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September 25, 2020
  WVPCA Weekly Outlook Newsletter
    A Newsletter on Community Centered Healthcare
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National News
Upcoming Training Opportunites

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CDC COVID-19 guidelines scaring Halloween traditions away
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September is National Recovery Month

National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives. Now in its 31st year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those living in recovery.  Click here for more information.

Walmart is piloting drone delivery of home sample collection kits for COVID-19 in partnership with Quest Diagnostics.  The retail giant has been testing several uses for drone delivery under the pandemic, using them to bring customers grocery items and necessary health and wellness supplies. The testing kit pilot will begin in Las Vegas and Cheektowaga, New York, starting in early October.
Customers eligible for the drone delivery must live in single-family homes within a one-mile radius of Walmart stores in the two pilot regions, Walmart saidClick here to read more.
The West Virginia government no longer is reporting school-related COVID-19 cases, despite the governor, the state health officer and the state Department of Health and Human Resources saying earlier that they would. 

"I want the whole world to know, I want every single thing transparent at all times," Gov. Jim Justice said Sept. 4, when he was still reporting cases at his tri-weekly briefings. "If there's anyone out in the wilderness that has something that could be released, or whatever like that, there's no hold up from my side, no hold up whatsoever.

"When the information comes to me I'll surely announce it."

State Health Officer Dr. Ayne Amjad said that same day that "we have announced the schools because we do think it's a public health/safety concern, and parents, teachers and the public do need to know, so for the last two briefings we have been announcing them ... and we will be doing that."

DHHR spokeswoman Allison Adler wrote in an email that her department would be "coordinating the reporting with the local health departments so they are housed in one central place."

But all of that has been abandoned.  Click here to read more.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. Individuals who smoke are at greater risk of a more severe case of COVID-19, should they contract it. The American Lung Association, a CDC Million HeartsĀ® partner, shares the promising practice of using telehealth to encourage tobacco cessation, allowing health professionals to continue to address the ABCs of heart health. Listen to the podcast.

As you know, information on coronavirus is changing daily.  The WVPCA is working with Federal, State, and local health officials in emergency preparedness activities as well as disseminating appropriate and current information to our Community Health Centers.  This includes up-to-date resources and policies to ensure the continued health and safety of the communities we serve.  

Guidance and resource information can be found on the WVPCA website here and coronavirus.gov.
HIPPA Security Risk Assessment Enrollment

The West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA) is partnering with Online Business Systems to provide on-site HIPAA Security Risk Assessments for West Virginia Community Health Centers. Online Business Systems will perform the assessment to identify risks to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) as defined by the Department of Health and Human Services. The assessments will take place with site specific dates October 1, 2020 thru January 21, 2021 following registration.

Online Business Systems will provide written recommendations regarding any identified gaps in compliance with HIPAA regulations. Online Business Systems will work with the health center to mitigate any identified gaps and help the organization work toward HIPAA compliance and the HITECH Act information security requirements. Estimated timing of Risk Assessment for clinics will be determined based on the number of clinics participating.

Please note that limited participation slots are available for CHC SRAs!!! 
Assessments will be provided on a first come, first serve bases. Please feel free to contact Staci Arnold should you have any questions or comments. Enrollment information can be found  here.

Registration Closes October 2, 2020 at 5:00pm.
2020 Regional UDS Training Save the Dates

Please be watching your inbox for the 2020 Virtual UDS Training registration. The 2020 UDS Training will be held virtually via ZOOM on the mornings of Oct. 27, Oct. 29, Nov. 2 and Nov. 5 starting at 9:45AM  to 11:30AM. 

This comprehensive virtual program is designed for people of all levels of prior UDS experience and covers all aspects of the 2020 UDS Report. The training addresses each of the report's tables and provides an implementation-based explanation of how to successfully complete the UDS Report and how to avoid and resolve potential reporting issues. In addition to receiving UDS reporting instructions, attendees will understand the value of the UDS for health center operations and to the health center program and receive tips to help facilitate a successful submission.

Effective reporting of a complete and accurate UDS report is predicated upon an understanding of the inter-relatedness of the data elements and tables. This training is designed as an all-levels program, all financial, clinical, and administrative staff are welcome to attend in order to hone their reporting skills and share their experience with their peers.

For any Regional UDS Training questions, please feel free to contact Pam Moore at pam@wvpca.org.
IPHCA Announces All Virtual Leadership Conference

The Illinois Primary Health Care Association, representing the state's 51 community health centers, announced its 2020 Annual Leadership Conference will be held online Oct. 28-30 during the coronavirus pandemic. IPHCA is using the virtual conference to connect its attendees with an outstanding roster of speakers:
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, pro basketball's all-time leading scorer and Presidential Medal of Freedom Winner for his work to improve education in underserved communities
  • Regina Benjamin, the 18th U.S. Surgeon General
  • Maria Hinojosa, an Emmy-winning anchor and executive producer of NPR's "Latino USA"
Anyone interested is welcome to attend the virtual conference. To register or learn more about the conference, visit IPHCA's website.

What Selfies Are Doing to Our Self-esteem

If we all are honest, selfies are fun to take! We share our location from a great place or with our friends having fun. But at what costs? With all the filters that different social media platforms provide, we can tinker with our looks so we look our best. Research suggests that this may lead to insecurities, depression and anxiety in young people. Click here to read more. 

2021 Assister Certification Training Modules Available

We are pleased to invite assisters to take the 2021 Assister Certification training beginning, September 15, 2020. In preparation for the Marketplace Open Enrollment Period starting November 1, 2020 for the 2021 Plan Year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have updated the Assister Certification Training curriculum.

The training is hosted on the Marketplace Learning Management System (MLMS); the online web-based training platform for assisters providing application and enrollment assistance to consumers in Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces and State-based Marketplaces using the Federal platform. The MLMS can be accessed through the CMS Enterprise Portal.
You can find training presentations and additional resources, such as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), and MLMS Quick Reference Guides at the following link: Assister Training Materials.

For plan year 2021 and beyond, CDOs must main a roster of their active CACs using the CDO Organization Maintenance web form in order for their CACs to be able to access the annual certification training on the Marketplace Learning Management System (MLMS).
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WVPBRN Announces 2020 Virtual Retreat 

Make plans to attend the 2020 WVPBRN Virtual Retreat on November 6 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. The meeting's main event will be a Publication Panel, which will feature 3 representatives from the American Journal of Public Health, The Journal of Rural Health, and the WV Medical Journal respectively. The panelists will provide general information about the publication process targeted toward clinicians, discuss their journal's research interests, and be available to answer any questions from participants. They will also hold a brief discussion on the state of the network and future goals.  Click here to register for this free event.
WV Project ECHO Memory Health Opportunity

In collaboration with West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI), West Virginia University's Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI), and the Alzheimer's Association, WV Project ECHO will be launching a new ECHO project around Memory Health this fall. This project will provide an opportunity for primary care providers and others to present de-identified cases to a panel of experts (Hub) including (neurology, radiology, geriatrics, palliative care, nursing, social work), and receive mentoring in the management of memory health conditions such as Alzheimer's. These sessions also include didactic presentations on a variety of memory health topics including assessment of symptoms, routine care planning, and advanced care planning.

 These sessions will take place on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 4-5pm via Zoom starting on October 6th and will be offered at no cost to those who participate. The sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the WV Project ECHO YouTube page for additional viewing. WV Project ECHO will also offer 1 hour of general continuing medical education credits for all who participate.
If you are interested in participating please complete the participation agreement that outlines the project in more detail. The agreement is used for record-keeping purposes and once we have it returned we will then send the Zoom calendar invites. Please remember that one participation agreement covers all who are interested in attending from that organization.
Please contact Jay Mason at jdmason@hsc.wvu.edu or Mithra Mohtasham at mithra.mohtasham@hsc.wvu.edu if you have any questions.
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Take the Next Step in your Career with the NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program

The 2021 Application Program and Guidance for the National Health Service Corps Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (NHSC S2S LRP) is now open and includes new nursing disciplines. In response to health workforce needs for quality primary and maternity care, the FY21 program includes Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs). The application cycle closes on November 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

About the Program: NHSC S2S LRP applicants may qualify for up to $120,000 in tax-free loan repayment for their medical, nursing and dental school student loans. Eligible health professional students in their final year of school receive the award in exchange for a three-year service commitment in a high-need (HPSA 14 or above) rural, tribal, or urban community. Read the 2021 Application and Program Guidance (PDF-1.2 MB) carefully before you  start your application
  • Students must be U.S. citizens or nationals and enrolled or accepted in an eligible medical (MD or DO), dental (DDS or DMD), NP or CNM degree program at a U.S. accredited school.
  • Installments are paid to students annually in a lump sum which, when applied to qualified health professional student loans, can significantly lower the overall debt by reducing accrued loan interest amounts.
  • NHSC S2S LRP award recipients are eligible to continue service through the NHSC Loan Repayment Program, and could potentially pay off all of their educational debt with continued service at an approved NHSC site.
Online Q & A Sessions 
Tuesday, September 29  &  Monday, October 26 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET
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The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) is hosting this free webinar on studying addiction as an attachment disorder. Participants will learn about the various attachment styles, will gain knowledge on the similarities between addiction and attachment disorders and will be able to identify appropriate treatment methods for patients. 
Friday, October 16, 2020
12:00 PM EST

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
3:00 PM EST

With continued COVID-19 activity, ensuring communities are protected from the flu this season will be more important now than ever. Outreach to African American communities, which have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, will be especially critical. Join the WV Immunization Network (WIN) to learn about recent research on flu vaccine uptake trends within the African American communities, examples of public health partnerships supporting vaccine confidence, and how these findings and strategies can be applied to immunization work.
Thursday, October 15, 2020 
12:00 PM EST

The title says it all. Head of the Bureau of Primary Health Care, Jim Macrae brings us up to date on the most recent health center news.  Save the following dates for these upcoming session:
 Thursday, October 1, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET
*Access details coming soon 

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2020 Center for ActiveWV Mini-Grant Program

Announcing the launch of the application for the second year of mini-grant funding to increase physical activity in West Virginia. The Center for ActiveWV, at West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, through a partnership with West Virginia Health Promotion and Chronic Disease, is funding projects statewide to increase physical activity. These one-time mini-grants range from $1000-$5000.

Successful mini-grant applications will propose a plan to improve the health of communities in West Virginia through increased opportunities for physical activity in the following areas:
  • Increase physical activity opportunities for children throughout the school day and beyond
  • Increase and/or improve pedestrian and bike infrastructure within West Virginia
  • Implement programming and/or create opportunities for physical activity through clinical practice and community outreach
Projects should include changes or improvements to policies, systems, or environments, and have a plan for sustainability. Additionally, assuming that there will be continued restrictions and impacts due to COVID-19, projects must be feasible and include a plan to successful complete the project with current restrictions and plans for possible shutdowns.

Upon completing this pre-application survey, the Project Coordinator will contact applicants to discuss their project and give the grant guidelines and a link for the full application, if approved. The full application closes on October 16, 2020, at 11:59 pm.

For more information contact the Project Coordinator, Rachel Byrne, at rbyrne2@mail.wvu.edu, or 304-293-6981.
Follow this link to the Survey:  Take the Survey
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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 Programs & Plans
Claims and Lawsuits
Role of the Risk Manager
Patient Grievances and Complaints
Communication with Patients
Credentialing and Privileging
Communication among Providers, Staff, and Community Partners
Tracking Systems for Diagnostic Tests, Referrals, and Hospitalizations

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.
COVID-19 Resources for Health Centers
ECRI Institute 
Federally qualified health centers and free clinics are on the front line in testing and treating patients who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Use these resources to keep your staff and patients safe:
In addition, ECRI's COVID-19 Resource Center includes free resources addressing the provision of clinical care and managing the supply chain. Updated several times per week, highlights include:
Additional guidance is available directly from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), including:

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
John Kennedy, MA | School-Based Health/Behavioral Health Coordinator
Pam Moore | Member Relations Coordinator
Shannon Parker, MBA, PCMH-CCE | Director of Health Center Operations
Amanda West | Staff Accountant
Emma White, RN | Clinical Quality Improvement Coordinator 
Paula Beasley | Education and Communications Coordinator 
Ruby Piscopo, CAC | Outreach & Enrollment Coordinator 
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This project is/was supported partially/fully by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U58CS06834 State and Regional Primary Care Associations. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.