Member Spotlight
Community Health Centers
Healing During Coronavirus
Telehealth/Phone Visits Linking
Patients to Behavioral Health Services

ACCESS Community Health Services has implemented behaviorial telehealth services and have created a special promotion for this service via social media. Kevin Koehler, MD (right) of the ACCESS Tupelo clinic, in a still from a video message promoting the behavioral health services that can be accessed via telehealth. To see the video, click this  link.
Delta Health Center is now providing the option of telehealth visits from the comfort of patients' homes, using any available telephonic devices.

Coastal Family Health Center   has expanded virtual visits through the platform and shares with the CHC network across various listservs to share protocols and best practices.

Family Health Center Primary care is offered through telehealth. Also, f or the past 3 years, a Ph.D. behavioral health specialist has provided services via telehealth. Even OB consults/visits are being handled via telehealth to protect our pregnant moms, as well as other behavioral health services.
CHCs see ALL Patients, Regardless of Ability to Pay
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CHCs COVID-19 Response Resources
Thank you, Community Health Center leaders and staff, for your service during this unprecedented time in history. CHCAMS staff is here for you.

CHCAMS has created the following:

1) COVID-19 digests with news and updates and training and technical assistance Resources. We will publish it with frequency during the initial response phase of this national emergency.

2) Conference Call Check in on Fridays at 2 p.m. This is a time for CEOs to share, listen, and have comradery with one another.

3) COVID-19 listserv. This list serve is a mechanism for you to share information in writing with one another on an as-needed basis.

4) Information Clearinghouse via a Google Drive link of information that is categorized and can be accessed on an as-needed basis.

5) COVID-19 webpage also serves as a resource for those seeking information.
Telehealth Updates
Telehealth: Using Non-traditional Technology for Telehealth during
COVID-19 Outbreak Link to PDF here.

HIPAA Enforcement for Telehealth under COVID-19
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on March 17 that, effective immediately, it will waive potential HIPAA penalties for good faith use of telehealth through everyday communications technologies during the nationwide public health emergency due to COVID-19. Under the Notice of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth , covered health care providers may use popular applications that allow for video chats, including Apple FaceTime, Facebook Messenger video chat, Google Hangouts video or Skype, to provide telehealth without risk that the OCR might seek to impose a penalty for noncompliance with the HIPAA Rules related to the good faith provision of telehealth during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency. Providers are encouraged to notify patients that these third-party applications potentially introduce privacy risks, and providers should enable all available encryption and privacy modes when using such applications. 
MS State Plan Amendment (SPA) 20-0010 Telehealth Emergency Waiver Public Notice
Pursuant to 42 C.F.R. Section 447.205, public notice is hereby given for the submission of a Medicaid State Plan Amendment (SPA) 20-0010 Telehealth Emergency Waiver. This SPA will assist beneficiaries to receive a wider range of health care services from Mississippi Medicaid enrolled providers without having to travel to a health care facility to reduce the community-spread of the COVID-19 virus or who may need to be self-quarantined for a period of time.
You can view the public notice and draft SPA pages via this link:
Updates and News
Fake Online Coronavirus Map Delivers Well-known Malware
According to the Department of Human Services, a malicious website pretending to be the live map for Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University is circulating on the internet waiting for unwitting internet users to visit the website. Visiting the website infects the user with the AZORult trojan, an information-stealing program which can exfiltrate a variety of sensitive data. Learn more

The FTC covers public health scams, imposter s cams , and BEC scams surrounding COVID-19 . Keep your guard up against these seven B2B scams that try to exploit companies’ concerns about COVID-19. In addition to sharing this information with your employees and social networks, read on for how you can report Coronavirus scams to the FTC. Link

Update on Social Security Services During COVID – 19 Pandemic Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security
“Be aware that scammers may try to trick you into thinking the pandemic is stopping your Social Security payments, but that is not true. Don’t be fooled."
For more information, please visit .

Updated Medicaid & CHIP COVID-19 FAQs
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Jackson Physician Search Staffing Resources available to CHCAMS Membership
Jackson Physician Search Link
Contact Info: Gary Seaburg, Director, (469) 909-6681 Dallas Office Direct; (469) 203-7256 Cell/Text
While there are still some patients who cannot be cared for over the phone or via telehealth, (high-risk OB, childhood immunizations, or acute/chronic condition), Community Health Centers are building capacity to optimize the use of telehealth.
Loan Repayment Applications Open through
April 23rd

The Division of National Health Service Corps opened its application for three loan repayment programs: the NHSC Loan Repayment Program (NHSC LRP), the NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program (NHSC SUD Workforce LRP) and the NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program The application closes on Thursday, April 23, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. CST.

Visit the NHSC website to learn more about eligibility and specific disciplines. Learn more by watching this video that outlines discipline eligibility for the SUD Workforce LRP and Rural Community LRP. 
Save the Dates

Registration pending
Training Opportunities
HRSA recently hosted a grant writing webinar. The recording for “Creating a Competitive Grant Proposal” is available here .
Webinar Series on Understanding Your Costs in an Evolving  Payment Environment
The Delta Center for a Thriving Safety Net is sponsoring a four-webinar series to assist health center finance and accounting staff to adapt business models to ensure success in value-based payment environments. Capital Link, a HRSA-funded National Cooperative Agreement (NCA), will facilitate the webinars.

Visit this link for more information.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
2-3 p.m. CST
Cost Allocation Methodology for Value-Based Payment Systems

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
11 - noon CST
Oral Health and HIV Series: Introduction to COVID-19
Presented by Mark Schweizer, DDS, MPH
Continuing Education: This webcast is approved for Dental DD, as well as Medical, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, and NAADAC. Register here.
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
2-3 p.m. CST
Utilizing Cost Data to Drive Programmatic Change

 Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Navigating the Medicare FQHC Cost Report (Webinar)
Presenter:  Sara E. Grenier, CPA, BKD
11 am - Noon CST
News To Use
Funding Opportunities
Strengthening the Delta Workforce
The Delta Regional Authority in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), announce approximately $29.2 million in National Dislocated Worker Reserve: Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) program. 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 eight technical assistance workshops, make available $1.5 million in grants, and offer post-award technical assistance to grantees.
Investment priorities include:
  • Supporting industry-driven workforce training
  • Building collaborative workforce pipelines
  • Expanding industry clusters
  • Accelerating regional economic development

Grants with Ongoing Deadlines

COMPASS Initiative Core
Grants are made to community-based organizations that prioritize HIV/AIDS prevention and/or care services across the southern United States. Funding may be used for a variety of organizational and staff resources, including technology and software, meeting space costs, conference attendance fees, professional development, and continuing education. For more info, click here.

Community-led campaigns and education initiatives across the deep south that work to reduce stigma and focused on changing knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors around HIV and AIDS. For more info, click  here.

Grants for projects that effectively impact arts and culture, community improvement/enrichment, education and literacy, the environment and healthy families. For more info, click here .

Foundation For the Mid South
Grants for organizations in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi working in the areas of health disparities, physical health, mental health, education, financial security, and the growth, and prosperity of communities. For more info, click here .
Mississippi Capital Improvements Revolving Loan Program (CAP)
Loans for municipalities and counties in Mississippi for the improvement of public facilities and infrastructure, including hospitals, sewer systems, and water supply systems. For more info, click here .
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