“Today with Macrae” Recording, American Heart Month, and More! HRSA PHC Digest

A Newsletter from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)

HRSA BPHC Primary Health Care Digest

February 4, 2020

All-Programs

“Today with Macrae: Health Center Program Updates” Recording
If you missed last week’s “Today with Macrae: Health Center Program Updates,” watch the recording, which mentioned these resources:

Join us for future webcasts from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET on these Tuesdays:

  • March 24
  • May 19
  • July 28

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What's New

Modification to Fiscal Year 2020 Service Area Competition Funding Opportunity
HRSA added an additional Las Vegas, NV, service area to fiscal year (FY) 2020 Service Area Competition (SAC) funding opportunity HRSA-20-100. Refer to the Service Area Announcement Table (Service Area Identification Number 526) for service area details.


Focusing on Health Centers
BPHC Associate Administrator Jim Macrae recently published an article (see page 10) in the Independence Blue Cross Foundation’s “Reaching Communities” edition of the Journal of Change.

The issue’s theme is the history and impact of the Health Center Program, and the article describes HRSA’s work to improve quality of care at health centers through efforts such as the Diabetes Quality Improvement Initiative and the Quality Improvement Awards.

Quality of Care Article

340B Recertification Due by February 24
About three weeks remain for covered entities, including HRSA-funded health centers and look-alikes, to recertify and retain their 340B participant status. All covered entities who do not recertify by the deadline of Monday, February 24, will be terminated from the HRSA 340B Program starting on Wednesday, April 1. Terminated entities will require a new registration and not be eligible to participate in the 340B Program until July.

To recertify, Authorizing Officials (AOs) and Primary Contacts (PCs) must first set up user accounts by visiting the HRSA 340B Office of Pharmacy Affairs Information System (340B OPAIS) and choosing “I am a participant.” It is the covered entity’s responsibility to ensure they have created their accounts before recertification to allow successful completion of the process.

For questions or assistance, email the 340B call center or call 888-340-2787 (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. ET).


Updated Federal Poverty Guidelines
The 2020 poverty guidelines are in effect as of Wednesday, January 15.

Update

FY 2020 Health Center Controlled Networks Non-Competing Continuation Progress Report
The FY 2020 Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCN) Non-Competing Continuation (NCC) Progress Report is now available. The NCC Progress Report must be submitted in HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks by 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 24.

Join a technical assistance (TA) webinar:

Thursday, February 6
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Join the webcast the day of the session
Call-in: 888-989-9714
Passcode: 7744452

TA materials are available on the HCCN TA webpage. Contact the HCCN TA Response Team with questions using the BPHC Contact Form.


CMS Data Highlight: Reporting of Social Determinants of Health Among Medicare Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries
A new Data Highlight from CMS provides insight into the reporting of social determinants of health (SDOH) for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries using data from the ICD-10 codes. These codes identify individuals with potential health hazards related to socioeconomic and psychosocial circumstances. The analysis shows that in the future, with an increase in data collection, ICD-10 Z codes offer great opportunity to standardize the capture of SDOH in medical practice and billing.


Substance Use Disorder & Mental Health

New Communities of Practice Available for Health Centers
The HRSA Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health TA invites you to join new Communities of Practice (CoP).


Pharmacotherapy for Depression and Anxiety in Patients with Opioid Use Disorder
Mood and anxiety symptoms burden patients entering into treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD). Medications such as buprenorphine and methadone can improve comorbid psychiatric pathology, but residual and resistant symptoms often persist. First line treatment options are often inadequate, leaving clinicians frustrated and patients at high risk for relapse.

HRSA and the National Clinician Consultation Center offer an interactive office hour session aimed at helping health center clinicians make vital medication treatment decisions. Participants will learn to:

  • Describe the relationship between OUD and comorbid mood and anxiety disorders.
  • Identify the available evidence for treatment of depression and anxiety in patients with OUD.
  • Design a medication regimen for patients with comorbid OUD and depression or anxiety disorders.

Wednesday, February 19
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Register here


Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program Application Cycle is Open
See announcement below.


Strong African American Families: an Evidence-based Prevention Program for Rural Youth and Families
The NIH-funded Strong African American Families Program is a culturally tailored study and prevention program focusing on rural African American youths aged 10-14 years old and their families. Learn how the program addresses risk factors common in rural communities and supports improved health outcomes in youth and parents.


HIV

Exploring Cultural Competence and Humility in the Care of HIV Patients
The National Center for Health in Public Housing, a HRSA-funded National Cooperative Agreement (NCA), presents a learning collaborative designed to help move organizations past cultural stereotypes and biases (e.g., based on race, sexual orientation, gender identity) to offer HIV patients preventive and health care services with cultural humility. Learn more or register before the first of four sessions on Monday, February 10.


Diabetes

Advancing Partnerships with Schools to Address Diabetes Risk Factors in Elementary School Children
A new learning collaborative from The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium and the School-Based Health Alliance, both HRSA-funded NCAs, will provide targeted interventions for students with pre-diabetic indicators or school-wide interventions to prevent diabetes. The target audience for this learning collaborative is:

  • Health centers with an established collaboration with an elementary school(s).
  • Primary Care Association staff who provide assistance to health centers that seek to collaborate with elementary schools in preventing diabetes.

Register here for the collaborative, which commences in March.


Workforce

Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program Application Cycle is Open
HRSA’s Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program is accepting applications until 7:30 p.m. ET, on Thursday, March 12. As part of HRSA's efforts to combat the nation's opioid crisis, there is special funding this year for psychiatric nurse practitioners. The goal is to increase the nursing workforce at critical shortage facilities and provide evidence-based care to patients in need of OUD and behavioral health treatment.


SDOH Academy
The SDOH Academy announces the 2020 Learning Collaborative Series and the launch of the SDOH Academy website. (Note: The SDOH Academy was founded by a HRSA-funded NCA.) The latest learning collaboratives will help health centers (1) humanize enabling services data; (2) build a workforce to care for sexual and gender minority patients; (3) reduce disparities through community partnerships; and (4) create equitable emergency and disaster preparedness. Register for sessions and check out other virtual trainings. You can also find additional SDOH resources in the Health Center Clearinghouse.


Heart Health

American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month. We’ll feature resources and learning opportunities throughout the month.


Oscar Cingolani

Participate in an Interactive Virtual Town Hall on Resistant Hypertension
Resistant hypertension is high blood pressure that does not respond well to aggressive medical treatment. It substantially increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney failure.

Join HRSA for an interactive Virtual Town Hall on this topic. Oscar H. Cingolani, M.D., Director of the Center for Resistant Hypertension at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will explore contributing factors such as gender, race, genetic disparities, and social determinants associated with resistant hypertension. He will share evidence-based promising practices for treatment and control. You can join other health centers in the interactive portion to share your experiences and ask questions about treating patients with this condition.

Addressing Hard-to-Control Hypertension: Let Us Count the Ways
Tuesday, February 25
2:00-3:30 p.m. ET
Register here


Additional Resources

Optimizing EHRs for Tracking Referrals and Test Results
ECRI Institute (on HRSA’s behalf) presents a webinar on using electronic health records (EHRs) and health information technology (HIT) to improve tracking and follow-up for patient referrals and test results. Jennifer Fabre, Chief Health Information Officer and Director of Quality and Risk Management at Teche Action Clinic (Louisiana), will share her organization’s efforts to improve referral tracking processes, including challenges encountered, lessons learned, and practical tips for other health centers and free clinics. ECRI Institute will also share results from work with health centers.

ECRI Institute’s Partnership for HIT Patient Safety provides resources on safe practices, including a closing-the-loop toolkit and implementation guide. Speakers will share resources during the webinar. ECRI Institute will offer the webinar at two times:

Tuesday, February 18
Noon-1:00 p.m. ET
Register here

OR

Wednesday, February 19
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Register here


Food is Medicine: How Food Banks and Health Centers Can Provide Healthy Food to Food Insecure Patients
Food insecurity affects more than 37 million individuals in the United States. HRSA’s San Francisco Office of Regional Operations presents a webinar highlighting how providers who care for vulnerable populations can assist food insecure patients. Presenters will discuss how community health centers can partner with local hunger relief organizations and food banks. Strategies include referring patients to food banks, connecting with mobile food pantries, or hosting a food pantry on site at the health center.

Tuesday, February 18
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Register here

For more information, contact CAPT Nidhi Jain.


New Module: SOAR for Native Communities
HHS’ Administration for Children and Families recently launched the SOAR for Native Communities online module through the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center. Using a public health approach, this online module helps those serving indigenous populations gain more understanding of human trafficking and its impact on Native communities. It helps professionals build trauma-informed and culturally responsive strategies to address human trafficking in American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.


Training for New Clinical Directors
New Chief Medical or Nursing Officers, Dental Directors, and Behavioral Health Directors should consider this training opportunity for continuing education and networking presented by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC, a HRSA-funded NCA). This is a pre-conference activity that will take place on March 14-15, in conjunction with NACHC’s annual Policy and Issues Forum in Washington, DC. It will provide core knowledge and competencies that health center Clinical Directors need to function as effective managers, leaders, and advocates for their health centers and communities. Find out more.


2020 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health
The Northwest Regional Primary Care Association announces registration for the 2020 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health, February 19-21, in Sacramento, CA. Join your colleagues in sessions focused on HHS priority topics, including chronic disease prevention and management, childhood obesity, mental health, substance use disorder, health workforce, emergency preparedness, SDOH, and policy and environmental updates related to the health of agricultural workers and their families. Learn more or register by Wednesday, February 12.


U.S. Surgeon General Releases New Smoking Cessation Report
U.S. Surgeon General VADM Jerome M. Adams has released Smoking Cessation: A Report of the Surgeon General. Accompanying resources include The Key Findings Fact Sheet, which provides highlights from the report, and a consumer’s guide, which provides an overview of the report and smoking cessation resources. This is the first Surgeon General’s report since 1990 to focus solely on smoking cessation.


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Technical Assistance & Training

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Visit the training calendar to learn details about or register for events.

Through February 11

Imaging Uncomplicated Headache in Sickle Cell Disease
Co-hosted with the HHS Office of Minority Health
Tuesday, February 4
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Stepping into the Cost of Care Conversation
Hosted by Migrant Clinicians Network, Inc., a HRSA-funded NCA
Wednesday, February 5
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Health Information Technology, Evaluation, and Quality Center (HITEQ) Highlights: Getting Started with a Social Media Strategy for HIV Prevention and Care
Hosted by HITEQ, a HRSA-funded NCA
Wednesday, February 5
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here

FY 2020 HCCN NCC Progress Report TA
Thursday, February 6
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Join the webcast the day of the session
Call-in: 888-989-9714
Passcode: 7744452

The Potential Impact of Autonomous Vehicles on Health Care Access
Hosted by Health Outreach Partners, a HRSA-funded NCA
Tuesday, February 11
2:00-3:30 p.m. ET
Register here

Back to School: How Health Centers Can Address Diabetes Risk 
Hosted by the School-Based Health Alliance and the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium, both HRSA-funded NCAs
Tuesday, February 11
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here


Upcoming

Using Science to Adapt Child Obesity Solutions
Hosted by NACHC, a HRSA-funded NCA
Wednesday, February 12
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here

UDS Mapper Advanced Topics: Identifying Opioid Intervention Opportunities
Thursday, February 13
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Health and Housing Partnerships: Progress Towards a Tobacco-Free Community
Hosted by the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium, a HRSA-funded NCA
Thursday, February 13
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here
**1.0 CME available**

Developing a Community Health Center Capital Project Plan and Budget: A Two-Part Webinar Series
Hosted by Capital Link, a HRSA-funded NCA

Part One:
Thursday, February 13
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Part Two:
Thursday, March 26
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Optimizing EHRs for Tracking Referrals and Test Results
Hosted by ECRI Institute on HRSA’s behalf

Tuesday, February 18
Noon-1:00 p.m. ET
Register here

OR

Wednesday, February 19
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Food is Medicine: Food Banks Work with Health Centers
Hosted by HRSA’s San Francisco Office of Regional Operations
Tuesday, February 18
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Preparing Internal Systems for Gathering Cost Data
Hosted by Capital Link, a HRSA-funded NCA
Tuesday, February 18
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Register here

HITEQ Highlights: Using Health IT to Facilitate the Development and Administration of a PrEP Program
Hosted by HITEQ, a HRSA-funded NCA
Tuesday, February 18
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Pharmacotherapy for Depression and Anxiety in Patients with OUD
Hosted by HRSA and the National Clinician Consultation Center
Wednesday, February 19
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Register here

The Oral Health Impact: Tobacco, Marijuana, and Vaping in Patients in Public Housing
Hosted by the National Network for Oral Health Access and the National Center for Health in Public Housing, both HRSA-funded NCAs
Friday, February 21
Noon-1:00 p.m. ET
Register here
**1.0 CDE available**

Addressing Hard-to-Control Hypertension: Let Us Count the Ways
Tuesday, February 25
2:00-3:30 p.m. ET
Register here

HITEQ Highlights: HIV Prevention and Treatment for Patients with SUD/OUD in an Integrated Behavioral Health Setting
Hosted by HITEQ, a HRSA-funded NCA
Thursday, February 27
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Introduction to the UDS Mapper
Tuesday, March 3
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Addressing SDOH Using Motivational Interviewing Strategies
Hosted by the School-Based Health Alliance, a HRSA-funded NCA
Thursday, March 19
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

UDS Mapper Advanced Topics: Using the UDS Mapper for Research
Wednesday, March 25
11:00 a.m.-noon ET
Register here

Webinars are hosted by HRSA unless otherwise noted.