Member's Spotlight
Policy & Issues Forum - NACHC, March 26-31, 2019
Team members from community health centers G.A. Carmichael; Central Mississippi Health Services; and Aaron E. Henry; and the Community Health Center Association of Mississippi leadership met with Representative Bennie Thompson (front row, center) during the 2019 Policy and Issues (P&I) Forum. The annual forum is hosted by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). 
Jill Bishop (left), CEO of East Central Mississippi Community Health Center, and Dr. Ronsheka Palmer, COO of Delta Health Center, wait to meet with Senator Cindy-Hyde Smith’s during P&I 2019.
For Those Not Able to Attend P&I:
**Presentations for the 2019 Policy & Issues Forum are now available on MyNACHC**
General sessions and educational session recordings and handouts are now available at the  MyNACHC  Learning Center, according to the NACHC website. Conference sessions and materials are available at no charge based on days of the attendees' official registration.  
CHCAMS welcomes new staff member Kathryn Rodenmeyer as Director of Communications:
Communications professional Kathryn Rodenmeyer, APR, has joined the CHCAMS team. She is a public relations and media production veteran with 30 years of experience. Her most recent work was with Mississippi Public Broadcasting, where she served as executive producer for Southern Remedy TV. Kathryn is also a part-time student at the UMMC School of Population Health. "We are very excited to have Kathryn join the CHCAMS team," said Janice Sherman, CEO of CHCAMS. "If you've not had an opportunity to do so, please join us in welcoming her!"
Project Gives Patients at Coastal Family Health Center Access to Social Workers

Coastal Family Health Center partners with USM School of Social Work to develop integrated behavior health and chronic care management models

For nearly seven years, eight full-time social workers and a total of 82 masters-level social work students at the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Social Work worked with health care providers at seven of Coastal Family Health Center’s (CFHC) 13 clinics in south Mississippi to provide integrated care to patients.

A series of articles published by the USM School of Social Work features a needs assessment of social workers in the clinical setting, two case studies, and articles about the financial impacts of an integrated model and homeless services. Click here to access the articles.

Results Show MEND Interventions Work to Fight Childhood Obesity

Mississippi’s MEND 3 – 17 (Minds, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It!) team recently met with counterparts from across the U.S. and Health Weight Partners from London, England at the National Association of Community Health Center’s (NACHC) headquarters in Washington, D.C. Data collected by the MEND partners showed interventions implemented helped combat childhood obesity. For the full story on the meeting and the program, click here
Newborn Delivery Prior Authorization Process Update
Effective 03/26/2019
In order streamline the Newborn Delivery Prior Authorization (PA) process, Molina Healthcare of Mississippi no longer requires members to fill out and send in a PA form for a “normal newborn delivery” (CPT codes 59410 and 5951). Molina will now follow similar practices conducted by the other Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) contracted with the Mississippi Division of Medicaid (DOM) by creating an authorization number using the Newborn Enrollment Form sent to DOM.
If the expected stay of the member should exceed the allowed three-day stay for vaginal delivery or a five-day C-Section stay, then a Molina PA form must be completed online at  or faxed to Molina at  (844) 207-1622 .
If you have any questions regarding the change in process, please reach out to the Utilization Management Department at  (844) 826-4335 .
Conducting Performance Analysis:
Performance Improvement Session in Support of Your OSV
Friday - May 3, 2019
Time: 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm CST
Register Here
July 30, 2019 – August 2, 2019
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

2019 NHSC Scholarship Program
Accepting applications through
Thursday, May 16, 7:30 p.m. ET

News to Use
Training Opportunities
CHCAMS is officially accredited to provide
Direct Continuing Medical Education to Physicians
Contact Desiree Stinson at 601.981.1817
CHCAMS 1 st  Friday Webinar
(participant feedback to be considered)
June 7 th  –Telemedicine/ECHO— Dr. Melissa Holland
HITEQ Highlights | Growing and Sustaining a Data Driven Culture
Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Building on the HITEQ Center’s previous webinars that introduced an Analytic Capability Assessment, building a roadmap for action and using data governance to maximize the value of data, the third webinar in this series explores how to grow and sustain these efforts.   Register here .  

2019 UDS Changes Webinar
Thursday, May 9, 2019, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET
This webinar will provide an overview of the major changes for calendar year 2019 UDS data collection and reporting activities (to be reported Feb. 2020). Register here .
Mississippi Thrive!|Child Health and Development Summit
April 25-26, 2019 | Civil Rights Museum, Jackson, MS
UMMC|Care and Management Overview of HIV Infection
April 25-26, 2019 | UMMC Conference Center, Jackson Medical Mall, Jackson, MS
NACHC HOSTING 2-Part Webinar Series
HRSA’s Site Visit Protocol featuring OSV Reviewers
Tuesday, May 7, noon – 1:30 p.m. CST and Thursday, May 9, 2019, noon – 1:30 p.m. CST
NACHC announcing a 2-part webinar series for health center leaders on HRSA’s protocol for Operational Site Visits (OSVs). Per NACHC, this webinar series will feature the perspective of three OSV reviewers – a fiscal, governance, and clinical reviewer. Each will provide an in-depth overview of the Site Visit Protocol and key insights into maintaining compliance before, during, and after the OSV. Each reviewer will outline how compliance is assessed for the program requirements, identify potential pain points, and provide strategies for ensuring full compliance. This webinar series is targeted towards health center operational staff involved with preparing for the OSV (i.e. compliance officers, practice/site administrators, CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CMOs, board members, etc). Contact Ted Henson , Director, Health Center Performance & Innovation, for more information. Register today ! Cost: $400 for members; $800 for non-members.
Register Here !
NACHC Advocacy Platform & Website transition COMPLETE

The Health Center Advocacy Network is now operating on the SparkInfluence platform. The web address (along with the overall look/feel/organization of the website) remains the same: .


Due Date: April 22, 2019

New Supplemental Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Integrated Behavioral Health Services
HRSA announces the availability of $200 million in supplemental funding to health centers for Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS).
Applications are due in EHBs by Monday, May 13, at 5 p.m. (EST).

Join HRSA for the first of two upcoming live Question and Answer (Q&A) Sessions:

Monday, April 15, 2019 
noon-1:30 p.m. (EST)
Call-in: 888-233-9404 
Passcode: 6747147

Be sure to watch the recorded presentation prior to the Q&A Sessions and visit the TA webpage for additional TA resources.

Notice of Funding Opportunity for Rural Providers: Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program HRSA recently released a notice of funding opportunity that will support up to 32 public or private nonprofit health care providers located in rural areas to improve patient care in their communities. HRSA expects to invest approximately $6.4 million for this program, which aims to improve the quality of rural health care through an evidence-based approach to primary care that has proven effective in rural areas.
Previously funded organizations under this program designed and carried out projects focused on coordinated care for patients, chronic disease management, integrated care delivery systems, and reduced admissions for emergency rooms and hospitals, among other issues for rural providers. View the announcement on to learn more.
Due Dates:  April 22 and May 21, 2019 – & Electronic Handbook (EHB) respectively.
The fiscal year (FY) 2019 Oral Health Infrastructure (OHI) supplemental funding opportunity will support one-time physical and organizational infrastructure investments to provide new or enhance existing high quality, integrated oral health services in health centers. Examples of infrastructure investments include:
·       Minor alteration and renovation (A/R)
·       Equipment purchases
·       Training and consultation
·       Health information technology (IT)
·       Infrastructure investments that improve access, including telehealth and virtual dentistry
HRSA anticipates to support an estimated 250 OHI awards. Applicants may apply for up to $300,000.
Due Date:  May 24, 2019
HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for a new Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) program — (HRSA-19-094). HRSA plans to fund three awards to formal or established networks serving rural communities as part of this funding opportunity. You can review the funding opportunity at
The School-Based Health Alliance is looking for the next generation of National Quality Initiative (NQI) pioneers in school health services.

We invite YOU to form—or join—a team of leaders in children’s health in Mississippi to participate in a 10-month Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) focused on adopting and reporting the standardized performance measures for school-based health centers (SBHCs) , making measurable improvements in the health and mental health of students, and working with state-level partners to strengthen policies and programs that support growth of school-based health services. The CoIIN will take place during the 2019-20 school year.

  • WHO CAN APPLY? SBHC providers, administrators, and state-level representatives from the Departments of Health, Education, Title V, Medicaid, Primary Care Organizations, and/or managed care organizations from ANY state or territory can for a team and apply.
  • WHEN DO I APPLY? The Alliance will be accepting applications from April 1 through May 31, 2019.
  • WHAT DOES IT MAKE POSSIBLE FOR YOU? Participating in the CoIIN will give you an opportunity to create or strengthen relationships in Mississippi between you and other state leaders such as department of health, Title V, Medicaid, and other state-level partners; and an opportunity to develop and improve policies and programs that promote quality, sustainability, and growth of school-based health services. Participating state teams in this CoIIN will also have the opportunity to advance the quality of their school health and/or mental health services by networking with other state teams, receiving expert technical assistance and coaching, sharing best practices and lessons learned, and tracking progress toward key benchmarks and improvement goals.
  • CLICK HERE to learn more and apply.  
Application Deadline: None
The Foundation provides targeted grants for health and wellness projects that typically span a one-year period of time. The initiatives funded by the Foundation have a focus on healthy eating and exercise, with measurable outcomes demonstrating improvement in the health of Mississippians.
Application Deadline: Rolling application deadline on an ongoing basis
Contact Steve Hardin   601.359.3179
Offers funding to counties and municipalities to assist with the location, expansion, and retention of job-creating businesses, including healthcare and other public facilities. Projects must result in the creation or retention of jobs for low-to-moderate income individuals. Eligible projects include: Buildings (rehabilitation/expansion) . Eligibility: Counties or municipalities apply on behalf of industry
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