CONNECTING KIDS TO COVERAGE: HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT FREE AND LOW-COST HEALTH INSURANCE FOR KIDS.
Connecting Kids to Coverage is a national campaign of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to reach and enroll eligible kids and teens in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Millions of children are eligible for free or low-cost health insurance under these programs, but are not enrolled. And, in some states, more parents may be eligible too. Help spread the word that enrollment in these programs is open year-round. You can call 1-855-313-KIDS (5437) or email InsureKidsNow@fleishman.com for more information.
Find resources and learn more about the Campaign at http://www.insurekidsnow.gov.
"Know Your Dose" Campaign - Free Materials Available for Your Clinic
As you know, acetaminophen is the most common drug ingredient in America, found in over 600 different prescription and over-the-counter medicines. This spring, we’re asking healthcare providers to remind all patients and caregivers to: 1) always read and follow the labels on their medicines; 2) know if their medicine contains acetaminophen; and 3) never take two medicines that contain acetaminophen at the same time. When used as directed, acetaminophen is safe and effective. But there is a limit to how much you can take in one day. Taking more than directed is an overdose and can lead to liver damage.
You can visit KnowYourDose.org to order free educational materials to display in your office, pharmacy, or waiting room to help educate patients and consumers on how to safely use medicines that contain acetaminophen. The site also offers a discussion guide to use as a quick reference and reminder when speaking with patients and consumers, as well as helpful tools for the public including a list of common medicines that contain acetaminophen, tips on reading over-the counter and prescription labels, and more.
FTCA Clinic Program
The Public Health Service (PHS) Act section 224(o) extends the ability for volunteers, employees, board members, officers, and contractors of qualified free clinics to be deemed as employees for the PHS for purposes of medical malpractice. This deeming status in turn provides medical malpractice coverage under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA).
More information can be found at http://bphc.hrsa.gov/ftca/freeclinics/.
This program has saved free clinics hundreds of thousands of dollars since its inception and is a great opportunity for free clinics. The Free Clinics FTCA Program is administered by the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). We have partnered with BPHC and the FTCA program to provide technical assistance to those currently deemed or researching the process. While we will answer as many questions as we can, the NAFC recommends you contact the BPHC Helpline directly for assistance.
The BPHC Helpline can be reached by phone (877-974-2742, option 2) or online contact form (https://www.hrsa.gov/about/contact/bphc.aspx) for more information.
AHRQ - AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY
Did you know that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) offers Continuing Education/Continuing Medical Education credits? To view all CME/CE activities, please click here: http://ce.ahrq.gov/pcor/
How Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Can Help the Nation’s Free Clinics
The NAFC and AHRQ hosted a Wed conference On March 30, 2011 on Patient-Centered Outcomes Research and Free Clinics.
The Web conference featured AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy, M.D., NAFC Executive Director Nicole Lamoureux, and Dr. Karen Friday of the Common Ground Clinic in New Orleans, LA. In addition to an overview of Free Clinics and the populations they serve, the group discussed how patient-centered outcomes research and tools can benefit the nation’s Free Clinics.
AHRQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit - 2nd Edition
The AHRQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit- 2nd Edition can help primary care practices reduce the complexity of health care, increase patient understanding of health information, and enhance support for patients of all health literacy levels. New with the 2nd edition are:
- An enhanced assessment and quality improvement planning tool
- A companion Implementation Guide
- Tool 21: Make Referrals Easy
- A crosswalk showing how implementing health literacy tools can help meet standards for patient-centered medical home certification (PCMH).
To learn more, please CLICK HERE.