COVID-19 Workforce Virtual Toolkit, CARES Funding Response Deadline, and More! HRSA PHC Digest

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

HRSA BPHC Primary Health Care Digest

May 5, 2020

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COVID-19 Workforce Virtual Toolkit
HRSA staff contributed to this new resource from the HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR): COVID-19 Workforce Virtual Toolkit: Resources for Healthcare Decision-Makers Responding to COVID-19 Workforce Concerns. It provides links to tools and resource collections relating to federal regulatory and funding flexibilities, licensure and scope of practice expansions, liability protections, workforce resilience and protection, and COVID-19-related training resources.


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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions Update
We continually update our Health Center Program COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) webpage. We recently added this question:

What flexibilities do health centers have under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) program during the COVID-19 public health emergency?

We also created a separate page for FAQs related to funding, which we will continue to expand over time and will let you know as we make additions.

Editor’s Note: See below for additional COVID-19 resources and upcoming events, including resources mentioned during yesterday’s “Today with Macrae: Health Center Program Updates” session.


HRSA Celebrates National Nurses Week May 6-12
This National Nurses Week, we invite you to celebrate the significant contributions of our nation’s nurses who serve daily on the front lines caring for those in need. Did you know that for 17 consecutive years, the American public ranked nurses the most trusted professionals? Our programs are certainly doing their part:

  • Nearly 29,000 nurses practice at HRSA-funded health centers in rural, urban, and underserved areas and handle more than 28 million patient visits each year.
  • More than 5,200 National Health Service Corps and Nurse Corps nurses provide care to approximately 5.5 million Americans.

Join us this week as we highlight these and many other HRSA nursing program accomplishments on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Thank you for celebrating nurses!


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What's New

2020 Uniform Data System Reporting Requirement Changes
Join HRSA for a presentation on the changes to the calendar year 2020 Uniform Data System (UDS) reporting. (The reporting window will be open Friday, January 1, 2021, to Monday, February 15, 2021.) We will provide an overview of the changes and a question and answer session.

Thursday, May 7
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Register here

Key reporting changes include:

  • Addition of HIV screening measure (CMS349v2);
  • Addition of prescription for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) International Classification of Diseases (ICD) 10 codes and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes; and
  • Revision of Appendix D to capture information on prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) and social determinants of health.

For additional information, see Program Assistance Letter (PAL) 2020-04: UDS Changes for Calendar Year 2020.


Deadline Tomorrow: Apply for FY 2020 Capital Assistance for Disaster Response and Recovery Efforts
As a reminder, HRSA has announced the availability of $79 million in one-time competitive funding for Capital Assistance for Disaster Response and Recovery Efforts (CADRE). The purpose of this funding opportunity is to assist health centers located in areas where a major disaster or emergency has been declared under Section 401 or 501 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5170 and 5191) for the disasters in 2018 and 2019.

Eligible applicants must be receiving Health Center Program operational grant funding at the time of application and at the time of award, and applicants must have at least one service delivery site within their approved health center scope of project located in a disaster-impacted area.

Applications are due in in HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) by 5:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 6.

The CADRE technical assistance (TA) webpage has many resources, including the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), a pre-recorded application assistance webinar, and details about the upcoming Q&A session for applicants.


Health Center Service Site Address Updates
HRSA is updating health center service delivery site addresses to align with U.S. Postal Service standards.

  • Next week, we’ll make minor updates, which do not require health center effort, to approximately 4,500 site addresses.
  • Another update, planned for this summer, will involve approximately 400 health center service delivery site changes. These will require validation by health centers and review by HRSA. We will share more information as that update approaches.

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Today with Macrae: Health Center Program Updates
Our next Today with Macrae session will focus on COVID-19 and funding updates.

Tuesday, May 19
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Join the webinar the day of the session*
Call-in: 800-369-1724
Passcode: 3620392
*NOTE: This link will be accessible only to the first 1,500 participants. If you cannot log in for the visual portion, please still call in!

Missed our most recent Today with Macrae calls? We post the recordings and transcripts on our Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Resources for Health Centers webpage as soon as we’re able.

See the next section for resources mentioned during yesterday’s “Today with Macrae” call.


COVID-19

Deadline Friday: CARES Funding Response
CARES supplemental funding (H8D) activity and budget information is due in EHBs by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, May 8. You can find the submission requirement task in your H8D grant folder in EHBs. See additional information at the CARES TA webpage and the Coronavirus-Related Funding FAQs webpage.


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Submit COVID-19 Claims Reimbursement
HHS will provide claims reimbursement to health care providers generally at Medicare rates for testing uninsured patients for COVID-19 and treating uninsured patients with a COVID-19 diagnosis. Visit HRSA’s COVID-19 Claims Reimbursement site to learn more or submit claims.


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Provider Relief Fund Action Needed
Medicare providers who have already received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund are now eligible to apply for additional funds by submitting data about their annual revenues and estimated COVID-related losses via the Provider Relief Fund Application Portal. Providers who have NOT yet received any payment from the Provider Relief Fund should NOT use the General Distribution Portal. However, providers who have NOT yet received any payments from the Provider Relief Fund may still receive funds in other distributions.


Flattening the Curve: Implications of Testing for Health Centers
The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), a HRSA-funded National Cooperative Agreement (NCA), will hold one additional session in this series, focusing on health centers’ role in testing.

Thursday, May 7
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here


COVID-19 Dental Clinic Reopening Listening Sessions
As many states lift stay-at-home orders for COVID-19, dental clinics are preparing to reopen and resume non-emergency dental services. The National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA), a HRSA-funded NCA, is hosting listening sessions to give health center dental programs the opportunity to have an open discussion with colleagues. Participants can listen and share plans and strategies on reopening dental clinics with their peers.

We encourage you to register for the listening session in your region. However, you’re welcome to join a different session if you cannot attend your region's session.

HRSA Regions 8, 9, and 10
(MT, ND, SD, WY, CO, UT, NV, CA, AZ, HI, WA, OR, ID, AK)
Wednesday, May 20
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

HRSA Regions 1, 2, 3, and 5
(ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA MD, DE, VA, WV, MN, WI, IL, IN, MI, OH)
Thursday, May 21
Noon-1:00 p.m. ET
Register here

HRSA Regions 4, 6, and 7
(KY, TN, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, NM, TX, OK, AR, LA, NE, KS, IA, MO)
Friday, May 22
Noon-1:00 p.m. ET
Register here

NNOHA is also hosting a webinar on teledentistry during COVID-19 next Tuesday, May 12.


Health Center and Look-Alike COVID-19 Survey Data Published
Last week we published updated COVID-19 data collected from HRSA-funded health centers and look-alikes.

We recently added questions about race and ethnicity because of growing evidence of racial disparities in testing and morbidity. The CDC has additional resources on this topic:


Resources


COVID-19: A Clinic’s Experience Incorporating Emergency Management Framework for Pandemic Response
ECRI will host this webinar on HRSA’s behalf. One medical clinic incorporated FEMA’s Incident Command System framework to efficiently and effectively handle staff communications, resource management, and patient care during this pandemic. Learn more from Jennifer Schmidt, M.D., assistant professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO). Dr. Schmidt serves as medical director in the university’s medical clinic. She will discuss approaches for managing issues such as patient triage and scheduling, business continuity and back-up plans, staff coordination, and patient communication.

Thursday, May 7
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here


Preventing Mother-To-Child Transmission of Hepatitis B During COVID-19 Pandemic
CDC released guidance on the prevention of mother-to-child hepatitis B virus (HBV) transmission in the event of significant COVID-19 pandemic-related disruptions in routine preventive services before, during, and after labor and delivery. Obstetric and pediatric care staff should consider this guidance while prioritizing the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HBV infection.


Substance Use Disorder & Mental Health

National Prevention Week
National Prevention Week is a public education platform that promotes prevention year-round through providing ideas, capacity building, tools, and resources to help individuals and communities make substance use prevention happen every day. This year it will happen May 10-16. Find out how your health center can participate and access resources, like the planning toolkit and promotional materials.


Deadline Extended: Rural Communities Opioid Response Program Notice of Funding Opportunity
HRSA extended the deadline for its Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) Notice of Funding Opportunity (HRSA-20-031) to Tuesday, May 26. HRSA plans to award approximately 89 grants to rural communities as part of this funding opportunity.

View an updated list of Frequently Asked Questions on eligibility and application requirements under the tab “Related Documents” in Grants.gov, view an archived recording of the TA webinar, or send questions to ruralopioidresponse@hrsa.gov.


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New Funding Opportunities
HRSA recently released several notices of funding opportunities for programming within the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program to be conducted using Minority HIV/AIDS Program funds. See open funding opportunities. The TargetHIV website includes details on pre-application TA.


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Workforce

Deadline Extension: HRSA’s National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Programs
HRSA’s National Health Service Corps (NHSC) has extended the application deadline for all three loan repayment programs to Thursday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. ET.:

Eligible clinicians providing primary medical, dental, or behavioral health care services or evidence-based SUD treatment can qualify for loan repayment up to $50,000 for the NHSC LRP, up to $75,000 for the NHSC SUD Workforce LRP, and up to $100,000 for the Rural Community LRP. Learn more about eligible disciplines, site types, and service commitment.


Additional Resources

Network Resource Guide for Health Center Controlled Networks
NACHC, a HRSA-funded NCA, produced this resource guide for Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs). It includes up-to-date information about HCCNs across the country that collaborate to leverage health IT and to ensure health centers can improve access to care, enhance quality of care, and achieve cost efficiencies.


Hepatitis C Virus Cost Calculator
The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium’s Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Cost Calculator evaluates the costs and benefits of standard versus enhanced HCV care. Based on an evidence-based model piloted at the Public Health Management Corporation Care Clinic in Philadelphia, PA, this interactive tool uses a numerical value-based model of health center staff training, screening, and treatment regimen to output comparisons in cost, revenue, and cost-benefit return on investment. The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium is a HRSA-funded NCA.


Learning Collaborative: Emergency Preparedness for Community-Dwelling Older Adults
Older adults experience unique challenges in navigating community health emergencies and can be disproportionally impacted by events such as heat waves or viral pandemics. The National Center for Equitable Care for Elders, a HRSA-funded NCA, offers a learning collaborative that will encourage health centers to effectively engage with this patient population to promote safety planning and information sharing. Meetings begin in June. Learn more or sign up now.

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Technical Assistance & Training

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

Through May 12

PCMH Office Hours: Social Determinants of Health
Hosted by the National Committee for Quality Assurance
Wednesday, May 6
10:00-11:00 a.m. ET
Register here

HITEQ Highlights: Health Center Defense Against the Dark Web: Strategies for Building Security Awareness, Education, and Compliance in 2020
Hosted by HITEQ, a HRSA-funded NCA
Wednesday, May 6
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

2020 UDS Reporting Requirement Changes
Thursday, May 7
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Register here

Flattening the Curve: Implications of Testing for Health Centers
Hosted by NACHC, a HRSA-funded NCA
Thursday, May 7
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here

National Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day 2020: Combating Social Isolation for Seniors During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Hosted by SAMHSA, the Administration for Community Living, the Veterans Health Administration, and the National Coalition on Mental Health, and Aging
Thursday, May 7
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Register here

COVID-19: A Clinic’s Experience Incorporating Emergency Management Framework for Pandemic Response
Hosted by ECRI on HRSA’s behalf
Thursday, May 7
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Introduction to the UDS Mapper
Thursday, May 7
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Mental Health Providers and Vicarious Trauma during National Emergencies
Hosted by the National Hispanic and Latino Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network, which is funded by SAMHSA
Friday, May 8
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Register here

Implementing Teledentistry During COVID-19
Hosted by NNOHA, a HRSA-funded NCA
Tuesday, May 12
3:00-4:15 p.m. ET
Register here
**1.0 CDE credit available**


Upcoming

Setting the Record Straight Webinar Series (Part 3): Joint Commission Guidance and Resources
Hosted by the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium, a HRSA-funded NCA
Wednesday, May 13
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here
**1.0 CME/CNE credit available**

Ag Worker Health 102: Supporting Agricultural Worker Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Hosted by The National Center for Farmworker Health, a HRSA-funded NCA
Wednesday, May 13
2:00-3:30 p.m. ET
Register here

UDS Mapper Advanced Topics: Assessing Your Community Using the UDS Mapper
Tuesday, May 19
11:00 a.m.-noon ET
Register here

Health Network: A Care Coordination Program for Mobile Patients Including Those with Hypertension
Hosted by Migrant Clinicians Network, a HRSA-funded NCA
Tuesday, May 19
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Using the Health Center Dental Dashboard for Tracking, Measuring, and Improvement
Hosted by NNOHA, a HRSA-funded NCA
Tuesday, May 19
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here
**1.0 CDE credit available**

Back to Basics: Common Lab Findings in Sickle Cell Disease
Cohosted with the HHS Office of Minority Health
Tuesday, May 19
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Today with Macrae: Health Center Program Updates
Tuesday, May 19
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Join the webinar the day of the session*
Call-in: 800-369-1724
Passcode: 3620392
*NOTE: This link will be accessible only to the first 1,500 participants. If you cannot log in for the visual portion, please still call in!

Hepatitis Awareness Month: Providing Care for Patients During COVID-19
Hosted by the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium, a HRSA-funded NCA
Tuesday, May 19
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Register here
**1.0 CME/CNE credit available**

Clinicians’ Coffee Chat: Diabetes and Nutrition
Hosted by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, a HRSA-funded NCA
Wednesday, May 20
Noon-1:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Standardized Screening for Military Veteran Status
Hosted by NACHC, a HRSA-funded NCA
Wednesday, May 20
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here

COVID-19 Dental Clinic Reopening Listening Sessions
Hosted by NNOHA, a HRSA-funded NCA

HRSA Regions 8, 9, and 10
Wednesday, May 20
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

HRSA Regions 1, 2, 3, and 5
Thursday, May 21
Noon-1:00 p.m. ET
Register here

HRSA Regions 4, 6, and 7
Friday, May 22
Noon-1:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Improving Diabetes Care Quality in Rural Communities
Hosted by the National Center for Equitable Care for Elders, a HRSA-funded NCA
Thursday, May 21
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Structural Competency
Hosted by Health Outreach Partners, a HRSA-funded NCA
Wednesday, May 27
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Webinars are hosted by HRSA unless otherwise noted.