August 13, 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
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Charleston, WV 25314-1518
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CHC Resources
State News


Statement of United States Attorney Mike Stuart Regarding Oak Hill Hometown Pharmacy
Read the entir e release from the United States Attorney's Office  here

DHHR says Cabell HIV cluster is growing
Read the entire article from the  Charleston Gazette-Mail  here.

As ODs soared, 15% of pharmacies handled 50% of pain pills
Read the entire article from the  Charleston Gazette-Mail  here.

Why Alphabet, Amazon and Apple are all working on diabetes tech
Read the entire article from CNBC  here
WV CHC Athena User Group: Virtual Office Hours
Please join the West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA) for the next quarterly meeting of the WV CHC Athena User Group. During this one-hour webinar, participants will have the opportunity to discuss current system issues and future system considerations while partaking in peer-to-peer learning. Chris Perry, Athenahealth Customer Service Manager will again be attending the User Group Meeting and will provide system update information and discuss current system conditions. 

TARGET AUDIENCE: Administrative, Billing/Financial, Clinical, and Quality staff from CHCs who utilize Athena. 

Registration Closes August 22, 2019 at 9:00 am.  Register here
Southern West Virginia Health System To Host Annual Heat N the Hills Health Fair and Chilifest
Southern West Virginia Health System will hold their annual Heat N the Hills  Health Fair and CHilifest on August 23-24. The event will be held in Hamlin WV and is free and open to the public. Click  here  and here for the brochure.  
State NewsStateNews
Provider CE Opportunity: Lupus Education
The Northern West Virginia Rural Health Education, the American College of Rheumatology, and The Lupus Initiative have partnered to offer continuing education sessions for health professionals including MD, DO, NP, PA, RN, and Community Health Workers in primary care and emergency room environments. The Small Group Provider Education on Lupus Sessions are intended to provide participants access to a rheumatologist.
The Lupus Education for Healthcare Providers will be on September 10 from 12-4pm at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV with lunch provided. The session will begin at 1:00 pm.
To register, please click here.
Please contact Amanda White, Executive Director, Northern WV Rural Health Education Center at with any questions. 
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
Registration Open - West Virginia Society for Respiratory Care's Fall Health Care Conference 2019
Registration is open for the West Virginia Society for Respiratory Care's Fall Health Care Conference 2019, scheduled for September 18-19 at the Holiday Inn - University Area (188 Pineview Drive in Morgantown). 

The Key Note Speaker is Dr. Brian Carlin, MD, FCCP, FAARC.  Dr. Carlin is a seasoned Pulmonologist, recipient of prestigious awards and recognition, as well as an Assistant Professor on the faculty at Drexel University School of Medicine.  

Registration is $99 and CEUs are available for RTs and RNs licensed in WV, and  Specialty Certifications including ACCS, CPFT, RPFT, AE-C, and RPSGT. 

For more information, or to register, click here.   Early bird registration with discounted rates end September 3rd! 
National NewsNational
Last week, HRSA released more than $200 million in new funding for Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) awards. IBHS awards will increase access to high quality, integrated behavioral health care in 1,208 health centers across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Pacific Territories, and the Virgin Islands.

A technical assistance (TA) webinar for IBHS award recipients will cover IBHS funding requirements and next steps, including resolving conditions of award. See more resources on the IBHS TA website.

Thursday, August 15  | 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
 Join the webcast the day of the session 
Call-in: 888-455-9739 | Passcode: 8432202
Find the West Virginia-specific information here
Recently, the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy awarded over $111 million to 96 rural organizations across 37 states as part of its multi-year  Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) initiative.  These funds, which also include support for an evaluation of the initiative, will strengthen rural communities' capacity to provide needed substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery services and build the evidence base for interventions that are effective in rural settings.
NACHC Launched New CEO Leadership Institute 
On August 21, NACHC will kick off an 8-month New CEO Leadership Institute as a post-conference session to the CHI & EXPO in Chicago. The CEO Institute is designed for new health center CEOs (6 months - 3 years' experience in the role).  Although developed for new health center CEOs, the Institute's focus on being strategic in the role of CEO and encouraging a keen eye on the big picture makes it equally relevant for new PCA & HCCN CEOs, as well as a good refresher for more experienced CEOs. It is open for all CEOs to apply.
Please direct any questions about the New CEO Leadership Institute to Gerrard Jolly ( or Cindy Thomas ( Both may be reached via phone at 301-347-0400.  Read the brochure here and the curriculum here
HRSA's Shortage Designation Modernization Project: Round 8 of the Update Preview Released 
The eighth round of update preview reports has been released. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) tentatively plans to update all automatically designated Health Professional Shortage Area (Auto-HPSA) scores in late August 2019.
The criteria for scoring Auto-HPSAs remain the same and Auto-HPSAs will not lose their designations.

The preview scores are informative only and subject to change as state Primary Care Offices continue to review and revise their provider data.  Update previews will continue to be distributed by email monthly until the national update occurs. 

Watch the Technical Assistance Webinar recording or visit the Shortage Designation Modernization Project for more information.
HHS Announces New Action Plan to Lay Foundation for Safe Importation of Certain Prescription Drugs
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that HHS and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are publishing a   Safe Importation Action Plan - PDF * that outlines two potential pathways that would lay the foundation for the safe importation of certain drugs originally intended for foreign markets. Read more here
New Funding to Support Women Affected by the Opioid Crisis - RESTORE Grant Program
Recently, 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.

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.
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
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
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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