEQ Addressing Childhood Obesity in Health Centers: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned Webinar
Thursday, May 30, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
This webinar will focus on how to improve child weight screening, nutrition and physical activity counselling, and design appropriate and meaningful interventions according to health center peers. Discussion and demonstrations of how you may be able to optimize your EHR to encourage accurate and complete collection of required data, and identify children who may need intervention.  A number of tools that support this quality improvement around addressing child weight and potential for obesity will be discussed, including Bright Futures guidance and data validation tools from HITEQ.
Register here .
Managing Member Coverage - The next frontier for FQHCs 
Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 10:30 a.m.
Has your vision adapted to managing member coverage? FQHCs nationally are re-designing their Enrollment Departments to maximize member coverage and revenue.
This educational webinar will cover: annual patient value; defining the enrollment cycle; reducing default sliding fee applications; and securing coverage and anchoring your members. Register here .
Managing Ambulatory Health Care II: Advanced Course for Clinicians in Community Health Centers
Monday – Thursday, June 17-20, 2019 | Boston, MA
MAHC2 is the second in a series of four Managing Ambulatory Health Care (MAHC) training courses offer by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC).
June 19-21, 2019 | Little Rock, AR
As we reach the final year in the 80% by 2018 Colorectal Cancer Screening initiative, the Consortium will keep the momentum by adopting the 80% in Every Community. 80% in Every Community is an NCCRT initiative that continues the progress and commitment from 80% by 2018, and reemphasizes our dedication to partnership, collective action, and the pooling of resources to reach 80% colorectal cancer screening rates nationally. The meeting will cover the latest discoveries across the spectrum of colorectal cancer—from working with Accountable Care Organizations to Large Hospital Systems; to cancer genetics; to survivorship and advocacy—and highlights the work of the best minds in patient navigation and medicine from institutions all across the southeastern region.
More Information:
Due Date: June 10, 2019
Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Rural Centers of Excellence on Substance Use Disorders
The Health Resources and Service Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) on April 25 for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Rural Centers of Excellence on Substance Use Disorders (RCORP-RCOE). HRSA will provide three cooperative agreements totaling about $20 million to establish three Rural Centers of Excellence. 

Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model Funding Opportunity Open until June 10, 2019 at 3PM EST

The InCK model is a child-centered  local service delivery  and  state payment model  aimed at reducing expenditures and improving the quality of care for children covered by Medicaid and CHIP through prevention, early identification, and treatment of priority health concerns. The model will offer states and local providers support through a framework of child-centered care integration across behavioral, physical, and other child providers. The  Notice of Funding Opportunity  for the InCK model is available.
Publishing Date for RFP:  July 1, 2019
2019 Delta Workforce Grant Program
In partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), approximately $28.5 million in  National Dislocated Worker Reserve: Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Grants  will become available to support workforce training and education in rural communities across the Delta and Appalachian regions. To complement the federal partnership, DRA will host two technical assistance workshops, make available $1.5 million in grants, and offer post-award technical assistance to grantees.
Total Program Funding: $1.5 million
Award Ceiling: $150,000
Award Floor: $25,000
Eligible Applicants include:
  • State and local governments (state agencies, counties/parishes, cities/towns)
  • Other public bodies
  • Non-profit entities
  • Local development districts
The Delta Workforce Program will prioritize investing in communities and regions that have been negatively impacted by economic transition and recovered more slowly to help build their workforce pipelines and strengthen their economies.
Investment priorities include:
  • Supporting industry-driven workforce training
  • Building collaborative workforce pipelines
  • Expanding industry clusters
  • Accelerating regional economic development
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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