Member Spotlight
Value-based Care
Models Paying Off
for Patients and Health Centers

Joseph Grice (right), CHCAMS Independent Practice Association Director, recently delivered a shared savings check to North Mississippi Primary Health Care Executive Director James Nunnally at the Ashland office.
Mississippi’s Community Health Centers (CHCs) have been participating in value-based health care since 2014 through shared savings or incentive arrangements with various payors. Most recently, member CHCs earned the largest shared savings payout to date based on financial and quality performance in 2019. Nineteen of CHCAMS members participated in this program which totaled a payout of nearly $1.2M. Among those participating, North Mississippi Primary Health Care (NMPHC) was the top financial performer based on metrics which included attribution, quality, acuity, and savings. CHCs in Mississippi have had major success and continue to strive for excellence in the value-based environment with continual focus on providing the best quality health care available to those who need it most.
Fall Meetings Held for the 2021 Legislative Session
Photo above (left to right), Janice Sherman, CEO of CHCAMS, Wilbert Jones, Senator Ford, Aurelia Jones Taylor, and Evelyn Johnson and Clare Hester of Capitol Resources. Photo, top right, Lt. Gov. Hosemann and Dr. Ali do the COVID-19-era handshake/fist bump as the meeting wraps up. In the photo to the right (left to right) are Evelyn Johnson and Clare Hester of Capitol Resources, Ms. Taylor, Lt. Gov. Hosemann, Dr. Ali, Ms. Sherman, Mr. Jones, Senator Juan Barnett, and Kathryn Rodenmeyer of CHCAMS.
Members of the CHCAMS Legislative Committee met with Mississippi Legislative leaders last week. Committee members Wilbert Jones, CEO of Greater Meridian Family Health Center, Aurelia Jones Taylor, CEO of Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services, and Dr. Rashad Ali, CEO of Familly Health Center - Laurel, met with Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann, Senator Angela Turner Ford, chair of the Mississippi Black Caucus, Representative Sam Mims, House Committee Chair of Public Health and Human Services, Representative Robert Johnson, and Senator Hob Bryan, Vice Chair of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, met to discuss CHCs legislative priorities for the upcoming 2021 session. Senate Bill 2626, the MQHC grant reauthorization, and telehealth parity were among the topics discussed.
Former PCA and CHC Staff Member Laid to Rest
Gene Alvin Harrion passed away October 27, 2020 after a brief illness. Alvin worked for the CHCAMS (Mississippi Primary Health Care Association) as a Recruiter Administrator with the MARC Program, with Marcus Garner. He left the association in 2004 but continued to work in the community health center movement. Most recently, he was employed by Central Mississippi Health Services. He is survived by his wife, Tangela, and two children.
Health Center CEOs Interviewed by Statewide, National Media Outlets
Health Center CEOs have represented Mississippi CHCs by talking with reporters and giving media interviews, discussing a range of topics from the Affordable Care Act to the state of CHCs in the era of COVID-19. Those recently interviewed for statewide and national media outlets were Dr. Margaret Gray of Family Health Care Clinic, Aurelia Jones Taylor of Aaron E. Henry Community Health Center, and Marilyn Summerford of ACCESS. An article featuring comments from Ms. Jones Taylor can be found here.

Thank You for Completing
the RTAT Survey

There is still time to complete the survey. The assessment tool allows health center leadership to determine health center readiness in one or more health profession areas. CHC Inc. has included a wide range of programs, from medical assistant or dental assistant training, to NP and PA students, to postgraduate residents and fellows in multiple disciplines—and more.

To access the survey link, please email Wayne Miley.
The RTAT survey is just one of the programs under the CHCAMS Health Professions Education and Training Initiative.
Today with Macrae: Health Center Program Updates
Save the date for this upcoming
Today with Macrae session 1-2 p.m. CST on
Tuesday, December 1st

News Briefs
CHC COVID-19 Response Updates
All Mississippi CHCs continue with COVID-19 testing at open clinic locations, and some continue to offer testing at locations in the community with drive-thru events.
Source: HRSA as of 10-23-2020
Link to flyer.
Resources for Providers Planning to Give COVID-19 Vaccinations
The Mississippi State Department of Health has information available to those who plan to provide the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. Visit the health department site here.
340B Program Resources
340B advocacy continues to be a priority at CHCAMS. Read our most recent advocacy piece, that was shared nationally, on how the 340B Program has helped Mississippians here.

A tool kit that addresses changes in the program is also available.

If you have a story to share or would like access to the tool kit, please contact Kathryn Rodenmeyer.

To access the CHCAMS COVID-19 Clearinghouse, please email Kathryn Rodenmeyer for the link.
Enrollment for Health Insurance from the Federal Exchange Now Open
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Open Enrollment Period for the Federal Health Insurance Exchange officially began on Sunday, November 1 and will run through Tuesday, December 15.  Please see the press release here for details.
Frequency of Treatment Plan Reviews
Rule: Title 23, Part 223, Chapter 6, Rule 6.6
Summary: This administrative code filing is being submitted to make corrections to system number 25156. The frequency of treatment plan reviews has been changed from every three (3) months to every six (6) months, and additional providers have been added to the medication monitoring documentation requirements to be consistent with who can prescribe medications. Read the full text here.
CHCAMS Training Updates

Check your inbox for the
CHCAMS Training Newsletter each Wednesday.

To sign up for the training newsletter,
please contact Desiree Stinson.
CHCAMS Training Highlights
Region 4 NCQA / PCMH Conference
This virtual training is hosted by the Community Health Center Association of Mississippi and the Georgia Primary Care Association (GAPCA) and will consist of two courses:
  • NCQA’s Introduction to PCMH Program: Foundational Concepts of the Medical Home
  • NCQA’s Advanced PCMH Program: Mastering the Medical Home Transformation
Training will be provided through a series of on-demand (recorded) lectures interspersed with live webinars for Q&A, polling, content review, and engagement with the training faculty. The required on-demand modules should be reviewed prior to each scheduled webinar session.
To view the schedule, click here.
Dental Operations Reimagined
noon- 1 p.m. CST
Learning Objectives
  • Discuss impact of COVID-19 on your practice to discover new opportunities
  • Revisit Practice Management Concepts to revitalize the practice’s scope & foundation
  • Uncover hidden income in your existing practice in spite of the economy
  • Leveraging dental to enhance UDS reporting
News To Use
Funding Opportunities
Grants with ongoing deadlines can be found here .
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