Member Spotlight
70x20x20 Colon Cancer Screening Initiatives offers Community Health Centers (CHCs) opportunities to convene on best practices and add to the national conversation.

On December 3, members of the CHC community (Southeast MS Rural Health Initiative; Aaron E. Henry; and Mantachie)
convened with national leaders to discuss the progress on colorectal cancer screening. 

Dr. Sonja Fuqua of CHCAMS is also pictured.  According to HRSA’s most recent Performance Profile Report, Mississippi CHCs have improved CC cancer screenings from a rate of 31.5% in 2015 to the 2017 rate of 39.4% . Though challenges abound with this metric, congratulations on your progress!
CHC representatives pictured with Dr. Richard Wender (male-center). Dr. Wender is Chair of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable and Chief Cancer Control Officer, American Cancer Society
The 2019 Open Enrollment
Period Starts Nov. 1, 2018!

The 6 th open enrollment period (OE6) for ACA Marketplace insurance runs from  Thursday, November 1, 2018 through Saturday, December 15, 2018. A Google Drive folder that contains social media graphics, one pagers, fact sheets, videos and other materials you can use in your outreach to consumers has been created to easily access these materials. Several significant events leading up to OE6 will influence enrollment numbers this year.
Health Insurance Enrollment Event
Date: Thursday, Dec.13 th 2018
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Location: City Hall 3 rd Floor
601 23 rd Ave. Meridian Ms, 39301
For More Info: Contact Holly Giddens, 601-693-0118

Click this link for Mississippi Auto HPSA Updates for your sites – October 2018
Remember if you are recruiting over the next 9 months, your current score should be noted. Please let CHCAMS know if this is the case and our partners in the Primary Care Office will work with us on mock applications. They are wrapping up a few items on the survey instrument for providers, to be distributed to you soon, so please be on the lookout and thanks for returning these in a timely fashion. 
EPSDT Changes Approved by CMS for Mississippi

Mississippi State Plan Amendment (SPA) 18-0014 EPSDT has been approved to revise language to reflect the February 2017 changes in the Fourth (4th) Addition of the Bright Futures/American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Periodicity Schedule, effective October 1, 2018. This SPA removes the specific screenings as required by the 4th Addition of the Bright Futures/American Academy of Pediatrics Periodicity (AAP) Schedule, but includes the statement that EPSDT providers must screen according to the AAP. The specific requirements are listed in Miss. Admin. Code, Title 23, Part 223. For more information, read the approved SPA pages .
On December 3 rd , Congress passed H.R. 2422, the Action for Dental Health Act
The Action for Dental Health Act allows more organizations to qualify for HHS grants to improve oral health through education and dental disease prevention. Grants will also be used to develop and expand outreach programs establishing dental homes for children and adults, including the elderly, blind and disabled. Although, not a comprehensive solution, a first step and it’s not often that we see Congress take up oral health specific legislation. Importantly, it offers us an opportunity to remind lawmakers that much more needs to be done to break down the barriers to good oral health that arise in our communities.  The legislation is a starting point to get policymakers to pay more attention to policy solutions that really address the coverage, access, and equity problems that result in our nation’s poor oral health.  Thanks to all who have been active on this legislation! Read Families USA’s press statement .
Updates Security Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool October 2018
If not addressed already, Health Centers Should be sure to update their
HIT Security Risk Assessment Tool
In order to successfully attest to Meaningful Use, providers must conduct a Security risk assessment (SRA), implement updates as needed, and correctly identify security deficiencies. By conducting an SRA regularly, providers can identify and document potential threats and vulnerabilities related to data security, and develop a plan of action to mitigate them. Please call Michael Edwards if assistance is needed.

New CHIP Procurement Award for statewide administration of CHIP to Molina Healthcare Please see award notice here and the DOM will contract for a contract period beginning February 1, 2019 and ending January 31, 2022; and may have up to two one-January 31, 2022 with up to two 1-year extensions
The Mississippi Division of Medicaid has hosted a series of Fall provider meetings across the state. The dates and locations remaining are as follows:
  •   Meridian | December 11-12 at the Northeast Conference Center
All Medicaid-eligible providers are invited to attend to gather important information and updates for the 2019 calendar year.
State Medicaid Director, Drew Snyder below, on December 5 th, 2018 signs off on annual rate of increases for federally qualified health centers and along with photo, tweets “FQHCs provide an array of preventive and primary care services for Medicaid beneficiaries and medically underserved populations”! Thanks Director Synder!
News to Use
Training Opportunities
CHCAMS officially accredited to provide
Direct Continuing Medical Education to Physicians
Contact Desiree Stinson at 601.981.1817
CHCAMS  E valuation & Management Auditing Bootcamp
December 11-12, 2018|Day 1 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (CST), Day 2 8:30 am - 12:30 pm|Cost $399
This interactive 2-day training is intended for healthcare practitioners, medical billers, coders, auditors, office managers and IT professionals involved with authoring clinical documentation, generating E&M progress notes, auditing professional physician service claims and maintaining a healthy revenue cycle. The primary course focus will emphasis documentation guidelines set forth by CMS for reporting Evaluation and Management services (E&M), as defined by CPT. The curriculum will provide attendees with a strong grasp of Evaluation and Management auditing, coding and documentation techniques.

The curriculum is designed to assist in development and mastery of the necessary skill set to successfully audit Evaluation and Management (E&M) services. This education and training has been designed to promote compliance and minimize the risk mitigation associated with post-payment review and 3rd party audit exposure.
MSU CAVS Extension Center, Canton, MS

CHCAMS Provider Documentation & Coding Training
February 15 & 16, 2019|Early Bird Rate Until December 15, 2018 $199 CHCAMS Member, $249 Non-Member Rate, Big Cypress Lodge, Memphis, TN
The Association for Rural Health Professional Coding (ARHPC) is part of Universal Medical & Compliance, a Georgia company, will provide coding and documentation educational and training services to the clinical and professional staff of Community Health Centers in Mississippi related to clinical documentation, coding, and billing. ARHPC will conduct 1 training session lasting 4 hours in Memphis, TN on Saturday February 16, 2019 on items including Evaluation & Management documentation guidelines, ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding & Reporting, surgical package differences, preventive visits, and modifiers. All efforts will be given to include any 2019 updates that are available in addition to more information related to risk adjusted coding via HCCs and HEDIS.

 This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through Community Health Center Association of Mississippi.  

The Community Health Center Association of Mississippi (CHCAMS) is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  

CHCAMS designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Time: 11:00 am Pacific, 12:00 pm Mountain, 1:00 CST, 2:00 EST
Duration: approximately 60 minutes

This webinar will examine rural health insurance market challenges and how they apply to public insurance programs under the authority of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Committee focused on assessing the challenges related to Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, Medicaid Managed Care, and the Health Insurance Marketplace as these programs utilize private organizations to provide health insurance.

This webinar is free. High-speed internet is required to participate. A recording will be available on our website after the live event. Connection details will be emailed to you immediately upon registration
HITEQ Highlights: Developing a Data Dashboard for PRAPARE
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET
The Protocol for Responding to and Assessing Patients’ Assets, Risks, and Experiences (PRAPARE) is a national effort to help health centers and other providers collect the data needed to better understand and act on their patients’ social determinants of health. The Colorado Community Managed Care Network (CCMCN), a Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN), will highlight a Tableau data dashboard that they have developed to help their health centers make decisions on population health management. They will discuss the rationale for developing the tool, challenges and facilitators to integration, and how their health centers benefit from data sharing across Tableau

Useful for: C-suite staff, Information technology leadership and staff, quality improvement staff, clinical staff
Navigator Training Available
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2018-2019 Navigator Training.

Step-by-step instructions are available on the Technical Assistance Resource tab of the Health Insurance Marketplace Information. Please contact CHCAMS, Maria Morris at for more information. Click here to begin the registration process.
O&E Assister Networking Call/Webinar
Check with Maria Morris at CHCAMS for next O&E call to publish.
RFP: Children & Youth with Special Healthcare Needs
Notification of Award: December 7, 2018

See additional information here .
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