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Northwest Regional Primary Care Association
Timely News for Region X
August 2015 QuickLinks

Medicaid Expansion and Primary Care Demand
Medical-Legal Partnerships
Ask Adele: Healthcare Consolidation
Hosting Medical Students

Suite 330 News
Career Center
Region X Highlights
Professional Development
Thank you to our Annual Sponsors


Clifton Larson Allen


Community Health Plan of Washington


HomeStreet Bank



 Featured Vendors
 McKesson  PMG    

 Featured Articles


Greater Demand for Primary Care Following ACA Medicaid Expansion?

Steffani Bailey, PhD
Jennifer DeVoe, MD, DPhil


Oregon Health Sciences University Family Medicine and OCHIN together undertook a three-year study called “Community Health Center Use after Oregon’s Randomized Medicaid Experiment.”  The study shows that it will be important to ensure that the health care system can support increasing demands by providing more resources to CHCs and other primary care settings.


Read more

Steffani Bailey  


Jennifer DeVoe

Medical-Legal Partnership in Action: Resolving the Social Conditions of Health by Embedding Civil Legal Aid Lawyers in the Health Center

Ellen Lawton, The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
Annette Quayle, Seattle Children's Hospital
Dr. Brian Johnston, Harborview Hospital
Sharena Hagins, The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

Editor’s note: Medical-Legal Partnership will be presenting on this topic at our Fall Primary Care Conference in October

A lawyer as part of the health care team? It's not as strange as it sounds. Many of the social conditions that impede health, such as housing, education, employment, food and insurance, can be traced to laws unfairly applied or under-enforced, often leading to the improper denial of services and benefits designed to help vulnerable people


Read more

Ask Adele: Healthcare Consolidation and Economic Trends

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

Editor's note: Adele will be presenting on several topics at our Fall Primary Care Conference in October.

Question:  It seems like I have been hearing a lot about consolidation in the healthcare market – physicians seeking employment with hospitals, EHR vendors merging, and most recently large insurance companies merging.  Is consolidation real and what impact will this have in healthcare and how we pay for services?

Read the answer

 Adele Allison

The Benefits of Hosting Medical Students at Your Health Center

Naveen Kanithi, Workforce Program Manager, NWRPCA

In May 2015, A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine’s NWRPCA Campus graduated its fifth class of physicians. The majority of our graduates are entering careers in Family Medicine. Over the years, we have offered 100 clinical rotations in 30 Region X CHCs, with huge benefits to the student, the preceptor, and the CHC.


Read more

 Naveen Kanithi

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

Suite 330: News from NWRPCA »

Welcome to Brianna Oliver!

We are pleased to introduce our newest staff member, very recently arrived from Washington, D.C. where she directed communications and development for the U.S. Campaign for Burma. Brianna managed all media relationships and messaging content for this advocacy group. Prior to that she provided customer communication services for a financial software company. In 2011-12 Brianna worked in Sendai, Japan, with Samaritan’s Purse International, providing  all marketing and communication materials for the tsunami relief effort. Brianna is a graduate of Appalachian State University. According to Lynn Gerlach, manager of development and communication, “Brianna had confident control of our web site within a half hour of receiving her log-in credentials. Our social media, print and electronic marketing are in excellent hands with Brianna. She brings enthusiasm and mission-focus to a key job for NWRPCA.”






Brianna Oliver

NWRPCA Member Census Reminder

In order to more efficiently plan and produce services for our member health centers, we are conducting a very basic census. Our goal is to develop a profile both of the region and of each individual center, allowing us to be more responsive. We request that each member health center complete our ten-minute census.  We just need one person to take the survey- it can be anyone at the health center!  Please contact Alyssa at apanning@nwrpca.org to access the survey. 

Fiscal Leaders: Would you like to interact with your peers?

Did you know that NWRPCA has a group specifically for CFOs? Join the CFO Google Group to connect with other health center staff to ask and answer questions and to make connections.  Contact Krista at kchuscavage@nwrpca.org to join. 


NWRPCA Career Center »
NWRPCA helps more than 5,000 job seekers find great career opportunity listings.

Executive Assistant

International Community Health Services


Seattle, WA

Nurse Manager

Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center

Anchorage, AK

Chief Operations Officer

Umpqua Community Health Center


Roseburg, OR

Medical Doctor

Grand Peaks Medical Center


Rexburg, ID

Region X Highlights



K.T. McKee, a Certified Application Counselor at Mat-Su Health Services, discusses Alaska’s new Medicaid expansion and how to submit an application. Read full article 

Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has lowered new infection rates of gonorrhea by 48% by using an innovative strategy called  expedited partner therapy. Read full article 


Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) offers mobile mammography visits to rural communities in partnership with the Breast Cancer Detection CenterRead full article


Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center’s Executive Director, Tammy Green, will discuss access as part of “Overcoming Barriers to Provider Access” panel in October. Read full article 


Southcentral Foundation is holding educational fairs on breastfeeding in August, National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Read full article  


Mat-Su Health Services gets $100,000 to improve the effectiveness of treatment of depression and anxiety. Read full article 


SEARHC opens a new health center in Hoonah that includes a dental clinic and a trauma room. Read full article


Idaho Workgroup on Medicaid Redesign finds that expanding Medicaid will save the state $173 million over not expanding, and would create about 13,000 jobs. Read full article 


Idaho’s community health centers are vital to the communities they serve. Read full article 


Community Council of Idaho runs an annual Employment and Training class to help vulnerable populations earn GEDs and gain job skills.  Read full article


A new law in Oregon will mandate that private health insurance cover videoconferencing, which could help community health centers communicate with rural patients. Read full article 


Northwest Human Services offers many volunteer opportunities, including supporting the Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Project and working with deaf clients. Read full article


NWRPCA's ATSU medical student, Jessica Sallstrom, discusses her rotation at Orcas Family Health Center with NPR. Read full article 


Jennifer Kreidler-Moss, new CEO of Peninsula Community Health Services, discusses the triple aim and collaboration on a Kitsap County panel. Read full article 


Community Health of Central Washington and Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic will partner with Pacific Northwest University of Health Science to develop an interprofessional practice program. Read full article 


Dr. Mike Maples of Community Health of Central Washington discusses the difficulty of attracting doctors to rural areas with U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert. Read full article 


Northwest Human Services and Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic staff discuss what being a medical home means to patients. Read full article 


Anita Monoian of Yakima Neighborhood Health Services discusses the history and future of community health centers. Read full article 


Washington health centers receive $4.8 million in Affordable Care Act funding to open new health centers, benefiting 23,000 new patients. Read full article

UnitedHealthcare is partnering with Community Health Association of Spokane to provide farmers market vouchers to patients who meet with providers. Read full article

Professional Development

NWRPCA Opportunities

Leaving money on the table? Effective revenue cycle management, including optimal coding and billing, is critical to your financial success. This six-webinar series, offered in two parts by our Featured Vendor, PMG, could make the difference between long-term fiscal sustainability and its unthinkable alternative.


Improving Revenue Cycle Management Skills for CHCs
Series 1: September 9, 23 and 30 – 12:00 to 1:30 PM PT
Medicare billing basics and PPS rate; effective reimbursement with payment posting

Series 2: October 7 and 14; November 3 – 12:00 to 1:30 PM PT
Demographic charge capture at the front desk; staffing your revenue cycle management team; and key performance indicators of fiscal health.


Instructors: Gervean Williams and Anne Frunk

Details and registration here


Gervean Williams 

Anne Frunk

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
September 17-18 in Seattle

Early bird deadline extended!

Instructors: Marcie Zakheim and Ted Waters

Details and registration here


Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell



Get Your Second Wind in Seattle!

Fall Primary Care Conference
Seattle, WA
October 17-20


Get your second wind in Seattle! Learn, recharge, and find a fresh perspective. Four days of educational sessions and networking offer you opportunities like this:

  • Discover processes and tools to save money and boost productivity.
  • Learn how you can recruit, develop and retain multi-dimensional leaders in all generations.
  • Understand the importance of front-loading your revenue cycle staff.
  • Get better quality outcomes through integration of clinical pharmacology, more strategic partnerships, and a medical-legal partnership.
  • Explore best practices in compensation: Study performance compensation for all staff and, in particular, sound principles for top executive compensation.
  • Move confidently to Meaningful Use Stage 3.
  • Enjoy our traditional Roundtable Lunches, Sunday evening’s Welcome Reception, and the fun new game, “I Know my 19!” – a chance to win a fabulous prize.

Learn more and register now



Opportunities from Our Learning Connections Partners

Clinical STD Update Courses

This UW STD Prevention Training Center course provides registered participants with training in the most recent advancements in epidemiology, diagnosis, and management of viral and bacterial STDs. This course is designed for clinicians practicing in Federal Region X.  Although focusing on STDs in Washington, clinicians from any state are welcome to attend.  CME/CNE is offered for this class.  An optional Clinical Practicum is available upon completion.

Montana Primary Care Association's Grants Management Bootcamp

Join BKD to immerse yourself in the art and science of grants management. This training is ideal for CFOs, CEOs, finance staff and CHC board members.
September 9-10, 2015
Bozeman, MT

Learn more about this fantastic training opportunity


Find more professional development opportunities on the NWRPCA trainings page



August is National Immunization Awareness Day
Visit NWRPCA's clinical resources page to find more information on vaccines
August 19 is also National Soft Serve Ice Cream Day!

Funding Opportunity: FY2016 Substance Abuse Service Expansion
HRSA announced $100 million in funding to 300 health centers to improve and expand the delivery of substance use disorder services. Deadline: September 28, 2015
See this funding announcement and more on our funding page

COPE-REMS: Combination of opioids and sedatives is deadly; prescribing is not declining
Although the U.S. may have passed the peak in use and abuse of prescription opioids (pain medications), recent studies show no decline in the co-prescribing of opioid pain medications and sedatives whose interaction can slow breathing and dramatically raise the risk of overdose death.  
Read full press release 

Don't forget to take the COPE-REMS course on treating chronic pain and to 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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