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The Week Ahead

February 4, 2019
Important Dates
Work Groups
  • Behavioral Health Work Group
    NCCHCA Offices 

    Staff Contact: Alice Pollard
  • Dental Directors Meetings
    11 am to 2 pm
    NCCHCA offices
    **Friday, April 5, 2019 NEW 

    Friday, July 19, 2019
    Friday, October 18, 2019
    Staff Contact: Marti Wolf 
  •  Diabetes Work Group
    10:30 am to 1:30 pm
    February 27, 2019
    April 10, 2019 at Clinical Conference
    July 18, 2019
    October 30, 2019 
    Staff Contact: Carey O’Reilly
  • MAT Discussion Group
    Staff Contact: Alice Pollard
  • Pharmacy Directors Meetings
    11 am to 2 pm
    NCCHCA offices
    February 6, 2019

    May 8, 2019
    August 14, 2019
    November 6, 2019
    Staff Contact: Marti Wolf
  • Medical Directors Meeting
    April 11, 2019 5:30 pm -7:30 pm 

    Staff Contact: Marti Wolf
  • QUICHE Work group  
    2019 dates
    10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    NCCHCA offices

    February 26, 2019
    April 10, 2019 - Clinical Conference
    July 31, 2019
    October 17, 2019
    Staff Contact: Carey O’Reilly
Signature Events

Clinical Conference on Quality and Chronic Disease
CONFIRMED! Dr. Judith Steinberg, CMO, BPHC will present the opening plenary.
Tracks include care coordination, team-based care, behavioral health, oral health, diabetes, SDoH and more.
Tentative agenda here.
New on OneDrive
If you need instructions for accessing OneDrive, contact Marti
  • FTCA University hosted by NCCHCA 
    May 15-16, 2019
  • FTCAU Flyer.pdf
  • Registration opens soon.
  • NC Primary Care Conference
    June 2019
    More information coming soon

  • Finance Essentials Academy
    September 10 & 11, 2019
    Crowne Plaza Executive Park, Charlotte, NC
    More information coming soon

  • East Coast Migrant Stream Forum 
    October 2019
    More information coming soon
NCCHCA Trainings

Funding Opportunities
Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F Dental Reimbursement Program - Apply by April 25

New to Community Health Centers? Learn about them here. 

New on OneDrive


One Drive has a new password! Email Marti.

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.

OCR Requests Public Input on Changes to HIPAA Rules
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the federal agency responsible for HIPAA oversight and enforcement, is requesting public input on updating the HIPAA Rules. OCR's Request for Information (RFI) invites general feedback on how the HIPAA Rules present obstacles to care coordination and value-based health care. The RFI also includes over 50 questions on specific areas of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, including disclosures among and between covered entities, as well as social service agencies; facilitating parental involvement in care, especially given the opioid crisis; accounting of disclosures for treatment, payment, and health care operations; and the burden of signature and recordkeeping requirements related to the Notice of Privacy Practices. Should OCR issue new rules, they would be the first changes to HIPAA since the 2013 Final Rule. Public comments on the RFI are due on or before February 12, 2019. The RFI, which includes details on submitting comments, is available here
from AHIP SmartBrief
CMS releases new Part D model, updates MA Value-Based Insurance Design
The CMS announced a new Medicare Part D payment model designed to lower drug prices, as well as what it called "transformative updates" to the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design framework. The Part D Payment Modernization model will require participating plans to assume additional risk in the catastrophic phase, while the MA model changes will allow more customized benefits, enable coverage of hospice care and expand access to telehealth services.
HealthLeaders Media (1/18) 

Pearl: Provider incentives can have adverse consequences
Former health care CEO Dr. Robert Pearl says financial incentives for providers rarely achieve expected goals and can have serious adverse consequences. "Personal financial incentives do create change, but rarely the kind of change patients want or deserve," Pearl writes.
Forbes (1/28) 

Webinar Series Fundamentals of Health Center Dental Programs For Non-Clinician Dental Managers

National Network for Oral Health Access is offering a free webinar series on the Fundamentals of Health Center Dental Programs for non-clinician dental managers. This monthly series will review the essentials of managing a health center program by covering the following topics:
  • Fundamentals
  • Financials
  • Workforce
  • Quality and Risk Management

The first webinar of this series will focus on the Fundamentals, and will be presented by Bob Russell, DS, MPH, CPM, FACD
February 21, 2019 
10am PST/11am MST/12pm CST/1pm EST

Register at: 

Networks for Oral Health Integration within the Maternal and Child Health Safety Net Program

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) has announced a new oral health funding opportunity, Networks for Oral Health Integration within the Maternal and Child Health Safety Net. From that page, click on the "package" tab, then click "preview" on the right, then click "download instructions" on the right. Use the red "subscribe" button to be notified of updates. The following information is provided as a courtesy; be sure to consult the full announcement for details.
The purpose of the Networks for Oral Health Integration within the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Safety Net Program is to improve access to and delivery of comprehensive, quality oral health care for children, birth–age 17 years, by testing and establishing models of care utilizing three collective strategies:
  1. Enhanced integration of oral health care within MCH safety net services
  2. Increased knowledge and skills among health care providers (including dental, non-dental clinical, and non-dental support service providers) for delivering optimal dental services
  3. Increased knowledge and awareness of preventive oral health practices among parents/caregivers to increase adoption of these behaviors including use of needed dental services.
Funding Opportunity Number: HRSA-19-053
Due Date for Applications: April 29, 2019
Anticipated Total Annual Available FY 2019 Funding: $3,850,000
Estimated Number and Type of Awards: Up to three cooperative agreements
Cost Sharing/Match Required: No
Period of Performance: September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2024
Eligible Applicants: Any domestic public or private entity, including an Indian tribe or tribal organizations. Domestic faith-based and community-based organizations are also eligible to apply.
Technical Assistance:
HRSA has scheduled the following technical assistance webinar:
Thursday, February 7, 2019, 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET
Participant number: (888) 603-9071
Participant code: 4095307
Playback number: (866) 448-4808, password: 1234

No-Cost Clinical Consultation Available on Substance Use Management
Health center providers can get advice on treating substance use disorders (including OUD and mental health conditions) through the Clinician Consultation Center’s Substance Use Warmline. Get real-time clinical consultation from a multi-disciplinary team of experts on topics such as assessing complex patient needs; establishing pain management strategies; and providing MAT. Connect to the Warmline’s peer-to-peer consultation and decision support by phone toll-free at 855-300-3595 or upload patient cases securely online. The Warmline operates from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, Monday to Friday.

 What Health Care Providers Need to Know about Early Check
Cindy Powell, MD, MS, clinical geneticist and pediatrician at UNC-Chapel Hill, explains what the Early Check study means for clinicians in this 2-minute YouTube video.
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As a reminder, if pregnant women or new moms seek your guidance about Early Check, please refer them to the Early Check website. You can download or print this flyer, which has the website address and other info, to share with patients and families. Includes both English and Spanish versions.
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This newsletter is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under cooperative agreement number 5 U58CS06835-13-00, State and Regional Primary Care Association Cooperative Agreement for $1,415,574.00 with 0% financed with non-federal sources.  This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit

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