July 31 , 2018
  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.


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Quick Links: In This Issue.....

Hospitals gear up for new diagnosis: human trafficking
Read the article from WV Public Broadcasting  here

Insurers deploy data to advance population health management 
Read the article from Modern Healthcare   here

Volunteers talk harm reduction benefits, misconceptions at town hall forum
Read the article from the Charleston Gazette-Mail  here
We Want to Hear from YOU! Share Your Plans for National Health Center Week (NHCW)

How will you be celebrating National Health Center Week (NHCW)? From Congressional visits to  community events including breakfasts, barbecues, open houses, or voter registration events, there are countless ways to celebrate the work health centers do in West Virginia. 

NHCW will be held August 12-18. This year's theme is "Celebrating Health Centers: Home of America's Health Care Heroes." The national campaign runs with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America's Health Centers over the course of more than five decades. 
Each day of NHCW 2018 is dedicated to a particular focus area: If your health center is getting involved, let us know! Contact the WVPCA at 304-346-0032 or via email at events@wvpca.org

More information, tips and  ideas are available on the Health Center Week Website.
2019 Certified Application Counselor and Non-Navigator Assister Certification Training is Now Live
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced  the Certified Application Counselors and other non-Navigator assisters 2019 Assister Certification Training is now live! Navigators training will be made available following the Navigator Grant Awards.

The training is hosted by 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 (FFMs), including State Partnership Marketplaces (SPMs), and certain State-based Marketplaces using the Federal platform (SBM-FPs).  The training can be accessed through the CMS Enterprise Portal by logging in or registering as a new user at  https://portal.cms.gov/wps/portal/unauthportal/registration. Existing users can login at: https://portal.cms.gov.

We hope that you were able to participate in the Wednesday, July 11th webinar on the 2019 training and certification requirements. You can view the webinar slides here:  https://marketplace.cms.gov/technical-assistance-resources/training-materials/introduction-to-assister-training.pdf

You can find training presentations and additional resources, such as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), and MLMS Quick Reference Guides at the following link: https://marketplace.cms.gov/technical-assistance-resources/training-materials/training.html.

Note: As a result of the Certified Application Counselor Designated Organization (CDO) Refresh[1], all CDOs assisting consumers for Plan Year 2019 will be assigned a new organizational designation ID. CDOs have been instructed to discontinue use of their old CDO IDs and use their newly issued CDO ID for official purposes moving forward (to generate and issue CAC IDs, take the annual certification training, and enter on the Marketplace Application when assisting consumers).

CACs should wait to take the 2019 CAC training until they have been issued their new CAC ID number by their organization. CACs should enter their new CAC ID number as the username on the MLMS training registration page. CACs in good standing may continue to assist consumers while awaiting their new CAC ID number.

Find this and other social media tools through the InsureKidsNow.gov toolkit
Things We Can Learn from Mister Rogers
Mister Rogers was an iconic black and white TV show that many adults were grateful for as it was a safe place we could leave our children and not worry about what they would see. We too often over looked this individual other than to believe he was a kind, mild mannered man who was teaching our children good principles. It appears that many of his principles are timeless and still has great value for our society today even though he passed away fifteen years ago. If we too, practiced as adults, what Mister Rogers was teaching our children what effect might that had on where we live? In hindsight, he was teaching our children how to create healthy neighborhoods. As we struggle to fight this opioid crisis, helping the most vulnerable individuals in our neighborhood and getting connected may be a piece of the puzzle to overcoming the battle of addiction that is destroying our communities. You can read more about Mister Roger's lessons here.
How Can I Help Those Around Me Who Suffer From Anxiety?
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in our nation, impacting over forty million adults, age 18 and older. There are many different types of anxiety disorders such as social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders and many others.  Anxiety not only affects one's mental health, but also their physical health like shortness of breath, nausea, rapid heartbeat, and long term health issues related to that constant stress on the body related anxiety.  Research is clear that there are biological factors contributing to anxiety such as evidence of chemical imbalances and strong genetic predisposition.

Despite its high level of treatability through therapy and/or medication, two-thirds of adults with anxiety do not receive treatment. Teenagers with anxiety receive treatment even less frequently - only 1 in 5 teen sufferers do .
Many of us today either live and work with individuals who suffer from anxiety and often wonder if there are things we can do to support them.  Knowing how anxiety works can help you to better support loved ones without inadvertently making their anxiety worse. Click here for more ways to support someone with anxiety.   
State NewsStateNews
Social Work License Exam Preparation Course Available
A Social Work License Exam Preparation Course will be offered Saturday and Sunday, September 8-9 in Charleston, WV with Dr. Sophia Dziegielewski through the National Association of Social Workers, West Virginia Chapter. 

Bachelor / BSW exam candidates attend Saturday only. Masters / Advanced / Clinical MSW candidates attend BOTH days.

For more information, visit  www.NASWWV.org for a downloadable Registration Request form for mail / agency PO / invoicing. Registration is also available here For information call 304.345.6279 or email: Mail@NASWWV.org. 
West Virginia Webinar and Training Opportunities 
2018 WVGS Scientific Assembly
When: September 13
Where:  University of Charleston
What:  Registration is now open for the 2018 WVGS Scientific Assembly, "Caregiving: Challenges and Solutions." This conference is planned for an interdisciplinary audience of healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists and social workers. View the brochure here

26th  Annual  WV Rural Health  Conference
When: October 17-19
: Pipestem State Resort
WhatThis conference features national and state best practices speakers, provides continuing education to physicians, attorneys, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, dentists, community health educators and others, and is an unparalleled opportunity to network with others interested in improving rural health care in West Virginia. Registration is available  here

Save the Date: 12th Annual Southern Obesity Summit
When: October 22-24
Where: Charleston, WV
WhatThe Southern Obesity Summit (SOS) is the largest regional obesity prevention event in the United States, drawing hundreds of participants from 16 Southern States consisting of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.  Together, these states join forces to fight obesity.

National NewsNationalNews
HRSA Study Finds Low Rates of Developmental Screening in U.S. Kids, Wide State Variation
 Research published in JAMA Pediatrics found that in the past year, fewer than 1 in 3 young children had received a parent-completed developmental screening from a health care provider. 

Universal screening and surveillance promote early diagnosis, intervention, and outcomes for children with developmental delays and disabilities. Wide variation across states, ranging from about 17% in Mississippi to nearly 60% in Oregon, indicates that systems-level quality improvement efforts can boost rates.

Led by HRSA researchers, the analysis used 2016 data from HRSA's National Survey of Children's Health.

The abstract is available here
Study: Alcohol Fuels Drastic Increase in Liver Disease
 A new study found that cirrhosis-related deaths increased the most among people aged 25 to 34 from 2009 to 2016. Additionally, the study found that men experienced twice as many deaths from cirrhosis as women. 

Read the entire article from the U.S. News and World Report here
Community Health Center ResourcesCHCresources 
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 Patient.  All 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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Education & Communications
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