NACHC Quality Training Offered in Iowa on March 27

Registration is now open for the Quality Transformation in an Age of New Health Care Models Training co-hosted  by the Iowa Primary Care Association (Iowa PCA) and National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) facilitated by Pete Townes, which will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, at the Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center in Johnston, Iowa.

In light of the enormous transformation underway in the country’s health care system, payers and regulators are increasingly focused on improving patient outcomes and keeping costs low.  With the changes and opportunities facing health centers, the onus falls to quality and performance improvement departments to ensure outcomes continue to improve.

The training is intended for quality directors and staff, clinic managers (medical and dental), and operations staff.

The online registration, hotel information, and agenda for the Quality Transformation in an Age of New Health Care Models Training is now available and is located here.  For more information visit our website at www.iowapca.org.

Please note:  registration is limited to the first 50 registrants!

 

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HRSA Offers Healthy Start Funding Opportunities

Three funding opportunities under HRSA’s Healthy Start Program have been reopened through Monday, March 31, 2014. For details and links to each Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), visit the Healthy Start technical assistance webpage at www.hrsa.gov/grants/apply/assistance/healthystart/.

Pending available funds, grants will be for an initial period of nine months – from September 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015, with the possibility of annual continuations thereafter for up to four years.

From closely examining best practices over Healthy Start’s 22 year history, the program is being redesigned to further increase accountability, efficiency and expand services to ultimately improve health outcomes.

All eligible organizations are encouraged to apply. Organizations that applied for the previous Healthy Start funding opportunities that closed in January 2014 may also apply. In particular, we are looking for organizations that:

  • Serve eligible communities in need of Healthy Start services based on perinatal indicators;
  • Demonstrate a track record and capacity for successfully performing Healthy Start activities, as described in the FOA; and
  • Are poised to engage in Healthy Start activities upon the potential receipt of funds in September.

If your organization is interested in applying, please:

NACHC Offers Webinar Series on Managed Care and Financial Concepts for Health Centers

In an effort to provide Health Center staff with the tools and training necessary to successfully navigate the transformed healthcare environment, NACHC will be conducting a two-part webinar series titled “Community Health Center Essentials”. The webinar series will help Health Center staff develop a better understanding of managed care and financial concepts that are vital to Health Center business operations. Click here for more information or to register for the webinars.

CMS Report Shows Almost 9 Million People Gained Medicaid or CHIP between October and January

As states have gained new opportunities to expand their Medicaid programs, more than 8.9 individuals were determined for Medicaid or CHIP through state agencies and state-based Marketplaces between October and January according to a CMS report released on February 28th. The report includes state-by-state data, and numbers do not include eligibility determinations made through the federally-facilitated Marketplaces. In some states the data includes renewals. Numbers will continue to increase as Medicaid enrollment continues past the March 31st Marketplace enrollment deadline and throughout the year.

Have You Recertified? March 14th is the Deadline for 340b!

Do you participate in the 340b program? Did you know the Office of Pharmacy Affairs (OPA) requires all 340b-covered entities to recertify their information each year in order to continue participating in the 340b program? The recertification has begun for Health Centers and it is absolutely critical that Health Centers recertify before the March 14th, 2014 deadline in order to continue participating in the 340b program. Please contact the 340b Prime Vendor Program with any questions on the recertification process.

Help your local small businesses – Spring 2014 Webinar dates for the ACA Act 101 presented by Small Business Administration (SBA)

Health care continues to be an important issue for small business owners.  The Small Business Administration and Small Business Majority are committed to helping businesses navigate the changes and opportunities in health care through the Affordable Care Act 101 webinar series.

Each week, small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in small business health insurance marketplaces. Other topics discussed include insurance reforms, the small business health care tax credit, and employer shared responsibility provisions.  SBA representatives help small business owners understand the facts of the Affordable Care Act so they can make informed decisions about providing health insurance for their employees.

The Affordable Care Act 101 takes place every Thursday at 1 PM CT (12noon MT). Below are the registration links for upcoming presentations. 

For more information on how the new health care law affects small businesses, check out www.businessusa.gov/healthcare. To find local help with the Health Insurance  Marketplace, visit https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/.

NHSC Loan Repayment Application Conference Call on Mar. 5

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
8:00 – 9:30 p.m. ET
Dial-in Number: 1-877-917-6902
Participant Passcode: 5854645

Do you have additional questions about the application process for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program? Please join them on their conference call, where NHSC staff will be on hand to provide helpful answers about the application process.

Prospective applicants are also encouraged to view the recorded NHSC Loan Repayment Application and Program Guidelines Webcast and the helpful application checklist.

HRSA Requests for Grant Reviewers

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): Call for new and experienced grant reviewers with expertise in health professions training, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, organ transplantation, primary care for under-served people, and rural health. Grant reviewers help HRSA select the best programs from competitive groups of applicants. Learn more.

Coverage Options for Immigrants in the Marketplace

There are new coverage options for immigrants in the Marketplace that are worth reviewing as the March 31st deadline for open enrollment approaches. “Lawfully present” immigrants within eligible income categories may be able to purchase health insurance in the federal or state-run exchanges, and receive tax credits, without the Medicaid eligibility restriction of a five-year waiting period.  States also have the option to eliminate the eliminate the five-year wait for Medicaid or CHIP coverage for otherwise eligible children and pregnant women, but not for other adults. Learn more about this issue on the NACHC Policy Shop blog.

Health Care Tax Tips Released

HHS has announced the launch of Health Care Tax Tips.  Seven new health care tax tips have been posted on IRS.gov at this link:  http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Health-Care-Tax-Tips2

The tips cover the following topics:

  • HC-TT-2014-01 – IRS Reminds Individuals of Health Care Choices for 2014 ─ Find out what you need to know about how health care choices you make for 2014 may affect your taxes.
  • HC-TT-2014-02 – The Health Insurance Marketplace – Learn about Your Health Insurance Coverage Options – Find out about getting health care coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
  • HC-TT-2014-03 – The Premium Tax Credit ─ Learn the basics of the Premium Tax Credit, including who might be eligible and how to get the credit.
  • HC-TT-2014-04 – The Individual Shared Responsibility Payment – An Overview ─ Provides information about types of qualifying coverage, exemptions from having coverage, and making a payment if you do not have qualifying coverage or an exemption.
  • HC-TT-2014-05 – Three Timely Tips about Taxes and the Health Care Law ─  Provides tips that help with filing the 2013 tax return, including information about employment status, tax favored health plans and itemized deductions.
  • HC-TT-2014-06 – Four Tax Facts about the Health Care Law for Individuals ─ Offers basic tips to help people determine if the Affordable Care Act affects them and their families, and where to find more information.
  • HC-TT-2014-07 – Changes in Circumstances can affect your Premium Tax Credit ─ Learn the importance of reporting any changes in circumstances that involve family size or income when advance payments of the Premium Tax Credit are involved.