View the following resources to learn the benefits of integrating public health and primary care:

The Practical Playbook, a web-based, interactive tool developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the de Beaumont Foundation, and Duke Community and Family Medicine, guides users through the stages of integrated population health improvement. This is a part of an initiative seeking to facilitate greater collaboration between public health and primary care in targeted health interventions.

The “Primary Care + Public Health” Video, produced by The Institute of Medicine, highlights how the integration of primary care and public health can enhance the capacity of both sectors to carry out their missions and improve population health.

BPHC’s Office of Quality and Data will host three TA webinars for health centers who will be submitting Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) redeeming or initial deeming applications. Each webcast will focus on a different application section.  All webcasts will be recorded and posted on the FTCA website, but health centers are strongly encouraged to attend the live sessions.

First Webinar:
Application Logistics & Credentialing
April 2nd 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, CT (12noon – 1:30 pm MT).

View the webcast the day of the session

NACHC has recently release several new resources that Health Centers and Primary Care Associations can use to make the case for Health Center funding through the “Access is the Answer” campaign. “Access is the Answer:  Community Health Centers, Primary Care, and the Future of American Health Care” highlights how America’s access deficit cannot be solved by insurance alone because 62 million people –  a majority of whom are insured – experience poor access to primary care due to physician shortages in their communities. “Barriers to Primary Care:  The Medically Disenfranchised and Shortage of Primary Care” supplements the “Access is the Answer” policy brief by adding more detail on those who experience a shortage of primary care providers. Finally, newly released primary care shortage maps illustrate by state the severity of the need for access to primary care due to physician shortages. Each of these resources will be extremely useful as Health Center Advocates continue to make the case for adequate levels of Health Center funding in FY 2015 and beyond.

Interactive Session: Developing Systems to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening at Health Centers
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
11:30 – 12:30 CST; 10:30 – 11:30 MST
To register for this webinar:


Questions? Contact Katie Voss at or call 517.827.0883

The Central Region Primary Care Association is co-hosting a series of PCMH webinars on enhanced access and care coordination that are available for the CHCs at no cost.  They have invited MWCN Members to participate.  See webinar descriptions with dates/times.  For more information, see attachment.

To register for the webinars, go to:

Once you select the Webinars you would like to attend, sign up. Then you will receive an email invite with a url link to the webinar and passcode information.

WEBINAR 3- April 8th: 12 – 1:30 pm CST/11am-12:30pm MST

“The Key to an Effective Work Flow between MAs, Providers and Nurses: Working Together by doing the Team Dance.” More often than not providers, nurses and MA’s are left to their own devices to discover their team rhythm and a way to cooperate with one another. The strongest personality’s way of working tends to prevail, regardless of how efficient this way actually is. Laura and Amanda explore a systematic process for Patient Care Teams to communicate in the back throughout patient visits. Amanda and Laura show PCA Coaches and health center staff specific communication techniques that just like a dance require fluidity, technical savvy, and cooperation to carry out the clinic day successfully and gracefully!

Health Centers are facing ever increasing regulations and the amount of publicity being generated over the protection of healthcare information, now, more than ever, it is imperative for every Federally Qualified Health Center to elevate the importance of privacy and security in their organization.  New regulations have increased the monetary penalties that can be assessed for violations of the HIPAA/HITECH Privacy and Security Rules along with the risk of losing additional revenue in the case of the class action lawsuit and the irreplaceable loss of reputation.
In continued efforts to assist all the Michigan Health Centers to be up to date on Security Risk requirements, MPCA’s Michigan Quality Improvement Network (MQIN) and Operations team has hired Ohio Shared Information Services (OSIS) to provide this webinar series aimed at mitigating the vulnerabilities. 
Benefit of Participation: FREE Preliminary Security Risk Assessment with Review and Remediation Steps, provided by content expert from OSIS. 
Location:  On-Line/Webinar 
Recommended Attendees:  Privacy Officers, Security Officers, Compliance Officers, Operations officers, others with responsibility over HIPAA Compliance efforts

Remediation Steps Post Preliminary Security Risk Assessment for FQHCs

                    Date:   Thursday, April 17th, 2014                           Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm CST 



Jay Trinckes is Vice President of Information Security at Ohio Shared Information Services (OSIS), a 501c(3) non-profit organization that assists Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) with IT and security related services to improve the quality of care delivered to the underserved population.

Nominations are being sought for awards related to the support of consumers of behavioral health services or leadership in the field.

“Great work deserves recognition,” said Carol Coussons de Reyes, administrator of the Office of Consumer Affairs at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.  “If we celebrate great work, we can call attention to individuals’ efforts to improve people’s lives.”

People’s Award: Nominate a leader who encourages, motivates and inspires leadership in other Nebraskans involved in behavioral health services.

Recovery Muse Award: Nominate someone for the Recovery Muse Award for artwork that communicates recovery, wellness and resiliency.

Peer Support Champion Award: Nominate a certified peer support and wellness specialist, family peer specialist or provider who through their field communicates recovery, wellness and resiliency to others.

Recovery is Real Media Award: Nominate a reporter, journalist or writer who gets to the heart of behavioral health and the positive story of recovery.

These nominations are being sought by the Nebraska Mental Health Association, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Behavioral Health Office of Consumer Affairs and the Conference Planning Committee for the Nebraska Statewide Behavioral Health Conference, which will be held May 19 – 21.

Nominations for these awards are due by April 11. Nomination forms can be found at

Forms can also be obtained by mail by calling the Office of Consumer Affairs Helpline at 1-800-836-7660.

Nominations are still being accepted for the Behavioral Health Director’s Award to recognize extraordinary achievements in recovery among consumers of mental health and substance abuse services.  These nominations are due by March 31.

Dear Colleagues,

As I talk with different parts of the 340B community about our new efforts around program integrity, I’m often asked about our oversight of manufacturers. While the work has not received as much attention, manufacturer compliance is a critical component of our program integrity strategy. Manufacturers only have one statutory obligation: to provide covered outpatient drugs to participating covered entities at no greater than the 340B ceiling price. Due to the various federal pricing programs that interact with 340B, we have found a relatively low level of risk for systematic non-compliance. Nonetheless, we operate a multi-faceted oversight effort to prevent and correct any pricing discrepancies.

In order to calculate the ceiling price, HRSA receives pricing information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including the quarterly Average Manufacturer’s Price (AMP) and the Unit Rebate Amount (URA). It is in the manufacturer’s best interest to ensure that they are appropriately reporting AMP and URA to CMS, as well as providing the 340B ceiling price to 340B covered entities. Inaccuracies in any of this pricing information will negatively impact other drug pricing programs, such as Medicaid or Veterans Affairs programs. Further, misreporting pricing data to CMS could lead to state and federal False Claims Act liability, which has the potential to carry triple damages and other significant monetary penalties.

With the complexity of pricing calculations, discrepancies can and do occur. HRSA carefully reviews all discrepancies brought to our attention. In cases in which the 340B ceiling price appears to have been violated, covered entities are provided details necessary to settle any discrepancy with the manufacturer directly. Fortunately, covered entities and manufacturers are often able to work together in good faith to correct any pricing miscalculations. If a covered entity has been overcharged, HRSA requires information pertaining to refunds and credits to be publically posted on the HRSA Office of Pharmacy Affairs website. In some cases, discrepancies raise compliance questions, and HRSA pursues the issue accordingly. One such situation led to HRSA’s first audit of a manufacturer, currently ongoing.

To ensure that the oversight process runs as smoothly as possible, HRSA has participated in several initiatives with the goal of improving the accuracy of pricing data. For example, in 2007, HRSA conducted a one-year voluntary pricing pilot project with a group of manufacturers to improve the integrity and transparency of 340B drug prices paid by participating safety-net entities. Today, 100 manufacturers continue to voluntarily report their data to HRSA for this important project.

HRSA’s Prime Vendor Program (PVP) also has a number of programs in place to improve pricing accuracy and transparency, such as providing entities access to 340B ceiling price information for participating manufacturers through a secure website. Technical assistance and education is provided to both entities and manufacturers through the PVP and 340B University. Finally, HRSA ensures manufacturer compliance through development of guidance and policy releases. Guidance provided includes a November 2011 release regarding penny pricing and a May 2012 release, which clarified rules regarding manufacturer non-discrimination in drug shortage situations.

Moving forward, we are continuing to look at ways to enhance compliance oversight of manufacturers. We are in the process of considering new elements to add to those already existing to strengthen our efforts. HRSA appreciates your continued commitment to upholding integrity and compliance with 340B Program requirements. For your reference, the below chart contains links and resources available regarding manufacturer compliance.


Resources for Manufacturers


Thank you,

CDR Krista Pedley, Director, Office of Pharmacy Affairs
Healthcare Systems Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, CT.

BPHC is hosting a call to discuss expectations for O/E grantees after the conclusion of open enrollment on March 31, 2014.  This call will also cover the requirements for Quarter 3 health center O/E reporting due in EHB on Thursday, April 10, 2014.

Access the call the day of the session using the following dial-in information, 1-800-779-0641 passcode: 4657950.

Answers About Health Plan Contracting Webinar

Monday, March 24

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, CT. 

The HHS Family Planning National Training Centers is hosting a webinar to provide strategies to overcome common barriers to network participation by safety net providers. It will also feature Marketplace experts from HHS available to answer questions.

View more information and register for this webinar.