Jefferson Comprehensive Health Center (JCHC)-Natchez 
Celebrates opening of new School-Based Health Center site
JCHC is a Community Health Center operating 5 sites from its central site in Fayette. The leadership and board of the health center opened their 5th clinic site in Morgantown Middle School in Natchez; serving over 300 students from the area employing over 100 staff. Within the CHC network, 98 school-based sites reported seeing 22,870 unique patients in 2018.
School-based health centers in Mississippi have continued to grow over the past decade and in partnership with schools and communities offer significant opportunity for access to physical and behavioral health services to children, adolescents and entire families. The Jefferson School-based site will serve the entire community. CHCAMS congratulates the leadership on their success. JCHC/Fayette is now open on Saturdays from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. To locate CHCs that have school-based sites, please click for a list of sites.
MARCH 2019 WAS MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS AWARENESS MONTH
On March 29th, the Mississippi legislature finished its 2019 session 9 days earlier than originally scheduled. House Bill 584, the Mississippi Qualified Health Center Fund has been reauthorized and was signed by the Governor on 3/28/2019. A big THANKS to the Mississippi legislators, the CHCAMS and the Capitol Resources Teams. A copy of the bill as signed by the Governor here :
Site Visit Protocol Update

HRSA 2019 SVP Update is now available for public preview. It will go into effect for site visits that start after Thursday, April 18.

Highlights on Areas of Update:

  • Needs Assessment
  • Assessment of 5A and Reviewer visits of physical locations
  • Contract Reviews
  • Referral and Tracking

See Summary of Changes here
 
Other References to this Proposed Administrative Change:
 
  • Change – In – Scope Process
 
  • Telehealth Originating Site Fees
 
  • Strikes Language on Look-Alikes



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NEW CMS Reimbursement for Virtual Services
Effective January 1, 2019
CMS has finalized reimbursement for virtual check-ins, remote evaluation of pre-recorded patient information and interprofessional internet consultation, which CMS believes fall outside the scope of Medicare telehealth services. Each is described below.

  • Brief Communication Technology-based Service, e.g. Virtual Check-in (HCPCS code G2012
  • Remote Evaluation of Pre-Recorded Patient Information (HCPCS code G2010): 
  • Interprofessional Internet Consultation (CPT codes 99452, 99451, 99446, 99447, 99448, and 99449)

CMS made very clear that the codes will only be available to practitioners who furnish E/M services which would exclude clinical staff such as RNs and physical therapists and that copayments will continue to apply. See additional information here
July 30, 2019 – August 2, 2019
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

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
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
NEED CME's?
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 - Register Here!

  • June 7th –Telemedicine/ECHO—Dr. Melissa Holland
Join us on April 4th!
How do you tell your organization’s story in only 2,500 characters? 150 words? How do you create a storyline for the reviewer to follow when you have numerous fillable fields to complete? Join us on this free webinar and we'll cover how to create a concise, compelling and competitive online grant application. Click to learn more.
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
Register Here !
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: www.hcadvocacy.org .
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 

 

Due Date: April 22, 2019

Notice 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. View the announcement on Grants.gov to learn more.
 
Due Dates:  April 22 nd and May 21 st 2019 – Grants.gov & Electronic Handbook (EHB) respectively.
The fiscal year (FY) 2019 Oral Health Infrastructure (OHI) supplemental funding opportunity will support one-time physical and organizational infrastructure investments to provide new or enhance existing high quality, integrated oral health services in health centers. Examples of infrastructure investments include:
·       Minor alteration and renovation (A/R)
·       Equipment purchases
·       Training and consultation
·       Health information technology (IT)
·       Infrastructure investments that improve access, including telehealth and virtual dentistry
HRSA anticipates to support an estimated 250 OHI awards. Applicants may apply for up to $300,000.
 
Due Date:  May 24 2019
HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for a new Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) program — (HRSA-19-094). HRSA plans to fund three awards to formal or established networks serving rural communities as part of this funding opportunity. You can review the funding opportunity at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=312650
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   shardin@mississippi.org
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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