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LEGISLATION UPDATE

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

HHS is preparing for the national enrollment for the State Market Places for the Federally-facilitated Exchanges with the newly launched www.HealthCare.gov or the Spanish version, www.CuidadodeSalud.gov.  NHMA urges you to check the website out and inform your patients and colleagues about the information for those interested in finding insurance options for individuals, families, small businesses by zip code and by age and health profiles. HHS Secretary Sebelius and her staff need to be commended on the effort to work with insurance companies, with States, with stakeholders to promote access to affordable health care for our communities.

As for the Safety Net and many of our communities who will be afraid of accessing government sites, we urge all to consider seeking care at your federal, state  health centers and private safety net medical practices and clinics.  

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Exchange Functions: Standards for Navigators and Non-Navigator Assistance Personnel; Consumer Assistance Tools and Programs of an Exchange and Certified Application Counselors Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services Final Rule:

This final rule addresses various requirements applicable to Navigators and non-Navigator assistance personnel in Federally-facilitated Exchanges, including State Partnership Exchanges, and to non-Navigator assistance personnel in State Exchanges that are funded through federal Exchange Establishment grants. It finalizes the requirement that Exchanges must have a certified application counselor program. It creates conflict-of-interest, training and certification, and meaningful access standards; clarifies that any licensing, certification, or other standards prescribed by a state or Exchange must not prevent application of the provisions of title I of the Affordable Care Act; adds entities with relationships to issuers of stop loss insurance to the list of entities that are ineligible to become Navigators; and clarifies that the same ineligibility criteria that apply to Navigators apply to certain non-Navigator assistance personnel. The final rule also directs that each Exchange designate organizations which will then certify their staff members and volunteers to be application counselors that assist consumers and facilitate enrollment in qualified health plans and insurance affordability programs, and provides standards for that designation.

NHMA AND ACA ENROLLMENT

NHMA has launched the 2014 Covered Hispanics Campaign to build a national network of Hispanic physicians, nurses, dentists, and public health leaders who will be deployed to communicate with culturally competent messages to Hispanic communities across the nation through traditional and social media. The goal of this campaign is to encourage more Hispanics to enroll in affordable health coverage starting October 1, 2013.

NHMA has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to learn about the latest updates in the roll out of the Affordable Care Act implementation. Through www.HealthCare.gov, patients can now view personalized information, print checklists, and watch videos to help them prepare to apply and enroll into qualified health insurance plans of State Health Marketplaces, Medicaid, CHIP, or Medicare on October 1, 2013 for coverage beginning January 1, 2014.

NHMA is working with its Media Partners – UNIVISION, ImpreMedia, National Association of Hispanic Publications, Telemundo, Noticias MundoFox, CNN en Espanol, Hispanic Link, Futuro Media, and Latina Style to provide a NHMA Resource List of Speakers and Writers from our medical society and health professional association networks. Contact Veronica Ramirez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202-628-5895 for information on our 2014 Covered Hispanics Campaign.

NHMA also serves on the advisory committee for Enroll America which has Get Covered America Campaign, which included Latino roundtables aimed at streamlining outreach and educational efforts for partner organizations. Enroll America will be hosting several social media forums in which NHMA will participate to educate consumers about the importance of enrolling in health care through HealthCare.gov

NHMA PROGRAM UPDATE

NHMA Leadership Fellowship - supported by US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources Services Administration – Ten Fellows – Mid-career physicians are working in 2 Policy Analysis Teams looking at Health Care Prevention and Cultural Competence Policy; and Health Care Workforce Development for Community Health Workers Policy this summer.

New NHMA Health Professional Student Leadership Program – to enter careers in serving the Hispanic community in underserved area, supported by the GE Foundation - for 50 students in medical school and public health school and physicians and public health professional NHMA members – see the www.nhmamd.org for the application later this month. Contact Veronica Ramirez, senior program officer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New NHMA California Leadership Fellowship – we are recruiting 10 Hispanic mid-career physicians (5 years out of residency/fellowship training) from California who are interested in State public service careers with documented leadership and commitment to serving Hispanic populations. Contact John Aguilar, program officer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NHMA Regional Events 2013 - West, Midwest, Southwest, Northeast, DC Metro, and Southeast  - White House ACA Events -

    • Los Angeles: Sept. 21
    • New York City: Sept. 26
    • San Antonio: Sept. 28
    • Washington, DC: Oct. 3
    • Atlanta: Oct. 11
    • Chicago: Oct. 12

RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact Nuvia Flores at (202) 628-5895.

Consider joining or referring us to a community leader in the regions to join the NHMA Regional Steering Committees. The Regions will also hold NHMA Physician and Public Health Professional Mentoring programs for medical, public health students and medical residents.  If interested in participating as a mentor or mentee or on the Steering Committees – contact John Aguilar, program officer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NHMA's Foundation, National Hispanic Health Foundation's National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Galas:

    •     JW Marriott LA Live, Olympic and Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA, Nov. 21st
    •      New York Academy of Medicine, Dec. 5th

NHMA Hispanic Health Congressional Briefing: October 2013 with Congresswoman Lucille Roybal Allard and Congressman Raul Ruiz (invited), “Latinos and Cancer Care Issues” - Hear experts discuss health and mental health care management and treatment policies to decrease cancer in our Latino communities: National Cancer Institute, Dr. Jorge Puente, Vice President, Pfizer, Ysabel Duron, President, Latinas Contra Cancer (invited) 

NHMA–HHS OMH-AAMC Medical School Recruitment Program planned at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, Sept. 21 and at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine Sept. 28. About 300 college and high school students/parents are expected to attend and hear from NHMA, medical school and medical student leaders to encourage the next generation to consider applying to medical school and become physicians who care for the Hispanic population.

NHMA Resident Mentoring Program was launched at the NHMA Conference for the NHMA Council of Residents (COR).  Developed with the past COR chairperson Elizabeth Homan, MD, University of Miami, Vanessa Salcedo, MD, Columbia, and Gerardo Lopez-Mena, MD, COR chairperson. If you want to be a MENTOR or a MENTEE for these two programs contact John Aguilar know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NHMA/NHHF EARLY CHILDHOOD OBESITY POLICY SUMMITS RECOMMENDATIONS, supported by WK Kellogg Foundation - New York Academy of Medicine on February 8th; with the California Endowment, Sacramento, CA, March 19.  Recommendations to be presented in a Report soon, Supported by the WK Kellogg VP and to be disseminated with our National Media Advisory Committee.

NHMA CME Online Program: We have all 2016 Sessions on the website for CME Credits. Tell your Colleagues about this opportunity. Paid members – Free CME from Morehouse School of Medicine. www.nhmamd.org

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

Members are invited to send in your Accomplishments to Share with our Networks - it is important to highlight the successes among our Members to attract others to our network and to show our Appreciation with all the effort that is expended to change our medical practices, academic institutions, patients' lives, that eventually will improve the health of our communities. Please send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DOMINICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK - The Dominican Medical Association of New York, hosted dozens of health professionals, diplomats, consular officials, elected officials, journalists, businessmen, community leaders and area residents packed the halls of the Astoria World Manor County Queens on April 20th with a gala celebration of its 16th anniversary. Dr. Francisco Roa, Executive Director, acknowledged the support given to the organization since its founding by all present, and especially, the New York Presbyterian Hospital. State Senator Jose Peralta and State Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosaor presented proclamations recognizing the social and educational work of the organization on behalf of the Hispanic community to Dr. Welcome Fajardo, president, Dr. Robert Moran, vice president and Dr. Francisco Roa, executive director. Mr. Felix Antonio Martinez, consul general of the Dominican Republic in New York, highlighted the work of the Dominican Medical Association towards the integration of migrant Hispanic physicians in the US health system, providing quality care to their patients. Lastly, the Association recognized community leader and journalist Rafael Nieves González of the newspaper El Diario La Prensa and others for valuable contributions to the medical institution and the Hispanic community.  Congratulations!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

New NHMA Membership Partnerships: see www.nhmamd.org for more info:

AARP – Joint Membership Drive to those 50 years and older are encouraged to lead healthier lives.

Akcess Inc. – NHMA is currently enrolling private practice physicians who are interested in lessening the burden of excessive pharma rep visits – with a new program to have appointments, with a contribution being given to the NHHF.  You can enroll by going to the Akcess web site at www.akcessus.com, and please be sure to enter the NHMA Code: NHMA01.

Canopy, Language Mate – NHMA is currently marketing the new online Medical Spanish Program.  For a free trial please click on the following link: http://www.canopyapps.com/courses/59/trial

CDC HIV/AIDS Primary Care information for physicians: The HIV Screening "Standard Care" program developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives primary care providers new tools to help ensure all patients are tested for HIV at least once in their life. Of the more than 1.1 million people in the United States estimated to be living with HIV, approximately 20% are unaware of their HIV status.

Patients diagnosed through routine HIV screening are able to benefit from medical treatment, which has been proven to reduce morbidity and mortality, and to avoid unintentionally transmitting HIV to others. HIV Screening. Standard Care. offers a variety of resources for providers—as well as materials for their patients—to help encourage universal testing for HIV.

Click here to order a free program resource kit

For questions about the HIV Screening."Standard Care" program, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

American Cancer Society --- NHMA encourages oncologists and other cancer physicians to participate in the ACS Research Programs. We encourage participation with many more sponsors and partners – and encourage you to see our list of Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors to take advantage of their information and disseminate to your colleagues.

Register: Visit Medicare Learning Network Connects http://www.eventsvc.com/blhtechnologies. Upcoming Provider Calls- Open Payments (Physician Payment Sunshine Act) requires manufacturers of pharmaceuticals or medical devices to publicly report payments made to physicians and teaching hospitals creating greater transparency around the financial relationships that occur among them. It is important to know that data collection will begin on August 1, 2013. This MLN Connects Call for physicians and teaching hospitals will give an update on program policy, with a focus on third party payments and indirect payments as well as the Physician Resource Toolkit. There will be a question and answer session following the presentation.

Health Insurance Marketplace Stakeholder Engagement Open Door Forum- CMS has regular stakeholder engagement on the new Health Insurance Marketplace. The next round of quarterly calls will begin the week of July 29, 2013 in each state with a Federally-facilitated (FFM) or State Partnership Marketplace (SPM). Individuals and organizations that will interact with and utilize the Marketplace are encouraged to join these calls. We will provide an update on the implementation of the Marketplace and listen to feedback as we continue to develop and refine the Marketplace. Upcoming State-by-State Calls.

Sign-up for updates at marketplace.cms.gov to be notified about these calls and other Marketplace updates of interest to stakeholders.

American Heart Association Awards Multicultural Scholarships - Dec. 31, 2013

The American Heart Association and Macy's have awarded 16 scholarships of $2,500 each to increase culturally-sensitive, patient-centered care through The Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarship Initiative. The scholarship is in its third year, and champions greater inclusion of multicultural women in medical, nursing and allied health studies to meet the need that racial minorities have of health care providers who understand important aspects of various cultures. The scholarship is designed to drive diversity in medicine and directly address important gaps in treatment that can lead to heart health disparities. Click here for more information and the list of recipients.

Qualifications: Female of Hispanic, African-American or other minority origin; U.S. citizen/permanent resident; enrolled in an accredited college, university, health care institution or program in the U.S.; minimum 3.0 GPAThe scholarship fund is part of Macy’s Multicultural Fund – which was created in 2009 to focus on increasing diversity in the medical field. Applications and scholarship requirements for the Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarship are available on-line at GoRedForWomen.org/goredscholarship.

Job Announcements

Winters Health Foundation, a Federally Qualified Health Clinic, located in Winters, CA is looking for a Lead Family Practice Physician.

What Winters Health Foundation Offers

  • Lead physician role in a primary care organization serving the underserved
  • Opportunity to grow in clinical leadership abilities with close interaction with the Medical Director and Chief Executive Officer
  • Collaborative, team-based, family environment
  • Provide care in an a quaint town that values a close relationship between providers and the community
  • Ability to work full time or part time (75%-80%)
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Competitive compensation plan with the ability to earn a bonus in year two
  • Federal loan repayment eligible organization

Lead Physician Profile:

  • Ability to establish rapport and gain the confidence of others, including members of the primary care team, associates, patients, and members of the community
  • Stable work history with a desire to grow with the organization
  • Patient-centered approach to medical care
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish is required
  • Embraces technology with the ability to maintain electronic patient medical records
  • Current license to practice in the state of California
  • Board certified in family practice

If you are interested in applying please contact Jennifer Wood by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can also call (503) 443-6008.


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