April 26 , 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.


West Virginia Primary Care Association
1700 MacCorkle Avenue
Charleston, WV 25314-1518
Quick Links: In This Issue.....

Capito, Ohio senator introduce bill to address opioid-caused workforce shortage
Read the entire article, originally from WVNews 

Surgeon General supports needle exchange to limit disease from opioid crisis 
Read the entire article, originally from  WV Public Broadcasting 

Silling among WV architecture award winners for Sissonville design
Read the entire article, originally from the  Charleston Gazette-Mail   

The HealthPlan Presents Healthcare Symposium 2018
Read the entire article, originally from  WVNews 

How has Obamacare worked out for WV?
Read the entire article, originally from  Public News Service  here

Morrisey praises bill that ensures prescribers can refuse to give opioids
Read the entire article, originally from  WV News 

Task force to take on health care crime in West Virginia
Read the entire article, originally from  WV Public Broadcasting 
WVPCA Welcomes Debra Boyd as New CFO/COO
Debra Boyd joined the West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA) in April as the organization's Chief Financial and Operations Officer (CFO/COO). Ms. Boyd brings a wealth of financial knowledge and proven managerial abilities as well as a thorough understanding of the Community Health Center system. Most recently, Ms. Boyd served as the Chief Financial Officer of Cabin Creek Health Systems, Inc.

In her current position, Ms. Boyd will be
 responsible for providing leadership and partnership to the chief executive officer in the administration and execution of the Association's strategic plan. This includes program oversight, resource development, member services, human resource functions, administration and operations. Her primary responsibilities also include providing financial leadership for the organization and to oversee, monitor and maintain the financial and accounting systems of the Association.

Previously, Ms. Boyd served as the Director of Operations and Director of Finance and Administration at the Charleston (WV) Housing Authority, where she developed and oversaw all operations for the organization, including finance, maintenance, modernization, administration, personnel, and information systems functions. 
Prior to her time with the Housing Authority, Ms. Boyd was the Financial Reporting Supervisor at GTE Spacenet, a Virginia-based satellite telecommunications company, which has an annual sales volume of more than $300 million.  Ms. Boyd has also worked as an accountant at Price Waterhouse, auditing clients from the manufacturing, financial, technology and nonprofit industries.
Ms. Boyd holds a B.S. in Accounting from West Virginia University. She has extensive experience in accounting management, financial reporting, internal and external auditing procedures, and project management. 
Outreach and Enrollment 5 Debrief a Success
The West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA) hosted this year's Outreach and Enrollment Debrief at the end of March. As part of this year's Debrief,  a Health Literacy Workshop was included. This programbrought together enrollment assisters and navigators to discuss the post-enrollment period following OE5 and make plans for the road ahead.

As part of the Debrief, Joylynn Fix, Policy and Rate Analyst Supervisor for West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner provided state updates. Jeremy Smith, Outreach Coordinator with First Choice Services provided information on the future of the Navigator grant program. 

Dr. Mary Emmett, Corporate Director for Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research and Nancy Daugherty, Executive Director for West Virginia Geriatric Education Center led the group in a Health Literacy workshop where participants discussed prevalence of health literacy, communication strategies, and skill building. 
The training provided CACs  with an understanding of the importance of Special Enrollment Outreach, as well increased knowledge of written and verbal communication needed for working with individuals of limited literacy.
The WVPCA would like to offer special thanks to our event sponsors, CareSource and Highmark West Virginia.
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New Oral Health Resource for Home Visiting Programs
The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) Early Childhood Oral Health Committee, Home Visiting Subcommittee recently released a new resource, Oral Health Educational Resources for Home Visitors and Families: Environmental Scan, 2018 Update. 

The environmental scan identifies oral health educational resources for home visitors and the families they serve. The environmental scan also addresses gaps in existing oral health resources and opportunities to promote oral health in home visiting programs.
To access the environmental scan, click here
Registration Now Open: American Heart Association "Using Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring to Diagnose and Manage High Blood Pressure" Webinar
The American Heart Association will be hosting the"Using Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring to Diagnose and Manage High Blood Pressure" webinar on April 26. During this one-hour webinar, clinicians will be educated on the appropriate use of Self-Measured Blood Pressure (SMBP) in practice. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the 2017 ACC/AHA Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults recommend the use of SMBP to confirm the diagnosis of hypertension when office blood pressures are elevated as well as manage patients with uncontrolled hypertension. This webinar will review techniques and protocols to help participants more effectively diagnose and manage patients with high blood pressure. This activity has been approved for 1 hour of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
This webinar is part of the American Heart Association's (AHA) Target: BP quality improvement program.   Target: BP is a nationwide collaborative initiative between the AHA and the American Medical Association (AMA) to help healthcare providers and patients achieve better blood pressure control. We are seeking West Virginia providers to join this free program. You can easily join by clicking on this link Target: BP   and providing some basic details about your organization.

Once you join, you will receive the latest hypertension research and news through the monthly emailed Target: BP newsletter.   The April webinar was announced in this month's edition.  
For questions or more information visit www.TargetBP.org or contact the AHA's West Virginia Health Strategies Coordinator Johnna S. Beane at Johnna.beane@heart.org.
Register Now! 2018 Immunization Summit
The Annual West Virginia Immunization Summit is scheduled for June 21-22 at the Charleston Civic Center, in partnership with the KidStrong Conference. The conference is an action-oriented event targeted toward public and private sector organizations with an interest in improving immunization rates in West Virginia. Various sessions at the Summit will be targeted toward healthcare and public health professionals, educators, students, business leaders, and others interested in reducing vaccine-preventable diseases in West Virginia

To register, click here
West Virginia Webinar and Training Opportunities 
Clinical Training Program for
 NEXPLANON® (etonogestrel implant) 68 mg Radiopaque
When May 4, 2018 | 9 AM 
Where: Stonewall Resort
WhatThis training is available only to US clinicians authorized to perform medical procedures as evidenced by a State
License number or a Medical Education (ME) number.

This session, which is sponsored by Merck, is not accredited for continuing education credit. The training is open only to MD/DO, NP, PA or CNMs and Residents authorized to perform the procedures entailed in the insertion and removal of NEXPLANON in the jurisdiction where they practice. 

or more information, please click  here

WVU Injury Control Research Center offers: Sleep & Suicide: Relationships & Opportunities for Intervention
When: Web-Based, no date attached
What: The WVU Injury Control Research Center is offering the next webinar in their ASYNCHRONOUS Webinar Series.

Dr. Wilfred R. Pigeon, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Sleep and Neurophysiology Research Lab at the University of Rochester Medical Center will present the 40-minute webinar. 

For more information, please click here.
Project ECHO Information and Updates
Project ECHO utilizes a hub and spoke knowledge sharing network that connects rural healthcare providers seeking advice on cases with experts in a specific disease state at West Virginia University. Sessions are held twice a month via videoconference and provide rural healthcare providers an opportunity to present cases and participate in didactics covering a variety of topics.

The WVPCA supports the use of videoconferencing to conduct virtual clinics with providers in rural areas.  These web-based interactive sessions, allow providers in rural areas to connect with peers from around the state and to learn from specialists at the academic medical centers. By providing this opportunity to connect with peers, it is our hope that providers feel less isolated and have greater confidence in caring for individuals with complicated health issues while practicing in very rural areas of the state. With academic specialty support from West Virginia University, health centers are able to care for patients with complex conditions such as Hepatitis-C, Chronic Lung Disease (CLD), Chronic Pain, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and Psychiatry. 

For the latest updates and information, please see the documents below. 
New Tool Maps Appalachia's Opioid Overdoses and Deaths with Socioeconomic Factors
The Appalachian Regional Commission recently distributed information about the Appalachian Overdose Mapping Tool, developed by NORC at the University of Chicago and released in conjunction with ARC. The tool illustrates the impact of the opioid epidemic in the Appalachian Region and its relation to socioeconomic factors such as unemployment, poverty, education, and disability. The tool enables users to map overdose hotspots and overlay them with data that provide additional county-level context to opioid addiction and death - including the strength and diversity of local economies, ethnicity, educational attainment, and disability status of residents. For example, in Central Appalachia, counties with the highest rates of overdose are often the same counties with the highest rates of people on disability. Additionally, those Central Appalachia counties with the highest overdose rates are often the same counties with the lowest rates of educational attainment. While Central Appalachia remains the most highly affected subregion of Appalachia, other subregions are experiencing increasing rates of overdose. In Northern and Southern Appalachia, the highest overdose rates are in urban counties. While the tool is currently focused on overdose deaths in Appalachia, it has broad implications for understanding the relationship between socioeconomic factors and overdose, as well as for other public health issues.
In August 2017, NORC's Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis produced a report for ARC titled Appalachian Diseases of Despair, which reveals the extent of mortality rates in Appalachia due to alcoholic liver disease, overdose, and suicide. The study found that in 2015, overdose-related mortality rates for Appalachia's 25-44-year-old age group-those in their prime working years-were more than 70 percent higher than for the same age group in the country's non-Appalachian areas.  

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FTCA University Training Scheduled for June 7-8 in Harrisburg, PA
HRSA, the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers and KEPRO are hosting a Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCCA) University on June 7-8 in Harrisburg, PA. 

Topics covered in the training include - but are not limited to - the following:
  • FTCA Basic Policy and Program Procedures
  • Opioid Epidemic: The Role of Primary Health Care and Health Centers
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • EHRs and eDiscovery
  • Risk Management: Foundations in Clinical Risk Management & Safety
  • Claims Management
Registration is $150 per person and CME credits will be available upon completion of the two-day training. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet to the training as educational materials will only be available electronically. 

Find the flyer here
DEA National Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 28
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. This year it is scheduled for Saturday, April 28 from 10 AM - 2 PM. Visit DEATakeBack.com for a collection site near you.

Find the flyer here
Webinar Opportunity: Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in Integrated Care Settings
SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions recently announced a new webinar opportunity, Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in Integrated Care Settings. Scheduled April 30 at 2:30 PM, this webinar addresses prevention strategies, universal education and direct inquiry techniques, and best practices approaches related to Intimate Partner Violence. 

About 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime. Among the victims of intimate partner violence, 1 in 3 women experienced multiple forms of rape, stalking, or physical violence and 9 in 10 of male victims experienced physical violence alone. 

This  Registration is free and available here.
Tobacco Cos. Settle Long-Running Health Warning Dispute
Law360, Washington (April 25, 2018, 3:27 PM EDT) -- Major tobacco companies and the federal government on Wednesday told a D.C. federal judge they have agreed on language for "corrective statements" on tobacco product websites and packaging, ordered more than a decade ago to remedy misleading statements by the companies.

The government and a group of tobacco companies, including Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds, plan to submit to the court proposed mock-ups for webpages and cigarette pack onserts and a consent decree for their release as early as Wednesday evening, nearly three years after a D.C. appeals panel ordered minor changes to language in the statements about the health effects of tobacco, Department of Justice Attorney Daniel K. Crane-Hirsch said at a status conference in D.C. federal court.

The statements were first ordered by a federal judge in 2006, and the case stretches back to 1999, when the government first initiated a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act action accusing the tobacco companies of deliberately misleading consumers about the dangers of tobacco products.

The original article ran in Law360 and is available here
Grant Funding Opportunity: Cultivating Healthy Communities  
The Rural Health Information Hub announced the Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant which provides funding to empower communities to lead healthier lives by increasing the opportunities to make healthy choices in the places where people live, learn, work, play, and pray. The foundation is seeking projects that benefit underserved, low-income, and minority communities in both rural and urban areas.

Any nonprofit, including federally recognized Indian tribes, in the continental United States is eligible to apply.

For more information, click 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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