CMS will host a Special Open Door Forum to give providers an opportunity to ask questions about the New Medicare Card Project. Use this call to get answers to your questions, so you are ready to accept the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier starting April 1, 2018.
In case you haven’t heard, at the end of last month HRSA implemented a new Site Visit Protocol (SVP) that has replaced the existing Site Visit Guide. This tool is to be used in combination with the current Compliance Manual and will be used to assess compliance during operational site visits (OSVs).
Today is the day! Very soon the US Senate will vote on a budget package that includes funding to fix the Health Center Funding Cliff via a two year extension of the Community Health Center Fund. Soon after the Senate vote, the package will move to the House for a final vote that must occur before midnight tonight to avoid a government shutdown. To be clear, today is the day Congress can vote to fix the Health Center Funding cliff once and for all.
On Tuesday, February 6th, we are organizing a Day of Demonstration for America’s Health Centers called Red Alert for Health Centers. As a part of this effort, we ask you to wear red as part of a #RedAlert4CHCs. We also encourage those of you on social media to take and post pictures with the #RedAlert4CHCs hashtag demanding immediate action to fix the cliff.
As I write this update about the status of the Federal FQHC funding cliff, Congress is in the process of voting to reopen the Government, with health centers still left in uncharted territory.
It is generally agreed that Federal funds will again flow in time, at near traditional levels. However, the way you manage these three key areas now may impact your level of success once Congress regains its direction.
Below find recent FQHC-related news stories and information relating to CHIP, 340B and Health Center Funding that you might have missed.