Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program- Apply by Nov 14
Nurse Faculty Loan Program - Apply by Nov 14
Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) Program - Apply by Dec 5
Centers of Excellence (COE) - Apply by Jan 9
Health Workforce Research Center (HWRC) Cooperative Agreement Program - Apply by Jan 20
Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program - Apply by Jan 25
AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Emergency Relief Funds (ERF) - Apply by Nov 17
HIV Care Grant Program - Part B States/Territories Formula and AIDS Drug Assistance Program Formula and ADAP - Apply by Nov 21
Resilient and Responsive Health Organizations: Sustainability Communities of Practice Initiative (RRHO) - Apply by Dec 15
Maternal & Child Health
Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) - Apply by Nov 10
Sickle Cell Disease Newborn Screening Follow-Up Program - Apply by Nov 10
Autism Single Investigator Innovation Program (Autism-SIIP) - Apply by Nov 17
National Coordinating Center for the Regional Genetics Networks - Apply by Dec 12
National Genetics Education and Family Support Center - Apply by Dec 13
Regional Genetics Networks - Apply by Dec 14
The MCH Adolescent and Young Adult Health Research Network (AYAH-RN) - Apply by Jan 6
Maternal and Child Environmental Health Network - Apply by Jan 20
Maternal and Child Environmental Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) - Apply by Jan 31
Primary Health Care/Health Centers
Service Area Competition - Apply by Nov 7
Service Area Competition - Apply by Dec 12
National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreements (NCAs) - Apply by Dec 12
Rural Policy Analysis Program - Apply by Nov 14
Rural Health Network Development Program- Apply by Nov 28
Rural Health Research Dissemination Cooperative Agreement - Apply by Dec 14
Information Services to Rural Hospital Flexibility Grantees Program Cooperative Agreement (Technical Assistance Center) - Apply by Jan 5
The Health Insurance Marketplace is Now Open
The 2017 Open Enrollment period is now open and will continue through January 31, 2017.
HRSA grantees and stakeholders are directly helping Americans learn about the coverage options available in their area and play a unique role in educating their communities about new insurance options available throughHealthcare.gov. This is important work and it’s changing the lives of millions of people. Please help spread the word about the Marketplace and the importance of having health insurance. For those who already have health coverage through the Marketplace, now is the time to help them review that plan and decide if any changes need to be made for 2017. Learn about how you can help spread the word by watching a video message from HRSA’s Acting Administrator. For additional information visit https://marketplace.cms.gov or sign up for coverage by visiting HealthCare.gov
November 1, 2016: Open Enrollment starts — first day you can enroll, re-enroll, or change your insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2017.
December 15, 2016: Last day to enroll or change plans for coverage to start January 1.
January 31, 2017: Last day to enroll or change a 2017 health plan. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Periodthrough a number of exceptions, like marriage or the birth of a child.
HRSA’s Maternal & Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Supports Updated Safe Sleep Recommendations
The latest American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) safe sleep recommendations include 19 guidelines for reducing the risk of SIDS and sleep-related causes of infant death.
The revised guidelines emphasize awareness for the level of tiredness when caregivers are feeding, comforting, or bonding with baby to avoid falling asleep in such situations.
MCHB funds a number of programs that support the safe sleep and breastfeeding strategies recommended by the AAP.
“A No Wrong Door Approach To Care”
Ability to Bill for Behavioral Health and Primary Care Services on the Same Day
Integration of physical and behavioral health care is critical to improving access to care, improving health outcomes, decreasing unmet need for services, and lowering costs. The ability to bill for both behavioral health and primary care services on the same day is an essential part of integrating care.
Federal same-day billing restrictions do not exist, there are no restrictions from the Department of Health and Human Services on billing for medical and behavioral health services on the same day, but there may be some state-level restrictions as well as misperceptions in the field about restrictions. Because the state agency is the only verifiable source for Medicaid billing information, providers should reach out to their state Medicaid agencies directly to get accurate information.
For further information on which states allow same day billing by Health Centers and additional billing information for safety net providers visit Paying for Primary Care and Behavioral Health Services Provided in Integrated Care Settings.Additionally, CMS has TA materials on effective billing for mental health services (PDF - 54 MB) and a Behavioral Health Toolkit on how to reduce billing errors under the Medicaid program.
Trans Health 201 Webinar: A Deeper Dive from Patient and Provider Perspectives
In October, HRSA’s San Francisco Office of Regional Operations and the Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center (a HRSA grantee), hosted a webinar on the health care needs of the trans community from both the patient and provider perspectives. This was the fourth webinar in a series.
Presenters highlighted obstacles faced by trans patients in the healthcare setting, opportunities to improve cultural competency within organizations, and best practices to integrate trans-friendly care into the primary care setting.
1,300 HRSA grantees, healthcare providers, public health officials, and advocates from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada joined the call.
Health of the States Project
New reports compare U.S. states in health status and the factors that shape health
The newly-released Health of the States project is a detailed analysis of state rankings on 39 health outcomes and correlations between those health outcomes and 123 determinants of health spanning five domains: health care, health behaviors, social and economic factors, the physical and social environment, and public policies and spending.
The series of reports examine a wide range of drivers of health, looking extensively at health care conditions and health behaviors—such as tobacco use and physical activity—while also studying physical and social conditions in neighborhoods that influence behaviors and health (such as walkability or residential segregation), socioeconomic factors ranging from education and income to incarceration and food insecurity, and per capita spending by states on income support, education, and infrastructure.
The project was conducted by the Urban Institute, in partnership with the Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University, and was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Vaccines During Pregnancy: A Strong Record of Safety
Vaccines recommended during pregnancy have a strong record of safety and effectiveness, yet low rates of vaccination persist. Health care providers can play a pivotal role in this issue.
On Wednesday, Nov. 9 join maternal vaccination safety experts for the next Current Issues in Immunization NetConference—Vaccines during Pregnancy: A Strong Record of Safety. Free continuing education is available, but attendance is limited.
‘A Moment’ to Make a Difference
Estimates of the number of homeless kids in the U.S. each year range from 500,000 to as many as 2.8 million
For homeless young people, the decision to seek medical help can be desperate. But it's also a rare chance to get them off the street – and the odds of success rise when a clinic has a behavioral health specialist immediately available to take them in hand, experts said in a recent national web conference.
"We see day in and day out that an individual's physical health is impacted by various social, mental health and other environmental factors," said Juli Hishida, with the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.
Having behavioral counselors on site, working beside primary providers, in one place, in that critical moment, is far more effective than referring homeless patients to an off-site appointment days or weeks away, experts said.