November 6, 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
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 State  News


US health officials look to city for ideas on addiction recovery
Read the entire article from the Herald-Dispatch here

Open Enrollment starts for Affordable Care Act
Read the entire article from the Herald-Dispatch  here

Most in North Central West Virginia can choose between two marketplace health insurance providers, ACA open enrollment closes Dec. 15
Read the entire article from the Exponent Telegram  here
November is National Diabetes Month
The theme of this year's National Diabetes Month is Promoting Health After Gestational Diabetes, according to the National Institute of Health's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that about half of women who had gestational diabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes. That's why it's important for a woman with a history of gestational diabetes to understand her increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes in the future.  

Find out more information and access the National Diabetes Month 2018 toolkit here
Remember to head to the polls TODAY (Tuesday, November 6) and encourage others to do the same! In West Virginia, polls are open from 6:30 AM - 7:30 PM on Election Day. 

To find your polling place, click here.  Make sure you have the right identification to cast your vote by clicking here
St. George Medical Clinic Hosted Open House
Pictured in the center are Woody Nestor's daughter Priscilla Flanagan, his wife Juanita Nestor and granddaughter Nancy Dotson along with St. George Medical Center's administrator Paul Wamsley.

St. George Medical Clinic recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony and Open House at the newly constructed addition of the Woody Nestor Behavioral Health and Primary Care Service Wing. 

Greetings from Senator Joe Manchin said "The addition of the behavioral health and primary care wing is a testament to the administrators and staff who care deeply about providing the best possible care. "   
Last Chance to Register for the 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

Registration closes today at 5:00 PM. 
Registration Now Open: Workflow Mapping: Efficiency + Effectiveness = Quality 
Please join the WVPCA and Jennifer Calohan RN, CURIS Consulting for the second of six, hour-long interactive webinars that will explore topics to assist health centers with Quality Improvement.  This webinar, Workflow Mapping: Efficiency + Effectiveness = Quality is scheduled for Tuesday, November 27 at noon. Registration is available here .
The first 40 minutes of this webinar will be information about the Workflow Mapping from Jennifer Calohan and the remaining 20 minutes will be an opportunity for Peer to Peer learning which Jennifer Calohan and Emma White will facilitate.  Jennifer Calohan will explain work flow mapping and share tools you can use in your health center to map a process thoroughly and develop approaches to improve procedures. We would like you to share your questions, ideas and or comments about work flow mapping to promote peer to peer learning.
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.
The Divide is Great - But it is NOT What You Think
What is it that some parents and towns are trying to ban, while others are feeling fortunate to have it? The digital gap between the haves and have nots is not what we expected. Some schools are looking for ways to limit screen time while others are moving towards on-line preschools.  It appears that technology, particularly, the amount of screen time is a huge social experiment on our children and while we don't know everything, we do know somethings.  As one parent says," What happens to my daughter if she can't communicate over dinner"?   Click here for the different sides of this great divide.
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

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 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
PACHC Statement Regarding the Death of Dr. Richard Gottfried at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill 
NACHC joins with the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC) in mourning the loss of Dr. Rich Gottfried. Dr. Gottfried was among those slain at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, and served as a part-time dentist at Squirrel Hill Health Center. 

PACHC issued the following statement:

"It is with great sorrow we share that a member of our community health center family, Dr. Rich Gottfried, was among the victims at Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill. Dr. Gottfried was a part-time dentist at Squirrel Hill Health Center, where he worked with his wife, Dr. Peg Durachko. In Judaism, mourners are comforted with these words, Baruch Dayan Ha'emet and these: May his memory be for a blessing.

We are deeply saddened by the senseless acts of violence that continue to plague our nation. With our health center family, we remain dedicated to improving access to healing, health and hope for all."
Save the Date - BPHC All-Programs Webcast
The next Bureau of Primary Health care (BPHC) All-Programs webcast is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 2:30 - 3:30 pm ET. Webcast information is coming soon. To submit questions in advance, send an email to by Wednesday, Nov. 21, with the subject line "BPHC All-Programs Question."
Auto-HPSA Update
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) indicates distribution to individual Auto-HPSA organizations began Nov. 1. HRSA has scheduled two technical assistance webinars for Auto-HPSA organizations: 
Both webinars will contain the same content and will be recorded. Auto-HPSA organizations do not need to register in advance of the webinars.
CMS Slashed Clinic Visit Payments, Expands 340B Cuts
In a sweeping outpatient payment rule, the CMS will reduce Medicare pay for checkups in outpatient departments by 70% and expand a controversial 340B cut to additional care sites. Read the entire article from Modern Healthcare here
Reimbursement Limitations on Home Healthcare Are Being Loosened
Home healthcare programs are proliferating as health plans and at-risk providers look for ways to keep patients out of the hospital or from returning after being discharged. Read the entire article from Modern Healthcare here
FDA OKs Powerful Opioid Pill as Alternative to IV Painkiller
The Food and Drug Administration approved a fast-acting, super-potent opioid tablet as an alternative to IV painkillers used in hospitals. The decision came over objections that the pill could be abused. Read the entire article from Modern Healthcare here
MAAETC: 30th Anniversary & World AIDS Day Event
Join the MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center (MAAETC) on Friday, November 30 to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of World AIDS Day and the 30th Anniversary of the MAAETC at the University of Pittsburgh! Registration is $50 and is available here.

Additionally, MAETC is hosting a number of webinars including the following:

Role of Emergency Medicine: Substance Use Treatment 
Nov. 7 | 12:00  - 1:00 PM EST
Details and  registration available here

Role of Emergency Medicine: HIV Linkage to Care
Nov.14 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST
Details and  registration available here

A complete list of available webinars is available here.   Additional in-person trainings are also available 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
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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