May 24, 2015

Sequester and the NHSC

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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...]

2015 Conference Program Now Available

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The full 2015 Conference Program is now available online. We have every speaker, every workshop, every sponsor and every exhibitor included, with more details on the hotel and transportation options as well. Check out the program and register for the conference today! … [Read more...]

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...]

President Reconfirms Strong Support for NHSC in FY16 Budget

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Proposes Field Strength of 15,000 for the Program McLean, VA – The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) expressed its strong appreciated for the President’s FY2016 Budget Request for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program today. The President’s Budget would expand the program to include 15,000 primary care providers in underserved communities across the country – the current field strength is roughly 8,500 providers. The NHSC program provides loan repayment and … [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...]

2015 Conference – Call for Abstracts

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS  Deadline: January 31, 2015 ACU is convening its 2015 Annual Conference and Workforce Forum: "Empowering Clinicians & Communities" from June 1-3, 2015, at the Westin Alexandria Hotel in Alexandria, VA. ACU invites interested presenters to submit abstracts for workshops at this national conference. We are seeking presentations that clinicians will find useful in their daily work, and also looking to the future as the health care landscape continues to change. Topics … [Read more...]

2015 Conference – Call for Exhibitors

CALL FOR EXHIBITORS  ACU is convening its 2015 Annual Conference and Workforce Forum: "Empowering Clinicians & Communities" from June 1-3, 2015, at the Westin Alexandria Hotel in Alexandria, VA. ACU invites interested exhibitors to register today to reserve their space at the conference. The 2015 Conference will offer a full array of keynote speakers and valuable educational sessions, with special tracks focusing on: Clinical Quality Improvement Workforce Recruitment & … [Read more...]