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WVPCA Weekly Outlook
A Newsletter on Community Centered Healthcare
July 9, 2021
In This Issue...
WVPCA News - School Based Health Corner
National News - Funding Opportunities 
Upcoming Training Opportunities
News Flash!
Delta is now the dominant coronavirus variant in the U.S.
Read the entire article from NPR here.

Three WVa behavioral health clinics get funding for expansion
Read the entire article from WVNews here.

Unvaccinated West Virginians need to act now, before Delta variant hits
Read the entire article from Charleston Gazette Mail here.
Ready to take your Azara DRVS utilization to the next level? Want to learn more about maximizing the Azara tools for performance improvements? Need to refresh your knowledge of the basic concepts DRVS? If so, please join the West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA) and Azara Healthcare for the exciting AZARA ACADEMY webinar series. During these ninety minute webinars, health centers will have the opportunity to learn more about Azara DRVS, digging deeper into functionality and tools. Azara DRVS experts will demonstrate how DRVS can be leveraged for value based initiatives, care management, efficient patient visit planning, quality improvement, and other important functions and uses.  

Each of the remaining webinars will have a separate registration (links included) for the upcoming sessions:

Here are just a few of the topics to be covered:
  • Leveraging clinical, payer and HIE data to improve your performance.
  • Exploring the continuum of care management tools to support population health and PCMH.
  • DRVS Patient Visit Planning Best Practices
  • Implementation of the Care Management Passport amongst the Care Team
  • Development and optimization of scorecards and dashboards
  • How to use DRVS to track patients with chronic conditions
  • Overview of Social Determinants of Health in DRVS  

Click below for details of the webinar series.

After attending these sessions health centers will have the opportunity to schedule their NO-COST ninety-minute WVPCA AZARA ACADEMY Learning Lab session hosted by an Azara Coach. The Learning Lab will offer hands on training to assist the health center in further exploring the topics covered in the DRVS Academy sessions within their own organization. Please contact the WVPCA for more details.

Target Audience: All levels of DRVS users including but not limited to: CHC Leadership, Clinical Managers, Quality and Care Management Staff, Nurses, IT/EHR Managers, Behavioral Health and School Based Health Directors.

This event is intended for Community Health Center Staff at no cost for participants.
Teens and Vaccine Information To Share
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on all of us – teenagers arguably have had their daily lives disrupted more than most with changes to school, missed milestones including proms and graduations, and forced separation from friends and family.
Community Health Center, Inc. and its Weitzman Institute partnered with the School-Based Health Alliance to create the “Teens & Vaccines” podcast and gave teens a platform to talk about their experiences over the last year, their thoughts and questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, and their hopes for the future. The podcast is produced and led by teens from across the country.

The first four episodes are available now on Soundcloud.
National News
National Minority Mental Health Awareness
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is observed each July to bring awareness to the unique struggles that racial and ethnic minority communities face regarding mental illness in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it harder for racial and ethnic minority groups to get access to mental health and substance-use treatment services.

Visit this web page during National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month for shareable social media messages, downloadable graphics, and health resources. 

Check out the OMH Knowledge Center online catalog for publications and resources that highlight the importance of spreading awareness on how to avoid and help dissipate mental health stigma in minority communities. 
Quarterly 340B Program Registration
Quarterly 340B Program site registration is open from July 1 to 15. Health centers will be able to register a site that has been verified as implemented and with a site status reflected as “active” in EHBs Form 5B through Friday, Aug. 27. After that date, the system will close to prepare for the Oct. 1 start. Email the 340B Prime Vendor Program or call 888-340-2787 (Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-6:00 pm) to register a new site or ask questions. You will need to provide the following information when calling: health center name, site/clinic name, site IDs for all sites, HRSA/BPHC grant number, contact name and email address and authorizing official name and email address. The authorizing official will receive an email message that the account is unlocked, and a registration may be submitted. 
The Child Tax Credit
Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, families will start to see payments automatically deposited into their bank accounts or mailboxes every month beginning July 15. The Child Tax Credit was expanded to $3,000 for each child between ages 6 to 17 ($250 a month) and $3,600 for each child under age 6 ($300 a month). All working families will get the full credit if they make up to $150,000 for a couple or $112,500 for a family with a single parent.
New MAAETC Pocket Guide Resources Available
The MidAtlantic Aids Education and Training Center has created several new pocket guides on the following topics: 

  • Rapid Initiation of HIV Treatment
  • HIV and Medication Assisted Treatment Centers (MAT)
  • Differential Diagnosis of HIV and SARS-COV-2
  • Best Practices & Tips for Clinicians Providing Care for Patients with HIV via Telehealth
  • Integrating Geriatric Principles into an HIV Clinic
  • Workplace Burnout Guide for Health Professionals
  • Addressing Social Determinants of Health and Persons with HIV

The pocket guides were created by Dr. Linda Frank and the Regional Partners of the MidAtlantic AETC, and are available for download at: https://www.maaetc.org/p/2021newpocketguides or with all of our pocket guides and clinical tools at: https://www.maaetc.org/p/clinical-tools.
Funding and Financial Opportunities
HRSA Announces $50 Million in Funding to Optimize Use of Virtual Care in Health Centers
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced the availability of up to $50 million for HRSA-funded health centers to further efforts to advance virtual care. This competitive, one-time funding opportunity will support health centers in optimizing the use of virtual care to increase access and improve clinical quality for medically underserved communities and vulnerable populations.

Application Due Date:
  • Tuesday, August 17, 5 p.m. ET in HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) 

Visit the fiscal year (FY) 2022 Optimizing Virtual Care technical assistance (TA) webpage for the Notice of Funding Opportunity, pre-recorded TA webinar, and other resources.
Register Now for Guidance to PRF Reporting
The opening of the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting portal and release of several resources by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) on July 1 provided many of the clarifications needed for providers to finalize their usage and reporting of the funds. Many of the clarifications include additional opportunities for providers to use and retain these much-needed funds.  

Join BKD as their trusted advisors summarize the key changes to the PRF reporting requirements and frequently asked questions document published by HHS as well as walk you through how to report funds in the newly opened reporting portal.  

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
Upcoming Training Opportunities

Today with Macrae: Health Center Program Updates 
Join Jim to hear the latest information on funding, the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program, and more.

Thursday, July 29, 2021
3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Thursday, August 19, 2021
3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Thursday, September 9, 2021
3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

HIV and Aging Webinar: Identifying and Incorporating into Practice Screening Tools for People with HIV who are Aging in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program
Join the HIV/AIDS Bureau for a national HIV and aging webinar.

This webinar will feature two Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) providers, who will present on how specific screening tools that assess functional and cognitive impairments can be selected for use and integrated in clinical settings.

Presentations will also consider how challenges and barriers can be navigated to assist in the development of effective plans of care and treatment. The target audience for this webinar is RWHAP providers and people with HIV. 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
1:00 PM ET
Reducing Health Disparities by Addressing Integrated Behavioral Health in a Maternal Child Health Care Setting
COVID-19 has exposed and exacerbated behavioral health disparities experienced by minority and vulnerable populations, including pregnant and post-partum women, their children, and families. 

This webinar explores the intersection of COVID-19, health disparities, and integrated behavioral health care within a maternal child health context. Presenter Sharon Morello brings over 25 years of experience working with pregnant women and new mothers experiencing mental health and substance use disorder challenges. She will discuss recent behavioral health data trends within this population, outline opportunities for providing behavioral health care within a health center setting, and offer integrated behavioral health care strategies to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes.

Tuesday, July 29, 2021
2:00 PM ET 
Staffing Transformation Following PCMH Recognition among HRSA-Funded Health Centers
Join HRSA for a webinar exploring how PCMH recognition at health centers has affected staffing capacity to deliver team-based integrated care. PCMH recognition aims to improve patient outcomes, and has been promoted through the Health Center Program with training, TA, and funding support. We’ll feature findings from a recent analysis of data from the Uniform Data System and the HRSA accreditation and PCMH recognition initiatives to identify changes in health center staffing infrastructure.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
1:00 PM ET
Community Health Center Resources
Jackson Kelly attorneys provide limited consultation to all members of the WVPCA at no charge, as part of the WVPCA contract. There is no limit to the number of calls which any member may make. All inquiries within the scope of professional competence of firm attorneys will be addressed. Inquiries which require expertise not available through the firm will be promptly identified and, when requested, Jackson Kelly will assist in referring the matter to accounting firms, insurance agents, or others as circumstances warrant.

All inquiries, responses and consultation services provided by the firm lawyers will be provided without additional charge beyond the retainer amount, except for matters which require formal opinions, representation of record in litigation, transactional work, e.g. the purchase or sale of real property, or matters which require continued representation, research or consultation beyond a single inquiry or document review.

Justin M. Harrison is a labor & employment lawyer with Jackson Kelly PLLC. He is available for consultation through a special retainer relationship with the WVPCA. Justin can be reached at 304.340.1358 and via email at justin.harrison@jacksonkelly.com.
ECRI Institute
Risk Management Manual for Health Centers Now Available!
The Risk Management Manual for Health Centers is now available on the ECRI Institute Clinical Risk Management Program website! Designed to support a proactive approach to risk management at health centers and free clinics, the Manual provides background, tips, and how-tos in a manageable format.

Specific areas that are covered include:
Risk Management Programs & Plans
Claims and Lawsuits
Role of the Risk Manager
Patient Grievances and Complaints
Communication with Patients
Credentialing and Privileging
Communication among Providers, Staff, and Community Partners
Tracking Systems for Diagnostic Tests, Referrals, and Hospitalizations

View an archived webinar that provides a guided tour of the Manual and key features. For access to the ECRI Institute Clinical Risk Management Program website or any other questions, email clinical_rm_program@ecri.org.
Sherri Ferrell, MBA | Chief Executive Officer
Debra Boyd | Chief Financial/Chief Operations Officer
Staci Arnold, MBA | Data Service & Integration Specialist
Joshua Austin | Policy & Communications Director
Paula Beasley | Education & Communication Coordinator
Jennifer Boyd, PA-C, PCMH-CCE | Clinical Consultant
John Kennedy, MA | School-Based Health/Behavioral Health Coordinator
Pam Moore | Member Relations Coordinator
Shannon Parker, MBA, PCMH-CCE | Director of Health Center Operations
Ruby Piscopo | Outreach & Enrollment Coordinator
Amanda West | Staff Accountant
Emma White, RN, PCMH-CCE | Clinical Quality Improvement Coordinator
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This project is/was supported partially/fully by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U58CS06834 State and Regional Primary Care Associations. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.