Member Spotlight
CORRECTION: The CARES act funding for MS was $17.9 million rather than $1.79 million as published in an early edition.
CHC Leaders Share Telehealth Successes
Thanks to Dr. Rashad Ali (bottom left), Marilyn Sumerford (top right), John Fairman (top left), and Angel Greer (not pictured) for leading the CHCAMS telehealth forum Thursday, April 9, 2020. The purpose of the forum was to learn how health centers have ramped up provider visits with telehealth, and the types of visits patients can access through the telephone or smartphone and tablet devices. Many health center leaders said behavior health, primary care, OB, and medication management are services offered. They, along with other CHCs leadership, shared how the coronavirus pandemic and fewer policy barriers have helped in providing care in the community health center settings. Janice Sherman (bottom right), CEO of CHCAMS, moderated the discussion.
Congratulations! Mississippi Community Health Centers
Awarded $17.9 million in Supplemental Funds

Congratulations  to the Mississippi Community Health Centers that received supplemental funding from the passage of the CARES Act. Given current financial losses to CHC which have been significant, for some these awards will offset anywhere from 30 days to six weeks of payroll and expenses.    In spite of the overall numbers in the Southeast, Mississippi’s Community Health Centers will have the highest percentage of CHCs with operating deficits as a result of COVID-19 at 87%. 

HRSA grant awards to Mississippi are listed  here
#TogetherWithMSCHCs Messages Sent
to Encourage Health Center Staff and Providers
L ast week, CHCAMS launched a campaign on Facebook and Twitter, posting messages of encouragement and thanking community health center staff for the incredible service and work they are doing during the pandemic of COVID-19. Health Centers also received a care package to say thank you for the important work being done in communities. To view the photos, memes, recorded messages, and original songs, check out this  link .
CHCs COVID-19 Response Resources
Thank you, Community Health Center leaders and staff, for your service during this unprecedented time in history. CHCAMS staff is here for you.

CHCAMS has created and made the following:

1) COVID-19 digests with News and Updates and Training and Techincal Assistance Resources. We will publish it with frequency during the initial response phase of this national emergency.

2) Conference Call Check in on Fridays at 2 p.m. This is a time for CEOs to share, listen, and have comradery with one another.

3) COVID-19 listserve. This listserve is a mechanism for you to share information in writing with one another on an as-needed basis.

4) Information Clearinghouse via a Google Drive link of information that is categorized and can be accessed on an as-needed basis.

5) COVID-19 webpage also serves as a resource for those seeking information.
Telehealth Updates
HITEQ Telehealth and Telemedicine Resource Link
Key Information:  Many health centers and safety net clinics are switching their scheduled in-person visits to telephone or video visits, this resource provides some sample workflows and guidance for how clinics are making this transition, including examples from eClinicalWorks, NextGen, and OCHIN Epic. 

Telehealth: Using Non-traditional Technology for Telehealth during COVID-19 Link to PDF here.
MS State Plan Amendment (SPA) 20-0010 Telehealth Emergency Waiver Public Notice
Pursuant to 42 C.F.R. Section 447.205, public notice is hereby given for the submission of a Medicaid State Plan Amendment (SPA) 20-0010 Telehealth Emergency Waiver . This SPA will assist beneficiaries to receive a wider range of health care services from Mississippi Medicaid enrolled providers without having to travel to a health care facility to reduce the community-spread of the COVID-19 virus or who may need to be self-quarantined for a period of time.
You can view the public notice and draft SPA pages via this link:

Save the Date
Loan Repayment Applications Open through
April 23rd

The Division of National Health Service Corps opened its application for three loan repayment programs: the NHSC Loan Repayment Program (NHSC LRP), the NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program (NHSC SUD Workforce LRP) and the NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program The application closes on Thursday, April 23, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. CST.

Visit the NHSC website to learn more about eligibility and specific disciplines. Learn more by watching this video that outlines discipline eligibility for the SUD Workforce LRP and Rural Community LRP. 
Training Opportunities
HRSA recently hosted a grant writing webinar. The recording for “Creating a Competitive Grant Proposal” is available here .
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
noon CST
Motivational Interviewing Basics
Registration Link
Learning Objectives
1. List core features of motivational interviewing in healthcare settings.
2. Differentiate motivational interviewing from other healthcare communication styles.
3. Discuss when to apply motivational interviewing in HIV care.
Questions? Call (601) 984-5552.
Friday, April 17, 2020
1:30 p.m. CST
340B from Ground Up & Compliance during COVID-19
Register Here
 Join us for an in-depth look into the 340B program and maintaining compliance
during COVID-19. This educational webinar will focus on topics that are crucial
to covered entities at this time.  Panelists Tim Mallett, RPh, 340B ACE, VP of Pharmacy
and Isabell Pacheco, FACHE, 340B ACE, EVP of Operations and
former HRSA Program Integrity Auditor.
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
2-3 p.m. CST
Utilizing Cost Data to Drive Programmatic Change

 Wednesday, April 22, 2020
11 a.m. - Noon CST
Navigating the Medicare FQHC Cost Report (Webinar)
Presenter: Sara E. Grenier, CPA, BKD
Friday, May 1, 2020
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Diabetes Coalition of Mississippi

Find agenda  here
News To Use
Fake Online Coronavirus Map Delivers Well-known Malware
According to the Department of Human Services, a malicious website pretending to be the live map for Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University is circulating on the internet waiting for unwitting internet users to visit the website. Visiting the website infects the user with the AZORult trojan, an information stealing program which can exfiltrate a variety of sensitive data. Learn more

The FTC covers public health scams, imposter s cams , and BEC scams surrounding COVID-19 . Keep your guard up against these seven B2B scams that try to exploit companies’ concerns about COVID-19. In addition to sharing this information with your employees and social networks, read on for how you can report Coronavirus scams to the FTC. Link

Update on Social Security Services During COVID – 19 Pandemic
  Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security
Be aware that scammers may try to trick you into thinking the pandemic is stopping your Social Security payments but that is not true. Don’t be fooled."
For more information, please visit .

Updated Medicaid & CHIP COVID-19 FAQs
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Jackson Physician Search Staffing Resources available to CHCAMS membership
Jackson Physician Search Link
Contact Info: Gary Seaburg, Director, (469) 909-6681 Dallas Office Direct; (469) 203-7256 Cell/Text
Funding Opportunities
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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