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Rural Spotlight — A Health Care Resource for Missouri

ICD-10 Training Opportunity On-Line and Affordable

April 27, 2015

Missouri Rural Health Association is working to bring affordable ICD-10 Training to rural Missouri providers. We invite you and your staff to attend On-Line ICD-10. On-Line is the most cost effective way to get updated and ready for ICD-10.  Our training has been designed to optimize time and money.  Each 2-4 hour session is $50 but with the connection, you can fill the training room with attendees!

Who Should Attend?

All staff who document medical records and providers. Use as initial or brush up training. You do not need to be a MRHA member to sign up for classes. We ask that you share this information with other providers & clinics in order to share this training opportunity.

The Trainers: Medical Revenue Solution, LLC, staff members Cathy Jennings, LaDonna Johnson, and Amber Condren will be taking attendees through the material.  All trainers are highly qualified and experienced in medical coding, the problems, and solutions.

How to Register:  Complete Registration page for each SITE that will need a connection code.  Only those with paid registration will receive the on-line pass code within 24 hours of the event.  Each session is limited to 23 site connections.

See registration form attached for more details. Registration and payments must be received a minimum of 3 days prior to the selected training session(s)

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April 21, 2015

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

April 21, 2015

Rural Research Highlights 

1.  A Rural Taxonomy of Population and Health-Resource Characteristics

This policy brief from the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis reports the newly developed taxonomy of rural places based on relevant population and health-resource characteristics. The brief discusses how this classification tool can be utilized by policy makers and rural communities. Rural communities can use the taxonomy to assess the community’s own profile, identify similar communities, and develop strategies for improving health and health care using a comparative framework. As noted in previous announcements, rural communities may also want to use the Community Health Status Indicators tool from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to assess their community health status, identify disparities, and compare themselves to other similar communities.

More recent rural research can be found on

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Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

April 20, 2015

The Rural Assistance Center is a collaborative effort of the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health, and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI); and is funded by a grant through HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy. View the RAC Online newsletter.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

April 13, 2015

Hot off the Presses

  1. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Program (ROOR).  The program’s purpose is to reduce opioid overdose morbidity and mortality in rural areas through the purchase and placement of Naloxone and emergency devices, which are used to rapidly reverse the effects of opioid overdoses, and the training of licensed healthcare providers and emergency responders on the use of these devices.  FORHP plans to award one-year funding to no more than 18 rural partnerships for up to $100,000.  The deadline to apply is June 8, 2015.  A technical assistance webinar will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time to assist applicants in preparing their applications.  The toll-free call-in number (for audio) is 877-917-1550, and the passcode is The URL (for the web) is:  For further information, please contact:  Michele Gibson, or 301-443-7320.

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Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Program (ROOR)

April 9, 2015

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Program (ROOR).  The one year program will fund efforts that will focus on preventing opioid overdose in rural areas.

Opioid overdoses are an increasing problem throughout the United States.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that every day in the United States 120 people die as a result of drug overdose and 51.8 percent of those overdoses are related to pharmaceuticals.  Of that 51.8 percent, 71.3 percent involved opioid pain relievers.  People in rural communities are especially vulnerable and more likely to overdose on prescription painkillers than people in cities, according to the CDC.  In response to the nation-wide problem, on June 19, 2014, the Office of National Drug Control Policy convened the White House Summit on the Opioid Epidemic and Congress appropriated funds to the existing Rural Access to Emergency Devices (RAED) program line to specifically focus on opioid overdose.
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Children’s Dental Health Grant Program

April 7, 2015

ADA Foundation now accepting applications for its Samuel D. Harris Fund for Children’s Dental Health Grant Program

Application Deadline: April 10
The ADA Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2015 Samuel Harris Fund for Children’s Dental Health Grant Program. The deadline is Friday, April 10. Non-profit organizations and agencies that sponsor education programs for new parents and caregivers to reduce the incidence of early childhood caries are eligible to apply. This year, approximately 23 competitive grants of up to $5,000 each will be awarded solely for prenatal and postnatal oral health instruction for parents and caregivers. The ADAF Harris Grant Guidelines and Application template is posted at Questions? Please contact Cathy Haibach,, or the ADA Foundation at 312.440.2544.