CHCANYS Testifies Before Joint Legislative Hearing
On February 5, 2019, CHCANYS President and CEO Rose Duhan testified before the NYS Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees regarding the State FY 2019-20 Executive Budget. In her testimony, which can be viewed here , Rose outlines CHCANYS' budgetary asks:
  1. Increase the DT&C Safety Net Pool by $20M ($40M total with Federal match) to ensure health centers have the appropriate resources to continue to care for uninsured individuals, including undocumented immigrants and their families.
  2. Ensure no cuts to the PMPM incentive payments in the PCMH program. 
  3. Support the Executive's proposal to allow agencies to waive regulations for providers who implemented programs under a DSRIP waiver to ensure continued access to innovative care models.
  4. Maintain level funding for Doctors Across New York (DANY).
  5. Restore funding to the Population Health Improvement Program.
  6. Maintain funding for the Migrant Health Care program.
  7. Restore $5M in funding to SBHCs. 
In January, the New York State Department of Health offered two briefings on the 2019-20 Executive Budget. DOH’s health budget presentation is available here . The Office of Health Insurance Programs’ briefing is available here .
Calling all Community Health Care CHAMPIONS! Registration is now open for our annual Grassroots Advocacy Day in Albany on March 4, 2019. We need your help  to ensure that Community Health Centers have the resources they need to continue to provide high-quality comprehensive primary and preventive care to all who need it, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. There is power in numbers -- please join us and recruit your co-workers, friends and family to come along! Click here  to register.

Advocacy 101 Webinar
Date: Tuesday, February 19
Time: 11am-12pm
CHCANYS will be hosting an Advocacy 101 webinar in preparation for Advocacy Day. Registration is required, click here to sign up.

CHCANYS asks that each FQHC appoint an Advocacy Coordinator to represent his/her health center during regularly-scheduled advocacy phone calls and to help coordinate participation in critical action alerts and events.
The Advocacy Coordinator is not just CHCANYS’ go-to person – he or she is the health center’s lead on all things advocacy. If you haven’t already, please click here to fill out the form and let us know who your health center's Advocacy Coordinator is.
CHCANYS Participates In Lobby Days with Allied Organizations
CHCANYS' Policy Team continues to participate in Lobby days with coalitions and organizations who share health centers' commitments to ensuring comprehensive, high quality access to health care for all. To date, these Lobby Days have included:
  • The Coverage For All Campaign's Lobby Day to expand State-funded Essential Plan health insurance coverage to undocumented immigrants. 
  • Medicaid Matters' Lobby Day to fight for a robust and inclusive Medicaid program across the State.
  • The NYS Association for Rural Health's (NYSARH) Lobby Day to support programs and policies that ensure access to health care for rural dwelling New Yorkers.
  • The Workforce Advisory Group's Lobby Day to advocate for policies to support and expand New York's health workforce.
NYS Council, CHCANYS Host Joint Regional Meeting
The NYS Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare and the Community Health Care Association of NYS will host a joint regional meeting for members in the New York City metro area on February 26, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., at Settlement Health, 212 E 106 th Street, New York.
This meeting is part of the Delta Center grant project that brings together state primary care and behavioral health associations with the goal of advancing value-based payment contracting and integrated care among our memberships. The meeting will focus on New York City-specific issues and allow attendees to talk with government officials and other local organizations. For more information, click here .
NYS CHCs Featured in “DSRIP Stories of Meaningful Change in Patient Health” 
The New York State Department of Health released a book of stories highlighting transformative care through New York’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP). The book, which features the work of some of New York’s Community Health Centers, highlights successes in improving outcomes by putting the needs of the patient at the forefront of healthcare transformation. To read the book, click here .
PRAPARE User Survey
A rising number of health centers are already using PRAPARE to help assess and address patients’ social determinants of health. As more organizations consider PRAPARE implementation, our partners at the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO), and the Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA) would like to gain a better understanding of health centers’ PRAPARE implementation needs, experiences, and challenges.  read more >>
Just Announced! CHCANYS Telehealth Symposium - April 8 & 9 in Tarrytown
This two-day training event, presented by CHCANYS in partnership with Finger Lakes Community Health, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell, and the National Association (NACHC), will provide attendees with an array of information and resources for developing telehealth capacity in the community-based setting. The agenda includes in-depth discussions with various industry experts and live simulations with telehealth equipment and providers. Special pricing for CHCANYS Members and a group rate for the hotel are now available. More information, including the preliminary agenda, can be found on the registration page.

Telehealth Webinar Series with FTLF, NACHC, and FLCH- Next Session 2/7 at 1pm EST  
This five-part webinar series will provide the latest information and insights from Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell (FTLF) , the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Policy Team and Finger Lakes Community Health , an innovator in implementing telehealth in the health center setting. Register today for individual webinars or the full series. Webinar recordings are available for purchase in addition to the live events. Discounted rates are available for CHCANYS members. For more information and registration click here . This series was launched on 1/16 but you can still register for the full series or individual sessions with reduced rates for CHCANYS members. Registrants for the full series will receive access to the recordings of previous webinars. 

FREE TRAINING AVAILABLE - Emergency Management In-Person Training for Community Health Centers
CHCANYS Emergency Management (EM) team, through funding from the New York State Department of Health, is offering complimentary EM in-person on-site training to community health centers across New York State (except New York City). This training and technical assistance visit may be customized based on the current needs of the health center in emergency management.
This training is being offered on a first come, first served basis, until available funds are exhausted. If you are interested and would like to submit a request, please click here .
Any questions regarding this opportunity or the registration form may be directed to .
Registration Open! 5 th Annual Emergency Preparedness Seminar – March 14, 2019
On March 14, 2019, in partnership with NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), Community Health Care Association of NYS (CHCANYS) and its NYC-based emergency management initiative PCEPN, will host its Fifth Annual Emergency Preparedness Seminar for Primary Care.
The presenters for this year's seminar will discuss the role that community health centers, aka federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs), and other types of primary care facilities can play in regards to response and recovery during and after emergencies and disasters. We will be covering the following topics:
  • Hurricane Harvey response and recovery - an FQHC perspective
  • Working with community health centers during emergencies - the Massachusetts model
  • Resources for community health centers via National Cooperative Agreement (NCA) holders with Health and Resources Services Administration (HRSA)
  • New York City health care coalition - news and updates
  • Priority communication programs 
  • Cybersecurity 101
  • Active shooter threats - building an effective policy and procedure 
To learn more and to register, please click here or download the flyer . Seating is limited – please register soon. 
CHCANYS Emergency Management Virtual Meet-Up Recording Available
On January 22, CHCANYS Emergency Management (EM) team hosted a virtual Meet-Up session with colleagues across the state to answer questions, talk through relevant announcements, have an open conversation and provide a forum for exchanging ideas on the topic of Emergency Management. The meeting was recorded and you can now view the recording here .
To download slides – click here .
To register for all upcoming meetings – please click here . The 2019 meetings are scheduled as follows:
                    April 23, 2019
                    July 23, 2019
                    October 22, 2019
All meetings will be hosted virtually via Zoom and will run from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (EST). For additional information or with any questions, please contact us at .

Join us for PCMH Office Hours!
Join CHCANYS for PCMH Office Hours with Karen Vest-Taubert, PCMH CCE at Qualis Health, on Thursday February 21, 2019 at 12pm.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn from and share with your colleagues in relation to the NYS PCMH Recognition Program! Please contact us with your questions, and click here to register for our next call taking place on Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Additional Webinars and Events
UDS Reporting Materials for NYS Grantees – February 15 Deadline
Uniform Data System (UDS) data are analyzed by HRSA to ensure compliance with legislative mandates, report program accomplishments and justify budget requests to Congress. The UDS is also used to help HRSA identify trends and expand targeted programs. It’s used by CHCANYS to provide critical support and advocacy. All grantees of BPHC-administered Section 330 primary care programs, including Community Health Centers, Migrant Health Centers, Health Care for the Homeless, and Public Housing Primary Care, are required under the terms of their grant to submit the UDS report. To prepare for reporting, CHCANYS held two well attended in-person trainings. A New York State specific document and materials are available online for your review before submission.

January 29 BPHC All-Programs Webcast Recording Now Available
The January 29 All-Programs webcast included updates on new approaches to assessing community need, Uniform Data System (UDS) reporting, and funding key changes related to the Operational Site Visit (OSV) process for 2019 were also introduced. Watch the recording here .

2019 Federal Poverty Guidelines
The 2019 poverty guidelines are in effect as of January 11. Ensure your health center’s sliding fee discount schedule has been updated accordingly. See the new guidelines here .
HRSA Releases New FTCA Site Visit Protocol
HRSA has released a new document to provide streamlined guidance on the FTCA-deeming process for health centers. Read it online here.
Attn: FQHC CEO & CFOs – Let Us Help You with Operational Savings
As an FQHC leader, you are looking for viable ways to save money and invest in your patient services. We can help. More than forty FQHCs Statewide actively participate in CHCANYS’ unique partnership with the Commonwealth Purchasing Group (CPG) to save on operational expenses. To learn about a no-obligation assessment of current purchases or to discuss new site or specific project needs, please click here or contact or (212) 710-3806. 
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 2019 issue, click here .

Harvard University’s Infectious Disease Worker Safety Training now available free to New York Health Centers
The Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation & Practice (EPREP) Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is offering free worker safety training in emerging infectious diseases to organizations across New York. This 2-hour training offers an overall awareness of currently emerging infectious diseases with an emphasis on disease transmission and basic workplace precautions. It enables participants to recognize disease hazards & utilize personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent & reduce workplace exposures.
Training Topics Include:
·          Overview of currently emerging infectious diseases
·          Current best practices in infectious disease protocols
·          How to select appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
·          Hands on PPE skills practice
If you are interested in hosting this training at your health center at no cost, please contact us at
Updates for NY Meaningful Use Promoting Interoperability
Starting in Payment Year 2019, Eligible Professionals (EPs) are required to use the 2015 Edition of Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) to meet Stage 3 Meaningful Use (MU) criteria in the NY Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, a CMS Promoting Interoperability Program. Please review the 2015 Edition CEHRT standards and other criteria on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) website .
You can do the following to ensure proper upgrade to the 2015 Edition CEHRT:
  1. Your CEHRT ID should have 15E as the 3rd, 4th, and 5th characters (e.g. XX15EXXXXXXXXXX)
  2. Check the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL)
  3. Discuss with your vendor:
  • Upgrade process, timeline, and costs; and
  • Impact on historical data and functions, and data trail.
FYI for upstate health centers, you may get contacted by the state’s registry NYSIIS about setting up a bidirectional immunization interface with your 2015 certified EHR. To ensure you are ready, please be sure to upgrade to the 2015 CEHRT as soon as possible. 

Pediatric Pulmonary-Asthma Echo Learning Session
Join Better Health for Notheast New York and Project ECHO to help kids breathe easier with this expert pulmonary and Asthma Collaboration. For more information download the flyer . To join contact Ron Dick, MD at

NYS Collaborative Care Depression Program – What’s in CPCI?
Azara has recently been working with Ryan Health to build out Behavioral Health Integration tools in CPCI that can assist with both the management of patients with depression, case load statistics and required state reporting for the NYS Collaborative Care Program. These reports can not only reduce the reporting burden, but also assist with patient management. The following reports are available in CPCI [see slides].
  • BHI Registry provides key clinical data points for enrolled patients – initial and most recent PHQ scores, GAD scores, A1c, LDL and BP along with initial treatment, number of visits and identification of patients who need treatment intensifications. 
  • Caseload report displays key program stats for the care manager – number patients being managed, mean values for screening, clinical data points, number of visits, number of patients with improvement and patients in need of treatment intensification.
  • State Reporting contains all the data elements needed for quarterly state reporting.

If you are interested in learning more about how your center can also benefit from these reports, please contact Ava Rose at