Member's Spotlight
Fourth Health Center Implements Azara’s Reporting & Analytics Population Health Platform
Azara Kick-Off training attendees included (left, back to front) Teresa McKetney, M.D. and Ivy Alexander of G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center, and Michael Edwards of the Mississippi Health Safe Net and (right, back to front) Allana Machado of Azara, Joseph Grice of the Community Health Center Assoc. of Miss., and Ricky Bolden of G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center. Not pictured Yvette McLaurin, Shynettia Wesley, and Stacy Hillman of G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center.
G.A. Carmichael Health Center joins ACCESS Family Health Services, Coastal Family Health Center, and Mantachie Rural Health Care in implementing the Azara DRVS data management system. A total of 8 health centers are planned for onboarding the Azara system in 2019. Predictive analytics is one additional step that better positions community health centers in support of population health management, financial success that reduces cost of care, and their ability to drive better patient quality across the value-based care continuum.
DRVS is a population health management data analytics platform that works with electronic medical records to extrapolate real time clinical data in support of contrasting with payer data. The Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN) in Mississippi has provided technical support and other assistance to CHCs to implement Azara.  According to Association’s Independent Practice Association director Joseph Grice, “this platform was built to improve clinically-oriented operational efficiencies.” DRVS will also help community health centers enhance Unified Data System (UDS) reporting required by the Bureau of Primary Care at HRSA.
HRSA seeks public input and feedback: Service Area Overlap

HRSA seeks input from the field to inform service area-related policy considerations A link to the related Request for Information (RFI) solicits additional ideas and suggestions from the public related to these topic areas.

Deadline : Public feedback must be submitted on or before July 8, 2019.
Southeast MS Rural Health hosts event in
celebration of Women’s Health

May 12 - May 18, 2019 is celebrated as National Women’s Health Week. The Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health leads National Women's Health Week to encourage all women to be as healthy as possible.
Congress Takes Step Towards Funding Health Centers
The U.S. House Appropriations committee met on May 8 th to consider the federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Labor-Human Services-Education spending bill in a " mark-up session ." At the time of publication, the bill provided an additional $50 million in funding for Community Health Centers(CHCs). This initial funding of health centers is very positive signal that Congress understands how CHCs serve 28 million patients in medically-underserved communities across the nation.  More information on this spending bill and related proposals will be made available as NACHC and CHCAMS monitor them. 
Community Health Centers generate $56 billion in economic activity throughout communities nationwide. Please continue advocacy efforts by letting congressional members know the importance of federal 330 grant funding to people in your community. To take action, check out the advocacy tools available at .  Please invite your representative or senator to participate in local activities around the 2019 National Health Center Week (August 4 - 10), including the 65x65 events in your area on August 10, 2019.
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) State Plan Amendment (SPA) 19-0011 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) has been submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to demonstrate compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) final rule as it relates to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), effective July 1, 2018.
Proposed pages here.

View the SPA and State Plan here.

The Division of Medicaid Final Filed the following rules with the Secretary of State’s office for inclusion in the Mississippi Administrative Code Title 23: Medicaid. The filing can be accessed here .

This administrative code filing is being submitted to allow the Division of Medicaid to reimburse an FQHC the encounter rate for the administration of certain categories of physician administered drugs (PADS) referred to as Clinician Administered Drug and Implantable Drug System Devices (CADDs), reimbursed under the pharmacy benefit, effective to correspond with SPA 18-0012 eff. 07/01/18 and to allow Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) to provide mental health services in an FQHC.
Reminder: Pharmacy BIN/PCN changes for
Effective Oct. 1, 2018
Providers should have prepared their software billing systems to use the New BIN/PCN numbers for claims with dates of service of Oct. 1, 2018, and thereafter.

Magnolia Health MSCAN (RxAdvance)
Molina Health Plan (CVS Caremark)
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan MSCAN (OptumRx)
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan CHIP (OptumRx)

See Detailed Information here:
HRSA's Substance Use Disorder-Mental Health funding requirements:

  1. You must add at least 1.0 FTE direct hire(s) and/or contracted personnel who will support SUD and/or mental health services within eight months of award—by Saturday, May 18. Failure to meet this requirement may impact Year 2 funding.
  2. Minor Alteration and Renovation (A/R) Projects: You may not begin any minor A/R activities supported with SUD-MH funding without receiving prior approval from HRSA. You must submit a “Capital Update” via EHBs, and meet all additional conditions when applicable.

Click here for additional updates and details.
For added resources, don’t forget to check out HRSA’s new Substance Use Disorders and Primary Care Integration page .
Nearby Session on FTCA University: New Orleans
June 13 - 14, 2019 (Cost $250)
Registration: click here
Please NOTE: unresolved conditions from your OSV in the areas of credentialing or QI/QA may result in disapproval of your FTCA deeming application. Please review PAL 2019-02 for updates. Redeeming applications (for coverage for CY 2020) are due by 11:59 p.m. ET
on Monday, July 1.
July 30, 2019 – August 2, 2019
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
Lace up those athletic shoes.
It’s time to register for Jackson area 65x65 5K/10K race.

Registration is open for the 3 rd Annual 65x65 5K Run-Walk, 10K and Health Fair in the Jackson metro area.

7:30 a.m. Race Time, Saturday, August 10 th at the Mississippi Sport Hall of Fame. Sign up here .
2019 NHSC Scholarship Program
Accepting applications through
Thursday, May 16, 7:30 p.m. ET

News to Use
Training Opportunities
CHCAMS is officially accredited to provide
Direct Continuing Medical Education to Physicians
Contact Desiree Stinson at 601-981-1817
CHCAMS 1 st  Friday Webinar
(participant feedback to be considered)
June 7, 2019  –Telemedicine/ECHO— Dr. Melissa Holland
Register Here !
2019 Mississippi Rural & Community Health Documentation, Coding & Billing Boot Camp
June 26-27, 2019|Day 1: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Day 2: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
MSU CAVS Extension Center | 153 Mississippi Parkway, Canton, MS 39046
Registration is now open for NACHC’s June 5 th webinar on the Veterans Community Care Program. See details below and spread the word! Thanks for your continued support and service to our Veteran patient population and Veteran community!

June 5  | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT/11:00 am –  12:00 p.m. MST
Webinar: Veterans Community Care Program
Managing Ambulatory Health Care II: Advanced Course for Clinicians in Community Health Centers
Monday – Thursday, June 17-20, 2019 | Boston, MA
MAHC2 is the second in a series of four Managing Ambulatory Health Care (MAHC) training courses offer by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC).
June 19-21, 2019 | Little Rock, AR
As we reach the final year in the 80% by 2018 Colorectal Cancer Screening initiative, the Consortium will keep the momentum by adopting the 80% in Every Community. 80% in Every Community is an NCCRT initiative that continues the progress and commitment from 80% by 2018, and reemphasizes our dedication to partnership, collective action, and the pooling of resources to reach 80% colorectal cancer screening rates nationally. The meeting will cover the latest discoveries across the spectrum of colorectal cancer—from working with Accountable Care Organizations to Large Hospital Systems; to cancer genetics; to survivorship and advocacy—and highlights the work of the best minds in patient navigation and medicine from institutions all across the southeastern region.
More Information:
Due Date: EHBs by May 13, 2019
New Supplemental Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Integrated Behavioral Health Services
HRSA announces the availability of $200 million in supplemental funding to health centers for Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS).

Due Dates:  April 22 and May 21, 2019 – & 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
Due Date: June 10, 2019
Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Rural Centers of Excellence on Substance Use Disorders
The Health Resources and Service Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) on April 25 for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Rural Centers of Excellence on Substance Use Disorders (RCORP-RCOE). HRSA will provide three cooperative agreements totaling about $20 million to establish three Rural Centers of Excellence. 

Publishing Date for RFP:  July 1, 2019
2019 Delta Workforce Grant Program
In partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), approximately $28.5 million in  National Dislocated Worker Reserve: Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Grants  will become available to support workforce training and education in rural communities across the Delta and Appalachian regions. To complement the federal partnership, DRA will host two technical assistance workshops, make available $1.5 million in grants, and offer post-award technical assistance to grantees.
Total Program Funding: $1.5 million
Award Ceiling: $150,000
Award Floor: $25,000
Eligible Applicants include:
  • State and local governments (state agencies, counties/parishes, cities/towns)
  • Other public bodies
  • Non-profit entities
  • Local development districts
The Delta Workforce Program will prioritize investing in communities and regions that have been negatively impacted by economic transition and recovered more slowly to help build their workforce pipelines and strengthen their economies.
Investment priorities include:
  • Supporting industry-driven workforce training
  • Building collaborative workforce pipelines
  • Expanding industry clusters
  • Accelerating regional economic development
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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