March 6 , 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
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Charleston, WV 25314-1518
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 State  News


Four W.Va. Health Centers awarded $14 million
Read the entire article from WV Public Broadcasting here

Analyst: Possible 'Obamacare' ruling would cause significant coverage, funding loss
Read the entire article from MetroNews here

Local school officials react to proposed bill to expand mental health care in W.Va. schools
Read the entire article from WTAP here

HIV cluster confirmed in Cabell County
Read the entire article from the Herald-Dispatch here
WVPCA Goes Blue for National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Staff of the West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA) went blue Tuesday in honor of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Each year, more than 140,000 people are diagnosed with this highly preventable disease and will join the more than 1.4 million colorectal cancer patients and survivors living today. The WVPCA went blue in honor of them, their families and their communities. 

For more information about Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, click here
Sherri Ferrell: School-based health centers help make education happen
February is National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month. Without receiving much attention, the integration of School-Based Health Centers into West Virginia schools over the last decade has proven extremely effective. By providing easy access to basic, but often absent, health care services, more students are showing up to class healthy and ready to learn. Healthier children make better students, which is a fundamental mission of these centers. One could even say that School-Based Health Centers help make education happen in the Mountain State.

Read the entire op-ed from WVPCA CEO Sherri Ferrell here. This originally ran in the Charleston Gazette-Mail on February 28, 2019.
WV Project ECHO Expands to the Area of Heart Failure in its Latest Project
The WVPCA is pleased to be part of the efforts to implement Project ECHO in West Virginia and would like to invite you to participate in the newest WV Project ECHO on Heart Failure.  This new ECHO is an expansion of the WV Project ECHO program which will utilize multipoint video conferencing to bring specialized education to providers all across West Virginia.    The participation agreement provides further details.  If you are interested in participating, please see the participation agreement.  Once the agreement is fully executed calendar invites will be sent from WVCTSI with all the video conferencing information and case intake form.
Sessions will be held on the 1st and 3rd Fridays starting on March 1st from 12-1pm.  Like the other ECHO projects,these sessions will include two case presentations and 15-20 minutes of didactics focusing on a variety of cardiac and heart & vascular related topics. WV Project ECHO Heart Failure will have a heart failure focus to start but will then branch out to other related cardiac topics.  Primary care teams and clinics can participate in this program at no cost and receive CME credit for participating.
Additionally, more information on WV Project ECHO can be found here.
For more information on participating, please do hesitate to contact Jay Mason at or Kayatlyn Edinger at
State NewsState
Gov. Justice Announces Major Broadband Investment in West Virginia

Yesterday, Governor Jim Justice announced that West Virginia's internet infrastructure is expanding through a collaboration with Facebook. According to the release, "Facebook, through their subsidiary Middle Mile Infrastructure, is planning to build a high capacity fiber optic cable network crossing a portion of West Virginia as part of the company's ongoing larger network infrastructure build stretching from Virginia to Ohio."

Read the entire release here. 
ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care Training
The Northern West Virginia Rural Health Education Center is hosting several trainings for ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care at no cost to the participant.  This program has been approved by the WV Board of Medicine and the WV Board of Osteopathic Medicine. The training will be held on April 25 in Bridgeport, WV; May 16 in Parkersburg, WV; May 23 in Elkins, WV; and June 13 in Wheeling, WV.

 For more information, or to register, click here
WV Immunization Network Accepting Application for "Take Your Best Shot" Project
The WV Immunization Network is now accepting applications for its Take Your Best Shot (TYBS): Adolescent Immunization Pay for Success Pilot Project. This year, the WV Immunization Network has revised TYBS into a Pay for Success (PFS) pilot project linking funding to performance in increasing immunization rates for influenza, HPV and Men B.  The purpose of this strategy is to ensure that high-quality, effective immunization services result in increased adolescent vaccination rates. Eligible lead agency applicants include public and private entities, such as local health departments, community health centers, hospitals, school-based health clinics, private clinics or other organizations.
The Request for Applications, which contains additional guidance, and the Application Form are also posted on WIN's website at
Applications are due by 5pm on March 15, 2019. If you have any questions about this project, please don't hesitate to contact Elaine Darling at
2019 West Virginia Medicaid Spring Provider Workshop Registration
The 2019 Spring Provider Workshops are being offered at eight locations April 1 - 11, 2019.  RSVP by March 18, 2019 for the session(s) you wish to attend by completing a registration form or by registering online.  Review the Spring Provider Workshop Brochure├é for more information and to register by email or fax.  Click the following link to register online: 2019 Spring Provider Workshop Online Registration.
Registration Available for 6th Annual WVPBRN Retreat
Registration is now open for the 2019 Annual WVPBRN Retreat. The retreat is scheduled for May 16-17 at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV.   The evening of Thursday, May 16 will feature a networking dinner on Stonewall Resort's Little Sorrel boat. The conference portion of the retreat will kick off early morning on Friday, May 17.  The deadline to register is April 1.   For more information, or to register, click here .
National NewsNational
HHS Issues Final Rule Modifying Title X Programs: Compliance with Statutory Program Integrity Requirements
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a  final rule dramatically revising the Title X family planning program regulations.
Outlining many key changes to the Title X family planning program regulations, the Rule:
  • Prohibits Title X projects from referring for abortion as a method of family planning;  
  • Requires clear financial and physical separation between Title X projects and programs or facilities where abortion is a method of family planning;
  • Eliminates the requirement to provide options counseling to pregnant women, but permits nondirective counseling; and
  • Requires that Title X grantees include, as part of their applications, a list of subrecipients and agencies or individuals providing referral by name, location, expertise and services provided or to be provided.
The final rule becomes effective May 3, 2019; however, certain elements (e.g., financial separation requirements) will not be enforced immediately, giving programs more time to comply. 

The final rule becomes effective May 3, 2019; however, certain elements (e.g., financial separation requirements) will not be enforced immediately, giving programs more time to comply. 

For more information on additional changes outlined by the Final Rule, read the full client alert from Feldsman Tucker Leifer Fidell, LLP's blog or click here for a printable version

If you have any questions regarding the final rule, please contact Carrie Bill Riley or Christopher J. Frisina.
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 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:
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 .
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 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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