Member Spotlight
Community Health Centers
Focus on Women's Health, Breast Cancer
Awareness in October
Several health centers posted special promotions for Women's Health and Breast Cancer Awareness on social media during October. The promotions featured staff, giveaways, awareness campaigns, and a ribbon-cutting for new mammogram equipment and services. Below are some of the promotional flyers and photos from social media.
Promotions pieces for October's Breast Cancer Awareness and Women's Health Month from (top, left to right) Mantachie Rural Health Clinic, Jefferson Comprehensive Health Center, MississippiCare, (photo, right), G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center, and (photo, below) East Central Mississippi Health Care - Walnut Grove.
Below are social media promotions from the following health centers (left to right) North Mississippi Primary Health Care, Mallory Community Health Center, (bottom row, left to right) Delta Health Center, and Coast Family Health Center.
Outreach Health Services Employee Honored for Four Decades of Service

Mary Helen McFarland celebrated 40 years of Service to Outreach Health Services at a retirement reception held on October 24, 2020.

Mrs. McFarland has been working at the Shubuta clinic since it opened and has been a lab technician for most of her career there. She has also served as a patient liaison.

Mrs. McFarland is known to be a 'sweetheart" and to help out wherever
needed. She is faithful to her job and
helps wherever she is needed. She is faithful to her job and dedicated to the Shabuta clinic, according to health center leadership.

Congratulations on your retirement, and thank you for your service!
Provider Recruitment and Retention Training for Health Centers (RTAT)

Staffing-related shortages are a common barrier identified by health centers—especially in light of the pandemic. Join a session featuring HRSA, HRSA-funded National Training and Technical Assistance Partners (Community Health Center, Inc. and the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved), and a health center. Speakers will discuss recruitment and retention promising practices and provide resources.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
2 - 3:30 p.m. CDT
Call-in: 888-323-9689
Passcode: 7945934

RTAT Survey Needs Your Input

Thanks to those Health Centers who have taken the RTAT Survey! We ask and encourage all health centers to participate in the RTAT.

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.

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.
The RTAT survey is just one of the programs under the CHCAMS Health Professions Education and Training Initiative.
Today with Macrae: Health Center Program Updates
Save the date for these upcoming Today with Macrae sessions (all at 1-2 p.m. CT):
Thursday, October 29
Tuesday, December 1
New - Promotional Materials added
COVID-19 Clearinghouse

Social media graphics and videos and poster info in English and Spanish, with reminders on how to slow the spread of COVID-19, are now available in the COVID-19 Clearinghouse.

To access the Clearinghouse, please email Kathryn Rodenmeyer for the link.
Community Health Centers Sue HHS over 340B Contract Pharmacy Enforcement
Please see article about the lawsuit under News to Use.


News Briefs
340B Program Resources
340B advocacy continues to be a priority at CHCAMS. Read our most recent advocacy piece that was shared nationally on how the 340B Program has helped Mississippians here.

A Tool Kit that addresses changes in the program is also available.

If you have a story to share or would like access to the tool kit, please contact Kathryn Rodenmeyer.
CHC 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 10-9-2020
Link to flyer.
Contact Congress Now to Help
Health Centers, Communities
ACT NOW and insist that Mississippi's congressional members pass a new COVID relief package to ensure that health centers can survive and thrive during this pandemic. Congress needs to:
  •  Include health center look-alikes in those able to access the $7.6 billion of emergency COVID-19 relief funds;
  • Extend the Paycheck Protection Program that would allow health centers with over 500 employees to be eligible for the program; and,
  • Make permanent equal reimbursement for health centers' Medicare telehealth visits.
CHCAMS Training Updates

Check your inbox for the
CHCAMS Training Newsletter each Wednesday.

To sign up for the training newsletter,
please contact Desiree Stinson.
CHCAMS Training Highlights
2020 ACA Marketplace Summit: How to Conduct Outreach & Enrollment in A Virtual World
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. CDT
Involved partners invited include the Qualified Health Plans (AmBetter, Molina), the Managed Care Organizations (Magnolia, Molina, United), the Navigators organizations (My Brothers’ Keeper, Oak Hill), Medicaid, and the MS Healthy Kids Initiative. Due to COVID-19, typical outreach activities, including in-person hands-on assistance, will not be the norm during this enrollment period. This open mic forum will allow participants to be highly engaged in an interactive discussion on best practices to produce effective outreach enrollment activities in a virtual world. Please join the call to share and learn together!
Register here.
CHCAMS 2020 Uniform Data System (UDS) Training
The annual training will be conducted virtually in a series of two trainings and a Q&A session. Participants should plan to attend all sessions for a full and comprehensive understanding of the complete UDS report.

Objectives:
1.    Understand the who, what, when, where, and how of UDS reporting.
2.    Discuss common reporting errors.
3.    Review key resources and supports available.
  • October 28, Session 1, 9 a.m. – noon
  • October 29, Session 2, 9 a.m. – noon
  • October 30, Q&A Session, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
All times are CDT.
Register here.
Region 4 NCQA / PCMH Conference
This virtual training is hosted by the Community Health Center Association of Mississippi and 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.
To view the schedule, click here.
Third-party Liability
State Plan Amendment (SPA) 20-0009 is being submitted to allow the Division of Medicaid (DOM) to add language to include the cost avoidance of prenatal claims in compliance with the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, update the language describing data exchanges with other agencies, add the process for providers to request an override of the third party liability edit and update the code reference to ICD-10-CM, effective October 1, 2020. 
You can view the SPA and State Plan via this link.
Timely Filing
Rule: Title 23: Medicaid, Part 200: General Provider Information, Chapter 1: General Administrative Rules for Providers, Rule 1.6: Timely Filing
Summary: This Administrative Code is being filed to require providers to submit claims to the Division of Medicaid for any claims recouped from providers by the CCOs within three hundred sixty-five (365) days of the date of service or within ninety (90) calendar days of the recoupment from the CCO when the beneficiary moves from enrollment in a CCO to fee-for-service.
Vaccines
State Plan Amendment (SPA) 20-0013 Vaccines, effective September 1, 2020, is being submitted to allow the Division of Medicaid to:
  1. Change the reimbursement methodology of vaccine administration by a licensed pharmacist, employed by a Mississippi Medicaid pharmacy provider, working within the scope of their pharmacy license to a fee calculated at 100% of the Medicare rate.
  2. Allows for the coverage of all vaccines recommended by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the pharmacy venue for beneficiaries ages 10 and above.
  3. Requires pharmacy providers to be enrolled as a Vaccine for Children (VFC) provider to receive an administration fee for beneficiaries ages 10 and above.
News To Use
Funding Opportunities
Grants with ongoing deadlines can be found here .
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