November 14, 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
Quick Links: In This Issue.....

 State  News


Charleston hospital is the first in WV to use technology to help with opioid withdrawal
Read the entire article from the Charleston Gazette-Mail  here

Should childhood trauma be treated as a public health crisis?
Read the entire article from NPR  here

Signups lag in first days of ACA open enrollment
Read the entire article from Healthcare Dive  here.
Congratulations to Preston-Taylor for Perfect OSV
The WVPCA heartily congratulates Preston-Taylor Community Health Centers, Inc. for a receiving no conditions on their recent Operational Site Visit (OSV) from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). 

"It takes committed, continuous effort to achieve that distinction," noted WVPCA CEO Sherri Ferrell. "Congratulations to Linda Shriver and the entire staff at Preston-Taylor!" 
WVPCA Hosted 2018 UDS Training in Charleston
Last week, the WVPCA, in conjunction with HRSA/BPHC  hosted the 2018 UDS Training, presented by Art Stickgold.  This event was held on November 8 in Charleston.  
The UDS training is a full-day program reviewing the preparation of the 2018 UDS Report, including discussion of the reports tables and all changed that have been made.  

Health Center Program grantees, look-alikes, and certain health centers funded under the HRSA's Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) submit UDS Report by February 15th. These clinics will then work with a UDS reviewer to correct any potential data errors, so that the UDS reports may be finalized by March 31st. Once finalized, further corrections or amendments are not permitted.

Presenter Art Stickgold has extensive knowledge and experience in health center data and analytics. T his year's training was provided by two modalities:  face-to-face and virtually via WebEx, with approximately  90  participants. 
For any questions you may have regarding the current UDS reporting changes, please contact the WVPCA offices at 304-346-0032.
What Works - QI Peer-to-Peer Learning Collaborative - High Performing Care Team Webinar a Success!
Jennifer Calohan of CURIS Consulting led health center staff through the Why, Who and How of High Performing Care Teams during the first of a six-part one-hour webinar series. The series kicked off on October 30 and participants gained a better understanding of care team formation, engagement and how high performing care teams can improve outcomes and decrease provider burn out. Susan Plumley, RN of Bluestone Health Center, spoke about her experience with care team formation and engagement while promoting peer to peer learning. 
Registration Now Open: Workflow Mapping: Efficiency + Effectiveness = Quality 
Please join the WVPCA and Jennifer Calohan RN, CURIS Consulting for the second of six, hour-long interactive webinars that will explore topics to assist health centers with Quality Improvement.  This webinar, Workflow Mapping: Efficiency + Effectiveness = Quality is scheduled for Tuesday, November 27 at noon. Registration 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.
Open Enrollment 6 Information Available at
Check out the Outreach and Enrollment resource section on WVPCA's website here! This page provides information for enrollment assisters - both Navigators and Certified Application Councilors (CACs) - and consumers for materials and resources for this Open Enrollment period and beyond. 

If you have questions or would like to request additional information, contact Ruby Piscopo, Special Programs Coordinator with the WVPCA.
Walgreens/Rite Aid Update for 2019
According to a recent communication from the West Virginia Office of the Insurance Commissioner, every Rite Aid Pharmacy in the state will become Walgreens by the end of 2018. Therefore, effective January 1, 2019, they will not be part of CareSource or Highmark's Pharmacy Network. Additional information from CareSource is available here and from Highmark is available here
Webinar Opportunity - Suicide Prevention for Veterans: Some Population Considerations
Please join the WVPCA and Dr. Robert Bossarte, Director of Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University for a one-hour webinar discussing Suicide Prevention for Veterans.
This webinar is scheduled Tuesday, December 4 at noon. Registration 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.
School-Based Health Centers' Impact on Education
Recently, State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine, reported in the Charleston Gazette-Mail a summary of the results of the Balanced Scorecard for schools in West Virginia.  He reports that "Some of the results were expected, and some others were surprising".  He goes on to say, "One finding of the Balanced Scorecard that caught many by surprise was a serious problem with school attendance".

While there was no discussion as to the possible causes for missing school, it is known that health reasons account for a percentage of the total which include, acute and chronic care such as influenza, strep infections, type I diabetes and asthma.

As all the entities work together to maximize the potential of our children, it is important for school-based health centers to be able to share the value of having SBHCs.  The research is clear that SBHCs have a direct impact on educational outcomes such as attendance and increases seat time.  Learn more about the value of SBHCs here.
State NewsState
WVDHHR Announces Upcoming Regional Meetings
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR) would like to invite you to one of our upcoming regional meetings to hear about federal opioid funding opportunities and learn about existing efforts and plans for addressing substance use disorder in our state. The meetings will be two-fold:

State Opioid Response (SOR) Planning (3:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
Participants will hear about a new federal opioid funding opportunity, followed by optional time to meet and network with regional partners and brainstorm about strengthening and accessing an evidence-based system of opioid prevention, treatment, and recovery services.

Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP): Strategic Substance Use Disorder Plan - Community Review and Comment (5:30 pm - 7:00 pm)
Open to the general public, participants will be invited to review and provide input to WVDHHR about a statewide plan for addressing substance use disorder, with particular emphasis on the opioid crisis.

Please find the meeting dates and locations listed below (you are welcome to attend any meeting location). Refreshments will be served. Please share this information widely. We hope that you will be able to join us!

Region 2: Tuesday, November 20
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (SOR Planning) 
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm (ODCP Public Meeting) 
Comfort Inn Aikens Center 
1872 Edwin Miller Blvd. | Martinsburg, WV, 25404 
Pendleton, Grant, Hardy, Mineral, Hampshire, Morgan, Jefferson, Berkeley

Region 4: Monday, November 19
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (SOR Planning) 
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm (ODCP Public Meeting) 
Robert H. Mollohan Research Center - Exhibition Hall
1000 Galliher Drive | Fairmont, WV 26554 
Monongalia, Preston, Marion, Doddridge, Harrison, Taylor, Barbour, Tucker, Gilmer, Lewis, Upshur, Randolph, Braxton
2018 Health Information Technology Summit Starts Today
The 2018 Health Information Technology (HIT) Summit being held at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center starts today, 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 with any questions about the summit.
National NewsNational
Save the Date - BPHC All-Programs Webcast
The next Bureau of Primary Health care (BPHC) All-Programs webcast is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 2:30 - 3:30 pm ET. Webcast information is coming soon. To submit questions in advance, send an email to by Wednesday, Nov. 21, with the subject line "BPHC All-Programs Question."
Auto-HPSA Update
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) indicates distribution to individual Auto-HPSA organizations began Nov. 1. HRSA has scheduled one upcoming technical assistance webinar scheduled for Auto-HPSA organizations:
This webinar will be recorded. Auto-HPSA organizations do not need to register in advance of the webinars.
MAAETC: 30th Anniversary & World AIDS Day Event
Join the MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center (MAAETC) on Friday, November 30 to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of World AIDS Day and the 30th Anniversary of the MAAETC at the University of Pittsburgh! Registration is $50 and is available here.

A complete list of available webinars is available here.   Additional in-person trainings are also 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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