CHCANYS Testifies at the Rural Health Care Oversight Hearing in the NYS Assembly
On May 31, CHCANYS President and CEO Rose Duhan testified before the NYS Assembly Committee on Health regarding rural health care needs. In her testimony, which is available here , Rose emphasized the need for flexibility in physical space requirements, the difficulties experienced by FQHCs attempting to integrate behavioral health and primary care, frustrations around shared space requirements and restrictions on same day billing, the need for robust workforce programs, and the critical nature of using telehealth to deliver services in rural settings. The full recording of the hearing can be accessed here , under “5-31-19 Public Hearing on Rural Health Care Services.”
Show Us Your PRIDE!
June is Pride Month – and we want you to show us your pride! If your health center is hosting any Pride Month events, please email  Hannah Woodman , our Advocacy & Outreach Manager, with the details. 
 
This June is particularly meaningful not only because it is the  50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising , but also  WorldPride 2019 is taking place in New York City. And Governor Cuomo recently announced the opening of the State’s LGBTQ Pride Month exhibit entitled  "Equality Will Never Be Silent,"  which celebrates the New York State LGBTQ community and recognizes the meaningful political, cultural and artistic impacts of 16 LGBTQ New Yorkers. 
The exhibit is located in the Governor's Reception Room on the second floor of the New York State Capitol in Albany and will run through the summer. More information on the exhibit can be found  here .

NYS Latino Gay / Bi Men’s Summit 
The Latino Commission on AIDS is coordinating the second NYS Latino Gay / Bi Men’s Summit on June 19, 2oo and 21 in Albany. For information and to sign up, click here.

Ryan Health Equality: Stonewall 50
In honor of Pride month Ryan Health announced Ryan Health Equality: Stonewall 50 , a campaign to promote health equity for LGBTQ communities of color. The effort builds on Ryan Health’s history of cultivating community through enriching, enlightening, and empowering events to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

As part of the campaign, Ryan Health will conduct community health events including HIV screenings and educational activities all month long! 
Measles Latest
The worst measles outbreak in the U.S. since 1992, and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000, continues. According to the CDC, from January 1 to June 6, 2019, 1,022 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 28 states. This is an increase of 41 cases from the previous week. For information from HRSA on the important role Community Health Centers play in protecting our most vulnerable patients from vaccine-preventable diseases, click here.
Submit Your Events Today! National Health Center Week: August 4-10, 2019
Each August, we recognize National Health Center Week (NHCW) in an effort to enhance the visibility of community, migrant, homeless, and public housing health centers and build support for the Health Center Program. We hope that you will consider hosting an event during National Health Center Week this summer and invite your elected officials, business partners, patients, and community members to participate. 

  • Sponsorship Opportunities
NACHC helps to link health centers with sponsors who may be willing to fund their events. NACHC also provides a limited number of $500 sponsorships for NHCW events. In order to be eligible for a potential sponsorship the event must fit the following criteria: 1) must be a community-wide event 2) social media must be used to promote the event and 3) elected officials must be invited. Health centers must submit their events to NACHC via the   NACHC NHCW website  by June 17 .  

  • Tools and Resources
CHCANYS has developed a special webpage  featuring a number of tools and resources to assist you in your planning - please check back often, as we will be updating it frequently.

  • Submit your events!
And don't forget to let CHCANYS and NACHC know about your events by submitting an event form - we look forward to celebrating with you!  

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Hannah Woodman, hwoodman@chcanys.org .
CHCANYS19 Register Today!
Date: October 28-30, 2019
Location: Tarrytown, NY
Register today for CHCANYS Annual Conference and Clinical Forum! CHCANYS19   will provide FQHC leadership, staff, and partners with an o pportunity to learn from industry experts and one-another about current issues and initiatives impacting New Yo rk’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 .
CHCANYS19 Awards June 14th Deadline : Nominate Outstanding Health Center Advocates and Employees Today!
Each year, CHCANYS recognizes outstanding employees and health center partners who are working to ensure access to high quality health care for all. We invite you to submit your nominations for CHCANYS' Statewide Conference & Clinical Forum Awards Celebration, during which we will celebrate those whose work and dedication represents the ideals of the Health Center Movement. The Awards Dinner will take place Monday, October 28 at The Westchester Marriott during CHCANYS19. To learn more and to make your nomination before the June 14th deadline, click here.
CHCANYS Submits Comments on the State’s Proposed Changes to the VBP Roadmap
The NYS Department of Health released its Annual Update to the State Value Based Payment Roadmap, available here . CHCANYS submitted comments indicating our concerns with the newly announced prohibition on FQHCs participating as lead contractors in VBP arrangements with downside risk (NYS Roadmap levels 2 and 3), and changes to how dollars for FQHC attributed patients are counted toward VBP targets. In addition to these comments, CHCANYS continues to engage in direct conversations with DOH to clarify the parameters of FQHC participation in VBP arrangements. To view CHCANYS’ VBP Roadmap comments, click here .
 
CHCANYS Supports Assembly & Senate Bill Designating Funding to Community-Based Providers
Recently introduced Assembly bill A.7977 (Gottfried) and Senate bill S.6376 (Rivera) would add a requirement that 25% of the funds collected through the State’s health care transformation fund be designated for community-based health care providers, including FQHCs. The State health care transformation fund (not the health care  facility  transformation fund, which is capital funding) was created by the sale of Fidelis to Centene, and is a pool of money of about $2 billion. The funding could be used for a broad range of purposes, including operational activities. Read CHCANYS’ full memo of support for the bills here .
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 implementation. Presenters include Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell (FTLF) attorney Carrie Riley, the 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.
 
NYS Outreach & Enrollment Update: Policy & Advocacy Updates Session
Join CHCANYS staff Wednesday June 19 from 11am to 12pm for a special O&E focused discussion of recent federal and state policy issues. 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. Email  OEhelp@chcanys.org with any questions or concerns
 
SAVE THE DATE: Next Webinar with Hudson Headwaters 340B
On July 24 at 1pm, CHCANYS and Hudson Headwaters 340B (formerly Atria 340B) will host a webinar on key compliance areas for the 340B Federal Drug Discount Program. More information coming soon. There is no cost to participate but registration is required. Register here. You can also register to watch the previous webinar, Staying Afloat: 340B Program Fundamentals, on-demand.
 
Latest HRSA BPHC All-programs Webcast- Recording & Resources Now Available
On May 14, The Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPCH) hosted a webcast covering the latest updates on HRSA initiatives, including the SAC request for feedback, HIV, HEP, and SUDs resources, and the PCMH verification period, among other important topics. Register to watch the recording and save the date for the next webcast on July 23. 
 
NILC Resource: FAQ on Presidential Memorandum Enforcing Sponsor Liability
Pr esident Trump released a Presidential Memorandum directing the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Agriculture to issue new guidance and procedures to implement requirements of sponsors of lawful permanent residents (green card holders). The guidance reinforces the existing policy that sponsors agree to reimburse the government for the cost of many public benefits received by the green card holder, among other responsibilities. The National Immigration Law Center has prepared a   FAQ that breaks down the memo and explains the responsibilities of sponsors.
 
ECRI Institute release the Risk Management Manual for Health Centers
The Risk Management Manual for Health Centers has been designed to support a proactive approach to risk management at health centers and free clinics, and provides background, tips, and how-tos in a manageable format. Specific areas that are covered include: risk management program administration, credentialing and privileging, tracking systems, claims and lawsuits, communication with patients, providers, staff, and community partners, plus more. Register as a health center employee to access this resource on the ECRI website.
 
Upcoming Capital Link Webinars for Health Centers
June 19, 25, & 27, Capital Link, a HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care National Cooperative Agreement organization, is offering several FREE webinars for health centers this month. Planned sessions include Achieving Social Determinants of Health Goals through Capital Expansion (June 19, 2:00 - 3:00 pm), Facilitating Change: Working Together, Engaging Others and Motivating for Change (June 25, 2:00 - 3:00 pm), and Proactive Scenario Planning: Modeling Financial Implications (June 27, 2:00 - 3:00 pm). A list of all upcoming webinars and links to register can be found  here.
CHCANYS is Hiring: Navigator Program Supervisor and Bilingual Navigators in Ontario, Wayne, Yates Counties
CHCANYS is seeking to hire a Navigator Program Supervisor to manage and oversee Navigators in Upstate New York offering in-person enrollment assistance for affordable health coverage through the New York State of Health. Qualified candidates will have a minimum of five years of experience providing assistance to consumers and/or advocates on health insurance and health care access issues, two of which must have been in a leadership or supervisory role, among other qualifications. The position will be located in Albany or some other Upstate New York location, with frequent travel to Wayne, Yates, and Ontario counties. To review the full position announcement and for instructions on how to apply, click here .
 
CHCANYS is seeking to hire three bilingual (Spanish/English) Navigators to provide in-person enrollment assistance to consumers and small businesses in Ontario, Wayne and Yates counties through the New York State of Health. Navigators must have a valid NYS driver’s license, be available for occasional evening and weekend hours and will travel to various community locations in each of the relevant counties to provide enrollment services. Minimum of one year related experience providing assistance to consumers and/or advocates on health insurance and health care access issues. To review the full position announcement and for instructions on how to apply, click here .
CFOs: Save Time & Money
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 an expansive portfolio of vendors including employee screening, credentialing and compliance services, 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. Contact: rwynn@chcanys.org , pdubois@cwpurchasing.com or smason@cwpurchasing.com to schedule an appointment.