March 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
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Charleston, WV 25314-1518
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Officials hope Medicaid funding will increase treatment options for opioid addicted newborns
Read the entire article, originally from 
the Exponent Telegram  here
It's time we address the elephant in the room at every health care conference 
Read the entire article, originally from CNBC 

Insurers are getting into health care, but is it good for you? 
Read the entire article, originally from Time  
Congratulations to WV CHCs for Being Named Quality Leaders
Health Centers are currently receiving certificates for their Health Center Quality Improvement FY 2017 Grant Awards, therefore we felt this information was worth sharing again.

The West Virginia Primary Care Association would like to again congratulate all Community Health Centers receiving Quality Awards from the Department of Health & Human Services!
West Virginia's Community Health Centers saw a huge success rate for Quality Leadership Awards, with all of the CHCs receiving at least one award! . Awards were given in the categories of EHR Reporter, Clinical Quality Improver, Health Center Quality Leader, National Quality Leader, Access Enhancers, High Value Health Centers, PCMH Recognition and Addressing Health Disparities.

WV health centers demonstrated quality improvement in 5 of the 8 quality improvement award categories between 2016 and 2017, resulting in an additional $256,988 in grant awards. 27 health centers received awards in one or more of the following categories:
  • EHR Reporting - 17 awards
  •  Clinical Quality Improvement - 27 awards
  • Health Center Quality Leader - 7 awards
  • National Quality Leader - 1 award
  •  Access Enhancer - 12 awards
  • PCMH Recognition - 20 awards
  • Addressing Health Disparities - 5 awards
For a list of West Virginia awardees, click here.
Register Now Open: Open Enrollment 5 Debrief
Join the West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA) as we host an open enrollment 5 (OE5)debrief and Health Literacy Workshop. The meeting will provide an opportunity for CACs and Navigators to discuss the post enrollment period following OE5, share success stories and discuss strategies for Special Enrollment. Participants will discuss what steps can be taken to capture the remaining uninsured population within the state and what open enrollment may look like in 2018.

CACs and Navigators have shared stories about communication challenges when working with individuals. These challenges often resulted from limited literacy capabilities of the individuals. The WVPCA has partnered with Mary Emmett, Ph.D. and Nancy Daugherty to provide CACs and Navigators with strategies to identify communication barriers and techniques to overcome them. Armed with new skills, CACs and Navigators will be more prepared to provide guidance to individuals during the 2018 open enrollment period and throughout the year when working with patients with low literacy skills.

For more information, and to register, click here.
Register Today: A Framework for Understanding Economic Diversity: Improving SBH 
The West Virginia Primary Care Association is offering a one-hour webinar, A Framework for Understanding Economic Diversity: Improving SBH on March 20. The presentation will begin at noon with speaker Idress Gooden, WV Adolescent Health Coordinator. The webinar will discuss how poverty impacts the ability to provide care in school-based health centers and offer ways to improve student wellness.  

For more information, and to register, click here
State NewsStateNews
Apply Now to Become a Presenter at the WV Rural Health Conference 
The WV Rural Health Conference is currently requesting presentations for their upcoming conference.  The conference theme is, "Revitalizing our Rural Communities for a Health West Virginia," and includes the following tracks:  Leadership/Policy, Clinical and Future of Health Care/Innovation.  This year's conference will be held October 17-19, 2018, at Pipestem State Park Resort. 
If you are interested in submitting a keynote presentation, or if there are any questions about the conference, contact WVRHA Executive Director Debrin Jenkins at

Please click here to review the RFP for the conference. 
WVU Offering a Certified Tobacco Treatment Training Program | May 18 & 19 and June 1 & 2
The West Virginia University (WVU) School of Dentistry, in cooperation with the Office of Inter-professional Education presents "A Certified Tobacco Treatment Training Program (CTTTP)". The four-day course will run May 18-19 and June 1-2, 2018 at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center in Morgantown. 

Professionals in the fields of medicine, dentistry, social work, pharmacy, nursing and public health will present evidence-based strategies to assist patients and clients interested in tobacco cessation. 

The training is recommended for physicians, physician assistants, dentists, dental hygienists, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, physical therapists and other health care providers who encounter tobacco using patients/clients. 

View the flyer here for additional information and continuing education credit information. Registration is available here
National NewsNationalNews
National Health Service Corps Accepting Applications for Loan Repayment
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) seeks clincians who demonstrate an interest in serving the nation's medically underserved populations and remaining in Health Professional Shortage Area beyond their service commitment. The deadline for applications is April 23, 2018. The 2018 Application and Program Guidance has the detailed information to apply, including eligibility requirements, site information, documentation, and service requirements. Please read carefully before you start your Loan Repayment Program application. Approved sites are located across the U.S., in both urban and rural areas. Visit the WVPCA careers page and Health Workforce Connector to find jobs and explore information about employers. 
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month - Rural Disparity 
According to a CDC study published this summer, the incidence rates for cancer of the colon and rectum and lung cancer, which were already higher in non-metropolitan counties, decreased more slowly than in metropolitan counties, increasing existing disparities in rural America.  Rural counties experienced higher death rates than all other counties for cancers of the lung, colon and rectum, prostate, and cervix. Colorectal cancer remains the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States, when men and women are combined. Here is a communication resource published by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable that includes templates, tools, and customized resources to help educate, empower, and mobilize patients who should be screened: 80% by 2018 Communications Guidebook: Recommended Messaging to Reach the Unscreened .
USPSTF Recommends Behavioral Intervention for Obese Adults
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued a draft recommendation advising that clinicians refer patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m 2 or higher to a multicomponent behavioral program for weight management. The recommendation reaffirms the task force's 2012 final recommendation. Interventions that combined multiple activities and included group sessions were found most effective. A Feb. 21, 2018, AAFP news article recommends against using pharmacotherapy or bariatric surgery in all but the most severe cases.
Diagnostic Errors Top ECRI Institute's Patient Safety Concerns for 2018
The ECRI Institute's 2018 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations is currently available and can aid healthcare organizations in identifying prioities and creating corrective action plans. The ECRI Institute is providing open access to the Executive Brief which can be downloaded here
New Safety Net Dental Clinic Manual Released 
The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) has released the 2nd edition of their  Safety Net Dental Clinic Manual This manual, developed by a team of experts , is designed to help safety net dental clinic directors, administrators, and others address a wide range of issues related to clinic development and operations and is divided into six units that be read in succession or as stand-alone units. The units consist of:
  • Unit 1: Essential Elements
  • Unit 2: Facilities and Staffing
  • Unit 3: Finances
  • Unit 4: Administrative Operations
  • Unit 5: Quality Management
  • Unit 6: Clinical Operations
The manual includes supply lists, floor plans, photographs, budget worksheets, quality-improvement plans, fact sheets, and websites as well as addresses topics such as clinic policies, clinic efficiency, professional standards, funding strategies, and clinic design. An interactive site index and additional resources are also included.
Webinar Opportunity: Preventing Diagnostic Errors in Ambulatory Care
As part of the Patient Safety Leadership Speaker Series, the ECRI Institute, on behalf of HRSA, will host a free live webinar featuring Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH. The webinar is on March 7 at 2:00 PM. 

Diagnostic error is a leading cause of adverse outcomes and liability claims in health centers and other ambulatory care settings. Making timely and accurate diagnoses requires fail-safe systems for tracking test results and referrals, effective communication, and patient follow-up.

Click here to register. 
Registration is open for the HRSA Healthy Grants Workshop May 30-31 
Registration is now open for the HRSA Healthy Grants Workshop scheduled for May 30-31, 2018 at HRSA's headquarters (5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD). Registration, FAQ, draft agenda and logistics information is available here

The workshop is limited to 200 active HRSA grantees. For more information, reach out to workshop staff at
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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