March 19 , 2019
  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
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 State  News


Pilot rehab program, others show promise in tackling drug epidemic
Read the entire article from  WVNews   here

NCWV healthcare providers concerned about HIV cluster
Read the entire article from WVNews here

WV foster care reform breezes through Senate, heads back to House
Read the entire article from the Herald-Dispatch here
Advocacy in Action!
WV Senate Bill 489, providing PBM regulation and 340B protection, was signed into law by Governor Jim Justice on March 4, 2019!  This was truly a collaborative effort, and every phone call, email, and legislative visit made a difference, including our letter to the Governor that was endorsed by every Community Health Center in WV!  The 340B protection provision found in SB489 is the first of its kind in the United States, following recent 340B program attacks by PBMs.  West Virginia's Community Health Centers are leading the charge to protect this valuable program! 
Thank you for your support of this important legislation . . .truly demonstrating our commitment to One Vision. One Mission. One Voice!
Registration Now Open - Productivity & Empanelment Part 2: A Deeper Discussion
Please join the WVPCA for a one-hour webinar, Productivity & Empanelment Part 2: A Deeper Discussion. This is the final in a six-part webinar series. This presentation will continue the conversation that began in February about the definitions of PPS and VBC - how they differ and how they jointly shape the requirements for today's health center. The presentation will also outline examples of team-based and value-driven metrics to measure productivity beyond simply tracking number of patients or number of encounters. This webinar is provided at no cost to Community Health Center employees and is targeted for CHC staff including CEOs, COOs, CMOs, and QI staff.
This webinar is scheduled for March 26, 2019 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.
Connections Matter Registration Now Open 
Two-Day Training in Charleston April 2-3
The West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA) is excited to announce its partnership with the WV ACEs Coalition and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation in sponsoring Connections Matter®. This initiative is a research-driven, evidence-informed, strength-based community engagement and awareness training designed to foster meaningful social supports and develop resiliency among children, families and communities utilizing trauma-informed prevention and care approaches associated with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). The Connections Matter® program promotes caring connections as the foundation for developing healthy brains, supportive relationships and strong communities. Studies have proven that communities connected through caring relationships have less crime, violence, substance abuse and homelessness, better school success, better physical and mental health for everyone. The simplicity of Connections Matter® allows and encourages every individual to share in building stronger communities one person at a time.
As a kick-off to the program, a two-day in-person Train-the-Trainer workshop will be held at the Columbia Gas Building Auditorium (1700 MacCorkle Avenue, SE, Charleston, WV) on April 2 and 3 from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Registration and additional information about the program and the training is available here. Please note, space is limited to 25 attendees, with a maximum of 4 attendees per health center.
If you have questions, please contact the WVPCA office at (304) 346-0032.
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 Introduction to the Healthcare Emergency & Continuity Plan Webinar | April 4
Please join the WVPCA and BOLDplanning  for a webinar discussing the upcoming conversion of the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) to the new Emergency and Continuity Plan (ECP) for Community Health Centers (CHC). During the one-hour informational webinar, James Wolfe will provide a demonstration of BOLDplanning's Healthcare ECP system. The ECP is designed specifically for meeting the needs of healthcare providers to address CMS emergency preparedness rules/guidance. 

This webinar will serve as an introduction to the new ECP platform as well as provide an overview to those organizations/individuals not yet utilizing the WVPCAready system. There is no fee associated with this event for CHC staff.  This webinar is only open to Federally Qualified Health Center (FQCH) Community Health Centers (CHCs) and look-alike organizations. The webinar is targeted to Emergency Preparedness Coordinators. 

For more information, and to register, click here
State NewsState
Alzheimer's and Dementia Care ECHO Program
The Alzheimer's Association, West Virginia Chapter is recruiting primary care practice teams to participate in the Alzheimer's and Dementia Care ECHO Program, which connects specialist teams with primary care practices via video conference to collaborate in case-based learning. The target audience  includes a lead clinician, (physician or NP) as well as other care team members (e.g., PA, social workers, care coordinators, medical assistants, etc.) who manage patients with ADRD in your practice setting. We ask that participants attend regularly, engage in discussions, and present de-identified patient cases from their clinics. 
The 12 session program runs every other Thursday, from 12-1pm CST, beginning May 9, 2019.
The Alzheimer's and Dementia Care ECHO Program, hosted by the Alzheimer's Association, is an innovative distance - learning model to build workforce capacity and improve access to specifically care in local communities. Using web-based video conferencing technology, expert multidisciplinary specialist teams and community-based primary care practice teams come together in regularly scheduled collaborative learning sessions to participate in case-based discussions and brief didactic presentations. Content experts mentor and teach and providers retain responsibility for their patients' care, fostering an "all teach, all learn" environment.

For more information, click here
WV Project ECHO Expands to the Area of Heart Failure in its Latest Project
The WVPCA is pleased to be part of the efforts to implement Project ECHO in West Virginia and would like to invite you to participate in the newest WV Project ECHO on Heart Failure.  This new ECHO is an expansion of the WV Project ECHO program which will utilize multipoint video conferencing to bring specialized education to providers all across West Virginia.    The participation agreement provides further details.  If you are interested in participating, please see the participation agreement.  Once the agreement is fully executed calendar invites will be sent from WVCTSI with all the video conferencing information and case intake form.
Sessions will be held on the 1st and 3rd Fridays starting on March 1st from 12-1pm.  Like the other ECHO projects,these sessions will include two case presentations and 15-20 minutes of didactics focusing on a variety of cardiac and heart & vascular related topics.  Additionally, more information on WV Project ECHO can be found here .
For more information on participating, please do hesitate to contact Jay Mason at or Kayatlyn Edinger at
ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care Training
The Northern West Virginia Rural Health Education Center is hosting several trainings for ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care at no cost to the participant.  This program has been approved by the WV Board of Medicine and the WV Board of Osteopathic Medicine. The training will be held on April 25 in Bridgeport, WV; May 16 in Parkersburg, WV; May 23 in Elkins, WV; and June 13 in Wheeling, WV.

 For more information, or to register, click here
Registration Available for 6th Annual WVPBRN Retreat
Registration is now open for the 2019 Annual WVPBRN Retreat. The retreat is scheduled for May 16-17 at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV.   The evening of Thursday, May 16 will feature a networking dinner on Stonewall Resort's Little Sorrel boat. The conference portion of the retreat will kick off early morning on Friday, May 17.  The deadline to register is April 1.   For more information, or to register, click here .
National NewsNational
MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Training Opportunities in West Virginia
The MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center (MAAETC) is hosting the following three trainings in West Virginia this Spring. 
  • HIV Care, Prevention and Reproductive Choices for Women (Morgantown) | March 28 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM  | Registration information available here
  • HIV Care, Prevention and Reproductive Choices for Women (South Charleston) | April 10 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM  | Registration information available here
  • HIV Care, Prevention and Reproductive Choices for Women (Beckley) | April 11 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM  | Registration information available here
Conference attendees will gain knowledge of issues related to the HIV positive and the HIV negative female as well as issues related to pregnancy options and referrals. 
Teen Health Week 2019 Webinar Series 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health - Regional Offices' are excited to announce this series of six adolescent health webinars taking place throughout the month of March to gear up for Teen Health Week (April 1-7)!
Join us  as we discuss ways in which health care, education, social service professionals, youth-serving organizations, and youth can support and promote adolescent health. Each free session will feature subject matter experts in adolescent development, preventive care, substance use, mental health, and nutrition. #TeenHealthWeek2019 takes place April 1-7. Learn more about this global initiative encouraging young people to take charge of their physical and mental health by visiting For more information, you can check out the Tools and Resources for youth, parents and professionals here and find the Teen Health Week Starter Kit here
This series is hosted in partnership with the HHS, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) - Region 8 Office. 
Questions? Please contact Lesley Craig at 
Joint Commission's Health Center Educational Session: Getting to Zero Harm: Introducing High Reliability Concepts to CHCs 
An educational webinar hosted by the Joint Commission will take place on Friday, March 22, 2019, from 1-2 p.m. CST.  To register for the webinar, Getting to Zero Harm: Introducing High Reliability Concepts to Community Health Centers, please click here.  The webinar will be presented by David Grazman, PhD, Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare. 

As a key deliverable for the Health Resources and Services Administration/Bureau of Primary Health Care (HRSA/BPHC) accreditation initiative, The Joint Commission conducts monthly technical assistance training sessions for HRSA/BPHC health centers on topics pertaining to accreditation standards and the survey process, common non-compliance trends, and strategies to address quality/risk related challenges. Each session will have time allocated for questions and answers and will be recorded to allow access to replays of the recorded session.

Previously hosted educational sessions are available here
Patients Need Transparency and Relief from High Drug Costs, Not Defense of the Status Quo 
This proposal could usher in the single-biggest change to how drugs are priced at the pharmacy counter.  The current drug pricing system is broken and indefensible. Right now, everybody but the patient benefits as list prices climb higher and higher.

Read the complete article from HHS by John O'Brien, Senior Adviser to the Secretary for Drug Pricing Reform  here
Statement on FY2020 Budget Proposal for Ending the HIV Epidemic in America
Today, President Trump proposed $291 million in the FY2020 HHS budget to begin his Administration's multi-year initiative focused on ending the HIV epidemic in America by 2030. This new initiative aims to reduce new HIV infections by 75 percent in the next 5 years and by 90 percent in the next 10 years, averting more than 250,000 HIV infections in that span.

Read more from HHS here
HHS Issues Final Rule Modifying Title X Programs: Compliance with Statutory Program Integrity Requirements
Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a  final rule dramatically revising the Title X family planning program regulations. The final rule becomes effective May 3, 2019; however, certain elements (e.g., financial separation requirements) will not be enforced immediately, giving programs more time to comply. 

For more information on additional changes outlined by the Final Rule, read the full client alert from Feldsman Tucker Leifer Fidell, LLP's blog or click here for a printable versionIf you have any questions regarding the final rule, please contact Carrie Bill Riley or Christopher J. Frisina.
Registration Opens for Three 2019 HRSA Grants Management Workshops
 Registration is now open for three 2019 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grants Management Workshops:
The workshops will focus on HRSA grants administration from pre-award through close-out; and will feature a variety of break-out sessions designed to help HRSA grantees successfully administer their grants.  For more information, reach out to the workshop staff at .
Community Health Center ResourcesResources
Jackson Kelly PLLC
The WVPCA has retained the law firm of Jackson Kelly, PLLC to provide legal guidance to the WV Primary Care Association and its members.
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.  
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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