QuickNotes October 2015
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Fall Primary Care Conference
Employer-Sponsored Healthcare Options
Physician Burnout and Mindfulness Training
Ask Adele: Meaningful Use

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Career Center
Region X Highlights
Professional Development
Thank you to our Annual Sponsors


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Only Days Until the Fall Conference!

It isn't too late to register for the Fall Primary Care Conference in Seattle. If you decide at the last minute to attend, you may register on site!

In addition to 50 breakout sessions and two powerful plenaries, we have arranged for state-specific meetings with HRSA reps, dialogue with NACHC, lunch with Dr. Marilyn Gaston, our keynote speaker, and the famous Roundtable Lunch Discussions.


Learn more about the Fall Primary Care Conference

ACA Leads to Innovation in Employer-Sponsored Healthcare Options

Danielle Ledford, Community Liaison, Nonstop Wellness

Editor's Note: Nonstop Wellness will be hosting a VIP networking reception at the Fall Primary Care Conference for C-level executives on Monday, October 19. Nonstop Wellness is also sponsoring the fiscal track at the conference.

In this age of healthcare reform, it’s no secret that organizations of all sizes – but especially those with 50+ employees – are struggling to find the balance between rising healthcare costs, ACA compliance, and a competitive job market. New and better solutions must be found to relieve the strain. Partially self-funding health coverage is one such approach. Asian Health Services (CA), for example, switched from fully funded coverage to partially self-funded coverage and immediately began saving on premiums.


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Easing Physician Burnout with Mindfulness Training

Lisa Hardmeyer Gray, Veteran's Medical Center

Editor's Note: Lisa will be presenting on mindfulness at the Fall Primary Care Conference

Research has revealed that unrelenting job pressures cause 30-40% of practicing physicians to experience the emotional, mental and physical exhaustion characteristic of burnout. Several recent studies with primary care doctors are showing compelling evidence that Mindfulness training can alleviate burnout.  Mindfulness, which trains the mind to be more present and attentive in the moment, has been shown to help doctors become more focused, more empathetic, and less emotionally exhausted. 

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Ask Adele: Evolving Through Meaningful Use

Adele Allison, Director, Provider Innovation Strategies, DST Health Solutions

Editor's Note: Adele will be presenting on a variety of topics at the Fall Primary Care Conference

:  I hear that for Medicare providers Meaningful Use incentives are over but the program has been made permanent.  Can you clarify and explain where Medicaid eligible professionals (EPs) stand in relation to Meaningful Use?

Read the answer

NWRPCA welcomes readers to submit articles in response to our features.

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NWRPCA’s Regional Director of Medical Education Takes on National Role

Dr. Lisa Watts, DO, who has served as Regional Director of Medical Education (RDME) since the inception of our Portland medical school campus in 2008, assumed an additional national responsibility on October 1. As announced by Jeffrey Morgan, acting dean of the School of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona (SOMA / A.T. Still University), Dr. Watts has been appointed Assistant Dean of Clinical Services, Assessment and Outcomes / Director of Medical Education. In this expanded role, she will facilitate curriculum development, oversee assessment and outcomes for clinical clerkships, and provide leadership for the Clinical Education Department. In addition, she will facilitate the transition of SOMA students from undergraduate to graduate medical education.

Dr. Watts, who was instrumental in helping establish our Portland campus as part of NACHC’s 11-campus nationwide network, will continue to be involved with the campus. Working with her, also as RDME, is Dr. Lee Herskowitz, DO.

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Region X Highlights


Peninsula Community Health Services and Seward Community Health Center models of quality healthcare on the Kenai Peninsula.  Local Healthcare Task Force will propose policy changes for the peninsula.  Read full article

Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center helps Alaskans sign up for Medicaid, including those who need specialty care that can save their lives. Read full article

Peninsula Community Health Services makes the ICD-10 transition fun for staff. Read full article


Challis Area Health Center received a New Access Point Award, will be able to hire more mid-level providers and expand mental health and dental services.  Congratulations on your award!  Read full article

Terry Reilly Health Services will open a new clinic in Boise in spring 2016. Read full article


Wallace Medical Concern physician teaches other providers about health literacy and how to be clear when speaking to patients.  Read full article

Adapt/SouthRiver Community Health Center received $244,000 from HRSA and will add a new clinical team. Read full article


Public Health- Seattle & King County found a 38% decrease in the number of uninsured since 2013, more than all but one other state in the country, attributable in part to the outreach and enrollment efforts of local community health centers.  Read full article

Dietitians at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic discuss healthy eating habits and childhood obesity. Read full article

Lake Roosevelt Community Health Centers able to treat American Indian veterans without VA pre-authorization, enhancing access to care.  Read full article

Interfaith Community Health Center now Unity Care NW. Read full article

Map of Chinese-born population created by the Seattle Times in preparation for the Chinese president's visit proved useful for International Community Health Services to do community needs assessments.  Read full article

Peninsula Community Health Services' new dental clinic in Port Orchard already inundated with patients. Read full article

Professional Development
NWRPCA Opportunities


Grant Writing: Prepare for SAC or NAP 2016
Two-part Webinar Series

Day 1: November 5, 2015 – 12:00 to 1:30 PM PT
Understanding the federal compliance issues of the Service Area Competition grant


Day 2: November 12, 2015 -  12:00 to 1:30 PM PT
Creating a work plan for either SAC or NAP application


Instructor: Rebecca Johnson


"Let's face it, the 19 HRSA requirements aren't the most exciting topic. But this webinar series has been a real-world, straight shooting, completely engaging review of the material. I especially appreciate the practice tips. When Rebecca talks, I'm listening!" 
- Jennifer Kreidler-Moss, CEO, Peninsula Community Health Services


Details and registration here


Explore the unique history of the CHC and its vital role today. 

Introduction to Community Health Centers, an interactive, dynamic and easy-to-complete online course,  allows you to dive deeper into the world of community health centers (CHCs), exploring the history of the health justice and health equity movement and the roles and responsibilities of the current CHC. Now in their 50th year, CHCs are the critical primary care access points for underserved populations in the United States today.

As this course inherently honors CHCs, we have a special package deal available for health centers! Get full-year access to this special course to use at your CHC for both current and future staff and board. It’s perfect for introducing everyone to the vibrant world of CHCs.


Take the course here




Confident in your compliance? Following the sweeping changes of 2013-14, including OMB’s Supercircular and HRSA’s PINs on both budgeting/accounting and the sliding fee discount scale, health centers need to position themselves to reduce the risks of waste, fraud and abuse while meeting the key responsibilities for effective administration.


Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell presents Supercircular, Sliding Fee Scale, and Budget Pins: Federal Compliance Requirements for Health Centers
January 21-22, 2016 in Seattle


Instructors: Marcie Zakheim and Ted Waters


Details and registration here

Region X 2015 UDS Training

Seattle, Washington


December 10, 2015 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Beyond UDS - new public housing requirements for FQHCs and Growth Opportunities through Partnership. Jennifer Rankin and Alex Lehr, instructors


December 11, 2015 - 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Preparing the 2015 UDS Report. Art Stickgold, instructor


Watch our UDS training event page for details and registration


Mark Your Calendar!

The 2016 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health will be held in Portland, February 24-26


Weaving together primary care and the social determinants to build a movement for health equity

Coming to the Fall Primary Care Conference? Bring your credit card and approved PO, because you'll be able to register at the conference for the Western Forum at a 50% discount!

Learn more about the Forum

Opportunities from Our Learning Connections Partners

Promotores de Salud E-Learning Program
Office of Minority Health
October 14, 2015 at 11:30 PT 

Health on the Range: Rural Health Issues and Resources
National Network of Libraries of Medicine (Member, NWRPCA)
November 5, 2015 

2015 Injury and Violence Prevention Summit
Northwest Center for Public Health Practice
November 13, 2015

Palliative Care Workshop
American Cancer Society (Member, NWRPCA)
November 18, 2015
Seattle, WA

Visit NWRPCA's Partner trainings page for more information on all of these trainings

Find more professional development opportunities on the NWRPCA trainings page


October is Health Literacy Month
Visit NWRPCA's health literacy page for more information


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Visit NWRPCA's clinical resources page for domestic violence resources for providers and patients

Understanding ACEs
ACE Interface has released a great resource on understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how they relate to health.
Find this and more on NWRPCA's PCMH resources page

Great American Smoke Out 
The American Cancer Society Great American Smoke Out is November 19, a day to encourage smokers to quit and provide the resources for them to do so
Find smoking cessation tools for patients and providers from the American Cancer Society on NWRPCA's clinical resources page

Funding Opportunity: FY 2016 Outreach and Enrollment Supplemental Funding Opportunity
See this funding announcement and more on our funding page

COPE-REMS: Don't forget to take the COPE-REMS course on treating chronic pain and  join NWRPCA's pain management online community, where you can connect with others in the region who work with patients with chronic pain.  

QuickNotes is the newsletter of Northwest Regional Primary Care Association. Each issue features a variety of information about community health, member news and spotlights, and important funding and workforce listings.

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U58CS06846, "S/RPCAs," total award $950K, with 65% of program funded by nongovernmental sources. 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.

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