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March 12, 2020
  WVPCA Weekly Outlook Newsletter
    A Newsletter on Community Centered Healthcare

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President suspends travel between U.S. and Europe for 30 days; offers financial assistance in battle with coronavirus
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W.Va. creates COVID-19 information hotline
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The WVPCA is working with Federal, State, and local health officials in emergency preparedness activities as well as disseminating appropriate 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.
Federal Agencies Crack Down on Fake Coronavirus Cures

The FDA and the Federal Trade Commission have sent warning letters to seven companies accused of selling unapproved products that claim to treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.  The companies advertise products such as teas, essential oils and colloidal silver, claiming they can treat or prevent the coronavirus. The FDA said there are currently no approved vaccines or drugs able to treat or prevent the virus. 
"There already is a high level of anxiety over the potential spread of coronavirus. What we don't need in this situation are companies preying on consumers by promoting products with fraudulent prevention and treatment claims," said FTC Chairman Joe Simons.

The agencies said the warning letters are just the first step and that they are prepared to take enforcement actions against companies that continue to market false products, which they called a threat to public health.    The letters tell the companies to immediately stop making claims their products can cure or treat the coronavirus and that if they do not, the FTC may seek go to federal court to stop the marketing and get money refunded to consumers.   The recipients have to respond within 48 hours, detailing specific actions they have taken to address the agencies' concerns. 

Read the full news release   here.
Ending the HIV Epidemic Bootcamp for Health Centers 

The West Virginia Primary Care Association, the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers,  and the MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center have created a six-part, 12:00 pm Wednesday webinar series  in April for Community Health Centers.

Health centers have an integral role in the national Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative. Participants will learn more about:
  • HIV Routine Testing; Implementation of Routine Testing
  • Importance of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • How to Access Funding for PrEP
The webinars will be an hour in length and will include Q&A as well as audience interaction via polling. Learn more and register here .  Continuing education credits will be provided.
DXC - West Virginia Medicaid Enrollment/Billing Training

The WVPCA has been working with DXC/Medicaid to identify improvements needed for health center provider enrollment processing.  A first step is to provide training to ensure everyone involved in the process has accurate and timely information.  With this in mind, please join the WVPCA and DXC/WV Medicaid for a webinar to discuss the portal application, provider enrollment, maintenance, and more. 

Upon Conclusion of this session, participants will gain an understanding of:
  • Registering for a portal account (portal application)
  • Types of enrollment
  • Actions available
  • Description of actions
  • Difference in full maintenance and limited maintenance
  • Provider type/Specialty type
  • Limited maintenance history
  • DXC contact information
Target Audience: CEO, CFO, COO, Billing Managers and staff.

Information and registration can be found  here.

Registration closes on March 23 at 12:00 PM EST.

Please join the WVPCA and Nell Stuart, MS, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator as we review and discuss the latest evidence based guidelines for the medical management of Type II Diabetes.  Nell Stuart will also discuss the role of injectable medications to treat diabetes and how using them sooner can reduce A1c.  Nell will be available to answer your diabetes-related medication questions as well.  1 Nursing CE will be available (pending)

Target Audience:  Physicians, PA-C, NPs, and Nurses.

Outcomes:  ADA Guidelines for management, AADE Guidelines for management, Statistics of guidelines NOT be met, Brainstorm Solutions.

Registration closes March 18 at noon.

For detailed information and registration click here.
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Advocacy In Action!

WV Senate Bill 648, providing dental coverage for 300,000+ Medicaid-enrolled adults, has just been completed by the WV Legislature.  This bill will improve the health outcomes of many West Virginians and puts WV in line with 35 other states that already offer benefits! SB 648 provides West Virginia Medicaid dental coverage for adults, including preventive and restorative services, up to a $1,000 cap per member per year.  This was truly a collaborative effort, and every phone call, email, and legislative contact made a difference! 

This is a huge oral health victory for West Virginia!

You can check out the bill here.
Again, thank you for your support of this important legislation . . .truly demonstrating our commitment to One Vision. One Mission. One Voice !
The West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources and West Virginia University's Office of Health Affairs invites you to a COMMUNITY MEETING for people and families affected by Substance Use Disorder or Mental Health Issues.

They will discuss any problems, issues, or gaps you or your loved ones have experienced with receiving mental health or substance use disorder care in the state of West Virginia.
The purpose of this meeting is to learn about what's working or not working in West Virginia's behavioral health care system. The information you provide will help improve services that are offered. We want your voice to be heard.
 Wednesday March 18, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Beckley Raleigh County Convention Center
200 Armory Drive, Beckley, WV 25801 
There will be a total of 6 community regional meetings. Stay tuned for additional meeting dates and locations!
Registration is preferred, but not required. Light refreshments will be served. If you require special accommodations, please contact Jenny Lancaster at jenny@helpandhopewv.org.
Click here to register for the Beckley Community Meeting.
Please join us at the 2020 Spring Provider Workshops so you and your staff will be aware of upcoming developments which may impact your practice/organization. The West Virginia Bureau for Medical Services (BMS), the West Virginia Children's Health Insurance Program (WVCHIP), and DXC Technology will be conducting eight workshops throughout the state from March 30 through April 9, 2020. 
The agenda items will impact a wide variety of providers and topics.  Please take a moment to register for the workshop of your choice.   Please register here or email one of our Provider Field Representatives at WVProviderFieldRepresentative@molinahealthcare.com.    

Our Community Together:  A Collective Impact on HIV in West Virginia.   This conference is intended to address medical and first responder issues surrounding the recent HIV outbreaks that are currently impacting our residents and ourselves.  This can't miss event is offered at no cost and is being held on March 26, 2020 at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel and offers medical educational credits.  For additional information and registration information click here.
Attendees will be provided the most recent information regarding HIV prevention to include impact of stigma, PrEP and NPEP, HIV case finding in the primary care setting and prevention in the setting of commercial sex work.  This conference will also address burnout and mental health among first responders.  
March 26, 2020
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Huntington, WV
Click here to register.

Seating is limited and registration must be completed by March 23rd.  

Evidence of NCQA PCMH Effectiveness

The latest research on the Patient-Centered Medical Home and its impact on quality, cost and patient experience.
Patient-Centered Medical Homes are driving some of the most important reforms in healthcare delivery today. A growing body of scientific evidence shows that PCMHs are saving money by reducing hospital and emergency department visits, mitigating health disparities, and improving patient outcomes. The evidence we present here outlines how the medical home inspires quality in care, cultivates more engaging patient relationships, and captures savings through expanded access and delivery options that align patient preferences with payer and provider capabilities. This report will be updated as new evidence of PCMH implementation is released.
Download the Evidence Report here.  

If you have any PCMH questions, please contact Shannon Parker at shannon.parker@wvpca.org  or Emma White at  emma.white@wvpca.org.
 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.
During this 2 ½-day training, we are offering two classes: Introduction to PCMH 2017: Foundational Concepts of the Medical Home (1½ days) and Advanced PCMH 2017: Mastering the Medical Home Transformation (1 day). Both these classes are an essential component to understanding all the components of the new PCMH 2017 standards and earning the official NCQA PCMH "Certified Content Expert" designation. For those who do not intend to pursue certification, the training is extremely valuable for implementing PCMH, earning PCMH 2017 recognition and sustaining PCMH status through annual reporting.  
This training is being offered to WVPCA, DCPCA, MACHC and at a  greatly-reduced cost of only  $200 per person. For comparison, similar trainings administered by other entities normally costs almost $2,000. We recommend you send 1-3 key people from your health center to the training. Breakfast, lunch, and continuing education are included as part of the registration fee.
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.
WVPCA members please use the coupon code: WVPCA2020
We ask that all WVPCA members register before Thursday April 30th 2020, as we want to ensure that all PCA members are registered before we share this training invitation to non-members.
Additional details on registration:  
  • If staying overnight, the Kellogg Conference Hotel will be offering a special rate of $139  for registrants. In order to obtain the special $139 discounted rate, you will need to call the Kellogg Conference Hotel directly at  (202) 651-6000 and request the rate using DCPCA as a group code. Overnight parking will be available for $40 a night and daily parking will be free for all attendees.
  • Two weeks before the training you will receive a welcome email from NCQA with instructions on how to complete NCQA's portion of your registration for the training. This message will contain links and information directing you to register with NCQA's system in order to receive the training's e-materials, evaluation and certificate distributions. COMPLETE your registration for the training by following the links to NCQA's website and register in their system. There are no additional fees associated with registering on NCQA's system. They will only use the information to manage the training's e-materials, evaluation and certificate distributions.
  • Several weeks before your training date, NCQA will send out a welcome email that contains all PowerPoint presentations from both training which include the 2017 standard for this training. It is the responsibility of each register to download and/or print out these materials prior to the training. No training materials will be made available during these trainings.
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NACHC announced the cancellation of 2020 Policy and Issues forum.  After a thorough examination of the widespread health risks posed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to the American public, the NACHC 2020 Policy & Issues (P&I) Forum in Washington, D.C. has been cancelled.

If you have additional questions, please email conferences@nachc.org.

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The host is the MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Centers: WV Regional Partner. This conference intends to inform medical providers of vulnerable counties in West Virginia regarding the rapid transmission of HIV and other infectious diseases, importance of identifying people with HIV, discussions of the AIDS Crisis of the past and Intimate Partner Violence. Also, included will be faculty discussing issues surrounding the opioid epidemic. 

The yearly goals of this conference are to enhance health care providers' knowledge base regarding the provision of health care for those with HIV and to augment improved patient outcomes for the HIV positive individual.
Target Audience: Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, advance practice nurses, social work and ancillary team members.

Friday, April 24, 2020
Stonewall Conference Center
940 Resort Drive, Roanoke, WV 
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM ET

West Virginia Cancer Resource Survivorship Summit

The West Virginia Survivorship Resource Summit sponsored by the American Cancer Society through a grant from the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health/Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease/Comprehensive Cancer Control Program has announced registration is now open.  The goal of the Summit is to share the National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center survivorship guidelines toolkit and to describe aspects of clinical care for the post-treatment cancer survivor in both the cancer setting and primary care.

March 20, 2020
Event Registration-8:00 am - 8:25 am
Program - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Breakfast (light) and 
lunch will be provided.

Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate, all donations will be made to a WV Food Bank.

Peer recovery is an individualized journey that offers a unique perspective and understanding of the difficulties associated with substance use disorder and its impact. Peer Recovery Support Specialists (PRSS) are an essential component to the Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Continuum of Care.
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Behavioral Health is hosting quarterly regional PRSS trainings to provide educational opportunities on important issues pertaining to addiction and recovery. 
No charge to attend, but space is limited so register early!
Topics: Peer Ethics, Anti-Stigma Among Peers, and Compassion Fatigue

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 
 Raleigh County (Beckley)
Beckley Raleigh County 
Convention Center
200 Armory Dr., Beckley, WV 25801
Registration begins at 12:00 pm
Sessions from 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 
Randolph County (Elkins)
The Robert C. Byrd Center for Hospitality & Tourism  (Conference Room B)
Davis & Elkins College
100 Campus Drive, Elkins, WV. 26241
Registration begins at 12:00 pm
Sessions from 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 
 Wood County (Parkersburg)
WVU Parkersburg - Multipurpose Room 1536
300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg WV, 26104
Registration begins at 12:00 pm
Sessions from 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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WVPCA in partnership with Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease is excited to bring a grant opportunity to School-Based Health Centers once again, to improve the health of students while decreasing the risk of obesity and diabetes. School-Based Health Centers, in collaboration with their school are encouraged to implement the Rethink Your Drink (RYD) campaign prior to the end of this school year. 

This grant will provide approximately $2000 for each SBH site to engage students in improving their health through the RYD. A health center can adopt an RYD plan for implementation at multiple sites with funding being provided accordingly (each SBHC site receiving $2000). Community Health Centers that received funding in the Fall 2019 are eligible for more funding for other School-Based Health sites.   

For grant requirements and application, please contact John Kennedy at john.kennedy@wvpca.org     

Deadline for applications is March 20, 2020.
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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.
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.

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
Warne Dawkins, MBA | Health Data Analyst
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.