January 8, 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.


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 State  News


West Virginia fire chief shares approach to opioid epidemic that's having a big impact
Read the entire article from CBS News here

Cabell County sees 40 percent drop in overdoses
Read the entire article from the Herald-Dispatch here

WVU professor completes study on telemedicine
Read the entire article from the  Herald-Dispatch here
Welcome to New CHC CEOs
Rebecca Thomas Named New CEO of Clay-Battelle Health Services Association 

Rebecca (Becky) Thomas, BSDH, is the new CEO of Clay-Battelle Health Services Association (CBHSA), effective January 1, 2019.  Originally from western Monongalia County, Becky joined the staff 16 years ago, and has served CBHSA in a variety of capacities.  She most recently served as Compliance Officer.  A tireless worker who knows the community well, she will continue the vision for quality, comprehensive health care that originated with Joe Tuttle into the next phase.  She can be reached at rebecca.thomas@cbhealthwv.org or (304)432-8211.
Melissa Walls Named New CEO of E.A. Hawse Health Center

Melissa Walls came to Hawse Health Center from south central Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, she helped build up outpatient practices and moved them into the Community health center arena. Her past experiences include dental clinics, behavioral health and vision. She has nearly two decades of health center experience and began her career in case management and moved through the ranks from that point until she went into administration.  Melissa does consulting and grant writing as well as managing health centers.

Melissa is an Ohio Native and graduated from Ohio University. She has two grown children and four grandchildren. Melissa moved to the Baker, West Virginia area in early December.
She can be contacted at E. A. Hawse 304-897-5915.  Her email is: mwalls@hawsehealth.com
Jason Whipkey Named New CEO of Mountaineer Community Health Center

Jason Whipkey began his career within the FQHC system in August, 2013, for Clay-Battelle Health Services Association where he was the first Certified Application Counselor on staff. Over the following years, Jason's role in the organization expanded. In 2014, he became the organization's Chief Information Officer, and later became very involved in billing. Jason extended his knowledge of IT to Mountaineer Community Health Center as well and in January, 2018, became the CIO, lending not only IT knowledge but also billing experience to the staff of four.  He was selected as the incoming part-time CEO in November, 2018, effective January 1, 2019. Prior to his joining an FQHC, Jason worked as a financial advisor, trained and managed banking customer service representatives, and spent time as a pharmacy technician. Jason is active with local Cub Scouts and serves on his local school board. He looks forward to his next chapter, leading Mountaineer Community Health Center

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 provided at no cost to Community Health Center employees.
This webinar is scheduled for January 29, 2019 at noon. 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.
WVPCA to Offer New Webinar Series - Registration Open NOW for 42CFR Part 2 
Please join the WVPCA and Dianne Pledgie, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP, for a 3-part webinar series discussing 42CFR - Part 2.
This webinar series is scheduled for January 15, 2019 - 1:00 pm-2:00 pm, January 17,2019  - 1:00 pm-2:00 pm, and February 1 , 2019 - 1:00 pm-2:30 pm.  Registration is available here.  This webinar series is intended for Community Health Center (CHC) staff involved in medical records management, including, but not limited to: CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CIOs, CMOs, Behavioral Health and Quality Improvement.  This educational series is intended only for Community Health Center staff.
Please note - There is only a one-time $75 registration for the series of 3 webinars.  To ensure future access to the archived recording(s) and material(s), please assign someone to represent your health center as the recording(s) will only be available to those who participate on the call due to contractual obligation.
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.
Final Weekly Enrollment Snapshot
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final snapshot for the Federal Health Insurance Exchange 2019 Open Enrollment Period, noting more than 8.4 million consumers enrolled as compared to the 8.7 million who enrolled at the same time last year. 

This year, 22,599 West Virginians selected a plan. 

 To read the entire snapshot provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) click here

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 Bureau of Behavioral Health is pleased to sponsor a live webinar with Dr. Terry Horton from Christiana Hospital Systems of Delaware.  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.  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.  Please mark your calendars!! Log in information for this webinar will be available next week. 
"When someone raises their hand for help it is a fleeting moment and you have to be there to grab that hand. Because if you're not, it's gone."
  • Terry Horton, MD
For more information on Dr. Horton, click here.  
Volunteers Needed to Support BPH Hepatitis A Vaccination Clinics
The Bureau for Public Health is seeking medical volunteers to administer Hepatitis A vaccine at several clinics that will be conducted throughout the state in response to Hepatitis A outbreak. They are particularly in need of health care professionals to administer Hepatitis A vaccine at the Charleston Treatment Center on 1/11/2019. Specific information about the clinic dates, locations, and times, along with information on how to sign up and volunteer at the clinics are included in the attached letter
National NewsNational
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

Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health Webinar
When - January 10 | 12:00-12:30 PM EST
What - NIDCR will host a webinar to update the public on the status of the new Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health and to request public input to help guide development of the report.  
Written comments on the upcoming Surgeon General's Report must be received on or before January 25, 2019.
  • Email: NIDCR-SGROH@nidcr.nih.gov
  • Mail: Ms. Michelle Pitt  | NIH/NIDCR, 31 Center Drive | Room 5B55  | Bethesda, MD 20892
RegistrationThe webinar is free and open to the public; no registration is required.  A link will be provided here:  https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/news-events/webinar-surgeon-general-report-oral-health  . The webinar will also be recorded and archived for future viewing. 

Using Health IT to Facilitate SBIRT Service Delivery in Health Centers
When - January 17 | 3:00 -4:00 PM
What - To promote continuous quality improvement in SBIRT implementation, the Health Information Technology, Evaluation, and Quality Center (HITEQ), a HRSA-funded National Cooperative Agreement (NCA), will host a webinar on promising practices for the use of health IT to facilitate SBIRT workflow integration. It will also feature the experiences and practices of health centers that are currently using health IT to facilitate SBIRT service delivery.
For questions, please contact 
RegistrationRegistration 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
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.  

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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