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March 4, 2020
  WVPCA Weekly Outlook Newsletter
    A Newsletter on Community Centered Healthcare

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Fairmont, WV, Regional Medical Center closure to impact community health
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Harrison WV Healthy Grandfamilies to start sessions again on March 3
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The WVPCA has devoted a page on the WVPCA website to provide COVID-19 resources and guidance.  Details can be found here.
Novel Coronavirus Update 
Preparedness Over Panic

Many Health Center Program stakeholders are wondering what health centers can or should be doing to prepare for a possible increase in the number of U.S. cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
As a vital component of the nation's health care safety net, HRSA-supported health centers are well positioned to play an important role in delivering critical services and assisting local communities during an emergency. Health centers are encouraged to be proactive in their emergency preparedness planning and to coordinate with existing partners at the state and local level in the development of preparedness and response plans, while also taking into consideration the need to maintain their ongoing capacity to deliver access to quality primary health care services for their patients.
  March 5, 2020, Thursday |  11:00am - 12:00pm PST
HRSA will communicate additional information as it becomes available.
COVID-19: How NACHC is Preparing

As information about COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, continues to evolve, the National Association of Community Health Centers is regularly communicating with the Coronavirus Response Task Force of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They are also collecting information from the field about best practices and note that due to their role in the health system Community Health Centers are ahead of the game and uniquely positioned to respond to public health challenges.

To continue to assist health centers, NACHC in collaboration with the CDC is hosting a webinar Friday, March 6 from 1 PM - 2 PM ET. This webinar, Prepare Not Panic: COVID-19- CDC Update and the Health Center Response will focus on continuing to prepare an organized response to COVID-19 in partnership with federal, state authorities, local public health departments and community stakeholders. 


Using LEAN/Six Sigma Principles 
to Improve Health Outcomes

Join the West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA) as we have partnered with Jennifer Calohan, and the team at CURIS Consulting, to offer our members a highly interactive learning collaborative focused on using LEAN/Six Sigma principles and practices to improve health outcomes.  The collaborative will be a combination of onsite training workshops, supported peer-to-peer networking, remote trainings, webinars, and individualized coaching sessions. Improving diabetes outcomes will be used as the case study for the learning collaborative; however, the principles learned can be applied to improve processes and outcomes throughout your health center.

During the 10-month collaborative timeframe, teams will receive training from subject matter experts, collaborate with one another in peer-to-peer learning activities, and develop strategies to enhance the programs and services available to the patients/communities they serve. Participants will develop new strategies and strengthen existing organizational infrastructure, leadership structure, quality management programs, and front-line care delivery models while being supported by an expert faculty/ facilitator.

Each participating team/member will receive a comprehensive compilation of resources and materials to support ongoing improvements at their Community Health Center. Support will be provided by the WVPCA Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN) as sponsors of this work and by the CURIS team. Learning Sessions will be provided in a combination of onsite/in-person workshops, remote webinar sessions, and virtual 1:1 office hours for each participating health center. 

Upon completion of the webinars and onsite sessions, participants will receive a certificate of completion. The program will provide participants with core components of LEAN/Six Sigma to assist with preparation for yellow and/or green belt professional certification.

Target Audience:  This event is intended for CEO, COO, CMO, Medical Directors, Quality & Operations team members. This learning collaborative is not open to non-CHC staff. 

For detailed information and registration click here.

Please join the WVPCA and Nell Stuart, MS, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator as we review and discuss the latest evidence based guidelines for the medical management of Type II Diabetes.  Nell Stuart will also discuss the role of injectable medications to treat diabetes and how using them sooner can reduce A1c.  Nell will be available to answer your diabetes-related medication questions as well.  1 Nursing CE will be available (pending)

Target Audience:  Physicians, PA-C, NPs, and Nurses.

Outcomes:  ADA Guidelines for management, AADE Guidelines for management, Statistics of guidelines NOT be met, Brainstorm Solutions.

Registration closes March 18 at noon.

For detailed information and registration click here.
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Please join us at the 2020 Spring Provider Workshops so you and your staff will be aware of upcoming developments which may impact your practice/organization. The West Virginia Bureau for Medical Services (BMS), the West Virginia Children's Health Insurance Program (WVCHIP), and DXC Technology will be conducting eight workshops throughout the state from March 30 through April 9, 2020. 
The agenda items will impact a wide variety of providers and topics.  Please take a moment to register for the workshop of your choice.   Please register here or email one of our Provider Field Representatives at WVProviderFieldRepresentative@molinahealthcare.com.    

Our Community Together:  A Collective Impact on HIV in West Virginia.   This conference is intended to address medical and first responder issues surrounding the recent HIV outbreaks that are currently impacting our residents and ourselves.  This can't miss event is offered at no cost and is being held on March 26, 2020 at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel and offers medical educational credits.  For additional information and registration information click here.
Attendees will be provided the most recent information regarding HIV prevention to include impact of stigma, PrEP and NPEP, HIV case finding in the primary care setting and prevention in the setting of commercial sex work.  This conference will also address burnout and mental health among first responders.  
March 26, 2020
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Huntington, WV
Click here to register.

Seating is limited and registration must be completed by March 23rd.  

The purpose of this webinar is to enable participants to increase their knowledge about the Cabell County HIV outbreak and the MidAtlantic AETC's response and lessons learned.
March 11, 2020 | 12pm - 1pm ET
Click here  to register.

Evidence of NCQA PCMH Effectiveness

The latest research on the Patient-Centered Medical Home and its impact on quality, cost and patient experience.
Patient-Centered Medical Homes are driving some of the most important reforms in healthcare delivery today. A growing body of scientific evidence shows that PCMHs are saving money by reducing hospital and emergency department visits, mitigating health disparities, and improving patient outcomes. The evidence we present here outlines how the medical home inspires quality in care, cultivates more engaging patient relationships, and captures savings through expanded access and delivery options that align patient preferences with payer and provider capabilities. This report will be updated as new evidence of PCMH implementation is released.
Download the Evidence Report here.  

If you have any PCMH questions, please contact Shannon Parker at shannon.parker@wvpca.org  or Emma White at  emma.white@wvpca.org.
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Supreme Court will hear challenge to ACA 

Modern Healthcare reported that the Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider a politically charged legal challenge brought by the Trump administration and Republican attorneys general that could take down the Affordable Care Act.

The judges will weigh the case in their fall 2020 term, as they previously declined to take the case up on an expedited schedule. That means the justices likely will not decide the case before the 2020 presidential election.

Twenty Republican-led states, along with individual plaintiffs, sued in February 2018 to abolish the ACA. They argued that the individual mandate is unconstitutional because the 2017 Congress zeroed out the penalty associated with not having insurance, and as a result, the rest of the Affordable Care Act must fall with it.

The court will allow 33 state hospital associations to file a legal brief supporting Democratic attorneys general and the U.S. House of Representatives' argument that the Affordable Care Act should be preserved.

Story developing...
Please join WVPCA in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, March 18 during the NACHC Policy & Issues Forum (P&I) as we meet with the West Virginia congressional delegation to advocate for health centers and the people who count on you for access to care. We will need to again secure federal appropriations in the upcoming federal fiscal year to avoid an interruption in 330-grant funding. It is critical for health center needs to be heard in Washington and heard early so we don't get overlooked. We need to educate our Members of Congress on the value primary care centers offer and the need to protect this federal investment in access to quality affordable primary health care."Hill Day" for health center legislative visits will be on Wednesday, March 18. The full schedule, registration and other information can be found on the  NACHC 2020 P&I Website.  
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At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will have learned to...
  • Describe the process for acceptance into a problem solving court program;
  • Identify three (3) interventions that problem solving courts typically provide to individuals arrested for drug misuse or for crimes associated with drug misuse; and
  • Compare recidivism rates for individuals sentenced to traditional correctional facilities with those who are deferred to problem solving courts.
Target Audience: Physicians, nurses, social workers, case managers, public health practitioners, and other health professionals who would benefit from the information.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

West Virginia Cancer Resource Survivorship Summit

The West Virginia Survivorship Resource Summit sponsored by the American Cancer Society through a grant from the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health/Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease/Comprehensive Cancer Control Program has announced registration is now open.  The goal of the Summit is to share the National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center survivorship guidelines toolkit and to describe aspects of clinical care for the post-treatment cancer survivor in both the cancer setting and primary care.

March 20, 2020
Event Registration-8:00 am - 8:25 am
Program - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Breakfast (light) and 
lunch will be provided.

Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate, all donations will be made to a WV Food Bank.

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.
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Behavioral Health is hosting quarterly regional PRSS trainings to provide educational opportunities on important issues pertaining to addiction and recovery. 
No charge to attend, but space is limited so register early!
Topics: Peer Ethics, Anti-Stigma Among Peers, and Compassion Fatigue
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 
 Kanawha County (Charleston)
University of Charleston (Ballroom)
2300 MacCorkle Ave, SE, 
Charleston, WV 25304
Registration begins at 12:00 pm
Sessions from 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 
 Raleigh County (Beckley)
Beckley Raleigh County 
Convention Center
200 Armory Dr., Beckley, WV 25801
Registration begins at 12:00 pm
Sessions from 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 
Randolph County (Elkins)
The Robert C. Byrd Center for Hospitality & Tourism  (Conference Room B)
Davis & Elkins College
100 Campus Drive, Elkins, WV. 26241
Registration begins at 12:00 pm
Sessions from 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 
 Wood County (Parkersburg)
WVU Parkersburg - Multipurpose Room 1536
300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg WV, 26104
Registration begins at 12:00 pm
Sessions from 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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The WV Immunization Network is now accepting applications for its Take Your Best Shot (TYBS): Adolescent Immunization Pay for Success Project. Last year, the WV Immunization Network had revised TYBS into a Pay for Success (PFS) pilot project linking funding to performance in increasing immunization rates for influenza, HPV and Men B. This 2020-2021 project will follow the same format as last year. The purpose of this strategy is to ensure that high-quality, effective immunization services result in increased adolescent vaccination rates. Eligible lead agency applicants include public and private entities, such as local health departments, community health centers, hospitals, school-based health clinics, private clinics or other organizations.

If you have questions about the TYBS project or application, please contact Barb Thaxton, WIN Program Manager at Barbara.thaxton@wvruralhealth.org.

Applications are due by 5pm on March 13, 2020.
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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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This project is/was supported partially/fully by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U58CS06834 State and Regional Primary Care Associations. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.