January 16, 2020
  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 Pam Moore , Member Relations Coordinator, by email or by phone at (304) 346-0032. 


West Virginia Primary Care Association
1700 MacCorkle Avenue
Charleston, WV 25314-1518


Google faces criticism for reported efforts to access health records
Read the entire article, originally from
Health Data Management here.

WV seeing 'significant uptick" in flu cases
Read the entire article, originally from  Metro News  here .
Proposed Senate bill aims to coordinate federal SDOH efforts in Medicaid
Read the entire article, originally from 
Health Data Management  here.  
Cyber Security That Can Be Done In Ten Minutes Or Less

Find additional information  here.
WVPCA Welcomes Paula Beasley As Education And Communication Coordinator
The WVPCA is pleased to announce that Paula Beasley has joined the staff of the WVPCA as the Education and Communication Coordinator. In this position, Paula will be responsible for planning and coordinating delivery of the Association's events and trainings. She is responsible for a wide range of external and internal communications work, including the 
WVPCA's website and social media accounts and newsletters. She had served on the board of her local FQHC from December 2016-January 2020. She has previous work experience in similar roles with IBM and Fiat Chrysler Automobile Group. In her past positions, she has planned events including securing speakers, managing budgets and schedules. Paula has degrees from West Virginia State University, where she studied Communications, Marketing and Media Studies. Paula resides in Charleston with her family. Please join us in welcoming Paula to her new role at the WVPCA.
Vaping: What We Need to Know
January 21, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Please join the West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA), along with Julie Jackson from the WV Dept. of Oral Health to learn more about the seriousness of vaping and it's impact on our adolescents. Vaping is becoming an increasing epidemic among teens. In 2018, e-cigarette use nearly doubled in high school students. 
Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. The term is used because e-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke, but rather an aerosol, often mistaken for water vapor, that actually consists of fine particles. Many of these particles contain varying amounts of toxic chemicals, which have been linked to heart and respiratory diseases and cancer.  Many teens have dangerous misconceptions that lead them to believe that vaping is harmless.
Join us for an hour long webinar that will provide a clear understanding of the challenges, dangers and information needed for support our students in making good choices.  Registration for this webinar can be found  here.
CEUs available for nursing, social work and dental.
After this webinar, participants will:
  • Understand the difference between E-cigarettes, Vape Pens and JUUL
  • Recognize the overall health risks related to electronic cigarettes
  • Identify potential negative effects that vapors and aerosols on one's health/environment
  • Learn the nicotine level in a JUUL and compare/relate this to the amount in cigarettes
Target Audience: Medical providers, Nurses, Behavioral Health providers, Dental Hygienists
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STAR Trainings

The WVU School of Social Work's Strengthening Training for Addiction Recovery (STAR) : 


Intersection of Opioid Use Disorder and Social Work Practice (2 Category I CEUs)

A basic overview of Opioid Use Disorder and Medication Assisted Treatment is provided.  Etiology and diagnostic criteria will be covered, as well as basic information about medication assisted treatment options.  Stigma and the challenges a person diagnosed with the disorder faces will also be explored.  

Competent SW Practice with Clients Diagnosed with OUD (2 Category I CEUs)

A deeper look at best practices from SAMSHA and levels of treatment from the American Society of Addiction Medicine is provided.  The role of Adverse Childhood Experiences will be explored as well as public health approaches, including prevention strategies, harm reduction and overdose response.  

January 21, 2020 - New Martinsville
Intersection of Opioid Use Disorder and SW Practice
New Martinsville Public Library
160 Washington St. New Martinsville, WV 26155 
3:30p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Competent SW Practice with Clients Diagnosed with OUD
New Martinsville Public Library
160 Washington St. New Martinsville, WV 26155 
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

January 23, 2020 - West Union

Intersection of Opioid Use Disorder and SW Practice
Doddridge County Public Library 
170 Marie Street West Union, WV 26456
 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  

Competent SW Practice with Clients Diagnosed with OUD
Doddridge County Public Library
170 West Marie Street West Union, WV 26456
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

January 28, 2020 - Keyser
Intersection of Opioid Use Disorder and SW Practice
Mineral County Health Department 
1080 Co Rte. 220/5, Keyser, WV 26726
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Competent SW Practice with Clients Diagnosed with OUD
Mineral County Health Department
1080 Co. Rte. 220/5, Keyser, WV 26726
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

January 30, 2020 - Ripley
Intersection of Opioid Use Disorder and SW Practice
Jackson General Hospital 
122 Pinnell St, Ripley, WV 25271 
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Competent SW Practice with Clients Diagnosed with OUD
Jackson General Hospital
122 Pinnell St, Ripley, WV 25271
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Upcoming Training OpportunitiesTraining_News

Supervision Training
Peer recovery is an individualized journey that offers a unique perspective and understanding of the difficulties associated with substance use disorder and its impact. Peer Recovery Support Specialists (PRSS) are an essential component to the Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Continuum of Care. This training is on Best Practices of Peer Supervision and will benefit treatment and other facilities who employ Peer Recovery Support Specialists.
This event is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration State Opioid Response Grant and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Behavioral Health.
There is no cost to attend. Space is limited so be sure to register early!

The WVHAMP program is based on the KHAMP program to train and educate rural physicians on treating Hep-C patients without a specialist. We met with WV Medicaid representatives and the Fibrosis level has been reduced to 0, so that Medicaid will now pay for the treatment of these patients by a local physician. The training will go through treatment, medications, billing and how to access cheaper medications from the pharmaceutical companies. We also know that Hep-C is becoming an epidemic in WV and is spreading quickest in young rural males ages 19-39 and pregnant women.
The training's are free and we will provide the physician with a room if they want. Additionally, we encourage clinics, practices', and hospitals to send a team to the training consisting of physicians, pharmacists and nurse practitioners, if possible. 
We have tentatively schedule the next WVHAMP training on May 5, 2020 in Huntington, then October 13, 2020 in Morgantown and December 3, 2020 in Flatwoods. We are also hosting a 1/2 day Hep-C training on July 28, 2020 in Beckley and February 16, 2021 in Flatwoods.

Updated Annual Reporting Requirements

Please be aware that NCQA updated the Annual Reporting Requirements on December 16, 2019.

The updated 2020 Annual Reporting requirements can be found on the WVPCA PCMH webpage at here.

Please note: There are no new requirements. Modifications were based on feedback and questions to help clarify guidance, provide resources and refine criteria expectations.

See below for an overview of the updates:
  • Clarified language in the Manual Reporting Option method for practices that cannot run automated reports, adding an example. Added information in the notes to clarify expectations.
  • Clarified expectations for assessing current access methods in the notes to help distinguish between AR-AC 1 and PCMH QI 04A and ensure that practices prioritize assessing appointments. 
  • Modified language for each question. Added a note to question 1 regarding attestation. Clarified the question 2 note to state that practices only need to select 1 or 2 options. 
  • Revised the title from "Additional Quality Measures" to "Resource Stewardship Measures."
  • Revised the language in Item F to require 1 measure rather than 2 measures. 
  If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Parker at shannon.parker@wvpca.org or Emma White at emma.white@wvpca.org .
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Updated Fact Sheeet:  Safer Use of Opioid Pain Medication

Here is an updated CMS fact sheet that educated Medicare participants about pharmacy processes relating to opioid prescriptions  and drug management programs.  Other resources are available  on CMS' Reducing Opioid Misuse site.
Financial News:   USF-425 and FFR Reporting Consolidated into PMS

C urrently, many HHS grant recipients report expenditure information using multiple systems. To make things easier for you, and us, PMS will combine SF-425 and FFR reporting.

To ensure a smooth transition, in the coming months we will provide more information about this change in reporting, including future training dates. Stay tuned for more information.
American Diabetes Association Releases the 2020 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes 

Updated annually to provide the up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines for the prevention and management of diabetes, the 2020 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes is the go-to resource for diabetes screening, prevention, and management. A version of the standards, Abridged for Primary Care Providers, offers criteria for diabetes screening and guidelines for treatment of special populations that include older adults, pediatric patients, and pregnant and post-partum women. The standards are now also available in an app in the Google Play and Apple iOS stores.

The "2019 Update to: Management of Hyperglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes, 2018. A Consensus Report by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD)" serves as a companion to the standards. It incorporates updates on the management of hyperglycemia based on the findings of a trial that looked at atherosclerotic related comorbidities.

"Nutrition Therapy for Adults with Diabetes or Prediabetes: A Consensus Report" provides recommendations for the utilization of nutrition to modify diabetes risk and improve diabetes control.
Upcoming National Training OpportunitiesTraining_News
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month
HRSA observes Cervical Health Awareness month each January. Join us for the next session in HRSA's Data for Decision-Making Speaker Series focused on cervical health. Speakers from CDC, the American Cancer Society, and a health center will share cervical health surveillance data, as well as promising practices and experiences promoting cervical health.
Sup porting Cervical Health Through Data and Practice
Thursday, January 30 - 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET 
Webinar Series on Understanding Your Costs in
an Evolving Payment Environment  

The Delta Center for a Thriving Safety Net is sponsoring a four-webinar series to assist health center finance and accounting staff to adapt their business models to succeed in value-based payment environments. Capital Link, a HRSA-funded National Cooperative Agreement (NCA), will facilitate the webinars.
Cost Allocation: Getting the Basics Right
Tuesday, January 28  -  3:00-4:00 p.m. ET 
Community Health Center ResourcesCHCResources
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.
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.

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
Warne Dawkins, MBA | Health Data Analyst
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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