CMS Announces Accountable Health Communities Funding Opportunity to Improve Community Linkages to Address SDOH

Over a five-year period, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) will implement and evaluate a three-track Accountable Health Communities Model based on emerging evidence that addressing health-related socials needs through enhanced clinical-community linkages can improve health outcomes and reduce costs. Each track features interventions of varying intensity that link beneficiaries with community services (from referrals to actual alignment). For more information, see https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/ahcm

NACHC strongly
encourages health centers, PCAs, and HCCNs to apply! If your organization is
considering an application or have any questions, please let us know! Email
Michelle Proser at
mproser@nachc.org.

CMS Announces Accountable Health Communities Funding Opportunity to Improve Community Linkages to Address SDOH

The Accountable Health Communities Model is based on emerging evidence that addressing health-related socials needs through enhanced clinical-community linkages can improve health outcomes and reduce costs. Over a five-year period, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) will implement and evaluate a three-track model based on promising service delivery approaches. Each track features interventions of varying intensity that link beneficiaries with community services (from referrals to actual alignment).

CMMI will award a total of 44 cooperative agreements to successful applicants to implement the Accountable Health Communities model through one of the three tracks in partnership with state Medicaid agencies, clinical delivery sites, and community service providers.

NACHC strongly encourages health centers, PCAs, and HCCNs to apply!  If your organization is considering an application, please let us know!  Email Michelle Proser at mproser@nachc.org

Learn more!  A link to the funding announcement can be found here. CMMI will host webinars on January 21st and 27th to provide more information about this opportunity.  CMMI staff will also speak on a January 20th webinar  hosted by the American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute, Trust For America’s Health and its Dialogue4Health.  Finally, the CMS Low Income Access Open Door Forum will discuss this funding opportunity on February 18th from 2-3 pm EST.

HRSA Conference Call to review recent news, the HRSA grant process, and answer questions about EHBs on Tues., Nov. 3 at 12noon-2pm CT (11am-1pm MT) or on Wed., Nov. 4 at 8:30-10:30am CT (7:30am-9:30am MT)

The HRSA electronic grants administration system known as Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) is an important tool for administering your HRSA grant(s). The EHB enables you to efficiently submit and retrieve HRSA grant information electronically.

To ensure that all HRSA grantees are informed, the grants office is conducting two conference calls to review recent news, the HRSA grants process, and to answer your questions. Each conference call will include the same introduction and review of slides followed by a question and answer session. HRSA experts will be available on each conference call to answer your questions. There is no need for you to participate in more than one conference call and you do not need computer access during the call.

Conference Call Dates/Times: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EASTERN TIME) Wednesday, November 4, 2015 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. (EASTERN TIME) Conference call number for both sessions: 888-469-2187 International call number for both sessions: 1-630-395-0290 The passcode for both international and domestic callers is: 1181506

The first portion of the conference call will refer to the slide presentation. You may wish to have these in front of you during the conference call, although it is not required. Please click here to download the presentation: HRSA Grantee Conference Call and Q&A November 2015. The calls are recorded and uploaded on the HRSAs website, typically within a week, and will be available for 60 days. The HRSA team looks forward to working with you to efficiently manage all your grant needs.

Capital Link Affiliate Receives NMTC Allocation: Health Centers with Capital Project Plans Should Act Now!

The latest round of New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) awards was announced this morning by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). The 76 Community Development Entities (CDEs) that received these awards are actively seeking projects to finance, including near-term health center expansions and renovations!

We are happy to announce that Capital Link’s affiliate organization, Community Health Center Capital Fund (Capital Fund), was awarded a $25 million NMTC allocation, for which Capital Link clients will be prioritized. This award should greatly streamline the NMTC financing process for Capital Link clients and provide a new avenue for accelerating projects that are eligible for funding.

The NMTC program is an important financing resource for health centers because it provides a source of equity for projects that would be otherwise unaffordable. Its flexible use also pairs well with HRSA and other capital grant sources, further driving down the cost of capital for health centers. But obtaining credits from a CDE with an allocation is a highly-competitive and complex process! Capital Link has extensive knowledge of this process and, to date, has structured 43 NMTC transactions totaling $552 million for health centers. We are delighted to be able to collaborate with Capital Fund and other CDEs to assist health centers in accessing this critical funding source.

We welcome the opportunity to work with you to structure a financing that will be most advantageous to your health center’s needs—utilizing credits from Capital Fund or other CDEs. To learn more, please contact Mark Lurtz, Senior Director of Marketing and Project Consulting at mlurtz@caplink.org or 636-244-3082 or Mary Ann Wayne, Director of Loan Programs, Community Health Center Capital Fund at mwayne@caplink.org or 617-988-2230.

For more information about the NMTC program and how it works, click here to access our Spotlight on Capital Resources: New Markets Tax Credits publication and our recently released Spotlight on Capital Resources: New Markets Tax Credit Program Update.

 

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program opens Jan. 2015 – Have your facility eligibility reviewed Nov. 6-Dec. 2, 2014

The next NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Application Cycle is expected to open in January 2015. To expedite the application review process, potential applicants and facility administrators are encouraged to have the eligibility of their current facility location reviewed for participation in the NURSE Corps LRP Eligible NURSE Corps sites or Critical Shortage Facilities (CSFs) are defined as a health care facility located in, designated as, or serving a mental health or primary medical care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).

Potential applicants and facility administrators may submit their facility information to CSF_Request@hrsa.gov beginning November 6 through December 2, 2014. Notification of facility eligibility will be confirmed by December 31, 2014 via email.

When submitting a health care facility to the NURSE Corps LRP for consideration, please provide the following information:
1. Name of the facility and its specific location (i.e., satellite facility cannot use main facility address)
2. Full mailing address of the facility including street address, City, State, and Zip code (Do not use P.O. Box)
3. Facility profit status; Refer to pages 8-9 of the 2014 NURSE Corps LRP APG for a complete list of eligible facilities.

If you have any questions about this process, you may contact our Customer Care Center at 1-800-221-9393 Monday through Friday (except Federal holidays), 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET.

Benefits Enrollment Center Grants from the National Council on Aging’s Center for Benefits Access – Due Nov. 21

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)

GRANT INVITATION AND GRANT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

ISSUED BY:

The National Council on Aging’s Center for Benefits Access

Released October 27, 2014

Funding Opportunity Title: Benefits Enrollment Center Grants

Grant Interest Area: All eligible agencies are encouraged to apply. We are most interested in geographic areas without a current Benefit Enrollment Center and with a large number of Medicare beneficiaries with incomes under 150% of the Federal poverty level. Please use this map to identify those areas https://public.tableausoftware.com/views/CenterforBenefitsAccess/Eligible?:embed=y&:display_count=no

Key Dates: Optional Letter of Intent due November 21, 2014 at 5pm ET

Application submission due December 12, 2014 at 5pm ET  

Funding Opportunity Description

Summary

The Center for Benefits Access (the Center) at the National Council on Aging (NCOA) will provide up to 10 grants for a 15-month period to selected organizations for the implementation of Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs). BECs use person-centered strategies in a coordinated, community-wide approach to find and enroll Medicare beneficiaries—both seniors aged 65+ years and adults living with disabilities, aged 21-64, who have limited income and resources—into available benefits, with the primary focus being on the following benefits programs:

 Medicare Part D Extra Help (or Low-Income Subsidy, LIS)

 Medicare Savings Programs (MSP)

 Medicaid

 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps)

 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

 

Applicants also have the option of including other benefits in their proposal, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), State Pharmacy Assistance Program (SPAP), state property tax relief, pharmaceutical assistance programs, state tax credits, and other programs.

Organizations eligible to apply for BEC grants include state or community-based nonprofit organizations, government agencies, faith-based organizations, and coalitions addressing the needs of older adults and younger adults with disabilities. Organizations that have been funded in the past as BECs are not eligible for this award.

Up to 10 grants of up to $100,000 each will be awarded to selected organizations. Organizations must be able to provide application assistance to 1,100 individuals for all core benefits for which they are eligible during the 15-month period. Applicants are required to match 15% of their funding under this grant through a cash or in-kind match.

An optional informational webinar for interested parties is scheduled for November 17, 2014. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete a simple notice of intent by November 21, 2014. A link to complete the application will be sent to those who submit notice. Others will need to email NCOA at BECproposals@ncoa.org to receive the application link. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. EST on December 12, 2014.

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.

FY 2014 Health Center Expanded Services (ES) Supplemental Funding TA Call recording now available

The recording and transcript of the ES Supplemental Funding Opportunity technical assistance call held June 6, 2014 are now available.  Please continue to check the ES TA website for updated materials, including new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Integration of HIV Prevention and Medical Care into Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Programs for Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations at High Risk for Behavioral Health Disorders and HIV Funding Opportunity Announcment (FOA)

SAMHSA has released this FOA to to integrate care for racial/ethnic minority populations at high risk for behavioral health disorders and high risk for or living with HIV. The grant will fund programs that provide coordinated and integrated services through the co-location of behavioral health treatment and HIV medical care.

View more information on this FOA.  

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.