May 24 , 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
1700 MacCorkle Avenue
Charleston, WV 25314-1518
Quick Links: In This Issue.....

Charleston City Council tabled needle-exchange bill 
Read the entire article, originally from  
The Charleston Gazette-Mail 

Senators tout $3 Million grant for opioid treatment  center
Read the entire article, originally from  U.S. News and World Report 

NYU launches online tool to understand communities' health needs
Read the entire article, originally from   Modern Healthcare  here

FCC official outlines opportunities with mobile broadband fund
Read the entire article, originally from   The Charleston Gazette-Mail  here
Last Chance to Register! Mindfulness for Stress Reduction
Individuals are pulled in more directions than ever with increasing pressure to accomplish more in both the professional and personal arenas which can lead to stress and depletion. Join the WVPCA and featured speaker Carli Mareneck, with the Greenbrier County Health Alliance, in conjunction with the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine,  as we discuss the concept of Mindfulness for Stress Reduction. Research has shown that regularly and consistently practicing mindfulness can increase self-compassion and empathy for others. This one-hour webinar will provide tools and tips for implementing mindfulness habits as part of your routine. 

What You Need to Know
When: May 25, 2018 | 12:00 PM
Where: Via WebEx
Who: All Health Center Staff, School-Based Health Center Staff and Behavioral Health Center Staff 

Registration and additional information is available here
Certified Application Counselor Program Refresh
 According to a recent announcement from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), the Certified Application Counselor (CAC) program is getting a refresh with an updated and enhanced application and renewal process. The new application process is structured to promote better engagement with Certified Application Counselor Designated Organizations (CDOs). While the changes are being implemented, the acceptance of new applications is temporarily suspended.

According to the announcement, "Any CDO contacts who did not receive the initial email about the upcoming refresh sent in March can send an email to the CAC inbox at to provide their organization name, CDO ID and updated contact information. We will capture your information and will actively reach out to you during the application refresh process to let you know when to apply. While you may not be contacted in the initial wave of CDOs that we reach out to, we will contact you before the end of the application refresh process. Additionally, we will conduct additional outreach campaigns throughout the summer to ensure that all of the organizations that wish to participate in our program have come back and reapplied, prior to the end of the of the refresh process."

Technical "how-to" webinars and other guides have been created and are available on These resources will also be linked in the CDO invitation to reapply. 

Please contact Ruby Piscopo for assistance with the process. 
Webinar Tomorrow! Protecting Our Students: Revisiting Suicide Prevention, Mental Health and Gun Safety
Health care providers face many challenges when working with patients who are at risk for suicide. Some patients may not disclose thoughts of suicide, and even if they do, the health care provider must make judgement calls about possible future behavior, often with insufficient or contradictory information. 

Suicide is the  second leading cause of death for youth. There are approximately  2.5 times as many deaths from suicide yearly than from homicide.  F irearms cause nearly half of all suicides. For each successful suicide there are roughly  25 attempts with many attempts leading to hospitalization.

Please join the West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA) for this free webinar with Barri Faucett, Director of Prevent Suicide WV, known for her expertise on this subject. This hour long interactive learning opportunity will address suicide prevention along with how poor mental health increases the risk and the role of gun safety. SBHCs are a critical venue for assessing not only a child's physical health, but their emotional health as well.

What You Need to Know
When: May 23, 2018 | 12:00 PM
Where: Via WebEx
Who: School-Based Health Center Staff and Behavioral Health Center Staff 

Registration and additional information is available here
State NewsStateNews
Parent's Guide Released to Assist Families Seeking Insurance for Their Children
Attention children's advocates! Please download and use this guide to assist families seeking insurance for their children. This guide was supported by WV KIDS Count, WVU School of Public Health and WVU Rockefeller School of Public Policy and Politics, with underwriting by the Benedum Foundation. 

This two-page publication is available here
Training Opportunity - BLOCK HIV/HCV 
Registration is now open for a Block HIV/HCV (Bringing Local Communities Together to Eliminate Coinfection Through Knowledge and Partnerships) training scheduled for Saturday, June 2 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston. The training is intended for a multidisciplinary audience, including community-based infectious disease specialists and other human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) treaters, gastroenterology/hepatology clinicians, mental health specialists, substance abuse specialists, correctional health care professionals, public policy/public health officials, hepatitis C virus (HCV) and HIV advocacy groups, payers, and clinical office staff who are engaged in the care of patients with HIV and/or HCV.

Participants can earn up to 5 hours of CME/CNW/CPE credit. 

For more information, find the flyer here
West Virginia Webinar and Training Opportunities 
2018 Viral Hepatitis Summit:Engaging Multi-Disciplinary Partners to Improve Hepatitis B and C Care in WV 
When May 31 - June 1, 2018 
Where: Resort at Glade Springs
WhatThe event flyer is available 
here . If you plan to attend, please complete a brief survey here

2018 Immunization Summit
When: June 21-22
Where: Charleston Civic Center
What:  The Annual West Virginia Immunization Summit, in partnership with the KidStrong Conference, is an action-oriented event targeted toward public and private sector organizations with an interest in improving immunization rates in West Virginia. Various sessions at the Summit will be targeted toward healthcare and public health professionals, educators, students, business leaders, and others interested in reducing vaccine-preventable diseases in West Virginia 

To register, click  here

26th Annual  WV Rural Health Conference
When: October 17-19
Where: Pipestem State Resort
WhatThis conference features national and state best practices speakers, provides continuing education to physicians, attorneys, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, dentists, community health educators and others, and is an unparalleled opportunity to network with others interested in improving rural health care in West Virginia.

Registration is available here

Save the Date: 12th Annual Southern Obesity Summit
When: October 22-24
Where: Charleston, WV
WhatThe Southern Obesity Summit (SOS) is the largest regional obesity prevention event in the United States, drawing hundreds of participants from 16 Southern States consisting of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.  Together, these states join forces to fight obesity.
WV Geriatrics Society 14th Annual Scientific Assembly Scheduled 
The West Virginia Geriatric Society has announced the 14th Annual Scientific Assembly. This year's event is titled "Caregiving: Challenges and Solutions" and will be held September 13 at the University of Charleston. The conference is planned for an interdisciplinary audience of healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists and social workers. 

The one-day training is offering seven hours of continuing education for physicians, nurses, pharmacists and social workers. 

Additionally, there are opportunities to exhibit at the conference and a poster competition for original research and/or case studies for students, residents and/or fellows. More information is available here

To download the brochure, click here
Save the Date: 2018 Medicaid Summit 

To download the Save the Date, click here
National NewsNationalNews
CMS Announces Agency's First Rural Health Strategy 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the agency's first Rural Health Strategy intended to provide a proactive approach on healthcare issues to ensure the nearly one in five individuals who live in rural America have access to high quality, affordable healthcare.

"HRSA is excited to see CMS spell out a strategy to better serve rural populations that was informed by rural stakeholders who have a unique lens on the issues in their communities," said HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. "This builds on our long-standing collaboration with CMS and will highlight key issues for rural safety net providers like rural hospitals and community health centers for CMS and HHS."

Learn more about the CMS Rural Health Strategy, or read the fact sheet
Secretary Azar's Remarks on Drug Pricing Blueprint and Putting American Patients First 
In a recent release, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services outlined Secretary Azar's remarks regarding President Trump's blueprint to lower prescription drug costs. The entire blueprint is available here

Secretary Azar noted: "President Trump has called on us to merge Medicare Part B into Part D, where negotiation has been so successful on so many drugs. We already have a clear sense of where immediate opportunities for savings exist, and an announcement on how we intend to go about this process administratively is on the way very soon. Bringing negotiation to Part B drugs is such a potent way to bring down prices that pharma is already protesting the idea-this is really on their list of worst nightmares."
A copy of his full remarks, as prepared for deliver, are available here
FTCA University Training Scheduled for June 7-8 in Harrisburg, PA
HRSA, the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers and KEPRO are hosting a Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCCA) University on June 7-8 in Harrisburg, PA. 

Topics covered in the training include - but are not limited to - the following:
  • FTCA Basic Policy and Program Procedures
  • Opioid Epidemic: The Role of Primary Health Care and Health Centers
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • EHRs and eDiscovery
  • Risk Management: Foundations in Clinical Risk Management & Safety
  • Claims Management
Registration is $150 per person and CME credits will be available upon completion of the two-day training. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet to the training as educational materials will only be available electronically. 

Find the flyer here. Registration is open and available here
Webinar Available: Practice Based Hepatitis C Virus Screening and Link to Care
The webcast, Practice Based Hepatitis C Virus Screening and Link to care will be held on Wednesday, May 30 from 12:00 - 1:30 PM. 

The webcast will feature Ponni V. Perumalswami, MD, MCR, Associated Professor of Medicine Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, RMTI Transplant Hepatology. During the presentation, participants will
  1.   Review US screening guidelines for hepatitis C virus
  2.  Share effective strategies to improve HCV screening rates in a practice based setting
  3. Review link to care and best practices
This webcast is brought to you by Merck (Grant No. AAN170209041806), The N2 PBRN Virtual Training Series (AHRQ, Grant No. IP30-HS-021667), and Clinical Directors Network, Inc. (CDN).   This webcast is pending for up to 1.5 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) free of charge to participants. 

Registration is available here
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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