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PCMH Updates for Safety Net Providers

Thursday, February 28, 2013
The next webinar on the patient-centered medical home will include important updates on 2011 standards for the safety net community as well as a review of past resources and guidance for those new to the process. Topics in the webinar will also include the funding application to cover recognition fees for HCH grantees and examples of … More

Medicaid Eligibility, Enrollment, and Outreach: Changes Coming to the HCH Community

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
This webinar will identify the Affordable Care Act’s policy changes related to eligibility and enrollment and the areas of flexibility that states have for making further changes, provide examples of enrollment best practices being implemented in health centers, and outline public resources available to help with outreach and enrollment activities. The Affordable Care Act gives states … More

New Healing Hands: Clinical Leadership

The winter issue of Healing Hands, Clinical Leadership in the HCH Practice Setting, discusses skills needed to successfully balance medical and administrative roles and offers guidance from several HCH medical directors.
Readers can earn free CME credit; in most cases, nurses, social workers and other health professionals can apply these credits toward their professional requirements (check with your … More

The Very Harsh Reality of Sequestration

Across the board, 5% budget cuts are scheduled to take effect on March 1 (called the sequester). Call your Congress members today and make sure they know how these cuts would have an impact on you, your project, and the patients you serve. For health centers, this means an immediate $115 million cut and approximately 900,000 fewer … More

Employment Support in the HCH Setting

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
This webinar will address several approaches HCH projects can take to support consumers in considering, looking for, obtaining and maintaining gainful employment. Unemployment and homelessness are very closely associated, but many individuals who are homeless are not only able but also eager to work. People who are homeless may already engage in temporary employment or under-the-table … More

New State Medicaid Expansion Advocacy Policy Brief and Resource Center

A new policy brief, Medicaid Expansion: Improving Health and Stability, Reducing Costs and Homelessness (January 2013), outlines the research and reasons why Medicaid expansion improves health and stability as well as reduces costs and homelessness. Many more documents can be found at our new State Medicaid Expansion Advocacy page.  For those in states that have not yet committed … More

Integrating Behavioral Health & Primary Care for People Experiencing Homelessness

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
This webinar will discuss how two health care for the homeless projects have implemented integrated behavioral health and primary care models and what factors have contributed to their successes. HCHs are increasingly witnessing the benefits of health care delivery models that integrate behavioral health and primary care services. Because of high rates of co-occurring mental health … More

NCAB Member Talks about Poverty in Chicago

When the Chicago Sun-Times wanted a first-hand account of an individual living in poverty, they looked to Chicago HCH project Heartland Health Alliance, and Heartland looked to Rodney Dawkins. A Member-at-Large of the National Consumer Advisory Board and a participant in Heartland’s Community Advisory Board, Dawkins had survived homelessness and agreed to tell his story to a Sun-Times reporter.
Lack … More

Discover a Vision for the Future in the Leadership PCI

Karen Batia and Kevin Lindamood will discuss leadership in action during the Leadership for Changing Times: Beyond Health Care Reform pre-conference institute at the 2013 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference. Batia and Lindamood will provide a vision for the future roles of HCH organizations and effective collaborations and will challenge participants to engage fully in all discussions about … More

Organization Spotlight

Health Care for the Homeless–Houston is one of 10 HCH projects partnering with the National Health Care for the Homeless Council on the project, “Community Health Workers and HCH: A Partnership to Promote Primary Care”.
Frances Isbell, M.A., Chief Executive Officer, and Kristina Arscott, LCSW, Director of Behavioral Health Services, have worked tirelessly to get this project up and running … More