What is the Census?

The U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census of the United States every 10 years, going all the way back to 1790. The data collected during the census is used in a variety of ways that affect decisions regarding community services provided to residents and the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year. This funding supports local programs for schools, health care, community assistance, infrastructure and other important needs. The census also determines the number of representatives each state will have in Congress.

The census counts every person – both adults and children – living in the United States. This information helps monitor changes in communities and is used to identify and address public service needs such as health care, education, public safety, housing, food, and rural access to broadband.

Starting March 12, 2020, each Alabama household will receive a postcard from the U.S. Census Bureau with instructions for how to complete the census. You may respond in three ways: online, telephone or traditional paper form. Click here for a sample copy of the letter.

Some households, mainly in rural areas, will receive a traditional paper form during the first mailing while other households, mainly in metro areas, will receive an invitation to respond online first. By mid-April, everyone who has not yet responded will receive a paper form. Click here to see what type of mailing your area will receive.

Strategic Partner Spotlight

Founded in 2000, San Antonio-based CaptureRx is a healthcare technology company and leading 340B solution provider.  CaptureRx touches millions of patient lives through customer obsession and innovative products and services that support relationships among payers, providers, pharmacies and patients. Their solutions manage inventory and financial flow for 340B prescriptions filled at contract pharmacies and perform the eligibility checks required to comply with 340B program requirements. Using a process that’s seamless to the covered entity, pharmacy and patient, their Cumulus® platform has processed more than 190 million patient encounters and more than 750 million switch claims. CaptureRx solutions serve more than 500 hospitals and health centers in 45 states via a robust pharmacy network of more than 3,500 contracted locations of independent, national and regional pharmacies.

Referral Partner Highlight

Thanks to APHCA Recruitment Referral Partner, Arthur Marshall, Health Services Inc. has now hired an OBGYN for their Montgomery Community Health Center.

“We tried recruiting for an OBGYN on our own for a little over two years with limited results. Posting ads online, using newspapers, and word of mouth through our clinic and our doctor’s reputations. Once we partnered with Arthur Marshall, we received a candidate shortly after our profile visit. I know this doesn’t happen often, but we feel confident it was their professionalism and experience in the industry which increased our position’s visibility and why we ended up finding a provider in under 120 days!

Arthur Marshall spent a great amount of time learning about our community and opportunities to understand exactly what kind of physician would excel. They also made sure every strategic decision was in the best interest of Health Services Inc. by keeping our budget in mind and saving our organization valuable time. Our consulting recruiter has done an excellent job in presenting qualified candidates.

I continue to work with Arthur Marshall knowing that they will recruit providers for our most challenging searches. I would highly recommend any organization with recruitment challenges to consider Arthur Marshall as your firm of choice.” Gilbert Darington, CEO Health Services, Inc.

Annual 340B Recertification starts Monday, January 27

The window for all health centers to complete their annual 340B recertification opens today, January 27, and closes February 24, 2020. Recertifying is a mandatory process that entails logging into the HRSA 340B website, verifying the accuracy of all the health centers’ information on the site, and attesting to compliance with all 340B requirement. Health centers who fail to recertify during this period will lose 340B eligibility for a minimum of 3 months. For more information on recertification, see the HRSA website Chapter 6 of the NACHC 340B Manual for Health Centers.

Alabama Regional Medical Services Awarded $70,000 from COMPASS
Initiative ® to Expand Efforts to Combat HIV in Birmingham

Funding is Part of Gilead Sciences COMPASS Initiative ® to Curb HIV

Infection Rate, Reduce Stigma in the SouthBIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA (Dec. 6, 2019) – Alabama Regional Medical Services has received a $70,000 Transformative Grant from the Sustain Wellbeing Compass Coordinating Center as part of the COMPASS Initiative® to build on community-driven solutions that are reducing stigma and improving the health and wellbeing of those impacted by HIV in the South. Alabama Regional Medical Services will use the funds to strengthening the organizations competency to work within the HIV/AIDS and at-risk communities with the ultimate purpose of opening a wellness center that would be open to those in the community with HIV/AIDS and those at risk of contracting the virus.

“With the increase in HIV cases in the southeast we have to do something to educate people on preventative measures. Alabama Regional Medical Services is proud to be a resource hub,” said, Anthony Gardner CEO of Alabama Regional Medical Services. “Together we can combat HIV in the Southern Region.”

The South faces a growing epidemic of HIV/AIDS. Despite being home to only 38 percent of the country’s population, Southern states experienced 52 percent of new HIV diagnoses in 2017.

Due to societal disparities in the South—including poverty, housing stability and food security—the epidemic represents a complex challenge that requires a variety of community-based solutions. COMPASS invests in community organizations that build awareness, reduce stigma, advance education, share knowledge and promote the well-being of individuals affected by HIV.

The COMPASS Initiative® is awarding more than $2.3 million in Transformative Grants to 40 organizations. This one-year grant will help address inequalities within the HIV epidemic by increasing organizational capacity, reducing stigma and promoting wellbeing, mental health, and trauma-informed care.

“We believe in going where the need is greatest, listening to those working on the front lines and providing them the resources they need to scale their success,” said Korab Zuka, Vice President of Public Affairs at Gilead Sciences. “Nowhere is that truer than in the Southern U.S., where HIV infection rates are increasing and finding access to care can be difficult. Last year our transformative grantees helped reduce stigma, train healthcare professionals and expand access in rural communities. We’re excited to see these new grantees bring their creativity and tenacity to end HIV once and for all.”

About the Gilead COMPASS Initiative®

 The Gilead COMPASS Initiative® is a 10-year, more than $100 million commitment in the Southern United States supporting organizations working to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The corporate giving program of the Initiative has a threefold mission: to build capacity and increase knowledge sharing among community-based, underfunded organizations in Southern states; to explore interventions that appropriately respond to patients’ needs, including the bundling or reframing of mental healthcare, as well as the intersection between substance use, the opioid epidemic and HIV/AIDS; and to fund awareness and anti-stigma campaigns. Through this Initiative, Gilead plans to dramatically increase the reach of these organizations working to address the epidemic in the region, and ultimately to improve the lives of those affected by HIV/AIDS.

For more information on Gilead’s COMPASS Initiative and the full list of grantees visit

w ww.gileadcompass.com.

Leading Culture for TRUSTED Intelligent Care

As a nationally recognized healthcare consultant, author and CEO of The Bedside Trust, Dr. Brian Wong helps physicians, leaders and staff become more effective at delivering coordinated team-based care. Dr. Wong has spent the last fifteen years assisting diverse healthcare systems build more Patient-Accountable Cultures, based on a practice that gives everyone the knowledge, tools and direction to create higher performing patient-centered organizations.

If, as the saying goes, “Culture eats strategy for lunch,” then enhancing organizational culture must become strategy No. 1. However, this is not often the case. Our preoccupation with strategies, activities and metrics often trumps our focus on culture and behavior — to the actual detriment of quality, safety, efficiency and the patient experience. This is a major cause of our current challenges. We have all become driven to distraction with initiative overload. Meanwhile, the crush of daily activities takes us further and further away from focusing on our patients. This session gives you the needed insights, tools and resources to evaluate the current state of your organization’s culture, define what needs to change and develop a 90 day action plan to improve the culture in your own organization.

Session Objectives:

• Define your culture based on what matters most to patients.
• Conduct a cultural S.W.O.T. analysis to see the connections between culture, strategy, performance and outcomes
• Conduct a Root Cause Analysis (R.C.A.) to fully understand how and why “Culture eats strategy for lunch, 7 days a week.”
• Measure your organization’s culture in the current state
• Change your culture by doing less of one thing, not more of everything

Click here to register for the November 13 session.

HHS Awards over $85 Million to Help Health Centers Expand Access to Oral Health Care

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded over $85 million to 298 health centers to expand their oral health service capacity through new infrastructure enhancements. These investments are the first by HRSA to solely focus on oral health infrastructure and will enable HRSA-funded health centers to provide new, or enhance existing, oral health services.

“Health centers play a key role in providing access to a comprehensive range of services Americans need to stay healthy, and that includes high-quality oral health care,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “Early detection of oral diseases can prevent much more costly health challenges and improve Americans’ health, which is the ultimate goal of President Trump’s vision for our healthcare system. These are the first awards HRSA has ever made solely for health centers’ oral healthcare infrastructure, and they will support better access to oral health services in communities across the country, including underserved urban and rural areas.”

The awards of up to $300,000 each will support physical and organizational infrastructure investments for health centers, such as minor alteration and renovation to modernize existing facilities, purchase and installation of dental and radiology equipment, training and consultation to increase oral health integration, and purchase of mobile dental units to increase access to oral health care in hard-to-reach parts of communities.

“Access to high-quality, integrated oral health care is essential to the early detection of oral diseases, which are critical to preventing future, often costly, health issues,” said Acting HRSA Administrator Tom Engels. “These awards, which are the first of their kind, will help health centers tackle limitations in infrastructure, such as outdated equipment and insufficient space, and improve access to integrated, oral health services in primary care settings in communities across the country.”

In 2018, HRSA-funded health centers served more than 6.4 m illion dental patients, a 13 percent increase from 2016, and provided more than 16.5 million dental visits.

For more than 50 years, health centers have delivered affordable, accessible, quality, and cost-effective primary health care services to patients. Today, nearly 1,400 health centers operate approximately 12,000 service delivery sites nationwide.

To see a list of award recipients, visit: https://bphc.hrsa.gov/program-opportunities/funding-opportunities/oral-health/fy19awards

To learn more about HRSA’s Health Center Program, visit: http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about

To locate a HRSA-funded health center, visit: http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov

Partner Spotlight

APHCA recognizes Mutual of America as a new partner providing retirement plans and services for the APHCA member health centers and their employees. With this announcement comes an additional benefit to your organization as a result of being an APHCA member.

All APHCA members are eligible for a waiver of the monthly Contract Charge and monthly Per Participant Charge that ordinarily apply to Mutual of America’s retirement plans. The savings gained from these waivers can be used to enhance programs or other benefits for your agency and employees.

If you are thinking of starting a new retirement plan, Mutual of America’s representatives will take time to evaluate your organization’s objectives and help you to design a retirement plan that meets those objectives.

If you already offer an employee retirement plan, Mutual of America’s representatives can provide a thorough evaluation and review of your plan. For many organizations, this review process is a valuable tool that results in an increased awareness of the range of retirement plan products and services available.

Overview of the Alabama Coordinated Health Network

The Alabama Coordinated Health Network (ACHN) Program will go live on October 1, 2019. Medicaid received approval of a 1915(b) waiver from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services (CMS) on June 14, 2019, that authorizes Medicaid to implement the program. The Networks will provide a single care coordination delivery system combining Health Homes,
the Maternity Program, and Plan First. The ACHN Program will effectively link patients, providers and community resources in each of seven newly-defined regions to improve health outcomes for Medicaid recipients.

Click here to learn more.