February 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
Quick Links: In This Issue.....


New director of Office of Drug Control Policy shares vision 
Read the entire op-ed, originally from The Register-Herald  here

Collide or collaborate? Community health centers and hospitals work through their overlap 
Read the entire op-ed, originally from Modern Healthcare  here.*

Repealing individual mandate penalty will cause spike in uninsured: CMS 
Read the entire op-ed, originally from Modern Healthcare  here.*
(*May require free subscription)
WV CHCs Receive NCQA/PCMH Recognition
Congratulations to Camden on Gauley for achieving NCQA PCMH 2014 Level 3 Recognition for their Summersville Site! 
Congratulations to Robert C. Byrd Clinic for achieving NCQA PCMH 2014 Level 3 Recognition! 
Last Chance to Register- Connecting Health and Home: How One CHC is Providing Home Visit Services
The West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA) invites you to register for Connecting Health and Home: How one CHC is Providing Home Visit Services, a one-hour interactive webchat scheduled for February 22, 2018 at noon. Join us as Robert Haddix and Allyson Scott discuss Valley Health Care's Home Visit Program. During the webchat, they will share strategies for providing effective and efficient care for complex patients through home visits.
Additionally, WVPCA School-Based Health Coordinator John Kennedy will discuss the Huntington Quick Response Team's strategy for home visits and ways their model of care for patients who have received emergency medical care for drug overdoses may be adopted by health centers as another tool in the effort to reduce the opioid crisis.
For more information, or to register, please find the flyer here
Join us in celebration of National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month 
February is National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month, which provides an opportunity to recognize our success and raise awareness about school-based health centers.

This year, the national School-Based Health Alliance is utilizing the theme of the month - Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies - to a topic that is front of mind for many in West Virginia and across the nation, the increasing need for mental health services for children and youth in the wake our the opioid crisis. In a state ravaged by this crisis, this is a message that resonates.
School-Based Health Centers are uniquely suited to provide care to the students and teens whose lives are impacted by this opioid epidemic.
Throughout February, school-based health care providers and advocates from across the country will highlight the mental health needs of children and the role SBHCs play in bringing much needed capacity - especially in rural communities through innovations such as telehealth.
What you can do:
  • Today (February 20) at 2:00 PM EST, the School-Based Health Alliance will be hosting a Twitter Chat utilizing the #SBHCmonth18.
  • Follow the WVPCA on Facebook and Twitter for daily information about West Virginia's School-Based Health Centers.
  • Share your SBH stories.
  • Check out more information and ideas for School-Based Health Care Awareness Month here.
Grant Opportunity | School-Based Health Center Capital (SBHCC) Program 
HRSA recently announced a grant opportunity for School-Based Health Center Capital (SBHCC) Program. The closing date for applications is February 17, 2018. 

For the purposes of this funding opportunity, eligible applicants must be a SBHC or a sponsoring facility of a SBHC applying on behalf of a SBHC. A SBHC: (i) Is located in or near a school facility of a school district or board, or a school facility of an Indian tribe or tribal organization; (ii) Is organized through school, community, and health provider relationships; (iii) Is administered by a sponsoring facility; (iv) Through health professionals, provides primary health services to children in accordance with State and local law, including laws relating to licensure and certification; and (v) Satisfies such other requirements as a State may establish for the operation of such a clinic. A sponsoring facility of an SBHC includes any of the following: (i) A hospital. (ii) A public health department. (iii) A community health center. (iv) A nonprofit health care agency. (v) A local educational agency (as defined under section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 USC 7801). (vi) A program administered by the Indian Health Service or the Bureau of Indian Affairs or operated by an Indian tribe or a tribal organization.

Additional information is available here
WVPCA Launches Emergency Preparedness ListServ
The WVPCA recently  launched an emergency preparedness listserv.  This listserv serves as a portal to keep health centers informed on news and updates with emergency management, as well as giving health centers a chance to interact with one another. 

If you or anyone from your organization would like to be added to this listserv please contact Ruby Piscopo, Ruby.Piscopo@wvpca.org
State NewsStateNews
Apply Now to Become a Presenter at the WV Rural Health Conference 
The WV Rural Health Conference is currently requesting presentations for their upcoming conference.  The conference theme is, "Revitalizing our Rural Communities for a Health West Virginia," and includes the following tracks:  Leadership/Policy, Clinical and Future of Health Care/Innovation.  This year's conference will be held October 17-19, 2018, at Pipestem State Park Resort. 
Please click here to review the RFP for the conference.
WVU Offering a Certified Tobacco Treatment Training Program | May 18 & 19 and June 1 & 2
The West Virginia University (WVU) School of Dentistry, in cooperation with the Office of Inter-professional Education presents "A Certified Tobacco Treatment Training Program (CTTTP)". The four-day course will run May 18-19 and June 1-2, 2018 at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center in Morgantown. 

Professionals in the fields of medicine, dentistry, social work, pharmacy, nursing and public health will present evidence-based strategies to assist patients and clients interested in tobacco cessation. 

The training is recommended for physicians, physician assistants, dentists, dental hygienists, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, physical therapists and other health care providers who encounter tobacco using patients/clients. 

View the flyer here for additional information and continuing education credit information. Registration is available here
WV Oral Health Coalition Launches Rethink Your Drink Website
Because we all want to create a healthier West Virginia, many health groups are seeking to reduce consumption of sugary drinks. Too many people are consuming sugary drinks that lead to high rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes, tooth decay, heart problems and other health harms. This week, a new website called 
RethinkYourDrinkWV.com has been launched by the West Virginia Oral Health Coalition (WVOHC). Visitors to the website can type in their favorite drink and receive suggestions for healthier options. RethinkYourDrinkWV.com promotes water whenever and milk with meals.
* The website's "Resources" page provides learning activities that parents and teachers can use, as well as a several handouts to raise awareness.
* The website's social media kit can be used by anyone to post messages that draw attention to this important issue.
WVOHC developed the website in consultation with several organizations: KEYS 4 HealthyKids, American Heart Association, WVU's Extension Service (Family Nutrition Program), West Virginians for Affordable Health Care and the Healthy Kids & Families Coalition.
AHA and HRSA Offer Target BP Webinar for Health Centers 
 HRSA, in collaboration with the American Heart Association, is offering a "Target: BP" webinar on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. The one-hour webinar begins at 1:00 PM EST and will feature Mike Rakotz, MD, FAHA, FAAFP, VP of Improving Health Outcomes for the American Medical Association and Paul Mather, MD, FACC, FAHA, FHFSA, FESC, FACP, President of the American Heart Association's Great Rivers Affiliate Board of Directors. 

Webinar participants will be able to:
  • Identify the importance of blood pressure control.
  • Describe the updated American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association's blood pressure guidelines and classify patients into each category.
  • Apply Target:BP M.A.P. framework to improve blood pressure control for patients.
  • Recommend and apply practice protocols to improve hypertension treatment.

For more information, or to register, click here

Registration Open for WVPBRN Retreat 
Registration for the 5 th Annual West Virginia Practice-Based Research Network (WVPBRN) Retreat is now open. This year's retreat activities will include poster and oral presentations highlighting current WVPBRN projects, a PBRN successes and challenges panel, and networking opportunities to discuss future projects and initatives. Deadline to register for the retreat is February 13, 2018. Please feel free to contact Andrew Denny, Network Coordinator (304-581-1922) or Stacey Whanger, Network Manager (304-581-1821) if you have any questions.

Click  here for more information. 

Hepatitis C Overview Webinar Scheduled Feb. 27 
The WVU Health Sciences Office of Continuing Education recently announced a new webinar,  Hepatitis C Overview . The webinar is scheduled for February 27 from 12:00 - 1"30 PM. 

This program is designed for local/regional health care providers, specifically physicians, residents, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses.

Click  here  to view the flyer and  here  to register. 
National NewsNationalNews
Registration is still open for the 2018 Policy & Issues (P&I) Forum hosted by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) held in D.C. March 14-17.

Be sure to register for the P&I today to make sure you are up-to-date on the latest policy trends affecting health centers from workforce issues, to 340B, to telehealth, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment, and more. Register here to attend in-person or virtually.

Join the NACHC Policy & Advocacy teams for a webinar on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 3:00pm to learn more about preparing for Community Health Center Hill Day 2018.
Registration is open for the HRSA Healthy Grants Workshop May 30-31 
Registration is now open for the HRSA Healthy Grants Workshop scheduled for May 30-31, 2018 at HRSA's headquarters (5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD). Registration, FAQ, draft agenda and logistics information is available here

The workshop is limited to 200 active HRSA grantees. For more information, reach out to workshop staff at 2018HealthyGrants@hrsa.gov
Webinar Opportunity - Get Ready for National Infant Immunization Week 
The Virtual Immunization Network is hosting a the "Get Ready for National Infant Immunization Week 20158!" webinar on Wednesday, March 7 at 12:00 PM EST. This one-hour webinar will discuss planning tools, digital communications resources and CDC activities planned for National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW). NIIW will be held April 21-28, 2018.

The Houston Health Department will also share lessons learned from NIIW 2017, including outreach to pregnant women about infant immunization, as well as plans for this year. 

Registration is available here
Live 5-Part BPHC Compliance Webinar Series offered 
Beginning today, January 23, and ending February 20, NACHC and Feldsman Trucker Leifer Fidell (FTLF) are offering an updated live session of the popular webinar series, The New Health Center Compliance Manual & Its Impact on the Program Requirements.  The series is designed to provide FQHCs with technical assistance on implementation of the manual - and now includes tips for the new Site Visit Protocol, which is BPHC's assessment process beginning January 22, 2018.
Community Health Center ResourcesCHCresources 
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 Patient.  All 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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