May 16 , 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.....

Hit hard by opioid crisis, Appalachian states expand clean-needle programs
Read the entire article, originally from the 
U.S. News and World Report   here

State suspends KCHD needle exchange program's certification
Read the entire article, originally from the 
Charleston Gazette-Mail  here

Update: Food service worker diagnosed with Hep A; More than 70 cases now in Kanawha and Putnam
Read the entire article, originally from  WSAZ 3 

Gaps remain in U.S. state policies on suicide prevention training 
Read the entire article, originally from  
Reuters here

CMS launches rural health strategy for patient access to care
Read the entire article, originally from  
Patient Engagement HIT  here
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month
West Virginia Health Centers play a key role in increasing public awareness surrounding the types of Viral Hepatitis, screening and testing, how the viruses are spread, signs and symptoms of infection, referral to the appropriate specialist for treatment, and providing compassionate, coordinated care.
For 2016, WV State level UDS data reported 2,649 patients were diagnosed with Hepatitis C and 257 patients were diagnosed with Hepatitis B. It is anticipated that the Hepatitis C number will rise significantly this year due to the opioid epidemic. (WVDHHR)
We encourage health centers to follow evidence-based guidelines to decide who should be screened and when.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health is enhancing its efforts to work with local health officials in Kanawha and Putnam Counties as part of the Hepatitis A outbreak response  and Community Health Centers can aid in the response by educating patients on how Hepatitis A is transmitted and stressing good hand washing techniques. Find printable resources about hand washing for your patients here

Additional resources are available here to promote awareness and testing of Hepatitis in your center for Hepatitis Awareness Month. 
Certified Application Counselor Program Refresh
According to a recent announcement from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), the Certified Application Counselor (CAC) program is getting a refresh with an updated and enhanced application and renewal process. The new application process is structured to promote better engagement with Certified Application Counselor Designated Organizations (CDOs). While the changes are being implemented, the acceptance of new applications is temporarily suspended.

According to the announcement, "Any CDO contacts who did not receive the initial email about the upcoming refresh sent in March can send an email to the CAC inbox at to provide their organization name, CDO ID and updated contact information. We will capture your information and will actively reach out to you during the application refresh process to let you know when to apply. While you may not be contacted in the initial wave of CDOs that we reach out to, we will contact you before the end of the application refresh process. Additionally, we will conduct additional outreach campaigns throughout the summer to ensure that all of the organizations that wish to participate in our program have come back and reapplied, prior to the end of the of the refresh process."

Technical "how-to" webinars and other guides have been created and are available on These resources will also be linked in the CDO invitation to reapply. 

Please contact Ruby Piscopo for assistance with the process. 
New Webinar Opportunity! Mindfulness for Stress Reduction
Individuals are pulled in more directions than ever with increasing pressure to accomplish more in both the professional and personal arenas which can lead to stress and depletion. Join the WVPCA and featured speaker Carli Mareneck, with the Greenbrier County Health Alliance, in conjunction with the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine,  as we discuss the concept of Mindfulness for Stress Reduction. Research has shown that regularly and consistently practicing mindfulness can increase self-compassion and empathy for others. This one-hour webinar will provide tools and tips for implementing mindfulness habits as part of your routine. 

What You Need to Know
When: May 25, 2018 | 12:00 PM
Where: Via WebEx
Who: All Health Center Staff, School-Based Health Center Staff and Behavioral Health Center Staff 

Registration and additional information is available here
The iFamily and its Link to Rising Teen Suicides: Causes and Solutions
You may be an iFamily if you: check your social media accounts instead of talking to each other, "friend" your teen to chat with them, suffer from "nature-deficit disorder", or family night has been replaced with TVs in every room.
Rates of teenage depression, anxiety and suicide are increasing. It has been the said that families centered around technology is the new normal and may be a root cause for the rise in mental health issues, including suicide. A recent study reports that the percentage of those who spend more than five hours of screen time has doubled in the last five years to 19%. Even the creator of the iFamily must have been weary of this new technology as he limited his own children's access to the iFamily. Click here to read the entire article from ACEs Connection. 
The WVPCA is working with WV Prevent Suicide to bring an increased awareness regarding suicide prevention and keeping our youth safe by providing a webinar on May 23rd. 

What You Need to Know
When: May 23, 2018 | 12:00 PM
Where: Via WebEx
Who: School-Based Health Center Staff and Behavioral Health Center Staff 

Registration and additional information is available here
State NewsStateNews
Training Opportunity - BLOCK HIV/HCV 
Registration is now open for a Block HIV/HCV (Bringing Local Communities Together to Eliminate Coinfection Through Knowledge and Partnerships) training scheduled for Saturday, June 2 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston. The training is intended for a multidisciplinary audience, including community-based infectious disease specialists and other human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) treaters, gastroenterology/hepatology clinicians, mental health specialists, substance abuse specialists, correctional health care professionals, public policy/public health officials, hepatitis C virus (HCV) and HIV advocacy groups, payers, and clinical office staff who are engaged in the care of patients with HIV and/or HCV.

Participants can earn up to 5 hours of CME/CNW/CPE credit. 

For more information, find the flyer here
West Virginia Webinar and Training Opportunities 
2018 Viral Hepatitis Summit:Engaging Multi-Disciplinary Partners to Improve Hepatitis B and C Care in WV 
When May 31 - June 1, 2018 
Where: Resort at Glade Springs
WhatThe event flyer is available 
here . If you plan to attend, please complete a brief survey here

2018 Immunization Summit
When: June 21-22
Where: Charleston Civic Center
What:  The Annual West Virginia Immunization Summit, in partnership with the KidStrong Conference, is an action-oriented event targeted toward public and private sector organizations with an interest in improving immunization rates in West Virginia. Various sessions at the Summit will be targeted toward healthcare and public health professionals, educators, students, business leaders, and others interested in reducing vaccine-preventable diseases in West Virginia 

To register, click  here

26th Annual  WV Rural Health Conference
When: October 17-19
Where: Pipestem State Resort
WhatThis conference features national and state best practices speakers, provides continuing education to physicians, attorneys, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, dentists, community health educators and others, and is an unparalleled opportunity to network with others interested in improving rural health care in West Virginia.

Registration is available here

Save the Date: 12th Annual Southern Obesity Summit
When: October 22-24
Where: Charleston, WV
WhatThe Southern Obesity Summit (SOS) is the largest regional obesity prevention event in the United States, drawing hundreds of participants from 16 Southern States consisting of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.  Together, these states join forces to fight obesity.
Save the Date: 2018 Medicaid Summit 

To download the Save the Date, click here
National NewsNationalNews
FTCA University Training Scheduled for June 7-8 in Harrisburg, PA
HRSA, the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers and KEPRO are hosting a Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCCA) University on June 7-8 in Harrisburg, PA. 

Topics covered in the training include - but are not limited to - the following:
  • FTCA Basic Policy and Program Procedures
  • Opioid Epidemic: The Role of Primary Health Care and Health Centers
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • EHRs and eDiscovery
  • Risk Management: Foundations in Clinical Risk Management & Safety
  • Claims Management
Registration is $150 per person and CME credits will be available upon completion of the two-day training. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet to the training as educational materials will only be available electronically. 

Find the flyer here. Registration is open and available here
EHR Incentive Program Renamed to Promoting Interoperability (PI) Programs
In a recent release, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the "EHR Incentive Program" will be renamed as "Promoting Interoperability (PI) Programs". Additionally, CMS is streamlining the programs to reduce time and cost required to participating providers. For more information about how this impacts Medicare eligible clinicians participating in the Promoting Interoperability (formerly Advancing Care Information) performance category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, visit the Quality Payment Program website 

To read more about the Promoting Interoperability (PI) Programs, click here
Grant Funding Opportunity: Cultivating Healthy Communities  
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
Community Health Center ResourcesCHCresources 
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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