July 25, 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.


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


Surprise billing legislation saves $7.6B, trims premiums, budget watchdog says
Read the entire article from Healthcare Dive  here

Internal drug company emails shows indifference to opioid epidemic 
Read the entire article from the Charleston Gazette-Mail  here

Data shows more than 10,000 homeless students in WV's public schools
Read the entire article from the Charleston Gazette-Mail  here

Court decision expected soon in CVS/Aetna merger
Read the entire article from Healthcare Finance here

Will Amazon deliver a single-payer health care system for the U.S.?
Read the entire article from The Health Care Blog here

With rural health care stretched thin, more patients turn to telehealth
Read the entire article from WV Public Broadcasting  here
World Hepatitis Day is July 28!
The HHS National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan provides strategies and actions we can take to move towards hepatitis elimination in the U.S., and The World Health Organization's World Hepatitis Day website provides informative materials and resources to help raise awareness and promote action on viral hepatitis across the globe. As you engage in viral hepatitis elimination efforts, be sure to connect with HHS'  Mapping Hepatitis Elimination in Action initiative to add your project to the growing map of coordinated and collaborative efforts across the nation!
Date Change | WV Project ECHO  Workshop Now on August 15
Project ECHO┬« is a lifelong learning and guided practice model that revolutionizes medical education and exponentially increases workforce capacity to provide best practice specialty care and reduce health disparities through its hub-and-spoke knowledge sharing networks. Virtual clinics are conducted through the use of Zoom videoconferencing platform, allowing primary care providers to present de-identifed patient cases to specialists and participate in didactic presentations. 

During the workshop participants will receive background information on the ECHO model, discuss the current offerings from WV Project ECHO, and have the opportunity to meet and  network with WV Project ECHO Hub and Spoke Members.  

The workshop will be held August 15 from 11 am - 3:00 pm at the WVPCA office (1700 MacCorkle Ave, SE. Charleston, WV). Attendees will be eligible to receive technical assistance and equipment (video, audio, computer, etc.) for their sites to best participate in WV Project ECHO.

Lodging on August 14 and lunch on August 15 will be provided.

To register, click here.  Find the  event flyer here
State NewsStateNews
27th Annual WV Rural Health Conference October 8-11 
The 27th Annual West Virginia Rural Health Conference is scheduled for October 8-11, 2019 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Huntington, WV. This year's conference theme is "Country Roads: Moving WV Rural Health Forward." 

T his conference provides attendees with education and information about innovation, best practices and leadership in rural health. The conference includes state and national rural health updates along with providing attendees the opportunity to network with others interested in improving rural health care in West Virginia.

For more information, click here
National NewsNational
Living Proof: Recovery Supports for People with Opioid Use Disorder or Co-Occurring Disorders Considering or Using Medication-Assisted Treatment
Join SAMHSA for Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS), a three-part virtual learning series focusing on recovery supports for people considering or using Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for OUD or co-occurring disorders. Register for any of the three sessions.
  • Neurobiology of OUD and Medications for OUD: Implications for Co-occurring Disorders 
    Wednesday, July 24 
    2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
  • Delivering Recovery Supports to People with OUD Who Are Participating in MAT 
    Wednesday, July 31 
    2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
  • Delivering Recovery Supports to People with OUD Who Are Considering MAT 
    Wednesday, August 7 
    2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
New Funding to Support Women Affected by the Opioid Crisis - RESTORE Grant Program
This week, the Women's Bureau announced a new grant program to help women affected by the opioid crisis re-enter the workforce. The Re-Employment, Support, and Training for the Opioid Related Epidemic (RESTORE) grant will award $2.5 million to organizations that assist in providing coordinated, employment-focused services to women.
The RESTORE program will provide approximately four to eight grants to governments of states and outlying areas, Indian/Native American Tribal governments or organizations, state or local workforce development boards, or nonprofit organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, including community-based or faith-based organizations. The recipients can use the grant to foster cooperative relationships among a wide range of entities, including key stakeholders, public health and substance abuse treatment professionals, and other human services and support service providers, to provide skills development and employment services to women workers.
Organizations applying must provide the following types of activities:
  • Providing skills development and employment services to women workers affected by the opioid crisis;
  • Establishing a new program or expanding an existing program to quickly address the urgent challenges faced by women in areas of the country hardest hit by the opioid crisis; and
  • Forming partnerships with key stakeholders, which may include women's organizations and state and local women's commissions, as well as agencies and organizations in workforce development, public health and substance abuse, human services, and other supportive services.
Click here to view the solicitation for grant applications. Apply by August 23, 2019.

For more information about the program see the frequently asked questions and view the press release.
Promising Practice: Primary Health Care Uses Data to Target HIV Outreach 
Learn how 
Primary Health Care Iowa uses data to target HIV outreach. This health center provides comprehensive HIV/AIDS care that includes prevention, testing, and treatment. Iowa presents a unique challenge with its rural population, and the 10 counties experiencing the highest prevalence of HIV are spread across the state, making testing and treatment difficult.
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.

Sherri Ferrell, MBA | Chief Executive Officer
Debra Boyd | Chief Financial/Chief Operations Officer
Staci Arnold, MBA | Data Service & Integration Specialist
Jennifer Boyd, PA-C, PCMH-CCE | Clinical Consultant
Warne Dawkins, MBA | Health Data Analyst
John Kennedy, MA | School-Based Health/Behavioral Health Coordinator
Pam Moore | Member Relations Coordinator
Shannon Parker, MBA, PCMH-CCE | Director of Health Center Operations
Ruby Piscopo | Special Programs Coordinator
Amanda West | Staff Accountant
Emma White, RN | Clinical Quality Improvement Coordinator 
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