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2019 State P&I Forum

South Carolina Primary Health Care Association

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 8:00 AM - Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 2:30 PM (EST)

2019 State P&I Forum

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2019 State P&I Forum Tentative Agenda

(Subject to Change)


Day 1 – February 19, 2019

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Check in and Breakfast

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM – Welcome Remarks – Roland Gardner, SCPHCA Board of Directors Chair; CEO, Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc.

8:45 AM – 9:55 AM Increasing Covered FQHC Services under Medicaid

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) allows a wide array of FQHC primary care services to be covered by Medicaid; however, many of these services such as physical therapy and medication-assisted treatment are not currently reimbursable in South Carolina. Potentially expanding FQHC services covered by state Medicaid would improve population health; introduce new revenue streams, and position health centers to stand out further in a competitive health care market. This session will: 1) highlight potential opportunities to expand FQHC services covered by the state’s Medicaid program; 2) examine the differences between what services qualify as covered by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicare and Medicaid; and 3) generate an initial discussion on preparing an expanded “wish list” of covered FQHC services to present to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for consideration.

Presenter:Amanda Williams, MHA, Director, Division of Coverage and Benefit Design, SC Department of Health and Human Services

9:55 AM – 10:00 AMBreak

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Broadband, Telemedicine and Interoperability

Unmet health care needs are heavily prevalent across the health care sphere, particularly in rural settings. Telemedicine is a key tool to reach previously underserved audiences. Creating and harnessing a strong broadband apparatus is vital to telemedicine’s interoperability. Bringing these elements together should, in turn, lead to improved health outcomes and population health. This panel will examine whether current policies support or additional policies need to be enacted/strengthened in the following areas: 1) broadband access; 2) interoperability enhancement of existing telemedicine infrastructure; 3) incorporation of new technologies; and 4) usage maximization of telemedicine to benefit patient outcomes.


  • Edward Behling, MD, Chief Medical Officer, HopeHealth, Inc.

  • Wyman Bowers, MBA, JD, Chief Executive Officer, SCHIEX

  • Katie Cristaldi, MD, Assistant Professor, MUSC

  • Kathy Schwarting, MHA, Executive Director, Palmetto Care Connections


11:00 AM – 11:05 AM Break

11:05AM – 12:10 PM Forging Synergy between Federal/State Opioid Use Disorder Policies

The opioid epidemic has ravaged countless communities and lives. In response, both our federal and state governments have recently enacted legislation and policies to better enable law enforcement and providers to address it. Now, those in the trenches must determine strategies for effectively implementing and reconciling these new directives. In addition, stakeholders must quickly assess if these moves are enough to eradicate the epidemic over time, or must more steps be taken to realize this goal. This panel discussion will outline 1) where we are now with opioid use disorder policies; 2) how new federal and state policies not only co-exist but become symbiotic, and 3) examine what comes next to combat the epidemic.

  • Sara Goldsby, MSW, MPH, Director, SC Department of Drug Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services

  • Taanya Mannain, LCSW, Behavioral Health Director, Little River Medical Center, Inc.

  • Jennifer Taylor, MPH, Director of Federal Affairs, NACHC

12:10 AM – 1:00 AM Awards Ceremony & Lunch

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Expanding Workforce in 2019

During last year’s State P&I Forum, a panel surveyed the health center workforce landscape to examine gaps in the current environment; determine whether current policies help or hinder fulfilling workforce needs; and identify new policies or policy adaptations to enhance field strength. Now, in a continuation of that discussion, this session will: 1) explore how the health care workforce environment has evolved in the past year; and 2) examine new policy avenues to expand workforce recruitment/retention efforts in both traditional and non-traditional ways.


  • Linda Lacey, PhD, Director, SC Office for Healthcare Workforce

  • Ann Lefebvre, MSW, CPHQ, Executive Director, SC Area Health Education Consortium

  • Maya Pack, Ms, MPA, Co-director, SC Institute of Medicine and Public Health

1:45 PM – 1:50 PM - Break

1:50 PM – 2:10 PM Changes in Columbia – Insights into the 2019 General Assembly Session

Presenter: Doug Bryant, MPH, The Bryant Company, Inc.

2:10 PM – 2:25 PMThe 2019 SCPHCA Legislative Agenda

Presenter: Doug Bryant, MPH, The Bryant Company, Inc.

2:25 PM Visits with State Legislators

Day 2 – February 20, 2019

9:25 AM – 10:00 AM Funding Cliff 3.0

On Sept. 30, 2019, health centers face yet another funding cliff is Congress doesn’t act to reauthorize CHC discretionary funds. In South Carolina, that pot of money accounts for more than $56 million annually. With such a critical funding stream at stake, this session will: 1) provide the latest updates on Funding Cliff 3.0; 2) discuss strategies for making connections with members of Congress; and 3) methods to utilize existing partners and local elected officials to further leverage support for a swift cliff fix.


  • Jennifer Taylor, MPH, Director of Federal Affairs, NACHC

  • Lee Tant, Public Affairs Coordinator, SCPHCA

10:00 AM – 11:00 PM Communicating the Health Center Value

Amidst increased competition and regulatory/legislative oversight, health centers must constantly positioning themselves as providers of choice. One essential strategy toward achieving this outcome is to effectively articulate the value of health centers to these various audiences, including patients, Congress, the General Assembly, payers, and community partners, through creative marketing and data utilization. This session will explore: 1) methods to harness data points to communicate value; and 2) avenues to package those data points into evocate marketing collateral and/or presentation.


  • Adrienne Fairwell, APR, Director of Marketing & Communications, SC Department of Commerce

  • Cayci Banks, MA, Director of Communications, 1000 Feathers

Closing RemarksCarolyn McClain, Chair, SCPHCA Legislative Committee; CEO, Rural Health Services, Inc.

11:00 AM-11:15 AM Break

11:15 AM – 12:15 AM - SCPHCA Board Meeting

12:15 PMVisits with State Legislators



Marriott Columbia

1200 Hampton Street 
Columbia, South Carolina 29201 

Hotel Check-in: 4:00 PM
Hotel Check-out: 12:00 PM
Valet parking: 25 USD daily

On-site parking, fee: 2 USD hourly, 12 USD daily


Special Group Rate: 
179.00 USD/Night

Reservation Link:  Book your group rate for State Policies & Issues Forum 2019

Start date: 2/18/19

End date: 2/20/19
Last day to book: 1/25/19



    • Columbia Metropolitan Airport - CAE

    • Hotel direction: 8 miles NE
    • This hotel does not provide shuttle service.
    • Charlotte Douglas International Airport - CLT

    • Hotel direction: 95 miles N
    • This hotel does not provide shuttle service.
    • Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport - GSP

    • Hotel direction: 110 miles NW


Registration Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019
SCPHCA Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be made in writing and received by the SCPHCA on or before Friday, February 15, 2019 for a full refund less a 25% administrative fee. Cancellations received after Friday, February 15, 2019 are non-refundable; however, substitutions are encouraged. 



Contact Lee Tant, Public Affairs Coordinator at (803)788-2778 or 

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Columbia, SC 29201

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 8:00 AM - Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 2:30 PM (EST)

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