December 4, 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


As new Senate majority leader, Takubo pledges to reach out to Democrats
Read the entire article from the Charleston Gazette-Mail  here

Mon EMS, WVY Medicine to merge EMS services
Read the entire article from the Dominion Post  here

U.S. life expectancy drops amid 'disturbing' rise in overdoses and suicides
Read the entire article from NPR here

Virginia submits proposed Medicaid work requirement plan to feds
Read the entire article from Modern Healthcare here

Audit: Iowa Medicaid savings barely half of what was projected
Read the entire article from Modern Healthcare  here

Commentary: Ending non-emergency rides to care for Medicaid patients would be counter-productive
Read the entire article from Modern Healthcare  here

Wage index reform could buoy rural hospitals
Read the entire article from Modern Healthcare here
National Influenza Vaccination Week
National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) kicked off Sunday, December 2 and will run until Saturday, December 8!  This initiative highlights the importance of flu vaccination and underscores the fact that it is not too late to get a flu vaccine! Check out the resources, messages and activities available from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Digital Media Toolkit .  Additional information is also available from the CDC's National Influenza Vaccination Week webpage. Join the conversation online using the #NIVW hashtag. 
WV Primary Care Centers Recognized by American Heart Association with First Ever "Target: BP" Awards

Recently, the American Heart Association recognized the state's first ever recipients of the "Target: BP" Awards. The Association was proud to see primary care centers obtain the Participant and Gold Awards for the life-saving work they are performing in the region.

According to the release, "awardees receiving recognition at the event included Hygeia Facilities Foundation, Inc.; Minnie Hamilton Health System, Valley Health Systems and the Williamson Health & Wellness Center."

Read the entire release here
Webinar Opportunity - Care Planning: Who, Why and How on December 18 
Please join the WVPCA and Jennifer Calohan RN, CURIS Consulting, for the third webinar in a series of six, hour-long interactive virtual learning opportunities that will explore topics to assist Community Health Centers with their ongoing quality improvement efforts.
This webinar, Care Planning: Who, Why and How, is scheduled for Tuesday, December 18 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. 
Registration Open for the December Assister Coalition Meeting
The West Virginia Primary Care Association invites Certified Application Counselors and Navigators to attend the December Assister Coalition Meeting on December 11. The meeting will be held via WebEx and will begin at 10:00 AM. 

This meeting will provide both federal and state updates. It will give assisters and partners an opportunity to discuss and share ongoing efforts and strategies for OE6.

For more information, or to register, click here or contact Ruby Piscopo at 304.346.0032.
Vaccinations Are Important to All
West Virginia has highest child vaccination rates in the nation due to its' strict immunization policies for children entering the public school system.  West Virginia leads the nation for school-age vaccination rates.  Only West Virginia, Mississippi and California do not allow religious or personal belief exemptions for children in public schools. There are medical exemptions.  One major benefit of reducing exemptions is what is known as herd immunity.  Herd immunity is a form of immunity that occurs when the vaccination of a significant portion of a population (or herd) provides a measure of protection for individuals who have not developed immunity. Learn more about how vaccinations help protect children by clicking here
State NewsState
Call for Presentations for the 41st Summer Institute on Aging
The 41st Summer Institute on Aging will be held June 4-6, 2019 at Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown, W.Va. The 2019 theme is What's Age Got to Do with It? Living Well Across the Lifespan.  

Additional information about the conference, including objectives and topics, is available here. Proposals for presentations may be submitted by clicking here by January 15, 2019. 
National NewsNational
HIPAA FAQs: Real-Life HIPAA Challenges in Primary Care
FREE Live Webinar Offered from ECRI Institute on behalf of HRSA

We heard your questions! The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) can be complex and challenging to interpret and apply. ECRI Institute receives many inquiries from health centers and free clinics on this topic.

Using common themes and scenarios that health centers are likely to encounter, this webinar will explore HIPAA privacy and security FAQs and identify tools and resources to anticipate and address these real-life challenges. Please join us on December 12 or 13, 2018, as we address some of the most popular topics, including:
  • Managing behavioral health and substance use records (42 CFR Part 2)
  • Releasing medical records-do's and don'ts
  • Understanding social media and protected health information (PHI)
  • Addressing electronic PHI, including text messages, email, and voicemail
  • Storing PHI on devices (ultrasound, copier, scanner, fax)
  • Addressing physical privacy pitfalls in the medical office environment
ECRI Institute on behalf of HRSA presents this FREE program.
For your convenience, the same webinar will be offered on two dates. Please register by choosing one of the options below.

Wednesday, December 12:
Or, Thursday, December 13:
You do not need a username to sign up for the FREE webinar. To register, just click above on the time you wish to attend.
CMS Announced Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP Application Fees for 2019
CMS recently announced a $586 institutional provider enrollment fee for those new providers (including health centers) enrolling in Medicare, Medicaid or CHIP for the first time in 2019. According to CMS rules, each site of an organization is required to enroll in Medicare, regardless of whether other sites in the organization have already enrolled in Medicare. 
Are You Ready for FASB Revenue Recognition Changes for Not-for-Profit Entities?
Are you looking for resources regarding Accounting for Grants & Contributions under the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB)
new requirements? BKD CPAs & Advisors is hosting a free webinar on Dec. 11 from 11:00 - 12:00 ET. For more information on this webinar, which includes specific community health center examples, and to register, click here. 

This webinar is part of a series of webinars hosted by BKD for the new FASB revenue recognition standards as it relates to community health centers. Previously recorded webinars are also available through the link above. The FASB changes are effective for annual financial statements issued for fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2017 and for interim periods within fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2018.
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.  

Chief Executive Officer

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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