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Delta Health Center Dedicates Health and Wellness Center to Board Member
Delta Health Center held a dedication ceremony of its health and wellness center, honoring long-time board member Mitchell Williams. Mr. Williams has been a board member with Delta Health Center since its establishment. The ceremony took place on May 20, 2021.
Condolences
Mrs. Marjorie McKinney’s husband, Jay McKinney died Friday, May 14th at home after a 6-week illness. We extend our sincerest condolences to her and her family.
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ACCESS Family Health Featured in the Gulf States NPR Report on
Combatting Vaccine Hesitancy, Airs on Mississippi Public Broadcasting
ACCESS Family Health's vaccine event was covered as part of a story for NPR and Mississippi Public Broadcasting by Gulf States health reporter Shalina Chatlani. The story lends insight to rural conservative communities and the attitudes around the COVID-19 vaccine. The report is included in the May 13th episode of Mississippi Edition and begins at 10:24 here.
East Central Miss. Health Care leadership and staff enjoyed a 'Wild and Crazy' day. This is one way ECMHC has a little fun while serving patients.
Letters Sent To Drug Companies for Violating 340B Drug Pricing
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has found 6 drug manufacturers in violation of 340B pricing requirements. According to HRSA, the companies’ policies are placing restrictions on 340B program pricing to entities covered for dispensing medications through pharmacies under contract. As a result of the policies, overcharges have occurred, and the 6 companies were found to be in direct violation of the 340B statute.
Notification letters were sent Monday to manufacturers found to violate 340B pricing after a review of the manufacturers’ actions and an analysis of complaints received from covered entities. Letters addressing the pricing violations, signed by HRSA Acting Administrator Diana Espinosa, were addressed to officials with AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly & Company, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Novo Nordisk, Sanofi, and United Therapeutics.
Thank You Baby & Me Sponsors
for Supporting Outreach Activities
  • A statewide digital media campaign was launched to promote the Baby & Me Tobacco Free program in May. This initiative was funded by the Mississippi State Dept. of Health's Office of Tobacco Control.
Below is the ad used in the Baby&Me digital media campaign.
  • Due to the high demand, an encore Baby & Me baby shower was held at Central Miss. Health Services Robinson Road extension clinic in May. Over 500 sets of diapers and wipes were given out along with other health information. Participants had the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Big thanks to one of CHCAMS's newest business partners Amerigroup for providing support.

CHCAMS COVID-19 Clearinghouse
Click here to request access.

For those who missed the live discussions, recordings of the meetings are now available at the CHCAMS COVID-19 Clearinghouse.
CHCAMS Launches
Vaccine Plus Media Campaign
CHCAMS is launching a media campaign to build confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine, promote primary care at CHCs, and recruit volunteers and healthcare workers to CHCs. Vaccine Plus will include promotional messages on social and traditional media starting in June. Additional plans for the campaign include a health education initiative to build health literacy later this year.
This initiative will assist in the member vaccine uptake efforts while promoting the core business of CHCs in Mississippi and supports part of the association's current strategic plan. The campaign is supported by the W.K Kellogg Family Foundation and United Healthcare.
CHC Members, please share your vaccination photos on social media with the hashtag #ALLINTogetherMS. Also please share with
the CHCAMS by emailing here.
Next Vaccine Champions Meeting

Thursday, May 20 at 3:30 p.m.

The group now meets every other week.
Contact Sonja Fuqua for the meeting link.
Combating Pandemic Pounds and Coronavirus Carbs Series on the CHCAMS YouTube channel. New Episodes Posted Monthly. Subscribe here.
Dentists Eligible to Give COVID-19 Vaccines
Mississippi dentists interested in becoming a COVID-19 vaccine provider, please visit the Health Department here or call 1-800-740-9889 for information and to enroll.
To sign up for the Wednesday weekly training newsletter, please contact Desiree Stinson.
Telemedicine
1) This Administrative Code is being filed to (1) add language allowing FQHCs and RHCs to act as an originating and distant site and (2) and for FQHCs, RHCs, and CMHCs to receive both the distant site and originating site fees when such services are appropriately provided by the same organization, in compliance with Miss. Code § 43-13-117, as amended by MS Senate Bill 2799. Full text here.

2) This Administrative Code is being filed to 1) add language allowing DOM to cover a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) as a distant site provider and 2) to set the fees and or rates for FQHC services the same as those effective for January 1, 2021, in compliance with Miss. Code § 43-13-117, as amended by MS Senate Bill 2799. Full text here.

Immunizations
This Administrative Code is being filed to set the fees for immunizations the same as those effective for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021 except those for 340B drugs, in compliance with Miss. Code § 43-13-117, as amended by MS Senate Bill 2799. Full text here.

Vision Services
This Administrative Code is being filed to 1) increase the number of physician office visits from twelve (12) to sixteen (16), and 2) set the fees for vision services the same as those effective for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021 in compliance with Miss. Code § 43-13-117, as amended by MS Senate Bill 2799. Full text here.

Family Planning
This Administrative Code is being filed to set the fees for family planning services the same as those effective for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021 in compliance with Miss. Code § 43-13-117, as amended by MS Senate Bill 2799. Full text here.

EPSDT
This Administrative Code is being filed to 1) remove coverage of EPSDT screenings by RHCs/FQHCs in a school setting, 2) remove Mississippi Youth Programs Around the Clock (MYPAC) coverage and reimbursement, 3) add language stating the wraparound facilitation is covered as a case management service and 4) set the fees for EPSDT services the same as those effective for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021 in compliance with Miss. Code § 43-13-117, as amended by MS Senate Bill 2799. Full text here.

EPSDT
This Administrative Code is being filed to correspond with MS SPA 20-0002 that added coverage and reimbursement of PDN and PCS for Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT)-eligible beneficiaries. The final filing removes the five percent (5%) reduction language and makes technical corrections. Full text here.

Transportation Services
This Administrative Code is being filed to set the fees for emergency ground transportation services the same as those effective as of July 1, 2021, in compliance with Miss. Code § 43-13-117, amended by MS Senate Bill 2799. Full text here.
State Plan Amendment
A Medicaid State Plan Amendment (SPA). The Division of Medicaid, in the Office of the Governor, is submitting amended SPA 21-0007 All Patient Refined Diagnosis Related Groups (APR-DRG) Reimbursement to update the hospital inpatient payment methodology with an effective date of July 1, 2021, contingent upon approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This proposed SPA is to comply with approved SPA 2012-008, our Transmittal # 21-0007. The amended public notice can be viewed here.

Mental Health
This Administrative Code is being filed to 1) include revisions from MS SPA 20-0022 and 2) set the fees for mental health services the same as those effective for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021 in compliance with Miss. Code § 43-13-117, as amended by MS Senate Bill 2799. Full text here.

Administration
This Administrative Code filing (1) revises the timeframe from 30 to 90 days that providers may request an Administrative Review in Rule 1.8, (2) revises Rule 3.7 to be in compliance with U.S.C § 1396a, and 42 C.F.R. § 447.50 et seq.– 447.59, and (3) revises Rule 4.10 to be in compliance with Miss. Code Ann. 43-13-117 as amended by MS Senate Bill 2799. Full text here.

Remote Patient Monitoring
This Administrative Code filing: (1) adds diabetes type II as a covered diagnosis for continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and (2) adds the rental up to the purchase price of a Federal Drug Administration (FDA) class III medical device for home use for CGM for those beneficiaries with diabetes type II with long-term insulin usage who meet the requirements in Miss. Admin. Code Part 225. Full text here.

Remote Patient Monitoring
This Administrative Code filing (1) removes the two (2) or more hospitalizations from the coverage requirements of remote patient monitoring, (2) adds the required information for prior authorization if it’s required, (3) adds diabetes type II as a covered diagnosis for continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), and (4) revises the coverage requirement for CGM which corresponds with Medicare coverage. Full text here.

Medical Equipment
This Administrative Code filing: 1) Allows for the reimbursement of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) supplies during the rental period in alignment with Medicare coverage, 2) Clarifies the rental of DME, 3) Updates the reimbursement methodology to correspond with SPA 20-0001, 4) Includes how to request DME and medical supplies not included on the Division of Medicaid’s fee schedule, and 5) Corrects minor technical errors. Full text here.
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