Member Spotlight
HRSA Announces 2020 Quality Improvement Awards

On August 24, 2020, HRSA released the list of recipients of the national 2020 Quality Improvement Awards. Seventeen Mississippi health centers receive additional funding for Quality Improvement successes.

ACCESS Community Health Services, Amite County Medical Services, and North Mississippi Primary Care earned the Gold Badge as Health Center Quality Leaders for 2020, which means they are in the top 10% of health centers from around the country to receive this designation. The list of Mississippi awards can be found here. Congratulations to all of the health centers that were recognized.

“Community health centers have consistently demonstrated quality outcomes for some of Mississippi’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Janice Sherman, CEO of the Community Health Center Association. “Now, more than ever, access to primary health care in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic is essential. Community health centers provide high-quality access to health care to rural and underserved areas of Mississippi. We applaud the health center leadership and their teams.”


FY 2020 QIA Technical Assistance Webinar is scheduled for Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 1 p.m. CST. See the details for joining below under Additional Training Opportunities.

340B Tool Kit that addresses possible changes in the program can be found here.
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 8-14-2020
Link to flyer.
COVID-19 Clearinghouse Still Available
As CHCs continue to navigate the COVID-19 response, CHCAMS continues to provide a Clearinghouse for information and guidance. If you need a reminder for how to access the Clearinghouse, please email Kathryn Rodenmeyer.

CHCAMS Training Opportunities
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
10-11:30 a.m. CST
CHCAMS Quality Improvement Workgroup ZOOM Meeting

Agenda includes Ending the HIV Epidemic Update and Test-N-Share Remote Patient Monitoring 
Registration is not required. 
 

Find your local number: https://chcams-org.zoom.us/u/kemQwkwk2z
Meeting ID: 812 2201 4035
Passcode: 553951
Save the Date!

Thursday, September 23, 2020
2 – 3:30 p.m. CST
Health Profession Training Seminar
National Launch of the Readiness to Train Assessment Tool (RTAT)
·     CHC Introduction to the Tool
·     Launch of the RTAT Landing Page
·     Introduction of Technical Advisory Panel Partnership
·     Overview of the Call to Action

Please reply to Wayne Miley regarding your plans to participate on this call.
Friday, October 2, 2020
9 a.m. - noon CST

Join CHCAMS for the
Fall virtual conference

Utilizing Clinical Markers
to Impact Health Outcomes


Registration Coming Soon
Additional Training Opportunities
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
1-2 p.m. CST
Advancing Health Center Excellence
The Advancing Health Center Excellence Framework, developed in partnership with the MITRE Corporation, aims to help HRSA and health centers to advance health center maturity and innovation in seven key domain areas that align with HRSA’s mission and the mission of the Health Center Program —Access and Affordability; Patient Experience; Quality, Patient Care and Safety; Population Health and Social Determinants of Health; Financial Sustainability; Workforce; and Governance and Management.

Call-in: 888-989-6520
Participant Passcode: 3855256
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
1 - 2 p.m. CST
Introduction to the UDS Mapper
This webinar is a general introduction to the UDS Mapper, a mapping and decision-support tool-driven primarily from health center patient location data within the Uniform Data System (UDS).
Thursday, September 3, 2020
1 p.m. CST
FY 2020 QIA Technical Assistance Webinar
Call-in: 888-469-1066
Passcode: 8944659
This webinar will include an overview of the impact of QIA, and the FY 2020 QIA categories, criteria, payout badges and terms of award.
Friday, September 11, 2020
noon - 1 p.m. CST
PrEP: An Integral Part of Contemporary Primary HIV Prevention
Register here.
Note:**You will need also to register with Simply Speaking. Please view the flyer and click on the registration button.**
Friday, September 18, 2020
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. CST
Oral Health and Diabetes Summit
The Mississippi Oral Health Community Alliance (MOHCA) hosts this virtual meeting. The Summit will be free to attend. Dental CEs offered.
Register here.
Telehealth Workshop Series: Focus Mississippi

The South Central Telehealth Resource Center will be hosting a series of events focused on Mississippi and the telehealth landscape in the region. The goal is to establish a knowledge base and increase awareness and access to resources.


Tuesday, September 1, 2020
1 p.m. CST
Telehealth Grant Writing
Presented by Rachel Ott, Grants Director, UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation
Click here to register.
 
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
1 p.m. CST
Telehealth Billing in Mississippi
Presented by Hayley Prosser, Director of Revenue Cycle Services, RuralMED
Click here to register.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
1 p.m. CST
Real-World Examples of Telehealth
Presented by Dr. Tearsanee Davis, Clinical and Advanced Practice Operations Director, UMMC Center for Telehealth
Click here to register.
Mark your calendar for the following upcoming Today with Macrae: Health Center Program Updates. Sessions will be held from 1-2 p.m. CST.

**New Date** Thursday, September 17

Please Remind Everyone to

Fill Out the 2020 Census
The general election is fast approaching. Are you and your constituents registered to vote?

A Community Health Vote tool kit to help with a voter registration event can be found here. Additional materials for posting in waiting rooms can be found here.
Medicaid Amends Reimbursement Methodology of Vaccines by licensed Mississippi Pharmacists to 100% of the Medicare rate. The Division of Medicaid, in the Office of the Governor, will submit this proposed SPA to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) effective September 1, 2020, contingent upon approval from CMS, our Transmittal #20-0013.

The public notice can be found at this link.

Emergency Ground Ambulance Reimbursement is being submitted to allow the Division of Medicaid to revise the reimbursement methodology for emergency ground ambulance transportation, effective July 1, 2020.

The notice can be found here.
Public Forum Notice for Family Planning Waiver
A Public Forum is required annually after the implementation of the Division of Medicaid’s Family Planning Waiver. This Public Forum provides stakeholders the opportunity to provide meaningful comments on the progress of the Family Planning Waiver. The Family Planning Waiver operates under the authority of an 1115(a) waiver approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) effective January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2027.

This Public Forum will be held at
10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. Due to the public health emergency, the Public Forum will be held via teleconference at 888-822-7517, access code: 4282244. There will be an opportunity for public comment during the forum.
 
The public notice can be viewed via this link.
News To Use
Funding Opportunities
Quest Diagnostics and Quest Diagnostics Foundation Launch Initiative to Reduce Health Disparities in Underserved Communities
Quest Diagnostic plans to donate testing services and fund a range of initiatives estimated to total more than $100 million aimed at improving access to testing and addressing health disparities, especially in areas most affected by COVID-19. To read more, click here. Inquiries on the initiative can be sent to  CommunityHealthInitiative@questdiagnostics.com .
Health Center Facility Loan Guarantee Program Overview
This pre-recorded webinar from HRSA provides interested health centers and lenders with an overview of the HRSA Health Center Facility Loan Guarantee Program, the application process, and available resources.
Research to Advance Models of Care
for Medicaid-Eligible Populations
Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Total Awards
· Up to $2.7 million will be available under this CFP.
· Project funding for each grant can be up to $300,000 each to accommodate grants between 12–18 months.
·  Up to nine studies will be funded.

Click here for more information.
Grants with ongoing deadlines can be found here .
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