Stay Informed: NYC Measles Outbreak
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) recently released a health advisory related to the current measles outbreak which now totals almost 400. Nationwide, cases top 700, with more than 500 of those cases in people who
have not been vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
While most of the New York City cases have been in the Orthodox Jewish communities of Williamsburg, a small number have occurred outside of this area. DOHMH’s advisory includes recommendations about vaccinations and proof of immunity, and provides specific guidance for individuals residing in the four zip codes in Williamsburg impacted by the Order of the Commissioner .

DOH DAL Letter
New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) released a Dear Administrator Letter (DAL) on April 18, 2019, with reminders to healthcare facilities about their responsibilities in regards to staff vaccinations, recommendations on appropriate policies, and additional measles resources. You can access the letter here .
 
Community health centers are encouraged to conduct outreach and education with patients and visitors about the availability and importance of measles vaccination. Health centers are also encouraged to expand immunization services to the broader community.
 
CHCANYS EM team will continue to monitor the situation and provide relevant updates. Please contact emteam@chcanys.org with any questions.
 
Washington Judge Grants Preliminary Injunction Against Title X Rule Changes
US District Judge Stanley A. Bastian has granted a preliminary injunction enjoining the implementation of the Trump Administration’s changes to the Title X Family Planning Program. The rule, which would have severely limited the patient-provider relationship, will no longer go into effect on May 3, 2019 as originally planned. To read CHCANYS’ official statement on the injunction, click here .
CHCANYS19: Registration Now Open!
Date: October 28-30, 2019
Location: Tarrytown, NY
The Community Health Care Association of New York State is pleased to announce that registration is open for our Annual Conference and Clinical Forum. CHCANYS19   will provide FQHC leadership, staff, and partners with an opportunity to learn from industry experts and one-another about current issues and initiatives impacting New York’s community he alth centers – and to learn about our onsite sponsors and exhibitors. Click here to register . Email us at  conference@chcanys.org  with any questions.

CHCANYS19 Annual Conference: Call for Abstracts!
CHCANYS welcomes your proposal to share expertise, innovative strategies, cutting-edge ideas and measurable implementation plans with our 2019 conference attendees. Abstracts may be submitted for an individual presenter or a panel as part of a workshop; abstracts may also be submitted for a poster presentation. The deadline to submit abstracts is June 14, 2019 at 5:30PM. Click here to get started. Questions? Email conference@chcanys.org .

Join CHCANYS for one of our Upstate Regional Meetings on Integrated Care
Please join CHCANYS and NYS Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare at regional meetings for community health centers and behavioral health providers. These meetings are part of a series of regional meetings that CHCANYS and NYS Council, with the support of the Delta Center for a Thriving Safety Net and RCHN Community Health Foundation, will be convening over the next two years to bring together community health centers and behavioral health providers to advance integrated care and support participation in value based payment arrangements. There will be two upcoming regional meetings, both with the same agenda offered in two different locations from 1 – 4 pm: May 14 th , 2019 at the Greater Rochester International Airport ; and, June 4 th , 2019 in the Capital District Area (location TBD). To register for either regional meeting, please email the Cindy Levernois, with the NYS Council, at cindy@nyscouncil.org . Please indicate which regional meeting you will be attending, along with your name, title, organization, and email address.
 
NYS Outreach & Enrollment Update: Policy & Advocacy Updates Session
Join CHCANYS staff for a special O&E focused discussion of recent federal and state policy issues on June 19 from 11am to 12pm. We will review relevant provisions in the 2019 NYS Budget and share other policy updates relevant to NY State of Health.
Please register in advance for this O&E session. E-mail OEhelp@chcanys.org  with any questions or concerns.
 
CHCANYS Emergency Management Virtual Meet-Up - Recording / Materials Available
CHCANYS Emergency Management (EM) team hosted its quarterly virtual EM Meetup on April 23, 2019. Upcoming EM activities, resources and other important announcements were reviewed. The materials presented during this webinar are now available here . The recording of the meeting is available on demand here .
 
Please join the CHCANYS EM Team for upcoming meetings! The upcoming 2019 meetings are as follows:
  • 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). To register – please CLICK HERE .
 
For additional information or with any questions, please contact emteam@chcanys.org .
 
Staying Afloat: 340B Program Fundamentals- Webinar Recording now Available
On April 17 th , CHCANYS and ATRIA 340B by Hudson Headwaters hosted a webinar to provide insights on how to navigate the complex waters of the 340B Federal Drug Discount Program. In this webinar takes 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 the perspective of a participating entity, third party administrator, and consultant in the space. There is no cost to participate but registration is required. Register to watch the webinar on-demand:
 
Telehealth Webinar Series with FTLF, NACHC, and FLCH- Recordings on Learning.FTLF.com
Launched in January, this five-part webinar series provides the latest information and insights on telehealth implementatio n . Presenters include Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell (FTLF) attorney Carrie Riley, t he National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Policy Team and staff from Finger Lakes Community Health , an innovator and national advocate for the adoption of telehealth in the health center setting. For more information and registration click here .
 
New CHCANYS's Podiatry Slack Channel!
CHCANYS' Clinical Committee is pleased to announce an online special interest group dedicated to leveraging resources and sharing promising practices amongst podiatrists working in NYS FQHCs.
 
The online community will connect online via Slack. If you're interested in joining the online community of Podiatrists, please send an email to bsalcedo@chcanys.org . The online community's champion is Craig Herman, D.P.M., Director of Podiatry with Community Healthcare Network.
 
NYSHealth Funding Opportunity: Growing OpenNotes Across New York State
The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) has launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) to support federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and other health care settings across New York State in adopting or spreading OpenNotes. This RFP is open to FQHCs and other non-hospital health care settings in New York State. Awards of up to $100,000 will be granted per organization. The deadline to submit an application has been extended to Thursday, May 16 th at 1pm.
 
OpenNotes is a national effort to give patients access to the visit notes written by their doctors, nurses, or other clinicians. Established in 2010, OpenNotes creates partnerships toward better health and health care by giving everyone on the medical team, including the patient, access to the same information. When patients have access to their own visit notes written by health care providers, they better remember what was discussed during the visit; feel more in control of their care; are more likely to take medications as prescribed; and can share notes with their caregivers. Click here to read details on the RFP and apply.
CPG & CHCANYS Can Help You Save $ - Need an appointment?
More than 40 FQHCs Statewide actively participate in CHCANYS’ partnership with the Commonwealth Purchasing Group (CPG) to save on operational expenses. Collectively these centers realized $2.7 million in savings last year. With a portfolio of vendors including credentialing and compliance services, telehealth, language services, recruitment services, medical and dental suppliers, and day-to-day business solutions, CPG’s strategic contracts are designed to benefit FQHCs. To learn about a no-obligation assessment of current purchases or to discuss specific project needs, please click here. Do you have plans for a new site or expansion or need to assess your operations for savings? Contact: rwynn@chcanys.org or (212) 710-3806 for a May appointment. 
GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
Mother Cabrini Health Foundation Statewide Grants Program
Mother Cabrini Health Foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry for eligible applicants for their Statewide Grants Program through May 9th . The Foundation grants up to $150 million annually to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable New Yorkers, bolster the health outcomes of diverse communities, eliminate barriers to care and bridge gaps in health services. For more information, visit their website .
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Upcoming Webinars on CPCI's Substance Use Disorder (SUDS) Module!
Join us in June for a webinar series presented by CHCANYS in collaboration with Azara to learn more about how to best utilize the Substance Use Disorder Module in CPCI.
 
  • Webinar #1 – June 5th 12pm -1:30pm - Substance Use in CPCI: Tools to Support Identification, Prevention and Management.
  • Webinar #2 June 12th 12pm -1:30pm - Supporting Your Substance Use Program: Strategies and Promising Practices for using the SUDS Module
 
Target Audience: FQHCs providing services to SUDs patients and/or are applying for 2019 HRSA Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) Funding. Look for an email invitation in the next few weeks. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Ava Rose, at arose@chcanys.org .  
 
Point of Care A1c Testing Informational Webinar
Presenters from CHCANYS, Abbott, The Chautauqua Center, and Urban Health Plan delivered a 90-minute informational webinar on point-of-care testing (POCT) for hemoglobin A1c on April 24 th . Topics addressed in the webinar included the clinical background and recommendations behind A1c point-of-care instruments, a survey of the CLIA-waived and FDA approved solutions available on the market today, financial guidance for reimbursement for point-of-care testing, as well as lessons learned from implementation. To view the slides, click here .
 
Breast Density and Breast Cancer Risk - Continuing Education Opportunity
Continuing education credits (CME, CNE, CHES, general CEUs) are available through this online training on Breast Density and Breast Cancer Risk until December 2021. This training was created by our NYS colleagues, Dr. Michelle Azu and Dr. Ralph Wynn, did a really good job raising awareness about Breast Density and Breast Cancer Risk and what that means in every day clinical practice.  Available here .
 
Save the Date: Next Bureau of Primary Care All-Programs Webcast – 5/14
The next BPHC All-Programs Webcast will take place Tuesday, May 14 th from  2:00-3:00 p.m. EST. Webcast link coming soon; in the meantime you can submit questions by sending an email to bphcta@hrsa.gov by Friday, May 10, with the subject "BPHC All-Programs Question."
 
Medicaid EHR Incentive Program - Case management support for CHCANYS members
This summer New York State Department of Health will begin accepting 2018 Meaningful Use attestations for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. In preparation for this, they are offering case management services to CHCANYS members to help alleviate some of the obstacles encountered during the attestation process.
 
Their case management services include:
  • Eligibility determination, i.e. how many remaining program years the provider could still participate
  • Pre-validation and analysis of Medicaid patient volume
  • Verification of program credentials, such as eMedNY enrollment and payee affiliations
  • One-on-one support and direct contact for the attestation process
 
Please note that case management is being exclusively offered to certain professional associations, such as CHCANYS. Providers must complete the attached Case Management Roster form and email it to attestation@health.ny.gov with the subject line: “Case Management Roster.” The form must be submitted by June 15, 2019.
 
HRSA Updates Site Visit Protocol for 2019- Now in Effect 
The new Site Visit Protocol (SVP) is in effect for site visits occurring after Thursday, April 18 th . Changes were made in response to feedback from stakeholders, including health centers, strategic partners, site visit team reviewers, and HRSA staff. No changes were made to the Compliance Manual or to Health Center Program requirements. A summary of changes was released along with the full 2019 SVP Update .
 
HRSA Issues Program Assistance Letter with 2019-2020 Requirements for FTCA Coverage
Program Assistance Letter (PAL) 2019-02 describes the process for Health Center Program grantees to submit applications for Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) initial deeming and redeeming. The redeeming application period (for coverage for CY 2020) begins on Friday, May 17, and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, July 1. Initial deeming applications are accepted year-round. See the FTCA Program Webpage for more information.

Digital Health Report
The Commonwealth Fund published a comprehensive report in December 2018 on digital health technologies for underserved communities called The Time Is Now: The Case for Digital Health Innovation for the Poor and Underserved . The report highlights opportunities and barriers to taking advantage of rapidly advancing digital health solutions and the $7 billion invested in this sector last year. The report also highlights a new national nonprofit, HealthTech4Medicaid (HT4M), which advocates for health technology innovation to be targeted to the unique needs of Medicaid enrollees. Contact hccn@chcanys.org with questions or comments.