October 30, 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.


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 State  News


Hepatitis A reported in Marion County, additional cases in Harrison County, WV
Read the entire article from WVNews  here

Health care professionals, nonprofit agencies have made impact on breast cancer survivor rates
Read the entire article from The Exponent Telegram here

The children the opioid crisis has left behind 
Read the entire article from The Huffpost  here.

Anti-vaccine billboards appear in several states
Read the entire article from the AP  here
Mountaineer Community Health Center Hosted Community Baby Shower
Top: Attendees to the Community Baby Shower were provided with free gift bags. | Bottom: Provider Tina Waugh, NP, demonstrates infant CPR. 
Members of the Paw Paw community were welcomed to a Community Baby Shower late last month organized and hosted by the Mountaineer Community Health Center, in conjunction with the Morgan County Partners In Prevention Team. As part of this free event, Morgan County residents - those pregnant or with a child under the age of two and a guest- were invited to participate in an evening of gifts, prizes and workshops with free childcare.
Tina Waugh, NP, a provider at Mountaineer Community Health Center lead a demonstration of infant CPR for attendees in addition to additional workshops available for attendees.
Registration Open for 2018 UDS Training in Charleston
The WVPCA, in conjunction with HRSA/BPHC will be hosting the 2018 UDS Training, presented by Art Stickgold.  This event will be held on Thursday, November 8, at the Holiday Inn Express - Civic Center, Charleston.  Registration is at 8:00 am with the session beginning at 8:30 am and concluding at 4:30 pm.  Registration information 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.
Got 10 Minutes? Good for the Brain
We all think about ways to become healthier and many times we focus on our weight.  "If I lost a little, I might feel better".  But too often we go through the different options and at the end of the day, we decide the cost is too great to implement it. However, we can improve our health, and particularly our brain health by taking a ten-minute walk.  This walk can immediately alter certain parts of your brain so that it communicates better with other parts, particularly memory.  Find out more about improving your health without training for a marathon here
State NewsState
WVDHHR Announces Upcoming Regional Meetings
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR) would like to invite you to one of our upcoming regional meetings to hear about federal opioid funding opportunities and learn about existing efforts and plans for addressing substance use disorder in our state. The meetings will be two-fold:

State Opioid Response (SOR) Planning (3:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
Participants will hear about a new federal opioid funding opportunity, followed by optional time to meet and network with regional partners and brainstorm about strengthening and accessing an evidence-based system of opioid prevention, treatment, and recovery services.

Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP): Strategic Substance Use Disorder Plan - Community Review and Comment (5:30 pm - 7:00 pm)
Open to the general public, participants will be invited to review and provide input to WVDHHR about a statewide plan for addressing substance use disorder, with particular emphasis on the opioid crisis.

Please find the meeting dates and locations listed below (you are welcome to attend any meeting location). Refreshments will be served. Please share this information widely. We hope that you will be able to join us!

Region 1: Wednesday, November 7
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (SOR Planning) 
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm (ODCP Public Meeting) 
Ohio County DHHR Office 
69 16th Street | Wheeling, WV 26003 
Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel

Region 2: Tuesday, November 20
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (SOR Planning) 
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm (ODCP Public Meeting) 
Comfort Inn Aikens Center 
1872 Edwin Miller Blvd. | Martinsburg, WV, 25404 
Pendleton, Grant, Hardy, Mineral, Hampshire, Morgan, Jefferson, Berkeley

Region 3: Tuesday, November 13
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (SOR Planning) 
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm (ODCP Public Meeting) 
WVU Parkersburg - Caperton Center - Auditorium C102
167 Nicolette Road | Parkersburg WV, 26104
Tyler, Pleasants, Wood, Ritchie, Jackson, Wirt, Roane, Calhoun

Region 4: Monday, November 19
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (SOR Planning) 
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm (ODCP Public Meeting) 
Robert H. Mollohan Research Center - Exhibition Hall
1000 Galliher Drive | Fairmont, WV 26554 
Monongalia, Preston, Marion, Doddridge, Harrison, Taylor, Barbour, Tucker, Gilmer, Lewis, Upshur, Randolph, Braxton

Region 5: Thursday, November 8
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (SOR Planning) 
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm (ODCP Public Meeting) 
Saint John XXIII Pastoral Center 
100 Hodges Rd. | Charleston, WV 25314 
Mason, Putnam, Kanawha, Clay, Cabell, Wayne, Mingo, Logan, Lincoln, Boone

Region 6: Monday, November 5

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (SOR Planning) 
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm (ODCP Public Meeting) 
Beckley Raleigh County Convention Center 
200 Armory Dr. | Beckley, WV 25801 
Webster, Pocahontas, Nicholas, Fayette, Greenbrier, Raleigh, Summers, Monroe, Wyoming, Mercer, McDowell

Marshall University and Project ECHO host Endo-Cardio ECHO Opportunity 
Marshall University has partnered with Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes). The goal of this program is to increase the capacity of primary care providers to safely and effectively treat chronic, common, and complex conditions associated with endocrinology and cardiology issues. The ECHO clinic is held the first Tuesday of each month at 12:00  with alternating endocrinology and cardiology sessions.

For more information, click here
2018 Health Information Technology Summit Registration Now Open
 You are invited to the 2018 Health Information Technology (HIT) Summit being held at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center on November 14, 2018.  This one-day summit will focus on building technology partnerships across sectors to coordinate services to West Virginians affected by substance use disorder.  A special thank you to the West Virginia Partnership for Health Innovation, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, and the West Virginia Chapter of HIMMS for their work in helping organize this highly important summit.  Contact wvhit@wv.gov with any questions about the summit.
Registration information is available here. The complete invitation is available here and the draft agenda can be accessed here
National NewsNational
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day was Saturday, October 27 , 2018. However, if you missed it, year-round collection sites are available to return unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs. 

According to a 2016 report, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. This initiative was created  as an opportunity to address this crucial public health issue and provide an opportunity  for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.   The total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 is 9,964,714 pounds, or 4,982 tons.

For more information about the Take-Back Day, check out the DEA's official website here
Webinar and Training Opportunities 

NCQA Digital Quality Summit
When: November 14-15
Where: Washington, DC
WhatThe Summit convenes quality improvement stakeholders including senior decision makers, measure development experts, clinicians, government agencies, public health officials, data intermediaries, vendors and payers to advance measure interoperability solutions. Registration is available here
Community Health Center ResourcesResources

This is the second installment of the Monthly Legal Minute with Jackson Kelly PLLC. This month's article discusses discuss a key legal requirements specific to Federally Qualified Health Centers ("FQHCs"). As "safety net" providers of health care, the ability of FQHCs to serve their patient bases is critically important. The governing boards of FQHCs are strategic catalysts towards effective patient care, since they are the key decision-makers of the organizations. This article will detail some of the most significant requirements for FQHC governing boards in terms of board composition, responsibility, and authority.

Section 330(k)(3)(H) of the PHS Act (42 U.S.C. § 254b) states that all FQHCs must establish an independent governing board that assumes full authority and oversight responsibility for the FQHC. As such, governing boards must be comprised of individuals who not only hold the patients' interests as paramount, but who also will take responsibility and action to ensure the operational and financial success of the facility.

In furtherance of these principles, certain board composition requirements must be met by all FQHCs. Specifically, there must be a minimum of nine or a maximum of 25 members of the board. The CEO may serve only as non-voting ex-officio member of the board, and board members may not be employees (or an immediate family member of an employee).

A majority of the members of the board (at least 51 percent) must be individuals who are served by the health center. Moreover, patient board members must reasonably represent the individuals who are served by the FQHC in terms of race, ethnicity, and sex. FQHCs are also encouraged to consider patient members' representation in terms of other factors such as socioeconomic status, age, and other relevant demographics.

With respect to non-patient board members, those individuals must be representative of the community currently served by the FQHC and must be selected for their expertise in pertinent subject areas, such as local government, finance and banking, the law, trade unions, or social service agencies in the area. Also, no more than one-half of the non-patient board members may derive more than 10 percent of their annual income from the health care industry.

In addition to board composition, an FQHC must make sure its governing board's authority, functions, and responsibilities are aligned with certain FQHC requirements. Governing boards are responsible for ensuring that the FQHC is financially stable and is operating in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations as well as its own established policies and procedures. Therefore, board members should be knowledgeable about the community and health care industry trends, and must be willing to adapt the health center's policies and positions to facilitate an effective response to these emerging issues.

Importantly, the board must ensure that its authority is not trumped by any third-party interest. As such, no other entity may have an overriding approval authority over the board, and no other entity (aside from the FQHC board) may have the authority to select or dismiss the CEO/Executive Director. This prohibition includes cases where FQHCs combine the CEO position with that of any other key management staff.

In sum, these board requirements ensure that FQHCs have the potential to succeed and effectively assist their local communities, including the underserved populations residing there. By adhering to these requirements, the FQHC, its patients, and the entire community will benefit from FQHC board accountability and efficacy.

Rachel Ludwig is a healthcare lawyer at Jackson Kelly PLLC.  She is available for consultation through a special retainer relationship with the WVPCA.  Rachel can be reached (304) 340-1185.
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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Member Relations Coordinator
Shannon Parker, 
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