January 15 , 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
Quick Links: In This Issue.....

 State  News


Drug epidemic hits WV children hard, stretches resources
Read the entire article from WV News here

Hospitals' solution to surprise out-of-network bills: Make physicians go in-network
Read the entire article from  Modern Healthcare   here

Official: State to add over 450 substance use disorder treatment beds
Read the entire article from the Charleston Gazette-Mail here
Welcome to New CHC CEO
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
No Wrong Door: Breaking Down Stigma and Barriers to Addressing OUD Webinar Scheduled
The WVDHHR Bureau of Behavioral Health is pleased to sponsor a live webinar with Dr. Terry Horton from Christiana Hospital Systems of Delaware.   Dr. Horton will host a webinar from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Friday January 18, 2019.  The topic " No Wrong Door" will cover his success at Christiana Care Health System in breaking down stigma, identifying and managing opioid withdrawal and moving patients on to care in the community.   There will be time for questions.  

Registration is mandatory for participation in this webinar and is available here
Dr. Horton  is a nationally acclaimed authority in the field of addiction medicine, with particular expertise in hospital-based initiation of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), peer recovery coaches and community engagement.
National NewsNational
New Access Points Funding Opportunity Now Available (HRSA-19-080)
Last week, 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.
Trump Wants to Bypass Congress on Medicaid Plan
The Trump administration is quietly devising a plan bypassing Congress to give block grants to states for Medicaid, achieving a longstanding conservative dream of reining in spending on the health care safety net for the poor.

Three administration sources say the Trump administration is drawing up guidelines on what could be a major overhaul of Medicaid in some states. Instead of the traditional open-ended entitlement, states would get spending limits, along with more flexibility to run the low-income health program that serves nearly 75 million Americans, from poor children, to disabled people, to impoverished seniors in nursing homes.

Read the entire article from Politico here
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
Quarterly 340B Program Registration
Quarterly 340B Program site registration is open from January 1 to 15. Health centers are still able to register a site that has been verified as implemented and with a site status reflected as "active" in HRSA's Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) Form 5B through Friday, February 22, after which the system will close to prepare for the April 1 start. Email the 340B call center or call 888-340-2787 (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. ET) to register a new site or ask questions.

You will need to provide the following information when calling:
  • Health center name,
  • Site/clinic name,
  • Site IDs for all sites,
  • HRSA/BPHC grant number,
  • Contact name and email address, and
  • Authorizing official name and email address.
The authorizing official will receive an email message that the account is unlocked and a registration may be submitted.
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.

Upon successful submission, we will assign your UDS Report to a UDS Reviewer who will work with you to finalize your data submission through March. You are not permitted to change your center's UDS report after Sunday, March 31. It is critical that you submit your report on time and make sure that the data is verifiably accurate.

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
  Using Health IT to Facilitate SBIRT Service Delivery in Health Centers
When - January 17 | 3:00 -4:00 PM
What -  Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an intervention designed to identify and provide early intervention and treatment to individuals who are at risk for or have substance use disorders (SUDs). Health Centers are well positioned to integrate behavioral health interventions, such as SBIRT, into primary care to enhance patient care and overall health outcomes. This webinar will discuss the use of health information technologies (IT) to facilitate the workflow of providing SBIRT services.

Useful for: C-suite staff, Information technology leadership and staff, quality improvement staff, clinical staff, behavioral provider staff

Registration Registration is available  here .

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

Review Process for Service Area Competition or Renewal of Designation  Applications
A few months ago, HRSA created this graphic, which illustrates what to expect after submitting a Service Area Competition (SAC) or Renewal of Designation (RD) application to HRSA. Take a look to learn more about the updated HRSA review process.

A new quick reference guide tells SAC and RD applicants how to manage correspondence requests from HRSA about their application. It will help you respond quickly to the 14-day turnaround time in EHBs.

Medicaid Coverage of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders and of Medication for the Reversal of Opioid Overdose
A new SAMHSA report discusses Medicaid coverage of FDA-approved medications for treatment of alcohol and opioid use disorders, limitations on coverage (such as prior authorization requirements), federal laws and policies and state-level innovative practices and policies.
Pregnancy and Substance Use Disorder
If your providers have questions about how to treat pregnant or parenting women with substance/opioid use disorder, these resources may help:
Healthy People 2030 Public Comment
HHS is soliciting written comments on the proposed objectives for Healthy People 2030. The public can comment on the proposed objectives and also propose their own objectives. Previous public comments on the proposed Healthy People 2030 framework helped shape the vision, mission, foundational principles, plan of action, and overarching goals for Healthy People 2030. In this public comment period, HHS would like input on the proposed Core, Developmental, and Research objectives.

In response to stakeholder input, Healthy People 2030 will be a streamlined set of national health objectives guiding the nation in efforts to improve health. Heathy People 2030 will continue to represent critical public health priorities by addressing the leading causes of morbidity and mortality and driving action at the national, state, and local levels.

Submit comments on the proposed objectives before Thursday, January 17.
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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 Warne Dawkins, MBA
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J ohn Kennedy
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