November 27, 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


Dangerous infection tied to hospitals now becoming common outside them
Read the entire article from WV Public Broadcasting  here

Driven by drug crisis, WV DHHR plans child-welfare reforms
Read the entire article from Public News Service  here

Flu activity in WV 'minimal' so far this season, health official says
Read the entire article from the Charleston Gazette-Mail here
Congratulations to Clay-Battelle on Their Recent OSV
The WVPCA heartily congratulates 
Clay-Battelle Community Health Services Association 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 Janice Morris, CEO and the entire team at Clay-Battelle!

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.
The first 40 minutes of this webinar will be information about Care Planning from Jennifer Calohan and the remainder 20 minutes will be an opportunity for Peer-to-Peer learning, facilitated by Jennifer Calohan and Emma White. 

Quality improvement is continuous, as is learning. Please join us!
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. 
Data Showing Rising E-Cigarette Use Among Youth
While we are in the clutches of the opioid crisis, there is another potential public health crisis on the horizon for our youth.  E-cigarettes have provided many adult addicted smokers the opportunity to help quit combustible cigarettes. However, e-cigarettes have also provided our youth a mechanism to enter a lifetime of nicotine addiction and tobacco use. This has been brought on by access to flavored products in particular. Use of these products put our youth at risk for a lifetime of nicotine addiction

Data from the newly releases National Youth Tobacco survey shows the number of teenagers using e-cigarettes has almost doubled in just the last year. The data also show that kids not only choose flavored products more often than adults do, but also that flavors are a major reason they use these products. Find out more from this newly released report by clicking here.
Registration Open: 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.
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. 
Filming the Opioid Epidemic: 5 must-see documentaries 
In this article, HealthcareDive examines 5 recent documentaries that highlight the opioid crisis, including two based in West Virginia, Heroin(e) and Recovery Boys. Read the complete article here
National NewsNational
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.
HRSA: World AIDS Day Event
On December 1, HRSA will observe World AIDS Day 2018. This year's theme is "Collaborating to End the HIV Epidemic." Every year HRSA commemorates World AIDS Day to show our long-standing commitment to those living with the disease and to remember and honor those who have died from HIV/AIDS in the United States and around the world.

This year HRSA continues our work with federal partners to improve health outcomes for people living with HIV by providing a comprehensive system of HIV care and treatment; strengthening the health workforce by training providers; and increasing HIV testing and support for people living with the disease.

Learn more about how you can support World AIDS Day.
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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