SAMSHA-HRSA Webinar: Screening for Viral Hepatitis within Behavioral Health Organizations on July 9

Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 2:30pm – 4:00pm, ET. This webinar will highlight practices for the effective identification, treatment, and prevention of viral hepatitis. Topic areas will include epidemiology, public health and psychological issues, and strategies for outreach and patient engagement in treatment.  Learn more and register for the webinar. View all BPHC technical assistance resources.

Scope Alignment Validation (SAV) June 30 – July 23

SAV is a one-time opportunity for health centers to view their scope of project in the updated Form 5A: Services and Form 5B: Service Sites and to make limited allowable updates in EHB. SAV opens in EHB on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 12:00am, ET and closes on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 5:00pm, ET.

2014 Health Center Quality Awards: PCMH Recognition

HRSA has announced the availability of funds for health centers that have been recognized as PCMH by Thursday, July 1, 2014.  HRSA will award the supplemental base awards to health centers based on information on the PCMH Webpage. Please check the PCMH Webpage to verify that your health center’s information is correct no later than Friday, July 11, 2014. View more information on the awards.

DHHS Mandatory Changes to School Health Screenings for NE Public Schools Starting 2014-2015 School Year

New school health screening regulations go into effect July 1, 2014 for the 2014-2015 school year. Highlights include:

  • Children in grades Pre-K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 10 will receive school health screenings instead of all students.
  • Required screenings will also include height, weight and BMI in addition to vision, hearing and dental.
  • A variety of people help perform health screenings in Nebraska schools including licensed health care professionals and volunteers. All screeners must meet certain competency requirements to perform a health screening.
  • Schools can conduct school health screenings throughout the school year versus only the first quarter.

The goal of these changes is to help improve and assure quality practices for school health screenings.

If a student’s health screening shows a need for further evaluation, the school will send a written notice to parents. All school health screening information is protected by state confidentiality laws and will be stored securely in the student’s personal record.

If a student has a physical exam with his/her physician that includes school health screening information,  the screening won’t have to be repeated if a parent or guardian provides the school with a statement signed by a health care provider stating the child had the required screening. The physician’s office health screening must be within the six months prior to the school’s scheduled health screening.

For more information about school health screenings go to: http://dhhs.ne.gov/SchoolHealth or call 402-471-0196.

Upcoming 340B Drug Discount Program Events

Back by popular demand, NACHC will once again be hosting a 340B University at the Community Health Institute in San Diego on August 23rd, 2014.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about Health Centers and their use of the 340B Program.  Space is limited, so sign up today.  Health Centers and NACHC will also be participating in the Annual 340B Coalition Conference in July in Washington, DC.  See the NACHC website Policy Shop blog for more information on both of these exciting events.

National Health Center Week Nebraska Event List UPDATED – More Events!

August 6-8, 2014

Omaha

OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc.

OneWorld is hosting its Annual Back-to-School Bash for children at three locations, all in Omaha. On August 6 from 2pm-4pm, the Bash will be at OneWorld’s West Clinic, 4101 S. 120th St.  On August 7 from 2pm-4pm, the Bash will be at OneWorld’s Northwest Clinic, 4229 N. 90th St.  On August 8 from 11am-2pm, the final Back to School Bash will be at OneWorld’s Main Campus, 4920 South 30th Street.  They will have children’s activities, demonstrations, crafts, a bounce house for children, food, entertainment and Dora the Explorer.

August 10, 2014

Omaha

Charles Drew Health Center

Interview with Charles Drew Health Center President & CEO Kenny McMorris on “Heartland Focus” on WOWT at 6:00am.

August 11, 2014

Omaha

Charles Drew Health Center

MCH Outreach & Recruitment at 9am – 11am.  Pediatric Dental Outreach & Recruitment at 1pm-3pm.

August 12, 2014

Norfolk

Midtown Health Center

Midtown is hosting “A Healthy You Luau” in their parking lot from 4:00-7:00pm at 302 W. Phillip Avenue in Norfolk, Nebraska.  They will have a bounce house for children, Aquaventure passes, food, games and prizes.

Omaha

Charles Drew Health Center

Elected Official Tour – US Senate Candidate Dave Domina at 9am-11am.

Fitness Outreach & Recruitment for FREE Patient Walking Club and Zumba Classes at 1pm-3pm.

August 13, 2014

Omaha

Charles Drew Health Center

All Staff Lunch at 11:30am-1pm with games, prizes, incentive gifts.

Elected Official Tour – Gubernatorial Candidate Chuck Hassebrook at 1pm.

Elected Official Tour – Congressman Lee Terry at 3pm.

August 14, 2014

Omaha

Charles Drew Health Center

Healthy Eating Demonstration at 1pm-3pm.

Elected Official Tour – State Senator Brad Ashford at 2pm.

Council Bluffs, Iowa

HCAN Associate Member – All Care Health Center

4th Annual Fundraiser Breakfast will be held from 7:30-9am at the Senior Center Ballroom, 714 South Main Street, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503.

August 15, 2014

Omaha

Charles Drew Health Center

Pediatric Dental Outreach & Recruitment at 9am-11am.  Healthy Eating Demonstration at 1pm-3pm.

 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed new Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) resources, including factsheets for parents, educators, and healthcare providers. Share these resources to raise awareness and spread knowledge about CFS.

Measuring Comprehensiveness of Primary Care: Past, Present, and Future Webinar on June 27 at 10:45am – 12:30pm CT (9:45am – 11:30am MT)

Comprehensiveness of primary care refers to the extent to which primary care clinicians who are part of primary care teams recognize and meet the majority of each patient’s physical and mental health care needs. These needs include prevention and wellness, acute care, chronic care, and managing multiple conditions. Comprehensive primary care is associated with increased equity and efficiency in health care, improved care continuity, and less fragmentation. However, a growing body of evidence suggests that the past decades have seen a decline in the comprehensiveness of primary care across the country. Given this decline, measuring primary care comprehensiveness is an emerging priority for the health research, policy, and care delivery communities.

On June 27, Mathematica’s Center on Health Care Effectiveness (CHCE) will host a forum from 11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (ET) at our Washington, DC, office or via webinar to discuss past, present, and potential future efforts to measure comprehensiveness and improve patient-centered primary care. We will cover topics such as:

Prior efforts to measure comprehensiveness in primary care
Developing measures of comprehensiveness using survey data, claims, and clinical data
Challenges to measuring comprehensiveness and directions for future research

 

Eugene Rich, CHCE’s director, will open the forum, followed by a presentation by Ann O’Malley, a senior fellow at Mathematica.

Our panel of experts also includes:
Bob Phillips, Vice President of Research and Policy, American Board of Family Medicine
Jan Genevro; Lead; Primary Care Implementation Team; Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships; Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Laura Sessums, Director, Division of Advanced Primary Care, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation

 

For more information, please contact chce@mathematica-mpr.com

To register, go here.

HCAN CAC Conference to be held Thursday, June 26 in Lincoln

The CAC Conference will be Thursday, June 26th from about 8:30-5pm at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Lincoln, NE. This one day conference will allow all the CACs from around the state to network, reflect on the past open enrollment, and begin planning for the next open enrollment period. There will be CACs from all 7 health centers in attendance for this very productive conference.

Registration is now closed. If you have any questions, please contact Keshia Bradford at 402-933-3519 or kbradford@hcanebraska.org.

National Health Center Week planning resources available!

National Health Center Week 2014 – Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Local Engines for Healthier Communities ­­– is coming up fast (August 10th-16th). Now is the time to start planning and POSTING your events for this year’s celebration. Access tools and resources on the NHCW website including best practices to recruit local event sponsors, event ideas, fact sheets, and media tools and templates. Be sure to check out the NHCW Store to order event items and giveaways for your celebrations – NHCW t-shirts will be 15% off from June 23rd to June 30th! Get started today to make sure your NHCW celebration is a success – post event information on the NHCW website today. The password to post events is: healthy.