July 16, 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
Quick Links: In This Issue.....

CHC Resources
State News


WorkForce WV launching $10M opioid recovery/job training program
Read the entire article from the Charleston Gazette-Mail  here

Suboxone maker Reckitt Benckiser to pay $1.4 billion in largest opioid settlement in US history
Read the entire article from ABC News  here.

Community Care, Social Support Can Cut Medicare Costs for Seniors
Read the entire article from Patient Engagement HIT  here
Health Provider Promotes Healthy Eating
Coplin Health Systems provided vouchers to 100 of its patients, which they could redeem to pick up fresh vegetables and similar goods for free in an effort to  promote healthy lifestyles.  It's called the "farmacy", and the health organization determined the recipients according to their vital signs.

Read the entire article by WTAP here
WVPCA Holds Successful Diabetes Self-Management Training for Health Center Staff 
During the one-day training, participants received hands-on training with Diabetes Injection Pens

Nell Stuart, RD, CDE quizzed participants about diabetes myths and facts

On July 9, the West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA) welcomed 32 attendees, representing 17 organizations, to the Diabetes Self-Management Training for Health Center Staff  held in Charleston. The training was presented by Nell Stuart, a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator and Emma White, RN PCMH CCE, Clinical Quality Improvement Coordinator with the WVPCA.

During the day-long workshop, participants 
received hands-on, interactive training regarding Diabetes myths and facts, evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of diabetes, nutrition and carbohydrate counting, motivational interviewing techniques, social determinants of health and workflow. 

Those in attendance included nurses, care managers, care coordinators, quality improvement staff, and social workers. 

Registration Open for WV Project ECHO  Workshop
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 1 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 July 31st and lunch on August 1st will be provided.

To register, click here.  Find the  event flyer here
WVPCA to host Quarterly MCO Quality Meeting in July
The West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA) invites you to attend the next in our series of CHC/MCO meetings to discuss quality measures, credentialing, and other opportunities to improve care to our patients. The meeting will be held at the WVPCA office and via WebEx. 

If you have a question for an MCO representative you would like to share before the meeting, please email Emma White at 
This meeting is scheduled for July 26 at 1:00 pm at. 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 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
Primary Care Leaders Visit HRSA
HRSA programs are critical to achieving the federal government's bold new objective to dramatically reduce new HIV/AIDS infections within 10 years, Administrator Dr. George Sigounas told a gathering of state Primary Care Association officials Tuesday.

Announced in February, the Administration's  "Plan for America" aims to end the AIDS epidemic by limiting new infections to fewer than 3,000 people per year by 2030. The massive undertaking would involve multiple federal agencies,  focused on 48 U.S. counties (PDF - 75 KB), Washington, DC, San Juan (PR), and seven states with entrenched HIV burdens -- principally in rural communities and across the American South.

Read the entire article here
Upcoming Webinar: Conversations with a Health Center: Providing Safe, High-Quality Obstetrics Care
FREE Live Webinar from ECRI Institute on behalf of HRSA

Health centers and free clinics that provide obstetric care encounter numerous risks, including factors related to patients' clinical history and social background, challenges around patient engagement, and gaps in communication with other providers and care settings. Health centers can learn from other organizations that have successfully implemented proactive strategies for reducing such risks and improving patient safety.  Please join us on  July 23rd or July 24th, 2019  as we welcome guest speakers from Valley Health Systems, Huntington, West Virginia, who will share case studies, experiences, challenges, and lessons learned from their efforts to improve the quality of care for the health center's obstetric patients. 

ECRI Institute on behalf of HRSA presents this FREE program.

Who Should Attend?  Administrators (e.g., Executive Directors, Chief Medical Officers), Risk Managers, Obstetrics Providers, Family Practice Providers, Nurses, Patient safety officers, Quality improvement staff, Behavioral Health, Social Workers

You do not need a username to sign up for the FREE webinar. For your convenience, the same webinar will be offered on two dates. Please register by choosing one of the options below.
Information provided by ECRI Institute is intended as guidance to be used consistent with the internal needs of your organization. This information is not to be viewed as required by ECRI Institute or the Health Resources and Services Administration.
HIV and Health Centers
HRSA-funded health centers help to End the HIV Epidemic by serving as a key point of entry for people undiagnosed with HIV and caring for those with HIV. Check out the freshly updated Health Center Program HIV webpage to learn more about the innovative work done by health centers and to access useful resources that can support your efforts in this area. This is especially timely as many health centers gear up for National HIV Testing Day (Thursday, June 27). Our new content includes a TA resource on HIV testing.
Service Area Considerations Request for Information Available for Preview
HRSA is pleased to announce the release of the Health Center Program Service Area Considerations Request for Information (RFI). HRSA seeks input from the public on service area considerations that may inform HRSA decisions regarding Health Center Program expansion through an existing health center's addition of new service delivery sites.

The Service Area RFI announcement will begin with a 30-day preview period. Instructions on how external stakeholders may submit feedback are forthcoming. Following the preview period, HRSA will accept public feedback for 60 days and plans to announce those details in a future Primary Health Care Digest newsletter. We look forward to receiving your feedback.
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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