Member Spotlight:
Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative (SeMRHI’s) Tonya Green takes the National Stage demonstrating best practices in HIV Care from a MS FQHC
Tonya Green, Director of Social Services/Ryan White Program, SeMRHI, presents at the national Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment this past December. Her presentation, Utilizing EMR and CAREWare to Generate Clinical Quality Management, focused on SeMRHI’s use of EMR and lab interface in CAREWare to decrease manual lab data entry and errors; and reduction of time spent conducting data entry and utilization of CAREWare to generate more accurate performance measures reports.

Additionally, SeMRHI created custom exam templates in the EMR to capture required HIV clinical care, including screenings, labs and immunizations for People Living with HIV (PLWH), which positively impacts retention rates from 62% to 95%.
The HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau hosts this conference every 2 years, providing participants with critical training, and technical assistance. The conference provides a forum for shared best practice models and strategies that aim to assist the nation provide a coordinated national response to expand access, improve treatment outcomes, and reduce new HIV infections and HIV-related health disparities. The conference is the largest gathering of HIV/AIDS healthcare providers, recipients, consumers, and stakeholders in the US. Congratulations Tonya and thanks for representing Mississippi!
Mantachie Rural Health hosts Monthly Diabetes Education Classes
According to Institute for Alternative Futures Report, 2016
473,000 people in Mississippi have diabetes; 106,000 (22%) don’t know it;
And an additional 894,000 are estimated to have prediabetes
Pictured left: Family Nurse Practitioner and Amanda Martin & LPN Samjuana Ledetter are the host for a monthly diabetes class that aims to promote fun & learning as they teach patients how to control their diabetes. You can reach the Diabetic Treatment Center by calling 662-377-2500.
House Bill 584 - Sponsors: Principal: Mims; Dixon; Sykes,
Reauthorizes the Mississippi Qualified Health Centers Program through FY 2024
Transferred to the Senate on February 8 th

Thanks to the Mississippi Legislators for their Continued Support
All covered entities (CE) and child sites are required by the 340B statute, administered by HRSA, to recertify annually for the 340B program. Failure to do so, will result in removal from the 340B program.   Monday, February 25, 2019 is the final deadline

Also see update on CVS-Caremark notice
Health Center Financial Management Reviews Continue in 2019
The Division of Financial Integrity has begun making 2019 site visits

Review previous slides here to maintain a state of ready compliance

See Sample Policies & Procedures (NACHC, 2018)
Deadlines Approaching – March 12 th and April 11 th , ( & EHB respectively)
 "Hot Spot" Map for New Access Point (NAP) Applications - Mississippi

Note: HRSA modified the FOA on February 1 st to clarify that only full-time, fixed sites located in a "hot spot" zip code are eligible for the High Unmet Need Area priority points. Updated New Access Points (HRSA-19-080) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

The NAP Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) offers priority points for High Unmet Need, FQHC Look-Alike status and Sparsely Populated Areas. The High Unmet Need category is met by proposing to establish a full-time (fixed) service site in a "hot spot zip code, a total of 82 zip codes for Mississipp i.
Thanks to work the Indiana Primary Care Association (IPCA) has shared, you are also able to access a map of the hot spot zip codes. To access the map, use this direct link to the hotspot page developed by IPCA to visually display the zip codes in Mississippi. Please note: To access the MS map, click "MS" on the state filter to the right of the screen and allow a few seconds for the map to populate. Since many of us were at the Capitol for legislative events during the most recent webinar, HRSA's pre-recorded webinar on the New Access Point funding opportunity, the accompanying slides and more are available here .
HRSA Grantees - February 2019 Conference Calls
Wednesday February 27, 2019 @ 12 Noon CST
Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 8:00 AM CST
Toll-free: 800-857-8491 | Toll: 1-773-799-3749 Passcode: 9188548
Next Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) All-Programs Webcast
Tuesday, Mar. 5, from 2:00 - 3:00 pm.
Meeting Purpose:  To review processes for challenges with Change in Scope and thus establishing PPS rates; credentialing alignment, and other timelines for request to the Division of Medicaid

Per Medicaid, most missing document from health center side as added here:  Medicare Tie-In Notices

One of the key take-aways to request support from Medicaid for the myriad of challenges discussed was through Medicaid’s process of submitting RFIs or Requests for Information .

The following is a link to the RFI tab on their web site.  
In addition to the PPS rate, FQHCs will receive an additional fee for certain services provided after normal FQHC operating hours (8:00-5:00 M-F), when billing claims with codes 99050 and 99051.

A listing of these services may be viewed at

The services will be paid at the existing fee-for-service rate on the MS Medicaid Physician Fee Schedule
News to Use
Training Opportunities
CHCAMS officially accredited to provide
Direct Continuing Medical Education to Physicians
Contact Desiree Stinson at 601.981.1817
Clinical Conference
Please book before February 21, 2019 
Visit the web link here for online reservations or call 601-487-0800 and use Group Code PHC
Register Here
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
  • June 7th –Telemedicine/ECHO—Dr. Melissa Holland
Housing + Substance Use Recovery - Free Webinar
February 20, 2019, 1:30 pm ET
The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), which is a HRSA National Cooperative Agreement ( NCA ),  begins learning series:
Focus:  The intersection of patients experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity and substance use disorder treatment.
CHCAMs worked with CSH last year to bring you the webinar-based panel discussion on Homelessness & Social Determinants of Health , which you ranked high.
Please forward to the approp riate staff so that they can reap the benefits of this free webinar.
CSH is offering a series of learnings aimed at bringing together supportive housing and homeless services providers and other systems to work more effectively with people who use substances, including opioids.
The kick-off webinar for the series will be held on February 20, 12 :30 pm CST , and will cover the basics. You can register for the webinar --  Addiction Services 101:  Recovery Support Services, Medication Assisted Treatment or MAT, and Addiction Treatment   -- by  clicking here .

This webinar will consider ways to create links between systems, how to encourage new resources that are targeted to the most vulnerable in your community, and information needed to create partnerships to increase supportive housing capacity. The webinar will examine the differences between Medicaid expansion and non-expansion states for these topics. 
Gina Brown, RSW  
Community Organizer                                           
Southern AIDS Coalition
February 21, 2019, 10 am to 3 pm
819 Main Street Greenville, MS 38701
Lunch provided.
Attendance capped at 40 - RSVP to
Questions? Call 601-310-2758
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

HPSAs, National Health Service Corps, and Federal Resources
Thursday, March 7
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

Understanding HR Metrics
Thursday, April 4
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
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:
2019 NHSC Loan Repayment Programs
Apply Now!
Accepting applications through
Thursday, February 21, 7:30 p.m. ET
Click Here for More Information
Application Deadline: None
Funding Interests
SUBJECTS Arts and culture, Child welfare, Children's museums, Christianity, Diseases and conditions, Education, Elementary and secondary education, Family services, Higher education, Human service, In-patient medical care, Museums, Nursing care, Performing arts, Shelter and residential care, Youth development.  GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS Mississippi
POPULATION GROUPS: Academic, Children and youth, Students
SUPPORT STRATEGIES: Annual campaigns, General support
Purpose and Activities
Giving primarily for higher education, and children and youth services, including a children's museum; funding also for health organizations and human services.
Application Deadline: March 13, 2019

Current Clinical Scholars program overview and projects
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Clinical Scholar video  Clinical Scholars 2 min Video

Clinical Scholars  is a national leadership development program for experienced health practitioners. Clinical Scholars fellows include pharmacists, physical therapists, veterinarians, dentists, social workers, nurses, physicians, and many others working in clinical or academic settings. Through mentoring, networking, and an intensive curriculum centered on equity,  they deepen their influence and impact as leaders with the power to transform their workplaces and communities . Working in teams of two to five representing diverse disciplines, they design an innovative project to address a complex health problem in their area. Teams receive  annual grant funding up to $525,000  so members can participate in the three-year program at no cost to themselves or their organizations. Clinical Scholars is  one of several programs created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation  to develop a network of strong, interdisciplinary leaders from every sector working to create a nation where everyone can reach their best possible health and well-being. 
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