Reminder: Critical Actions to Successfully Submit to Grants.gov

There are several critical actions you must take to ensure competitive Health Center Program applications can be submitted successfully.  First, your organization must have an active SAM.gov registration at the time of application submission.  Second, you must have an active AOR (Authorized Organization Representative) in Grants.gov that is approved to submit an application.  As a matter of HHS grants policy, without a current SAM.gov registration and a registered AOR, your application will be rejected in grants.gov without further consideration.

Health Center Program Update Regarding Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages

Health centers will see a new term added to their NoAs beginning in April 2014 regarding recognition of same-sex marriages legally entered into in a U.S. jurisdiction that recognizes their marriage, including one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory, or in a foreign country so long as that marriage would also be recognized by a U.S. jurisdiction, and will need to review and revise, as needed, internal health center policies along with implementing procedures and training materials to reflect this recognition.  These internal policies may include but are not limited to: personnel policies, sliding fee discount program policies, and conflict of interest policies.

As an example of how same-sex spouse/marriage recognition may relate to Health Center Program regulations at 42 CFR 51c.304(b)(4) and 42 CFR 56.304(b)(4), conflict of interest policies must, at a minimum, require that no member of the board shall be an employee of the health center, or spouse, child, parent, brother, or sister by blood or marriage of such an employee.  Regardless of whether the health center includes the term “spouse” in its conflict of interest policies related to board members, health centers must ensure that this restriction is applied to same-sex spouses.  In addition, HRSA will apply pertinent Health Center Program requirements, including those relating to sliding fee scale and conflict of interest, consistent with this interpretation.  If you have any questions related to this message, please contact your BPHC Project Officer.

Accelerating the Dissemination and Implementation of PCOR Findings into Primary Care Practice

Accelerating the Dissemination and Implementation of PCOR Findings into Primary Care Practice (RFA-HS-14-008) FOA will fund eight regional cooperatives to assist primary care practices build capacity for the implementation of PCOR findings in clinical care.

Letters of intent are due May 23, 2014 and applications are due to Grants.gov by 5:00pm, July 3, 2014 for FOAs.

View all HRSA open grant opportunities.

 

Using Evidence-Based Resources for Rural Health on May 7

Event: Using Evidence-Based Resources for Rural Health
When: Wednesday 7 May 2014, 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada) (Please note that Daylight Saving Time (+01:00 hr) is in effect during this time)
Audio Conference Details: Conference Number(s):

Speaker Line : 1-866-952-7670

To register now, please visit the following link:

https://globalprairie.adobeconnect.com/ahrq-evi-rural/event/registration.html

To know more about the event, please visit our website:

https://globalprairie.adobeconnect.com/ahrq-evi-rural/event/event_info.html

Protecting Our Children From Home Health Hazards: Information for Primary Care Providers on Lead Poisoning and Asthma on May 8

Date: May 8th, 2014, 11:30-12:30pm CDT (10:30-11:30am MDT)

REGISTER AT: http://bit.ly/HHWebinarRegistration
Webinar Login: http://bit.ly/HealthyHomesWebinar, click “Join” and follow instructions 

Call in-information: 1. Call conference number, US Toll Free 1-888-680-0812, 2. Enter the conference code: 700 286 1381
For questions contact: Veronica Tinney, 202-471-4829, vtinney@cnmc.org

3RNet Places 1,619 Health Professionals in Rural and Underserved Areas

National nonprofit adds $978 million in economic impact, helps add 22,494 jobs  

3RNet members have totaled how many health professionals they were able to place in rural or underserved communities over the last year, and the results are impressive.

3RNet is a national nonprofit network that works through its 53 members to help rural and underserved areas find health care professionals looking for jobs. Members recently completed a survey to help the organization compile how many professionals were placed in communities through their efforts.

From October 2012 through September 2013, 3RNet members were able to refer candidates to health care facilities 290,557 times and they successfully placed 1,619 health professionals in rural or underserved communities across the country. 

“Placing over 1,600 health care professionals across the country means that rural and underserved communities are healthier and more viable. We could not place so many qualified professionals without the expertise and hard work of our national network of members. These numbers really speak to our strength as an organization of dedicated people who understand the importance of educating health professionals on the communities they work in everyday,” said Mike Shimmens, executive director for 3RNet.

According to the National Center for Rural Health Works, the average economic impact of a rural primary care physician is anywhere from $1 to $1.8 million, and on average hiring a physician results in adding 23 other jobs.

Using these numbers for physician placements only, 3RNet members were able to add $978 million in economic impact and 22,494 jobs to rural and underserved communities nationwide.

“Our mission is to improve rural and underserved areas by helping them find physicians and other health care providers,” said Shimmens. “We have always known the work our members do is worth so much in so many ways. Seeing their impact on local economies and with job growth is extremely satisfying.” 

Physicians specializing in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and internal medicine/pediatrics were the most-placed, and dentists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, psychologists, and social workers were the most-placed non-physician health professionals on the 3RNet site during this time frame.

To learn more about 3RNet and their members, visit www.3rnet.org.

AAFP Releases Joint Principles on BH/PCMH Integration

The AAFP recently joined five other national family medicine organizations to release “Joint Principles: Integrating Behavioral Health Care Into the Patient-Centered Medical Home.”(www.annfammed.org )Published in the March/April Annals of Family Medicine, the new document complements the Joint Principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and was created to address bringing behavioral health into the PCMH model. To access the full article, click on the following link http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140402behavhealthprinciples.html

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The Community Guide for Community Health Centers on May 12

Time: 12noon to 1:00 pm Central (11am to 12noon Mountain)

Join us on this webinar as we highlight The Guide to Community Preventive Services, or “The Community Guide,” and hear from one health center that used The Community Guide to improve their patients’ cancer screening rates.  Developed to complement the US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations, The Community Guide is a web-based resource that includes recommendations on evidence-based interventions to improve community health. The Community Guide can be used by health centers to develop evidence-based systems of population management, to support care planning and coordination, and to build partnerships with public health agencies and community resources.  This webinar is co-sponsored by the Public Health Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and NACHC.  Click here to register.  For more information, contact Caryn Bernstein.

FTCA Deeming Deadline Approaching

A new Program Assistance Letter (PAL) released by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), details the process by which Health Centers must submit Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) applications for 2015. You can access the PAL here. Deeming applications are due by Friday, May 23rd.

NACHC Submits Comments on Navigator Proposed Rule

On April 21st NACHC submitted comments on a CMS proposed rule addressing a multitude of requirements applicable to health insurance issuers and the Affordable Insurance Exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). NACHC’s comments focused on the provisions of the proposed rule relating to Navigators, non-Navigator assistance personnel, and certified application counselors. Thanks to all who provided information about the impact of these rules in your states. For a summary of NACHC’s comments and the proposed rule, check out NACHC’s  Policy Shop blog.