N E W S   B U L L E T I N
June  2015
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Organizational Transformation
Billing and Finance
Meaningful Use
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June 16-17 Corporate Compliance

ICD-10 for Providers and Clinical Administrators

2015 ICD-10-CM Coding Workshop

NCQA PCMH 2014 Standards Training

Capital Link webinars available

Two CHC Representatives Appointed to HELP Act Oversight Committee


MPCA is pleased to share that Gov. Bullock has appointed two community health center representatives to the Oversight Committee for the HELP Act that expands Medicaid. David Mark, MD and CEO of Bighorn Valley Health Center, has been appointed to the primary care physician slot, and Barbara Schneeman, VP of Communications and Public Affairs at RiverStone Health, has been appointed as an ex-officio member. Congratulations, Dr. Mark and Barbara! Importantly, thanks go as well to every single one of you who engaged this legislative session to pass the HELP Act. Your participation and leadership demonstrated time and again that community health centers have valuable expertise and a deep commitment to the population that will be served by the HELP Act expansion, which proved to the Governor's office that health center representatives would be an asset to the Oversight Committee. MPCA is excited to work with Dr. Mark and Barbara as they and the rest of the Oversight Committee implement the HELP Act.


HELP Act: Next Steps

Before the HELP Act can be implemented, CMS must approve it. DPHHS is currently writing the CMS waiver for the HELP Act provisions, which they will subsequently release for  public comment. MPCA is carefully monitoring this process, and we will let you know when the waiver is released and the public comment period begins.


For more information about next steps, see this blog post from our friends at Montana Budget and Policy Center.





populationIs your area's population growing or shrinking?


Population estimates for 2014 were released by the Census Bureau on May 21st.  Click this link for a tool to search for state, county and town population data:  PopulationEstimatesTool  Explore the Related links for U.S. maps with county level data.  


Organizational Transformation 


healthgradesHave you checked your Healthgrades scores recently?

An increasing number of patients are using Healthgrades and other online forums to research, compare and identify providers of choice.  Community Health Centers may want to monitor and explore approaches to increase the numbers of patients reviewing their providers on these online forums as one way to increase awareness of the excellent care provided at their health care facilities.  Monitoring such forums will also provide community health centers with knowledge of any negative commentary and the opportunity to address and resolve consumer concerns.


telehealthTelehealth Resources

 See NRTRC (Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center) website, http://www.nrtrc.org for resources.  And contact Bob Wolverton (speaker at our recent symposium) for questions, bob@nrtrc.org.


pcmhtrainingPCMH-SAVE the DATE- 

August 12 & 13, Helena, NCQA training on PCMH 2014 Standards.  Registration details soon.


upcomingeventsUPCOMING EVENTS

Nursing Advanced Education Opportunity

Montana nearing the end of an approval process for ADRN to Masters of Nursing (MN) degree, see here for information on this program, http://www.montana.edu/wwwnu/ 




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

measuringMeasuring, Acting on Income 

June 9, 2015, 1 pm. MST


upcomingUpcoming Webinar!
Webinar: Medicare FQHC PPS: Lessons Learned Through Implementation
June 09 | 2 - 3:30 pm ET
Register here

Since the implementation of Medicare FQHC PPS health centers and NACHC's PPS experts have been developing best practices and lessons learned to navigate the new system. 

Attend this webinar to review new Medicare FQHC PPS implementations and hear expert speakers discuss valuable lessons learned. Whether your health center has yet to implement PPS or is looking to fine tune procedures, attendees will gain insight on:

* critical elements of the Medicare FQHC PPS;

* best practices for a successful implementation from health centers; and 

* questions and answers from experts and fellow peers who have already completed the implementation process.


Colleen Meiman
Director, Regulatory Affairs
National Association of Community Health Centers
Mike Schnake
Partner, Health Care
BKD, Inc.
Rebekah Wallace
Director, Health Care
BKD, Inc.

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. 



 corpcomplianceSAVE THE DATE:  June 16-17th

 for Corporate Compliance Training in Rapid City, SD!   
MPCA will be partnering with the Dakotas in sponsoring the comprehensive Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell  Training on Corporate Compliance-you may have attended the 2010 Training held in Helena!   
 MPCA will provide each center that registers and completes the training up to $1,500 reimbursement for expenses related to registration, travel, and lodging.  In addition, MPCA will purchase for each center that registers and completes the training one toolkit for $400.  This is a must training on implementing effective compliance programs!!
For more details/registration go to:


getreadyGet ready for ICD-10 by getting your claim denials under control.  Here are two free webinars that may help.

Strategies for ICD-10 Appeal Success

Tuesday, June 16 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MST

Is your appeal process ready to handle higher denial rates predicted to accompany ICD-10?  CMS estimate that  in the early stages of ICD-10 implementation denial rates will increase by 100 to 200 percent.  Webinar will include: Training your staff to be the front line in ICD-10 denial avoidance; Tips for improving your practice's denial review process;  What specific demands to make in an ICD-10 appeal ; Best practices for Level II appeals letters.  Approved fro 1.0 CEU from the AAPC.  Register for this live webinar today!


Avoiding Common Claim Errors Workshop - June 22, 2015 and June 23, 2015 Noridian is hosting an Avoiding Common Claim Errors Workshop - June 22, 2015 and June 23, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. MST.  The 1-hour  workshop is web-based and qualifies for 1 CEU by the AAPC.   Read the complete update



Meaningful Use


pmtadjustmentMedicare Eligible Professionals: Take Action by July 1 to Avoid 2016 Medicare Payment Adjustment

Payment adjustments for eligible professionals that did not successfully participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in 2014 will begin on January 1, 2016. Medicare eligible professionals can avoid the 2016 payment adjustment by taking action by July 1 and applying for a 2016 hardship exception.

The hardship exception applications and instructions for an individual and for multiple Medicare eligible professionals are available on the EHR Incentive Programs website

, and outline the specific types of circumstances that CMS considers to be barriers to achieving meaningful use, and how to apply.


Upcoming Events

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: May 20, 2015, Customer Service: The Art of Caring

To register for Event #2, please click HERE. 

Event #3: June 17, 2015, Civility in the Workplace: Creating a Friendlier and More Productive Work Environment

To register for Event #3, please click HERE. 

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

To register for Event #4, please click HERE. 

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

To register for Event #5, please click HERE. 

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


Registration is Open for Events 2-5!  Registration for Event #6 will open in the coming months.  Please register for each event separately.  

threefortyB340B Training


 The '340B University" is highly recommended training for the practical needs of participants and stakeholders. These trainings are free, and held around the country.  There is a training close to us in June, Denver- June 6, 2015!!    Click here for more information and to register.  If you use the 340B program and have not taken advantage of this intensive training, this is a great opportunity. 


immunizationI am pleased to announce the upcoming CHAMPS 2015 Immunization Update webcast.  Donna Weaver, RN, MN, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will be providing an update on the latest vaccine schedules and immunization recommendations.  Please click HERE for full details and a flyer to share with others, or see below.  We hope you will be able to join us!



Tuesday, June 9, 2015

11:30 am - 12:45 pm Mountain Time (12:30 pm - 1:45 pm Central Time)



Donna Weaver, RN, MN, Nurse Educator, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 Target Audience:  

Clinical staff and clinical support staff involved with immunizations including physicians, PAs, NPs, nurses, MAs, and other interested health care professionals


Event Overview:

This webcast will update health care personnel at community health centers on the latest vaccine schedules and most recent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations.  Topics to be addressed will include 2015 immunization schedules, vaccination coverage rates, VIS (vaccine information statements) updates, measles update, influenza update, new ACIP recommendations including HPV and PCV13, new immunization products including MenB and DTaP-IPV, and immunization resources.


Learning Objectives: 

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe at least one change made to the ACIP recommended childhood/adolescent immunization schedule for 2015.
  2. List the three C's that are symptoms of measles infection.
  3. State which HPV vaccines can be used for males and which ones can be used for females.
  4. State the components of the indications for the combination vaccine Quadracel.


Application for continuing medical education (CME) credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).  Determination of credit is pending.



This event is FREE for staff of all Region VIII health centers (Health Center Program Grantees and FQHC Look-Alikes) and Primary Care Associations (PCAs).  Fees apply to other participants: $75 per link to the webcast and $15 per person for CME credit.  Please visit the following webpage to determine if your organization qualifies for free participation in this event:





Clinical Directors Network, Inc.

Invites you to join us for a live Webcast of: 

Patients in Context - EHR Capture of Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health

Friday, June 11th, 2015

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT




understandingNew June Webcast!

That Was Easy: Understanding Health Center Finances for Board Members

Date: Tuesday June 16, 2015   

Time: 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM (Central Time)  

Click Here to Register

About the Training

This training will provide an overview of health center finance topics appropriate for board members without a financial background, presented in the context of the 19 HRSA program requirements.

Join us for this exciting webinar opportunity with content expert  Steve Weinman. 

Target Audience: Health Center Board Members, CEO, CFO, Financial Committee Members.  


June 16 - 17, 

Corporate Compliance Training, Rapid City, SD  june


MPCA will be partnering with the Dakotas in sponsoring the comprehensive Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell  Training on Corporate Compliance-you may have attended the 2010 Training held in Helena!    MPCA will provide each center that registers and completes the training up to $1,500 reimbursement for expenses related to registration, travel, and lodging.  In addition, MPCA will purchase for each center that registers and completes the training one toolkit for $400.  This is a must training on implementing effective compliance programs!!  


icdforprovidersICD-10 for Providers and Clinical Administrators Webinars

NACHC is sponsoring a series of three "no-cost" webinars  on June 25th, July 2nd and July 16th at two times (6 am-8 am MST and 9 am- 11am MST). Please look for on-line registration to open very soon.  Shellie Sulzberger, a Licensed Practical Nurse and Certified Professional Coder/ICD-10 Trainer will be the instructor (www.ccipro.net).




icdcoding2015 ICD-10-CM Coding Workshops, Susan Dean

Great Falls, MT          06/25/15 and 06/26/15 Best Western Heritage Inn

Helena, Montana        07/23/15 and 07/24/15 Great Northern Hotel

Billings, Montana       08/27/15 and 08/28/15 MSUBillings Campus

To register, go to www.smdean.net and open the Calendar page. The registration process can be completed there, in a simple, five-step process, including payment:


Tuition:  $130.00 per person per day (20% Discount for CHCs)

Hours:                7:30 - 4:00 PM        

CEUs:     13 credits for the two-day workshop


For more information, contact Susan Dean at smdean@everestkc.net.


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. CHC teams, contact Paula or Brenda for a special discount code if more than one person is attending from your clinic.   Thanks to HRSA for supporting the cost of the training. 




**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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