Member Spotlight
Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services Center Announces Grant, Partnership with
Meharry Medical College
A.E. Henry Community Health Services Center (AEH) has won a grant for $750,000 to plan for a medical residency program to attract and retain doctors in the Mississippi Delta. Its academic partner, Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., will plan and develop a Rural Residency Tract (RRT) curriculum, which will include integrated health and patient-centered medical home concepts. This will provide training to doctors who want to work in rural areas. The residency program at A.E. Henry Community Health Services Center will then be a place for these physicians to put their training into action. The planning grant funds the project for three years.
Janice Sherman of the Community Health Center Association of MS (front row, left) and Dr. Patricia Matthews-Juarez, Sr. of Meharry Medical College (front row, right) join CEO Aurelia Jones-Taylor (front row, center) of Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services Center, Inc. (AEH) at a recent news conference to announce the RTT grant and Meharry partnership. Others attending are (back row, L to R) Dr. Millard Collins and Dr. Medhat Kalliny of Meharry Medical College; Dr. Johnnie Cummings, Larry Haynes, Rep. Tracey Rosebud, Raymond Cole, and Rep. Orlando Paden all of AEH; and Dr. John Mitchell of the Office of MS Physicians Workforce.

Save the Dates
Upcoming CHCAMS January Events
Kick off 2020
Legislative, Board and Training Activities Scheduled
Recent CHCAMS Workshops Draws CHC Representatives from Around
the State
The 2019 Human Resources Workgroup held a meeting December 12, 2019, at the Canton (MS) WIN Job Center. Attending from the CHCs were (left to right) Janice Robinson, SEMRHI; Felicia Scruggs, Amite County Medical Services; Virginia Johnson, Greater Meridian; Rachel Sprinkle, Director, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care; Kara Aldridge, Special Projects Officer, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care; and Sally Toler, Amite County Medical Services.

The Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program also held a training that attracted participants from the health centers that have implemented the program (picture on right).
Congress Provides Short-Term Extension of Health Center Funding, Releases
FY20 Spending Bills
Congress needs more time to reach an agreement on how to pay for a long-term extension. At the time of publication, it is expected that Congress has voted on another short-term extension of mandatory funding through May 22, 2020. This 5-month extension will give Congress more time to work through issues related to surprise billing measures and high prescription drug prices, which could serve as ways to pay for a long-term extension of health center funding. This short-term extension is attached to agreements made around funding for all government operations for the remaining FY20 budget year, which can be found here . The bill includes level FY20 discretionary funding for health centers of approximately $1.63 billion.
Quarterly 340B Program Registration Open
Quarterly 340B Program site registration is open from January 1 to 15, 2020. Health centers are still able to register a site that has been verified as implemented and with a site status reflected as “active” in EHBs Form 5B through February 21, 2020. After that date, the system will close to prepare for the April 1, 2020, start. Email the 340B call center or call 888-340-2787 (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. ET) to register a new site or ask questions.
Division of Medicaid
New Quality Incentive Payment Program (QIPP) to hospitals begins state FY 2020
The Quality Incentive Payment Program (QIPP), a new component of the Mississippi Division of Medicaid (DOM), is adding to the Mississippi Hospital Access Program (MHAP) for hospitals, beginning in state fiscal year (SFY) 2020. The goal of the QIPP is to utilize state and federal funds to improve the quality of care and health status of the Mississippi Medicaid population.
QIPP aims to improve potentially preventable readmission (PPR) rates by measuring those rates quarterly.  FQHCs have an opportunity to demonstrate the link to primary care in reducing preventable readmission.  As hospitals will receive their first quarterly PPR report June 30, coordinating such efforts locally is greatly encouraged.
Please ensure your revenue cycle team reviews the latest Medicaid Provider Bulletin from December 2019 here .

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule addressing Medicare payment and quality provisions for physicians in 2020.
See new CPT code alignment with E/M and new codes for telehealth and updates on ACO measures. Full updates can be found here .
Call for Submissions for
2020 Emerging Leader Awards
The nomination period is open for the 2020 Emerging Leader Awards, presented by the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy. Awardees will be recognized at the 2020 NACHC Policy & Issues Forum. The Emerging Leader Award highlights the accomplishments of exceptional staff 35 years of age or younger working in community health centers, primary care associations, and health center controlled networks. If you have an excellent staff member deserving of recognition on a national stage, click here to nominate them by today, January 6, 2020
Deadline: January 7, 2020
The  FY 2020 Cycle 2 NHSC LRP Continuation Contract Application and Program Guidance  is still open.The application will close January 7, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. CST.
Complete your application in the Bureau of Health Workforce’s ( BHW) Customer Portal

First IBHS Progress Report Due Wednesday, January 15, 2020
The first Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) health center grantees’ Triannual Progress Report is due Wednesday, January 15, 2020. The reporting module opens in EHBs on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. IBHS progress report resources are available on the IBHS TA website . These resources detail progress-reporting requirements.

Please join a live Q&A session:
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
1:30-2:30 p.m. CST
Call-in: 888-316-9410
Passcode: 3487950
Telehealth Office Hours
2nd Thursday of Each Month | 1:00 PM CST
NACHC’s Telehealth Office Hours is a monthly opportunity for health center, PCA, and HCCN staff to ask questions and share information about telehealth-related policy and operational activities. In addition to updates, each session will include Q&A and a discussion of a specific topic. Participation is free, and there is no pre-registration required. Please add the WebEx link to your calendar . Archived presentations and resources can be found here. Please submit questions to  
News To Use

Training Opportunities
Provider Coding
and Documentation Training

Date: February 21-22, 2019
Location: Big Cypress Lodge, Memphis, Tenn.

The Community Health Center Association of Mississippi (CHCAMS) is collaborating with the Association for Rural & Community Health Professional Coding (ARCHPro Coding) to provide coding and documentation educational and training services to the clinical and professional staff of Community Health Centers in Mississippi related to clinical documentation, coding, and billing.

ARCHPro Coding will conduct one training session lasting four hours in Memphis, Tenn. on Saturday February 22, 2020 on items including Evaluation & Management documentation guidelines, ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding & Reporting, surgical package differences, preventive visits, and modifiers. All efforts will be made to include any 2020 updates that are available in addition to more information related to risk adjusted coding via HCCs and HEDIS.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the Community Health Center Association of Mississippi. 
The Community Health Center Association of Mississippi (CHCAMS) is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  

CHCAMS designates this live activity for a maximum of  4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Cost: $199 per attendee - CHCAMS Member Rate
 $249 per attendee - Non-Member Rate
Project ECHO for HCV
A collaboration between UMMC and Centro San Vicente Family Health Center
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
10 - 11 a.m. via Zoom

Introduction to Capital Projects: Planning, Financing, and Completing Learning Collaborative
Hosted by Capital Link, a HRSA-funded NCA
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
noon -1 p.m. CST

Cultural Dimensions of Pain
Hosted by Migrant Clinicians Network, Inc., a HRSA-funded NCA
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
noon - 1 p.m. CST

Innovative Collaboration to Improve Social Determinants of Health in Philadelphia*
Hosted by the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium, a HRSA-funded NCA
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
noon - 2 p.m CST
* 1.5 CME/CNE available
USDA Rural Development News
Effective January 1, 2020, USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities (CF) direct loan interest rate is being reduced to 2.75%, with terms up to 40 years, or the useful life of the project. Eligible applicants are public bodies and non-profits; communities of 20,000 or less in population qualify. Interest fixed/no pre-payment penalty.
The CF program can be used to finance any type of “essential community facility” – hospitals, clinics, schools, community centers, fire stations, courthouses, etc., as well as equipment (e.g., vehicles) and infrastructure (e.g., bridges), among other types of projects. For more information, contact John Rounsaville, State Director, USDA Rural Development, 601-965-4316,
Funding Opportunities
Deadline: January 24, 2020
HRSA Primary Care Training
and Enhancement: Residency Training in Primary Care (PCTE-RTPC) Program

The purpose of this program is to enhance accredited residency training programs in family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, or combined internal medicine and pediatrics (med-peds) in rural and/or underserved areas and encourage program graduates to choose primary care careers in these areas.

Eligible entities include accredited public or nonprofit private hospitals, schools of allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine, or a public or private non-profit entity which the Secretary has determined is capable of carrying out a residency training program in family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, or combined internal medicine and pediatrics (med-peds), which for the purposes of this program are those accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Click here for more info.
Grants with Ongoing Deadlines

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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