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Daphne Webster-Quinn enters data into her computer at a COVID-19 testing site in Lexington, Miss., Thursday, April 30, 2020. Photo by Eric Shelton/MS Today
Dr. Arenia C. Mallory
​Community Health Center Mobile Testing Ops Featured
Mallory Community Health Center was featured in an in-depth article written and published by Mississippi Today. The article features an employee's story of providing community COVID-19 testing in Holmes County and her family's personal struggles with having the coronavirus.

To read the article, click this link.
Jefferson Comprehensive Health Services Holds Successful Food Drives in September
Jefferson Comprehensive Health Services distributed more than 260 food boxes to community members on September 4th and recently held another food distribution event on September 18th.
AEH Partners with Coahoma CC for Voter Registration Drive
Data shows that 62% of eligible voters are between the ages of 18 - 39. To reach a portion of that age group, Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services partnered with Coahoma Community College for a voter registration drive on September 22, this year's National Voter Registration Day.

National Voter Registration Day, held on the fourth Tuesday each September, is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy. First observed in 2012, it has quickly gained momentum ever since. Nearly 3 million voters have registered to vote on the holiday to date. The General Election is November 3, 2020.
East Central Mississippi Staff Member
Laid to Rest
Marsha Hardin, Finance Director at East Central Mississippi Healthcare in Sebastopol, Miss, died on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at her home.
Mrs. Hardin became a member of the East Central Mississippi Health Care team in 2007 as Finance Assistant. In 2013, she became Finance Director.

Jill Bishop, Executive Director of East Central Mississippi Health Center said, "Marsha is best known for being compassionate, an encourager, and a very giving person. Her faith was evident in how she lived her life each and every day. She truly had a servant’s heart. She found joy in doing for others and was always willing to go the extra mile to help others. Marsha was also a fabulous cook and used this talent to bless others, whether it was a special occasion or just because she knew a dish was a favorite."

"She brought a hard-working ethic to the office, but it was covered with a softness of care and concern for others. She was always true to who she was which let you know she could be trusted. Marsha was a friend like no other. She loved the ECMHCI staff and their families, making time to ask about them regardless of how busy she was. She will be greatly missed."

Marsha is survived by her husband Peetie, sons Vance (Brittany) and Warren (McKensie), and grandsons Ledger and Thatcher.

News Briefs
CHCAMS CEO Presents on Health Equity During Today with Macrae
Janice Sherman was one of four panelists featured at the BPHC REACH and Health Equity Panel Discussion on September 17, 2020. The discussion focused on how health centers and PCA leaders shape activities and policies to increase understanding about health disparities that exist, what equity is, and how to set goals to address the gaps in understanding and action.
FDA issues Updates on Dental Amalgam
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided updated recommendations (9-24-2020) about the use of dental amalgam. This information potentially has a very large impact on dentistry and, in particular, public health dental programs. Visit these links for more information.
Community Health Worker (CHW) Registry Launched at
The Community Health Centers Association of Mississippi (CHCAMS) has launched The Community Health Worker (CHW) Registry, which serves as a statewide database. Register here to be included.
340B Tool Kit that addresses changes in the program is available. Contact Kathryn Rodenmeyer for access to the tool kit.
New Patient Referral Form for Tobacco Cessation Available
The Office of Tobacco Control began working with Optum, the new vendor/provider for the Mississippi Quitline on July 1, 2020. A new portal for referring patients for tobacco cessation services will be available soon. Patients in need of counseling and other cessation services should be referred via the Patient Referral Form, which is fillable and available here. Once filled out, it should be faxed to the number provided on the form. Call Wayne Miley with questions, 601-624-6296.
Updates From the Hill
HRSA to Eli Lilly About 340B Changes: at a Minimum, Insensitive and Potentially Illegal
HRSA's Office of Pharmacy Affairs posted on its website a letter to Eli Lilly dated Sept. 21. While this letter does not state definitively that Lilly's refusal to allow 340B-priced drugs to contract pharmacies is illegal, it states that HRSA has not yet made a final decision regarding its legality. Referring to Eli Lilly's "unilateral policy" to "scrap 340B pricing to contract pharmacies," the letter states that "although the Health Resources and Services Administration ("HRSA") has significant initial concerns with Lilly's new policy, it continues to review that policy and has yet to make a final determination as to any potential action.... Lilly's decision to interpret HRSA's responses as tantamount to definitive agency agreement with Lilly's position is incorrect." The letter lists four concerns about Lilly's actions that are not directly related to the 340B statute. The letter also notes that "the timing of your pricing changes is, at the very least, insensitive to the recent state of the economy." HRSA's letter concludes by stating that a lawsuit by HRSA against Eli Lilly is "a potential consequence in the event that Lilly knowingly violates a material condition of the program that results in over-charges to grantees and contractors."
Implementation of FQHC 340B Executive Order Delayed
The new regulation implementing the President's Executive Order (EO) around insulin and EpiPens will no longer be published as an "Interim Final Rule," but will instead be published as a proposed rule in the Federal Register. The change is significant in that it moves implementation of the EO from immediate to indefinite and means that there will be opportunity for public comment. OMB has revised its webpage to indicate that it will be a Proposed Rule (aka NPRM.) That means that the new rules will not go into effect immediately upon publication; rather, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will issue a proposal, the public will have an opportunity to submit written comments and HHS must consider those comments before issuing a Final Rule and setting an effective date. This process is certain to take several months, at a minimum. 
Tuesday September 22, the House of Representatives passed a Continuing Resolution to fund the government and health extenders through December 11. If it passes the Senate and the President signs this into law, it will ensure funding for only a few more weeks. Community Health Centers are small businesses saving lives and cannot continue to operate in this piecemeal fashion. 
Please ACT NOW to encourage your senators to pass a Continuing Resolution that includes health centers and return to the negotiating table with their colleagues.
Ask for further negotiations for another COVID-19 stimulus package for our communities, including:
  • The inclusion of health center look-alikes for those able to access the $7.6 billion of emergency COVID-19 relief funds;
  • An extension of the PPP that would allow health centers with over 500 employees to be eligible for the program; and,
  • Equal reimbursement for health centers' Medicare telehealth visits. 
New Info Added - COVID-19 Clearinghouse
As CHCs continue to navigate the COVID-19 response, CHCAMS continues to provide a Clearinghouse for information and guidance.

A folder of marketing information has been added with culturaly competent materials to promote flu shots among other topics.

If you need a reminder of how to access the Clearinghouse, please email Kathryn Rodenmeyer.
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 9-11-2020
Link to flyer.
Find Out if Your Health Center is Ready.
RTAT Survey from Community Health Centers, Inc. for
Health Professions Training Now Available

Opinions matter. And in this case, to best serve the need for the health center workforce pipeline, readiness to implement a health professions training program is key. 

The Readiness to Training Assessment Tool™ (RTAT) instrument of HRSA’s Health Professions Education and Training (HP-ET) Initiative will help health centers assess and improve their readiness to engage in health professions training programs.

Community Health Center (CHC), Inc. developed the RTAT. The assessment tool allows health center leadership to determine health center readiness in one or more health profession areas. CHC Inc. has included a wide range of programs, from medical assistant or dental assistant training, to NP and PA students, to postgraduate residents and fellows in multiple disciplines—and more.

To access the survey link, please email Wayne Miley.

To access the Readiness to Train Assessment Tool™ (RTAT) launch webinar from September 22, 2020, click here. The webinar will repeat live so that questions can be answered on October 6, 2020. Click here to register for the October 6th webinar.

CHC, Inc., is a HRSA-funded National Training and Technical Assistance Partner.

“I strongly encourage everyone to complete the Readiness to Train Assessment Tool. It will provide valuable individual insight to your health center’s recruitment and training capabilities. The resulting Strategic Workforce Plan that you develop—including types of residency and trainee programs you want to implement—can help you expand your workforce to meet your future needs," said Jim Macrae, Associate Administrator, Bureau of Primary Health Care

The RTAT survey is just one of the programs under the CHCAMS Health Professions Education and Training Initiative.

CHCAMS Training Opportunities
Friday, October 2, 2020
9 a.m. - noon CST

Join CHCAMS for the
Fall conference held online

Utilizing Clinical Markers
to Impact Health Outcomes
Patient Portal Webinar Series

This webinar series is designed to orient staff to the history and current state of patient portal and engagement utilization, educate on the current marketplace and requisite processes for selection of new technology tools and transfer knowledge, and recommendations for optimizing current patient portal and messenger platforms as well as marketing existing or newly deployed functionality. Dr. Anna Maria Izquierdo-Porrera M.D. Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer of BlueNovo, will be the lead presenter, and each of the webinars in the series has a defined set of assoicated learning objectives.
Presenter: Dr. Anna Maria Izquierdo-Porrera M.D. Ph.D, Chief Medical Officer
More info, including the learning objectives, can be found in the flyer.

Thursday, October 1, 2020
11 a.m. - noon CST
Marketing for Portal & Engagement
This webinar reviews effective strategies and recommendations regarding marketing patient portal and engagement tools both internally and externally. There is a lens on driving efficiency.

Thursday, October 8, 2020
11 a.m. - noon CST
Portal Optimization
For community health centers that have patient portal technologies already deployed via Electronic Health Record applications or otherwise, this webinar is meant to review considerations and recommendations for optimizing use based on available features and functionality. This webinar also includes discussion around patient portal infrastructure and maintenance.

Thursday, October 22, 2020
11 a.m. - noon CST
Messenger Optimization
This webinar focuses on optimizing use of existing patient engagement tools. Common uses of patient engagement tools will be reviewed along with recommendations and workflow considerations.
Additional Training Opportunities
Thursday, October 8, 2020
11:30 a.m. - noon CST
TRI-STATE Oral Health Summit 2020-2021
Early Childhood Caries: Prevention and Mitigation in a Covid-19 World
1.      Understand the etiology of Early Childhood Caries (ECC), identify the reversible and irreversible stages of disease, and know the multiple consequences of disease progression.
2.      Explain the roles of perinatal and infant oral health education, risk assessment, nutrition, hygiene, and fluorides in the establishment of a favorable oral microbiome and in the prevention of early childhood caries.
3.      Understand the importance of a medical/dental/social team approach to infant oral health care and the prevention of the most common chronic disease of childhood.
4.      Describe prevention and mitigation of ECC during the COVID-­‐19 pandemic, along with special considerations and opportunities.
Register here.
Monday, October 19, 2020
10 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. CST
Preparing for a Virtual Operational Site Visit
In Summer 2020, the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) piloted virtual operational site visits (OSVs) and has announced that they plan to schedule and conduct OSVs virtually until further notice. Many are asking, What is different about a virtual OSV versus one in-person? How do we best prepare to demonstrate compliance in this new environment? Join us for a webinar that will assist health centers in navigating the changing compliance environment and preparing to demonstrate program compliance.
Register here.
Friday, October 30, 2020
Want to Be a Champion for People with HIV?
8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CST
Join the Southeast AETC for the HIV Champions Academy, a clinical conference for providers who see a low-volume of people with HIV. The program will train providers on testing, preventing, and treating uncomplicated HIV. Register here.
Monday, November 9 - Friday, November 13, 2020
Region 4 NCQA / PCMH Conference
This virtual training is hosted by the Georgia Primary Care Association (GAPCA) and will consist of two courses:
  • NCQA’s Introduction to PCMH Program: Foundational Concepts of the Medical Home
  • NCQA’s Advanced PCMH Program: Mastering the Medical Home Transformation
Training will be provided through a series of on-demand (recorded) lectures interspersed with live webinars for Q&A, polling, content review, and engagement with the training faculty. The required on-demand modules should be reviewed prior to each scheduled webinar session.
Register here.
Today with Macrae: Health Center Program Updates
Save the date for these upcoming Today with Macrae sessions (all at 1-2 p.m. CST):
Thursday, October 1
Thursday, October 29
Tuesday, December 1
Fill Out the 2020 Census

Deadline to complete the Census is October 31, 2020*
*New date
Read updated information here.
October 5th is the Deadline to Register to Vote in the General Election

According to the Mississippi Secretary of State's official website, October 5th is the Voter Registration Deadline for the upcoming General Election. Applicants who register in-person in the Circuit Clerk’s office on October 5th, and those who mail registration applications postmarked no later than October 5th, are eligible to vote in the General Election. (Miss. Code Ann. § 23-15-47)

The General Election is
November 3, 2020.
Polls open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT)
Chapter 4: Private Duty Nursing
This Administrative Code filing 1) removes the one year of experience requirement and 2) renames the proposal packet. The full text is here.

Medication Assisted Treatment
Medication Assisted Treatment is being submitted to add coverage of Medication Assisted Treatment for beneficiaries diagnosed with opioid addiction provided by Opioid Treatment Programs certified by the Department of Mental Health in compliance with the SUPPORT Act, effective October 1, 2020. The full text is here.
Vaccines for Beneficiaries Eligible for the Vaccine for Children (VFC) Program
Summary: This Administrative Code is being filed to correspond with MS State Plan Amendment (SPA) 20-0013 that updates vaccine coverage to include administration by pharmacists. The full text is here.
State Plan Amendment (SPA) 20-0008 Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Services
State Plan Amendment (SPA) 20-0008 Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Services, effective August 1, 2020, is being submitted to allow the Division of Medicaid to:
  1. Clarify the different types of encounters and when reimbursement is made for more than one encounter performed on the same day,
  2. Add requirements for FQHC mobile units, and
  3. Add coverage for a fee-for-service methodology for early and periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment (EPSDT) screenings provided in a school setting and certain group therapy in the FQHC setting.
The announcement is here.
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