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Mobilizing for a Digital Decade
Annual Conference Recap
Healthcare Providers from
Community Health Centers Selected
as 2020 CHCAMS Award Recipients
Congratulations to
Dr. Geroldean Dyse
Executive Director of the Year
Dr. Geroldean Dyse has worked in the healthcare industry for 47 years, starting her career as a hospital nurse. She has served as CEO for Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative for nine years. Dr. Dyse worked in the Community Health Center primary care health system with SEMRHI for 40 years as a nurse, and the chief operating officer, before taking the helm of the organization in 2011. 

Learn more about Dr. Dyse and the other 2020 award recipients here.
Michelle Millsap
Nurse of the Year
Family Health Center
Dr. Betty Wilson-Smith Dentist of the Year
Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services Center




Dr. Geroldean Dyse (left)
CEO
Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative
Dr. Neil Wanee
Physician of the Year ACCESS Community Health Services
Claudia Bowman
Advanced Practice Provider of the Year
East Central Mississippi Health Care


Congratulations to all of the 2020 CHCAMS award recipients!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 33rd annual CHCAMS conference was held online this year but still offered high-quality education, training, and recognition programs attendees have come to expect. From the humorous kick-off with Marq Powell, to HRSA updates, to the ACO impacts of COVID-19, to the clinical-focused Friday session, more than 290 registered to participate. CHCAMS also held an awards program each of the three days during the luncheon. Door prizes were awarded each day as were grand prizes for an individual and a health center. The 2021 Conference is planned for 
August 9 -12th at the Hilton Memphis.
Above photo: CHCAMS Staff members helping with the conference production on Thursday and CEO Janice Sherman (center). (Photo, right) John Fairman, CEO of Delta Health Center, poses with Dr. Ronsehka Palmer, who was selected as the 2020 COO of the Year.
Thanks to all for making the CHCAMS 33rd annual conference a success.
Photo (top left) Conference attendees from Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services Center. (Photo, top right) Dr. Rashad Ali, presiding board chair for the conference, welcomes attendees; (Photo, bottom left) Gold Sponsor representative Dr. Rhea C. Williams-Bishop of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation gives a short presentation during the sponsor block. (Photo, bottom right) Aurelia Jones-Taylor, Programs and Marketing Chairman and CEO of AEH attends the conference session from her desk.
New Developments for North Mississippi Primary Health Care for Training

The North Mississippi Primary Health Center Regional Training Facility is under construction in Ripley, Miss. The facility will be used for training staff, health care community, and community members. Leaders at NMPHC said that the new facility should be complete in the first quarter of next year.
“Community Health Centers:
Lighting the Way for Healthier Communities Today and in the Future!”
National Health Center Week was celebrated August 9 - 15, 2020. Here are photos from the CHC activities in communities around the state. #ValueCHCs #NCHW2020
(Top photo) Coastal Family Health Center celebrates its providers in the pharmacy during Staff Appreciation Day, (middle photo) Janice Robinson, Chief Operations Officer at Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, makes remarks at a news conference where Hattiesburg mayor Toby Barker presented a proclamation to the health center for Health Center week. (Bottom photo) Jefferson Comprehensive Health Services held a patient appreciation day with giveaways for the patients.
(Top photo) Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services held a drive-thru COVID-19 testing event for the community, and (bottom photo) staff at North Mississippi Primary Health Care dress up for Patient Appreciation Day to celebrate their 'rock star' patients.

CMS Announces New CHART Model Aimed to Increase Financial Stability to Rural Providers


CMS is providing an opportunity for rural communities to transform health care delivery systems by leveraging innovative financial arrangements as well as operational and regulatory flexibilities.

The CHART Model aims to:
  • Increase financial stability for rural providers through the use of new ways of reimbursing providers that provide up-front investments and predictable, capitated payments that pay for quality and patient outcomes;
  • Remove regulatory burden by providing waivers that increase operational and regulatory flexibility for rural providers; and
  • Enhance beneficiaries’ access to health care services by ensuring rural providers remain financially sustainable for years to come and can offer additional services such as those that address social determinants of health including food and housing. 
To achieve these goals, the CHART Model will test whether upfront investments, predictable capitated payments, and operational and regulatory flexibilities will enable rural health care providers to improve access to high quality care while reducing health care costs.

CHART Program Overview via Webinar
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
noon -1:30 p.m. CST

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear an overview of the CHART Model, including its objectives, eligible participants and their roles, payment options, and timeline. Participants should come prepared to submit their questions live for a Q&A session towards the end of the webinar.
Vaccination Guidance During a Pandemic
Ensuring immunization services are maintained or reinitiated is essential for protecting individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks and reducing the burden of respiratory illness during the upcoming influenza season.
CDC guidance can be found here.

340B Tool Kit that addresses possible changes in the program can be found here.
COVID-19 Response Updates


All Mississippi CHCs continue with COVID-19 testing at open clinic locations, and some continue to offer testing at locations in the community with drive-thru events.
Source: HRSA as of 7-31-2020
Link to flyer.
Training Opportunities
Thursday, August 20, 2020
1-2 p.m. CST
The Path Forward:
The Digital Transformation in Social Determinants of Health
A discussion on using AI, Data, and Tech to Move from Screening to Solving for Social Needs
Community Health Center, Inc. and its Weitzman Institute have launched “The Path Forward,” designed for health centers and primary care practices dedicated to exploring the foundation for a new, post-COVID health care delivery system and receiving actionable clinical advice on successfully navigating operations during the pandemic.
Register here for session one.
Register for the August Quarterly Meeting! 


Friday, August 21
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
What you'll learn:
CVD risk reduction in diabetes with an emphasis on exercise
Stephen Farrow, MD, MBA-AEC, CPE, FACP, NDORI
How to take diabetes care into schools
Irena McClain, MPH, Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi

Telehealth Workshop Series: Focus Mississippi

The South Central Telehealth Resource Center will be hosting a series of events focused on Mississippi and the telehealth landscape in the region. The goal is to establish a knowledge base and increase awareness and access to resources.

Monday, August 24, 2020
1 p.m. CST
Telehealth 101
Presented by Joe Schaffner, Assistant Director of Outreach, SCTRC
Click here to register.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
1 p.m. CST
Telehealth Grant Writing
Presented by Rachel Ott, Grants Director, UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation
Click here to register.
 
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
1 p.m. CST
Telehealth Billing in Mississippi
Presented by Hayley Prosser, Director of Revenue Cycle Services, RuralMED
Click here to register.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
1 p.m. CST
Real-World Examples of Telehealth
Presented by Dr. Tearsanee Davis, Clinical and Advanced Practice Operations Director, UMMC Center for Telehealth
Click here to register.
Friday, September 18, 2020
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. CST
Oral Health and Diabetes Summit
The Mississippi Oral Health Community Alliance (MOHCA) hosts this virtual meeting. The Summit will be free to attend. Dental CEs offered.
Register here.
Reimbursements for EPSDT Screenings Provided in a School Setting and Group Therapy in the FQHC Setting

The Division of Medicaid, in the Office of the Governor, will submit this proposed SPA to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) effective August 1, 2020, contingent upon approval from CMS, our Transmittal #20-0008.

The public notice can be viewed via this link.
Mark your calendar for the following upcoming Today with Macrae: Health Center Program Updates. All sessions will be held from 1-2 p.m. CST.
  • Thursday, August 20
  • Tuesday, September 29
  • Thursday, October 29

Please Remind Everyone to

Fill Out the 2020 Census
November elections are fast approaching. Are you registered to vote? Are your patients and constituents registered to vote?

A Community Health Vote tool kit to help with a voter registration event can be found here.

Additional materials for posting in waiting rooms can be found here.
News To Use
Funding Opportunities
2020 Call for Proposals

Research to Advance Models of Care
for Medicaid-Eligible Populations

Release Date: August 5, 2020 | Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Key Dates
· September 2, 2020 (2 p.m. CST) Deadline for receipt of full proposals.
· October 15, 2020 Selected grantees notified.
· December 15, 2020 Grants start.
Total Awards
· Up to $2.7 million will be available under this CFP.
· Project funding for each grant can be up to $300,000 each to accommodate grants between 12–18 months.
·  Up to nine studies will be funded.
Grants with ongoing deadlines can be found here .
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