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May 28, 2020
  WVPCA Weekly Outlook Newsletter
    A Newsletter on Community Centered Healthcare

Over 1,750 Part D, MA plans applied for new CMS insulin model
Read the entire article from HEALTHCAREDIVE   here.

Antibody tests for Covid-19 wrong up to half the time, CDC says
Read the entire article from  CNN.com   here.

West Virginians recover from addiction amidst a pandemic
Read the entire article from WVNews   here.

230 kids are in WV's detention centers; only 3 COVID-19 tests have been done       
Read the entire article from  Charleston Gazette Mail  here.

DHHR to provide vaccination coverage for temporarily uninsured children
Read the entire article from WVNews   here.

Hand hygiene is a simple and effective way to prevent healthcare-associated infection. During this COVID-19 pandemic, it is more critical now than ever before to follow evidence-based practices to providing a safe environment for your patients and your staff. 

ECRI has provided an  Infection Control Toolkit that includes a wide variety of topics including general infection control and hand hygiene and information on environmental infection control. They also added a COVID-19 Response Toolkit that will be updated with new resources and information and currently includes checklists for ensuring continuity of care during COVID-19, triage algorithms, Q&A and more. You will need to become a member (free) in order to access.
COVID-19 Testing Coverage Federal Law

The Federal law now requires all health insurers (except short-term plans) to cover all costs associated with COVID-19 testing without imposing any copays or deductibles and regardless of whether the provider is in-network.  This requirement covers not only the actual test but also the visit (whether in-person or via telehealth) that resulted in the order for the test. As insurers are required to reimburse out-of-network providers for these services, the CARES Act requires providers that order and/or provide testing to post the cash price of these services on their public website. This requirement is addressed in FAQ #7 of recently-published Administration guidance on these provisions.  

Substance Abuse an Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)  has created a coronavirus webpage with guidance and resources for substance use disorder and mental health providers as well as communities across the country.  

SAMHSA recognizes the challenges posed by the current COVID-19 situation and is providing this guidance and resources to assist individuals, providers, communities, and states across the country.

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.
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Nate and Samuel Bowen of Huntington are Better Angels for donating masks to Valley Health Systems. These brothers have been working hard to design and print medical-grade face shields with a 3D printer so they can be donated to healthcare providers in the community.
When Nate,14, and Sam,11, recently stopped at Valley Health's East Huntington health center with their family to donate masks, they received a safely guided tour of select clinical areas inside the facility and had the opportunity to meet some of the faces that will be protected behind their shields.
Senator Manchin was always taught that if you can count your blessings, you can share your blessings. It's his privilege to share some inspirational stories from those on the ground who are donating their time and energy to helping their fellow West Virginians. Share your stories or recommend someone to be recognized for being WV Strong by emailing WVSTRONG@manchin.senate.gov.

Please join the WVPCA as we are excited to announce  "PRAPARE SDoH Implementation Webinar Series" in partnership with Yuriko de la Cruz, Social Determinants of Health Manager, National Association of Community Health Centers. We will be hosting two webinars focusing on the social determinants of health, using PRAPARE, and resources from WVPCA and the National PRAPARE Team.  Please note this webinar series replaces the previously cancelled April 14th PRAPARE webinar and ALL attendees will need to register for this new event.

Target Audience:  Quality Improvement Leadership, Nurses, Medical Assistants, Community Health Workers, Care Managers, Patient Navigators, Care Coordinators, Social Workers and anyone who screens and/or refers SDoH.

Registration information can be found here.

Kitchen Conversations: How to Talk with Young Children About COVID-19

This pandemic has been a challenge for everyone. The COVID-19 outbreak has changed our daily lives in ways we never could have imagined. As a result, many of us are wearing multiple hats, including that of a homeschool teacher.

Children learn from adults outside of scheduled school time, too. Kids are observant. They soak in what's around them and take their cues from the adults in their lives. In these situations, adults can lead by example in the ways we cope with stress and talk with others about COVID-19.

Parents, family members, and other trusted adults can play an important role to help children make sense of what they see and hear about COVID-19 in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. Let the kitchen table -either real or virtual- be a safe space to have open and reassuring conversations with kids. 

Click here to read some ways that you can minimize their stress and ease their worry.
NCQA (PCMH) Regional Training

July 13-17,2020 - Now Virtual
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-Supported National Committee on Quality Assurance's (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Region 3 Training is now being offered  VIRTUALLY !

The West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA), District of Columbia Primary Care Association (DCPCA), and the Mid-Atlantic Community Health Centers (MACHC) and are excited to offer National Committee on Quality Assurance's (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Training.
Facilitators:  Bill Tulloch, Director, Quality Solutions Group, NCQA & Christina Borden, Director, Recognition Program Policy Resources, NCQA
Who Should Attend Any person implementing the PCMH model at their clinical practice, pursing PCMH 2017 recognition, and/or PCMH status through annual reporting.  
Cost:  This training is offered at NO COST to participants.

For more information, please contact Shannon Parker, MBA, PCMH CCE at shannon.parker@wvpca.org.
State NewsStateNews
GKVF Announcing Virtual Trainings

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is launching a Virtual Nonprofit Capacity Building series to assist partners to work remotely.  Below are several of the webinars they will be offering.  Registration is required and descriptions of the webinars can be found via the registration links.  For more information visit TGKVF's website.

Outputs, Outcomes, and Demographics: An In-depth look at what you are collecting and why presented by CJ Johnson of Midwest Evaluation and Research 
 June 9th at 2:00pm

Strategies for Writing Grants when your Organization is Understaffed presented by Global Partners President Patrick Patterson 
 July 9th from 10:30-11:45am
Tech Tools for Nonprofits presented by our own Grants Manager Candace 
Krell; these include short, 15-minute tutorials on a variety of tools.  
You can find the first one here.
Ending the HIV Epidemic: Boot Camp for Community Health Centers Wednesday Webinar Series

The West Virginia Primary Care Association, the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers, and the MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center have created this six-part webinar series for Community Health Centers who have an integral role in Ending the HIV Epidemic.  The six part webinar series will begin June 3, 2020. Participants will hear from fellow Community Health Centers and clinic leaders for a strategy-gathering information exchange to learn more about HIV Routine Testing, Implementation of Routine Testing, Importance of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), and 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.    

Participants will hear from fellow Community Health Centers and clinic lead­ers for a strategy-gathering, information exchange to learn more about:
  • HIV routine testing
  • Implementation of routine testing
  • Importance of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • How to access unding for PrEP

Register here.  Please refer to the event's registration page for credit information.

National NewsNationalNews
Application to Become a NHSC Site Now Open

The 2020 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) New Site Application is now open through Tuesday, July 21 at 11:59 p.m. ET. As an NHSC-approved site, your providers may apply for one of the loan repayment programs and you can take advantage of helpful recruitment tools like the Health Workforce Connector and  Virtual Job Fairs. Learn more and start your application today!

Eligible sites include health care facilities that provide outpatient, ambulatory and primary health care services (medical, dental, and behavioral and/or substance abuse treatment) to populations residing in high-need urban and rural areas. Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) are the only eligible inpatient facilities and must be affiliated with an NHSC-approved outpatient clinic.

Basic eligibility requirements:
  • Located in and serves a federally-designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA)
  • Is a primary care outpatient facility (medical, dental, or behavioral)
  • Utilizes and prominently advertises a qualified discounted/sliding fee schedule for individuals at or below 200% of the federal poverty level
  • Does not deny services based on inability to pay or enrollment in Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Ensures access to ancillary, inpatient, and specialty care
  • Credentialing process includes query of National Practitioner Data Bank
  • Meets all requirements listed in the NHSC Site Agreement
For a complete list of eligible sites and requirements, visit the NHSC website and review the 2020 NHSC Site Reference Guide.
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.

Upcoming Training OpportunitiesUpcomingNationalTraining

Please save the date for these upcoming sessions:

Thursday, June 4, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

*NOTE:  This link will be accessible only to the first 1,500 participants.  If you cannot log in for the visual portion, please still call in!

Thursday, June 25, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET
Access details coming soon

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

The purpose of this webinar is to provide an overview of the use of Brief Motivational Interviewing (BMI) in patient care, with a focus on diabetes. Participants will understand the definition of BMI as well as treatment outcomes and impacts of this approach within diabetes management. This webinar will present the spirit and principles of BMI within patient-provider communication as well as introduce participants to components of BMI such as change talk and commitment talk. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 |2:30 PM ET

Technology to Advance PrEP Prescribing Practices 

This HRSA-hosted webinar focuses on how to use telehealth as a method to strengthen care access for patients with HIV and improve PrEP prescribing practices. Learn about lessons learned and promising practices associated with using technology to maintain the continuity of care and improve access to care for people regardless of their HIV status.

Thursday, June 4, 2020 | 1:00 PM ET
 Register here
FinancialAnchorFinancial and Funding Resources

The HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) will be making approximately 50 awards of $200,000 each to rural communities to enhance capacity to address substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder. Over the course of an 18-month period of performance, grant recipients will conduct a series of planning activities, engage multi-sector consortiums and participate in the RCORP-Planning learning collaborative. Applicant organizations may be located in an urban or rural areas; however, all activities supported by this program must exclusively target HRSA-designated rural areas  (per the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer ). FORHP recorded an hour-long webinar that is available upon request.   Apply by Monday, July 13.

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.
CommunityHealthCenterResourceCommunity Health Center Resources
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.