April 25, 2014

EPA Webinar: Addressing Asthma Disparities in Schools


Join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday, May 1, 2014, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EDT, for EPA's Closing the Gap: Addressing Asthma Disparities in Schools webinar. This webinar will showcase how two innovative programs (Los Angeles Unified School District and the Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of New Jersey) reduced asthma disparities in their school systems through a comprehensive, partnership-based approach to promote indoor air quality management. Both leaders will … [Read more...]

EHR Incentive Programs: What’s New for Stage 1 in 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed a new brochure on the EHR Incentive Programs, called "What's New in Stage 1 for 2014". Beginning in 2014, there are several changes to the Stage1 Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs meaningful use objectives, measures, and exclusions for eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs). These changes took effect on October 1, 2013, for eligible hospitals and CAHs and on January … [Read more...]

Marketplace Enrollment Exceeds 7 Million


As the open enrollment period concluded on March 31, the White House annouced that more than 7 million Americans found quality, affordable coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act.  See more details in the official White House announcement.   … [Read more...]

FY15 Budget to Propose Expansion of NHSC

WH Budget

Increase in FY15 and Extension of Funding Beyond FY16 McLean, VA – The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) applauds the White House proposal to extend the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program through FY2020 and expand the program to include up to 15,000 primary care providers. The program provides loan repayment and scholarships for primary care providers who work in underserved areas of the country. "The President has shown once again that he strongly supports this … [Read more...]

ACU Supports Medicaid Proposal


Washington DC - The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) offered its support for S. 1980 - the Medicaid and CHIP Continuous Quality Act of 2014, introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia. The bill would enact a 12-month continuous enrollment period for Medicaid and CHIP, ensuring uninterrupted health care coverage for those who need it most. ACU recognized that S. 1980 would help reduce administrative expenses caused by the cycle of enrollment and disenrollment, or … [Read more...]

NHSC Application Cycle Opens


The 2014 NHSC Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open. The application cycle will close on March 20, at 7:30 pm, ET. To help ensure that the communities with the greatest need are supported, qualified applicants working in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) with the highest scores as of January 1, 2014, will be given priority. With continued service, NHSC providers may be able to pay off all of their student loans. The Program is expected to be competitive, and on … [Read more...]

Congressional Budget Deal Unveiled


Sequester Will Still Cut NHSC Funding We have written several times about the sequester’s impact on the National Health Service Corps, and like many, had hoped that the entire sequester would be eliminated through the bipartisan budget negotiations.  However, the Budget Deal announced today leaves intact the part of the sequester that impacts the NHSC funding. The Budget Deal does reduce a large portion of the cuts on the discretionary side of budget.  This means that programs that are … [Read more...]

ACA Investments Help NHSC Increase Access to Primary Care

Proud to Support NHSC

With historic investments from the Affordable Care Act and the Recovery Act, the National Health Service Corps has supported nearly 14,000 health care providers between 2009 and 2013. A new report shows that more than half of the nearly 1,000 Corps scholars in the pipeline report that they are minorities. The report also includes new state-level data on awards. For the new report, please visit Helping Primary Care Clinicians Practice in the Communities Where They are Needed Most: National … [Read more...]

Sequester and the NHSC


What the Sequester means to the National Health Service Corps More than 250,000 people won’t have access to care in their community because of the broad cuts to federal programs known as the “sequester.”  The sequester lead to a $15 million cut in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) funding, reducing the number of recent awards made for those seeking to work in the underserved areas of our country. Let’s start with how the sequester came to be. In 2011, Congress passed a law saying that … [Read more...]

Great American Smokeout is Today!


Today, ACU joins with the American Cancer Society and the national health care community to recognize the Great American Smokeout to stop smoking tobacco products.  Each year, the Great American Smokeout is promoted on the third Thursday of November. See the statement released today by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and also access important ACU resources through the link below: ACU's Tobacco Free web page - with Fact Sheets, patient handouts, and other tools for clinicians. … [Read more...]

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