Member Spotlight
Delta Health Center Promotes HIV Services
to Special Populations

Staff from Delta Health Center participated in the Miss. State Penitentiary Health and Wellness Family Fun Day at Parchman. They joined other community groups in providing information to the employees and family members of trustees at the Department of Corrections site. This is the first time that Delta Health Center participated in the event. Many of the participants expressed interest in dental care and HIV prevention and treatment.
Ending the HIV Epidemic - Primary Care HIV Prevention Funding Now Available to 182 Eligible Health Centers

HRSA will invest approximately $50 million in health centers located in geographic locations identified by Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America . The NOFO will support expanding HIV prevention services that decrease the risk of HIV transmission, focusing on supporting access to and use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The 182 health centers with service delivery sites in the identified geographic locations will be eligible to apply for funding. Technical assistance (TA) resources are available on the PCHP TA webpage . Applications are due in HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) by 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, December 16. The funding start date is Wednesday, April 1, 2020 .
Omnibus Burden Reduction Final Rule CMS-3346-F
(Conditions of Participation)
The Omnibus Burden Reduction (Conditions of Participation) Final Rule advances CMS’s Patients over Paperwork initiative by saving providers an estimated 4.4 million hours of time previously spent on paperwork with an overall total projected savings to providers of $800 million annually.

Emergency Preparedness
·       Emergency program:  annual emergency program reviews are now biennial, with the exception of long term care (LTC) facilities.
 ·       Emergency plan:  emergency plans are not required to include documentation of efforts to contact local, tribal, regional, state, and federal emergency preparedness officials and a facility’s participation in collaborative and cooperative planning efforts;
 ·       Training:  requirements for training changed from annually to every two years. Nursing homes will still be required to provide annual training.
 ·       Testing (for  inpatient  providers/suppliers): one of the two annually-required testing exercises may be facility’s choice; and
·       Testing (for  outpatient  providers/suppliers):  one testing exercise required annually.
Mark Your Calendar for
2020 Open Enrollment

Friday, November 1 to
Sunday, December 15, 2019

Please note: 2020 Open Enrollment is only for a few weeks. If you don’t act by December 15, you can’t get 2020 coverage unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. Plans sold during Open Enrollment start January 1, 2020.

Mississippians will have two choices for health insurance coverage from the Marketplace depending on the county where you live. Molina Health Care will serve these counties in the state. Magnolia Ambetter serves all counties in Mississippi. If you need assistance, contact your local community health center and ask to speak to a Certified Assister Counselor for help with the Marketplace. For more information, visit .

Use this link to download a flyer about open enrollment from CMS.
New Filing Regarding Medicaid Enrollment of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants  
Proposed for Effective Date
January 1, 2020
Medicaid has filed administrative code changes to add language regarding the requirement that advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), also referred to as nurse practitioners (NPs), and physician assistants (PAs) provide a copy of protocols and practice settings approved by the appropriate licensure board upon enrollment as a Mississippi Medicaid Provider. More information can be found at this link.
REMINDER - New CHIP Contracts Take Effect Nov. 1, 2019
DOM will implement the new contracts for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) on Nov. 1, 2019. These three-year contracts were procured in 2018 and take effect during this year’s open enrollment period for both CHIP and MississippiCAN members, from Oct. 1 - Dec. 15, 2019.

CHIP will continue to be administered by two coordinated care organizations (CCOs), with one important change in that Molina Healthcare and United Health Care will be the only CHIP providers. Magnolia will not serve as a CHIP provider. This only applies to CHIP; all three plans will continue to participate in MississippiCAN. For other updates in the latest Medicaid Provider Bulletin, please click here.
"Chime" Bill (S.106) Advances in Bi-Partisan Effort for reauthorizing CHC Fund and
National Health Service Corps
U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) are among 27 Senators who signed a letter seeking passage of the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence or “CHIME” Act ( S.106 ) on October 22nd. The bill would reauthorize the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF) and the National Health Service Corps for five years . Authorization for these programs expires on Nov. 21, 2019. The senators' offices noted in a news release that according to CHCAMS, there are "community health centers in 73 of Mississippi’s 82 counties ."

Advocactes can thank the Mississippi delegation for their leadership to stabilize Health Centers in Mississippi and across the country by taking action below.
 Advocacy Center of Excellence (ACE) Applications Due December 16
Please submit your health center's application by December 16, 2019. The ACE Program goals include increasing the number of advocates on the ground, building the health center movement, and passing long-term stable funding by the September 30th deadline. Find more information on the ACE program here .
On Friday, October 11, two District Courts issued nationwide preliminary injunctions to stop the administration’s Public Charge rule that took effect on October 15. An article further explaining the ruling can be found here. The California PCA webpage has some materials that can be used to train staff on how to talk with patients.
National Cyber Security Month: Tips from HCCN
Please take note of these helpful IT security tips that will be disseminated during the month of October.
 Annual UDS Training
 Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Hilton Jackson |1001 E. County Line Road | Jackson, MS 39211

The Uniform Data System (UDS) in-person training is a full-day program covering the preparation of the 2019 UDS report. The training addresses each of the report’s tables, including a discussion of the changes that have been made and the definitions necessary to complete the report. The UDS training is for those responsible for gathering and reporting the data elements included in the UDS report, management and clinical staff who need to understand the definitions and concepts used, and staff who use the data in program management and quality improvement activities.

$179 per attendee - Member Rate
$225 per attendee - Non-member Rate

After October 31, 2109
$225 per attendee - Member Rate
$275 per attendee - Non-member Rate

Hotel reservations can be made directly through the  Hilton Jackson  at the CHCAMS group rate of $119.00 per night. 

Group Name:  Community Health Center Association of MS UDS Meeting
Group Code:  CHC121
Check-in:  December 2, 2019 Check-out: December 3, 2019
Book by November 22, 2019
HIV PrEP Practices
Watch the recording of Promising Practices to Advance PrEP Implementation in Primary Care Settings . Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)is a highly-effective tool used to prevent new HIV infections for individuals at high risk. Speakers Christopher Hurt and Paul Seligmann shared their experiences supporting PrEP prescribing and implementation in primary care settings.

National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) Reporting
HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce will host a series of webcasts to educate participants about reporting to, and querying, the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB).
Register for the first webcast , taking place on Tuesday, October 29 at 1 p.m. CST, to learn about clinical privileges reporting law, its basic definition, and issues such as investigations, proctoring, and summary suspensions.
Stay tuned for future webcasts that will focus on querying, National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) 101, and attestation. Learn more about the NPDB .

BPHC All-Programs Webcast Recording
Watch the recording from the All-Programs webcast for important Health Center Program updates, including:

Patient-Centered Medical Home Teleconferences : PCMH Standards, Part 1
Hosted by NCQA
Call-in for all sessions: 1-844-676-8471
Conference ID: 1362694
Two opportunities:
Thursday, November 14, 1-3 p.m. CST
Monday, December 9, 1-3 p.m. CST
Training Opportunities
October 28, 2019 | Webinar
Identifying Clusters of PRAPARE Social Determinants of Health Risk Factors on Control of Diabetes and Hypertension in Community Health Centers
This webinar will present data findings from a recent study conducted in partnership with the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO), Siouxland Community Health Center, and the University of Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research. Presenters will describe the development of clusters of PRAPARE social determinants of health risk factors that can help with interpretability, analytical methods, and patient risk stratification. They will also present how the risk clusters differed in controlled and uncontrolled diabetic and hypertensive patients and the relationship between the risk clusters and hemoglobin A1c and blood pressure values.
Click here to pre-register.
Thursday, December 12 | Webinar    
Findings and Lessons Learned on Incorporating PRAPARE Social Risk Data into Risk Stratification Models
The national PRAPARE team launched a PRAPARE Risk Stratification Learning Collaborative this summer to better understand how organizations are incorporating PRAPARE social determinants of health data into risk stratification models and how they are using these models to inform care planning and population health. The team also explored the interest and feasibility of developing a national standardized risk stratification model that incorporates PRAPARE social determinants data to better identify and manage high risk patients. This webinar will highlight findings and lessons learned and present a draft of the national standardized PRAPARE risk stratification model for feedback. Click here to pre-register.
News To Use
Funding Opportunities
Deadline: November 6, 2019
ACT NOW: END AIDS Coalition to Offer Community Leadership Grants
The ACT NOW: END AIDS (ANEA) coalition is seeking proposals for a new small grants program that aims to significantly increase local and state community leadership as part of the new federal Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE): A Plan for America initiative. Selected community-based coalitions/organizations may receive up to $50,000 to support activities that will lead toward sustainable local and state-level community leadership in the new federally funded initiative. 
Applications are due by 4 pm CST on December 6, 2019.
To obtain an application,  download and submit the “letter of interest” form  by November 6, 2019. A webinar reviewing the request for proposals is scheduled at
1 p.m. CST, October 28, 2019 . Please register here
Deadline: November 25, 2019
The purpose of the Rural Health Network Development Program is to expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential healthcare services, and enhance the delivery of healthcare in rural areas .HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy grants for healthcare networks in rural areas to assist with increasing access to and improving the quality of healthcare services. The purpose of this program is to support rural integrated healthcare networks that have combined the functions of the entities participating in the network in order to achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. Details can be found here .
Deadline: November 29, 2019
The major focus of the Network Planning Grant is to support multiple (at least 3) rural healthcare entities that have not previously collaborated in a formal manner, but want to work together and form a healthcare network. RSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy grants to promote the planning and development of rural health care networks in order to achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential healthcare services; and strengthen the rural healthcare system as a whole. More information can be found here .
Deadline: December 6, 2019
Delta States Rural Development Network Grant Program
Grants for the development of integrated healthcare networks that work to address health problems that could not be solved by single entities working alone. Networks will achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and strengthen the rural healthcare system. For more info, click here .
Deadline: December 20, 2019
Healthy Minds Alliance Helping Bring Americorps Members
to Address Community Mental Health Needs
Healthy Minds Alliance is accepting applications from agencies interested in hosting a full-time Healthy Minds Alliance AmeriCorps member to help build capacity for mental health initiatives . Notice of Acceptance – Jan 10, 2020 AmeriCorps Member Service Year Start Date is flexible based on host site's needs. Click here to complete our host site application:  HMA Host Site Application

Deadline: January 24, 2020
HRSA Primary Care Training
and Enhancement: Residency Training in Primary Care (PCTE-RTPC) Program
The purpose of this program is to enhance accredited residency training programs in family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics or combined internal medicine and pediatrics (med-peds) in rural and/or underserved areas, and encourage program graduates to choose primary care careers in these areas.

Eligible entities include accredited public or nonprofit private hospitals, schools of allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine, or a public or private non-profit entity which the Secretary has determined is capable of carrying out a residency training program in family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, or combined internal medicine and pediatrics (“med-peds”), which for the purposes of this program are those accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Click here for more info.
Grants with Ongoing Deadlines

DentaQuest Community Response Fund
The Community Response Fund supports organizations, activities, and events that address access to needed oral healthcare and community resources that improve oral health. Priority is given to projects that: address an immediate response to an urgent issue that impacts access to clinical care; provide short term access to needed care for the underserved; and sustain oral health organizations experiencing short term challenges. For more info, click here .

COMPASS Initiative Core
Grants 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.

Grants for community-led campaigns and education initiatives across the deep south that work to reduce stigma and change 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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