News and Updates

Healthy Start Funding Opportunity

19 February 2014
Three funding opportunities under HRSA's Healthy Start Program have been reopened through Monday, March 31, 2014. Pending available funds, grants will be for an initial period of nine months – from September 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015, with the possibility of annual continuations thereafter for up to four years. Visit the Health Start Technical Assistance Webpage

HHS Issues Model of Notices of Privacy Practices in Spanish

19 February 2014
A Spanish version of the Model Notices of Privacy Practices (NPP) has been issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office for the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). These materials were developed through focus group testing with Spanish speakers. This resource provides patients and health plan subscribers culturally competent information about their rights under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.…

PCMH Facility Improvement Opportunity

06 February 2014
Funds made available by the Patient Centered Medical Home – Facility Improvement (P-FI) Grant Program will support health centers’ efforts to make facility enhancements through alteration and renovation or construction that will improve patient access to services and quality of care using the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model of care. Subject to the availability of funds, this funding opportunity will award approximately $35 million in FY 2014 to support approximately 150-175 awards through competitive…

Mental Health Service Expansion Opportunity

06 February 2014
HRSA has announced a Mental Health Service Expansion opportunity - a competitive grant to improve and expand the delivery of behavioral health services through the establishment/enhancement of an integrated primary care/behavioral health model at existing health centers. HRSA anticipates awarding $50 million to support 200 grant awards of $250,000 each to current Health Center Program grantees in Fiscal Year 2014. This grant opportunity is supported by the Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148).  More Information

New Hurricane Clinic Under Construction

31 January 2014
Construction for the new Family Healthcare clinic in Hurricane is under way with an expected completion date scheduled for March. Services may be available at the facility by July 1. The 3,300-square foot facility was initially scheduled to open earlier in the year, but the clinic first must hire the staff necessary to work at the facility, said Nancy Neff, Family Healthcare CEO. Full Story

AUCH Annual Conference Announced!

31 January 2014
The Association for Utah Community Health Annual Membership Meeting and Primary Care Conference will be held at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center on May 15th & 16th 2014. Registration will be available through the AUCH website in the coming weeks and an "At A Glance" schedule will be shared as soon as it's available. We look forward to having you join us! If you would like more information please email Josh. Register to be an Exhibitor…

Utah Cancer Control Program - Grant Application

21 January 2014
The UCCP is releasing a "Request for Grant Applications" (RGA). Organizations may submit applications to receive $15,000 to $20,000 for projects fitting the "Scope of Work in the RGA." The UCCP anticipates funding three to six awards. Applications must be submitted by January 21, 2013. The UCCP is currently seeking proposals for projects which will address primary prevention or early detection of cancers by working towards or implementing policies, systems, or environmental (PSE) changes which…

Progress on Adoption of Electronic Health Records

21 January 2014
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a new timeline for the implementation of meaningful use for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) proposed a more regular approach to update ONC's certification regulations. Under the revised timeline, Stage 2 will be extended through 2016 and Stage 3 will begin in 2017 for those providers that have completed at least two…

ACA Mental Health Services Funding Announced

21 January 2014
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that it plans to issue a $50 million funding opportunity announcement to help Community Health Centers establish or expand behavioral health services for people living with mental illness and drug and alcohol problems. CHCs will be able to use these new funds for efforts such as hiring new mental health and substance use disorder professionals, adding mental health and substance use disorder services, and employing team-based…

ICD-10 Training Program Launches This Month

21 January 2014
AUCH has partnered with OPTUM for a comprehensive ICD-10 training program beginning later this month. ICD-9 coding will end on October 1, 2014 and all payers will only accept ICD-10 codes after this date. AUCH has developed a year long program to help health centers get the training and resources necessary to transition to ICD-10 as smoothly as possible. The training program is a team-based approach: billing, clinical, front desk, and IT specialists will participate…