MRT II Holds First Public Meeting, Announces Public Webinar
The New York State Department of Health just announced it will be hosting a public webinar to provide an overview of the MRT II process and the process for submitting public input TODAY at 6pm.  Click here to register.   On February 11, the 21 members of the recently announced Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) II held their first public meeting in Albany. The MRT II is tasked with finding savings in the Medicaid program to generate $2.5B in savings for the upcoming State budget. The first meeting provided an overview and timeline of the process along with background on the budget and the Medicaid program. The meeting and materials are posted on the MRT II website , where the public can also submit MRT II recommendations and proposals.
 
The MRT II is co-chaired by Michael Dowling, President and CEO of Northwell Health, and Dennis Rivera, former President of 1199 SEIU. Membership includes representatives from hospitals, health systems, behavioral health, long-term care, health plans, labor, counties, State agencies, and the Legislature. Notably, the MRT II does not include any representation from community health centers or CHCANYS. Read CHCANYS’ statement on the composition of the MRT II here
 
The second MRT II public meeting, scheduled for March 4, will include a review of public feedback and policy proposals. An exact time and location have yet to be announced.
Novel Coronavirus Update
CHCANYS Emergency Management team continues to monitor the breakout of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Here’s what you need to know:
  • A total of twelve (12) cases have been confirmed in the United States (as of 2/10/2020)
  • Risk to New Yorkers remains low
  • There are ZERO cases of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in New York State, including NYC (as of 2/10/2020)
  • In NYC, there have been seven people tested for 2019-nCoV; six NYC residents and one non-NYC resident. Six test results have been NEGATIVE; there is one test pending at the CDC.
  • This information is updated daily at 10:30 the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) website
  • New York State Department of Health maintains a webpage on the virus and additional resources, including the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Hotline – Call 1-888-364-3065 for information about Coronavirus.
  • Federal Quarantine:
  • Last weekend, the federal government issued a directive restricting the travel of most non-US citizens into the United States if they have traveled within China in the past 14 days. In addition, US citizens/legal residents who traveled within the Hubei province within the last 14 days are subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine and those who have traveled within the rest of mainland China within the last 14 days are subject to up to 14 days of home self-monitoring.
  • DOHMH is implementing the mandatory quarantine for those that land at JFK airport. We have a secure, safe and comfortable quarantine site staffed 24/7 by DOHMH clinical and mental health staff as well as a site coordinator. 
  • DOHMH is also monitoring NYC residents who are undergoing home self-monitoring; these individuals are being asked to stay home from work and school during their self-monitoring period.
  • We recognize this is a significant disruption in people’s lives and are providing any accommodations in order to minimize the stress and discomfort that the quarantine may cause.
 
What should New Yorkers Do? 
  • Go about your daily lives
  • Practice same precautions that you would during cold and flu season
  • Cover your mouth/nose with tissue/sleeve when coughing or sneezing
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • If you feel sick, stay home
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • If you have recently traveled in Wuhan, China and have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, call your health care provider right away
  • At this time, New Yorkers do not need to:
  • Limit travel within the city
  • Wear a face mask if healthy. Face masks are only recommended if directed by a health care providers. 
  • However, people wear protective face masks for many reasons, including seasonal allergies, pollution or protecting those around them from a common cold. They should not be harassed or targeted for wearing one.
  • Change anything about where you get your food or how you prepare it.
  • Avoid public gatherings and public transportation.
 
Fact Sheet (posted in top 13 languages)

Additional Resources:
The below resources and guidance provided by the CDC and others. 
Advocacy Day 2020! Less than a Month Away!
This year’s event will take place on Monday, March 2 at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. Please join us, and invite your colleagues, friends and family to come along! Advance registration is required. To ensure you will receive a lunch, you must sign up by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 24.  

This year's program will begin at 10:00 a.m. and run until 11:00 a.m., after 11:30 a.m. attendees will meet with their Assembly members and Senators. Please note that attendees are responsible for making their own appointments with Assembly members and Senators . A light breakfast and boxed lunch will be provided.

Nominate an Outstanding FQHC Board Member Today
Each   year, CHCANYS honors Community Health Center Champions who are working to ensure access to high quality health care for all. We will recognize an outstanding Consumer Board Member during our Annual Meeting Dinner on Sunday March 1 at The Hilton Hotel in Albany. CHCANYS invites you to submit nominations by tomorrow, February 14 . To learn more about eligibility for the Dorothy Kartashevich Consumer Award and to make a nomination, click here .
 
Sponsor CHCANYS 2020 Programs:  Throughout the year,   CHCANYS invites Sponsors to take part in its programs which provide great opportunities for exposure to the FQHC market. If you are interested in learning more about our Annual Conference, training and program support packages contact   rwynn@chcanys.org
NACHC Hill Day and Policy and Issues Forum Prep Webinar on March 4
NACHC’s Capitol Hill Day will be held in Washington, DC on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Congress will not be in session at this time, but participants will meet with Congressional staff.  CHCANYS will be scheduling all meetings  with Congressional offices   for health center attendees. To prepare for Hill Day, NACHC is hosting a 2020 Hill Day prep webinar on March 4, 2020 from 3 pm – 5 pm. Register by clicking here . The webinar will cover the current environment in Washington, DC, 2020 Policy Papers, P&I conference logistics, and advocacy action items.
 
Upcoming Public Charge Training Events
The new public charge rule  will be implemented starting February 24, 2020. On Friday, February 21 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, CHCANYS will offer a free webinar (register here ), led by the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), to prepare health center staff for the new public charge rule. The webinar is designed for front-line staff, including clinicians, care managers, navigators, assistors, community health workers and more. Participants will learn about the new public charge rule, who it affects, and how to answer questions patients may have about implementation of the rule.
 
The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) will also be hosting two public charge training of trainers events in NYC and Saratoga Springs, NY. To register, see information below.
 
New York City Public Charge Training of Trainers
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
NYIC Offices
131 W 33rd St., New York, NY 10001
 
Saratoga Springs Public Charge Training of Trainers
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saratoga Springs Public Library
49 Henry St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, USA
 
CHC Economic Impact Analysis
CHCANYS is once again offering an economic impact analysis (EIA) for any NYS CHC that reported on the 2018 UDS. The EIA estimates the health center’s total contribution to its local economy, taking account of the “ripple effects” of your spending and employment on other local industries. The annual estimates are driven by IMPLAN ® , a highly respected input-output model based on the latest industry spending patterns from the US Commerce Department.  The EIA is available without charge to CHCANYS organizational members. Please consult CEO Rose Duhan’s January 21 email to all health centers for instructions on submitting a request, or contact  data@chcanys.org  for additional information.  
 
Webinar TODAY: DOH Announces New Application Cycle for Doctors Across New York
The New York State Department of Health has opened applications for Doctors Across New York (DANY) on the Grants Gateway portal . DANY applications are due April 2, 2020 by 4:00 pm and all questions to the Department regarding the opportunity must be sent to  DANY2018@health.ny.gov  by February 20. DOH will host an applicant webinar for this funding opportunity TODAY, February 13, 2020 at 10 am . Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the webinar, which will provide technical assistance in completing the application. Webinar information is below:
Doctors Across New York Physician Loan Repayment and Physician Practice Support Programs Cycle VII Information Webinar
  • Date: TODAY, Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Time: 10:00 am
  • Meeting Number: 644 058 136
  • Meeting Password: GG2020
To join the online meeting (including from mobile devices)
  1. Click here
  2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
  3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: GG2020
  4. Click "Join".
  5. To join the audio conference, follow the instructions that appear on your screen
Anyone who may be interested in applying for this program should start the process as soon as possible by registering for a Grants Gateway account at the following website here . Additionally, not for profit applicants must be prequalified in the Grants Gateway in order to apply for this grant opportunity on or before the date the applications are due.
 
Last Day to Participate: CHC Family Planning Services Survey
The Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy at the George Washington University (GWU), with support from the RCHN Community Health Foundation, is conducting a survey on Community Health Centers’ provision of family planning services. Responses will help researchers understand health centers’ role in the provision of family planning and related preventive services in communities across the country, the role that Title X plays in CHCs’ provision of these services, and how that role might be changing. Today is the last day to complete the survey, which can be found here . Contact ggprogram@gwu.edu with any questions.
 
Free Webinar TODAY: Community Health Centers Get Out the Count for Census 2020
Today, from 11 am – Noon, CHCANYS and the New York Immigration Coalition will be jointly hosting a webinar  detailing steps community health centers can take to encourage their patients and staff to participate in the 2020 Census. Census data is used to determine the number of seats each state has in Congress, draw boundaries for voting districts, and determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is spent in our communities each year.
 
Incident Command Structure (ICS) Review Courses Available Online via NYSDOH LMS
Ever felt like FEMA Independent Study Courses on ICS were really needed, but you couldn’t make yourself sit through them as self-paced modules for many hours? The following ICS courses are now available as a guided review webinar recording!
  • ICS 700 - recorded webinar session provides an introduction and overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
  • ICS 100 - recorded webinar session introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This session describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS)
  • ICS 200 - recorded webinar session reviews the Incident Command System (ICS), provides the context for ICS within initial response, and supports higher level ICS training. This course provides training on, and resources for, personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within ICS.
  • HICS - recorded review session will provide an overview of the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) and the operation of the Hospital Command Center (HCC) during emergency and non-emergency situations.

To learn more, get course handouts and to register, click here .
 
BONUS COURSE:
Managed Care Contracting Training with FTLF
REGISTER NOW! EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ENDS TOMORROW, 2/ 14
CHCANYS, in partnership with Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP , is excited to announce two opportunities to participate in an intensive managed care contracting training in New York. These two-day trainings will offer NYS health center executives and leadership an opportunity to gain insights and develop strategies for negotiating favorable managed care contracts. 
 
The agenda for the two-training events will be the same and include:
Day One focuses on negotiating strategies and PPS legal protections
Day Two focuses on key terms of participation, provider networks, and legal risk areas
 
Training Information:
 
CAPITAL REGION TRAINING
When: April 28 & 29, 2020
Where: Hampton Inn & Suites, 25 Chapel St., Albany, NY 12210
 
NEW YORK CITY TRAINING
When: June 9 & 10, 2020
Where: DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton, 455 South Broadway, Tarrytown, New York, 10591
 

If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact questions@chcanys.org .
Compliance & Risk Management Academy: Join us for Investigations 101 with FTLF - 3/12 in NYC
The next offering in the Compliance & Risk Management Academy partnership with Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP (FTLF) is Investigations 101: Planning, Documentation, and Interviewing with FTLF partners Molly Evans and Dianne Pledgie . During this in-person training, participants will learn about investigation plan strategies, interviewing and evidence gathering techniques, and processes for reporting investigation results internally and externally.
When: March 12, 2020 from 1pm- 5pm
In addition, our next webinar Beyond HIPAA: Ensuring Patient Confidentiality is scheduled for June 23, 2020 1pm- 2:30pm and your registration includes access to the live session, as well as the recorded session on learning.ftlf.com . More information and registration is available on the academy registration page *** Please note an there’s exclusive offer for those who register for two (2) or more academy events- access to a virtual, interactive Q&A session with FTLF partners. Save the date of May 6 from 1-2pm and be sure to register for at least two upcoming events to receive the exclusive invitation to join.  Have questions or need assistance?
Reach out to us at questions@chcanys.org  for more information. 
February Aware Prepare
Aware Prepare is a monthly electronic newsletter. It is your guide to upcoming trainings related to preparedness. These trainings may be provided in one or more of the following formats, including: live webcasts, webinars and in person training; archived webcasts, webinars and on demand eLearning. To view February 2020 issue, click here .
 
Free Webinar: Pharmacotherapy for Depression and Anxiety in Patients with Opioid Use Disorder
Please join the National Clinician Consultation Center in partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Bureau of Primary Health Care for an interactive Technical Assistance Office Hour for Health Center clinicians on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 3-4pm. 
 
Participants will learn to:
  • Describe the relationship between OUD and comorbid mood and anxiety disorders
  • Identify the available evidence for treatment of depression and anxiety in patients with OUD
  • Design a medication regimen for patients with comorbid OUD and depression or anxiety disorders
 
For more information and to register, click here .
 
CHCANYS DCPC Webinar Featuring Open Door Family Medical Centers - Referral Management and Tracking for the NDPP
Date: February 26, 2020 at 12:00pm
Dial-in +1 646 558 8656 Meeting ID: 422 369 861
CHCANYS Clinical Excellence and Innovation team invites you to join a webinar featuring guest speakers from Open Door Family Medical Center who will showcase promising practices around documentation and tracking of referrals related to lifestyle change programs such as the National Diabetes Prevention Program. This presentation will highlight tracking and management of programmatic referrals to internal or external staff resources. You will learn how to best; 
  • Capture programmatic referrals in discrete fields in the EHR
  • Track and monitor patients engaged in lifestyle change programs
  • Generate reports crucial for population health and performance improvement activities
 
The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) Medicaid Enrollment Webinar is Now Available!
The Department of Health announces the availability of a Medicaid Fee-For-Service (FFS) provider enrollment training Webinar for any organizations or individuals recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who would like to obtain additional information and details about the process of becoming a Medicaid-enrolled NDPP service provider. 
 
The NDPP Medicaid Enrollment webinar is intended to familiarize providers and their staff with the Medicaid FFS enrollment process and review the resources available to accomplish enrollment successfully. The webinar will be an overview of the different enrollment processes for Individual Providers, Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Group Practices and Hospital / Clinic providers interested in enrolling in the NDPP.
 
Registrations for the NDPP Enrollment webinar are currently being accepted for the following session:
  • March 3rd, 2020 at 10:00 AM
The session will include time for questions and answers.
Click  here  to view the training schedule and register today. Questions regarding this webinar can be directed to the eMedNY Call Center at 800-343-9000.
 
Sexual & Reproductive Health Sub-Committee 2020 Q1 Learning Sessions
The Sexual and Reproductive Health Sub-Committee will be hosting learning session at a new date and time: the 2 nd  Thursday of the month from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. The Zoom link, call-in number as well as some upcoming learning topics are listed below:
 
Webinar link:  https://zoom.us/j/150586730
Dial-in number: 646 558 8656
Meeting ID: 150 586 730

  • March 12, 2020: The benefits of utilizing Peer Educators to reach and educate special populations, Kristin McDonough, Supervisor of Health Education & Outreach at The Door
 
National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) Medicaid Enrollment Webinar Available
The Department of Health announces the availability of provider training for the New York State Medicaid program's coverage of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP). The NDPP Medicaid Enrollment webinar is intended to familiarize providers and their staff with the Medicaid Fee-For-Service enrollment process and review the resources available to accomplish enrollment successfully. The webinar will be an overview of the different enrollment processes for Individual Providers, Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Group Practices and Hospital / Clinic providers interested in enrolling in the NDPP. Registrations for the NDPP Enrollment webinar are currently being accepted for the March 3 rd , 2020 session at 10 am. Click  here  to view the training schedule and register today. Questions regarding this webinar can be directed to the eMedNY Call Center at 800-343-9000.
 
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Resources
 
 
Upcoming Opportunity: Join the Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Control Program (DCPC)
Launching in July 2020, work with CHCANYS practice facilitators to improve the prevention and management of patients with pre-diabetes and diabetes OR hypertension and high cholesterol at your health center. Participating sites will receive:
  • Individualized and group practice facilitation to improve population health management, team-based care processes and workflows for optimal patient care;
  • Support in engaging with community-based partners for referrals to diabetes prevention, diabetes self-management, nutrition, and lifestyle change programs;
  • Technical Assistance in the engagement of pharmacists and other non-physician team members in the management of diabetes and CVD;
  • Access to clinical quality measures and clinical tools in the CPCI tailored specifically to identifying and targeting patients with these chronic conditions; and
  • Opportunities to present promising practices, challenges, and lessons learned to the NYS DOH, CDC and Statewide Peer-Learning Network
Want more information? Check out the informational flyer, fill out this  general interest form  and don’t forget to  register for our informational webinar taking place on March 24, 2020 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm.
 
Register for PCMH Office Hours: Part III of the Risk Stratification Series
Join the PCMH Office Hours, Risk Stratification Series Part III: Care Coordination & Care Management for your Highest Risk Patients. During this session, we will delve into the critical processes and workflows that are necessary in designing and sustaining programs that address your most complex patients’ health and self-management needs, as well as strategies to addressing those same needs among your well-controlled patients so that they do not “move up” into this risk category. Discussion will be led by your health center colleagues at the Institute for Family Health, and our consulting partners at Comagine Health. Click  here  to register.           
 
The intended audience for this webinar includes:
  • Clinical leaders
  • Practice Managers
  • DM educators
  • Care Team Staff
  • Anyone involved with hands on or face-to-face care with patients
 
Miss Parts I & II? Access the recording links below:
Part I: Risk Stratification, Care Coordination & Care Management for Patients with Chronic Conditions -  Recording
Part II: Risk Stratification, Care Coordination & Care Management for Rising Risk Patients –  Recording
 
Did you take part in the previous calls in the PCMH Office Hours Risk Stratification Series, or plan to join the February call? Please take 3 minutes to fill out this brief  survey  regarding content and feedback. We greatly appreciate your participation!
 
Save More $ in 2020
More than forty FQHCs Statewide actively participate in CHCANYS’ unique partnership with the Commonwealth Purchasing Group (CPG) to save on operational expenses. Collectively these centers realized $2.7 million in savings last year. With an expansive portfolio of vendors including telehealth, language services, recruitment services, medical and dental suppliers and day-to-day business solutions to name a few, for 20 years CPG’s strategic contracts are designed to benefit FQHCs. To learn about a no-obligation assessment of current purchases or to discuss new site or specific project needs, please click here  or contact  rwynn@chcanys.org.