Health Care News, Social Determinants of Health

African American Death Rate Drops 25 Percent

The death rate for African Americans declined from 1999 to 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s good news, but African Americans are still more likely than white Americans to die at a young age. Although African Americans are living longer, their life expectancy is still four years less than that …

Health Center News

Brighter Smiles in South Florida Thanks to a New Mobile Dental Van

Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) unveiled its new state-of-the-art mobile dental unit by cutting the ribbon on the trailer in front of its corporate headquarters — and it is a beauty! The new dental trailer features three operatories that will allow dental teams to do cleanings and other basic preventative services along with …

Health Care News, Health Center Federal Policy

How We Got Here & What’s Next for the AHCA

It’s been quite the week for health care here in Washington. The American Health Care Act, House Republicans’ effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was first declared dead then subsequently brought back from the depths before passing in the House last Thursday. In a little more than a week, the political …

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 Care News, Health Center Federal Policy

Final FY17 Spending Deal Reached, Congress Expected to Vote this Week

Late Sunday evening, leaders in Congress came to final agreement on the FY17 spending package, which if signed into law later this week, will provide dedicated and reliable funding for the federal government through September 30, 2017. The House of Representatives is slated to vote on the $1.070 trillion bill tomorrow, and the Senate is …

Health Center News

Health Centers Have a Secret Weapon for Addressing Minority Health: Consumer Boards

National Minority Health Month 2017  is behind us but we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out one particularly unique way Community Health Centers address minority health — through consumer-driven boards. By law, health center boards must be comprised of at least 51% consumers.  These are people who live in the community served by the health …

Health Care News, Health Center Federal Policy

Congress Temporarily Averts Shutdown

Earlier this afternoon, both the House and Senate passed a one week extension of federal funding in order to avoid a shutdown and continue negotiations on the FY17 spending package. With a deal on the FY17 spending package in sight, leaders in both chambers of Capitol Hill passed the short-term extension earlier today to give …

Health Care News, Health Center Advocacy, Health Center Federal Policy

Avoiding a Shutdown, Resurrecting AHCA, and Closing Out the Wicker-Stabenow Health Center Funding Letter

BY: OLIVER SPURGEON, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, NACHC FEDERAL AFFAIRS The halls of Capitol Hill are buzzing this week as Congress returns from the two week Easter Recess, President Trump and Congressional Democrats continue negotiations to keep the federal government open beyond Friday, April 28, the Wicker-Stabenow Health Center funding letter closes, and House Republicans consider bringing …

Health Center News

Under One Roof a One Stop Shop for HIV/AIDS Patients in Nashville

Good ideas are happening in Nashville at My House. By My House we mean a collaboration project between Neighborhood Health, Nashville CARES and Street Works. Neighborhood Health is a Community Health Center that not only has provided excellent care for over 40 years, but they are also always trying to figure out better ways to deliver care. My House …

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 …