State Legislative Wrap-up
State lawmakers wrapped up a volatile session that saw a flurry of late-night activity before they headed for their home districts on Friday, June 21. Below is a quick wrap-up of legislation that CHCANYS had been following, along with information on what did and did not make the final cut.

New NYS Law Eliminating Non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions
Lawmakers did their part to put a stop to the worst measles outbreak since 1992, passing legislation removing non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements for children. The legislation, signed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on June 13, requires children who previously received religious exemptions from vaccination requirements to receive the first dose of required vaccines by June 28, 2019 to remain in school or day care. By July 14, 2019 parents or guardians must be able to demonstrate that they have made appointments for all required follow-up doses.
 
The following bills were not passed this Legislative session. However, CHCANYS supports these bills and will continue to advocate for them in next year’s legislative sessions.
  • A.7977 (Gottfried)/S.6376 (Rivera): As a result of last year’s sale of Fidelis to Centene, the State collected $2B in the form of a “Health Care Transformation Fund” (not to be confused with the Health Care Facility Transformation Fund, otherwise known as Capital Funding). A portion of the Health Care Transformation Fund was used to fund increases in hospital and nursing home reimbursement rates under Medicaid. A.7977/S6376 propose that at least 25% of the remaining funds be allocated to community-based providers – an amount of about $125M each year for 4 years. A copy of CHCANYS’ memo in support is available here

  • A.5248 (Gottfried)/S.3577 (Rivera): Enacts the New York State Health Act, which would establish a single payer health care system in NYS. A copy of CHCANYS’ memo in support is available here.
 
  • A.7213 (Fahy)/S.5093 (Stavisky): Requires that in conjunction with each triennial registration, certain professionals must provide to the NYS Department of Education census information regarding their professional medical activities. The intent of this legislation is to provide a better gauge of healthcare workforce demands in New York State. This legislation passed in the Senate, but was not brought to a vote in the Assembly.

Funding Cliff Looms
Summer is here, school is out, and thoughts are turning to fun in the sun. As you slather on the sunscreen and hit the beach, keep an eye on the funding cliff looming on the horizon. The deadline   for Congress to pass funding legislation is   September 30. Before you head for summer vacation, we are asking you to take some time to contact your Members of Congress to ask for their support on the following legislation.
 
S. 106/ H.R. 2328, Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence (CHIME) Act of 2019
Introduced by Sens. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) in the Senate and Reps. Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) in the House, the CHIME ACT extends the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF) for five years, starting at $4.2 billion with $200 million increases each year. It also extends the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) for five years, starting at $325 million with $15 million increases each year. For a list of current co-sponsors in the Senate click   here , House co-sponsors click   here . If your representatives have not yet signed on,   take action !
 
Visit NACHC's   Cliff Corner -a guide to the resources and information you need to help fix the Health Center Funding Cliff.
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. 
  • 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!
Don't forget to let CHCANYS and NACHC know about your events by submitting an event form - NACHC helps to link health centers with sponsors who may be willing to fund their events. W e look forward to celebrating with you!  

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Hannah Woodman, hwoodman@chcanys.org .
CHCANYS19 Register Now!
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.
Save the Date: 2019 Jeffrey T. Latman Family Day at the Races
Please hold Saturday September 21, 2019 for this year’s CHCANYS / Jeffrey T. Latman Family Day at the Races at Belmont Racetrack. While CHCANYS fully anticipates that this event will take place as scheduled, ongoing construction at the Belmont Race Track has delayed the publication of the New York Racing Association’s (NYRA’s) 2019 Fall Racing calendar. Official invitations will go out as soon as we receive final confirmation from NYRA.
Show Us Your PRIDE!
June is Pride Month – and we want you to show us your pride! If yo ur h ealth 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 .

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! 
Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center: Out of the Shadows
The Addabbo Family Health Center hosted its first LGBT+ event to remove stigma around expressing sexual identity and accessing care. The event was hosted by the center’s Special Care Department, dedicated to sexual health and social services.
 
Addabbo Family Health Center will also host a block party for the LGBT community on July 13. Participants can expect giveaways, refreshments, music, free HIV and Hep C testing and more information on PrEP, a medication that helps prevent contracting HIV.
 
Click here for more Pride month photos and to share photos from your event.

Mandatory Critical Asset Survey through Health Commerce System
The New York State Department of Health (SDOH) has requested that all federally-qualified health centers submit their information on the 2019 Critical Asset Survey (CAS), which has been activated in state’s Health Commerce System (HCS).
 
CAS is a questionnaire, designed to identify each health center's emergency preparedness capabilities, equipment, special attributes, and emergency resources. Survey results will also provide important information regarding health center assets and needs in the event of a catastrophic accident or health emergency. This survey is critical to the SDOH and its planning partners. You can preview this CAS here .
 
Your designated staff member with access to the Healthcare Emergency Response Data System (HERDS) module in HCS, must complete the survey before July 15, 2019 (the deadline has been extended). Please note that SDOH has also released an official Dear-Administrator-Letter (DAL) regarding this survey which you can access here
If you have any questions, please contact emteam@chcanys.org .
 
NY Medicaid Population Health Symposium in NYC on November 18-19, 2019
The Department of Health will be hosting the NY Medicaid Population Health Symposium at the Grand Hyatt in New York City on November 18-19. The symposium will provide a forum to share the perspectives and insight of the DSRIP Performing Providers Systems, Physical and Behavioral Health Providers, Managed Care Organizations, and community organizations addressing the Social Determinants of Health. Health centers are invited to respond to the call for session and poster presentations to showcase successes in delivery system design and population health improvement, movement towards health equity, and the transition to value based payment. Responses are due July 17, 2019. Click here  to respond or for more information.
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 .

CPI Nonviolent Crisis Intervention 1-day Workshop coming to Albany
We still have a few spots left for a great training opportunity – Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® 1-day Training . Please note that this training is available exclusively to CHCANYS organizational FQHC members.
 
About This Training : CHCANYS staff have been certified to teach the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) hands-on training on Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® techniques. Developed by CPI, this training is an internationally recognized behavior management program that has proven effective in managing disruptive and assaultive individuals. The goal of the program is to give you the skills to provide the best possible Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security for staff and those in your care, even during crisis situations. To learn more about CPI, click here .
Registration and Additional Information : Click here and see the attached flyer as well.
Register Now! Diving In: 340B Complexities with Hudson Headwaters- July 24 at 1pm
Join CHCANYS and   Hudson Headwaters 340B    as we dive into the complex waters of the 340B Program. This intermediate level webinar will cover the challenges presented in the current environment, tools for utilizing 340B clinic administered drugs, effective referral management, and an overview of the managed Medicaid carve in process. There is no cost to address by registration is required. Register here .
 
You can also register here to watch the previous webinar, Staying Afloat: 340B Program Fundamentals , on-demand.
 
Reminder: Quarterly 340B Site Registration Opens July 1-15 Contact apexusanswers@340Bpvp.com  or call 888.340.BPVP (888.340.2787)  for more information.
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.
 
Upcoming Webinars on Improving EHR Usability and Safety
Join us in July for a free webinar series presented by CHCANYS in collaboration with Medstar Health to learn about how health centers can improving EHR usability and safety regardless of the vendor.
  • Webinar #1 – July 9, 2pm-3pm – Introduction to human factors and EHR usability concepts and its relation to clinician burnout and patient safety. Methods for identifying such issues will be discussed.
  • Webinar #2 – July 16, 2pm-3pm - Techniques and tools that FQHCs can use to address EHR usability issues within health center capacity. Different case scenarios will be reviewed.
 
Target Audience: Health IT, Quality Improvement Staff, CMOs, and CIOs of FQHCs exploring alternative methods to optimize their EHRs. Click here to get started, this link will register you for both webinars. Please use the same login on both dates. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the NYS-HCCN at hccn@CHCANYS.org
 
New Home Environmental Assessment Service for NYC Residents with Asthma
The NYC Health Department is providing free environmental assessments in the homes of children and adults who are diagnosed with asthma and have mold and/or pests in the home. If pests, mold, or conditions conducive to pests or mold, are identified by the Health Department during the home visit, the program will order the building owner to fix the problems, and follow up with them to make sure the problems are safely fixed.
 
Health care providers can refer a patient or client with persistent asthma and mold and/or pests to the Health Department by filling out an Asthma Referral form either online through the CIR (Citywide Immunization Registry), or by printing out the form and submitting it by fax. The NYC Health Department can also come and speak with your staff about this service. Call 646-632-6023 if you would like to request a presentation on the Asthma Home Assessment Program.
 
For more information about this program and related resources, visit the NYC Health Department’s Home Assessments for Asthma Triggers webpage. 
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.