Monthly Archives: November 2013

Organizations Launch Kresge-Funded Project to Assess and Address Patient Risk

The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO), the Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA), and the Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF) have launched a Kresge Foundation-funded project to measure and capture health centers’ patient risks in terms of both clinical and non-clinical factors, such as the social determinants of health--the social, environmental,

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CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report

Income,  education level, sex, race, ethnicity, employment status, and sexual  orientation are all related to health and health outcomes for a number of Americans,  according to a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Supplement released  today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The  "CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report — United States,  2013," is the second CDC report that highlights differences in mortality 

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How to Transform the Culture of your Organization and Empower an Engaged Workforce – Free seminar for nonprofits

Inspired Business By Design is showcasing leaders and their businesses who are transforming their business cultures for employee empowerment and creativity.  The showcase to be held February 12, 2014 will feature Michael Johnson, CEO of Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, Wisconsin.  Michael will speak on "How to Transform the Culture of your Organization and Empower an Engaged Workforce."  Michael was instrumental in turning around Boys and Girls

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Capitol Hill Hearing to Focus on Breaking Down Barriers to Volunteerism at Health Centers

The Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee today convenes a legislative hearing on bipartisan legislation introduced by Representatives Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Gene Green (D-TX) to break down the barriers to health professional volunteerism at Community Health Centers (CHCs).  The Family Health Care Accessibility Act of 2013 (H.R. 2703) provides a legislative solution to a longstanding problem that health centers confront in attracting volunteer

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HHS Launches Second Video Game on Disaster Planning

ONC released its second Web-based security training module, "CyberSecure: Your Medical Practice" for healthcare providers and staff. This latest game focuses on disaster planning, data backup and recovery and other elements of contingency planning.  Contingency planning helps providers and staff prepare for power outages, floods, fires or weather related events such as hurricanes or tornadoes. These events can damage patient health information or

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Study Shows High Ratings of Patient Satisfaction at Health Centers

A new study shows that more than 80 percent of Community Health Center patients rated their quality of care as high.  The study, published in the November/December issue of the Annals of Family Medicine, showed that 84 percent of patients reported excellent/very good overall quality of services, 81 percent reported excellent/very good quality of clinician care, and 84 percent were very likely to refer friends and relatives to the center. "Clinicians

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HRSA Rural Health Network Development Grants

HRSA-14-044  Rural Health Network Development (RHND) Grant Program Apply at Grants.gov by December 06 HRSA-14-043  Rural Health Network Development Planning Apply at Grants.gov by January 16 Technical Assistance

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O & E Helpful Tools and Information

New Marketplace application aids posted in 14 languages Spanish Language Version of CAC Training Last week we released a report about the results of the first reporting period of open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The report shows that 106,185 individuals have selected plans from the Marketplace, and another 975,407 have made it through the process by applying and receiving an eligibility determination, but have not yet selected

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Disparities Solution Center Now Accepting Applications for 2014-2015 Disparities Leadership Program

This year-long executive education program, developed and led by the DSC at the Massachusetts General Hospital and jointly sponsored by The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), is designed for leaders from hospitals, health plans and other health care organizations who wish to implement practical strategies to identify and address racial and ethnic disparities in health care, particularly through quality improvement.  Click here for

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Implementation of Revised CMS 1500 Claim Form / Version 02/12

Nebraska Medicaid will follow the same timeline adopted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) for transition of the CMS 1500 Health Insurance Claims Form. The transition timeline for moving from the current 08/05 version to the 02/12 version is as follows: Effective January 6, 2014, Nebraska Medicaid will begin receiving and processing paper claims submitted on the revised CMS 1500 claim form (version 02/12). Effective January 6 through

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