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April 17, 2020
  WVPCA Weekly Outlook Newsletter
    A Newsletter on Community Centered Healthcare

Furor erupts: Billions going to hospitals based on Medicare billings, not Covid-19
HHS confirmed Friday it would give hospitals and doctors money according to their historical share of revenue from the Medicare program for seniors - not according to their coronavirus burden. 
Read the entire article from MedCity News  here.

As COVID-19 raises fears, scammers look for easy prey, WV officials warn         
Read the entire article from  WVNews  here.

Read the entire article from WV News   here

Coronavirus can live in your body for up to 37 days, according to new study
Read the entire article from the CBSNews  here.

Gottlieb, Mostashari propose national COVID-19 surveillance system
Read the entire article from FierceHealthcare   here. 
Managing Asthma During COVID-19 

Everyone, especially those who are at an increased risk for complications, needs to take steps to prepare and protect themselves from COVID-19.   People with asthma fall into that higher risk category. Read more here.
HRSA COVID-19 Resources
NHSC Loan Repayment Programs Application Deadline Extended & New Employment Start Date Flexibility

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) understands the COVID-19 outbreak has a direct impact on clinicians and sites; therefore, the NHSC Loan Repayment Programs application deadline has been extended to  Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Additionally, NHSC recognizes there may be barriers to meeting some of the application requirements for employment and has extended the employment start date from July 18, 2020 to September 1, 2020; you must begin working at your site by that date.

Application Help
NHSC Loan Repayment Programs Application Online Q & A Sessions
April 16 & 21 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
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M-F , 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET (except federal holidays)

 This upcoming session of HRSA's Telehealth Learning Series will cover:
  • Current telehealth policies under COVID-19.
  • Successful telehealth approaches/models to address the unique challenges in health care delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g. virtual screenings and consultations, remote patient monitoring, tele-emergency, tele-ICU).
  • Technical resources to assist in the development and expansion of telehealth programs.
Monday, April 20 |  2:30-4:00 p.m. ET
CMS Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Outpatient Settings: FAQs and Considerations 
CMS shares regulations and guidance to support health centers taking appropriate action to address potential and confirmed COVID-19 cases. This guidance discusses recommendations to mitigate transmission including screening, restricting visitors, cleaning and disinfection, and possible closures. Supply scarcity guidance and FDA recommendations are also included within the memo.
Technical Assistance for COVID-19 and CARES Supplemental Funding for Health Centers

Last week, HHS awarded more than $1.3 billion to health centers . This is in addition to the $100 million HHS awarded to health centers on Tuesday, March 24.

To better meet your needs, HRSA will answer questions about both coronavirus-related supplements in several upcoming question and answer (Q&A) sessions. These sessions will support health centers in developing their COVID-19 and CARES activities and budgets. Additional technical assistance (TA) is available on the FY 2020 CARES Supplemental Funding for Health Centers TA webpage and the FY 2020 COVID-19 Supplemental Funding for Health Centers TA webpage.

The COVID-19 (H8C) and CARES (H8D) awards are separate grants from the H80 operational award. This webpage describes how award recipients can add the H8C and H8D grant folder to their HRSA Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) portfolio.

COVID-19/CARES Supplemental Funding for Health Centers Q&A Session

Wednesday, April 22 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Join the webcast the day of the session: Call-in: 888-790-3515 Passcode: 5509950

CARES Supplemental Funding for Health Centers Q&A Session

Monday, April 27 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Join the webcast the day of the session: Call-in: 888-469-2076 Passcode: 6250835

USDA Announces Second Application Window for Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program Funding

The USDA Rural Development announced a second application window for funding under the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program due to the current public health emergency. This program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. Eligible applicants include most entities that provide education or health care through telecommunications. Apply by Monday, July 13.

As you know, information on coronavirus is changing daily.  The WVPCA is working with Federal, State, and local health officials in emergency preparedness activities as well as disseminating appropriate and current information to our Community Health Centers.  This includes up-to-date resources and policies to ensure the continued health and safety of the communities we serve.  

Guidance and resource information can be found on the WVPCA website here and coronavirus.gov.
 Announcing 2017 Standards Training 
The West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA), the District of Columbia Primary Care Association (DCPCA), and the Mid-Atlantic Community Health Centers (MACHC) and are excited to provide our members with the National Committee on Quality Assurance's (NCQA)  Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) 2017 Standards Training Tuesday, July 14 - Thursday, July 16, 2020 . The training will be conducted in-person by NCQA's own expert staff members. Our PCAs have worked collaboratively to bring this special training opportunity to our members.
Please see the "HRSA-Supported NCQA PCMH Training Fact Sheet" for additional information about this training such as training description, agenda, Continuing Education Credit, and benefits of PCMH.  Additional information can be found at the WVPCA website here.
Important Changes to NCQA's Recognition Process in Response to COVID-19 Crisis

NCQA would like to express their support of everyone affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, especially the care teams who are on the front lines.
They recognize that patients are your priority during this time and that you might need to temporarily pause certain activities associated with your work as a Certified Content Expert (CCE). Although the situation is still evolving, NCQA is extending the March, June and September 2020 certification renewal terms into the fall.  
  • All CCEs with March 2020 certification end dates, regardless of their current status, will be given a new temporary end date of October 31, 2020.
  • All CCEs with June 2020 certification end dates will be given a new temporary end date of November 30, 2020.
  • All CCEs with September 2020 certification end dates will be given a new temporary end date of November 30, 2020. 
During this extension, affected CCEs will maintain active status with all access and benefits associated with certification.
If you are a CCE with an end date that falls within the affected period, your new certification renewal window will open ninety days prior to the temporary end date. Once you are within the renewal window and have met the MOC requirements, the My CEC Certification Renewal window will allow you to renew certification. Upon initial renewal, the system will assign you a certification end date of December 31, 2022. After renewal, they will adjust your end date back to align with your original renewal cycle.
NCQA will notify you when your certification end date has been updated, so you can download your new PCMH Content Expert Certification certificate from My CEC with your correct start and end dates.
Please see NCQA's coronavirus response page to learn how changes to their Recognition process in response to the COVID-19 crisis could affect your NCQA Recognition activities.
If you have any questions or if you would like to renew your certification before the new adjust renewal window, please contact them through  My NCQA  so they can adjust your account.

How You(th) Are the Key to Tackling
 the Stigma on Mental Health

The stigma on mental health, specifically within a school setting, aids in the already challenging task of treating common mental health needs among adolescents. Led by the School-Based Health Alliance's Youth Advisory Council (YAC), this webinar will provide youth testimonials on SBHC work within this vital treatment area; tools and resources to aid in the development of language and programming to combat the stigma; and discuss how SBHCs are the ideal location for staff and youth to collaboratively address the stigma-leading to greater success in school and in life. 
How You(th) Are the Key to Tackling the Stigma on Mental Health
Hosted by the School-Based Health Alliance, a HRSA-funded NCA
Friday, May 1 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
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WVCTSI announces COVID-19 funding opportunity 

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute has released a request for applications (RFA) for research projects related to enhancing understanding of this public health crisis.
The Pop-Up COVID-19 funding opportunity will provide up to $30,000 for projects that show significant scientific merit and will enhance the understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding received must be utilized within a 12-month project period. Detailed instructions, eligibility information, and a complete RFA can be found on the Pop-Up COVID-19 funding opportunity webpage.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 21, 2020. Questions related to this funding opportunity should be directed to Camille Charlier, MS, WVCTSI pilot grant program coordinator, at ccharlie@hsc.wvu.edu.
WV Project ECHO beginning weekly sessions on COVID-19 pandemic

WVCTSI's WV Project ECHO will be hosting weekly sessions in April devoted to combating the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These remote sessions will allow healthcare providers from across the state to ask patient questions and learn best practices from a panel of expert hub members. Sessions will take place from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. every Thursday in April. 
Interested participants can email Jay Mason , assistant director of WV Project ECHO, at  jdmason@hsc.wvu.edu with any questions. 

Cases can be submitted online here.
(This session is temporarily replacing the Chronic Pain and HCV/HIV sessions normally held on Thursdays, so please disregard any information about chronic pain on submission form.)
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Congress Begins Discussions on 4th Stimulus Plan, Additional Funding for Paycheck Protection Program

As Members of Congress continue to work through negotiations on the next phase of their COVID-19 response, Congressional leadership is identifying priorities for future packages. Senate Majority Leader McConnell  announced on Tuesday that the Senate plans to consider additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program later this week.  The Senate reconvened on Thursday, April 9, to discuss additional assistance for small businesses but further action stalled.

On a recent press call, Speaker Pelosi mentioned plans to set aside $10 billion for Community Health Center FQHC funding in the fourth major COVID-19 package, expected to be passed when Congress returns from recess later this month.  Click here to see an outline of the proposed "Phase 4" response.
Deadline Extensions

Applications for medical malpractice coverage under the FTCA  are open in EHBs. We've extended the completion deadline to Monday, July 13.

HRSA guidance for both new applications (deeming) and renewal of existing coverage (redeeming) for health center staff is available in Program Assistance Letter (PAL) 2020-02

Details about coverage for health center volunteer health professionals are available in PAL 2020-03. The HRSA website has more details about the application process, including a recorded TA webinar.

Empowerment and Self-Management of Diabetes: The Role of Pharmacists in Diabetes Care

The National Center for Health in Public Housing, a HRSA-funded NCA, presents a learning collaborative for pharmacists. It will equip them with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to provide effective, evidence-based diabetes care in Health Center settings. Learn more or register now.

Budget Period 
Progress Reports

In order to provide flexibility as health centers focus on the COVID-19 crisis, HRSA is extending the deadline of the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Budget Period Progress Report (BPR) non-competing continuation for award recipients with a September 1, 2020, budget period start date (5-H80-20-007). 

Submissions are now due in EHBs by 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, May 1. TA materials are available on the BPR TA webpage


Apply Now to the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program

Medical and dental school students, do you want to provide care where you're needed most? We will support you by paying your tuition, fees, and other educational costs and by providing you a living stipend. 

In exchange, you agree to serve at least two years at National Health Service Corps-approved sites in underserved rural, urban, and tribal communities.  Applications are now due Friday, May 15. Learn more .
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Join the HITEQ Center, in collaboration with the National Council for Behavioral Health, for a webinar on understanding from a beginner perspective, how to integrate HIV prevention, screening into integrated behavioral health services, including how to identify patients at risk for HIV with a focus on SUD, facilitate screening, and prompting for rescreening at appropriate intervals.

Useful for: C-suite staff, information technology (IT) leadership and staff, and clinical staff

Thursday, April 23, 2020
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM ET

Many upcoming  trainings and events  have been canceled 
or postponed due  to the COVID-19 emergency.  It is best  to call 
ahead or check  with the organizer's websites and contacts to verify the status  of ALL events
 and trainings

Join this webinar to learn more about how your telehealth and remote communication can be a long tern solution to maximizing your impact on the Quadruple Aim.  

Virtual Communication involves using a communication tool to allow proactive communication to go out to your patients with specific messages to positively impact staff and patient safety and outcomes!

This webinar will focus on how to make telehealth and other virtual communication service lines sustainable post COVID.

Sustaining Telehealth and Virtual Communication Post COVID-19
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 |3:00 PM ET

Funding and Financial Resources
Capital Link COVID-19 Funding & Financing Resources

Capital Link has added a COVID-19 Resources page to their website with a collection of organizations and lenders that are providing funding for health centers in immediate need of financial assistance. Their upcoming webinars and learning collaborative sessions  that are scheduled over the next few weeks will include information that is tailored to the current circumstances health centers are currently experiencing in this pandemic, in-line with resources and guidance from NACHC and HRSA. 
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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 and via email at justin.harrison@jacksonkelly.com.
Risk Management Manual for Health Centers Now Available!
The Risk Management Manual for Health Centers is now available on the ECRI Institute Clinical Risk Management Program website! Designed to support a proactive approach to risk management at health centers and free clinics, the Manual provides background, tips, and how-tos in a manageable format.

Specific areas that are covered include:

Risk Management Programs & Plans
Claims and Lawsuits
Role of the Risk Manager
Patient Grievances and Complaints
Communication with Patients
Credentialing and Privileging
Communication among Providers, Staff, and Community Partners
Tracking Systems for Diagnostic Tests, Referrals, and Hospitalizations

View an archived webinar that provides a guided tour of the Manual and key features. For access to the ECRI Institute Clinical Risk Management Program website or any other questions, email clinical_rm_program@ecri.org.
COVID-19 Resources for Health Centers
ECRI Institute 
Federally qualified health centers and free clinics are on the front line in testing and treating patients who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Use these resources to keep your staff and patients safe:
In addition, ECRI's COVID-19 Resource Center includes free resources addressing the provision of clinical care and managing the supply chain. Updated several times per week, highlights include:
Additional guidance is available directly from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), including:

Sherri Ferrell, MBA | Chief Executive Officer
Debra Boyd | Chief Financial/Chief Operations Officer
Staci Arnold, MBA | Data Service & Integration Specialist
Jennifer Boyd, PA-C, PCMH-CCE | Clinical Consultant
John Kennedy, MA | School-Based Health/Behavioral Health Coordinator
Pam Moore | Member Relations Coordinator
Shannon Parker, MBA, PCMH-CCE | Director of Health Center Operations
Amanda West | Staff Accountant
Emma White, RN | Clinical Quality Improvement Coordinator 
Paula Beasley | Education and Communications Coordinator 
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This project is/was supported partially/fully by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U58CS06834 State and Regional Primary Care Associations. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.