In This Issue
TPCA’s team of Navigators have come on board and hit the ground running in an effort to become familiar with their regions, the state’s Community Health Centers and all aspects of the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace.
TPCA recently welcomed Shatiqua Jamerson to the staff as oral health coordinator. Jamerson will be responsible for coordinating the activities of TPCA’s DentaQuest grant focusing on strengthening the oral health safety net in Tennessee, including managing TPCA’s oral health program.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17
PCMH Committee Meeting
*all times Central unless otherwise noted
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Fall has ushered in a whirlwind of activities for health centers and communities throughout Tennessee.
We are several weeks into the opening of the Health Insurance Marketplace. Our Navigators, CACs and other volunteers are ready to help. Outreach and enrollment events are being held statewide, and more people are becoming aware of their options for health care coverage. Patients and consumers tell us each day how important access to health insurance is for themselves and their families.
As a result of their outreach efforts, health centers are adding patients who are uninsured. A recent analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation reveals that more than 160,000 Tennesseans won’t qualify for either TennCare coverage or Marketplace subsidies for private insurance. This leaves the neediest Tennesseans without viable options for insurance coverage. We urge Governor Haslam and members of the Tennessee General Assembly to consider closing this gap. You can read more about the Kaiser study here and learn more about the impact of the state's decision to forego Medicaid expansion.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded new access point funding under the Affordable Care Act to Cherokee Health Systems and Maury Regional Hospital. The combined total of the awards is more than $1.4 million, which will allow the sites to serve an additional 8,500 patients altogether.
Cherokee’s new site will be located at the junction of Anderson and Knox Counties, serving patients from the Oak Ridge, Clinton and Hardin Valley areas. Maury Regional Hospital’s site will be in Hohenwald and will serve Lewis County.
“We are committed to providing more people across the country with the quality patient-centered care they deserve,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “Health centers are key partners in the improving access to quality, affordable health care services for those who need it most. With new, affordable health insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act, Community Health Centers are also key partners in helping uninsured residents – many of whom have been locked out of the health insurance market for years – sign up for health coverage.”
TPCA recognized several community health care leaders with Awards of Excellence at the 2013 Annual Leadership Conference. The awards are all named for early leaders in the statewide primary care movement.
This year’s Annual Leadership Conference provided an opportunity to learn new information and share experiences that will practitioners and leaders strengthen the work their centers do. Presentations and handouts from the conference are available here.
Mark your calendars now for the 2014 Annual Leadership Conference, October 22-24, in Franklin.
Oral Health Spotlight: "Smiles for Life" Offers Free Continuing Education Opportunities in Oral Health
The American Dental Association has endorsed Smiles for Life, a national online oral health curriculum for primary care providers.
Funded by the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (NIIOH), the Smiles for Life curriculum is designed by and for primary care clinicians to learn about and promote oral health. The free curriculum offers opportunities for clinicians to learn about and prioritize oral health as well as to partner effectively with each other.
“With physicians, nurses, physician assistants and other members of the primary care team joining the fight for oral health, we have a real chance to eradicate the silent epidemic of dental disease,” said Dr. Kathleen O’Loughlin, ADA executive director. “The dental profession looks favorably on the engagement of primary care clinicians who have contact with patients of all ages since they can greatly impact dental disease firsthand.”
The endorsement was announced during the NIIOH 2012 Symposium on Oral Health and Primary Care, Oct. 7-9, in Leesburg, Va.
Mischelle L. Ferrell, practice administrator of Cumberland Family Care in Sparta, was chosen by the MGMA-ACMPE (Medical Group Management Association- American College of Medical Practice Executives) Honors Selection Committee as the recipient of the 2013 Medical Practice Executive of the Year. The award recognizes Ferrell’es exceptional contribution in medical practice management and was presented at the MGMA 2013 Annual Conference in San Diego on Oct. 8.
Ferrell has been the practice administrator of Cumberland Family Care since 2002. Over the past 11 years, the practice has grown from one to three locations. Her emphasis on strategic planning and her dedicated team focus have been instrumental in shaping the positive practice culture that exists today.
Congratulations to Terri Crutcher, TPCA’s clinical quality improvement director, on becoming Tennessee’s newest Patient Centered Medical Home Certified Content Expert. The PCMH Content Expert certification calls for knowledge of the requirements, the application process, and the documentation of the National Committee for Quality Assurance PCMH recognition program. This prestigious and professional credential aligns with NCQA's mission to improve the quality of health care. Crutcher is one of only five people in the state of Tennessee to hold this certification.
TPCA values partnerships that help facilitate our Organizational Members’ ability to better serve Tennessee’s underserved communities. TPCA is revamping its membership structure and the way partnering organizations can become TPCA Associate Members in 2014. Partnering organizations will have the opportunity to join TPCA as Associate Members between November 1, 2013, and January 31, 2014, by completing the TPCA Associate Membership Application. Three levels of membership will be available for organizations seeking Associate Membership: Gold Member Partnership (Limited Availability), Silver Member Partnership and Bronze Member Partnership.
TPCA will be moving its offices in December so that we can better serve our members and meet their training needs. The new location is:
710 Spence Lane
All office and staff telephone and fax numbers will remain the same.
Please join us on Wednesday, December 4, for the annual President's Dinner. The evening will begin with the Membership Reception at 5:30 p.m., where members and guests can mingle and enjoy refreshments. Dinner will begin at 6:30, followed by the passing of the gavel from current President Teresa Dabney (Executive Director, Community Health of East Tennessee) to incoming President Lisa Terry (Executive Director, Primary Care and Hope Clinic).
Tickets are $55 each and online registration is available here.
Sponsorships also are available for tables and the reception. Please contact Terri Woodmore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-329-3836 x5850 for more information.
People & Places in the News
William McInnis was recently named executive director of the Southside/Dodson Avenue Health Centers in Chattanooga. McInnis worked at Christ Community Health Services in 2005, and then at Memphis Health Center from 2006-2009. Since then, he has worked at health centers in Washington State and Texas as director of operations and executive director.
TPCA’s Center for Quality in Community Health (CQCH) recently named Kelly Melear-Hough, operations director at Rural Medical Services, as committee chair. Melear-Hough has worked at RMS for 15 years in various capacities, beginning as the migrant program coordinator, then as migrant program director and grant writing consultant before moving into the operations director position, which she has held for the past five years. She was the lead on the Patient Centered Medical Home application process for RMS’s Cosby Center, which was the first center in Tennessee to gain Level III recognition. Melear-Hough is committed to improving quality in health care and shifting toward a more patient-centered focus.
Community Health of East Tennessee (CHET) received Level 2 Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition from the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA). PCMH recognition is awarded to clinician practices functioning as medical homes by using systematic, patient-centered and coordinated care management processes.
University Community Health Services (UCHS) was also recently designated as a Primary Care Medical Home by The Joint Commission. The designation reflects UCHS’s compliance with the meticulous health care quality and safety standards of a Primary Care Medical Home.
Congratulations CHET and UCHS on receiving these high honors!
Three Nashville providers were recognized when the Center for Nonprofit Management held its annual Salute to Excellence Awards in October. The Erie Chapman Foundation Servant’s Heart Award, which recognizes individuals who are providing care and/or assistance to the clients of a nonprofit agency and who are on the “front lines” of the service profession, was awarded to Steve Purcell of Interfaith Dental Clinic. Named as finalists in the Frist Foundation Team Building category were Conexion Americas’ Casa Azafran, which houses a new United Neighborhood Health Services site, and the Siloam Family Health Center/Siloam Pharmacy Program.
Cherokee Health Systems (CHS) was recently awarded a three-year, $372,000 Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) grant by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The grant supports a year-long internship experience working with underserved populations for Ph.D. candidates in clinical psychology.
The Summer 2013 edition of the National Rural Health Association's rural roads magazine featured Hardeman County Community Health Center CEO Mary Heinzen and family practice physician Samuel Johnson in its Beginnings and Passages section, where “innovative rookies and seasoned professionals share their experiences.”
Local officials, friends and neighbors gathered in October to celebrate United Neighborhood Health Services’ Unity Family Clinic inside the Casa Azafran Community Center. The opening represents the culmination of years of planning between UNHS and Conexion Americas, a non-profit that addresses the challenges and opportunities created by Middle Tennessee’s changing demographics. Pictured above are Nashville Mayor Karl Dean (left) and UNHS CEO Mary Bufwack (center), surrounded by several local government and community leaders.
East Jackson Family Medical Center, an affiliate of West Tennessee Healthcare, participates in a variety of events every year to bring education and free screenings into the community.
The Homeless Health Care Center of Chattanooga began operation in a new facility on November 4. The new building allows staff to provide services in a more efficient and safe manner to a diverse population, with services including primary care, behavioral health, dental and social services.