Medicaid Expansion Website

 A group of advocates in Tennessee recently established a website about Medicaid expansion: http://www.ahealthytn.org/.The website has links to news articles and editorials, FAQs about expansion, and information about how you can get involved in efforts to expand Medicaid coverage in Tennessee. TPCA encourages you to visit the website to become more familiar with this very important issue.

HHS re-launches HealthCare.gov

HHS recently re-launched HealthCare.gov to include new information about the Marketplace, where families and small businesses will be able to easily compare and purchase high-quality health insurance plans starting October 1, 2013, with coverage beginning January 1, 2014.

Looking for Training and Continuing Education?

Do you know about TPCA's online Partner-Sponsored Education Opportunities? The web page is an online listing of relevant, affordable and convenient educational offerings from our partners and affiliates. Take a moment to look it over and bookmark the page for future visits when you're looking for continuing education. 

Check out the TPCA Online Communities

Make sure you visit the updated TPCA Online Communities for HIT - health information technology, NextGen Users group, and PCMH - patient centered medical home.  You can ask your peers questions and have online discussions about what matters to you.

Upcoming Events

Click here to see the complete calendar of events

WEDNESDAY MARCH 20, 2013
NACHC 2013 Policy & Issues Forum
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Washington D.C.
Register here

WEDNESDAY MARCH 20, 2013
Workforce Development Committee Meeting
Conference Call
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Register here

WEDNESDAY MARCH 20, 2013
PCMH Conference Call Series - Call 3
Conference Call
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Register here

THURSDAY MARCH 28, 2013
Education Committee Meeting
Conference Call
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Register here

MONDAY APRIL 15, 2013
Leading the Front Desk Through the CHC Revenue Cycle Webinar
Webinar
1:00PM - 2:30PM
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WEDNESDAY APRIL 17, 2013
CEO Meeting - 2013 2nd Quarter
TPCA Conference Center
10:00AM - 2:00PM
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THURSDAY APRIL 18, 2013
2013 Board of Directors 2nd Quarter Meeting
TPCA Conference Center
9:00AM - 12:00PM
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New to the TPCA Resource Library

TPCA places recordings and handouts from our meetings in the Resource Library. You can visit anytime and see what you missed! 

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Send Us Your News

We want to know what is going on at your health center. Send your news and photos to Jackie Sourek at jackie@tnpca.org.

From the CEO's Desk

When the Tennessee Department of Health’s presented its Update on the Healthcare Safety Net to the Tennessee General Assembly on January 15, 2013, one of the best practices they highlighted was Telehealth. Many of our member health centers are using the advanced technology called telehealth to improve patient access to primary and specialty care.
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Join the Tennessee Primary Care Association

We appreciate your membership and support of the Tennessee Primary Care Association’s mission to increase access to quality health care for all Tennesseans. Working together, we have made huge strides toward our goals. Membership is now open - click the appropriate category below to renew or join for the first time.

Organizational Membership - Clinics providing primary care services
Associate Membership - Vendors and businesses wanting to connect with CHCs
Individual Membership - Anyone who supports TPCA's mission

For instructions on renewal, click here. You can contact Jackie Sourek (615-329-3836 x5850) with any questions about renewal or new membership. 

TPCA 2013 Hill Day 

Hill Day 2013 was a success! Health center staff and board members visited Legislative Plaza on February 27th to advocate for health center issues. Hill day participants attended the Senate Health Committee where they were recognized by Chairman Rusty Crowe. After a group lunch at 417 Union, attendees spent the afternoon meeting with their legislators. Thank you to all who attended.

Telehealth in the TPCA Universe

By Terry W. Eagleton

Telehealth, in ever evolving forms, has been around for over half a century. Most industry experts seem to agree that the “early years” were more promise than performance. However, with the rapid advances in technology and simultaneous growing personnel and financial challenges of providing affordable access to healthcare to the medically underserved populations of our nation, many believe telehealth has matured enough to be part of the solution.

In TPCA’s telehealth universe, a better understanding of terminology, the network and finances may be of benefit.

For more information, contact Terry Eagleton at teagleton@tnpca.org.
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Frayser will get new $5 million, faith-based medical center

By David Waters, Commercial Appeal

One of the thousands of weed-woven vacant lots in Frayser soon will be transformed into a $5-million medical center that will bring more physicians, dentists and health services to the sprawling neighborhood.

Christ Community Health Services, a faith-based medical organization serving tens of thousands of poor and uninsured patients each year at six locations, plans to build a 19,000-square-foot medical center, dental center and pharmacy on four empty acres near the corner of Thomas and Frayser Blvd., near Westside Achievement Middle School.
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Clinics, researchers brace for gradual affliction

by Tom Wilemon, The Tennessean

The sequester’s impact on public health will be more like a slow infection than a sudden plague, according to Tennesseans who run community clinics and do medical research.

Clinics will stay open. Research will continue. But the cutbacks will hasten a steady erosion in funding for programs that prevent illnesses, promote the quest for new cures and provide care for senior citizens and the disabled.

While Medicaid — the federal health insurance program for the poor — is spared from the $85 billion in mandatory cuts this year, Medicare, the program for seniors, is not. Hospitals, doctors and other providers are in line for a 2 percent cut in reimbursements.

And there will be cuts in federal grants for prevention programs run by health departments and community clinics.
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Qsource to Implement Tennessee Direct Project, Create Infrastructure to Securely Share Health Information

A new program, called the Tennessee Direct Project, is being launched to create a comprehensive infrastructure that allows healthcare providers to securely share electronic health records within the state. Qsource, a Tennessee-based nonprofit healthcare quality improvement and information technology company, will spearhead the program and is seeking communities to participate in the initial phase.

The Tennessee Direct Project will encourage early adoption of Direct, a simple, affordable and secure service that transports health information. Qsource will partner on the project with leading technology provider ICA, which is recognized by DirectTrust.org for complying with federal security standards for Direct health data transport.
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Healthy Futures Fund Invests Capital Funding to Link FQHCs and Affordable Housing

Posted on NACHC’s Health Centers on the Hill blog by Alexandra Sange

Morgan Stanley, The Kresge Foundation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) announced the launch of the Healthy Futures Fund, a $100 million initiative designed to increase access to health care and affordable housing in underserved areas. The investment will provide capital financing and funding to construct eight FQHCs and 500 housing units with integrated health services – and is expected to bring a health center home to an estimated 75,000 new patients, and create 2,200 new jobs, in economically hard-hit underserved communities.
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UNHS Suffers Storm Damage

When severe storms ripped through Middle Tennessee on January 30th, they left more than a little rain behind. For United Neighborhood Health Services, they left a high-dollar repair bill and a wave of uncertainty for patients that visit the Waverly Family Clinic on 12th Avenue South in Nashville. Twenty-two separate tornadoes touched down during the overnight hours, making it the worst January tornado outbreak in mid-state history. While the Waverly Family Clinic was not in the direct path of the EF-0 tornado that touched down in the northern part of Davidson County, it was the victim of violent winds and the torrential rainfall that came in the storm’s wake.
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People & Places in the News

National Council Awards Dayspring Family Health Center Doctor

 

Each year, the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare honors those who inspire us to fight against mental illness and addiction. Through its Awards of Excellence, the National Council spotlights the innovative and inspirational efforts of those individuals and organizations — staff, board leaders, volunteers, consumers, families, and community partners — who are changing the lives of children, adults, and families living with mental illnesses and addiction disorders.

Congratulations to Dr. Geogy Thomas, Medical Director for Dayspring Family Health Center in Jellico, TN for being awarded first prize in the Welcome Back Awards for Primary Care. The Welcome Back Awards were established in 1998 to fight the stigma associated with depression and to promote the understanding that depression is both common and treatable.

 

United Neighborhood Health Services Wins $200,000 per Year Award for Mothers and Newborns

 

www.unitedneighborhood.org/United Neighborhood Health Services (UNHS) is one of just two recipients in the state of Tennessee, and the only organization in Middle Tennessee, to win a “Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns” award by the United States Department of Health and Human Services made possible through the Affordable Care Act. The award allows for three years of intervention program operations with a total award amount of $684,362 to fund the prevention of preterm births and improved outcomes for pregnant mothers enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). With just 27 recipients nationwide, the award is significant.  

 

Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM Announces $173,700 Grant to Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center

 

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program, today announced a grant of $173,700 to the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center in support of Dial Down Diabetes. This is the second consecutive year in which the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center has received a grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation, totaling $339,564.

 

Cherokee Health Systems Opens New Clinic In Chattanooga

  

Cherokee Health Systems is announced the opening of its Chattanooga clinic at 1032 McCallie Ave. Cherokee Health Systems is a community health center with 23 locations across East Tennessee, as well as over 20 school-based health centers.

The clinic is open and operational and is able to accept new patients immediately, including adults and children. As a community health center, Cherokee Health accepts most methods of payment including TennCare (Medicaid), Medicare and private insurance. Those without insurance can be placed on a sliding fee scale according to their income level and ability to pay.

 

Baptist Healing Trust Grants $65,000 to Seven TPCA Members

 

The Baptist Healing Trust Foundation awards grants to non-profit organizations in Middle TN that work to create access to quality, compassionate health services for our most vulnerable populations. Seven TPCA members were among the grantees, Faith Family Medical Clinic in Nashville, Interfaith Dental Clinic in Nashville, Hope Family Health Services in Westmoreland, Mercy Community Healthcare in Franklin, Siloam Family Health Center in Nashville, United Neighborhood Health Services in Nashville and Primary Care and Hope Clinic in Murfreesboro. Congratulations!

 

Six New School Based Health Centers Open in Lebanon Special School District

 

The Community Progress Committee, Inc. recently announced the opening of six School-Based Health Care Centers (SBHCs) equipped telemedicine and videoconferencing technologies to provide the most efficient and effective delivery of healthcare to the students and staff in the Lebanon Special School District. Arrangements have been made between the school district and The Doctor’s Office, LLC for students to receive healthcare services through the use of state of the art telemedicine and videoconferencing technology while in school. Planners of this school-based telehealth program worked with Solutionz Conferencing, Inc. to identify the appropriate technology for the program.