June 5, 2017 WIC Update

SUBJECT 1: WIC Invoices
SUBJECT 2: MICR Printers
SUBJECT 3: Breast Pump Order
SUBJECT 4: Policy ER# 3.02700 and Missouri Voter Registration Form (VR-1) Update
SUBJECT 5: Warning on Magellan Diagnostic Lead Testing Systems
SUBJECT 6: Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Continuing Professional Education Unit (CPEU) Requirements

JOB POSTING: Part-Time WIC Clerk - Jefferson-Franklin Community Action Corp.
JOB POSTING: WIC Nutritionist/Health Educator - St. Francois County

SUBJECT 1: WIC Invoices. WIC invoices for May 2017 (submitted for payment in the month of June), along with prior months, must be submitted through the Online WIC Invoicing System by close of business Thursday, June 8, 2017. Invoices submitted after that date will be held and paid in July 2017. This change in schedule complies with the close of the State Fiscal Year 2017 payment processing deadlines. If you have questions, please contact Laura Thompson at Laura.Thompson@health.mo.gov or 573-526-7901.

SUBJECT 2: MICR Printers. It has come to our attention that a large number of WIC check rejections are occurring with our retailers and banking processor. Many checks are rejected due to smudging and speckles located in the clear band of the check, where the account, routing, and check number/symbols are printed. We know that smudging and speckles can occur when MICR printers are printing duplex or are utilized for printing jobs other than benefit issuance. Please be aware that MICR printers should only be used for printing WIC benefits. If a printer is needed for regular printing, please contact the state office. If a MICR printer is not being used, please return it to the state agency.

If the printer ink is not dark enough please replace the ink cartridge. You do not need to wait for the printer to notify you to replace the cartridge. If you suspect your printer is having issues, please contact MOWINS Help Desk at 1-800-554-2544. For assistance in returning MICR printers or to request a regular printer, contact Jason Seehusen at Jason.Seehusen@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 3: Breast Pump Order. Medela is shipping the single user personal double electric breast pumps the week of June 19th. Hygeia will begin shipping the Enjoye multi-user electric breast pumps, EnHande manual breast pumps, deluxe personal accessory sets, and breast pump totes the week of June 5th, as product becomes available to ship. Please remember that the following procedure must be followed in order to verify receipt of shipment for payment and to receive the required WIC tags from the State Agency:

  • Immediately upon receipt of shipment, please locate the packing slips and verify that your agency received the products and quantities stated.
  • Sign the packing slips to verify the order is correct.
  • Fax signed packing slips to the state WIC office at 573-526-1470. WIC tags will be mailed to your agency upon receipt of your packing slip.
  • If your agency did not receive what was stated on the packing slip, please contact the State Agency immediately.

If you have any questions, please contact Jeannie Phelps at Jeannie.Phelps@health.mo.gov or by telephone at 573-526-5270.

SUBJECT 4: Policy ER# 3.02700 and Missouri Voter Registration Form (VR-1) Update. The Missouri Voter Registration Form (VR-1) that is used for non-WIC participants that is located in the DHSS warehouse with the 2015-2016 election dates can still be used. Please continue to use these forms until the Missouri Secretary of State provides an updated form. For information on upcoming elections, please view the 2017 election calendar. For questions about the Missouri Voter Registration (VR-1) form, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov

The following policy has been revised: ER# 3.02700, Voter Registration. The policy was posted to the WOM on May 30, 2017.

The table below highlights the policy revisions:

Policy Highlights

ER # 3.02700 Voter Registration

The LA (local agency) shall orally ask the WIC participant the “declination question”: “If you are not registered to vote where you live now, would you like to apply to register to vote here today?”

The LA shall update the dropdown box in MOWINS to correctly reflect their answer: a) selected to register, b) declined to register or c) already registered.

The LA shall review all “YES” Missouri Voter Registration Applications weekly to ensure that the applications are being forwarded to the proper local election authority:

  1. Check the county box marked on the applications;
  2. Visit the Secretary of State (SOS) website (https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/govotemissouri/localelectionauthority) to look up the county name and mailing address for the local election authority;
  3. Write each local election authority by county on the tally sheet to record where the applications were sent (e.g. Cole County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Kansas City or Jackson County); and
  4. Mail or deliver in person the completed “YES” applications weekly (within 5 days) to the proper local authority.

If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact your Administrative TA for assistance at 1-800-392-8209.

SUBJECT 5: Warning on Magellan Diagnostic Lead Testing Systems. The FDA issued a Safety Communication on May 17th warning that certain lead tests manufactured by Magellan Diagnostics may provide inaccurate results for some children and adults in the United States. Please see the FDA News Release for more information.

The CDC recommends that healthcare providers re-test the following patients:

  • Who are younger than 6 years (72 months) of age at the time of the alert (May 17, 2017)
  • Who had a venous blood lead test result of less than 10 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL) analyzed using a Magellan Diagnostics’ LeadCare® analyzer at an onsite (e.g., healthcare facility) or at an offsite laboratory
  • Women who are currently pregnant or lactating and had a venous blood lead test performed using a Magellan Diagnostics’ LeadCare® analyzer.

For full details and additional recommendations please view the CDC Health Alert.

SUBJECT 6: Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Continuing Professional Education Unit (CPEU) Requirements.

Ethics Requirement for Registered Dietitian (RD) and Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) Recertification: On May 9, 2011, the CDR voted to require that RDs and DTRs complete a minimum of 1 CPEU in Ethics (Learning Need Code 1050) during each 5-year recertification cycle. This requirement became effective starting with the 5-year recertification cycle which ends on May 31, 2017, and is being phased in over a 5 year period for each recertification cycle. The CDR notification is found at the following link: https://www.cdrnet.org/news/ethics-requirements-for-recertification. There is not a specific activity which CDR credentialed practitioners must complete to satisfy this requirement. Some helpful links for meeting the ethics requirement are listed at https://www.cdrnet.org/ethics

Recorded Pre-Approved Continuing Professional Education (CPE): RDs or Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists (RDNs) may claim up to 15 CPEUs under this CPE Activity Type in a recertification cycle. DTRs may claim up to 10 CPEUs under this CPE Activity Type in a recertification cycle.

WIC Positions

JOB POSTING: Part-Time WIC Clerk - Jefferson-Franklin Community Action Corp. (JFCAC). The Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corp (JFCAC) is accepting applications for a part-time WIC Clerk. The WIC Clerk assists in clerical or administrative duties according to the state WIC program policies and procedures. Responsibilities include:

  • Perform intake and check demographic information, identifications, and proof of residence for members of households applying to WIC program.
  • Assess eligibility of women, infants, and children for the WIC program by determining household income.
  • Discuss risk and eligibility factors for WIC with applicants/participants.
  • Explain the program, food packages, and use of WIC to participants.
  • Print WIC checks for participant use.

To apply visit our website www.jfcac.org/careers

JOB POSTING: WIC Nutritionist/Health Educator - St. Francois County. The St Francois County Health Center in Park Hills, MO, is looking to fill a full-time WIC Nutritionist/Health Educator position with benefits. This position will require a minimum qualification of Bachelor's degree in Public Health Nutrition, Dietetics, Food, Home Economics, or closely related field from an accredited college or university, with a minimum of 15 earned credit hours in Food and Nutrition, including at least one course in diet therapy and one course in community nutrition, or completion of an undergraduate curriculum in Nutrition or Dietetics in a program accredited or approved by the American Dietetic Association. Public Health experience preferred, but not required. A minimum of 1 year professional experience as a dietitian or nutritionist required. The ideal candidate must be dependable and self-motivated.

Please submit resumes to Jessica McKnight, Assistant Director at Jessica.mcknight@sfchealth.org

For more information call 573-431-1947 ext. 125. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Equal Opportunity Employer.