Member Spotlight
CHCAMS Initiates
340 Pharm Workgroup

Family Health Center's Ron Henry leads group on CHC pharmacy issues

340B is an important pharmacy program for the patients of Community Health Centers but is administratively complex. That is why the Community Health Center Association established the 340B Pharm Workgroup this year. The workgroup’s chairman is Ron Henry, RPh, MPH, CTTS, Pharmacy Director of Family Health Center in Laurel. “The workgroup was needed,” said Mr. Henry. “I appreciate Janice (Sherman) for getting it organized.”

The group is made up of pharmacists, CEOs and other C-suite members. The group convenes quarterly for conference calls. The pharmacists of the group convene monthly for a more informal dialogue to share information.
Mr. Henry stepped up to lead the workgroup, because he understands from leadership training how peer-to-peer learning and discussion can be valuable. “340B is a very complex program, from the administration to dispensing,” he said. “It is ever changing. Getting together on the phone helps us learn from one another.”

Mr. Henry has professional pharmacy experience in hospitals, nursing homes, and retail settings. He has enjoyed working in the community health center setting since 2000. “For me, I get the best of both worlds.” He said the daily interaction with physicians and patients to work on the patients' medication therapy is very rewarding.

All health centers are encouraged to have a representative involved in the workgroup. The next call is scheduled for Friday, October 18, at 8:30 a.m. Contact for more information.
2019 Clinical Conference Evaluations Note Value in Training
Evaluations from the 2019 Clinical Conference from 67 participants representing 14 health centers provided highly positive feedback on the training. One training session of particular interest was the Disability Etiquette presentation. Thanks to all who attended.
"Disability Etiquette" presenters are (back row,) Robert “Taylor” Carley, Self-Advocacy Coordinator, MSDH, (middle row, left to right) Augusta Bilbro, Director Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program, MSDH; Scott Mullins, Transition Specialist, MSDH; Dr. Sonja Fuqua, CHCAMS, presentation team member Dan Lewis, and (front row) presentation team member Rachael Barnes.
Mark Your Calendar for
2020 Open Enrollment

Friday, November 1 to
Sunday, December 15, 2019

Please note: 2020 Open Enrollment is only for a few weeks. If you don’t act by December 15,
you can’t get 2020 coverage unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. Plans sold during Open Enrollment start January 1, 2020.

Mississippians will have two choices for health insurance coverage from the Marketplace depending on the county where you live. Molina Health Care will serve these counties in the state. Magnolia Ambetter serves all counties in Mississippi. If you need assistance, contact your local community health center and ask to speak to a Certified Assister Counselor for help with the Marketplace.

The Health Insurance Marketplace is for people who don’t have health coverage to get coverage.

Already have health insurance through the Marketplace? You must re-enroll!

For more information, visit .
REMINDER - New CHIP Contracts Take Effect Nov. 1, 2019
DOM will implement the new contracts for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) on Nov. 1, 2019. These three-year contracts were procured in 2018 and take effect during this year’s open enrollment period for both CHIP and MississippiCAN members, from Oct. 1 - Dec. 15, 2019.

CHIP will continue to be administered by two coordinated care organizations (CCOs), with one important change in that Molina Healthcare and United Health Care will be the only CHIP providers. Magnolia will not serve as a CHIP provider. This only applies to CHIP; all three plans will continue to participate in MississippiCAN. For other updates in the latest Medicaid Provider Bulletin, please click here .

New Filing Regarding Medicaid Enrollment of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants  
Proposed for Effective Date
January 1, 2020
Medicaid has filed administrative code changes to add language regarding the requirement that advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), also referred to as nurse practitioners (NPs), and physician assistants (PAs) provide a copy of protocols and practice settings approved by the appropriate licensure board upon enrollment as a Mississippi Medicaid Provider. More information can be found at this link.
Governor’s Rural Health
Task Force Completes
Final Report
Task force members who delivered the report to Governor Phil Bryant on September 30 th are (left to right) Ed Tucker, G. Edward, Tucker CPA; Kevin Cook, CEO UMMC; Ryan Kelly, Chair of the Task Force and Executive Dir., MS Rural Health Association; Governor Phil Bryant; Courtney Phillips, CEO South Sunflower Hospital; and Janice Sherman, CEO CHCAMS.
Two points of significance for FQHCs in the report:
  • A reference to leveraging statewide ACO development and the request for support for both FQHCs and hospitals regarding infrastructure support; and
  • The importance of Patient Centered Medical Homes. Recommendations in the report are for Medicaid support of the funding of PCMH facilities.
This is great news for MS-CHCs...17 of Mississippi's 21 FQHCs are now recognized as PCMH. For a complete list of task force members or to download the report, click here .
Advocates, Take Action!
Please ask members of the Mississippi Delegation to support Community Health Center funding as much as possible for as long as possible. Congress has passed a short-term spending bill that will extend funding for the CHCF, the NHSC, and the THCGME program until November 21. While Congress was unable to pass a long-term extension by the end of September, the fact that all three programs were included in this short-term patch is a strong signal of Congress’ support for health centers. Click here to read the latest blog. 
 Advocacy Center of Excellence (ACE) Applications Due December 16
In the spirit of advocacy and achieving our shared goals, NACHC is extending the renewal deadline for ACEs to December 16, 2019. Please submit your health center's application by December 16, 2019. The ACE Program goals include increasing the number of advocates on the ground, building the health center movement, and passing long-term stable funding by the September 30th deadline. Find more information on the ACE program here .
National Cyber Security Month: Tips from HCCN
Please take note of these helpful IT securtiy tips that will be disseminated during the month of October.
 Annual UDS Training
 Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Hilton Jackson |1001 E. County Line Road | Jackson, MS 39211

The Uniform Data System (UDS) in-person training is a full-day program covering the preparation of the 2019 UDS report. The training addresses each of the report’s tables, including a discussion of the changes that have been made and the definitions necessary to complete the report. The UDS training is for those responsible for gathering and reporting the data elements included in the UDS report, management and clinical staff who need to understand the definitions and concepts used, and staff who use the data in program management and quality improvement activities.

$179 per attendee - Member Rate $225 per attendee - Non-member Rate

After October 31, 2109
$225 per attendee - Member Rate $275 per attendee - Non-member Rate

Hotel reservations can be made directly through the  Hilton Jackson  at the CHCAMS group rate of $119.00 per night. 

Group Name:  Community Health Center Association of MS UDS Meeting
Group Code:  CHC121
Check-in:  December 2, 2019 Check-out: December 3, 2019
Book by November 22, 2019
Patient-Centered Medical Home Teleconferences : PCMH Standards, Part 1
Hosted by NCQA
Call-in for all sessions: 1- 844-676-8471
Conference ID: 1362694
Three opportunities:
Thursday, October 17 Thursday, November 14 Monday, December 9
noon-2p.m. CST 1-3 p.m. CST 1-3 p.m. CST

Food Insecurity: How to Screen Patients and Connect Those in Need to Food Resources
Food insecurity affects more than 40 million people in the U.S. This HRSA webinar will highlight how health care organizations that serve vulnerable populations can effectively identify and address the problem. Strategies to address food insecurity in clinical settings include referring patients to food assistance programs, assisting with program enrollment, and providing a food pantry on site.
Thursday, October 31, noon - 1 p.m. CST Register here

Workforce Development Opportunity
Promote Your Job Opportunities at the Next HRSA Virtual Job Fair
HRSA virtual job fairs are free online recruitment events that connect students and clinicians with health centers in underserved communities nationwide. Upcoming Virtual Job Fair, Wednesday, October 16th, 5:45-9:15 p.m. CST.
Email with questions.

Grant Opportunities
Visit this link to view all the current grant opportunities from HRSA.
Training Opportunities
Clinical Workforce Development is inviting applications to participate in its learning collaborative. It is designed to provide transformational strategies and coaching support to help primary care practices in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) implement a postgraduate residency training program. Apply today to participate in an intensive learning collaborative designed to take your practice from planning to implementation!
  • Each Health Center will identify a team and a “leader” or “coach”
  • Team Leader/Coach and team members will meet weekly
  • Team Leader/Coach will meet bi-weekly with CHC “Mentor”
  • Team members will join each learning session (8 sessions total)
  • Team members will utilize the online learning community regularly- sharing best practices, lessons learned, and tools/resources (teams will post something on the site at least once/week)
  • Health center will implement a residency program within 2 years of LC participation
Deadline to register is October 16. Click here for more information.
October 15-16, 2019| Webinar
Workshop: Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
The Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders workshop will provide an overview of 5 key policy challenges to improve care for people with mental health and substance use disorders. Topics include:
  • Promoting person-centered care, patient and family member engagement, and shared decision making
  • Defining what constitutes minimally adequate care for mental health and substance use disorders for different types of providers and in different care settings
  • Identifying promising strategies to translate knowledge to practice and to monitor implementation
  • Highlighting innovative practices to facilitate and optimize data collection, integration, and use
  • Improving care spanning the medical, mental health, and substance use disorder workforce and care delivery systems
Register here
October 16, 2019 | Webinar
Nonprofit Insights Part 3 – Establishing Measurable Outcomes
Donors and foundations are looking for organizations that can demonstrate proven results. In part three of our five-part Nonprofit Insights series, we’ll explore how organizations can establish measurable outcomes that help strengthen programs and increase donor support. CPE Credit: 1 Register here.
October 28, 2019 | Webinar
Identifying Clusters of PRAPARE Social Determinants of Health Risk Factors on Control of Diabetes and Hypertension in Community Health Centers
This webinar will present data findings from a recent study conducted in partnership with the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO), Siouxland Community Health Center, and the University of Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research. Presenters will describe the development of clusters of PRAPARE social determinants of health risk factors that can help with interpretability, analytical methods, and patient risk stratification. They will also present how the risk clusters differed in controlled and uncontrolled diabetic and hypertensive patients and the relationship between the risk clusters and hemoglobin A1c and blood pressure values.
Click here to pre-register.
Thursday, December 12 | Webinar    
Findings and Lessons Learned on Incorporating PRAPARE Social Risk Data into Risk Stratification Models
The national PRAPARE team launched a PRAPARE Risk Stratification Learning Collaborative this summer to better understand how organizations are incorporating PRAPARE social determinants of health data into risk stratification models and how they are using these models to inform care planning and population health. We also explored the interest and feasibility of developing a national standardized risk stratification model that incorporates PRAPARE social determinants data to better identify and manage high risk patients. This webinar will highlight findings and lessons learned and present a draft of the national standardized PRAPARE risk stratification model for feedback. Click here to pre-register.
News To Use
Funding Opportunities
Deadline: October 15, 2019
HRSA Releases Notices of Funding Opportunity for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program’s Role in Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America
As part of this funding opportunity, HRSA plans to fund up to 47 awards to ultimately reduce new HIV infections in the United States to less than 3,000 per year by 2030.
Read more here .
Deadline: November 25, 2019
HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy grants for healthcare networks in rural areas to assist with increasing access to and improving the quality of healthcare services. The purpose of this program is to support rural integrated healthcare networks that have combined the functions of the entities participating in the network in order to achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. Details can be found here .
Deadline: November 29, 2019
RSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy grants to promote the planning and development of rural health care networks in order to achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential healthcare services; and strengthen the rural healthcare system as a whole. More information can be found here .
Deadline: December 6, 2019
Delta States Rural Development Network Grant Program
Grants for the development of integrated healthcare networks that work to address health problems that could not be solved by single entities working alone. Networks will achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and strengthen the rural healthcare system. For more info, click here .
Grants with Ongoing Deadlines

DentaQuest Community Response Fund
The Community Response Fund supports organizations, activities, and events that address access to needed oral healthcare and community resources that improve oral health. Priority is given to projects that: Address an immediate response to an urgent issue that impacts access to clinical care; and Provide short term access to needed care for the underserved; Sustain oral health organizations experiencing short term challenges. For more info, click here .

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 change 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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