Essential Strategies to Effectively Address Diabetes Prevention with Vulnerable Populations Webinar on June 5

Thursday, June 5th
10:00am PT (Noon CT, 1:00pm ET)
Diabetes continues to be one of the most common and challenging health condition confronting migrants and other underserved populations. It is clear that a healthy lifestyle is critical to mitigating the impact of diabetes on individuals and the population, however effective and appropriate interventions can be difficult to design. Fairhaven Community Health Center in Connecticut and Hudson River Healthcare in New York, are two health centers that have long led the way in creating culturally appropriate lifestyle programs for migrants and other underserved patients. In this session the presenters will discuss lessons learned from the development of a variety of programs for diabetics and other patients including a community garden, nutrition classes, cooking classes, weight management and strategies to encourage exercise.  The session will address the clinical core measures related to nutrition and BMI and will also discuss current research test second line drug effectiveness in Type 2 DM.


For more information about this event, click here.  Presented by Katherine Brieger, RD and Elizabeth Magenheimer


National Health Center Week webinar recording and slides available

National Health Center Week, Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Local Engines for Healthier Communities, is August 10th-16th and will be here before we know it! In case you missed the kick-off webinar on May 22nd, you can now watch the recording and access the slides on the NHCW website. As you confirm your plans for August, don’t forget to submit your event to our interactive map to let everyone know the “who, what, where, and when” for your Health Center’s NHCW celebration (the password is healthy)! For more information and resources, be sure to check out the NHCW website at

Scope Alignment Updates Webinar on Tuesday, June 10 at 1pm CT (12noon MT)

Scope Alignment Updates Webinar – Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 2:00pm – 3:30pm, ET: BPHC is conducting this webinar to review the updates to Scope of Project Forms 5A and 5B announced in PAL 2014-06 and to provide further details on the upcoming scope alignment validation (SAV) opportunity for health centers.

View more information on the webinar here: .

Clarification: Medicaid Account Transfer Special Enrollment Period (SEP)

CMS has clarified information about the SEP for consumers who submitted their application prior to March 31 and received Medicaid denials after March 31. The special enrollment period is available both for consumers who applied directly with their state Medicaid agency and for consumers who applied at the Federally-facilitated Marketplace, were transferred to Medicaid and subsequently denied Medicaid eligibility. To reiterate, consumers must have applied before March 31, but may have been denied after that date to be determined eligible for the special enrollment period.

NACHC Webinar Series: It’s Neither “Super” Nor a “Circular” so Why is Everyone Calling it the Supercircular? on May 22

It’s Neither “Super” Nor a “Circular” so Why is Everyone Calling it the Supercircular (or maybe the “Omnicircular”)?
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Registration cutoff: May 19
Click here for more information and to register.

Free Clinical Consultations for HIV Testing, Care and Treatment

The Clinician Consultation Center (CCC), previously the National HIV/AIDS Clinicians’ Consultation Center, provides free, online consultation for health care providers to access expert advisory opinion and education on HIV and blood borne pathogens. Phone consultations are available at 1-800-933-3413.

View more information on CCC services.

New Medicare Prospective Payment System (PPS): National Provider Call, Wednesday, May 21, 2014

New Medicare Prospective Payment System (PPS): National Provider Call, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 11:30am – 1:00pm, CT (10:30am – 12noon MT)

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) will transition to a PPS beginning on October 1, 2014. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting the Medicare Learning Network (MLN) Connects™ National Provider Call to provide an overview of the new Medicare PPS for FQHCs, including the encounter-based per diem payment rate, adjustments, coinsurance, and the transition to the new payment system.

Register for the call, space may be limited.

FTCA Redeeming Applications are due May 23, 2014

This is a reminder that all Redeeming FTCA applications are due on May 23, 2014 and must be submitted electronically through the FTCA deeming module within the HRSA Electronic Handbook (EHB). We strongly recommend that all health centers begin the process of completing their applications as soon as possible. Failure to submit an application can result in a gap in coverage and/or loss of coverage.

In response to requests for additional resources to assist in the application process, FTCA has expanded the resources that are available for FTCA eligible grantees. The following resources are recommended and should facilitate the application process:

  • The 2014 Program Assistance Letter (PAL) 2014-03 can be accessed at: The FTCA Tip Sheet has also been posted to this section of the website. The Tip Sheet list key elements that should be addressed in various policies that must be submitted with your FTCA application.
  • ECRI risk management resources, which contains information related to Quality Improvement and Quality Assurance (QI/QA), Credentialing and Privileging, Risk Management and a number of other helpful resources, such as sample documents, tool kits and best practices checklists. These resources are free to all health centers and are available at If you have not obtained Free Logins for your health center staff, please contact ECRI at
  • Technical assistance webcasts were hosted by FTCA on April 2nd, 9th , and 10th. The webcast provided an overview the application and other helpful TA information. An instant replays and slides for the webcasts are located at Please note that all other future Application Webcast will also be archived in this section of the FTCA website.
  • The FTCA/BPHC Help Line is another available resource. Questions and comments pertaining to the FTCA program or this PAL should be directed to the FTCA/BPHC Help Line at:


Phone: 1-877-974-BPHC (877-974-2742)

9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (ET)


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to hold public listening session on June 11

42 CFR PART 2 listening session, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, EDT, June 11th

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced today that they will hold a public listening session from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm EDT, Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Rockville, Maryland, to solicit information concerning the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records Regulations, 42 CFR Part 2.

The scheduled listening session provides an opportunity for SAMHSA to seek public input on potential changes to the regulations.

SAMHSA has heard from stakeholders that some of the current requirements make it difficult for these new health care models to support integrated care for patients with substance use disorders. They hope to clarify the requirements associated with information exchange in these new models and reduce burdens associated with specific consent requirements that do not serve to protect patient privacy. SAMHSA will conduct a public listening session to provide all interested parties the opportunity to share their views on the subject prior to the initiation of rulemaking. Members of the public are invited to attend or view the proceedings, with space available on a first-come, first-served basis (based on registration). Written comments may also be submitted.

For additional details please see:

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FTCA Deeming Application Office Hours and How to Prepare for an FTCA Site Visit Webcast

May 22, 2014, 1:00pm – 2:15pm, CT (12noon – 1:15pm MT)

View the May 22 webcast the day of the session.