March 2018
  WVPCA Weekly Outlook Newsletter
     A Newsletter on Community Centered Healthcare

We offer this publication as a member service of the West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA).

If you have questions regarding our organization, WVPCA membership, or if you have content to suggest for this newsletter, please contact Kelsey Clough, Education and Communications Coordinator, by email or by phone at (304) 346-0032.


West Virginia Primary Care Association
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Charleston, WV 25314-1518
Quick Links: In This Issue.....

Passion for Community Health Care is Secret to FamilyCare and Its Co-Founders Success
Read the entire article, originally from 
WV News  here
Measles and mumps outbreaks plaguing other states not seen in W.Va,
Read the entire article, originally from the Exponent Telegram 

Health Department suspends needle-exchange portion of harm reduction clinic
Read the entire article, originally from 
the Charleston Gazette-Mail 
Congressman McKinley Visits Change, Inc.  

Congressman  David McKinley  visited the CHANGE, Inc. administrative office to participate in a round table discussion on how CHANGE, Inc. is working to combat the opiate crisis. Representatives from the organization's school-based health center, behavioral health, family health, and OB/GYN division participated in the discussion.
Upcoming Training Opportunities: Advancing Financial Strength 
The West Virginia Primary Care Association, in partnership with Capital Link, is offering an Advancing Financial Strength Program this spring for Community Health Centers. There will be a webinar held on April 3 and an in-person meeting scheduled for April 12 in Charleston, with additional webinars to follow. 

During times of rapid change, only those organizations that are flexible, adaptive, and productive will excel. Health centers are continually expected to balance high quality care and patient and staff satisfaction with the need to manage costs. Often it is perceived that there is a trade-off between these items. We will discuss how learning organizations "discover how to tap people's commitment and capacity to learn at all levels" to achieve the results they want.

For more information, or to register, please contact the WVPCA at
Registration Now Open! 2017 NCQA/PCMH Standards Webinar Series 
Please join the West Virginia Primary Care Association as we kick off this year's NCQA/PCMH 2017 Standards and Guidelines Webinar Series. This six-part series will prepare PCMH staff for the re-designed standards and recognition process; whether your practice is new to recognition, renewing, or transitioning to the 2017 annual process. 

The series is presented by Karen Taubert, RN, BSN, MBA, NCQA PCMH CCE, from Qualis Health and will run on the following dates and will begin at 1:00 and run until 2:15. 
  • Thursday, April 12 | Team-Based Care & Practice Organization
  • Thursday, April 19 | Knowing and Managing Your Patients
  • Thursday, April 26 | Patient-Centered Access and Continuity
  • Thursday, May 3 | Care Management and Support
  • Thursday, May 17 | Care Coordination and Care Transitions
  • Thursday, May 24 | Performance Measurement and Quality Improvement
For more information, or to register, click here
A Framework for Understanding Economic Diversity: Improving SBH Webinar a Success
Join the West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA) as we host an open enrollment 5 (OE5)debrief and Health Literacy Workshop. The meeting will provide an opportunity for CACs and Navigators to discuss the post enrollment period following OE5, share success stories and discuss strategies for Special Enrollment. Participants will discuss what steps can be taken to capture the remaining uninsured population within the state and what open enrollment may look like in 2018.

CACs and Navigators have shared stories about communication challenges when working with individuals. These challenges often resulted from limited literacy capabilities of the individuals. The WVPCA has partnered with Mary Emmett, Ph.D. and Nancy Daugherty to provide CACs and Navigators with strategies to identify communication barriers and techniques to overcome them. Armed with new skills, CACs and Navigators will be more prepared to provide guidance to individuals during the 2018 open enrollment period and throughout the year when working with patients with low literacy skills.

For more information, and to register, click  here.
State NewsStateNews
Webinar Opportunity - Pharmacists & Physicians: An Opportunity to Prevent Cancer in WV
The West Virginia Immunization Network recently announced a new webinar opportunity, "Pharmacists & Physicians: An Opportunity to Prevent Cancer in WV" on April 9 from 12:00 -1:00 PM.
West Virginia has some of the highest HPV-associated cancer rates in the nation. However, HPV vaccination rates continue to stay low, with only 41% of West Virginia teens fully vaccinated against HPV. One factor leading to these low vaccination rates is limited access to the HPV vaccine. To address this issue of access, during the 2018 Legislative Session, the scope of practice of pharmacists was expanded to allow pharmacists and pharmacy interns to administer HPV and influenza vaccines to patients age eleven through eighteen years of age with a prescription from a physician. The legislative rule (available here) passed the legislature, has been filed with the Secretary of State, and is now effective. 
This webinar will provide an overview of this rule change along with an overview of HPV, HPV-associated cancers, recommendations for the HPV vaccine, WV's current HPV vaccination rates.

This webinar is targeted to Pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants and other healthcare providers in West Virginia and will feature Krista D. Capehart, PharmD, MSPharm, BCACP, AE-C, a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and the Director of the Wigner Institute for Advanced Pharmacy Practice, Education and Research in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy.

Click here to register for this free webinar. 
New Tool Maps Appalachia's Opioid Overdoses and Deaths with Socioeconomic Factors
The Appalachian Regional Commission recently distributed information about the Appalachian Overdose Mapping Tool, developed by NORC at the University of Chicago and released in conjunction with ARC. The tool illustrates the impact of the opioid epidemic in the Appalachian Region and its relation to socioeconomic factors such as unemployment, poverty, education, and disability. The tool enables users to map overdose hotspots and overlay them with data that provide additional county-level context to opioid addiction and death - including the strength and diversity of local economies, ethnicity, educational attainment, and disability status of residents. For example, in Central Appalachia, counties with the highest rates of overdose are often the same counties with the highest rates of people on disability. Additionally, those Central Appalachia counties with the highest overdose rates are often the same counties with the lowest rates of educational attainment. While Central Appalachia remains the most highly affected subregion of Appalachia, other subregions are experiencing increasing rates of overdose. In Northern and Southern Appalachia, the highest overdose rates are in urban counties. While the tool is currently focused on overdose deaths in Appalachia, it has broad implications for understanding the relationship between socioeconomic factors and overdose, as well as for other public health issues.
In August 2017, NORC's Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis produced a report for ARC titled Appalachian Diseases of Despair, which reveals the extent of mortality rates in Appalachia due to alcoholic liver disease, overdose, and suicide. The study found that in 2015, overdose-related mortality rates for Appalachia's 25-44-year-old age group-those in their prime working years-were more than 70 percent higher than for the same age group in the country's non-Appalachian areas.  

Webinar Opportunity - Sleep & Suicide: Relationships & Opportunities for Intervention 
The WVU Injury Control Research Center is offering the next webinar in their ASYNCHRONOUS Webinar Series. Dr. Wilfred R. Pigeon, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Sleep and Neurophysiology Research Lab at the University of Rochester Medical Center will discuss Sleep & Suicide: Relationships & Opportunities for Intervention, 

For more information, please find click here
CAMC Cancer Center Announces Breast Cancer Survivorship TeleECHO Clinic
CAMC Cancer Center, CAMC Institute, and Project ECHO ( Extension for Community Health Care Outcomes) is launching the "Breast Cancer Suvivorship TeleECHO Clinic".

The next TeleECHO clinic will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. The clinic will consist of hour-long sessions that kick off at noon and will begin with a 20-minute lecture on a specific topic that is relevant to primary care. CME for health professionals is offered at no cost. 

More information is available here, on the Project ECHO webpage at, or by contacting the project coordinator directly at
Apply Now to Become a Presenter at the WV Rural Health Conference 
The WV Rural Health Conference is currently requesting presentations for their upcoming conference.  The conference theme is, "Revitalizing our Rural Communities for a Health West Virginia," and includes the following tracks:  Leadership/Policy, Clinical and Future of Health Care/Innovation.  This year's conference will be held October 17-19, 2018, at Pipestem State Park Resort. 
If you are interested in submitting a keynote presentation, or if there are any questions about the conference, contact WVRHA Executive Director Debrin Jenkins at

Please click here to review the RFP for the conference. 
National NewsNationalNews
Behavioral Health Virtual Job Fair
The  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)  Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is hosting a behavioral health virtual job fair on April 11, 2018 from 6:45 PM (ET) to 10:15 PM (ET). 

Healthcare organizations can register to showcase behavioral health-related job opportunities; and job seekers can register to participate as a behavioral health trainee or clinician seeking employment. There are currently 120 health facilities registered for the Virtual Behavioral Health job fair that plan to discuss 1000+ open behavioral health positions.  For more information or to register, please visit:
Myth: All Healthcare is Local
Paul Keckley, PhD, Managing Editor of The Keckley Report, a healthcare policy analyst and widely known industry experts describes the changing healthcare marketplace.  In 1980, the hospital was the centerpiece for healthcare in every community.  Today, patients are traveling across the nation for access to specialty care and using virtual care rather than visiting a doctor's office.  Goldman Sachs forecasts virtual care will be a $20 billion industry by 2020 as employers and insurers adopt lower cost options to local medicine.  Read the article here.
$1.3 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill Gets President's Signature
A $1.3 trillion, 2,232-page omnibus spending bill covering everything from defense to border security to opioids has been approved. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 averts what would have been the third shutdown of the year.  Some of the things that the bill does:
  • Increases Department of Health and Human Services funding by $10 billion to $78 billion
  • Boosts funding for mental health care by 17% to $3.2 billion
  • Increases funding for the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) by $1.1 billion to $8.3 billion and allows more CDC research to look at causes and prevention of gun violence
  • Adds further to the national debt, that now tops $21 trillion
  • Increases National Health Service Corps (NHSC) funding by $105 million, expands eligibility for loan repayment awards to substance use disorder counselors, and increases funding for several other health workforce programs
The bill does NOT:
  • Resolve the uncertain fate of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants, known as Dreamers, who have been protected under an Obama-era program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program
  • Reinstate the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing reduction payments,  by which the government reimburses insurance companies that give the lowest-income customers a break on their copayments and deductibles
  • Defund "sanctuary cities" that attempt to protect unauthorized immigrant residents from federal immigration officials.
Grant Funding Opportunity: Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant
The Rural Health Information Hub announced the Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant which provides funding to empower communities to lead healthier lives by increasing the opportunities to make healthy choices in the places where people live, learn, work, play, and pray. The foundation is seeking projects that benefit underserved, low-income, and minority communities in both rural and urban areas.

Any nonprofit, including federally recognized Indian tribes, in the continental United States is eligible to apply.

For more information, click here
Health Centers are Making Substance Use Disorder Treatment More Accessible than Ever
NACHC has released a new, data-driven issue brief showcasing how health centers have responded to a rapidly growing need for substance use disorder services over the past two decades. The brief, Rising to the Challenge: Community Health Centers are Making Substance Use Treatment More Accessible than Ever, shows how health centers across the nation are breaking down barriers to care, integrating behavioral health with primary care, and providing community-level solutions to towns and cities hit hardest by substance use disorder, including opioids. The brief also lays out important policy supports to build on health centers' important contributions to battling SUD.
RAND Study: Embedding Written Exposure Therapy (WET) Into Collaborative Care for PTSD 
The California Primary Care Association, in partnership with the RAND Corporation and Boston University, is studying the implementation and effectiveness of embedding a new therapeutic intervention for PTSD within community clinics and health centers. Currently, they are seeking  interested health centers of various sizes for participation in this national study, which has important implications for the future of PTSD treatment in community health. A one-hour  overview webinar will introduce the audience to the Written Exposure Therapy (WET) intervention, describe the study parameters, and provide an opportunity to ask questions of the RAND research team.

  • Understand how WET compares to other evidence based practices for PTSD treatment
  • Learn more about the study design and inclusion/exclusion criteria
  • Review study involvement for health centers, CHC staff, and CHC patients
  • Have the chance to ask questions of the research team
The webinar is offered at no cost to participants and will be held on Wednesday April 11 at 1:00 PM and registration is available here
National Health Service Corps Accepting Applications for Loan Repayment
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) seeks clincians who demonstrate an interest in serving the nation's medically underserved populations and remaining in Health Professional Shortage Area beyond their service commitment. The deadline for applications is April 23, 2018. The 2018 Application and Program Guidance has the detailed information to apply, including eligibility requirements, site information, documentation, and service requirements. Please read carefully before you start your Loan Repayment Program application. Approved sites are located across the U.S., in both urban and rural areas. Visit the WVPCA careers page and Health Workforce Connector to find jobs and explore information about employers. 
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ECRI Institute 
The  ECRI Institute  offers numerous policy templates that can be used as guidance consistent with the needs of community health centers. To take a look at their library of policy templates, click  HERE .
If you are not an ECRI member, creating a free account before accessing these materials is required. ECRI Institute resources are provided for free on behalf of HRSA.

To Access Policies: 
  • From the main page, click on the clinical risk management link on the left hand side of the page
  • Click sample policies and tools listed under tool-kits on left side of page
Click on the + sign to access individual templates.
Tracking and Referral Resources Available at ECRI
ECRI has released a Test Tracking and Follow-Up Toolkit and the Get Safe! Communication Ensuring Care Coordination of the Medically Complex Patient.  All resources are provided for free by ECRI Institute on behalf of HRSA.  If you do not currently have access and would like to set up an account, just email them or call (610) 825-6000.  For those who have already registered on the site, the links will take you to these tools.  

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