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Optimizing Health Care for LGBT People in Patient-Centered Medical Homes

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Attendees of this webinar will be able to identify why obtaining information on sexual orientation and gender identity is important to population health and becoming a patient-centered medical home.
As health centers transition to patient-centered medical homes, a key factor of success will be the ability to implement programs to optimize population health. As lesbian, gay, … More

Meet with Members of Congress during August Recess

Members of Congress will be heading home for their August recess next week, but many critical budgetary issues are unresolved. The so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ of expiring tax cuts and automatic spending cuts (sequestration) has received much publicity, but the automatic defense cuts have been overshadowing the human services cuts. There are fifty shades of sequestration that will impact all manner … More

Oct. 3 deadline for meaningful use incentives

Wednesday, October 3, is the last day for eligible professionals (EPs) to begin their 90-day reporting period for calendar year (CY) 2012 for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. For EPs, this means that they must begin their consecutive 90-day reporting period by October 3 to attest to meeting meaningful use and be eligible to receive an incentive … More

Integrating Employment Strategies into Supportive Housing Programs

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
This webinar will look at a number of strategies adopted by homeless service agencies to improve employment opportunities and retention. Participants will learn about several employment models including individual placement and support, transitional jobs, alternative staffing, and customized employment. Presenters will describe the unique features of each model and provide recommendations for integrating the right model … More

National HCH Council awarded CMS Innovations Grant

The National Health Care for the Homeless Council is among the first 26 recipients of a Health Care Innovation Award from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.
The funded project will work through the National HCH Council’s Practice-Based Research Network to establish community health workers at 10 Federally Qualified Health Centers. The CHWs will focus on redirecting homeless frequent … More

Veterans Affairs hosts benefits and resources webinars

The Department of Veterans Affairs will host a webinar in both July and September for professionals who treat, serve, or otherwise interact with veterans in their jobs.
With more than 22 million veterans nationally, many providers already serve veterans and are in a unique position to help them further by making sure they know about their VA benefits. Too often, … More

Health Reform and Medicaid Expansion: HCH Lessons Learned from Three States

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
This webinar will examine the Affordable Care Act and its effects on Medicaid. Starting in 2014 (or earlier at the state option), the ACA will expand Medicaid to most childless adults earning at or below 138% of the federal poverty level (about $15,000 for an individual). This expansion of health insurance to those at the lowest … More

NHCHC Organizational Member Wins National Award

Montgomery Cares has been recognized as the winner of one of the 2012 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards for its program “Safe Transitions: Managing Hospital Discharge for County Residents Who Are Homeless”.
An organizational member of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Montgomery Cares is an HCH affiliate of the Montgomery County, Md., Department of Health … More

HCH New Access Point Awards

On June 20, HRSA announced 219 New Access Point grants that will extend Health Center services to 1.25 million new patients. Among these are New Access Point Awards focused on the primary care needs of people experiencing homelessness, and all of these Health Centers, which are expected to serve all comers regardless of their ability to pay, will likely serve … More

HCH Response to Affordable Care Act Decision of Supreme Court

The National Health Care for the Homeless Council celebrates the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Affordable Care Act and calls on the States to proceed with implementation of the Medicaid expansion.
John Lozier
“The Medicaid expansion to citizens under 138% of the poverty level promises life-sustaining care for millions of people who are simply too poor for the health care … More