September 5, 2015

Senate Bill Would Expand NHSC to Jails

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Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation expanding the eligible placement sites for the National Health Service Corps to include county and municipal jails. To date, only state and federal prisons were eligible for NHSC placements. The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved has supported the legislation, recognizing the critical need for primary care providers in these facilities. To read more about the legislation, see Sen. Durbin's full press release. … [Read more...]

ACU Endorses H.R. 2

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The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved offered its official endorsement of H.R. 2 - the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. In addition to the permanent fix for the payment program for physicians, the package includes a two-year extension of funding for several critical programs, including the National Health Services Corps, the Community Health Centers program and the Teaching Health Centers program. To read the full endorsement, click here.   … [Read more...]

NHSC Funding Included in SGR Package

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Congress is considering legislation that would avert a funding cliff for providers within the Medicare program, commonly referred to as the “doc-fix” bill. In a change from previous years, Congress is on the verge of a permanent fix for the issue and will be considering the package this week. In addition to the permanent fix for the Medicare payment issue, Congress has also included several critical provisions that extend funding for other programs facing funding cliffs, including the National … [Read more...]

NHSC Loan Repayment Program Accepting Applications

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The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is now accepting applications for its Loan Repayment Program which helps primary care providers pay off student loans while serving in communities with limited access to health care. The NHSC loan repayment and scholarship programs have enabled thousands of health care professionals to pursue their dreams of serving in primary care while eliminating most, if not all, of their qualifying educational debt. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, programs like … [Read more...]

ACU Launches STAR² Center

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The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) is pleased to announce the official launch of its Solutions, Training, and Assistance for Recruitment and Retention (STAR²) Center at www.chcworkforce.org. The STAR² Center will provide resources, regional training, and individual technical assistance to help health centers address their clinician workforce challenges. Resources The STAR² Center hosts an online resource center, cataloging a wide variety of toolkits, research, best … [Read more...]

100+ Groups Push Congress to Support Primary Care

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ACU worked with a broad coalition of stakeholder to draft a joint letter calling on Congress to avert the Primary Care Funding cliff as soon as possible. The letter, signed by more than 100 national organizations, urges Congress to address the funding cliffs for Community Health Centers, the National Health Service Corps, and the Teaching Health Centers program. ACU was founded by alumni of the NHSC and has led the effort to save the NHSC from the impending funding cliff. The full text of … [Read more...]

Asthma

ACU belongs to the EPA's AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org, an interactive online community designed for asthma champions to share, learn, and connect with peers to advance asthma care. Join this national network of community-based programs and access cutting-edge tools, the latest strategies and hundreds resources in asthma care and management.   NEW! Online Professional Education Session Building an Asthma Care Home, Available On Demand - a 60-minute pre-recorded webinar. Watch this … [Read more...]

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved: ACU Column on Asthma Project

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The August 2014 issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved is now available in print and online! The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved is happy to announce the most up-to-date JHCPU article focusing on Asthma Disparities. This silver issue opens with a reflection on health care management in the U.S., including the impact of Asthma Disparities and how EHR use can improve health outcomes; an ACU provided column that discusses the electronic health record and the … [Read more...]

Health Care Cliff

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Senator Sanders visited a health center in Mississippi this past weekend and returned from the trip very eager to develop strategies to address the primary care cliff. Read more here. … [Read more...]

National Health Center Week 2014

In celebration of National Health Center Week, HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield posted a message recognizing the critical role health centers play in assuring more accessible, affordable, quality health care services to millions of people. See the full HRSA post here. … [Read more...]