July 3, 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 Pam Moore, Member Relations 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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CHC Resources
State News


Trump administration plans to require hospitals to list 'shoppable' prices 
Read the entire article from Fierce Healthcare   here

UnitedHealth scoops up health tech startup PatientsLikeMe 
Read the entire article from  Fierce Healthcare   here

Suicide rates rising in nation, rising faster in WV
Read the entire article from WVNews  here
Register Now! Diabetes Self-Management Training for Community Health Centers 
Please join the West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA), for a one-day Diabetes Self-Management Training for Community Health Centers (CHCs). Nell Stuart, a Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator, will discuss and review all aspects of diabetes self management. During the one-day training, participants will learn more about diabetes myths and facts, medication basics, nutrition for patients with diabetes, counting carbohydrates and motivational interviewing to assist patients with self-management in a care setting.  Emma White, RN, PCMH CCE, will discuss the intersection of the social determinants of health and self-management goal setting ability and work flow mapping to optimize self-management goal setting in your CHC. 

The training is $30 per person for Community Health Center Staff. The training will be held in Charleston at the TransCanada (formerly Columbia Gas) Building. Registration is available here
Congratulations to Minnie Hamilton Health System for achieving new NCQA PCMH 2017 Recognition for their Grantsville and Glenville sites! 
New Pregnancy Medicaid Guidelines are Effective July 1 
Open Session Announcement for Certified Application Counselor Designated Organizations - Application Link is Now LIVE!
Please find below a notice provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Please note- if your organization is already a Certified Application Counselor Designated Organization, no further action is required. 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invites organizations who would like to become Certified Application Counselor Designated Organizations (CDOs) to apply during CMS's Open Season beginning June 12, 2019, and ending September 16, 2019. Certified Application Counselor Designated Organizations are a vital component of the assister community. In the Federally-facilitated Marketplace, CDOs oversee certified application counselors (CACs) who are trained and able to help consumers seeking health coverage options through the Marketplace.  
Any organization seeking to provide CAC enrollment assistance to consumers for Plan Year 2020 must be a certified CDO. In order to be designated as a CDO, you must submit an online application and enter into an agreement with CMS.

The CDO application link is now live and can be accessed here:
https://mats.secure.force.com/CDOApplication/ CDO Application technical assistance webinar recordings, user guides, and more can be found here .

For additional questions, contact us at  CACQuestions@cms.hhs.gov.
State NewsStateNews
27th Annual WV Rural Health Conference October 8-11 
The 27th Annual West Virginia Rural Health Conference is scheduled for October 8-11, 2019 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Huntington, WV. This year's conference theme is "Country Roads: Moving WV Rural Health Forward." 

T his conference provides attendees with education and information about innovation, best practices and leadership in rural health. The conference includes state and national rural health updates along with providing attendees the opportunity to network with others interested in improving rural health care in West Virginia.

For more information, click here
National NewsNational
Upcoming Webinar Features Speakers from Valley Health Systems = Conversations with a Health Center: Providing Safe, High-Quality Obstetrics Care
FREE Live Webinar from ECRI Institute on behalf of HRSA

Health centers and free clinics that provide obstetric care encounter numerous risks, including factors related to patients' clinical history and social background, challenges around patient engagement, and gaps in communication with other providers and care settings. Health centers can learn from other organizations that have successfully implemented proactive strategies for reducing such risks and improving patient safety.

Please join us on July 23rd or July 24th, 2019 as we welcome guest speakers from Valley Health Systems, Huntington, West Virginia, who will share case studies, experiences, challenges, and lessons learned from their efforts to improve the quality of care for the health center's obstetric patients. Specific topics covered will include:
  • Providing safe, high-quality care for obstetric patients with substance use disorders
  • Addressing challenges in caring for high-risk obstetric patients
  • Implementing successful processes for tracking patient referrals
  • Facilitating care transitions, communication, and continuity of care between health centers and other community entities
ECRI Institute on behalf of HRSA presents this FREE program.

Who Should Attend?  Administrators (e.g., Executive Directors, Chief Medical Officers), Risk Managers, Obstetrics Providers, Family Practice Providers, Nurses, Patient safety officers, Quality improvement staff, Behavioral Health, Social Workers

For your convenience, the same webinar will be offered on two dates. Please register by choosing one of the options below.
Tuesday, July 23:
Or, Wednesday, July 24:
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.

Information provided by ECRI Institute is intended as guidance to be used consistent with the internal needs of your organization. This information is not to be viewed as required by ECRI Institute or the Health Resources and Services Administration.
Harm Reduction Telehealth Opportunities 
Challenges of the Rural Opioid Epidemic: Treatment and Prevention of HIV and Hepatitis C .  Previous research on HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) among people who inject drugs (PWID) has focused on urban or international populations, yet the US opioid epidemic is moving away from metropolitan centers. In this report, researchers examine the increasing rurality of opioid injection, the challenges to treatment and prevention that are unique to rural areas, and the public health interventions needed to address them. See the Learning Events and Resources of the Week sections below for federal information on programs that can help prevent transmission of infections associated with needle use.
HIV and Health Centers
HRSA-funded health centers help to End the HIV Epidemic by serving as a key point of entry for people undiagnosed with HIV and caring for those with HIV. Check out the freshly updated Health Center Program HIV webpage to learn more about the innovative work done by health centers and to access useful resources that can support your efforts in this area. This is especially timely as many health centers gear up for National HIV Testing Day (Thursday, June 27). Our new content includes a TA resource on HIV testing.
Service Area Considerations Request for Information Available for Preview
HRSA is pleased to announce the release of the Health Center Program Service Area Considerations Request for Information (RFI). HRSA seeks input from the public on service area considerations that may inform HRSA decisions regarding Health Center Program expansion through an existing health center's addition of new service delivery sites.

The Service Area RFI announcement will begin with a 30-day preview period. Instructions on how external stakeholders may submit feedback are forthcoming. Following the preview period, HRSA will accept public feedback for 60 days and plans to announce those details in a future Primary Health Care Digest newsletter. We look forward to receiving your feedback.
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 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 Program
  • Role of the Risk Manager
  • Risk Management Plan
  • Credentialing and Privileging
  • Communication with Patients
  • Tracking Systems for Diagnostic Tests, Referrals, and Hospitalizations
  • Patient Grievances and Complaints
  • Communication among Providers, Staff, and Community Partners
  • Claims and Lawsuits
  • And more!
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
Ruby Piscopo | Special Programs Coordinator
Amanda West | Staff Accountant
Emma White, RN | Clinical Quality Improvement Coordinator 
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