December 11, 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.....

 State  News


Most US adults have not gotten a flu shot for this mild season
Read the entire article from CNN  here

Sharon Carte: CHIP needs to be a priority
Read the entire article from the Charleston Gazette-Mail  here.

PEIA Task Force stretches for the finish line
Read the entire article from  MetroNews  here

Southern WV residents wary of water's health effects
Read the entire article from the Charleston Gazette-Mail here
Congratulations to Coplin Health Systems on Their Recent OSV
The WVPCA heartily congratulates Coplin Health Systems for receiving no conditions on their recent Operational Site Visit (OSV) from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA).  

"It takes committed, continuous effort to achieve that distinction," noted WVPCA CEO Sherri Ferrell. "Congratulations to Rob Dudley, Interim CEO/COO and the entire team at Coplin!" 

Webinar Opportunity - Care Planning: Who, Why and How on December 18 
Please join the WVPCA and Jennifer Calohan RN, CURIS Consulting, for the third webinar in a series of six, hour-long interactive virtual learning opportunities that will explore topics to assist Community Health Centers with their ongoing quality improvement efforts.
This webinar, Care Planning: Who, Why and How, is scheduled for Tuesday, December 18 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. 
Open Enrollment 6 Ending on December 15
The end of Open Enrollment 6 is quickly approaching, with only four days left to get individuals signed up for health insurance. 

For more information, contact Ruby Piscopo at 304.346.0032.
Weekly Enrollment Snapshot - Week 5
 In week five of the 2019 Open Enrollment, 773,250 people selected plans using the platform. As in past years, enrollment weeks are measured Sunday through Saturday.  Consequently, the cumulative totals reported in this snapshot reflect one fewer day than last year.

Thus far, in West Virginia, 7,728 individuals have selected a plan. 

To read the entire snapshot provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) click here
WVPCA Hosted Successful Webinar Supporting WV Veterans
West Virginia is one of the highest states with the number of veterans per capita and many veterans make use of FQHCs. The West Virginia Primary Care Association recently hosted in an interactive learning session for our health centers titled, "Suicide Prevention for Veterans: Some Population Considerations". Members of the West Virginia Behavioral Health Association were also invited to attend. The purpose of the event was to support clinicians in our state who provide care to this unique population. Dr. Robert Bossarte,  Director of West Virginia University's Injury Control Research Center and Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry provided this hour-long webinar sharing current data and trends with regard to veterans. Dr. Bossarte describe the epidemiology of suicide in the veteran population and identified risk factors associated with suicidal ideation. Dr. Bossarte explained how military service brings its' own set of risk factors associated with suicide. 

If you missed this learning opportunity, the recording is available at
State NewsState
NIDCR to Host January 10 Webinar on Upcoming Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health 
NIDCR will host a webinar on Thursday January 10, 2019, from 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm EST  to update the public on the status of the new Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health, and to request public input to help guide development of the report. 

The webinar is free and open to the public; no registration is required.  A link will be provided on this web page when it is available:  . The webinar will also be recorded and archived for future viewing.

  • RADM Tim Ricks, DMD, MPH, Chief Dental Officer, U.S. Public Health Service
  • CAPT Bruce Dye, DDS, MPH, Scientific Editor and Project Co-Director, Surgeon General's Report 
  •  Judith Albino, PhD, Scientific Editor and Project Co-Director, Surgeon General's Report 
How to Submit Comments
Written comments on the upcoming Surgeon General's Report must be received on or before January 25, 2019.
Interested persons or organizations are invited to submit written views on oral health, including the importance of poor oral health as a public health issue, contemporary issues affecting oral health, new knowledge that may transform the oral health of the nation, and future directions. NIDCR is also interested in receiving examples of partnerships or coalitions that have demonstrated improvement of oral health and well-being of individuals, families, or communities. 

Please note that comments received, including any supplemental material provided with the comments, are part of the public record and subject to public disclosure. Do not include any information in your comment or supporting materials that you consider confidential or inappropriate for public disclosure. NIDCR will carefully consider all comments submitted and may include relevant information in the upcoming Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health.

Information about the upcoming Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health was first published in a previous  Federal Register Notice  on July 27, 2018.
Call for Presentations for the 41st Summer Institute on Aging
The 41st Summer Institute on Aging will be held June 4-6, 2019 at Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown, W.Va. The 2019 theme is What's Age Got to Do with It? Living Well Across the Lifespan.  

Additional information about the conference, including objectives and topics, is available here. Proposals for presentations may be submitted by clicking here by January 15, 2019. 
National NewsNational
HRSA to Offer TeleHealth Learning Webinar Series
Tuesday, December 11 |  3-4 pm ET; 2-3 pm CT; 1-2 pm MT; 12-1 pm PT; 9-10 am HT
Webinar Session #4:  Introduction to Telehealth and its Use Serving Pregnant Women
Have you considered the role that telehealth could play in your organization? Dr. Jonathan Neufeld of the Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center will discuss how telehealth is used to deliver care and present a framework for planning to use telehealth to deliver care and services in a women-and family-serving Healthy Start setting. Also on the webinar, Ms. Mary Zelanzy, CEO of Finger Lakes Community Health in New York, will share how telehealth has helped overcome barriers to service delivery (e.g., transportation and language) as well as how they provide behavioral health and other pregnancy-related services through telehealth.
For more resources and tools about telehealth, visit:      
This webinar is part of the HRSA's Telehealth Learning Webinar Series. The series' goal is to highlight successful projects/best practices as well as resources to promote and further the use of telehealth technologies for health care delivery, education, and health informationservices.
HIPAA FAQs: Real-Life HIPAA Challenges in Primary Care
FREE Live Webinar Offered from ECRI Institute on behalf of HRSA

We heard your questions! The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) can be complex and challenging to interpret and apply. ECRI Institute receives many inquiries from health centers and free clinics on this topic.

Using common themes and scenarios that health centers are likely to encounter, this webinar will explore HIPAA privacy and security FAQs and identify tools and resources to anticipate and address these real-life challenges. Please join us on December 12 or 13, 2018, as we address some of the most popular topics, including:
  • Managing behavioral health and substance use records (42 CFR Part 2)
  • Releasing medical records-do's and don'ts
  • Understanding social media and protected health information (PHI)
  • Addressing electronic PHI, including text messages, email, and voicemail
  • Storing PHI on devices (ultrasound, copier, scanner, fax)
  • Addressing physical privacy pitfalls in the medical office environment
ECRI Institute on behalf of HRSA presents this FREE program.
For your convenience, the same webinar will be offered on two dates. Please register by choosing one of the options below.

Wednesday, December 12:
Or, Thursday, December 13:
You do not need a username to sign up for the FREE webinar. To register, just click above on the time you wish to attend.
CMS Announced Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP Application Fees for 2019
CMS recently announced a $586 institutional provider enrollment fee for those new providers (including health centers) enrolling in Medicare, Medicaid or CHIP for the first time in 2019. According to CMS rules, each site of an organization is required to enroll in Medicare, regardless of whether other sites in the organization have already enrolled in Medicare. 
Community Health Center ResourcesResources
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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Chief Financial/Chief Operations Officer
Data Services & Integration  Speci alist

 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
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Clinical Quality Improvement Coordinator
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