April 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 Kelsey Clough, Education and Communications 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.....

 State  News


Healthcare again tops industries for cyber-security attacks, data breaches
Read the entire article from Healthcare Dive here

Medicaid Expansion helps FQHCs drive patient care access
Read the entire article from Patient Engagement HIT here.

Preston Taylor Community Health Center awarded $1.9M in federal funding
Read the entire article from the Preston County News & Journal here

Measles outbreak 'accelerates,' health officials warn
Read the entire article from WV Public Broadcasting  here
WVPCA and CURIS Consulting Wrap Up 6-Month Learning Collaborative Webinar Series
The West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA) and Jennifer Calohan of CURIS Consulting recently completed the 6 - month Learning Collaborative Webinar Series with participants from Community Health Centers across the state. Jennifer covered topics such as Care Team Engagement, Workflow Mapping, Care Planning, Aligning Priorities and Provider Productivity and Empanelment.

If you missed the webinar series or would like to revisit the topics, the webinars are recorded and available for free to Community Health Center staff. To request any of the recordings, please contact Kelsey Clough at kelsey.clough@wvpca.org or via phone at 304.346.0032.

The WVPCA is planning more learning opportunities with Jennifer Calohan and CURIS consulting for the fall so stay tuned for upcoming information.
State NewsState
2019 NASW Spring Continuing Education Conference 
Join the National Association of Social Workers West Virginia chapter for a three day event held at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center May 1-3, 2019. CE hours are available for WV licensed Social Workers, LPCs, Addictions & Prevention Professionals, WV Professional Nurses, and Nursing Home Administrators (approval pending). For more information, or to register, click here
Mark Your Calendars - Events/Trainings Across WV
Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Training Opportunities 

When HIV Care, Prevention and Reproductive Choices for Women (Beckley) |  April 11 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM  | Registration information available  here

ER/LAOpoid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care Training

When April 25 in Bridgeport, WV; May 16 in Parkersburg, WV; May 23 in Elkins, WV; and June 13 in Wheeling, WV
Important Information: This program has been approved by the WV Board of Medicine and the WV Board of Osteopathic Medicine.
Registration: Contact Donna M.
Steigleder, (304) 462-6292.

15th Annual HIV in WV Conference

When:  May 10 at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV. 
Registration: This training from the MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center, is targeted to physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, advance practice nurses, social work and ancillary team members.  For more information, click  here

Alzheimer's and Dementia Care ECHO Program

When: Every other Thursday beginning May 9, 2019 12-1 PM CST
Whoclinician, (physician or NP)and other care team members (e.g., PA, social workers, care coordinators, medical assistants, etc.).
RegistrationThis ECHO Program is hosted by the Alzheimer's Association and is an innovative distance - learning model to build workforce capacity and improve access to specifically care in local communities. For more information, click here

Community Healthcare Planning and Response to Disasters

When: June 18-19 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley, WV
WhoThe West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Jackson County Health Department are coordinating an educational training, Community Healthcare Planning and Response to Disasters. 
RegistrationFor more information, click here
National NewsNational
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.
These considerations include factors such as:
  • Parameters for unmet need;
  • Proximity;
  • Reasonable boundaries for the service area;
  • Consultation with other local providers;
  • Demonstrated capacity and performance in existing service area; and
  • Ensuring patient input/representation.
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.
HEP Talks - Ideas on Viral Hepatitis Webcast
In recognition of Hepatitis Awareness Month (May) and Hepatitis Testing Day (May 19), HRSA will host "HEP Talks." Like TED Talks, these will be condensed and informative presentations focused on emerging and important viral hepatitis topics. Each session features a brief talk by a viral hepatitis expert followed by an opportunity for discussion and questions.

Hepatitis B Testing 
Robert Gish, a physician and leader in clinical research on viral hepatitis, will discuss best practices for hepatitis B testing and high-priority populations for screening. Dr. Gish serves as consulting faculty at La Maestra Community Health Services, a HRSA-funded health center in San Diego, and was featured as a speaker on HRSA's Perinatal Hepatitis B ECHO. 

Thursday, May 2  | 3:30-4:15 p.m. ET 
Call-in: 888-469-1381  | Passcode: 5689947

Hepatitis C and the Opioid Epidemic
Richard Moore II, a family practitioner and Director of HIV and Viral Hepatitis Programs for the Rural Health Group in North Carolina, will discuss hepatitis C treatment strategies for people who inject drugs. 

Thursday, May 16  | 3-3:45 p.m. ET 
Call-in: 888-566-5776 | Passcode: 3578414

Hepatitis C and the Cure 
Gish (also featured in the May 2 session) will discuss the role of primary care providers in treating and curing chronic hepatitis C. 

Thursday, May 23  | 3:30-4:15 p.m. ET 
Call-in: 888-324-9560 | Passcode: 5646605

Hepatitis B and Perinatal Transmission 
Amy Shen Tang, a primary care internist and Hepatitis B Program Director at Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in New York, will discuss preventing perinatal transmission of viral hepatitis and treating chronic hepatitis B during pregnancy. She was a featured speaker on HRSA's Perinatal Hepatitis B ECHO. 

Thursday, May 30 | 3:00-3:45 p.m. ET 
Call-in: 888-324-9560 | Passcode: 5646605
Funding Opportunities
Oral Health Infrastructure

HRSA announces the availability of $76 million in one-time supplemental funding for Oral Health Infrastructure to support health center infrastructure enhancements that will increase access to new or enhanced high-quality, integrated oral health services, including those provided via telehealth and virtual dentistry.  Organizations currently receiving Health Center Program operational grant funding are eligible to apply for up to $300,000. 
Applications are due in Grants.gov by Monday, April 22 (11:59 p.m. ET) and HRSA's Electronic Handbooks by Tuesday, May 21 (5:00 p.m. ET). 
For more information, please:
If you have questions, contact the OHI
Technical Assistance Team

Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program

Applications are due by Monday, April 22
for a HRSA 
Notice of Funding
  that will support up to 32
public or private nonprofit health care
providers located in rural areas to improve
patient care in their communities. 

HRSA expects to invest approximately $6.4 million for this program which aims to improve the quality of rural health care through an evidence-based approach to primary care that has proven effective in rural areas. 

FY 2019 Integrated Behavioral Health  Services (IBHS)

The fiscal year (FY) 2019 Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) funding opportunity is a non-competitive supplement for organizations currently receiving Health Center Program operational grant (H80) funding. IBHS funding will help health centers increase access to high quality, integrated behavioral health services, including the prevention or treatment of mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders (SUDs), including opioid use disorder.

Applicants must propose to:
  • Add at least 0.5 SUD and/or mental health service personnel full-time equivalent (contracted and/or direct hire) within 8 months of award to support expanded services; and
  • Increase new and/or existing patients receiving SUD and/or mental health services, as reported in the 2020 Uniform Data System (UDS) report.
For more information, click here

Opioid Workforce Expansion Program - Professionals and Paraprofessionals

HRSA is accepting applications for the FY
2019 Opioid Workforce Expansion
Porgram (OWEP)
Professionals and
Paraprofessionals funding

Apply on Grants.gov by Tuesday, May
7. HRSA anticipates awarding $39.3
million for approximately 29 OWEP for
Professionals awards and $29.8 million to
fund about 33 OWEP for Prarprofessionals
Webinar/Training Opportunity Reminders
HITEQ Highlights: Growing and Sustaining Data Driven Culture

This one-hour training is hosted by HITEQ, a HRSA-funded NCA  and will be available on  Tuesday, April 23  beginning at  3:00 p.m. ET . 

2019 UDS Changes Webinar

This one-hour webinar is scheduled for May 9 at 1:00 PM EST and will provide an overview of the major changes for calendar year 2019.

For additional information and to access the webinar, click  here

Registration Available for 2 HRSA  Grants Management Workshops

An Atlanta, Ga.,  Regional Grants Management Workshop is  May 15-16. Limited to 100 active HRSA grantees.

For more information, reach out to the workshop staff at  HRSAGrantsWorkshop@hrsa.gov .

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.

Chief Executive Officer

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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