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NC Tracks
State Updates
Federal Updates
Healthcare Headlines
Workforce Development
Funding Opportunities
Group Purchasing
Events and Training





 

Primary Intelligence

Community Health Center/NHSC Funding Bill Introduced in Senate
Last week Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced legislation aimed at averting the funding cliff for the Health Centers program and the National Health Service Corps. The bill (S. 106) would provide funding for five years, with increases for the NHSC of $15 million per year. The funding would take the current trust fund level of $310 million to $385 million by FY2024. We still have a long way to go before enactment, and we're expecting other proposals to be released in the coming weeks as well, so stay tuned as we ramp up our efforts to Strengthen the NHSC!
And a hearty THANK YOU to the 18 Senators that have already signed on to cosponsor the Blunt-Stabenow package.

New Access Points Funding Opportunity Now Available (HRSA-19-080)
Applications are due in Grants.gov by Tuesday, March 12 (11:59 p.m. ET), and HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks by Thursday, April 11 (5:00 p.m. ET).
Last week, HRSA announced the availability of $50 million in New Access Points (NAP) funding for the delivery of primary health care services for underserved and vulnerable populations under the Health Center Program. HRSA expects to make approximately 75 awards in September.The purpose of the Health Center Program NAP funding opportunity is to provide operational support for new service delivery sites under the Health Center Program to improve the health of the nation’s underserved communities and vulnerable populations by expanding access to affordable, accessible, quality, and cost-effective primary health care services. Organizations can apply for up to $650,000 per year.
For more information, including eligibility requirements and key changes since the fiscal year 2017 NAP funding opportunity, please read the Notice of Funding Opportunity and visit the NAP technical assistance webpage.
If you have questions, contact the NAP Technical Assistance Team.
 
New FTCA Site Visit Protocol
FTCA-deemed health centers are already familiar with FTCA site visits. Now we have streamlined the process into one document, the FTCA Site Visit Protocol, to help you find the information you need.
BPHC All-Programs
Tuesday, January 29
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Join the webcast the day of the session
To submit questions in advance, send an email to bphcta@hrsa.gov by Friday, January 25, with the subject line "BPHC All-Programs Question."
 
Centralized Credentialing Vendor Selected for NC Medicaid
NC Medicaid announced that a contract has been awarded to Wipro Infocrossing to serve as the Provider Data Contractor (PDC), as NC Medicaid transitions to Managed Care. Wipro Infocrossing, a National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) certified organization, will assist the North Carolina Medicaid Managed Care program to identify the credentialing status of providers contracting with Prepaid Health Plans (PHPs).
https://files.nc.gov/ncdma/documents/files/SpecialBulletin_2019-PDC-01102019.pdf  
 
Integration of Behavioral and Physical Healthcare in Tailored Plans Webinar
Jan. 24, 11:00 a.m.
On Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., DHHS will hold a webinar to discuss how Tailored Plans will integrate behavioral and physical health to ensure whole-person care.
More information can be found at: https://medicaid.ncdhhs.gov/behavioral-health-idd-tailored-plans
 
 
HRSA Webinar: Using Health IT to Facilitate SBIRT Service Delivery in Health Centers
Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an approach to the delivery of early NC

Community Health Grant RFA
Deadline to Receive Applications: February 1, 2019
These grant funds, supported through the North Carolina General Assembly, are for assuring access to primary and preventive care to meet the health needs of our state’s most vulnerable populations. Strengthening the safety net through increased levels of collaboration and integration of services and organizations to more effectively meet the needs of those served is also an important purpose of this grant. The Community Health Grant RFA will look for cooperation and collaboration among county and regional partners as part of the application process. 
Primary care safety net organizations who care for underserved and medically indigent patients in the state are eligible to apply for this funding to pay for patient care through encounter-based reimbursement (Track A) or through reimbursement for eligible expenses (Track B). Telehealth services and equipment are eligible expenses in both tracks. Applicants must select ONE track.
Click here to learn more.

 

Member And NCCHCA News

Our own Mark Massing is published in this month’s issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal.
We report a collaboration with a Medicare Quality Improvement Organization to determine predictors of return to the Emergency Department (ED) within 30-days among Medicare populations of North Carolina and South Carolina who were seen at an ED in these states for an encounter that did not result in hospital admission.  Significant predictors of 30-day return to the ED included age, non-white race, and multiple comorbid conditions.  The strongest predictor of 30-day return was the number of prior emergency department encounters.  Patients with 3 or more prior ED encounters were more than twice as likely to return to the ED in 30-days compared to patients seen at the ED for the first time. This is relevant to our work with Federally Qualified Health Centers where patient populations are at much higher risk for ED encounter compared to the national population overall and to patients in other health care settings. Read the article here.


 

Outreach and Enrollment


SEP Opportunity for Marketplace Consumers Affected by Winter Storm
CMS announced a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for Marketplace consumers who were unable to enroll in a health plan by the Open Enrollment deadline due to the winter storm that occurred in December. Cases will be considered on an individual basis, and consumers are encouraged to apply for the SEP as soon as possible. Consumers who would like help with this process can schedule an appointment for free, in-person assistance by calling 1-855-733-3711 or by visiting ncnavigator.net. Learn more about the Winter Storm SEP opportunity.
 
New Medicare Cards Mailed to Beneficiaries
New Medicare cards have been mailed to beneficiaries in North Carolina. If a beneficiary has not received their new card, they should call 1-800-MEDICARE or log-in to their MyMedicare.gov account. To protect the identity of beneficiaries, Medicare cards will no longer include social security numbers. Learn more about obtaining the new Medicare card.


 

Advocacy

Register for February 20th NC Primary Care Safety Net Advocacy Day

Join NCCHCA and our state primary care safety net partners in Raleigh from 7:30am-2:00pm for a breakfast at the NC General Assembly and subsequent meetings with your state lawmakers to discuss the primary issues on our agenda for the 2019 long session, including a) closing the NC Health insurance Coverage Gap, b) increasing funding for rural health provider loan repayment, and c) making FQHC practitioners Medicaid billable telehealth providers. We will be joined by providers from NC free clinics, rural health centers, local health departments and school-based health centers. Please identify staff to join us and register here.



Apply Now for the 2019 Health Policy Fellows Program
The Geiger Gibson Health Policy Fellows Program is designed to enable mid-level and senior health center, PCA, and HCCN staff to develop a deeper understanding of health policy and advocacy, and acquire key health policy analysis skills of value to their own organization's policy advocacy efforts. Over a series of web-based sessions culminating in a three-day residential session in Washington, DC, the Fellows Program will provide rising leaders in the health center movement with an immersive experience in federal health policy and policymaking, and will assist participants to develop basic health policy analysis competencies that will enable them to develop positions and engage in advocacy. Participants will be instructed by senior NACHC staff, faculty at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, Washington DC health policy experts, Geiger Gibson Distinguished Visitors, and congressional and agency staff.  Apply now for the 2019 cohorts: April 15-17, 2019 (apply now, limited spots remaining) or October 21-23, 2019 (applications due by March 15, 2019).

NC Tracks

Is It Time for Your Re-verification Application? 
It's already been five years since the implementation of NCTracks, which means there are many providers who will need to complete re-verification over the next few months. If you haven't received a re-verification notification in your Message Center Inbox yet, you may be seeing it soon. To find your re-verification date, go to the NC Division of Medical Assistance (DMA)'s list of the providers who are due for re-verification in 2018 under 'Recredentialing' on the DMA Provider Enrollment webpage
 
Be sure to check your email and NCTracks Provider Portal for reminders on useful resources and tips for completing your application. To learn more, visit the Re-verification/Re-credentialing FAQs page today.


NCTracks Provider Announcement and Newsletters
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State Updates

 
Save the dates: NCCHCA Medicaid Managed Care Contracting Training Series. Webinar series with registration fee. Tentative dates & session titles:
  • February 15, 10:00am-11:30am: Essential Contract Terms and Protections, Adam Falcone, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidel, LLC
  • February 21, 2:00pm-3:30pm: Current NC Environment & Preparing Your Health Center for Contracting (Guest Speaker: Mari Kaptain-Dahlen, Siouxland Health Center, Iowa)
  • Feb 26, 9:00-10:30am: Clinically Integrated Networks, Advanced Medical Home, and Value-Based Payment in Contracting
NC Medicaid Now Covering Adult Optical Services. As of January 1, 2019, NC Medicaid reinstated adult Medicaid beneficiary coverage for optical services including eye exams, prescription eye glasses and medically necessary contact lenses. Read more here: https://files.nc.gov/ncdma/updateltr-290.pdf

DON’T FORGET! Attest as an Advanced Medical Home Tier 3 Provider by January 31st!
If you want to be included on the list of Advanced Medical Home Tier 3 providers that NC Medicaid gives to managed care companies for their contracting, January 31st is the last day to ensure you are included on that list. AMH Tier 3 providers will receive payments to provide care management to their Medicaid patients or to coordinate and contract with external entities to do so. We believe most FQHCs are very well positioned to play this role. Please note, DHHS states “Completing the Tier 3 attestation signifies that the practice expects to be ready with Tier 3 capabilities by Managed Care go-live in November 2019. However, should the practice need to change that designation to Tier 2 later, it may do so at any time without penalty.”
  • Info on how to attest as an AMH Tier 3 in NC Tracks: https://www.nctracks.nc.gov/content/public/providers/provider-user-guides-and-training/provider-training.html
  • Frequently asked questions about the AMH program: https://files.nc.gov/ncdma/documents/Providers/Programs_Services/amh/AMH_FAQs_12.21.18.pdf

February Food and Nutrition Benefits to Be Issued Early Because of Federal Shutdown
Because of the federal shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has instructed states to issue February’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits by Sunday, Jan. 20. Benefits would normally be available to families between the 3rd and 21st of February. "We are working closely with county departments of social services and our federal partners to ensure participants and retailers have little to no interruption of FNS services due to the shutdown," said Tara Myers, NCDHHS Deputy Secretary for Human Services. FNS is a federal food assistance program that provides low-income families with funds to purchase food needed for a nutritional, adequate diet. Once February’s FNS funds are distributed, they will be available for use. However, participants should be aware that since there will be no FNS benefits issued in the month of February, they should plan accordingly.

Low Income Energy Assistance Program
North Carolina’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) helps eligible households pay their heating bills by issuing a one-time payment to the household’s heating vendor. Households can apply for assistance from now until March 31, 2019, or until funds are exhausted. Interested households should complete an application and return it to their county Department of Social Services (DSS). To qualify, a household must meet the following criteria:
  • Have at least one U.S. citizen or non-citizen who meets the eligibility criteria
  • Meet an income test
  • Have reserves at or below $2,250
  • Be responsible for its heating bills
LIEAP can help ease the financial burden some patients experience, and in turn, make it easier for them to purchase medications and manage their health conditions. Health centers can display this poster (available in English and Spanish) to inform patients and community members about LIEAP. Learn more about LIEAP.


 

Federal Updates

 
New FQHC Medicare Payment for Virtual Communication Services (and Update to Care Management Payments)
Effective January 1, 2019, FQHCs can receive payment ($13.69) for virtual communication services (VCS) when at least 5 minutes of technology-based communication or remote evaluation services are furnished by an FQHC practitioner to a patient who has had an FQHC billable visit within the previous year, and both of the following requirements are met:
  • The medical discussion or remote evaluation is for a condition not related to an FQHC service provided within the previous 7 days, and
  • The medical discussion or remote evaluation does not lead to an FQHC visit within the next 24 hours or at the soonest available appointment. 
Also effective January 1, 2019:
  • FQHCs can receive payment for 20 minutes or more of chronic care management or general behavioral health integration services when HCPCS code G0511 is billed alone or with another payable service. I hope you saw the new care management code for psychiatric care management (same link for info):
  • FQHCs can receive payment for psychiatric Collaborative Care Model (CoCM) services when 70 minutes or more of initial psychiatric CoCM services or 60 minutes or more of subsequent psychiatric CoCM services are furnished and G0512 is billed either alone or with other payable services on an FQHC claim.
For more information, see the CMS website here
 
 
2019 National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Programs Accepting Applications Until February 21
The NHSC Loan Repayment Program (NHSC LRP) offers licensed primary care clinicians in eligible disciplines the opportunity to receive loan repayment up to $50,000 in exchange for at least two years at an NHSC-approved site in a designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).
More info in the 2019 Application and Program Guidance (NHSC LRP) (PDF - 550 KB).
*New in 2019*: Substance Use Disorder Program: To combat the nation’s opioid crisis, the Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program (SUD Workforce LRP) offers eligible clinicians up to $75,000 in student loan repayment in exchange for a three-year commitment to provide substance use disorder treatment services at NHSC-approved sites.
This program is available to more professionals, including pharmacists and registered nurses. For more information, refer to the fact sheet and 2019 Application and Program Guidance (NHSC SUD Workforce LRP) (PDF - 573 KB). Visit the Health Workforce Connector to see if your current employer is already approved which then makes you eligible to apply for loan repayment
Apply here.
 
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW).  
January 22—27, 2019

NDAFW is a national health observance designed to equip schools and communities with the materials and tools they need to educate young people about the effects of drugs on their brain, body and behavior.
Year of Cessation
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) has designated 2019 as the Year of Cessation. From beginning to end, the Year of Cessation emphasizes efforts to help people who smoke quit. Each quarter will focus on different themes related to smoking cessation, withe the first quarter focused on increasing quit attempts amongst those who smoke. More information and additional resources can be found here.
 
 
Pain Management
The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force released their draft report entitled Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations. The Task Force was created by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016 with the goal of identifying, revising, and developing a strategy for disseminating information about best practices for pain management (including chronic and acute pain) and includes representatives from federal agencies and non-federal stakeholders. The draft report is open for a 90-day public comment period. More information on submitting comments can be found here.
 
Brain Health
The American College of Preventive Medicine has developed a course on brain health, which will educate physicians and health care professionals about the benefits of blood pressure control and other modifiable risk factors as a possible mechanism for reducing the risk of future impaired brain health and cognitive decline. Physicians can obtain 1.0 CME/MOC for completing this course.
 
Hospital Charge Transparency
All Hospitals Must Make Standard Charges Public – Effective January 1.  CMS released responses to Frequently Asked Questions regarding the policy that hospitals must establish, update, and make public a list of their standard charges for all items and services, effective January 1, 2019.  This policy applies to all hospitals operating in the U.S., including critical access hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and inpatient psychiatric facilities.  The charges must be provided in a machine-readable format that can be easily imported/read into a computer system (e.g., XML, CSV). A PDF does not satisfy this definition.  The policy was finalized in the 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule published on August 2, 2018.

 

Healthcare Headlines

State
Blue Cross NC, Five Health Systems Announce Major Shift to Value-Based Care
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC), one of the state’s largest insurers, and five of the state’s major health systems in North Carolina have announced a new value-based care program that encompasses hundreds of thousands of healthcare customers throughout the state.
The five health systems—Cone Health, Duke University Health System, UNC Health Care, Wake Forest Baptist Health and WakeMed Health & Hospitals—and their accountable care organizations (ACOs) have committed to participating in Blue Premier, a new value-based model of care in which Blue Cross NC and the health systems will be jointly responsible for better health outcomes, exceptional patient experience and lower costs, according to a Blue Cross NC press release.

School lunches shrink as one NC school district feels heat from government shutdown
The federal government’s budget stalemate over border security is causing lunches to shrink at one eastern North Carolina school district.
Vance County Schools officials announced on Facebook late Tuesday that lunch menus “have been revised to a minimum level to conserve food and funding” starting Jan. 21. The county is about 50 miles northeast of Durham, along the Virginia state line.

Federal shutdown starting to leave mark in NC
Here in North Carolina, an analysis by Governing magazine estimates 7,678 federal employees work at agencies where they’re either being furloughed or working without pay. The unprecedented nature of the shutdown has also meant conflicting messages on what is happening with local distribution of the federal SNAP program.
 
Blue Cross and 5 NC hospitals will now share patients’ medical data to slow cost increases
North Carolina’s biggest health insurer, which typically clashes with hospitals over payments, is now teaming up with five of the state’s larger health care systems in an effort to put the brakes on runaway costs.
 
 
National
For the first time in U.S. history Americans are more likely to die from an opioid overdose than a motor vehicle crash. A new report from the National Safety Council found that Americans have a 1 in 96 chance of dying from an opioid overdose, while the probability of dying in a motor vehicle crash is 1 in 103. The rising rates of overdoses is part of an overall trend of a Americans dying from preventable, unintentional injuries that has increased over the past 15 years.


 

Funding Opportunities

RWJF: Health and Climate Solutions
February 8
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is seeking proposals from public and non-profit entities for projects that improve community health while also addressing climate change adaptation or mitigation.  Communities vulnerable to effects of climate change can propose projects that focus on one or more of a range of factors that affect health—including, but not limited to: air quality, energy sources, transportation or mobility design, food and water systems, housing, and health systems.  Because rural economies depend on outdoor industries such as agriculture, timber, recreation, and sport, the 2018 National Climate Assessment predicts a decline in productivity and revenue for rural areas due to effects of severe climate change.

Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking Program
February 14
The Office on Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice will make 50 awards for a total investment of $35 million to enhance the safety of rural victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and to support projects uniquely designed to address and prevent these crimes in rural areas.

USDA Healthy Food Financing Initiative – February 14.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will make awards ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 to help retailers provide fresh food for low-income and underserved areas of the country.  Rural and native communities have been identified as priority for this funding, particularly if they have not been reached by other federal food financing programs.

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program
February 15
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will make 50 awards of up to $30,000 each to help underserved communities address local environmental and public health issues.  The grants support projects that engage, educate, and empower local residents – particularly in minority, low income, rural, tribal, indigenous, and homeless populations – in understanding environmental issues, building consensus, and developing strategies to address them. 
 
Two Loan Repayment Programs for National Health Service Corps – February 21. The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) provides financial assistance to health care professionals in exchange for a commitment to work at approved sites in rural and underserved areas. Application cycles are currently open for two NHSC programs: The Loan Repayment Program awards up to $50,000 toward student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment. The Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program provides up to $75,000 in exchange for a three-year commitment and expands eligibility to health care professionals and sites delivering substance use disorder treatment services.

Advanced Nursing Education Nurse Practitioner Residency Program
March 4. 
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will make 20 awards for total funding of $20 million to eligible schools of nursing, nurse managed health clinics, academic health centers, state or local governments, and other private or public non-profit entities.  The purpose of the program is to prepare nurse practitioners for primary care practice, with a preference for Nurse Practitioner Residency programs that benefit rural or underserved populations. 

Rural Residency Planning and Development Program 
March 4
 
A collaboration between HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, this program will help expand the health workforce in rural areas by developing new physician residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine, and psychiatry.  An estimated 28 awards will be made for residency programs at hospitals, medical schools and community-based-ambulatory settings in rural areas.  Consortia of urban and rural partnerships also may be eligible.  Awardees will receive technical assistance from the Rural Residency Planning and Development – Technical Assistance Center, which was awarded via cooperative agreement in September 2018. 

Veteran Nurses in Primary Care Training Program
March 8 
Accredited schools of nursing and health facilities, separately or in partnership, are eligible for a total investment of $4.5 million to recruit and train nursing students and current registered nurses to practice in community-based primary care teams.  The program, which is administered through the Health Resources and Services Administration, expands on a current investment specifically targeting nursing students who are veterans committed to working in medically underserved communities.

AMAF Community Health Grants for Diabetes/Hypertension
March 8 
The American Medical Association Foundation (AMAF) will support innovative programs targeting the prevention and reduction of type 2 diabetes and hypertension, two conditions with higher prevalence in rural areas. Community-based organizations serving vulnerable and underserved populations may be eligible for awards up to $60,000, renewable for three years.

Increasing Access to HIV Primary Health Care Services
March 22
Rural communities may request funding preference for this $4 million investment through HRSA’s Ryan White/HIV AIDS Program.  Twenty-six awards will go to public and non-profit private entities, including faith-based and community-based organizations.  Tribes and tribal organizations are also eligible to apply.  Funding is intended to support one short-term activity that can be completed within the one-year period of performance.  Supported activities include care efforts such as HIV case finding and treatment adherence, and infrastructure development such as for electronic health records and management information systems.

SBIRT Program for Women of Reproductive Age Misusing Opioids in Rural Primary Care Settings
Opioid misuse by women during their reproductive years presents a unique opportunity for public health programs to intervene and not only reduce harms to young women, but also to unborn and newborn babies. There is a particular need for this focus in rural areas and to use approaches that meet the unique needs of women. The screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment services (SBIRT) is an evidence-based approach that is widely used in substance abuse care settings. However, it is not widely applied in women’s health primary care settings. This initiative calls for the development of an innovative gender-informed opioids programs in primary care settings for women who misuse opioids living in rural areas using the SBIRT approach and evaluate its outcomes.
 
Grantees will modify, implement and evaluate the SBIRT approach to take a rural-sensitive and approach that meet the unique needs of women. Adaptation of SBIRT may include rural specific access issues and identification of other critical linkages to services from multiple sectors including but not limited to legal assistance; law enforcement; mental health services; substance abuse treatments; and housing.
Entities should demonstrate an impactful relationship with rural communities serving women of childbearing age. Community Health Centers are encouraged to apply.

Summer Food Service Program
Ongoing

 

Workforce Development

New Tool! Measuring Health Center Staff Engagement
What does employee engagement look like at your health center? There is only one way to find out for sure, with an employee engagement survey. Staffpulse is a complete, easy-to-use and affordable online system designed specifically to assess health center staff satisfaction and opinions, which can help health centers reduce turnover.

STAR Center – Clinician Burnout Assessment Tool
http://chcworkforce.org/star%C2%B2-center-burnout-assessment-tool  

STAR² CENTER SELF-PACED COURSES
The STAR² Center has added new interactive self-paced online courses to our growing catalogue of resources and training opportunities for health center workforce teams looking to enhance their recruitment and retention efforts. Take some time today to  set up your learner account and review our new "Administrative Strategies for Increasing Retention" course.  Click here to view a brief overview of how to access and register to complete these courses and be sure to reach out to Mariah Blake with any questions.


Become a vital part of North Carolina’s safety net!
Community Health Centers are a unique, growing area of the health care industry. Community Health Centers offer many dynamic career opportunities for dedicated individuals who want to make a difference in their communities. You will also find postings for careers within the North Carolina Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA) whose mission is to promote and support patient-governed community health care organizations and the populations they serve. Visit our website to see open positions and to post opportunities.

 

NCCHCA Group Purchasing Organization


The NCCHCA Group Purchasing Organization provides a shared savings model for NC Community Health Centers. NCCHCA members may participate at no cost and can save a significant amount of money on items, such as medical/dental supplies and equipment. Thank you to our current partners: LabCorp, Toshiba Business Solutions, and Community Health Ventures (VIP). Contact Chris Shank for more information.
 

Events and Training

Resources for Human Trafficking Response
Tuesday, January 22 at 2:00 pm ET.
Hosted by the American Hospital Association, in collaboration with National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center and HEAL Trafficking, this hour-long webinar will provide key resources for hospitals and health systems to respond to human trafficking. Participants will hear from leading human trafficking response programs, learn about the new ICD-10 codes for human trafficking, and how organizations can prepare and create systems to address the issue.  According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, rural areas have several economic risk factors for human trafficking, including persistent rates of poverty, decreasing workforce participation rates and high demand for low-skilled manual labor.

Rural Residency Programs – Accreditation and Financing
January 22 and 28 
The Rural Residency Planning and Development Technical Assistance Center at RuralGME.org was funded by HRSA to support potential Rural Residency Planning and Development applicants and future grantees by sharing resources regarding graduate medical education (GME) and training for medical practice in rural areas.  At the first session of this two-part series on rural residency programs, attendees will learn about the process for achieving accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  The second session will review common costs and expenses and identify revenue sources for a sustainable residency program.

AgriSafe: Using Future Search to Bring Stakeholders Together
Wednesday, January 23 at 1:00 pm ET
In December 2018, the STAND (Stakeholder Team up for Action in New York Dairy) Workshop brought together diverse agricultural stakeholders to begin addressing the issue of toxic stress among farmers. Using Future Search methodologies, the group worked together to understand historical perspectives of the issue as well as current trends. The workshop concluded with the development of common ground goals for the future and action items supporting those goals. The AgriSafe Network will hold this one-hour webinar to discuss the Future Search method and process, and the outcomes of this workshop.  

January 30, 2019 – Infection Prevention and Control and Your Health Center (HRSA/ Joint Commission)
  • This webinar will review key steps for a compliant infection control program, including conducting an infection control risk assessment that is relevant to the services, geographic location and populations served and providing a hierarchical approach to infection control related standards that will ensure success.
  • Presented by:  Sylvia Garcia-Houchins, MBA, RN, CIC
Director, Infection Prevention and Control, The Joint Commission
This educational webinar will take place on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 1:00pm – 2:30pm CST.  To register for the webinar, please see the information below (pre-registration is required):
Click here to register
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 
"Making N.C. Count" Statewide Convening for 2020 Census Preparation 
Thursday, January 31, 2019
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Networking Reception: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
NCSU McKimmon Conference And Training Center, NC State University
Register here.
 
2019 Convergence Telehealth Summit
Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center
March 31 - April 2, 2019
Williamsburg Lodge
Williamsburg, VA
http://matrcsummit.org/
 
Save the Date: 2019 NCCHCA Clinical Conference on Quality and Chronic Disease
April 11-12, 2019
Chapel Hill, NC
The Clinical Conference on Quality & Chronic Disease is a professional training opportunity providing continuing education at a low cost. Nationally recognized health care experts share knowledge with safety-net providers on cutting-edge trends and quality improvement methods.
Registration Opening Soon!
 
Save the Date: Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) University
May 15-16, 2019
Asheville, NC
Hosted by the North Carolina Community Health Center Association and presented by the Health Resources and Service Administration, the Federal Tort Claims Act University (FTCAU) is an innovative training offered to members of the health center community. FTCAU provides a great opportunity for seasoned quality and risk management professionals and new professionals to learn from experts, leaders, and government officials about FTCA, healthcare quality and risk management, and related subjects. Over the course of two days, attendees will participate in interactive presentations and exercises that are specially geared toward health center grantees. 
Who should attend?
  • Quality Improvement Coordinators
  • Risk Managers
  • Board Members
Registration Info coming in February 2019!
 
Save the Date: 2019 NCCHCA Primary Care Conference
June 26-28, 2019  (**NEW DATES)
Renaissance Asheville Hotel
31 Woodfin Street
Asheville, NC 28801
 
Registration Opening Soon!
 
10th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference
July 15th - 18th
Anaheim, CA
Click here for more information
 


Find More Conference and Training Opportunities on the NCCHCA Calendar

 
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