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July  2015
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Cover Montana

CHC Recruitment Tools Webinar

 2015 Cover Montana Outreach & Enrollment Summit

Capital Link webinars available

Cover Montana

Check out the new Cover Montana website. The site is a collaboration between the Montana Primary Care Association and other outreach and enrollment stakeholders. Cover Montana is a central place to refer folks who need basic information and to find a local enrollment assister.  Health Centers can also join the Cover Montana Community and be listed as a partner or sponsor on the site. Check out the current partners here: http://covermt.org/about-us /. MPCA is in the process of designing and printing Cover Montana materials which should be available soon. If you are interested in more information about how to join and have your health center listed, email Olivia at MPCA: oriutta@mtpca.org  


helpMontana HELP Act Update - stay up to date on Medicaid expansion

Since the legislative session, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services has been busy drafting a waiver to submit to CMS. We expect that they will finalize that waiver sometime soon and will begin a process to gather public input. In order to keep interested parties in the loop, DPHHS has put together a webpage and an email sign-up form. Make sure that you check out the webpage:  http://dphhs.mt.gov/medicaidexpansion and sign up to receive emails. One the waiver is final, we can expect a series of public hearing on the waiver and we want to make sure that health centers are involved. Once we have the dates and locations of those meetings, MPCA will be in touch about how you can get involved. If you have any questions about the process, don't hesitate to reach out to Olivia at MPCA: oriutta@mtpca.org


Organizational Transformation 

nationalhealthNational Health Service Corps.  CHC Recruitment Tools WebinarMPCA staff on NACHC's HR Advisory Committee, are helping to coordinate a national CHC webinar to be held on August 4th .  The presentation will feature two presenters from the National Health Service Corps. who will specifically address topics important to CHCs, such as maximizing the use of NHSC's current offering of recruitment tools, such as the Job Board and the Virtual Recruitment Fairs. 


The learning objectives for this webinar are:

  1. Increase awareness of tools currently available from the NHSC to successfully recruit Scholars and clinicians interested in repaying student loans. 
  2. Be familiar with the process for determining eligibility for a NHSC Scholar placement and loan repayment.
  3. Understand Corps member responsibilities and health center commitment when employing a NHSC members.

We have also asked the presenters to provide data on the scholar placement success rates in rural CHCs as a result of the recruitment tools they offer.


This will be a CHC focused time with NHSC.  Registration information coming soon.  Please contact Lara Salazar, Organizational Development Manager lsalazar@mtpca.org , for more information.




corpcomplianceCorporate Compliance

Each month, tips will be shared on how to have a quality corporate compliance program at your health center. Having a good compliance program is necessary for Compliance with Office of Inspector General,  Section 330 regulations, and Medicaid/Medicare as well as being able to meet the future mandatory Affordable Care Act corporate compliance program condition for Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP program enrollment.  A good program demonstrates commitment to honest responsible corporate conduct, helps identify/prevent illegal and unethical conduct as well as improves quality of patient care.  A corporate compliance officer should be appointed at each health center who reports directly to the chief executive with periodic direct reports to the Board of Directors.   A good option,  especially for CHCs with smaller staffs, is to share compliance tasks with a committee.    Look for the personal qualities of integrity, sound judgment, leadership skills, assertiveness and approachability as well as expertise with health care industry operations and compliance.  If your health center has not designated a compliance officer, do so soon and send contact information to mlevine@mtpca.org to get on a list for any future mailings on compliance. 




dentaludsNew Dental UDS Measure

BPHC released PAL 2015-05, which outlines approved changes for the CY 2015 UDS to be reported by Health Center Program grantees and Look-Alikes in early 2016. Among changes are the addition of a new oral health measure: "Quality of Care Measures Table 6B, line22. "Percentage of children, age 6-9, at moderate to high risk for caries who received a sealant on a permanent molar during the reporting period.




   dentalintegrationDental Integration

Oral disease is a serious health problem for persons of all ages.  Qualis released a report on how preventive oral health can be included in primary care. 

For more information, see:



fraud"Medicare Fraud and Abuse: Prevention, Detection, and Reporting" Web-Based Training Course


The revised "Medicare Fraud and Abuse" Training Course provides education on how to identify fraud and abuse, related laws and penalties, what entities and safeguards protect against fraud and abuse, as well as prevention and reporting. Go to LearningNetwork, and scroll to Web-Based Training Courses at the bottom of the web page.


Billing and Finance


icd10ICD-10 Deadline October 1, 2015

While ICD-10 is almost here, you still have time to get ready. But you must get ready now!  Your health center should have completed or be close to completion on the following steps:

1) Make a Plan, 

2) Train Your Staff, 

3) Update Your Processes,

4) Talk with Your Vendors and Health Plans, and 

5) Test Your Systems and Processes. 


a)      Get Ready Now with the New CMS Quick Start Guide or visit  cms.gov/ICD10 for free resources, including the Road to 10 tool, designed especially for small and rural practices but useful for all health care professionals. 


b)      Don't miss out on the free NACHC webinar series for providers!  July 2 and 16th:  http://www.nachc.com/ICD-10ThreePartWebinarSeries.cfm


c)      The PMG Blog at  http://www.gopmg.com/pmg-blog/item/62-aca-icd-10-success-make-your-own-luck.html has some interesting discussions on getting ready for ICD-10!     Let Marge know if you need other resources or have suggestions for additional training.


d)     Montana Medicaid ICD-10 Testing available-Contact Contact Tom Keith or Janet Reifschneider, or call Provider Relations at 1.800.624.3958 to make arrangements to send test claims. Additional information is available on the ICD-10 page on the Provider Information website ( https://medicaidprovider.mt.gov/icd10)


e)    Free MT Medicaid Webinars in 2015:  DPHHS and Xerox will present WebEx sessions on various topics in 2015. Check the MT Medicaid website for upcoming information and recordings:  http://medicaidprovider.mt.gov/training


f)     !!!!!Free On-Demand AAPC Webinar: How to Prepare for ICD-10 Now  at https://www.aapc.com/webinars/how-to-prepare-for-icd-10-now.aspx?utm_source=ICD10online&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ICD10Webinar-6-26-15   BONUS of $500 worth of free ICD-10 resources, including ICD-10 Training Implementation Manual  and ICD-10 Crosswalks


g)    Susan Dean Workshops July 23-24, Helena and August 27-28 Billings https://medicaidprovider.mt.gov/icd10#210403732-announcements-and-upcomings-events


h)     ICD-10 and DSM Coding Webinar:  Aug 20th 11-12 a.m. Behavioral Health ECW Workgroup Call, Click here to Register or email: rosa.white@eclinicalworks.com




healthcareHealth Care Payment Learning and Action Network

The HHS Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (http://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/Health-Care-Payment-Learning-and-Action-Network/  ) has been launched to create a forum for public-private partnerships to advance value-based health care payment models.  All payers, providers, employers, purchasers, consumers and states are invited to participate

in the network by registering at. The network will move the Medicare program toward paying providers based on the quality, rather than the quantity.

Participants will be asked to participate in reporting progress toward alternative payment model goals to meet goals of 30 percent alternative payment model penetration by 2016 and 50 percent by 2018.  Alternative payment models include Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), bundled payments and advanced primary care medical homes. 



Upcoming Events


ncqaNCQA PCMH 2014 Standards Training is coming to Montana! 

Join us on August 12 - 13, 2015, in Helena, MT.  Click here to register, PCMH 2014 Standards Training.  Registration Deadline is July 13th!!!

Space is limited for the August PCMH 2014 NCQA Standards training.  This in-state opportunity will bring you the latest standards information and save you the cost of a NCQA training out of state. Space is limited, register today.  CHC staff can get a discount by using a special code.  (Contact Brenda if you need this information, Bkienlen@mtpca.org



champsPlease join CHAMPS and Colorado Community Health Network (CCHN) for more of the  2015 "Lunchtime Learning" Professional Skill Development Distance Learning Series!  These six one-hour webcasts take place between April and September, and are designed to provide professional and skill development to CHC staff.  Staff members from all levels of the health center are welcome.  All events are FREE for participants from Health Center Program Grantees, FQHC Look-Alikes, and Primary Care Associations in Region VIII!


All events take place on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00pm Mountain Time / 1:00-2:00pm Central Time:

Event #1: Student Loan Management and Repayment Options (broadcast April 15, 2015 - archive available)

Event #2: Customer Service: The Art of Caring (broadcast May 20, 2015 - archive available)

Event #3: Civility in the Workplace: Creating a Friendlier and More Productive Work Environment (broadcast June 17, 2015 - archive available)

Event #4: July 15, 2015, Asking for What You Want

Event #5: Aug. 19, 2015, Facilitation of Problem Solving

Event #6: Sept. 16, 2015, Cultural Competency


Registration is Open for Events 4-6!  Please register for each event separately.  


rankingsCounty Health Rankings & Roadmaps



Want To Know More About Us?


County Health Rankings & Roadmaps 101

  Tuesday, July 14, 3 p.m. Eastern

Have you heard of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps but would like to learn more? This webinar provides a comprehensive overview of the program.




Working With Policy Makers


Take Action: Working with local policy makers to create good policy

  Tuesday, July 21, 3 p.m. Eastern

In this webinar, we will be joined by Chris Rodgers, Douglas County Nebraska County Commissioner, and hear how a public-private partnership was created to ensure tracking of inequitable harmful outcomes in the school district.






whosleadingWho's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Webinar: Social Determinants New!
Register Now | July 23, 2015 | 10:00 to 11:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time


Social determinants of health are social and environmental conditions that shape a wide range of health, functioning, and quality of life outcomes. This webinar will highlight housing security, how it impacts  health and educational outcomes and interventions and resources that can help address housing insecurity in your community.Register today!


bootcampSAVE THE DATE: September 9 and 10th, Grants Management - CFO Boot Camp, Bozeman, MT


This two day workshop will be presented by David Fields, CPA and Catherine Gilpin, CPA, BKD. This training will offer valuable guidance, concepts and best practices regarding compliance and grants management. Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to: *Describe 330 grant program requirements *Identify rules for spending 330 grant and other federal grant money to improve statutory compliance and *Discuss required elements of grant application, UDS, FFR and other reports


Financial staff, CEO's and other CHC staff are welcome to attend!  More information will be emailed to all CHC CEOs and CFOs as arrangements become finalized. Others can send request for information to mlevine@mtpca.org


outreachSave the Date for the 2015 Cover Montana Outreach and Enrollment Summit

    • Please Save the Date for the 2015 Cover Montana Outreach & Enrollment Summit, October 14th and 15th in Helena, MT.  
      The Summit is a hands-on training opportunity for those working on outreach and enrollment with the new Health Insurance Marketplace. Attendees will receive up-to-date training on best practices for outreach, enrollment, health insurance literacy, working with special populations, and more. The first Summit was held in 2014 and we are working to make the 2015 Summite better than ever! More details to come, but please save the date! 
    • http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=iortwgkab&oeidk=a07eb72wl3f9e6ff10a


 **PAST and FUTURE Capital Link webinars available online CapitalLinkOLD

If you are unable to attend these webinars, recordings will be available to FQHCs and PCAs here on our website along with all of our other past webinars. Find complete descriptions of all upcoming webinars here on our website.

  • Assessing Capital from Community Development Financial Institutions
  • "Welcome to Your Community Health Center" Creating a Local Response to a National Mandate
  • Creating Optimal Environments for Primary Care Teams
  • And much more!


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