Member Spotlight:
Outreach Health Services, Inc host 4th Annual Healthcare Carnival, Saturday, October 20 th .

Members of the Shubuta community were invited for food, fun, games and health screens. Each year at the annual event’ the community showcases its work and invites the community to receive updates on healthcare services.
East Central Mississippi Health Services
HRSA conducts Operational Site Visits (OSV)s for health centers at least once per Project Period or FQHC Look-alike designation period. The “demonstrating compliance” elements within the OSV include a list of 91 items that must be addressed in operating procedures in order to demonstrate compliance.
Coastal Family Health Center Interdisciplinary Team presents at Region IV Primary Care Forum
Stacey Curry, Director of Quality Mgt. Coastal
At the Region IV forum held in Atlanta on October 24 th , Stacey Curry led a virtual presentation of their model for diabetes care, along with team members Nick Rutledge, MSW,LCSW,CCTP – team lead, Integrated Behavioral Health; and Darryl Adams, BSN, MSN, ANP-C. In addition to the team shared their model of success, Stacey shared their performance of controlled diabetics has improved by 4% during the most recent 3-year trend and that depression screening increased significantly from 61-97% from 2013 to 2017. Keep up the great work!
Health Center Site Visits and HRSA’s Diabetes Quality Improvement Initiative:  As a part of the HRSA Health Center Program Diabetes Quality Improvement Initiative and consistent with the Site Visit Protocol, operational site visits in 2018 will include a review of the Uniform Data System (UDS) diabetes measure and action planning using root cause analysis. Health centers will identify three actions to improve or sustain their performance input action plans in the HRSA Electronic Handbooks, Make sure your health center registers for Action Plan privileges in the EHBs. Watch this video to learn more.
Community Health Center CEOs Dr. Robert Smith & Dr. Jasmin Chapman

20 th  Anniversary celebration of Health & Wellness Tougaloo College, October 10 th

Keynote presented by U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral (VADM) Jerome Adams, M.D., MPH
MEND BOOSTER Training was held Oct 12-14 in Denver CO. The training was hosted at Denver Health with greetings from the MS Coach, Jessica Wallace. There were 14 participants/8 health centers represented from all four MEND states (AZ, FL, IL, MS). This included two participants from Denver Health. Dr. Sonja Fuqua, PCA lead from Community Health Center Association of MS attended as an observer and to document the impressions of the participants.

Kyskie Bolton, MS MEND Team member from G. A. Carmichael Family Health Center and a returning MEND training participant said that she was glad she had the Booster opportunity. In her experience with the first Cohort, she admitted that she was not always prepared for the sessions and spent more time focusing on the content than the interactions with participants. Takeaways were:

  1. In this role I’m a MEND facilitator not a provider or life coach
  2. I must be prepared
  3. Anticipate obstacles
Featured Upcoming Health Center Fall Events
G.A Carmichael Family Health Center Car Show , Saturday, November 3, 2018
Southeast MS Rural Health – During October FREE annual check-up through Breast and Cervical Cancer Program. Call 601-544-4550 for more information.
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.
Needs Your Help!
 Partners desperately need your help! The AHA and AMA asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide Medicare coverage for ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) for the purposes of hypertension diagnosis. Last week, CMS officially agreed to consider our request and has opened a National Coverage Analysis to determine whether Medicare coverage is appropriate.                     
To submit comments:

·     Visit the CMS website
·     Click on the orange “Comment” button
·     Read and acknowledge the CMS PHI posting policy

Comments must be submitted by 12 midnight ET on November 7th Example Comments .

Thank you for your time, effort, and voice!

 If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Madeleine Konig at or 202-785-7930.
Click this link for Mississippi Auto HPSA Updates for your sites – October 2018
If you have not done so already, please speak with the State Office of Rural Health about the provider data that has been used for this update preview and the impact of provider data on future update preview reports.
Please visit the following HRSA website to learn more about the project
NACHC is also hosting a webinar on Thursday November 1 at 3:00 pm ET to discuss how these preliminary scores were developed, how to interpret them, and how they might impact eligibility. The webinar will be free, and no preregistration is required; to participate click here . You can also call in at 866-469-3239; passcode 632 274 023#. However, if you want to ask questions or make comments, you must log in to the website first and enter the attendee number it provides you when you dial in.
HRSA has requested NACHC conduct a national health center needs assessment in collaboration with the 20 National Cooperative Agreement (NCA) organizations .

The assessment will take approximately 15-30 minutes to complete. Health center CEOs and/or CMOs should have received a personalized link to the survey from, on or around September 12, 2018. Remaining health center staff ( not CEO/CMO) can complete the assessment via an easy on-line portal accessible through the NACHC website , or here . The final question on the assessment provides CEOs/CMOs an opportunity to select whether individual responses can be shared with us here at the Primary Care Association.

Technical difficulties accessing the hyperlink above? use this link:
Pharmacy Claim Billing - Reminder: Correct NDC Numbers Required
Pharmacy providers and clinicians who administer drugs and bill drugs via medical claims are reminded to ensure that they are billing the correct 11-digit National Drug Code (NDC) number dispensed or administered at the time of service pursuant to Administrative Code Title 23, Part 214, Chapter 1, Rule 1.6: Prescription Requirements, H. Failure to bill the exact NDC given at the time of service constitutes fraudulent billing.
Effective - November 1, 2018
NOTE: This represents a mandatory change to DOM billing policy only and will not impact 340B reimbursement.
News to Use
Training Opportunities
CHCAMS officially accredited to provide
Direct Continuing Medical Education to Physicians
Contact Desiree Stinson at 601.981.1817
2018 CHAMS UDS Training
December 4, 2018|7:30 - 4:30 pm (CST)|Members ($179), Non Members ($225)
The Uniform Data System (UDS) in-person training is a full day program covering the preparation of the 2018 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 aimed at those who are responsible for gathering and reporting the data elements included in the UDS Report, as well as management and clinical staff who need to understand the definitions and concepts used, and those who use the data in their program management and quality improvement activities.
Hilton Jackson, 1001 E. County Line Road, Jackson, MS 39211
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

Provider Documentation & Coding Training
February 15 & 16, 2019, Memphis, TN

CHCAMS Annual Conference - 2019
Beau Rivage, Biloxi, MS
July 30 - August 3, 2019

Sessions will be added as they become available, so check back often
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.
Application Deadline: November 28, 2018

NACHC, in partnership with Americares, is issuing two (2) Requests for Proposal (RFPs) around Mental Health First Aid (MHFA).
  • The first program is open to NACHC Member Organization health centers and will award a scholarship for a staff member at two different health centers to become certified MHFA Instructors--find the application here.
  • The second program is open to PCAs and HCCNs for the selection of 25-30 people from their staff and member organizations to become MHFA certified—find the application here. Both applications are due November 28, 2018.
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