Administration

Heads Up – 2017 Data Profiles are Just Around the Corner

Keep an eye out for upcoming information releases from the STAR² Center about the launch of the 2017 individual health center recruitment and retention Data Profiles. To prepare to work with this year's updated Data Profiles, take some time to review the Data Profile Information Center. Here is a brief overview of what the data profile consists of: http://chcworkforce.org/sites/default/files/STAR2%20Center%20Data%20Profiles%20%26%20TA%202016.pdf

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New extended deadlines for quarterly 340B Registration for Health Center Program

Starting on January 1, 2017, the 340B Program will accept Health Center Program grantee and health center look-alike registrations for a longer period of time within each quarter. Health centers will be able to register a site that has been verified as implemented and the site status is reflected as “active” in EHBs Form 5B after the standard two-week registration period (January 1-15, 2017) through March 10, 2017, after which the system will

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Health Centers with Capital Project Plans Should Act Now

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund announced the awardees for the combined 2015-2016 round of New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocations. The awards, which were increased to an historic high of over $7 billion, are aimed at revitalizing low-income communities and increasing economic opportunity nationwide. The 120 Community Development Entities (CDEs) that received these awards are actively seeking

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FTC Releases New Guide for Responding to a Data Breach

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in September 2016 released new guidance that provides businesses with a step-by-step process for addressing and responding to data breaches, such as how to secure areas of operation, how to fix communication or technical vulnerabilities, and whom to contact in the event of a breach. The guide suggests consulting legal counsel and assembling a forensics team to identify the source and contain the breach, then contacting

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Community Health Center Workforce and Staffing Needs

NACHC just released a new snapshot titled Community Health Center Workforce and Staffing Needs. This resource documents health centers' current clinical staffing makeup nationally while summarizing their clinical vacancy experiences as well as the impact of those vacancies. Learn more here. 

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Ask Congress to Support H.R. 5667 to Improve Health Center Participation in ACOs

NACHC is still urging Congress to pass H.R. 5667, a bill that will make it easier for FQHCs to participate in ACOs. Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-CA) recently introduced the bill, called The Rural ACO Provider Equity Act, which would allow FQHCs and rural health clinics to assign their patients to ACOs under the Medicare Shared Savings Program. The Senate has already passed the bill, but we still need to build

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A Health Disparities Funding Opportunity from March of Dimes

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HRSA Issues Message about 340B Extended Registration Period

The next 340B program registration window will be October 1-17, 2016.  The upcoming registration window is unique in that both the start date and the end date fall on Saturdays, giving the entities one less working day to register.  Therefore, the Office of Pharmacy Affairs (OPA) will extend the upcoming registration period to include October 17, 2016.

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HRSA/BPHC registration fee support available for NCQA and PCMH training in Atlanta on Sept. 20-22, deadline for requests Friday, August 19

PCA/HCCN QI Coaches:  This communication is to ensure your PCA/HCCN is aware of current HRSA/BPHC support for attendance at NCQA Introduction and Advanced PCMH educational training sessions.  Support is available to both health center and PCA/HCCN staff for registration fees for both NCQA education sessions.  Travel, lodging and other expenses are the responsibility of the traveler.  Health center or PCA/HCCN staff interested in attending should

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Notice of Intent to apply for Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) due Tuesday, May 31

Launched in 2012, the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) allows Medicare fee-for-service doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers to become Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and share in savings earned from providing high value, high quality care to Medicare beneficiaries.  MSSP has several  provisions unique to rural providers discussed in a new CMS fact sheet.  If rural providers new to MSSP are interested in applying or current

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