Building Blocks for Staffing Your PCMH: A NACHC 3-Part Webinar Series

Transformation to a PCMH requires that health centers evaluate and realign their current staffing models. This series, designed for individuals who are actively engaged in retention and recruitment activities within their organization, will explore three building blocks to assemble and strengthen the clinical workforce of a PCMH: the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), Integrated Care Teams, and Educational Health Centers.

Webinar 1: Maximizing Opportunities with the NHSC.  Conducted February 9.  Access the slides and audio-recording here in NACHC’s LiveLEARNING CENTER.

Webinar 2: Forming Your PCMH Team – How to Determine the Composition.  Conducted May 30.  Access the slides and audio-recording here in NACHC’s LiveLEARNING CENTER.

Webinar 3: So You Want to Educate Health Professionals at Your Health Center: What You Need to Know.  Conducted August 28.  Access the slides and audio-recording here in NACHC’s LiveLEARNING CENTER.

NACHC Summary of Medicare FQHC PPS Proposed Rule

Last week you read that CMS released its proposed rule on the development of the Medicare FQHC PPS.  NACHC has prepared a summary of the proposed rule that should help further explain the details of this new reimbursement methodology. NACHC is beginning to prepare its comments on this and they want to hear from you! Please send any thoughts, questions, or comments to Susan Sumrell.

NACHC Upcoming Trainings in Finance and Corporate Compliance

November 12-14, 2013 – Las Vegas, NV Financial, Operations Management/IT Conference (FOM/IT)

Registration now open! January 22-23, 2014 – Portland, OR NACHC Corporate Compliance Training

National Rural Health Association calls for Submissions of Best Practices

Your best practices from previous program implementations can offer insight into how to prepare for 2014. Here’s your chance to share your best practices at the national, state and local level by submitting them for the National Rural Health Task Force’s (NRTF) 2013 compendium.

The National Rural Health Task Force is a group of members of the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) and NACHC established in 2007 to “discuss rural issues, communication strategies and build partnerships to promote the long-term growth and sustainability of rural community and migrant health centers” through a cooperative agreement with the Office of Rural Health Policy at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

While NRHA will continue to accept submissions surrounding best practices and models for workforce development, technology, training, and quality improvement, it is planned that the 2013 compendium will be centered around preparing for and implementing the Affordable Care Act in 2014.  NRHA is specifically issuing a call for submissions of best practices/models surrounding education, outreach, enrollment, and provision of services during previous large insurance program implementations.   This could include state expanded Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Programs, and/or prescription coverage expansion.

Best practices will be incorporated in this year’s compendium that will be used to better inform community health center peers, other rural health providers, as well as local, state, and national rural health stakeholders, so please take a moment to fill out the template located on the Task Force webpage and return it to Laura Hudson at Hudson@NRHArural.org by October 11th.

CMS Gathering Personal Stories about ACA Impact

Over the next few months, CMS will be gathering personal stories and testimonials about the impact of the Affordable Care Act and enrolling the uninsured in health insurance.  We encourage you to submit stories from the people you serve.  Stories and testimonials can be submitted to champion@cms.hhs.gov   Please include “Health Insurance Testimonial” in the email subject line, as well as contact information if the story is personalized.   Many stories may be made generic.

BPHC Health Center Workforce Survey

Dear Health Center Colleagues,

As you’re aware, in October 2011, the President challenged health centers nationwide to hire 8,000 veterans – approximately one veteran per health center site.

With your help, we are tracking health center workforce trends every 6 months. I am writing to request your participation in the third brief survey to update us on your health center’s hiring efforts since March 11, 2013.  This data collection will enable us to provide the training and technical assistance needed to support health centers in efforts to recruit and retain both civilians and veterans. Health center participation in the survey is voluntary but we encourage all health centers to participate.

To complete the survey, please follow the web link below:

Work Force Recruitment in BPHC-Funded Health Centers

This survey will remain open for 3 weeks, closing on October 15th.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is committed to supporting health centers to effectively meet this challenge as well as addressing the primary health care needs of the nation’s underserved and vulnerable populations. As health centers seek to fill open positions, one growing pool of qualified candidates is returning veterans, many of whom have trained as health care providers and/or administrators during their time in the service.

Please visit our website for helpful recruitment and retention resources and note the veteran-focused job boards where health centers can post job opportunities under the Hire Veterans link and  other resources to  help with providing services and hiring veterans.

Thank you for your participation in this effort.

Sincerely,

James Macrae

Associate Administrator for Primary Health Care
Health Resources and Services Administration

FY 2013 Health Center Outreach & Enrollment Quarterly Reporting Training – Oct. 9 at 1pm CT

FY 2013 Health Center Outreach and Enrollment Quarterly Reporting TrainingWednesday, October 9th at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, CT (12noon – 1:00pm MT).  This technical assistance call will provide step-by-step guidance on how health centers will report progress on their outreach and enrollment activities.  Please dial into the audio line the day of the session using 1-888-282-0171; passcode 3354875.

Click here for more information on upcoming trainings or replay information.

NACHC Outreach & Enrollment Webinar on Oct. 10 – 3pm CDT

The NACHC Team

Join NACHC on Thursday, October 10th at 3:00 PM CT (2:00 PM MT) for a Webinar on Outreach & Enrollment

Sara Rosenbaum from George Washington University will discuss the experience of Massachusetts health centers related to outreach and enrollment and the uninsured.  Sue Joss from Brockton Health Center will then discuss the Massachusetts health center experience since health reform including best practices and lessons learned.  Finally, Emily Carr and Phillip Bergquist from the Michigan Primary Care Association will talk about their CHIPRA-funded program to increase Medicaid and CHIP retention among Michigan’s children and their plans to use the same technology to encourage enrollment at the state’s health centers.  Come and learn about strategies and considerations for incorporating outreach and enrollment into your health center or PCA operations.  Register here.