National Hispanic Medical Association Newsletter – September 2015 

Washington, DC 




Congress headed for government shutdown as the political differences about funding Planned Parenthood take center stage in Congress and Senate this week.   


NHMA supports new Congressional Bill for PreMed Student Pathway (HR 2927) in the Department of Education for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (2 or 4 year state institutions with 25% Hispanic students) – introduced by Congressman Joe Heck, DO (R-Nevada) and Congressman Raul Ruiz, MD (D-California). With the need for so many Hispanic physicians and other health professionals, NHMA calls our networks to call, email your Congressman to support the bill. It was introduced in the Education and Workforce Committee – and supports counseling and mentoring of premed students with programs and associations to facilitate their admission to medical schools. It will be part of the debate for the Higher Education Reauthorization Act at the end of this year’s Congress time. 


50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid 

As of May 2015, over 71.6 million individuals were enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) with 12.8 million more gaining coverage since 2013. 


This month the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH), unveiled the first CMS plan to address health equity in Medicare. The CMS Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare (CMS Equity Plan for Medicare) is an action-oriented plan that focuses on six priority areas and aims to reduce health disparities in four years. 


The Equity Plan focuses on Medicare populations that experience disproportionately high burdens of 

disease, lower quality of care, and barriers accessing care. These include racial and ethnic minorities, sexual and gender minorities, people with disabilities, and those living in rural areas. 


The priorities include: 

    Priority 1: Expand the Collection, Reporting, and Analysis of Standardized Data 

    Priority 2: Evaluate Disparities Impacts and Integrate Equity Solutions Across CMS Programs 

    Priority 3: Develop and Disseminate Promising Approaches to Reduce Health Disparities 

    Priority 4: Increase the Ability of the Health Care Workforce to Meet the Needs of Vulnerable  Populations 

    Priority 5: Improve Communication and Language Access for Individuals with Limited English Proficiency and Persons with Disabilities 

    Priority 6: Increase Physical Accessibility of Health Care Facilities 


The foundation for addressing each of the plan’s priorities includes the following interconnected principles that guide CMS’ efforts to achieve health equity: 


    Increasing understanding and awareness of disparities; 

    Developing and disseminating solutions; and 

    Taking sustainable action and evaluating progress. 


Measures for increasing understanding and awareness of disparities may include the number and types of stakeholders that have participated in activities within the priority area; the number of people reached through outreach and engagement; and the awareness and reach of existing tools, products, and data.  


Measures for creating, testing and implementing solutions to achieve equity in Medicare quality may include the number and types of new tools, products, data, and other programs and initiatives that are developed, implemented, and disseminated to  empower stakeholders to  promote equity in Medicare quality for different priority populations.  


Measures for increasing actions to achieve equity in Medicare quality may include the number of providers and organizations (including QIN-QIOs) participating or collaborating in health equity activities; the implementation of new programs; and the utilization of new tools, data, and products by different stakeholders  


To learn more about the six priorities and achieving health equity in Medicare visit: 


Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model 


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is announcing the Medicare  Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design (MA-VBID) model, an opportunity for Medicare Advantage plans (MA plans) to offer clinically-nuanced benefit packages aimed at improving quality of care while also reducing costs. 


Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) generally refers to health insurers’ efforts to structure enrollee cost sharing and other health plan design elements to encourage enrollees to use high-value clinical services – those that have the greatest potential to positively impact enrollee health.  


The MA-VBID model will begin January 1, 2017 and run for five years.  CMS will test the model in 7 states: Arizona, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. These states have been selected in order to be generally representative of the national Medicare Advantage market; they include urban and rural areas, areas with both high and low average Medicare expenditures, high and low prevalence of Low-Income Subsidies and areas with varying levels of penetration of and competition within Medicare Advantage. Test states have also been selected based on the availability of appropriate paired comparison areas for the purposes of evaluation.   


The model will test the hypothesis that giving MA plans flexibility to offer supplemental benefits or reduced cost sharing to enrollees with CMS-specified chronic conditions, to encourage the use of services that are of highest value to them (high-quality providers, and by providing new supplemental benefits specifically tailored to targeted enrollees’ clinical needs), will lead to higher-quality and more cost-efficient care.. 


The conditions are: Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary DiseaseCongestive Heart Failure    Patient with Past StrokeHypertensionCoronary Artery DiseaseMood disorders 


Four approaches are provided for the participating programs: 


1. Reduced Cost Sharing for High-Value Services 


Plans can choose to reduce or eliminate cost sharing for items or services, including covered Part D drugs. 

Examples of interventions within this category include eliminating co-pays for eye exams for diabetics and eliminating co-pays for ACE inhibitors for enrollees who have previously experienced an acute myocardial infarction. 


2. Reduced Cost Sharing for High-Value Providers 

Plans can choose to reduce or eliminate cost sharing when providers that the plan has identified as high-value treat targeted enrollees. Examples of interventions within this category include reducing cost sharing for diabetics who see a physician who has historically achieved strong results in controlling patients’ Hba1c levels. 


3. Reduced Cost Sharing for Enrollees Participating in Disease Management or Related Programs 


Participating plans can reduce cost sharing for an item or service, including covered Part D drugs, for enrollees who choose to participate in a plan-sponsored disease management or similar program.  


4. Coverage of Additional Supplemental Benefits 


Under this approach, participating plans can make coverage for supplemental benefits available only to targeted populations. Such benefits may include any service consistent with existing Medicare Advantage rules for supplemental benefits – telemedicine is an example. 


More information and Application Process 

More information about the MA-VBID model test can be found in the model’s announcement, available at 



NHMA PROGRAMS UPDATE – see for more information on programs 



NHHF Early Child Obesity Project – supported by the WK Kellogg Foundation  

NHHF/NHMA Physician Team from California and New York ---planning the activities: 


Join NHHF and NHMA at the NY Academy of Medicine, 103rd and 5th Ave, Rm. 440 for a Showcase of Child Obesity Programs in NYC from the Department of Health and Mental Hygeine and the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, Sept 23.   Speakers include the Deputy Commissioner of Health and the President of the NYCHHC. Meet Staff at display tables of key programs that decrease obesity among Latino children. At the New York Academy of Medicine, 5th Ave and 103rd, Manhattan.  RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 20, 2015. 


NHMA awarded a  5- year Cooperative Agreement with the CDC National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention: Enhancing HIV Prevention Communication and Mobilization Efforts through Strategic Partnerships - The NHMA will establish the Proyecto Consciente (PC) to maximize the effectiveness and reach of the CDC Act Against AIDS (AAA) campaign by strategically disseminating CDC’s HIV prevention messaging and communications with the Hispanic community, as well as implementing concurrent national engagement efforts that focus on HIV awareness and prevention . Through these multi-faceted efforts, NMHA aims to increase HIV awareness among Hispanic physicians and the community, reduce new HIV infections among Hispanics at highest risk, increase referrals to healthcare and improved health outcomes for Hispanic persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in the US and its territories.  NHMA will be collaborating with the Latino Commission on AIDS and the NY Academy of Medicine. 


NHMA Influenza Immunization Campaign starts its Year 3– in Collaboration with CDC, Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO), Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP), American College of OB-Gyn (ACOG) and the Nurse Midwives Association. NHMA will be hosting a Physician and Public Health Leadership Meeting in Brooklyn in November, a meeting with Federal Agency leaders such as Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Dept of Defense, VA, and a meeting with the major drug store chains and retail pharmacy associations in the Spring besides continuing to disseminate the NHMA Immunization Toolkit on our website and at our Conference. 


NHMA 20th Annual Conference “ Improve the Health of Hispanics over the Next 20 Years”– in collaboration with the Hispanic Dental Association, Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC April 21 – 24, 2016.  Call for Abstracts – on clinical strategies, research, medical education issues or policy issues - on soon – due October 31, 2015.  Join th 

e NHMA Annual Conference to gain CME credits, learn new clinical updates, medical education and faculty development, health services research, and Federal health policy issues that impact the healthcare delivery to Hispanic populations!  If interested in being a sponsor of our Breakfasts, Lunches, Receptions, Gala and Workshops – please call Elena Rios, MD (202) 628.5895. 


NHMA Region Policy Forums: Join NHMA Region Chairpersons and Board Members for our regional membership forums  West Region – had a successful event on Sept. 17 on Childhood Obesity and Immigrant Health; Midwest Region: Indiana Univ Medical School, Indianapolis, IN, Sept. 26 - developing a State Hispanic Medical Association and in Chicago, Oct. 8 - Hispanic health and environmental health; Northeast Region: NY Academy of Medicine, Sept. 23 – Childhood Obesity with leadership speakers from NYC DOH and NYC Health and Hospital Corporation; Washington, DC-Metro Region: GWU Public Health School, Sept. 25 – Environmental Health; Inova Medical Center, Fairfax, VA, Oct. 15 – Cervical Cancer; Southeast – Miami, October 8 – HIV and AIDS. 


NHHF Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Galas  the National Hispanic Health Foundation invites you all to attend the Awards Galas at the JW Marriott LA Live, Nov. 3 and at the New York Academy of Medicine, NYC, Dec.3.  Purchase Tables and Tickets now to support our future Hispanic health workforce!  Scholarships are given to outstanding medical, nursing, dental, public health and health policy students who are committed to leadership and caring for the Hispanic community. For anyone interested in sponsoring, contact Dr. Elena Rios today at (202) 628-5895. 




NHMA Premier Members have many opportunities to develop leadership  -- Join at  


NHMA Resident Academic Medicine Career Development Program 

NHMA has partnered with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and other NIH Institutes to support up to 25 NHMA Resident Members conducting research or with research experience to participate in a new NHMA Resident Academic Medical Career Development Institute on Thursday, April 21, 2016, to meet medical faculty, NIH researchers, and to share their work at our national conference poster session. This is a great opportunity for young investigators interested in academic medicine careers in a venue dedicated to Hispanic and minority health issues.  See NHMA website for the application and more information 



Flavia Mercado, MD and Lisa Flower, MD named Best Doctors of the Year in Atlanta, GA 


Kathy Flores, MD appointed to the California Blue Shield Foundation Board of Directors 


Mark Diaz, MD starts a new position with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, or CalPERS 


Angela Diaz, MD, MPH appointed to the Institute of Medicine new committee to assess the Social Determinants of Health 


Eliseo Perez-Stable, MD starts the position as Director, National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities Research. Note this is the first Hispanic appointed to any of the Offices of Minority Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services. 


Rafael Gonzalez-Amezcua, MD, MPH, is now Medical Director, Medicare at L.A. Care Health Plan 


Maria Portela MD,MPHMedical Training and Geriatrics Branch Chief at Health Resources and Services Administration 


 Elena Rios, MD, MSPH appointed to the Board of Directors, Better Medicare Alliance; and also applies to the Latino Corporate Director’s Association to join other Latinos on corporate boards in America. 





NHMA Board of Directors  

invites you  

to a  

Special Bienvenido-Welcome Reception  


Dr. Eliseo Perez-Stable 

Director, National institute on minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) at the NIH 

Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-340, Oct. 13th4:00 – 7:00 pm. 

Refreshments to be served. 

Please RSVP by Oct. 8th at  or call (202) 628-5895. 







The University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology, is recruiting for one part- or full-time academic position at the Assistant/Associate Professor level in the Clinical X series or Health Sciences Clinical Professor (HSCP) series based on experience and qualifications.  Completion of an accredited dermatology residency program is required.  The selected candidate will be expected to participate in clinical care, teaching, research, and university service.  Candidates must possess an MD or MD/PhD, can be board eligible, but must be board certified in dermatology at the time of starting employment and must be eligible for medical licensure in the State of California.  The candidate will be expected to combine clinical and surgical duties and we will give preference to candidates with a formal fellowship in procedural dermatology.  This position is located in Sacramento, California. 


The Department of Dermatology ( is a major clinical care, research, and teaching department in the School of Medicine.  Our faculty are engaged in multiple collaborations with other Schools and UC Davis campus departments, research centers, clinical centers, and primary care networks. 

For full consideration, applications must be received by October 1, 2015.  The following information is required:  (1) Curriculum Vitae – your most recently updated CV, (2) Letter of Interest and (3) list of names and contact information for five references. Please upload this information to apply online to: 


The University of California, Davis, is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.  The candidate must be able to work cooperatively and collegially within a diverse environment. 



The 3rd International Neuro Psycho Conference on Psychiatry and Neurosciences will be held in La Habana, Cuba, November 9th-11th, 2015.  Americans can travel to Cuba to attend educational programs. The Congress is open to delegates from all over the world who wish to promote an advanced and high level scientific exchange in all fields of Neurosciences.  A list of topics is available from the Scientific Committee and proposals for additional topics for lectures or symposia are encouraged. Clinicians and scientists should submit case studies or abstracts of recent work on the conference website: Questions? Email Dr. David Benjamin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Positions advertised:      Full-Time Family Medicine Physician 

Full-Time Pediatrician 

Full-Time Mental Health Nurse Practitioner 


Will County Community Health Center (WCCHC) is one of eight Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC’s) in Illinois that is also part of a health department:  The Will County Health Department (WCHD).  Located in Joliet, IL, the WCCHC is 40 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. 

Our facility is one of the larger FQHC’s in the state with 20 Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatric, OB/GYN and Dental Providers, 32 exam rooms, a fully equipped Dental Suite of 5 Operatories, Immunization Clinic, WIC Program, Clinic and Hospital based OB Program, State of Illinois Title X Family Planning Program, Laboratory, Health Department Breast Feeding, Behavioral Health, STD, Lead, TB and Environmental Programs and Walgreens Pharmacy on site.   

  • Exceptional benefits:  13 paid holidays, 4 weeks’ vacation, including 3 personal days, 1 week CME including $2,000 for expenses, Superb 4 to 1 matching retirement pension plan through (IMRF) 

  • Daytime hours 

  • 37.5 work week 

  • National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Maximum Loan Repayment site up to $120,000 in loan repayment. 

The application needs to be filled out online through our Human Resources Department, at the link below: 


For more information you can contact Karen Wozniak, CMO Administrative Assistant at (815) 727-8869

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Phone: 202-628-5895
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