Category: Health Center State Policy

Health Center State Policy, Social Determinants of Health

Removing Barriers to Care for Those Who Served Behind Bars

By Alisha Reginal, NACHC Intern Community Healthcare Network (CHN) is a Community Health Center with eleven sites that serve over 80,000 patients in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan. Over 5,000 of CHN’s patients are enrolled in New York’s Health Homes program.  Created as part of the Affordable Care Act, the Section 2703 Health Homes program (now in operation …

Health Center Regulatory Issues, Health Center State Policy

Update on MACRA Implementation

By now many of you have heard of the new Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP), born out of the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) that went into effect this year.   The QPP completely revamps the way Medicare pays its providers and is made up of two tracks, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System …

Health Center Regulatory Issues, Health Center State Policy

Uncertainty Remains in the Marketplace

On April 13, 2017 CMS issued its final rule designed to make the ACA Marketplaces more appealing to insurers.  Under this final rule, starting for the 2018 plan year: The annual Open Enrollment Period will be shortened from 3 months to 6 weeks States will have full authority to determine if an insurer’s network has …

Health Center Regulatory Issues, Health Center State Policy

CMS, HHS Send Letter to Governors on Medicaid

Just after her Senate confirmation as Administrator of the Centers for Medicaid Services (CMS), Seema Verma joined HHS Secretary Tom Price in a letter to governors on their commitment to work together to improve the Medicaid program.   The letter states that the federal framework for Medicaid has not “kept pace with emerging evidence around the …

Health Center Regulatory Issues, Health Center State Policy

The New Medicaid Landscape: How the Administration May Increase Flexibility for States

While it is unclear what changes Congress may make to the Medicaid program, even without further Congressional action, changes are coming to Medicaid.  The recent Senate confirmations of Health and Human Services Representative Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services and Seema Verma as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services …

Health Center State Policy

CurrentCare: Rhode Island’s Health Information Exchange

A special thanks to Laura Adams, President & CEO of the Rhode Island Quality Institute; Chuck Jones, President & CEO of Thundermist Health Center; Matthew Roman, Chief Operating Officer of Thundermist Health Center; and Jane Hayward, CEO of the Rhode Island Health Center Association for their contributions to this post.    By Thao-Chi Tran Health …

Health Center State Policy

NACHC Welcomes Two New Summer Interns to the State Affairs Team

We are very excited to introduce our Summer 2016 State Affairs Intern Team, Antoinette Silva and Thao-Chi Tran! Antoinette Silva, BS, Central Michigan University, Contact info: Asilva@nachc.org Antoinette is a Saginaw, Michigan native who has a strong advocacy and research background working with rural and underserved populations. In 2013, she taught English in South Korea …

Health Center State Policy

Making Sense of State Policies & Dental Health

Our guest blog post today is by Hannah L. Maxey, PhD, MPH, RDH, Assistant Professor and Director of the Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research & Policy, Indiana University School of Medicine : Community Health Centers and the professionals working within these organizations are the backbone of the dental safety-net. As a dental hygienist who spent …

Health Center State Policy

Emerging Issues for Health Centers in State Telehealth Policy

By Heidi Emerson Although telehealth is not a new concept, new technologies, greater comfort with technology, and changing payment models are driving increasing use by patients and providers. As a result, there has been new activity and interest in supporting the use of telehealth to expand access and improve care at health centers: In a …