Member Spotlight:
Marilyn Sumerford, Executive Director
Access Family Health Services, Smithville
Although, we have many health care heroes in Mississippi, we want to give a shout out this week to some of our own who w ere honored among the Health Care Heroes at a ceremony held in Jackson on September 27 th . The Mississippi Business Journal gives the annual Health Care Hero Award to identify and honor outstanding men and women in the health care industry whose contributions have increased the wellbeing of the community. Marilyn was nominated by Access board member, Mr. Brad Stephens.
Dr. Robert Smith also received an award as he was nominated by his board chair, Dr. Turner.

Congratulations to You Both!
Quarterly 340B Program Registration

Quarterly 340B Program site registration is open from October 1 to 15 for the standard two-week registration period. Health centers are still able to register a site that has been verified as implemented and with a site status reflected as “active” in EHBs Form 5B through November 23, after which the system will close to prepare for the January 1, 2019, start.
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:
Ideas on Funding Needed for southern rural states:  

2018 Convening of Rural Philanthropists for Rural Health and Community Development – Bridging the Public-Private Divide: A Joining of Missions:
This meeting will be held in Atlanta, Georgia from Thursday, October 11 to Friday, October 12, 2018 (see attached agenda) . The convening will bring together federal staff and southern funders, along with other rural stakeholders from HHS Region IV, which includes us here in MS: 
The purpose of the meeting is to catalyze rural public and private investments to address health and the Social Determinants of Health in the rural South. Thanks for your feedback in assisting CHCAMS to best advocate during the event.
Funding ideas among the following areas (Access, Opioid Use Disorder, 5 leading causes of death in rural areas, housing) are being solicited for your input here on the survey monkey tool, which will take about 60 seconds.
KEY TAKE-AWAYS-BPHC All-Programs Webcast
The HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) hosted the most recent All-Programs Webcast on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018:
For a review of elements in Form 5A, please call CHCAMS. The attached resource  here provides excellent context for agreements as well, based on demonstrating required or additional services where incorporating sliding fee language will be applicable.
A patient is eligible for his subsequent AWV, G0439, one year after his initial  visit. Remember that during the first year a patient has enrolled with  Medicare, he is eligible for the Welcome to  Medicare visit or Initial Preventative Physical Exam (IPPE). This exam is billed using  HCPCS code G0402.

Click here for The ABCs of the Annual Wellness Visit

CMS continues to successfully mail newly-designed Medicare cards with the new Medicare number and progress is being made. As of August 31, CMS mailed nearly 35 million cards and continue to mail more every day. They are processing claims and eligibility requests with the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), showing that providers are successfully using the new number.  If your patients continue to have questions, check out the FAQs by CMS here .
The Medicaid Tech Bill, Senate Bill 2836 , that passed earlier this year include provisions for the establishment of a Commission on Expanding Medicaid Managed Care . Please review the excerpt beginning on line 1038 , from the bill, that describes the make-up of this committee and their charge.  
News to Use
Important post award technical assistance resources including:

SUD-MH Post Award Technical Assistance Webinar for All Award Recipients
October 2, 2018, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Dial In: 800-779-8728
Passcode: 1204172
Training Opportunities
CHCAMS officially accredited to provide
Direct Continuing Medical Education to Physicians
Contact Desiree Stinson at 601.981.1817
Upcoming opportunities for CME credits include:
October 5, 2018|9:00 - 4:00 pm (CST)|Members (Free), Non Members $49.99
The Quality Improvement Workgroup will host their Fall One-Day Clinical Conference for community health centers and interested safety net providers. This training is actually important for all health center staff…..both primary care and mental health. The sessions address an integrated behavioral health-primary care model with a team-based approach to promote prevention, early intervention, comprehensive care, increase access to services, decrease stigma, improved care coordination, increase treatment adherence, and improved outcomes for people with substance use disorders.
Holiday Inn Trustmark Park, Pearl, MS

5.5 contact hours awarded for nursing
This continuing nursing education activity was approved by Mississippi Nurses Foundation, Inc. an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

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, 50% off Early bird Registration until Sept. 30th. Promo Code: 50offMS
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 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 for next O&E call to publish.
Application Deadline: Oct. 1, 2018
Provides funding to dental hygienists for projects aimed at improving oral health or providing oral health education.
Mississippi Quality Improvement Initiative II (MSQII-2), Asthma Supplemental Funding
Application Deadline Date: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. U.S. CST
Notice of Awards: October 19, 2018
More 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