Member Spotlight
G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center Named COVID-19
Center of Excellence by MSDH
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) recently recognized G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center as a COVID-19 Center of Excellence.  In an official notice from the state health officer, it was deemed the first outpatient clinic in the state in the Center of Excellence program.
 
To achieve COVID Center of Excellence status, a health system must commit to the following community efforts:
1) Administration of COVID-19 vaccination to eligible members of their communities.
2) Serving as a referral location for local physicians/providers for the treatment of COVID-19 infected individuals with anti-COVID monoclonal antibody infusions. 
3) Addressing disparities in vaccine access in their communities.
Watch here as Dr. James Coleman – G.A. CEO - gives a Virtual tour of the new modular unit. He explains the purpose of this new addition to G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center, the first of its kind in the nation.
Coastal Family Health Employee Recognized Nationally for Outstanding Service to Homeless
Coastal Family Health Center case manager Honora Mayfield on last Wednesday was awarded the National Health Care for the Homeless 2021 HCH Clinicians’ Network Rotonda Award for Outstanding Services.

The Karen Rotonda Award for Outstanding Services honors the memory and legacy of Karen Rotonda, RN, who was the “Founding Mother” of the HCH Clinicians’ Network. It is awarded each year to an exemplary clinician in the field who provides culturally appropriate, high-quality, hands-on care to people experiencing homelessness.

“Honora has been a tremendous asset to Coastal for the past five years. During her tenure, she has developed a trusting relationship with our homeless populations. Patients look to Honora as a trusted source of help and compassion. She is fearless in her work and is truly worthy of this national honor,” says Angel Greer, Chief Executive Officer. (reprinted from WXXV.com)
Health Center CEO Speaks at Hospital Grand Opening
Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services CEO Aurelia Jones-Taylor was a guest speaker for the official grand opening of Delta Health NW Regional Medical Center in Clarksdale. Special guests on hand were Congressman Bennie Thompson and local city and county officials.
Christina Nunnally Featured in Nationally Released Publication Honoring Nurses
National Nurses Week May 6 - 12, 2021 is set aside to honor the special nurses working in Community Health Centers. The national publication 52 Weeks In The Life Of A Community Health Center Nurse, published by NACHC, featured North Miss. Primary Care nurse practitioner, Christina Nunnally. Her story (on page 35 here) is among the 52 stories that provide examples of the awe-inspiring nurses working in FQHCs across the country.
National Nurses Week
May 6-12

Delta Health Center's Dr. Marketta Blue
Presented Local Fraternal Service Award
Dr. Marketta Blue, MD was the Bolivar County 25th MLK Scholarship Community Service Award winner given by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Epsilon Xi Lambda Chapter. 
MississippiCare Hosts Budget-friendly, Healthy Foods Class as part of Direct Relief Grant
Chelsea Watkins, RD, LD of MississippiCare presents healthy, cost conscious recipes at its first workshop supported by Direct Relief. The class took place at the Pontotoc Cooperative Extension complex on Thursday, April 29, 2021. Twelve participants sampled four different healthy recipes.

Ms. Watkins presented ideas on how to modify the recipes to accommodate budget and tastes. Each participant received a shopping tote, a cookbook on budget-friendly, healthy recipes, and a voucher to use at a local grocery store. The class was a big success. Participants reported enjoying the demonstration. MississippiCare is one of six health centers that received grant funds from Direct Relief to fight food insecurity in Mississippi. Read more about the CHCAMS health center Cornbread Cooking series here.
Physicians Assistants Filling Workforce Staffing Gaps at Mississippi CHCs
Two graduates of the Mississippi College Physician Assistant Program are finding work in community health center settings in Mississippi. CHCAMS Workforce Program Director Wayne Miley (center) is pictured with (on left) Latoya Johnson, PA-C, Family Medicine, and Melissa Minor, PA-C, Family Medicine. Both women serve on the Medical Advisory Board at MC with Mr. Miley and are working at Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Services. For more information about recruitment from the Physician Assistant program, contact Wayne Miley.
Mark Your Calendar
Thursday, May 27
1-2:00 p.m. CDT

FCC Emergency Broadband Program Releases Public Awareness Campaign Materials Ahead of May 12, 2021 Launch
The Emergency Broadband Benefit can assist those with internet connectivity issues during the pandemic. Outreach materials ready for download can be found here if your health center is helping patients apply for this program. For more information about the program, contact the FCC here.
Opportunity to Nominate CHC Hero for Portraits of Public Health
The Region IV Public Health Training Center seeks to highlight and appreciate the folks who have been and continue to do the hard work of public health. Priority will be given to nominees from Region IV. Nominations are accepted here.
Registration Coming
May 15, 2021

CHCAMS COVID-19 Clearinghouse
Click here to request access.

For those who missed the live discussions, recordings of the meetings are now available at the CHCAMS COVID-19 Clearinghouse.
CHC Members, please share your vaccination photos on social media with the hashtag #ALLINTogetherMS. Also please share with
the CHCAMS by emailing here.
Next Vaccine Champions Meeting

Thursday, May 20 at 3:30 p.m.

The group now meets every other week.
Contact Sonja Fuqua for the meeting link.
Combating Pandemic Pounds and Coronavirus Carbs Series on the CHCAMS YouTube channel. New Episodes Posted Monthly. Subscribe here.
Dentists Eligible to Give COVID-19 Vaccines
Mississippi dentists interested in becoming a COVID-19 vaccine provider, please visit the Health Department here or call 1-800-740-9889 for information and to enroll.
CHCAMS Launches On-Demand Training Pilot Program
CHCAMS will launch an on-demand training pilot program. The pilot program will offer training via the CHCAMS website. On June 15, recent CHCAMS training sessions will be made available, including the Clinical Conference held on April 30, 2021 and the Women's Health Tobacco Cessation training held on May 6, 2021. More information is forthcoming in the weekly training newsletters, beginning on May 24th.
Save the Date
Billing and Coding Training June 25-26, 2021
The Community Health Center Association of Mississippi (CHCAMS) is collaborating with the Association for Rural & Community Health Professional Coding (ARCHPro Coding) to provide coding and documentation educational and training services to the clinical and professional staff of Community Health Centers in Mississippi related to clinical documentation, coding, and billing.

ARCHPro Coding will conduct 1 training session lasting 4 hours in Gulf Shores, AL on Saturday, June 26, 2021, on items including Evaluation & Management documentation guidelines, ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding & Reporting, surgical package differences, preventive visits, and modifiers.
To sign up for the Wednesday weekly training newsletter, please contact Desiree Stinson.
Telemedicine
1) This Administrative Code is being filed to (1) add language allowing FQHCs and RHCs to act as an originating and distant site and (2) and for FQHCs, RHCs, and CMHCs to receive both the distant site and originating site fees when such services are appropriately provided by the same organization, in compliance with Miss. Code § 43-13-117, as amended by MS Senate Bill 2799. Full text here.

2) This Administrative Code is being filed to 1) add language allowing DOM to cover a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) as a distant site provider and 2) to set the fees and or rates for FQHC services the same as those effective for January 1, 2021 in compliance with Miss. Code § 43-13-117, as amended by MS Senate Bill 2799. Full text here.

Immunizations
This Administrative Code is being filed to set the fees for immunizations the same as those effective for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021 except those for 340B drugs, in compliance with Miss. Code § 43-13-117, as amended by MS Senate Bill 2799. Full text here.

Vision Services
This Administrative Code is being filed to 1) increase the number of physician office visits from twelve (12) to sixteen (16), and 2) set the fees for vision services the same as those effective for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021 in compliance with Miss. Code § 43-13-117, as amended by MS Senate Bill 2799. Full text here.

Family Planning
This Administrative Code is being filed to set the fees for family planning services the same as those effective for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021 in compliance with Miss. Code § 43-13-117, as amended by MS Senate Bill 2799. Full text here.

EPSDT
This Administrative Code is being filed to: 1) remove coverage of EPSDT screenings by RHCs/FQHCs in a school setting, 2) remove Mississippi Youth Programs Around the Clock (MYPAC) coverage and reimbursement, 3) add language stating the wraparound facilitation is covered as a case management service and 4) set the fees for EPSDT services the same as those effective for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021 in compliance with Miss. Code § 43-13-117, as amended by MS Senate Bill 2799. Full text here.

EPSDT
This Administrative Code is being filed to correspond with MS SPA 20-0002 that added coverage and reimbursement of PDN and PCS for Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT)-eligible beneficiaries. The final filing removes the five percent (5%) reduction language and makes technical corrections. Full text here.

Transportation Services
This Administrative Code is being filed to set the fees for emergency ground transportation services the same as those effective as of July 1, 2021 in compliance with Miss. Code § 43-13-117, amended by MS Senate Bill 2799. Full text here.
State Plan Amendment
A Medicaid State Plan Amendment (SPA). The Division of Medicaid, in the Office of the Governor, is submitting amended SPA 21-0007 All Patient Refined Diagnosis Related Groups (APR-DRG) Reimbursement to update the hospital inpatient payment methodology with an effective date of July 1, 2021 contingent upon approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This proposed SPA is to comply with approved SPA 2012-008, our Transmittal # 21-0007. The amended public notice can be viewed here.

Mental Health
This Administrative Code is being filed to 1) include revisions from MS SPA 20-0022 and 2) set the fees for mental health services the same as those effective for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021 in compliance with Miss. Code § 43-13-117, as amended by MS Senate Bill 2799. Full text here.

Administration
This Administrative Code filing (1) revises the timeframe from 30 to 90 days that providers may request an Administrative Review in Rule 1.8, (2) revises Rule 3.7 to be in compliance with U.S.C § 1396a and 42 C.F.R. § 447.50 et seq.– 447.59, and (3) revises Rule 4.10 to be in compliance with Miss. Code Ann. 43-13-117 as amended by MS Senate Bill 2799. Full text here.

Remote Patient Monitoring
This Administrative Code filing: (1) adds diabetes type II as a covered diagnosis for continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and (2) adds the rental up to the purchase price of a Federal Drug Administration (FDA) class III medical device for home use for CGM for those beneficiaries with diabetes type II with long-term insulin usage who meet the requirements in Miss. Admin. Code Part 225. Full text here.

Remote Patient Monitoring
This Administrative Code filing (1) removes the two (2) or more hospitalizations from the coverage requirements of remote patient monitoring, (2) adds the required information for prior authorization if it’s required, (3) adds diabetes type II as a covered diagnosis for continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), and (4) revises the coverage requirement for CGM which corresponds with Medicare coverage. Full text here.

Medical Equipment
This Administrative Code filing: 1) Allows for the reimbursement of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) supplies during the rental period in alignment with Medicare coverage, 2) Clarifies the rental of DME, 3) Updates the reimbursement methodology to correspond with SPA 20-0001, 4) Includes how to request DME and medical supplies not included on the Division of Medicaid’s fee schedule, and 5) Corrects minor technical errors. Full text here.
Funding Opportunities
Sites Funding
HRSA released the fiscal year (FY) 2021 Health Center Program Service Expansion – School-Based Service Sites (SBSS, HRSA-21-093) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Technical assistance (TA) resources, including a webinar overview of the NOFO, are available on the SBSS TA webpage.
Grants with ongoing deadlines can be found here .
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