May 2016 QuickNotes
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Northwest Regional Primary Care Association

Timely News for Region X

May 2016 QuickLinks
Are You Ready for Payment Reform?
Why CHCs Should Care about Aging and Caregiving
Suite 330 News
Career Center
Region X Highlights
Professional Development
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Kersten Burns Lauch

Stacey Moody

Are You Ready for Payment Reform?

Kersten Burns Lausch, Manager of State Affairs at NACHC, and Stacey Moody, Senior Consultant at JSI

Across the nation, health care delivery systems and payment models are transforming to respond to the tenets of the Triple Aim: improving patient experience and population health while reducing system costs. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has stimulated the testing and spread of new delivery models, a shift toward value-based payments and the development of resources for system-wide improvement.

Kersten Burns Lausch, Manager of State Affairs at NACHC, and Stacey Moody, Senior Consultant at JSI, gave a presentation on state payment reform experiences and health center readiness at the 2016 NWRPCA Annual Spring Conference.

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Tina Castanares

Why CHCs Should Care About Aging and Caregiving

Tina Castanares, One Community Health

I’m aging, and so are you. 100% of our CHC patients are aging. Nearly all of us, along with our loved ones and families, will face advanced illness, disability, and the special challenges of the last months of life. Although most of us say we hope to be “healthy until we die” (a nice aspiration), only a tiny fraction of us will be quite so lucky.

And we’ll need help. As former First Lady Roslyn Carter famously put it, “There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need a caregiver.”

But what does all this have to do with our health centers? After all, most of us have fewer than 10% Medicare patients in the “payer mix.”

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NWRPCA welcomes readers to submit articles in response to our features.

Suite 330: News from NWRPCA »

NWRPCA Welcomes New Development Coordinator

NWRPCA is very pleased to announce Rosa Mitsumasu Scotti as our newest staff member. Rosa assumed the position of NWRPCA’s Development Coordinator on May 2nd and has taken on many of the duties held by our well-known previous Development and Communications Manager, Lynn Gerlach, who is now building out her own consulting business.

Rosa’s work experience is diverse. She began her professional life with a degree in industrial engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She followed that up with a Master of Engineering, then a Master of Science in Sustainable Systems, and finally a Fundraising Management certificate at the University of Washington, which she’s in the process of completing. She’s studied clean energy technologies, helped social scientists through the Nature Conservancy, and, most recently, helped manage development efforts at Pinchot University. Rosa brings over five years of communication, fundraising and management experience to us. We’re excited to see where her wealth of experience and energy will lead us.

We believe Rosa will be a tremendous addition to our team. Please welcome her into the Northwest health center family when and as you have the opportunity.

Veterans Choice Act:
Tackling Veteran Outreach and Care in Region X

The Veterans Choice Program (VCP) was created in 2014 through the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act (VACAA), allowing eligible veterans to receive healthcare from non-Veterans Health Administration (VHA) community providers, including community health centers (CHCs). This represents a fundamental shift in how veterans can get access to the care they need, and provides the opportunity for CHCs to open their doors to another critically underserved population.

Join us next month for a webinar highlighting Veterans Choice Program (VCP) updates and best practices for veteran outreach.

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NWRPCA Staff Learns about Member Health Centers

Each month Member Services posts interesting information and photos for a different health center in Region X. During May, our team is learning all about Moses Lake Community Health Center in Washington.

Abbreviated QuickNotes this Spring

NWRPCA Member Services Coordinator, Alyssa Panning, has been on maternity leave and will be returning to us soon!

Professional Development

NWRPCA Opportunities

Tomorrow! Biennial Salary Survey 101 Webinar

May 25, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 PM PST - Online

Registration is open

Join Andrea Martin, Workforce Development & Member Services Director at CHAMPS, and NWRPCA as we walk through the steps of how your CHC can participate in the salary survey data collection beginning May 23, 2016. Participants will have the opportunity to purchase the survey report at half price. The deadline to submit your survey to NWRPCA is June 30, 2016.

NWRPCA's Governance Webinar Series

June 1-29, 2016 - Online

Registration is open

NWRPCA will be offering a series of five Governance webinars throughout the month of June that will focus on the 19 program requirements as they relate directly to Community Health Center Board of Directors. Led by Dr. Pam Byrnes, each session will be 30 minutes long plus time for a 10-minute Q&A. This is a perfect opportunity to gather your board each week for convenient, real-time learning – let each webinar session help guide discussions relevant to your CHC!

Crucial Management Skills for CHC Leaders, Managers, and Supervisors

July 18-19, 2016 in Yakima, WA

Registration is open

Great management skills are necessary for community health center managers at every level of your organization! This CHC-specific course provides an opportunity for leaders, managers and supervisors throughout your health center to learn, reinvigorate, and practice a wide range of management skills crucial to effectively hire, train, manage, and develop others. Join us for two days of intensive, hands-on learning for immediate implementation and long-term impact!

New! Behavioral Health Integration Training

August 8-9, 2016 in Boise, ID

Registration is open

The integration of behavioral health in primary care is a paramount issue for health centers all over the country. Cherokee Health Systems has evolved a fully integrated practice over the last 40 years across its East Tennessee service area; it is a model that has been recognized as an exemplar practice by NCQA and a number of other state and national organizations. You will learn not only the intricacies of the clinical approach, but also the vital administrative, operational, financial and collaborative components that support and sustain the model.

NWRPCA is pleased to offer the Behavioral Health Integration training, sponsored in part by Idaho Primary Care Association.

Call for Abstracts for Fall Primary Care Conference

October 15-18 in Denver, CO

The abstract portal for the 2016 Fall Primary Care Conference is open.

The deadline for speaker proposals is Friday, June 17, 2016.

Submit an abstract now!

Read more about past Fall Primary Care Conferences here

Introduction to Community Health Centers, an interactive, dynamic and easy-to-complete online course, allows you to dive deeper into the world of community health centers (CHCs), exploring the history of the health justice and health equity movement and the roles and responsibilities of the current CHC.

Take the course here

Webinar Series Available Now

Grant Writing: Plan for Your Next SAC or NAP Grant

The series will take the participants through the latest SAC grant guidance and identify what the reviewers are looking for in terms of compliance in each section. The presentation breaks down which sections in the SAC narrative, budget, forms and attachments are used to measure grantee compliance with each of the 19 Program Requirements.

19 Program Requirements – Beyond the Site Visit
The series examines each requirement, with a focus on operationalizing compliance activities to ensure readiness for site visits and competitive grant applications, and to reduce the threat of conditions on grant awards.

Opportunities from Our Learning Connections Partners

2016 Region IX Leadership Institute
June 12-14, 2016 in Stateline, NV

Over 150 Clinicians, Executive Directors, State and Regional Primary Care partners, and Board Members from community and migrant health centers from Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Islands will be in attendance. With education sessions geared towards both clinical and administrative leadership, these top level health center executives, directors, and other management convene each year to use this annual event to network and discover new opportunities in all areas of primary healthcare.

View the registration page for more information

Managing Ambulatory Health Care I: Introductory Course for Clinicians in Community Health Centers (MAHC I)
June 27-30, 2016 in San Francisco, CA

This four day course is the first in a series of four Managing Ambulatory Health Care (MAHC) training courses offered by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). This course goes beyond the basics of being a new clinical director in a FQHC, focusing on skills that are essential in the community health center environment.

View the brochure for more information

University of Washington COPE (Collaborative Opioid Prescribing Education) - REMS Training Course

Through this course, you will earn CME online and learn:

  • Gain a better appreciation for structuring patient conversations through use of a patient care agreement or by negotiating goals of treatment.
  • Feel more confident in your decisions about when to start, stop or taper opioid therapy.
  • Learn helpful tips on how to counsel patients on safe use, storage and disposal of opioids.

Learn more

Find more professional development opportunities on the NWRPCA trainings page

NWRPCA Career Center »
NWRPCA helps more than 5,000 job seekers find great career opportunity listings.

Mid-level Practitioner

Ilanka Community Health Center

Native Village of Eyak, Cordova, AK

Family Practice Physician with OB

Family Health Services

Burley, ID

MD or DO

La Pine Community Health Center

La Pine, OR

Site Manager/Chemical Dependency

Cowlitz Family Health Center

Longview, WA

Region X Highlights

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Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation and the Tanana Chiefs Conference are helping rural Alaskans fight bed bugs with a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Read more.


Health West opens new dental, behavioral health clinic in Pocatello, ID. Read more.


Human Solutions and Wallace Medical Concern open affordable housing complex, Rosewood Plaza, connecting housing and healthcare. Read more.


A $1 million federal grant announced May 4 will allow Community Health of Central Washington to double the size of its dental clinic in Ellensburg. Read more.


Announcing the $1.5 million Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge

APHA, the Aetna Foundation and the National Association of Counties, in partnership with CEOs for Cities, announce the start of a multiyear program to encourage small to mid-sized cities, counties and federally recognized tribes to convene multisector partnerships in support of positive health change. More than $1.5 million in prizes will be awarded to participants that demonstrate measurable change in the next few years. Efforts will be judged both on the quality of cross-sector partnerships and progress on metrics such as tobacco use, walkability, housing affordability, living wages and community safety.

Hurry! Proposals to participate in the Challenge are due May 31, 2016.

Read more on the APHA website.

QuickNotes is the newsletter of Northwest Regional Primary Care Association. Each issue features a variety of information about community health, member news and spotlights, and important funding and workforce listings.

We welcome your comments and feedback as well as your news items. Please email us your thoughts and your news, resources and opportunities to share.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U58CS06846, "S/RPCAs," total award $950K, with 65% of program funded by nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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