Member Spotlight:
Jackson-Hinds’ Dr. Linda Thomas named 2018 Optometrist of the Year. 
Dr. Linda Johnson selected for 2018 IUSO Foley House Distinguished Alumni Award
Dr. Linda Johnson, Past President of the MOA, has been selected to receive the 2018 Indiana University School of Optometry (IUSO) Foley House Distinguished Alumni Award. This is the highest honor IUSO awards to its alumni! Dr. Johnson will receive the award during the 2018 Foley House  Dinner on Friday, October 19.
Community Health Centers partner in work to address transportation for Medically Underserved Mississippians .

Choctaw Transit announces a formal partnership with Greater Meridian Health Clinic that will provide transportation for their clients residing within the city limits of Meridian. Greater Meridian Health Clinic or GMHC, Inc. provides care to the medically-underserved population including the uninsured, underinsured and Medicaid/Medicare eligible. Choctaw Executive Mr. Henry comments “We welcome GMHC and their clients and are ready to serve the people of Meridian!” Pictured: Greater Meridian CEO, Mr. Wilbert Jones with Mr. Dalton Henry, Director, Choctaw Regional Transportation and Maintenance
Featured Upcoming Health Center Fall Events
Outreach Health Services, Inc ., 4th Annual Healthcare Carnival, Saturday, October 20th
Southeast MS Rural Health – During October FREE annual check-up through Breast and Cervical Cancer Program. Call 601-544-4550 for more information.
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. Remember Medicaid requires you to register distinctly for your Family Planning partnerships for 340B ID numbers and you will need to opt in or out of Medicaid billing for this service by December 15, 2018.
Family Planning Billing:

MS Division of Medicaid Sites have until December 15, 2018 to opt in or out of 340b Medicaid billing for Family Planning, provided that you submitted 340B Registration by
October 15 th on the HRSA Office of Pharmacy Affairs web site.
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.

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Last week’s conference in Jackson on Behavioral Health/Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Models for Action was a great success with over 70 attendees, offering 5.0 CME hours to aid providers in continued efforts for credentials in this area. The conference scored high marks for delivering valuable policy insights and operational strategies. If you missed the conference, please contact Dr. Sonja Fuqua for meeting materials and resources. Mark your calendar for the Spring 2019 Clinical Conference on March 8 at the same location, Holiday Inn Trustmark Hotel in Pearl. Registration opens on January 15!
KEY Take Aways
Behavioral Health and Primary Care: Screening is imperative—the best opportunity to improve treatment/outcomes is first through proper diagnosis.

Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT): Don’t “fire” your SUD patients –SUD is a disease and should be treated as such…

Co-occurring disorders: the coexistence of both a mental health and a Substance Use Disorder. Practitioners have limited understanding of same; thus they go undiagnosed and not treated.
Hx Equity: Universally screen for substance use-not just the people “we think are likely to use substances.” Screen youth, adolescents, men, women, pregnant women etc.

Adolescent Suicide: Don’t be afraid to ask, it may save a life! Asking someone if they are thinking of suicide will not make them suicidal.

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 .
Pharmacy Claim Billing - Reminder: Correct NDC Number
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.

Mandatory Billing Policy Change 340B Purchased Drugs
Effective - November 1, 2018

Effective November 1, 2018, the Division of Medicaid (DOM) is implementing a mandatory billing policy whereby providers must identify 340B purchased drugs on claims. This billing policy is in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirement that DOM define its policies and oversight activities related to 340B purchased drugs as outlined in CMS State Release No. 161, dated Oct.
26, 2012. Providers can find the complete Administrative Code Filing on the Administrative Code final file page .

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
Statewide Active shooter Tabletop Exercise
October 25, 2018|10:00 - 2:00 pm (CST)|CHCAMS Members Only
It is an unfortunate fact that violence occurs in health care facilities and some of these tragedies involve an “Active Shooter”, an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. Victims of an active shooter can be randomly selected and often are health care staff; therefore it is important to be prepared and to know what to do, when there’s no time to wait for help. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm. Because active shooter situations are often over within 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives, health care organizations must prepare their staff for an active shooter situation.
Holmes Community College, in Ridgeland, MS
2018 ACA Summit
October 25, 2018|9:00 - 1:30 pm (CST)
As the Community Health Center Association of MS is preparing for the CMS Marketplace OEP6, we will are hosting the 2018 ACA Summit. This event is an opportunity for all us to get the latest updates regarding OEP6 and share collaborative outreach strategies as well best practices. The Department of Health and Human Services , the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services, the Qualified Health Plan (AmBetter), Medicaid, the Department of Insurance, the 2018 funded Navigators, Health Help MS, and the Managed Care Organizations have been invited to come and share with the group. 
Madison County WIN Job Center in Canton, MS
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
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