MPCA eUpdate

January 8, 2018


MPCA Spring Clinical Conference Seeking Your Expertise

Our annual clinical conference will be here before you know it, and we're looking for your expertise! Follow the link below to submit a presentation application on quality improvement and data, infectious disease, or integrated health by Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. The conference planning committee is looking for presentations that document specific strategies or tools that may be applicable within other communities or other health care organizations.
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Health Center News

What Happens When Funding Runs Out? People Suffer.

Last week, Ruth Spalding, a social worker from MidMichigan Community Health Services, spoke to Michigan Radio contributor Jack Lessenberry about the plight of community health centers.

“Most people don’t know that the clinic they go to is a Federally Qualified Health Center that receives funding through the federal government,” Spalding said. “They don’t know we’re in danger of closing at some point. They just know they see their favorite doctor here and they see their favorite therapist here.”

Spalding highlighted the importance of access to care and continuity of care for the patients she sees, especially those who have “severe and persistent mental illness.” If funding cuts lead to reductions in services or site closures, those patients would have nowhere to go.
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State and National News

Congressional Budget Office Revises CHIP Cost Estimate

According to a memo released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Jan. 5, 2018, the Keep Kids’ Insurance Dependable and Secure Act of 2017 would only cost $0.8 billion, down from $8.2 billion. Why? It’s a little complex. Because of the elimination of the individual mandate under the GOP tax bill, approximately 13 million more people will be uninsured. With a smaller, potentially sicker risk pool, marketplace plan costs will go up. Without the mandate and with more expensive marketplace plans, many less privileged individuals may choose to insure only their children—effectively saving the government money. It’s also worth noting that this bill could be a likely vehicle for Health Center Program funding if the funding cliff is not resolved through other budget negotiations. To read the whole memo, go here.

CHAMPS Registration Required for Payment

Effective Jan. 1, 2018, all providers serving Michigan Medicaid beneficiaries must be screened and enrolled in the Michigan Medicaid program using the Community Health Automated Medicaid Processing System (CHAMPS). After March 1, 2018, providers who have not been screened and enrolled will no longer receive payments.
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What are Medical-Legal Partnerships?

The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnerships recently published a new brief, “Health Center-Based Medical Legal Partnerships: Where They Are, How They Work, and How They are Funded.” The issue brief describes how and where these partnerships operate and how state primary care associations are supporting these programs. It also discusses how health-center based medical-legal partnerships are financed, with a spotlight on four states that integrate financing for legal services in Medicaid payment arrangements.

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Michigan State Loan Repayment Application Materials Available

The Michigan State Loan Repayment Program (MSLRP) helps employers recruit and retain primary medical, dental, and mental health care providers — particularly in underserved areas. Selected individuals who enter into service obligation agreements (such as serving at a health center for two years) may be eligible to receive up to $200,000 in tax-free funds to repay their educational debt. The MSLRP application materials for FY19 are now available, and applications are due by February 9.
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MDHHS Releases RFI for Section 298 Initiative

The Section 298 Initiative is a statewide effort to improve the coordination of physical health services and behavioral health services in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will implement and test up to three pilot projects and a separate demonstration model in Kent County to test the integration of publicly-funded physical and behavioral health services. Interested applicants must submit their proposals by Feb. 13, 2018. 
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Nominations for 2018 CDC Childhood Immunization Champions Open

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is now accepting nominations for the 2018 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award! The CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award is an annual award that recognizes individuals who make a significant contribution toward improving public health through their work in childhood immunization.
Immunization champions can include coalition members, parent advocates, health care professionals (e.g., physicians, nurses, physicians’ assistants, nurse practitioners, and medical assistants), and other immunization leaders who meet the award criteria. The suggested nomination due date is Feb. 2, 2018. 
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Register Now — MPCA’s Legislative Forum is Coming!

Get your hats and mittens ready — it’s almost time to head to Lansing to tell our elected officials why Michigan’s health centers are so important! MPCA’s annual Legislative Day will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, following the MPCA annual board meeting and all-members meeting and dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. Check back for more updates!

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Registration is Open for the 2018 Social Determinants of Health Academy

The Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Academy is a six-month HRSA-funded virtual training series designed to help staff from health centers, health center controlled networks, and primary care associations develop, implement and sustain SDOH interventions in their clinics and communities. Designed and led by staff from 14 organizations—all HRSA-designated training and technical assistance hubs—the coordinated curriculum exposes participants to a range of SDOH strategies and community-based interventions in a single place, and covers everything from screening to implementation and practice transformation.

The Academy also provides an opportunity for health centers to engage in peer-learning and share their SDOH needs and work. Each month from January through June, the Academy offers a virtual training on a different SDOH topic and hosts corresponding virtual office hours where participants can ask questions and share their experiences. There is no formal application to participate; simply register for the sessions you wish to attend. Trainings are free for participants.
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Learn More About Medical-Legal Partnerships During Office Hours

Interested in learning more about Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLP) or considering implementing a program? The MPCA will be hosting office hours so that you can talk to experts from the National Center for Medical Legal Partnerships. Your team will be able to ask questions and learn from the experiences of others in the MLP field.  
  • January 10, 9:00–10:00 a.m. ET
  • February 14, 9:00–10:00 a.m. ET
  • March 14, 9:00–10:00 a.m. ET
There is no cost to attend. More details will be available soon!

Employee Spotlight

Every month we’ll be featuring an MPCA employee so that you can learn a little more about the people who are working for your success — and find the help you need, when you need it.

Charmaine Femster, Billing and Operations Specialist

As MPCA's billing and operations specialist, Charmaine’s day-to-day work includes providing technical assistance and billing support to member health centers. She also manages the Billing Network Listserv and functions as a liaison between health centers and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Provider Support team — especially concerning resolving Institutional Billing Policy errors and making cost reports simpler.

Charmaine has more than 20 years of experience in health care in both clinical and administrative areas. She’s served as a contractor providing revenue and operational auditing, clinical management, human resources, and corporate compliance support to a number of medical facilities. She also helped a local adult education center recreate their billing and clinical medical assistant curricula, giving the center the opportunity to offer the course as an associate degree program a year later.

When she’s not exploring new billing concepts or training opportunities, Charmaine runs a doggie daycare — starring her own two pooches, of course.

To get in touch with Charmaine, email or call 517.827.0878.
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