Member Spotlight:
As we wrap up a successful celebration of National Health Center Week 2018 Events, we want to say congratulations to all for the hard work! Thanks to partners, sponsors, vendors and legislators who added to our successes! From statewide races combatting obesity to health fairs to back to school events, anniversary’s and gala’s, these were great memories and nothing short of great marks of history. Congratulations!
Honoring Our Own
Health Center Heroes
Congrats to All CHC Awardees honored at 2018 MPHCA 31 st Annual Conference & Awards Luncheon: Pictured left to right: Mr. Levon Cooper, Delta Health Center; Ben Sumerford, FNP, Access Family Health Services; Michaela Morris, Northeast MS Daily Journal (special Media award); Karina Clayton, Family Health Care Clinic; Evelyn Hawkins, Access Family Health Services; Kevin Koehler, M.D, Access Family Health Services; Connie Tate, Family Health Care Clinic; Mary Figueroa, Ph.D, Family Health Center; Carla Lassen, Coastal Family Health Center; Michelle standing in for Dr. Denise Ruffin-Williams, Greater Meridian; Kecia Graham, Jackson-Hinds; Connie Gilmore Jones, Jackson-Hinds; Wilbert Jones, Greater Meridian.
MPHCA will add to the spotlight this week to inform everyone that we have had a name change: Pictured here is our new name and logo. We are excited to embark upon a major branding campaign to more closely align with the work done on behalf of Community Health Centers statewide. The new name was approved by the Sectary of State’s Office effective July 31, 2018 and revealed at the closing of the 31 st annual conference. We will update our web site ( and email addresses changes in the very near future.
CMS Plans Pathway to Success Program – Overhauls to Medicare Shared Savings (MSSP) Program .
The MSSP program, as MS FQHCs know it today as a participating ACO, is proposed for change in 2019.
Major Changes include:  1) Elimination of Tracks 1 & 2; and 2) Requiring all ACOs to share risk.
Because ACO participation met the CMS Alternative Payment Methodology (APM) requirement, FQHCs were excluded from MIPS reporting . CHCAMS will be reviewing new requirements to determine future APM options. Please review information via the above link, and be on the look out for updates, trainings and w ebinars.
DOM distributes Managed Care Quality Strategy Report
Included are Performance Improvement Projects (PIPs) for 2018:
The full Managed Care Quality Report can be found here
Medicaid offers additional guidance regarding the ordering of medical equipment, supplies and appliances for DME providers and collaborating Nurse Practitioners.
See updates here .
News to Use
Training Opportunities
BABY & ME – Tobacco Free Program
August 23, 2018|9:00 am – 4:00 pm (CST)
CHCAMS Board Room

Chronic Care Management 2-Part Webinar Series
Description: Session 1 – Understanding the value & how it can transform your quality of care; Session 2 – Strategies to overcome common hurdles & barriers to promote growth
September 6, 2018 & September 13, 2018
Cost: $29.99 each or $49.99 for both

Hurricane Preparedness (Webinar)
September 11, 2018|11:00 am – 12:00 pm (CST)

2018 CHCAMS Healthcare Workforce Summit
September 13, 2018|8:30 am – 4:00 pm (CST)
Jackson Marriott Downtown

Finance Essentials Academy
September 12 & 13, 2018 (Region IV)
Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park, Charlotte, NC

October 5, 2018
Focusing on Substance Use Disorder/Mental Health
Application Deadline: Letter of Intent by Aug. 31, 2018; Application by Sept. 28, 2018
Grants to support community-based organizations providing direct services, education, or research in the areas of HIV and AIDS, with priority given to smaller communities and rural areas.
Application Deadline: Oct. 1, 2018
Provides funding to dental hygienists for projects aimed at improving oral health or providing oral health education.