October 9, 2018
WVPCA Hosts Care Management/Care Coordination: A Deep Dive
  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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 State  News


Researchers looking at best aspects of health centers to improve child health in WV
Read the entire article from WV MetroNews  here

Rates of unvaccinated and exempted children on the rise, says CDC
Read the entire article from CNN  here

WVU receives $11.2 million from National Institutes of Health for cancer research
Read the entire article from WVNews  here.
WVPCA Announces 2018 UDS Training Date
The WVPCA, in conjunction with HRSA/BPHC will be hosting the 2018 UDS Training, presented by Art Stickgold.  This event will be held on Thursday, November 8, at the Holiday Inn Express - Civic Center, Charleston.  Registration is at 8:00 am with the session beginning at 8:30 am and concluding at 4:30 pm.  Registration information 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.
WEBINAR SERIES OPPORTUNITY- WHAT WORKS: A QI Peer to Peer Learning Collaborative
Please join the WVPCA and Jennifer Calohan RN, CURIS Consulting for six, hour-long interactive webinars that will explore topics to assist health centers with Quality Improvement.  The purpose of this Learning Collaborative is to promote the sharing of best practices among your peers, to celebrate your achievements, and to continue to learn from not only experts but each other. 

The first webinar,High Performing Care Teams: Why, Who, How is scheduled for Tuesday, October 30 at noon. Registration is available here.
Next MCO Meeting Scheduled for October 26
The WVPCA invites Community Health Center staff and MCO representatives to attend the next CHC/MCO meeting to discuss quality measures and other opportunities to collaborate and improve care to patients.  The meeting will be held at the WVPCA office building - and via WebEx on October 26, 2018 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm.  We encourage you to participate by completing online registration form available here.
CMS: Premiums on the Federally-facilitated Exchange drop in 2019
On October 11, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the average premium for second lowest cost silver plans (SLCSP) for the 2019 coverage year will drop by 1.5 percent, the first time average premiums have dropped since the implementation of the Federally- facilitated Exchange in 2014.

Read the entire release here
WVPCA Hosts UniCare Well-Child Exam Contest: Promoting Preventative Care and Sustainability
 The West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA) recently hosted a webinar with one of our partners, UniCare Health Plan of West Virginia, Inc. (UniCare), with a goal to increase accessibility to well-child and well-adolescent exams and improve the quality of outcomes. Barbara Wessels, with UniCare Health Plan of WV, provided an overview of the contest along with changes including the reduction of paperwork for the 2018 cycle. This was the third year for this collaborative.
UniCare is offering providers the following incentives to help members get the care they need including:
  • $25 for a well-child or well-adolescent care exam
  • Up to $15 for including BMI, nutrition and physical activity counseling in the exam
  • A chance for the sponsoring agency to win up to $7,500
  • A chance for the host school or health center to win $3,000 (first prize) or $2,000 (runner-up)
Good Luck Health Centers!

If you missed this webinar, please contact Kelsey Clough at Kelsey.clough@wvpca.org to access a recording of this webinar.
State NewsState
NOVA to Highlight Opioid Epidemic in WV
 West Virginia's opioid epidemic will be featured in an upcoming episode of PBS' NOVA titled ADDICTION. This episode will highlight the chemical changes in the brain that result from substance use. NOVA ADDICTION will air nationally on Wednesday, October 17 at 9 p.m.
2018 Health Information Technology Summit Registration Now Open
 You are invited to the 2018 Health Information Technology (HIT) Summit being held at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center on November 14, 2018.  This one-day summit will focus on building technology partnerships across sectors to coordinate services to West Virginians affected by substance use disorder.  A special thank you to the West Virginia Partnership for Health Innovation, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, and the West Virginia Chapter of HIMMS for their work in helping organize this highly important summit.  Contact wvhit@wv.gov with any questions about the summit.
Registration information is available here. The complete invitation is available here and the draft agenda can be accessed here
West Virginia Webinar and Training Opportunities 
26th Annual WV Rural Health Conference
When:  October 17-19
Where:  Pipestem State Resort
What Registration is available  

Appalachian Addiction & Prescription Drug Conference
WhenOctober 18-20
WhereEmbassy Suites, Charleston, WV
What:  Registration is available 
National NewsNational
CMS 138 v.6: Tobacco Use: Screening and Cessation Intervention
 Due to updates in the guidance and specification of CMS138 from 2017 to 2018 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), health centers may see a difference in their "Preventive Care and Screening: Tobacco Use: Screening and Cessation Intervention" clinical quality measure percentage in their 2018 Uniform Data System (UDS) report. This difference stems from the change in the measure logic summarized below:
  • CMS138v5 (2017): Evidence of tobacco cessation intervention must occur within 24 months of the end of period (e.g., the end of 2017).
  • CMS138v6 (2018): Evidence of tobacco cessation intervention must start concurrent with or after the most recent tobacco use screening. Health centers must also use the most recent screening which has a documented status of tobacco user or tobacco non-user to satisfy the measure.
The Health Resources and Services Administration is aware of the measurement change, and health centers should continue to follow the specifications from CMS on this measure. Please feel free to share this note with your networks and/or other UDS stakeholders.
Resource Available - The Health Resource Clearinghouse
 HRSA's Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) has charged the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) with establishing a National Resource Center (NRC) and creating an online resource repository to meet the information needs of professionals for the purpose of building stronger and healthier communities. The Health Center Resource Clearinghouse addresses the demands placed on a busy public health workforce by providing resources and tools to acquire and use targeted information on a daily basis.

The clearinghouse provides:
  1. An intuitive organizational structure. Consistent, well-developed structures make finding information easier. Appropriate structures are used to organize and deliver materials, while ensuring quality, accuracy, and currency. This clearinghouse uses an evidence-based structure that provides access to highly vetted content in intuitive ways for easy access.
  2. Acquisition supports. A guided approach is to searching is important to ensure that professionals retrieve the most relevant resources. This clearinghouse provides interactive and technical supports to ensure users understand how to use resources and have the ability to receive further assistance.
  3. Quality standards. Busy professionals report that a barrier to finding online resources is not having the time to weed out materials that are irrelevant, outdated, or of poor quality. This clearinghouse curates high-quality materials in light of the explosion of resources available on the Internet, many of which are of lower quality.
  4. The right information at the right time. The need to find "what you need, when you need it" is critical. This clearinghouse provides a focused body of resources for users, so that they can select materials that are appropriate to their needs, knowledge, and skill level.
Webinar and Training Opportunities 

NCQA Digital Quality Summit
When: November 14-15
Where: Washington, DC
WhatThe Summit convenes quality improvement stakeholders including senior decision makers, measure development experts, clinicians, government agencies, public health officials, data intermediaries, vendors and payers to advance measure interoperability solutions. Registration is available here
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.  

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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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