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BiState PCA
Green Mountains of Vermont

Bi-State Primary Care Association’s annual membership is of benefit to organizations that advocate for and promote access to primary medical and oral health care for the most vulnerable populations. Benefits of membership include:

Voting Privileges

All members are eligible to be on the Board of Directors and its standing Committees. Members give input at our bi-monthly membership meetings and through representation on our standing Committees. The Board of Directors is instrumental in guiding policy decisions of the Association toward achieving its goals.

Advocacy

Bi-State advocates at the state and national level for expanded access to primary and preventive health care for the medically underserved. Activities include:

- Advocating to ensure adequate reimbursement and coverage under public benefits including Medicare, Medicaidand State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP);
- Maintaining adequate state and federal reimbursement for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Rural Health Clinics, provider-based programs and provider fee schedules;
- Preparing and distributing legislative updates and action alerts on primary care policy developments and public health issues;
- Advocating to address workforce issues in Vermont and New Hampshire;
- Establishment of the Vermont Rural Health Alliance;
- Monitoring, analyzing and strategizing on policy relating to health care access and delivery; developing national and state level policy and strategy platforms;
- Promoting community empowerment through strengthened primary care access and resources, including collaboration between Community Health Centers and other safety net providers;
- Advocating and providing strategic communication in priority public policy discussions with key decision makers at the local, state, and federal level to include cost, quality and access for primary care including oral and behavioral health;
- Supporting for the implementation of the medical home pilot projects;
- Hosting legislative events to promote the value of our members in the provision and support of community-based safety net services; and
- Serving as a voice for the underserved at the table of national, regional, state and local coalitions and organizations.

Recruitment and Retention

Bi-State currently offers primary care and oral health recruitment and retention services through its Recruitment Center. The Recruitment Center provides its clients:

- Assistance with the recruitment of physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, midwives and dental hygienists through contingency and retainer contracts;
- Support in accessing recruitment assistance through the National Health Service Corps, as well as advocacy and placement consultation;
- Consultation in the recruitment and hiring of physicians and other health professionals who require a J-1 Visa Waiver; and
- Information on state and federal education loan repayment programs.

Community Development

- Acting as liaison between local organizations and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC);
- Working with key stakeholders on statewide comprehensive FQHC development and expansion strategies;
- Working with communities to create integrated delivery systems through coordination and collaboration, with a particular focus on the integration of primary health care with behavioral and oral health;
- Monitoring federal and state agencies for potential primary care funding opportunities for Bi-State members;
- Collaborating with each state’s health departments on the underserved designation process;
- Providing technical assistance regarding the work of the NE Access and Redesign Initiative; and
- Providing technical assistance to health centers applying for state and federal funding.

Outreach and Enrollment

- Representing Bi-State and its members by participating on statewide committees and workgroups;
- Researching and monitoring national and state Medicaid, SCHIP and Medicare policy aimed at maximizing enrollment into public benefits;
- Working collaboratively with the state of Vermont on a new comprehensive approach to Medicaid, Vermont - Health Access Plan, Dr. Dynasaur and the new Catamount Health plans outreach and enrollment; and
- Convening and facilitating networking and/or educational meetings for health center enrollment staff.

Education and Training

A wide variety of educational sessions and trainings sessions are offered, with discounted registration fees for Bi-State members.

- Leadership and Financial Management Seminar Series and Certificate Program;
- Primary Care Conference (including skill building programs for health center administrative staff, clinicians, and board members);
- Risk Management and Federal Tort Claims Act;
- Board Governance and Affiliations Training
- Uniform Data System (including training on the new clinical measures);
- Expanding Community Health Services through Affiliation Agreements; and
- Clinician Rural Recruitment and Retention Symposium

Strategic Communications

Bi-State’s communications are integrated with its legislative strategy to promote the value of its members through messaging targeted at state and federal elected officials and government decision makers. Bi-State engages the public and the media by:
- Hosting legislative and business events
- Producing informational materials about members;
- Promoting media coverage of National Health Center Week;
- Developing presentations to business groups to demonstrate member services;
- Creating written profiles for Bi-State members;
- Supporting Bi-State website enhancement and links to member information; and
- Generating a Bi-State Annual Report and marketing materials

Resources

Bi-State provides its members access to:

- Savings through the CommonWealth Purchasing Group, LLC;
- Website links to members, funders, and other resources;
- Peer-to-peer networking through member meetings; and
- Fee-for-service assistance with FQHC federal applications, board training, and HRSA performance reviews


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