New "How to Apply" for Medicaid Videos Available!

The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services ( DMAS) has released a new marketing campaign aimed at increasing awareness of Virginia's Medicaid/FAMIS programs. As part of this campaign, DMAS has created videos in Spanish and English letting folks know that there are several options to apply for Medicaid/FAMIS.
Click here for the video in English or here for the Spanish version. DMAS encourages nonprofits and others to include the videos on their website or to share them with clients.
For other resources that may be helpful in promoting the new adult Medicaid health insurance, go to Cover Virginia.

Medicaid as a Secondary Payer

Speaking of Medicaid, did you know that Medicaid can be used as secondary payer? That means that, even if a person already has health insurance ( including Medicare) it is possible they could still be covered by Medicaid. This is helpful as Medicaid may cover some things that private insurance does not, such as non-emergency transportation. Learn more about this in the Medical Assistance Guidebook.
New Resilience Skill Building Resource - Hot Off the Presses!

Do you want to help your adult patients build resilience, but aren't sure how? VHCF-sponsored Resilience Skill Building Cards now come with a new Tip Sheet that provides several simple techniques for using the cards to help your patients explore the resilience skills they already have and identify the ones they would like to strengthen. The step-by-step instructions will help you guide them through 7 different activities to spark strengths-based conversations about resilience. It is available as a free d ownload here .

If you don't have a set of the Resilience Skill Building cards yet, learn more and order some here. They come with a detailed guidebook as well as a copy of the new "How-To" document. Free for members of the health safety net, they can also be purchased by any health, human, services, or community-based organization for $5 (plus shipping costs).

Announcing VHCF's New Health Safety Net Grants
VHCF's Board of Trustees awarded the following health safety net grants totaling $1,031,007 and providing a wide range of services. New grants include:
Primary Medical Care
  • New Horizons Healthcare - $74,880 to help fund a Physician Assistant to expand the health center's capacity to treat more patients.
  • The Richmond City Health District (RCHD) - $23,123 to fund a part-time Nurse Practitioner at RCHD's Health Resource Center in the Southwood Apartment Community.
Dental Care
  • Bland Ministry Center - $100,000 to help support the dentist at its new dental clinic in Wytheville, Virginia.
  • Community Health Center of the New River Valley (CHCNRV) - $111,300 to fund a dentist at CHCNRV's new dental clinic in Dublin, Virginia.
  • Eastern Shore Rural Health System (ESRHS) - $60,000 to help support the salary and benefits of a new dentist to treat patients at Franktown Community Health Center.
  • Mission Dental Virginia - $50,000 to help purchase dental operatories and equipment for the new Appalachian Highlands Community Dental Center,   in Abingdon, which will provide comprehensive oral health care to uninsured area residents.
  • Piedmont Regional Dental Clinic (PRDC) - $156,896 to purchase dental equipment which will furnish five new dental operatories, enabling PRDC to provide more low-cost dental services to underserved area residents.
  • Rockbridge Area Health Center - $94,922 to help fund a dentist at Mountain View Family Dentistry, its satellite dental clinic.
  • VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) - $75,000 to help fund a dentist at CMH's Family Dental & Specialty Center to provide oral health services to the residents of South Hill and surrounding counties.
Mental Health Care
  • CrossOver Healthcare Ministry (CHM) - $18,326 to help support a part-time Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner to provide assessments, mental health treatment, and medication management to CHM's patients.
  • Tri-Area Community Health (TACH) - $125,094 to fund the addition of a Physician Assistant at its Ferrum site and expand its mental health program to meet growing demand.
  • Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC) -$141,466 to fund a psychiatric nurse practitioner who will increase VTCC's capacity to provide psychiatric services to children and adolescents with complex mental health concerns like anxiety, depression, and trauma.
Take Advantage of the Virginia State Loan Repayment Program

The Virginia State Loan Repayment Program (VA-SLRP) grants participants educational loan repayment in return for at least two years of service in a Virginia Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). It is funded by the Health Resources Services Administration, the state, and the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission.

For a full list of program conditions and to complete a VA-SLRP application, follow this link. You can locate Virginia's HPSAs by address here.
What We're Reading
  • Pathways for Integrating Social Care into Health Care Delivery- This interview with Dr. Kedar Mate, Chief Innovation and Education Officer at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement explores the results of a recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

  • The Better Care Playbook provides users with the best available knowledge about promising approaches to improve care for people with complex needs and encourages users to test best practices in their own care settings.

  • There's a lot of buzz about the importance of adding an adult dental benefit to Medicaid. Read a couple of recent articles about it here and here, and track the issue on Virginia Health Catalyst's website.

  • Families USA on the Supreme Court's Public Charge Ruling- In January, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration's "public charge" rule can take effect while legal challenges to it make their way through the courts system. Read more about what this may mean for your patients here.

Upcoming VHCF trainings/meetings
  • Trainings on how to use The Pharmacy Connection
Beginner Trainings 
March 10, 2020            9:30AM-12:30PM-Online
April 1, 2020                1:00PM-4:00PM-Online
June 2, 2020                1:00PM-4:00PM-Online

Advanced Training
February 20, 2020      2:00PM-4:00PM-Online
March 19, 2020           2:00PM-4:00PM-Online

For additional training dates or more information click here or contact Lisa HuestonTPC Program Manager, at (804) 828-5803.

Don't Forget About the Professional Development Funds Available to You!
Are you (or a staff member) considering taking advantage of learning opportunities? VHCF has a variety of informational resources to help you and your staff meet your goals. Check out some of our resources for providers here! Don't see what you are looking for? Let us know!
VHCF also offers funding for capacity building, including:
  • Up to $3,500 to underwrite the development of a new strategic plan
  • Up to $650 per organization per year to pay for professional development opportunities that enhance the skills or knowledge of health safety net staff or board members

Contact a Program Officer at (804) 828-5804 to learn more.
Does your clinic have any innovative programs or creative solutions to share?
We'd love to hear from you! Please contact Cat Hulburt or Andrea Lancaster.