Regional Training

The Alabama Primary Health Care Association hosts regional training sessions throughout the state of Alabama to meet health center’s ever changing and demanding needs. The training session will begin with registration at 8:45 a.m. and conclude by noon or 4:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend; however, you must be registered to attend. Below is a description of the types of regional training sessions that take place.

Medicaid Managed Care

This session is specifically designed for health center management. The purpose of the training and technical assistance session is to provide leadership and managers with an update on Medicaid managed care implementation through Regional Care Organizations, review and discuss other relevant state and national policy and regulatory issues impacting health centers and facilitate a critical planning and development actions for health centers to engage in critical performance and system evaluation, and transformation required in managed care environments.

Strengthen the Core: HRSA Compliance

Health centers are required to comply with 19 federal program requirements and undergo operational assessments during each project period. This training session will address the most common issues including need, services, management and finance, and governance. This training will also provide a guide to health center teams in preparing for and participating in both internal and federal operational assessments.

Corporate Compliance

The health care landscape changed dramatically with the passage of and Supreme Court decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Areas that pose significant new compliance risks include enhanced fraud and enforcement provisions; mandatory compliance programs; HITECH amendments to HIPAA expanded protections for patients and increase civil monetary penalties for HIPAA privacy and security breaches. This session will assist health care providers in implementing appropriate corporate compliance strategies that focus on the highest risk areas.

Medicaid Application Assisters/Counselors Certification and Outreach and Enrollment

To facilitate outreach and enrollment efforts within Alabama’s CHC network, APHCA offers training for CHC staff to certify them as Alabama Application Assisters/Counselors. Often on the front line and uniquely positioned to provide application counselor services to individuals without insurance, CHC staff are responsible for the financial assessment of its patients and often facilitates the enrollment of eligible individuals. In partnership with the Alabama Medicaid Agency and the Alabama Center for Medicaid Application Assistance, APHCA administers a statewide Application Assister/Counselor Program to support outreach and enrollment through CHCs beyond its traditional use of Medicaid outstationed workers.

Emergency Preparedness

Health centers must have risk management policies and procedures in place that proactively and continually identify and plan for potential and actual risks to the health center in terms of its facilities, staff, clients/patients, financial, clinical, and organizational well-being. Plans and procedures for emergency management must be integrated into a health center’s risk management approach to assure that suitable guidelines are established and followed so that it can respond effectively and appropriately to an emergency. This session facilitated by the University of South Center for Emergency Preparedness will identify and provide the latest in proactive policies and procedures health centers in compliance with federal operations.

Meaningful Use

Over the last several years, the health care environment has continued to transition into one with increased complexities and challenges. The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), health information technology meaningful use (MU) standards and the mandate for electronic health records systems through the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act have transformed the operational requirements on health centers. Region-wide training will be offered for Stage 2 Overview, Reporting and Requirements and Eligibility Requirements.

Patient Centered Medical Home

Health centers will be required to meet national patient centered medical home (PCMH) accreditation standards by 2014. APHCA regional trainings will focus on Path to Accreditation: NCQA, Path to Accreditation: Joint Commission and Annual accreditation Updates.

HRSA and FTCA: Cutting through the Confusion

This session will cover common risks and liabilities facing health centers related to FTCA including the application and deeming process. Additionally, the training will examine common concerns around complex rules upon with FTCA coverage is based and discuss strategies for ensuring compliance including a review of up-to-date "Hot Topics" that health centers face in the ever-changing health care environment. Suggested Audience:  CEOs, Quality Directors and other Operational staff, Management staff, Privacy and Security staff, Risk Managers, and Compliance Officers.

Developing and Implementing A Quality Plan

Community health centers' systems must have the immediate capacity to demonstrate the value of services through high standards of quality, outcomes and cost efficiency. This session is designed to assure health centers obtain the best quality plans for success. It is crucial that all employees understand the "how-to's" of culture integration and change while distributing accountability for the change effort throughout the organization. The concepts behind the QI approaches to recognize that both resources (inputs) and activities carried out (processes) are addressed together to ensure or improve quality of care (outputs/outcomes). QI can assume many forms and is most effective if it is individualized to meet the needs of a specific organization's health service delivery system. Participants will learn how to create systems and processes that hold people accountable for executing and achieving maximum and consistent results.

Strengthen the Core: Compliance through Quality Reporting

HRSA continues to support the advancement and acceleration of quality improvement efforts through a number of initiatives and activities building on experience with, and an ongoing commitment to, quality improvement across the Health Center Program. Some quality improvement initiatives are well-established, and others continue to evolve, but all represent crucial steps towards sustaining even greater advances in quality of care across Alabama's health centers. Quality reporting allows centers to establish  quality and performance goals for their organization and patient populations. Quality reporting also allows grantees and HRSA staff to assess progress towards these goals in subsequent annual grant applications. Developing and maintaining the appropriate capacity to report on clinical quality performance measures can help identify any technical assistance needs associated with program data reporting, quality assurance, and/or quality improvement requirements.

Strengthen the Core: Requirements for Management Teams

A high-performing team is now widely recognized as an essential tool for constructing a more patient-centered, coordinated, and effective health care delivery system. As a result, a number of models have been developed and implemented to coordinate the activities of community health centers. Teamwork is essential in the provision of healthcare. To meet health centers ever changing and demanding needs, Alabama Primary Health Care Association will be hosting a statewide training on HRSA community health center core requirements. This training session will address the most common issues, including needs, services, management and finance, governance, and will provide a guide to health center teams in preparing for and participating in both internal and federal operational assessments.