NYS Senate Budget Resolution Includes Additional $20M for Safety Net Pool
Thanks to our health centers’ strong advocacy efforts, the Senate included an additional $20M dollars for the D&TC Safety Net Pool in their budget resolution! Adding $20M to the Safety Net Pool will help ensure that all New Yorkers, regardless of insurance coverage or immigration status, are able to continue to access high-quality, comprehensive primary care at health centers across the State. Although the Assembly did not include the additional Safety Net Pool funding in their budget bill, the fact that it is included in the Senate bill is a big step forward. However, there’s still more work to do to ensure that the additional $20M is included in the final budget. Please be ready to respond to action alerts to thank your Senators and let the Legislature and the Governor know that everyone deserves access to primary care from a trusted provider, no matter where they come from.

NACHC Action Alert: Ask Congress to Support Health Center Funding
This year's bipartisan House FY20 Health Center Appropriations Dear Colleague Letter , led by Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), is now circulating. By co-signing the letter, your Members of Congress are publicly showing their support for continued funding for the Health Center Program. The more signatures on these letters, the stronger the message of public support for the Health Center Program and funding in the coming fiscal year. The deadline to sign on to the House letter is Monday, March 25, 2019. Click here to email your representatives to ask them to support your health center by co-signing the DeGette-Bilirakis Health Center Dear Colleague Letter.
RSVP to Attend NACHC’s Policy & Issues Forum/Capitol Hill Lobby Day  
NACHC’s Annual Policy & Issues Forum will take place in Washington, DC on March 27-30. At P&I, NACHC convenes thousands of health center professionals and health policy leaders to strategize and influence national primary health care policy. For more information on P&I, click here . CHCANYS and New York Health Centers will participate in Capitol Hill lobby visits on Thursday, March 28. NACHC is asking everyone to wear blue on Hill Day this year. CHCANYS will be scheduling all Congressional meetings on behalf of participating health centers. If you plan to participate in Capitol Hill visits, please RSVP to Marie Mongeon, Policy Analyst, at mmongeon@chcanys.org ASAP.

US Department of Health and Human Services Announces Final Title X Rule
On Monday, March 4, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its final rule revising Title X family planning program regulations. Notably, the final rule indicates that any organization providing abortion services or referring to another provider for abortions will now be ineligible for all Title X funding. The final rule becomes effective on May 3, 2019.

Payment Reform and Clinical Summit: Lessons from DSRIP and The Future of Payment and Care Delivery Reform at New York Health Centers
Please join CHCANYS and State and National healthcare leaders on May 1&2 in Tarrytown, NY to explore the critical role of FQHCs in payment and delivery reform initiatives. Invited speakers will discuss the FQHC experience in DSRIP in New York and Massachusetts, New York’s plans for a DSRIP 2.0, and key payment and care model considerations relevant to NYS FQHC’s success in future State reform initiatives. 
 Register here by April 1 st and use the passcode: CHCANYS!
Additional details will be shared in the upcoming weeks. 
CHCANYS Finance University- Register Now!
CHCANYS is excited to bring together New York State health center finance staff at this two-day, in-person Finance University to be held on June 11th- 12th 2019 at Baruch College in New York City. CHCANYS, in collaboration with CohnReznick, Atria, NYS health center finance leaders, and other external partners will provide training and technical assistance on a variety of financial operations topics.

The two days will offer sessions geared toward providing tools and support relative to the complicated world of health center finance offices. The agenda has a wealth of workshops planned for both new and seasoned health center finance staff. Specifically, the agenda will include sessions on: FQHC Finance 101; Critical Financial and Grants Management Activities and Regulatory Reporting; NYS-Specific Rate-Setting and Regulatory Reporting Requirements; NYS-Specific Billing Concerns; Maximizing 340b; HRSA OSV considerations; Revenue Cycle Management; and more. All levels of financial operations staff are encouraged to attend. Click here to learn more.
Seats are filling up FAST...Don't Delay, Register Today! CHCANYS Telehealth Symposium - April 8 & 9 in Tarrytown
T his 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 has been extended. CHCANYS is also offering a group discount to health centers sending three (3) or more staff. Contact questions@chcanys.org for details on the discount. More information, including the updated agenda, can be found on the registration page.

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. Please contact us for a range of topics available.

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 emteam@chcanys.org .

Community Cares Project Annual Partners’ Recognition Ceremony
On Friday, March 8 CHCANYS and thirteen NYC health centers participated in the Community Cares Project (CCP) Annual Partners’ Recognition Ceremony to celebrate primary care and ambulatory surgery providers that have partnered to improve colorectal cancer screening and access to colonoscopies for the uninsured.

CHCANYS’ Diane Ferran, MD MPH, VP Clinical Affairs & Performance Improvement and co-chair of the C5 Community Health Center (CHC) Committee that advises the CCP program, spoke to the challenges of caring for uninsured patients, both as a provider in Harlem and as the clinical lead for the statewide CHC network. Three CHC’s received CCP awards this year:

The Community Cares Project (CCP), established in 2013, is a DOHMH intervention that links Community Health Centers to free colonoscopy services at participating Endoscopy Centers. This program has established over 50 partnerships, serves approximately 800 uninsured New Yorkers per year, and has provided free colonoscopies to 3,876 participants since its inception. 
FQHC CEO & CFOs – CHCANYS & CPG Can Help You Save
As an FQHC leader, you are looking for viable ways to save money and invest in your patient services. We can help. More than 40 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. 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 or (212) 710-3806. 
MORE NEWS
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer diagnosed and the second leading cause of death from cancer. To support health centers in the effort to increase colorectal cancer screening rates to 80% or higher, The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable has introduced their new campaign, 80% in Every Community . On that page, you’ll find talking points, an FAQ, and graphics you can use to promote awareness.

Additionally, the NYS Cancer Consortium released a sample press release and letter to the editor for you to use as part of your efforts. The information includes a link to the recently released 2017 BRFSS colorectal cancer screening rates.

HRSA Announces Rural Communities Opioid Response Program Funding Opportunity
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released a new Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) funding opportunity. Under RCORP-Implementation, HRSA will make approximately 75 awards of up to $1 million each to networks and/or consortia to enhance substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD) and service delivery in high-risk rural communities.

HRSA will hold a webinar for applicants on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 11:30-1PM, EST . A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend. Click here for additional grant information and to apply. Contact ruralopioidresponse@hrsa.gov with any questions.

Applications Due Soon for Doctors Across New York Physician Loan Repayment and Physician Practice Support Program
Applications are due April 4 for the Doctors Across New York Physician Loan Repayment and Physician Practice Support Program. The Cycle VI grant Opportunity is open in the Grants Gateway. The following document is the most recent version (Cycle VI) of the Request for Applications (RFA). While the RFA is being posted, the opportunity to apply in the Grants Gateway .

A document including all questions that the Department receives for Cycle VI with corresponding answers will be posted here . For more assistance please contact questions@chcanys.org .
WEBINARS AND EVENTS
Just Announced! Staying Afloat: 340B Program Fundamentals Webinar on 4/17 at 1pm EST
Join CHCANYS and ATRIA 340B by Hudson Headwaters as we navigate the complex waters of the 340B Federal Drug Discount Program. In this webinar we will take a shallow dive into diversion and duplicate discounts, internal auditing best practices, maintaining policy and procedures, and working with 340B vendors. Learn 340B program basics from our perspective as a participating entity, third party administrator, and consultant in the space. There is no coast to participate but registration is required. Register and submit your questions here.

Oral Health Team-Based Care Webinar Series on March 21 st 3pm EST
Health centers are leaders in recognizing oral health as an essential element of primary care. 14% of total visits at health centers in 2017 were for dental care (HRSA, 2017). Many health centers are looking to expand or enhance their oral health services. Health center patients often have complex healthcare challenges that are significantly affected by their oral health status. We can improve overall health by creating access to excellent oral health services in the context of team-based care. This session will bring strategies from the field showing how effective integration, collaboration and mobilization of dental services significantly improves health. Experts will discuss the clinical, organizational, data and technical opportunities and challenges to advancing or enhancing your model of oral health in team-based care. Click here to register.

Latest Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) All-program Webcast- Recording Now Available
On March 5 th , BPCH hosted the monthly All-programs Webcast, presenting several important Health Center Program updates including upcoming funding opportunities, initiatives around patient safety, improving patient outcomes, and strategic planning efforts by HRSA. Click here to view the recording.

Informational Webinar: Gestational Diabetes
On Friday April 5, 2019 at 12:00pm, the Ohio Type 2 Diabetes Learning Collaborative is hosting a one-hour webinar titled “ Primary Care Providers and Gestational Diabetes: Identifying the Connection ” with Dr. Bethany Panchel of the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

This no-cost webinar will provide information on the link between Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM). In addition, the webinar, which is geared toward providers, nurses, and diabetes educators, will provide recommendations for primary care providers on managing gestational diabetes over the life course and resources available for both providers and patients.

Click here to register for the webinar or contact Kristin Howard with questions.

Diabetes in Special & Vulnerable Populations: A National Learning Series
Fourteen HRSA-funded NCAs have partnered to create a four-part national learning webinar series for health centers, Primary Care Associations, and Health Center Controlled Networks. The series’ goal is to increase foundational knowledge of effective strategies to prevent, treat, and manage diabetes among special and vulnerable Health Center Program populations. This series will focus on co-morbidities associated with diabetes (e.g., oral health, behavioral health, SUD, obesity, and social risk factors). Learn more and register for individual webinars , including this Thursday’s session, “Using Referrals, Outreach, and Care Coordination to Address Oral Health and Diabetes".

Orange County HIV Continuing Education Opportunity
Join the NYSDOH Clinical Education Initiative (CEI) and the Orange County DOH for a presentation on Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV on April 12 at the Orange County Emergency Services Center in Goshen. Registration is free and is intended for New York State medical providers including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, dentists, and pharmacists. Limited seating is available to non-clinicians who register as part of a healthcare team. To register, click here . Questions? Contact Rob Walsh at robert.walsh@mountsinai.org or 212-731-3791.

Apply now for the 2019 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now accepting applications for its 2019 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge . This competition is for health professionals, practices, and health systems to demonstrate excellence in achieving hypertension control rates of 80 percent or greater over a 12-month period. NACHC is encouraging all eligible health centers to apply.
 
The Challenge is open through 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, April 1, 2019. Those with 2018 UDS data showing a blood pressure control rate of 80 percent or greater are encouraged to apply here .