CHCAMS Spring Clinical Conference
CHCAMS hosted its Spring Clinical Conference Friday, March 8 th  at the Hilton Garden Inn, Flowood. The theme: “Systems of Care: Best Practices for Clinical Integration” laid the foundation for our ongoing trainings to support CHC efforts for behavioral health integration as a seamless process in the provision of primary care. The specific topics addressed the coordination of both internal and external systems for patient-centered care. The 50 participants—representing 13 Mississippi Community Health Centers (CHC)—were a multi-disciplinary mix including but not limited to CHC leadership, clinicians, nurses, social workers and informatics staff. 
Patient-Centered Home Recognition Update
The PCMH Redesign is done in three parts: commit—transform—succeed. The model has transitioned to standards demonstrated through concepts, competencies and criteria. For copy of the new guidelines:

The Effects of Intimate Partner Violence on Mental Health
Violence within the family becomes a way of life, and is the breeding ground for other social problems, such as substance abuse, mental instability, and violent crimes of all types. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence stands as a “voice” and support for survivors. For the Mississippi organization and connection to shelter programs visit

Trauma Informed Care Across the Addition Continuum
A person's experience of trauma impacts every area of functioning,… physical, mental, behavioral, and social. Implications for trauma-informed care means treating a whole person, taking into account past trauma and the resulting coping mechanisms when attempting to understand the patient’s behaviors while empowering them to make their own decisions.

Recovery Oriented Systems of Care
ROSC coordinates services and support that build on the strengths and resilience of those with or at risk of alcohol to improve quality of life.

Motivation Interviewing
It is a directive, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. OARS is a key to elicit focused and goal-directed conversation.  O – Open-ended questions; A – Affirmations; R – Reflective listening; S - Summaries
Here's what a few of the attendees had to say....
"Very nice conference so much information presented and will be referenced to as needed as I conduct duties relevant to my position"
"All speakers were excellent, all subject were appropriate"
"This session was very informative and much needed"
"Very informative and interesting conference. Enjoyed it thoroughly"
The health center board adopts, evaluates at least once every three years, and, as needed, approves updates to policies in or that support the following areas (emphasis on #3):

  1. Sliding Fee Discount Program
  2. Quality Improvement/Assurance
  3. Billing and Collections (those that address the waiving or reducing of amounts owed by patients due to inability to pay, and if applicable those that limit or deny services due to refusal to pay)
  4. Financial management and accounting systems and personnel
2019 Annual Conference
(includes FQHC reimbursement on agenda)
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 |  Jackson Marriott
Medicare-Covered Telehealth Services Expand
Effective 2018
Link to full CMS Source here
Medicaid Proposed Significant Changes in Support of Services for
Targeted Case Management (TCM)
 Effective January 1, 2019
State Plan Amendment (SPA) 19-0001 Targeted Case Management (TCM) for Beneficiaries With Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (IDD) in Community-Based Settings, with a proposed effective date of January 1, 2019, has been submitted to allow the Division of Medicaid to:
  1. Add Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as a covered diagnosis,
  2. Remove the needs-based criteria,
  3. Revise the qualifications and training requirements for Targeted Case Managers, and
Revise the reimbursement for TCM for beneficiaries with IDD in community-based settings from $14.88 per fifteen (15) minute unit to a rate of $151.01 per month.
Final Title X regulation released by HHS February 2019
A summary of the ruling focuses on compliance with the underlying Title X statute. It also provides clarity between permissible Title X activities and impermissible ones by requiring clear financial and physical separation for Title X funded programs from programs and facilities where abortion is a method of family planning. Read the facts  here .
News to Use
Hope You’re Excited as It’s That Time of Year!
In Preparation for the NACHC Policy & Issues Forum, please check out the action pages for other issues to aid in connecting Members of Congress
Call for Posters at NACHC’s 2019 Community Health Institute in Chicago— Due April 3

We know that Mississippi Health Centers have interesting innovations that have expanded access to needed services, improved outcomes, or lowered total costs of care? Are you conducting research that demonstrates the value of health centers? All health centers, PCAs, networks, and researchers are invited to present their Research & Innovations at the 2019 NACHC Community Health Institute from August 18th – 20th in Chicago! Deadline for abstract submissions is April 3rd. To submit a poster abstract or for more information click here . Please contact Dr. Sonja Fuqua if we may be of assistance with your presentation.
Training Opportunities
CHCAMS officially accredited to provide
Direct Continuing Medical Education to Physicians
Contact Desiree Stinson at 601.981.1817
CHCAMS 1 st  Friday Webinars (Apr 5/June 7)
(participant feedback to be considered)
  •  April 5th –Beyond positive screening—illegal substances found and implications for treatment programs—Dr. Daniel Edney
  • June 7th –Telemedicine/ECHO—Dr. Melissa Holland
March 20, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. CST
Advanced UDS Mapper webinar,
“Using the UDS Mapper for Service Area Mapping.”
Hear topics such as the concept of service areas, service area map requirements, and creating a service area map.
Contact the UDS Mapper for questions
or access the UDS Mapper for more information.
Primary Care Association and Health Center Controlled Network Workforce Professional Development Series
Hosted by The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved’s STAR 2  Center, a HRSA-funded NCA
Understanding HR Metrics
Thursday, April 4
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
NACHC Advocacy Platform & Website transition COMPLETE

The Health Center Advocacy Network is now operating on the SparkInfluence platform. The web address (along with the overall look/feel/organization of the website) remains the same: .
Y our health center may be eligible to apply for one of five $200,000 BD Helping Build Healthy Communities Awards (Coastal featured here in their honor as a previous recipient)!
BD Helping Build Healthy Communities is a multi-year initiative that expands access and improves care for underserved and vulnerable populations throughout the United States.
The initiative, funded by BD and implemented together with Direct Relief and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), provides awards to community health centers with innovation programs in Medication Therapy Management. The funding is to support programs that operate over a two-year period.
BD Helping Build Healthy Communities aims to identify, award, and share successful community health innovations with other safety net providers, officials, and the public to generate awareness of health centers’ unique ability to address community needs. Up to five (5) Awards of $200,000 each will be made in 2019 for Medication Therapy Management Programs.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Organizations from all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Applicants must be Direct Relief partners, to become a Direct Relief partner, contact
  • Applicants must be federally-qualified health centers, or look-alikes, and a NACHC member
  • Regional health center consortia and statewide associations are not eligible to apply
  • Past Award winners may reapply if they have not received funding the past two award cycles
To learn more about the awards program and to apply, click here .
N otice of Funding Opportunity for Rural Providers: Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program HRSA recently released a notice of funding opportunity that will support up to 32 public or private nonprofit health care providers located in rural areas to improve patient care in their communities. HRSA expects to invest approximately $6.4 million for this program, which aims to improve the quality of rural health care through an evidence-based approach to primary care that has proven effective in rural areas.
Previously funded organizations under this program designed and carried out projects focused on coordinated care for patients, chronic disease management, integrated care delivery systems, and reduced admissions for emergency rooms and hospitals, among other issues for rural providers. Objectives for this program, which is competitive every three years, include improved health outcomes, better engagement of patients and their caregivers, and continuous improvement to chronic disease management. Grantees also are encouraged to implement quality improvement activities that measure value by outcomes, establish and maintain PCMHs, and integrate behavioral health into the primary care setting.
View the announcement on to learn more. Applications are due by Monday, April 22.

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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