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November 30, 2023

Contact: Brendan Riley, VP, NCCHCA Government Relations & External Affairs| rileyb@ncchca.org, 919-469-1116

N.C. Speaker Tim Moore Visits Kintegra Health, Community Health Center in Shelby, to Receive Health Leadership Award

On Thursday, November 30, Kintegra Health, a Community Health Center organization with locations in 12 counties, welcomed N.C. Speaker of the House Tim Moore for a tour of their Kintegra Family Medicine facility in Shelby.

“Today I had the privilege to see firsthand the important work that Kintegra Health does right here in Cleveland County, a prime example of the good work that Community Health Centers do across the state to provide whole-person care for our rural and medically underserved communities. Community Health Centers like Kintegra Health are essential providers of high-quality primary care for so many who need it,” said Speaker Moore.

Kintegra Health CEO Robert Spencer expressed his appreciation to Speaker Moore for taking the time to tour Kintegra’s world-class facility in Shelby, which is one of 30 clinical sites the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) operates across the state.

“We are grateful for Speaker Moore’s ongoing support to help Community Health Centers like Kintegra close the coverage gap for underserved North Carolina residents,” said Mr. Spencer. “This expansion of health care will allow Kintegra to expand its whole-person approach to care into more communities. Health centers serve an important role of delivering not only primary and preventive medical care, but also behavioral health, chiropractic, podiatry, substance use disorder treatment, pharmacy services, and comprehensive oral health care.”

During the meeting, Kintegra Health presented Speaker Moore with the North Carolina Community Health Center Association 2023 Community Health Leadership Award, in recognition of the Speaker’s leadership in working to extend affordable health coverage options to hundreds of thousands of people in North Carolina starting December 1.

Thanks to this historic policy change, many Community Health Center patients in Cleveland County and across the state will soon have improved access to care and greater peace of mind thanks to gaining health coverage.

Because Community Health Centers serve many uninsured patients—over 255,000 in 2022—this important policy will also allow health centers to receive more adequate reimbursements for the care they provide and support expansion of the health care workforce to deliver care to more people across North Carolina.

NCCHCA members are grateful to Speaker Moore and other policymakers whose leadership ensured that North Carolina would cross the finish line in closing the coverage gap, and we look forward to continued partnership to address North Carolina’s future health challenges.

About NCCHCA: The North Carolina Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA) represents 43 Community Health Center organizations, also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), that care for 752,000 patients a year at over 500 clinical locations across 88 counties without regard for patients’ ability to pay or insurance status.

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September 26, 2023

Certainty on Medicaid Expansion Renews Hope for N.C. Safety-Net Providers & Patients 

With the passage of the state budget ensuring a Dec. 1 launch of Medicaid expansion, community health center leaders anticipate wider availability of specialty services to underserved patients.

PDF: NCCHCA-Statement-Medicaid-Expansion-Implementation-9.26.2023

For too long, hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians have suffered from lack of health coverage, leading to an increase in mortality rates and progression of chronic diseases. Now with a launch date of December 1, 2023, set for Medicaid expansion, the North Carolina Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA) and our 43 health center members are relieved more of our patients will gain health coverage and our centers will receive more adequate reimbursements for the services they deliver.

“Medicaid expansion is a phenomenal milestone for N.C.’s community health centers, and it will greatly support the work safety-net providers do to care for historically underserved communities,” NCCHCA CEO Chris Shank commented.

Statewide, N.C. community health centers serve more than 250,000 uninsured patients each year, out of a total patient population of 752,000. Patients who have lacked access to care will be ecstatic to have an insurance card and the ability to receive specialty care, said Michelle Lewis, CEO of Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine.

“Patients will probably say, ‘You mean, I can see an asthma specialist, or cardiologist, or orthopedist now, like others?! I can get cancer treatments now?!’ These will be some of the first thoughts of relief for patients who have struggled to get needed primary and specialty care services,” said Mrs. Lewis, who also serves as chair of the NCCHCA Board of Directors. “Patients will also feel appreciation for the policymakers and advocates who have fought for many years to expand Medicaid.”

NCCHCA and the providers we represent are grateful for the policymakers who led sustained efforts to expand Medicaid, including Governor Roy Cooper, Secretary Kody Kinsley, and Representative Donny Lambeth (R-Forsyth) – and others, including NC Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger and NC House Speaker Tim Moore, for helping to move Medicaid expansion across the finish line.

During a September 25 press conference, Secretary Kinsley reflected on his personal experience living in the coverage gap: “As some of you know, I grew up in North Carolina without health insurance. I know first-hand the struggle that families face when trying to weigh the risk of going without seeing the doctor or parents pushing off prescriptions because they can’t afford food for their kids.”

Well-prepared to serve as the primary medical home for new Medicaid beneficiaries, community health centers offer integrated, culturally sensitive, whole-person primary care services, plus wrap-around support like care management and transportation assistance, all in one package. Community health centers are also unique in offering dental care and behavioral health care integrated into many sites.

“This is a historical moment for North Carolina and our primary care providers, with Medicaid expansion soon to be effective,” said Mrs. Shank. “Hundreds of thousands of patients have hoped for an expansion of care that has now passed, and hundreds of community health center sites will soon have increased capacity to improve our state’s health outcomes and expand the health care workforce.”

Find your nearest health center: https://ncchca.org/find-a-health-center.

Contact:

Stacie Borrello, Communications and External Affairs Manager, North Carolina Community Health Center Association, 919-996-9208, borrellos@ncchca.org

About NCCHCA:

The North Carolina Community Health Center Association represents 43 Community Health Center (CHC) organizations that operate over 470 clinical sites in 86 N.C. counties and served 752,000 patients in 2022. CHCs (also known as federally qualified health centers, FQHCs) are federally funded, nonprofit, patient-governed organizations with a mission of providing integrated primary, dental, and behavioral health care in primarily underserved and rural areas, without regard for patients’ insurance status or ability to pay.

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N.C. Community Health Centers Host Over 50 Events Statewide to Mark National Health Center Week, August 6-12

2023 National Health Center Week Release PDF

***Media Advisory ***
August 6, 2023

CONTACT: Stacie Borrello, Communications and External Affairs Manager, North Carolina Community Health Center Association, 919-996-9208, borrellos@ncchca.org

A variety of Federally Qualified Health Centers will pass out free school supplies and bookbags, hold health and wellness fairs, celebrate new site openings, offer free assistance with enrolling in health coverage, host public officials, and more.

Experience a range of fun events, free giveaways, and health resources as National Health Center Week returns from August 6 to August 12, 2023. National Health Center Week is an annual, nationwide celebration of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), also known as community health centers (CHCs), which provide integrated primary care, dental, behavioral health, and pharmacy services to the entire community, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay at over 400 clinical sites across North Carolina.

Serving more than 750,000 patients across N.C., community health centers represent hope and resilience to the diverse populations they serve, which include school children, the uninsured, the unhoused, migrant farmworkers, public housing residents, and more. During this special national week of celebration, community health centers across the state are extending an open invitation to the public to join in the fun as they highlight the strength, unwavering dedication, and compassionate care N.C. health centers provide to our communities.

Click here for a list of the public National Health Center Week events happening across North Carolina this week. (Click the page numbers at the bottom to view all events.)

The 2023 national theme is “Community Health Centers: The Roadmap to a Stronger America.” With more than 50 events that will highlight the contributions of community health centers, attendees will have the opportunity to access health resources, enjoy free giveaways, and take part in exciting community events that offer something for every member of the family.

Throughout this inspiring week, community health centers will work to raise awareness about the affordable health care services they provide and the value they bring to communities across the state. Health centers hope to demonstrate to members of Congress that increased federal funding is needed to ensure continued access to high-quality, affordable healthcare in underserved areas.

Another important part of National Health Center Week is recognizing the contributions of staff, stakeholders, and — most of all — patients, who make up a majority of all health center governing boards. By joining together in celebration and hosting events for their communities, health centers will strengthen bonds and make progress toward a healthier, more vibrant America.

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about the services community health centers provide on the following focus days:
● Sunday, 8/6 – Public Health in Housing Day
● Monday, 8/7 – Healthcare for People Experiencing Homelessness
● Tuesday, 8/8 – Agricultural Worker Health Day
● Wednesday, 8/9 – Patient Appreciation
● Thursday, 8/10 – Stakeholder Appreciation
● Friday, 8/11 – Health Center Staff Appreciation
● Saturday, 8/12 – Children’s Health’s Day

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NEW GPO VENDOR ANNOUNCEMENT

NCCHCA Welcomes PicassoMD

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The North Carolina Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA) Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) is excited to announce the addition of PicassoMD as our latest vendor member. Our GPO’s primary objective is to enhance shared services and strategic sourcing solutions for health centers across North Carolina. We believe that partnering with PicassoMD will enable us to achieve this goal by offering specialty e-consults through their Curbside platform.

Description of Services

PicassoMD Curbside is an informal interprofessional communication between a primary care provider (PCP) and a specialist. PicassoMD has created an online platform that can rapidly match a PCP with a specialist across nearly 30 service lines to support and augment clinical decision-making. Once connected, providers can communicate through a chat-like interface with the specialist.

All communications and images are exchanged on PicassoMD’s HIPAA compliant mobile/web-based platform, and a transcript of the curbside is automatically generated upon its completion.

With existing engagements with Kintegra Health and Blue Ridge Health, PicassoMD’s joining NCCHCA’s GPO is a natural progression that will expand the range of services available, generate cost savings, and optimize efficiencies for the benefit of our members and their patients.

For inquiries regarding initiating a partnership with PicassoMD, interested health centers should reach out to NCCHCA’s Director of Business Development: Karen Pryce at prycek@ncchca.org.

NCCHCA extends its sincere appreciation to PicassoMD for their dedication and efforts in establishing this collaboration. For additional information, please visit the PicassoMD website or contact Karen Pryce.

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June 7, 2023

NCCHCA Presents 2023 Community Health Leadership Award to Governor Roy Cooper at Annual Conference

NCCHCA Presents 2023 Community Health Leadership Award to Governor Roy Cooper at Annual Conference – (PDF)

The North Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA), the state’s Primary Care Association representing 43 community health center organizations, hosts its 44th Annual Primary Care Conference (PCC) this week in Durham, NC. More than 350 health care providers, executives, and staff from safety-net organizations will discuss leadership, workforce, Medicaid expansion, clinical topics, improving patient care, and more. In addition, NCCHCA has partnered with the North Carolina School Based Health Alliance this year to offer a track on school-based health services.

As part of the annual event, NCCHCA Board Chair Michelle Lewis, CEO of Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine, presented the association’s 2023 Community Health Leadership Award to Governor Roy Cooper, in recognition of his strong leadership in passing Medicaid expansion, which will extend health care coverage to hundreds of thousands of people in North Carolina.

Saying that this award was thanks to the hard work of the assembled members of the primary care workforce, Governor Cooper thanked attendees for their sacrifice during COVID and their commitment to health equity in underserved communities, saying, “You chose a path that puts you with people who need you most.” Emphasizing his belief that all people should have some type of health care coverage, Governor Cooper also spoke of his plan to invest more than $1 billion to expand access to behavioral health care in the state.

NC Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore are also recipients of the 2023 Community Health Leadership Award for leading their chambers to passage of this important health policy.

In addition, NC Representative Donny Lambeth is the recipient of NCCHCA’s 2023 NC Community Health Advocate of the Year award, in recognition of his long-time championship of Medicaid expansion.

Medicaid expansion will have a significant positive impact on community health centers and the patients they serve, without regard to insurance status or ability to pay. Currently, 36% of patients seen at North Carolina’s Federally Qualified Community Health Centers (FQHCs) are uninsured. Medicaid expansion means that health centers will receive reimbursement for the care they provide to patients who have gained health coverage through expansion. This increase in reimbursements for care will enable health centers to expand their staff or add new programs or sites.

Additionally, North Carolina State Treasurer Dale Folwell addressed PCC attendees on Thursday, June 8. After his address, he presented two community health center organizations with refund payments to bring attention to the Unclaimed Property Division.

About NCCHCA: The North Carolina Community Health Center Association represents 43 Community Health Center (CHC) organizations that operate over 400 clinical sites in 85 N.C. counties and served 743,000 patients in 2021. CHCs are federally funded, non-profit organizations that provide integrated primary, dental, and behavioral health care to underserved and rural communities, without regard for insurance status or ability to pay.

CONTACT: Stacie Borrello, Communications and External Affairs Manager, North Carolina Community Health Center Association, 919-996-9208, borrellos@ncchca.org. Members of the press can inquire about limited access to the event and/or interviews with spokespeople.

PDF of the statementNCCHCA Statement on Passage of Medicaid Expansion March.22.2023

2022 NCCHCA Clinical Conference Draft Agenda

(Click for Registration Page)

Wednesday, October 19

4:00-7:00 pm Welcome Reception: Unwind & Design (see details below). Heavy hors d’oeuvres served.

Thursday, October 20

7:30 am Registration Opens
8:00-9:00 am Breakfast
9:30-10:30 am Open and Welcoming Plenary

Integrated Care and the Transformation of Behavioral Health Delivery

Neftali Serrano, PsyD, Collaborative Care Association

10:30-11:00 am Break
11:00-12:00 pm Topical Roundtables and Networking

During this time, colleagues from across the state will gather to discuss work, innovations, and concerns in community health. A moderator and panel of experts will be on hand to lead discussion and answer questions.

Pick from two roundtable discussions topics:

Session A:  Meeting Behavioral Health Needs

  • Neftali Serrano, PsyD, Collaborative Care Association
  • Eric Tucker, EDD, MSW, LCSW, Director of Behavioral Health, Advance Community Health
  • Tony Volrath, MAHS, Assistant Regional Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

 

Session B: Clinical Special Populations

  • Portia D. Johnson, Pharm.D, MHA, Director of Pharmacy, Advance Community Health
  • Marianne Hedrick Weant, MSPH, MA, CHES, Programs Mng., NC Alliance for Health
  • Rhonda Stephens, DDS, MPH, Dental Public Health Residency Director and Grants Administrator, Surveillance Program Supervisor, Division of Public Health, Oral Health Section, NC Department of Health, and Human Services
  • Meriah Ward, DNP, FNP-BC, Advance Community Health
12:00-1:30 pm Lunch and Plenary

NC’s Workforce for Health: Moving Forward Strategically and Sustainably

Kathy Colville, MSW, MSPH, President and CEO, North Carolina Institute of Medicine 

1:30-1:45 pm Transition Break
1:45-3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions

1. Collaborative Care Model Overview for FQHCs – Chris Weathington, Liz Griffin, Terri Roberts and Adam Zoltor, AHEC

2. Diabetes Management: Updated Guidelines and Considerations for CHCs – Meriah Ward, DNP, FNP-BC, Advance Community Health

3. Building Healthier Communities Together: Using NCCARE360 and other Technology Tools to Support Patients – Tasha Winstead, Unite Us

4. Lessons Learned from Incorporating Social Determinants of Health into Clinical Care – Maria Perez, HOP Program Manager, NC DHHS; Dan Kimberg, Director of Operations and Strategy, NC InCK

3:00-3:30 pm Break
3:30-4:45 pm Concurrent Sessions

1. Implementation of Integrated Care Models: Best Practices to Drive Clinical Outcomes and Patient Experience – Portia Johnson, PharmD, MHA, Advance Community Health 

2. HIV: Screening, Prevention, and Management within Community Health – Meriah Ward, DNP, FNP-BC, Advance Community Health

3. Access is Quality: The role of tele-behavioral health during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic – Dr. Eric Tucker, EDD, MSW, LCSW, Director of Behavioral Health, Advance Community Health

4. Medicaid and Value-Based Care: An Update and Next Steps – Liz Kasper, MSPH, Special Policy Advisor – Alternative Payment Models, NC DHHS; Rebecca Whitaker, PhD, MSPH, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy

5:30-7:00 pm Dinner and Networking Event at Foothills Brewing

 

Friday, October 21

7:30 am Registration Opens
8:00-9:00 am Breakfast
8:30-9:45 am Concurrent Sessions  

  1. Fostering Collaborative and Engaged Teams – Brian Davis, Director Community and Congregational Engagement, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist 
  2. OSV – Are you Ready? – Thomas Maynor, MD, Maynor Consulting 
  3. HCC Coding and Its Importance in Today’s Landscape – Dr. Kazi Farshid, Co-Founder & CEO, DoctusTech
  4. Medication Assisted Therapy Review and Best Practices – Tony Volrath, MAHS, Assistant Regional Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
9:45-10:15 am Break
10:15-11:15 am Plenary Session 

Recovering Stronger: NC State Health Priorities  

Secretary Kody Kinsley, NC DHHS

11:15-11:30 am Break
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Concurrent Sessions 

  1. Second Wind Leadership: Leadership Training for Clinical Directors – Pam Tripp, CEO, CommWell Health 
  2. Policies and Programs Addressing the Social Determinants of Health – Marianne Weant, MSPH, MA, CHES, Programs Manager, North Carolina Alliance for Health
  3. ‘Data-Rich-Insight-Poor (DRIP)’ Avoidance through Effective System Integration (NCIR, CVMS, NC HealthConnex) – Dave Kim, Compass Health Advisors
  4. 21st Century Perinatal Oral Health Management: Updates and Addressing Disparities in Care – Rhonda Stephens, DDS, MPH, Dental Public Health Residency and Grants Administrator, Division of Public Health 
12:30-2:00 pm Lunch, Awards, and Closing Plenary  

Meeting Patients Where They Are

Pam Tripp, CEO CommWell Health

 

Continuing Education

In partnership with Northwest Area Health Education Center (AHEC), a program of Wake Forest University School of Medicine and part of the NC AHEC System.
Up to 9.25 Contact Hours and 0.9 CEUs from  Northwest AHEC

> Day 1 – Oct. 20, 2022 • 0.5 CEUs from Northwest AHEC • 5.25 Contact Hours from Northwest AHEC

> Day 2 – Oct. 21, 2022 • 0.4 CEUs from Northwest AHEC • 4.0 Contact Hours from Northwest AHEC

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Wednesday, October 19th

Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served while you enjoy choosing from three activities at the Benton Convention Center Piedmont:

Thursday, October 20th

Networking event at Foothills Brewery Footnote, 634 W. 4th Street Ste. #120, Winston-Salem

Signature cocktails, wine, craft beer await our conference attendees and vendors with a special dinner menu that’s been created for those hungry taste buds.

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,557,131 with 99 percent financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

***Media Release*** 

August 8, 2022 

Contacts: Stacie Borrello, NCCHCA Communications & External Affairs Manager |  borrellos@ncchca.org, 919-996-9208; Brendan Riley, NCCHCA VP, Government Relations & External Affairs | rileyb@ncchca.org, 919-469-1116                     

Expanding Medicaid Would Increase Community Health Center Reimbursement Revenue by 32% on Average, New Analysis Finds 

Passing Medicaid Expansion Would Create Jobs in the Health Care Workforce and Expand Care Access in Rural and Underserved Communities 

Click to view and download the August 2022 Issue Brief: More Than an Insurance Card: How Medicaid expansion will increase the services of NC Community Health Centers and improve health outcomes. 

A new analysis of North Carolina Community Health Center data released this week shows that expanding Medicaid would not only directly benefit individuals gaining coverage, but it would also significantly increase revenue for North Carolina’s Community Health Centers (CHCs), allowing health centers to expand services and serve more patients. On average, net increases in reimbursements to CHCs would jump by 32.2 percent annually—for health care services they are already providing to their uninsured patients.  

CHCs play an important role as safety-net providers in medically underserved communities. While these Centers do their job well with limited resources, they face challenges because North Carolina has not yet expanded Medicaid. While CHCs are the provider of choice for hundreds of thousands of insured patients, an average of 40 percent of CHC patients are uninsured, putting a strain on CHC operating budgets. 

Because CHCs are required to reinvest all non-grant funds into programs that expand care access for the medically underserved, expanding Medicaid will promote financial stability for these critical safety net providers and allow them to increase capacity. 

“Under Medicaid expansion, we would be getting an additional $3-4 million a year in revenue from Medicaid. Those are dollars that Federally Qualified Health Centers will reinvest into new services and new practice locations,” said Chris Vann, chief development officer at CommWell Health, a Community Health Center with sites in five counties throughout the southeastern region of North Carolina. 

Medicaid expansion would also enable CHCs to make investments in expanding access to care by recruiting more providers to rural communities and expanding service lines like behavioral health and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) services. 

“With Medicaid expansion, we can add comprehensive specialties such as cardiology, podiatry, or ophthalmology practices to support our patients with comorbid conditions that we see frequently, like hypertension and diabetes,” said Scot McCray, CEO of Advance Community Health in Raleigh. 

By keeping patients out of the ER and preventing hospitalizations, CHCs help reduce health care spending by approximately 29 percent per patient per year, making health centers a remarkable investment for health care dollars. 

“While we understand that some lawmakers are concerned that expanding Medicaid would create a strain on provider capacity, our research shows that Medicaid expansion would, in fact, bolster our providers’ capacity. Medicaid expansion would mean that our Community Health Centers, who now serve a significant portion of uninsured patients, would receive reimbursements for care that was previously uncompensated, allowing health centers to increase capacity by hiring more staff and expanding programs to serve more patients,” said Brendan Riley, NCCHCA’s Vice President of Government Relations & External Affairs. 

For a detailed look at how Medicaid Expansion would impact Community Health Centers and their patients, refer to the North Carolina Community Health Center Association’s August 2022 Issue Brief: More Than an Insurance Card: How Medicaid expansion will increase the services of NC Community Health Centers and improve health outcomes. 

About CHCs: Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), also known as Community Health Centers (CHCs), which provide integrated primary medical, dental, pharmacy, behavioral health, and enabling services to more than 743,000 people in the state, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. By mission, Community Health Centers provide high-quality care in rural and medically underserved communities and to vulnerable populations, and as such are the backbone of the primary care safety net in North Carolina.

About NCCHCA: The North Carolina Community Health Center Association represents 42 Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) member organizations that provide integrated medical, dental, pharmacy, behavioral health, and enabling services to more than 743,000 patients at over 370 clinical service sites in 85 N.C. counties.

Click the link to view and download the two-page Issue Brief: More Than an Insurance Card: How Medicaid expansion will increase the services of NC Community Health Centers and improve health outcomes

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www.NCCHCA.org | 4917 Waters Edge Drive, Suite 165, Raleigh, NC 27606 | 919-469-5701 

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