February 12 , 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 Kelsey Clough, Education and Communications Coordinator, by email or by phone at (304) 346-0032.


West Virginia Primary Care Association
1700 MacCorkle Avenue
Charleston, WV 25314-1518
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 State  News


FamilyCare executive retires after 30 years
Read the entire article in the Charleston Gazette-Mail here

WV DHHR Bureau of Public Health announces new leader
Read the entire article from WTAP  here

Regional flu activity seen in WV, rates still lower than last year
Read the entire article from the Exponent Telegram here
Webinar Opportunity - Productivity & Empanelment: Moving Toward Value-Based Care
Please join the WVPCA for a one-hour webinar, Productivity & Empanelment: Moving Toward Value-Based Care. This is the fifth in a six-part webinar series. This presentation will walk attendees through the definitions of PPS and VBC - how they differ and how they jointly shape the requirements for today's health center. This webinar is provided at no cost to Community Health Center employees and is targeted for CHC staff including CEOs, COOs, CMOs, and QI staff.  This webinar is scheduled for February 26, 2019 at noon. Registration is available here .
Please note - our registration process has changed and is now exclusively online. If you experience any difficulty with the registration process, please contact the WVPCA at 304.346.0032.
Next MCO Meeting Scheduled for February 22
The WVPCA invites Community Health Center staff and MCO representatives to attend the next CHC/MCO meeting to discuss quality measures and other opportunities to collaborate and improve care to patients.  The meeting will be held at the WVPCA office building - and via WebEx on February 22, 2019 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm.  We encourage you to participate by completing online registration form available here.
HRSA Awards SBHCs Grants
The West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA) would like to extend our congratulations to give Community Health Centers that were recently awarded School-Based Health Center Capital Program grant awards from HRSA. These grants provide funding to increase access to mental health, substance abuse, and childhood obesity related services in existing SBHCs by funding minor alteration or renovation projects and/or for the purchase of telehealth equipment. Congratulations to Camden-on-Gauley Medical Center, Community Care of WV, Monroe County Health Center, Rainelle Medical Center, and Women Care.

West Virginia received the six largest awards in the nation. Read more here

Grantee Organization
Award Amount
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Marshall University Endo-Cardio ECHO 
Marshall University has partnered with Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes). The goal of this program is to increase the capacity of primary care providers to safely and effectively treat chronic, common, and complex conditions. Participants who join teleECHO clinics receive free CME for the total time spent participating, including didactics and patient-case presentations.

For more information about this opportunity, click here
WV Project ECHO Chronic Pain Available 
The WV Project ECHO Chronic Pain series is scheduled for the first and third Thursdays from 12:15 - 1:15 PM. This series is targeted to Physicians, Physicians Assistants, Residents, Social Workers, and Psychologists who treat psychiatric conditions. Continuing Education credits are available. 

For more information click here
Announcement of Funding Availability- State Opioid Response: Peer Recovery Support Services 
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Behavioral Health recently announced funding availability for State Opioid Response: Peer Recovery Support Services.  The grant opportunity is provided through the State Opioid Response funding and pertains to peer recover support services. Please click here for additional information.
2019 WV Immunization Summit Exhibit Opportunity Now Open
The West Virginia Immunization Network (WIN) invites exhibitors, advertisers, and sponsors for the Annual West Virginia Immunization Summit. The Summit will be held June 13-14 at the Charleston Civic Center, in partnership with the WV Department of Education's KidStrong Conference. 

Participants of the WV Immunization Summit are anticipated to include over 250 representatives from hospitals, community health centers, school-based health centers, pharmacies, schools, private physician offices, health sciences programs, businesses and others concerned with improving the health of West Virginians by protecting them from the consequences of vaccine-preventable diseases.  However, attendees to the exhibit hall will also include those from the KidStrong Conference, totaling approximately 1200 attendees.

For more information, click here
National NewsNational
MidAtlantic AETC February Event Update 
The MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center has the following conferences scheduled. A printable webinar brochure and schedule is available here

HIV Care, Prevention and Reproductive Choices for Women will be held at the following three dates and locations in West Virginia:
  • March 28 in Morgantown - information and registration is available here
  • April 10 in  South Charleston - registration information available here
  • April 11 in Beckley - registration information available here
Mental Health is Public Health Conference will be held May 7, 2019 from 8 AM - 4:30 PM in Cranberry Township, PA. Registration is available  here

Additional trainings include the following:
HHS Proposal to Eliminate Drug Rebates Under Medicare and Medicaid Would Have no Direct Impact on Health Centers or 340B
On Thursday, the Administration announced its most significant proposal to date designed to lower drug prices in Medicare and Medicaid - a proposed regulation to prohibit drug manufacturers from paying post-purchase "rebates" to Pharmaceutical Benefits Managers (PBMs) and insurers under Medicare and Medicaid. If implemented, the proposal would have no direct impact on health centers or 340B; however, it is likely to lead to significant shifts in the overall drug pricing system, which would indirectly impact the entire pharmaceutical market. 
REMINDER - UDS Deadline to Submit is February 15
Access to report Uniform Data System (UDS) data for calendar year 2018 is now available to health centers through HRSA's Electronic Handbooks (EHBs). All HRSA-supported health centers are required to submit complete and accurate UDS reports by Friday, February 15.

The 2018 UDS Manual and other resources are available on HRSA's website to help you complete an accurate report. 
It's Time to Recertify for 340B - Must Complete by Monday, 2/25
Every year, all health centers are required to "recertify" their compliance with all 340B program requirements, as well as each of their clinical and contract pharmacy sites, on the HRSA 340B database.  Health centers who fail to complete this process by Monday February 25 will lose eligibility to participate in 340B for a minimum of 4 months.  HRSA has information and tutorials on recertification available at  https://www.hrsa.gov/opa/340b-opais/index.html. For further assistance please contact the 340B call center at apexusanswers@340bpvp.com or 1-888-340-2787 (Monday - Friday, 9:00AM ET. - 6:00PM ET).
HRSA Announces the Availability of $50 Million in New Access Points (NAP)
The purpose of the Health Center Program NAP funding opportunity is to provide operational support for new service delivery sites under the Health Center Program. Organizations can apply for up to $650,000 per year. Applications are due in Grants.gov by Tuesday, March 12 (11:59PM ET), and HRSA's Electronic Handbooks by Thursday, April 11 (5:00PM ET). HRSA expects to make approximately 75 awards in September. For more information, please read the Notice of Funding Opportunity and visit the NAP technical assistance webpage.
Registration Opens for Three 2019 HRSA Grants Management Workshops
 Registration is now open for three 2019 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grants Management Workshops:
To register, visit the website of the workshop that you would like to attend (links above). Each site includes a registration link, a FAQ, logistics information, and more.

The workshops will focus on HRSA grants administration from pre-award through close-out; and will feature a variety of break-out sessions designed to help HRSA grantees successfully administer their grants.

For more information, reach out to the workshop staff at HRSAGrantsWorkshop@hrsa.gov.
Feldsman Tucker Leifer Fidell to host Patient Privacy and the Opioid Crisis Training in March
Feldsman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP will be hosting a new training on Patient Privacy and the Opioid Crisis on March 18 - 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. Led by three FTLF attorneys, Dianne Pledgie, Molly Evans, and Elizabeth Karan, this training provides a comprehensive overview of the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules and risk management strategies in responding to the opioid crisis.  

There are three options for attending this training:
The Early Bird rate for attending both trainings will end and prices will rise on March 1, 2019. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the FTLF training team at learning@ftlf.com or (855) 200-3822.
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.  
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 PatientAll 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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 Jennifer Boyd  PA-C, PCMH-CCE Clinical Consultant
Education & Communications
 Warne Dawkins, MBA
Health Data Analyst
J ohn Kennedy
School-Based/Behavioral Health Coordinator
Member Relations Coordinator
Shannon Parker, 
Director of Health Center Operations
Special Programs Coordinator
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