January 23 , 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


Walmart splits with CVS after battle over prescription costs
Read the entire article from Bloomberg  here

Clinics struggle to resolve fears over Medicaid sign-ups and green cards
Read the entire article from WV Public Broadcasting  here

Cabin Creek plans to offer medication-assisted treatment at health department
Read the entire article from the Charleston Gazette-Mail  here
Ritchie Regional Health Center: A Legacy of SBH Excellence

Back in the 90's when School-Based Health Centers were a new concept; Ritchie County was open to the idea and started the planning stages to open a center in one of our schools. The new center was one of the 5 SBHC's pilot sites in the state of WV and opened its doors at the Ritchie County Middle/High for students and facility on January 2, 1995. The center was located in conjunction with the High School Administrative offices which allowed easy access to students from both the middle and high schools. With its captive audience (the students) the Wellness Center thrived and continues to be a great resource to the patients that are seen. Students are seen for colds, allergy injections, sport physicals, treated for acne, health check physicals, immunizations, lab work, hypertension and other chronic diseases, referrals to specialist, prescriptions and just about anything that parents would take their child to a doctor for. It is a proven fact that School-Based Health Centers decrease absenteeism rates for students and faculty. Parents would send their students to school sick just to be seen by the provider. With Ritchie County being a very rural area, one mother sent her middle school child to school with a high temperature just to be seen. She did not have enough gas to take him to a doctor. He was seen and treated with the pharmacy delivering the medication right to the school. The mother was notified and a local agency paid for her gas to come pick him up at school. Success stories and helping students become healthier is our number one goal.
In January 2019 the Wellness Center was moved to a new location in the front of the building with its own outside entrance. For a safer school, extra measures were made that requires all guests of the school to check in the Middle/High School front offices or the Wellness Center.  Anyone that is visiting the school will not have access to roam about the building without being checked in at one of these locations.
Ritchie County has 3 Elementary Schools that are also serviced by the Wellness Center. Currently, Ritchie Regional Health Center operates 5 School-Based Health Centers in a four County region that include; Ritchie, Wood (2), Pleasants and Doddridge Counties.
An advisory committee consisting of faculty, students, school superintendent, school health center staff and principals meet annually.
Registration Now Open for Competing Priorities: Aligning Quality Improvement Requirements Webinar
Please join the WVPCA for a one-hour webinar, Competing Priorities: Aligning Quality Improvement Requirements . This is the fourth in a six-part webinar series. Aligning quality improvement requirements can increase productivity, increase provider and employee satisfaction, and assist your health center with becoming more efficient and effective thus increasing quality. This webinar is targeted for CHC staff including CEOs, COOs, CMOs, and QI staff.
This webinar is scheduled for January 29, 2019 at noon. Registration is available here. This webinar is provided at no cost to Community Health Center employees. 
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.
Registration Open for Telling the Story: Use of Genograms in Assessment & Treatment
Please join the WVPCA for a one-hour webinar, Telling the Story: Use of Genograms in Assessment & Treatment . Understanding how adolescent patients view their world is critical in having successful outcomes, although connecting with these patients can sometimes pose a challenge.  As part of this webinar, participants will learn ways to maximize the collection of information in the initial assessment through the use of storytelling by the patient and constructing a genogram to capture the information.  This training is targeted to West Virginia Community Health Center Behavioral Health Clinicians.
This webinar is scheduled for January 24, 2019 at noon at no cost to the participant. 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.
State NewsState
Kindergarten and First Grade Teachers Can Get a Free Colgate Toothbrush Kit for Their Students
 Good oral hygiene habits need to start at an early age. Now, Colgate is teaming up with teachers to spread the word. The toothpaste company's Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program provides a collection of classroom materials and free items for kindergarten and first-grade teachers to share with their students.

According to Colgate, the goal of the program is to provide kids with oral care education that will keep their teeth healthy for a lifetime. Each teacher who  signs up online will receive Colgate toothpaste and toothbrush samples for 25 students.

Read the entire article as posted in Simplemost here
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
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.
New Access Points Funding Opportunity Now Available (HRSA-19-080)
Recently, HRSA announced the availability of $50 million in New Access Points (NAP) funding for the delivery of primary health care services for underserved and vulnerable populations under the Health Center Program. HRSA expects to make approximately 75 awards in September.

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 to improve the health of the nation's underserved communities and vulnerable populations by expanding access to affordable, accessible, quality, and cost-effective primary health care services. Organizations can apply for up to $650,000 per year.

Applications are due in Grants.gov by Tuesday, March 12 (11:59 p.m. ET), and HRSA's Electronic Handbooks by Thursday, April 11 (5:00 p.m. ET).

For more information, including eligibility requirements and key changes since the fiscal year 2017 NAP funding opportunity, please read the Notice of Funding Opportunity and visit the NAP technical assistance webpage.

If you have questions, contact the NAP Technical Assistance Team.
New FTCA Site Visit Protocol
FTCA-deemed health centers are already familiar with FTCA site visits. Now we have streamlined the process into one document, the FTCA Site Visit Protocol, to help you find the information you need.
New HRSA Program Will Help Clinicians and Patients in the Fight Against Opioid Addiction 
New National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayment program provides substance use disorder treatment in underserved areas of the country. More information is available here
UDS 2018 Reporting Season Opens
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. The Manual includes an introduction to the UDS, instructions for completing each of the tables, and information on how to submit UDS data through EHBs
National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Opportunities
The  National Health Service Corps (NHSC) provides financial assistance to health care professionals in exchange for a commitment to work at approved sites in high-need, underserved areas. This week the NHSC opened the application cycle for two programs - its Loan Repayment Program (LRP) and a new Substance Use Disorder Workforce LRP (SUD Workforce LRP). Both applications close on Thursday, February 21, at 7:30 p.m. ET.
  • The NHSC LRP awards up to $50,000 toward student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment to work at approved sites in high-need, underserved areas.
  • The new NHSC SUD Workforce LRP provides up to $75,000 in exchange for a three-year commitment and expands eligible disciplines and site types for loan repayment. The program is open to health care professionals who provide SUD treatment services at NHSC-approved SUD sites.
Training Opportunities

Improving Cervical Cancer Screening Rates: Best Practices from a Health Center and a Health Center Controlled Network
When - January 29 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
WhatOffice of Quality Improvement in HRSA's Bureau of Primary Health Care invites you to learn about best practices, challenges, and successes related to improving cervical cancer screening rates.

Registration- The webcast will be available here.  Call-in: 888-233-9404 | Passcode: 9859485
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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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
Special Programs Coordinator
Staff Accountant
Clinical Quality Improvement Coordinator
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