July 28, 2014

ACU Sponsors Congressional Briefing

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ACU is sponsoring a Congressional briefing on the ongoing impact of the Budget Control Act of 2011, and the federal "sequester". The briefing, scheduled for July 15th from 12:00-1:30pm, will feature several speakers on various health care topics. Tim Starkey, the CEO of Great Salt Plains Health Center in Cherokee, Oklahoma, and also the current president of the Oklahoma Primary Care Association, will be speaking on behalf of ACU. Starkey will be speaking specifically to the impact of … [Read more...]

HRSA Reorganizes Health Workforce Bureaus

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Washington, D.C. (June 3, 2014)—Today, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) formally announced the creation of the Bureau of Health Workforce. This new Bureau, led by Rebecca Spitzgo, will combine programs previously run by the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr) and the Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service (BCRS). The National Health Service Corps program will be managed within the new Office of Health Careers, with the intention of enabling the program to be better … [Read more...]

ACU Recognizes Asthma Awareness Month

Washington, D.C. (May 1, 2014) - The ACU is proud to recognize the month of May as Asthma Awareness Month, in an effort to raise awareness of the risks faced everyday by an estimated 26 million Americans living with asthma. ACU joins the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, and the American Lung Association among many others recognizing Asthma Awareness Month. ACU understands the disparate impact of asthma in the U.S., with the highest … [Read more...]

Integrated Pharmacy Webinar

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Understanding the Value of Integrating Pharmacy Services To Improve Health Outcomes and Patient Safety Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 2PM-3PM ET Presenter: Sandra Leal, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA, CDE, Director of Clinical Pharmacy at El Rio Health Center Host: The National Center for Health in Public Housing Summary:  Due to the vulnerable nature of the health center patient base, health professionals are interested in integrating more clinical and ancillary services into primary are. Health … [Read more...]

EPA Webinar: Addressing Asthma Disparities in Schools

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...]