Monthly Archives: February 2016

CMS Region 7 Call on Accountable Health Communities on Tuesday, March 1 at 1pm CT (12noon MT)

On Tuesday, March 1st, at 1:00 pm, the Kansas City Regional Office will be holding a stakeholder call to discuss the recently announced Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Model. The AHC Model is intended to address the critical gap between clinical care and community services in the current healthcare delivery system. Unmet health-related social needs, such as food insecurity and inadequate or unstable housing, may increase the risk of developing

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REMIND CONSUMERS TO RESOLVE THEIR DATA MATCHING INCONSISTENCIES

A  list of documents  that consumers can submit to resolve different types of inconsistencies.

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NEW SPECIAL ENROLLMENT CONFIRMATION PROCESS ANNOUNCED

On February 24, 2016, CMS announced a new Special Enrollment Confirmation Process. Under the new Special Enrollment Confirmation Process all consumers applying through the most common HealthCare.gov Special Enrollment Periods (SEPs) will be directed to submit documentation to verify their eligibly to use a SEP. CMS will then review the documents to ensure consumers qualify for a SEP. The Special Enrollment Confirmation Process will be implemented

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NCQA PCMH Standards Teleconferences Part 1: Thurs., March 17 at 1-3pm CT (12noo-2pm MT) and Part 2: Tues., March 22 at 1-3pm CT (12noon-2pm MT)

National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) 2014 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Standards Teleconferences – Part 1: Thursday, March 17, 2016, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., ET and Part 2: Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., ET – NCQA will discuss the basic content of 2014 PCMH standards and documentation requirements for PCMH Standards. Part 1 will cover NCQA PCMH standards 1 to 3, and Part 2 will cover NCQA PCMH standards 4

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DEADLINE APPROACHING for 340B Re-Certification! Re-certify by March 9, 2016!

340B Recertification Deadline – HRSA requires all 340B covered entities to annually recertify their program information in order to continue participation in the 340B Program.  To remain in the 340B Drug Pricing Program and continue purchasing covered outpatient drugs at discounted 340B prices, HRSA grantees must complete the annual 340B recertification by Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Currently-certified entities have received their username and

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Fundamentals of the National CLAS Standards webinar on Thurs., Mar. 17 at 2pm CT (1pm MT)

Upcoming Webinar: Fundamentals of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care Please join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health for the first webinar in a series on the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (National CLAS Standards). Culturally and linguistically appropriate services means

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CMS Announces Accountable Health Communities Funding Opportunity to Improve Community Linkages to Address SDOH

Over a five-year period, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) will implement and evaluate a three-track Accountable Health Communities Model based on emerging evidence that addressing health-related socials needs through enhanced clinical-community linkages can improve health outcomes and reduce costs. Each track features interventions of varying intensity that link beneficiaries with community services (from referrals to actual

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NHSC Loan Repayment Program accepting applications through April 5

APPLY NOW Accepting applications through April 5, 7:30 p.m. ET 2016 Application and Program Guidance (PDF -401 KB) has the detailed information you need to apply. Please read carefully before you start your Loan Repayment Program application. Primary care medical, dental and mental/behavioral health clinicians can get up to $50,000 to repay their health profession student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment to work at an approved NHSC site

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Authorized Representatives and Third Party Representatives

Key Takeaways: CMS has temporarily suppressed the “authorized user” page that was previously available in a consumer’s My Account. Consumers cannot currently appoint formal authorized representatives through either the online or paper applications. Help consumers understand the two different types of representatives (authorized representatives vs. third-party representatives) so they can make informed choices about who speaks or acts on their

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The Facts about the Affordable Care Act and Enforcement

Affordable coverage options are available in the Health Insurance Marketplace for immigrant families. Share these facts with immigrant consumers about getting coverage: Mixed status families can apply for a tax credit or lower out-of-pocket costs for private insurance for their dependent family members who are eligible for coverage in the Marketplace or for Medicaid and CHIP coverage. Family members who aren't applying for health coverage for themselves

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