HRSA HIV/AIDS Open Opportunities

HRSA-13-202  HIV Care Grant Program Part B AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Emergency Relief Awards

HRSA-13-281  Supporting the Continuum of Care: Building Ryan White Program Grantee Capacity to Enroll Eligible Clients in Affordable Care Act Health Coverage Programs

CMS Compare website redesigned to help consumers search for physicians

CMS’ Physician Compare, a website that allows consumers to search and compare information about hundreds of thousands of physicians and other health care professionals, has been redesigned to make the site easier to use and provide new information for consumers.

Physician Compare was improved based on user and partner feedback, as part of improvements in the Affordable Care Act. The redesign includes new information on physicians, such as:

  • Information about specialties offered by doctors and group practices;
  • Whether a physician is using electronic health records;
  • Board certification; and
  • Affiliation with hospitals and other health care professionals.

Physician Compare is also now connected to the most consistently updated database so that consumers will find the most accurate and up-to-date information available. In 2014 quality data will be added, and this will help users choose a medical professional based on performance ratings.

Visit the Physician Compare website at http://www.medicare.gov/physiciancompare You can also go to www.medicare.gov and click on “Find doctors & other health professionals.”

You’re Invited – What to Expect with the Affordable Care Act

Join Appleseed and Enroll Nebraska on Thursday, July 25 at Urban Abbey for a Q&A on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and learn about Enroll Nebraska’s efforts to strengthen consumer outreach and enrollment.

Thursday, July 25
Urban Abbey Coffee Shop
1026 Jackson St, Omaha, NE
8:30 a.m. coffee & networking
9 a.m. presentation

Come learn about the health care law, how Nebraska is preparing for the implementation, and how the non-profit community can assist in outreach and enrollment for newly eligible populations. This is a great opportunity for the nonprofit community to learn how the ACA will affect the people they serve.

Have questions about the event? Contact Marcus Chaffee, Appleseed’s Economic Justice policy coordinator.

Starting October 1, 2013, nearly 200,000 Nebraskans will able to access a new health insurance Marketplace, which will provide a one-stop shop for consumers to compare and choose from various health care options, take advantage of available tax credits, or seek Medicaid coverage. This new Marketplace is a major component of health care reform, also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Organizations across Nebraska plan to raise awareness about the new health insurance Marketplace and enroll Nebraskans in the affordable health care options the Marketplace provides. To more effectively inform and enroll Nebraskans, many organizations have joined to create Enroll Nebraska. Enroll Nebraska is a collaborative effort aimed at providing tools and resources for organizations that plan to inform Nebraskans about the new options available for health insurance coverage.

Webinar: Affordable Care Act and Minority Health

July 26 1:00PM CDT

The National Conference of State Legislatures will be presenting on how the ACA will affect health outcomes for people of color in the United States. Register here!

National Health Center Week 3 Weeks Away!

National Health Center Week 2013 (NHCW), August 11-17, is just 26 days away!  Prepare now:

  • Post your health center’s NHCW event to the website (use the password: healthy)
  • Invite your elected officials to attend your event or visit your health center during NHCW – use our online tool to send an email invite to your Members of Congress
  • Let us know if any of your U.S. Senators or Representatives are attending your event – email grassroots@nachc.com
  • Order NHCW promotional materials now to ensure delivery in time for your event

Enroll America Offers Resources for Gearing Up Outreach & Enrollment

The Enroll America website at www.enrollamerica.org offers resources for you in gearing up for Outreach & Enrollment.  If you are looking for information to hand out NOW to your patients, this site has much to offer.  Some of the information offered:

  • Public Education Resources
  • In-Person Assistance Resources
  • Enroll America Webinars
  • Enroll America Publications

Some other helpful resources are listed below:

Health Insurance Marketplace video: http://kff.org/health-reform/video/youtoons-obamacare-video/

How Can Americans Get Help Enrolling in Health Coverage? http://files.www.enrollamerica.org/best-practices-institute/enroll-america-publications/Enrollment_Assisters_Fact_Sheet.pdf

Navigator and In-Person Assistance Programs: http://files.www.enrollamerica.org/best-practices-institute/enroll-america-publications/Navigator_and_IPA_factsheet_Jan2013.pdf

The redesigned website www.healthcare.gov provides outreach & enrollment information for the individual patient, families, and small businesses.

The Office of Minority Health lists new resources here:

For Providers & Professionals

For Consumers

Sign up for email or text updates

NACHC “Box” Resources for Outreach & Enrollment

If you have any materials that you are willing to share, please post them to NACHC’s Box. They are collecting materials on Outreach and Enrollment, Payment Reform, Medicaid Expansion, Exchanges. Sign-up for your free Box account.  NACHC recently added the following:

·         BPHC Outreach and Enrollment in Health Centers Part I Webinar Slides

DHHS Timely Filing Requirement for all Medicaid Claims

Effective September 1, 2013 The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Medicaid & Long-Term Care is implementing the change in the requirement for timely filing of all claims from one year to six months from date of servicePlease see provider bulletins published last year #12-35 of July, 2012, and #12-34 of November 2012, in regards to this pending change.

For claims questions regarding this provider bulletin or concerns about this information, please contact Bob Kane at bob.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-9382.  For policy questions in regards to this provider bulletin or concerns about this information, please contact Jane Athey at jane.athey@nerbraksa.gov or 402-471-9119.

To stay informed of future developments and/or provider bulletins published, please refer to the Recent Web Updates page on the website: http://dhhs.ne.gov/medicaid/pages/med_update.

Enroll America Webinar Replay – Making Enrollment Easier: New Guidance from CMS

On June 12th, Enroll America hosted a webinar with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities to take a deeper dive on five new enrollment strategies available to make enrollment easier for states. States can significantly reduce the number of uninsured residents they will need to reach through outreach and in-person application assistance efforts in 2014 by taking full advantage of these strategies to simplify and streamline enrollment. In case you missed it, a replay of the webinar is now available.

Marketplace Stakeholder Teleconference with HHS and CMS on The Nebraska Health Insurance Marketplace

Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am CDT

Register at http://cmsregion7himne2.eventbrite.com

Nanette Foster Reilly, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Consortium Administrator for Financial Management and Fee for Service Operations, and Stephene Moore, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Director invite partners & stakeholders to the second in a three-part series of teleconferences regarding the health insurance marketplace in Nebraska.  This call is part of the ongoing commitment by HHS and CMS to encourage public participation as it builds a new Health Insurance Marketplace in Nebraska.

This call is intended specifically for stakeholders in Nebraska where there will be a Federally Facilitated Marketplace.  We will give brief updates on the operational execution of the Marketplace including systems readiness, consumer support, and outreach.

The call will feature HHS and CMS Kansas City Regional Office officials followed by time for Q&A.  Speakers are:

·     Stephene Moore, Regional Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

·     Nanette Foster Reilly, Consortium Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Registration is required. Register at http://cmsregion7himne2.eventbrite.com.  You can also visit the CMS Open Door Forums website for links to registration and information on future calls.

For more information on the Health Insurance Marketplace, please visit our partner resource page at http://marketplace.cms.gov