Monthly Archives: June 2013

HRSA Primary Health Care/Health Centers Open Opportunities

HRSA-14-021 Service Area Competition Program Details Apply at Grants.gov by July 24 Technical Assistance HRSA-14-022 Service Area Competition Program Details Apply at Grants.gov by July 31 Technical Assistance HRSA-14-023 Service Area Competition Program Details Apply at Grants.gov by August 14 Technical Assistance HRSA-14-024 Service Area Competition Program Details Apply at Grants.gov by September 11 Technical Assistance HRSA-14-025 Service

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DHHS Releases Preferred Drug List (PDL) – Provider Bulletin 13-42

In May of 2013 the NE Medicaid Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee reviewed fortyfive therapeutic classes of drugs on the Preferred Drug List (PDL). Listed below are the CHANGES per each class. It is not a listing of all the drugs within a therapeutic class, and it is not the complete PDL. Changes to the reviewed therapeutic classes are listed in italics on the posted PDL to be implemented July 18, 2013. For the complete listing of the Preferred

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DHHS Releases Nebraska Medicaid Practitioner Fee Schedule for HEALTH CHECK Services

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has released its revised Medicaid Practitioner Fee Schedule for Health Check Services #29-2013.  Included in this listing are HEALTH CHECK (EPSDT) REFERRAL INDICATOR CODES Preventive care for persons under 21, HEALTH CHECK (EPSDT) Vaccines for Children, and HEALTH CHECK (EPSDT) Special Services for Persons Under 21. To read the document, go here: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Documents/471-000-533.pdf

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Webinar Replay: “Making Enrollment Easier: New Guidance from CMS”

On June 12th, a webinar with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities was given to take a deeper dive on five new enrollment strategies available to make enrollment easier for states. States can significantly reduce the number of uninsured residents they will need to reach through outreach and in-person application assistance efforts in 2014 by taking full advantage of these strategies

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CMS Offers Enrollment Stategies for Medicaid and CHIP

As states prepare for the changes to Medicaid eligibility that will go into effect on January 1, 2014, identifying ways to efficiently enroll eligible individuals is a high priority. Based on discussions with states and stakeholders, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering optional strategies that can help make significant progress toward reducing the number of uninsured individuals and optional tools to help states manage

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HRSA Grantees: Key Players in HIV Testing Webcast

Monday, June 24, 2013 at 1pm CDT (12noon MDT) Join the webcast: http://services.choruscall.com/links/hrsa130624.html  “Take the Test, Take Control” - that’s the message we want to deliver to the half a million people who don’t know they are living with HIV. National HIV Testing Day is June 27 and of the approximately 1.2 million people living with HIV (PLWH) in the United States, nearly one in five of these people do not know their status

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Breaking the Glass: Navigating Sexual Health & HIV Stigma with African Immigrants and Refugees

The HHS Office of Minority Health Resource Center's National African Immigrant Project is providing a webinar targeting clinicians that work with African immigrants with HIV and its co-morbidities. The webinar, "Breaking the Glass: Navigating Sexual Health & HIV Stigma with African Immigrants and Refugees", will address HIV stigma as it pertains to African clients, MSM in the African community, FGM, gender issues and medical adherence. The webinar

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Doctors and Hospitals’ Use of Health IT More than Doubles since 2012

More than half of America’s doctors have adopted electronic health records HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced that more than half of all doctors and other eligible providers have received Medicare or Medicaid incentive payments for adopting or meaningfully using electronic health records (EHRs). HHS has met and exceeded its goal for 50 percent of doctor offices and 80 percent of eligible hospitals to have EHRs by the end of 2013. Since

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Technical Expert Panel (TEP) Nominations Sought for CMS & Center for Outcomes Research and Evealuation (CORE) Panel

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with Yale New Haven Health Services Corporation/Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) to develop administrative claims-based, risk-adjusted measures of all-cause admissions for patients with chronic disease (heart failure, diabetes, and multiple chronic conditions).  Because high-quality outpatient management of patients with these conditions should minimize the need

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HRSA Releases ‘Health Center Budgeting and Accounting Requirements’ – Comment through August 30th

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released Policy Information Notice (PIN) 2013-01: Health Center Budgeting and Accounting Requirements. The PIN is available at: http://bphc.hrsa.gov/policiesregulations/policies/pin201301.html This PIN provides information regarding budgeting and accounting requirements for health centers and their applicability to section 330 federal grant funds versus non-grant funds. Certain sections

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