June 27, 2019
  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 Pam Moore, Member Relations Coordinator, by email or by phone at (304) 346-0032.


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Moving care upstream: Appalachian community health workers take on Diabetes
Read the entire article from WV Public Broadcasting here

W.Va. HEPC awards grants to place health professionals in needy areas of the state
Read the entire article from  WV Public Broadcasting  here

Commissioner wants audit of Cabell needle exchange program 
Read the entire article from the Charleston Gazette-Mail here

CVS plans to turn 1,500 stores into HealthHUBS
Read the entire article from Fierce Healthcare   here

Huntington introduces wellness program for first responders 
Read the entire article from the  Charleston Gazette-Mail  here
New River Health Association CEO Featured on WV Capitol Report
John Schultz, CEO of New River Health Association, Inc. and Chair of the WVPCA Board of Directors, was recently featured on the West Virginia Capitol Report. The segment focused on healthcare within the Mountain State, including the importance of FQHCs in regards to access and delivery of healthcare, particularly in rural areas. 

View the entire segment, which begins at approximately 12 minutes here
WVPCA Hosts 2019 CHC Leadership Retreat 
Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's Community Health Center Leadership Retreat a huge success! Nearly 60 Community Health Center leaders joined together for this year's event focused on the Critical Partnerships for the Value-Based Environment.  During the two-day forum, participants discussed payment reform, value-based care and payment readiness, and collaboration and partnering opportunities. After receiving your feedback and comments, we are looking forward to the coming year with renewed energy and focus! 
The retreat featured Craig Hostetler, Principal of the Hostetler Group, who provided a deep-dive into payment reform options, readiness, and strategies. Yvonne Ketchum-Ward, CEO of the Idaho Primary Care Association/Community Health Center Network of Idaho and David Bolt, CEO of the Kentucky Primary Care Association, Inc., shared how their respective PCAs/CHCs have partnered through Messenger and Clinically Integrated IPA models to address payment reform and value-based opportunities. Also during the forum, a payor panel comprised of representatives from the Bureau of Medical Services, along with our state's three Medicaid Managed Care Organizations, discussed the payors' perspective on value-based care and payment.  This discussion also included current opportunities for partnerships.  We were finally joined by Jennifer Henderson, Founder and CEO of 330 Partners who shared best practices on how to make the most of collaborations as well as successful business development strategies.   
Behavioral health staff and Chief Medical Officers (CMO) had the opportunity to discuss Trauma Informed Care Principles as part of the Integrated Primary Care Model with Dr. Scott Fields, Director Behavioral Health Science, WVU-Charleston; Dept. Family Medicine. Behavioral health providers also heard from Dr.  Fields regarding approaches on how to best advance integration of behavioral health strategies into primary care. CMOs participated in a CMO Learning Lab with Gary Campbell, MBA, SPHR, President of Impact2Lead to continue the conversation that began at the group's December 2018 meeting regarding the provider workforce. CMOs also had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Judith  Feinberg for a breakfast discussion around HIV screening/treatment.
The WVPCA would like to offer special thanks to our partners for their sponsorship and attendance:  Medline Industries, Inc. and Community Health Ventures VIP. 
WVPCA Holds Successful Substance Use Disorder One-Day Workshop 

On June 11, the WVPCA hosted the Strengthening Care Teams to Enhance SUD Outcomes Workshop for Community Health Centers.  This one-day workshop, held at Stonewall Resort, included nationally recognized speakers, a Peer-to-Peer Learning Session facilitated by Dr. Judith Feinberg, and a host of other experts, including presenters from West Virginia University and Marshall University. 

The Peer-to-Peer Learning Session was comprised of representatives from five Community Health Centers, addressing the topic "From Diagnosis of Opioid Use Disorder to Recovery & Beyond".  Panelists discussed the challenges of SUD Treatment, strategies to maximize outcomes, and different models of MAT delivery, and included: Cabin Creek Health Systems, Change Inc., FamilyCare Health Centers, Valley Health Systems, and Tug River Health Association.  During the workshop, more than 40 Community Health Center staff and participants shared information regarding community-based approaches to SUD, the current state of SUD in WV, and Medication Assisted Treatment in Community Health Centers as well as the role of Recovery Coaches and Peer Recovery Support Specialists in a holistic approach to care for those with a substance use disorder.
Open Session Announcement for Certified Application Counselor Designated Organizations - Application Link is Now LIVE!
Please find below a notice provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Please note- if your organization is already a Certified Application Counselor Designated Organization, no further action is required. 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is inviting organizations who would like to become Certified Application Counselor Designated Organizations (CDOs) to apply during CMS's Open Season beginning June 12, 2019, and ending September 16, 2019. Certified Application Counselor Designated Organizations are a vital component of the assister community. In the Federally-facilitated Marketplace, CDOs oversee certified application counselors (CACs) who are trained and able to help consumers seeking health coverage options through the Marketplace. 

Any organization seeking to provide CAC enrollment assistance to consumers for Plan Year 2020 must be a certified CDO. In order to be designated as a CDO, you must submit an online application and enter into an agreement with CMS.

If your organization completed the CDO refresh process last year and received a new CDO identification number and a welcome packet, then you do not need to reapply.  

We invite all interested organizations, as well as all CDOs that did not complete the application process during the CDO refresh, to submit an application to become a CDO for Plan Year 2020. In preparation for the next Open Enrollment Period, the deadline to submit an application to become a CDO is September 16, 2019. We look forward to working together!

The CDO application link is now live and can be accessed here:
CDO Application technical assistance webinar recordings, user guides, and more can be found here.

For additional questions, contact us at  CACQuestions@cms.hhs.gov.
National NewsNational
Harm Reduction Telehealth Opportunities 
Using Telehealth to Treat Substance Use Disorder  - June 28, 2019 at 3:00pm ET.   Anyone may attend this online session for community health centers (CHC) and federally qualified health centers (FQHC), hosted by the HRSA/FORHP-supported Telehealth Resource Centers.  Experts will discuss the types of substance use disorder (SUD) services that can be provided via telehealth, how they can be integrated into primary care, and the potential issues that may be encountered.  Though recent reports have found that  telehealth adoption is slower in rural areas, more federal programs and funding have been implementing telehealth to bring SUD treatment to remote areas.

Challenges of the Rural Opioid Epidemic: Treatment and Prevention of HIV and Hepatitis C.  Previous research on HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) among people who inject drugs (PWID) has focused on urban or international populations, yet the US opioid epidemic is moving away from metropolitan centers. In this report, researchers examine the increasing rurality of opioid injection, the challenges to treatment and prevention that are unique to rural areas, and the public health interventions needed to address them. See the Learning Events and Resources of the Week sections below for federal information on programs that can help prevent transmission of infections associated with needle use.
HIV and Health Centers
HRSA-funded health centers help to End the HIV Epidemic by serving as a key point of entry for people undiagnosed with HIV and caring for those with HIV. Check out the freshly updated Health Center Program HIV webpage to learn more about the innovative work done by health centers and to access useful resources that can support your efforts in this area. This is especially timely as many health centers gear up for National HIV Testing Day (Thursday, June 27). Our new content includes a TA resource on HIV testing.
Service Area Considerations Request for Information Available for Preview
HRSA is pleased to announce the release of the Health Center Program Service Area Considerations Request for Information (RFI). HRSA seeks input from the public on service area considerations that may inform HRSA decisions regarding Health Center Program expansion through an existing health center's addition of new service delivery sites.

The Service Area RFI announcement will begin with a 30-day preview period. Instructions on how external stakeholders may submit feedback are forthcoming. Following the preview period, HRSA will accept public feedback for 60 days and plans to announce those details in a future Primary Health Care Digest newsletter. We look forward to receiving your feedback.
Community Health Center ResourcesResources
Jackson Kelly PLLC
The WVPCA has retained the law firm of Jackson Kelly, PLLC to provide legal guidance to the WV Primary Care Association and its members.
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.
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 Program
  • Role of the Risk Manager
  • Risk Management Plan
  • Credentialing and Privileging
  • Communication with Patients
  • Tracking Systems for Diagnostic Tests, Referrals, and Hospitalizations
  • Patient Grievances and Complaints
  • Communication among Providers, Staff, and Community Partners
  • Claims and Lawsuits
  • And more!
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.
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.

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PA-C, PCMH-CCE Clinical Consultant
Health Data Analyst

School-Based/Behavioral Health Coordinator 
  Pam Moore
Member Relations Coordinator

Director of Health Center Operations
Special Programs Coordinator

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Emma White RN 
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