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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

August 18, 2014

Hot Off the Presses

1. On Friday, September 19th, 2014 from 2-3 PM ET, Mark Holmes, PhD and George H. Pink, PhD from the North Carolina Rural Health Research Center will host a webinar entitled “Change in Profitability and Financial Distress of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) from Loss of Cost-Based Reimbursement.” Information and registration for the webinar is available at: http://www.ruralhealthresearch.org/webinars/critical-access-hospitals. The webinar will focus on the financial distress of Critical Access Hospitals, and will present summaries of three recent reports:

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

July 22, 2014

Hot Off the Presses

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the White House Rural Council today announced the award of eight grants, totaling $815,051.50, which will improve access to health care for Veterans living in highly rural areas. The grants will assist over 11,000 Veterans in 7 states and 56 counties by providing up to $50,000 per highly rural area to fund transportation services for Veterans to and from VA medical centers and other facilities that provide VA care.  The grants are part of a program authorized by Congress to help state Veterans Service Agencies and Veterans Service Organizations operate or contract for transportation services to transport Veterans to VA medical centers and other facilities that provide VA care. If you want to reach out to a grantee in your area, the list of grantees is as follows:
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Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Conference

July 1, 2014

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Building a Community Based System of Support. I am attaching the flyer for the conference scheduled for August 1st, in Columbia.

This is a one day conference for anyone who provides services or comes in contact with pregnant and post partum mothers.  The purpose is to increase the awareness and the recognition of post partum depression (and other disorders) and to begin a discussion about how to address the issue of health and support services for these mothers in our local communities.

The attached flyer lists the registration cost ($30) and provides the link to the March of Dimes website for registering online.

For your convenience the link to registration is:   http://www.eventbrite.com/e/perinatal-mood-anxiety-disorders-building-a-community-based-system-of-support-registration-11700036123?aff=rss

Conference info:
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Building a Community Based System of Support
Friday, August 1, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn — Columbia, Missouri

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

April 10, 2014

Rural Research Highlights

  1. Widening Rural–Urban Disparities in Life Expectancy, U.S., 1969–2009
    This study by HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau examines the trends in life expectancy disparities between rural and urban areas in the United States between 1969 and 2009. The article finds that the disparity has increased since 1990, because life expectancy has grown more rapidly in urban than in rural areas. The disparity in life expectancy of urban over rural areas stood at 2.4 years during 2005-2009. Furthermore, the study’s findings indicate that mortality from cardiovascular diseases, injuries, lung cancer, and COPD is much higher in rural than in urban areas.
  2. Nursing in 3D: Workforce Diversity, Health Disparities, and Social Determinants of HealthThis special report explores the intersecting goals of increased workforce diversity, fair and equal access to quality health care and health care resources, elimination of health disparities, and achieving health equity. In August 2012, HRSA hosted a summit titled, “Nursing in 3D: Workforce Diversity, Health Disparities, and Social Determinants of Health.” This resulting special supplement includes 11 articles authored by 3D Summit speakers who are content experts in the fields of nursing workforce diversity, health disparities, and the social determinants of health. 

More recent rural research can be found on http://www.ruralhealthresearch.org/.

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

April 4, 2014

Hot Off the Presses 

  1. The following notice of extension has been posted by the Veteran’s Administration, and may be of interest to family physicians in highly rural areas for their U.S. veteran patients. The Veteran’s Administration announced today that it is extending the application deadline to midnight eastern standard time on May 27, 2014, to allow applicants additional time to apply for funds available under the Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas program. For more information, please review the posted Notice of Funds Availability at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-26/pdf/2014-06630.pdf.

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Save the Dates! NURSE Corps Scholarship Program Application Cycle Conference Calls

March 27, 2014

SAVE THESE DATES!

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program Application
Technical Assistance Conference Call
Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
8:00 – 10:00 pm ET

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program Application
Technical Assistance Conference Call
Saturday, May 17, 2014
1:00 – 3:00 pm ET

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

March 27, 2014

Hot Off the Presses

  1. The Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the evidence-based  mental health toolkit.  As mental health and substance abuse continues to be a challenge in rural communities, this toolkit provides valuable and proven methods on ways to address the issue, make an impact in rural communities, be replicable and sustainable.This toolkit, located on the Rural Assistance Center, Community Health Gateway, is the 5th in a series of evidence-based toolkits released within the last two years.  The gateway, launched in 2012, was developed in response to the President’s Rural Healthcare Initiative, which identified evidence-based as a priority area for ORHP, and has allowed ORHP an opportunity to focus on demonstrating program outcomes.  The easy-to-use toolkits have been developed through extensive literature reviews, and in partnership with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) and the Rural Assistance Center (RAC), and serve as a resource for rural communities looking to develop and implement a similar program.  Rural communities also avoid having to reinvent the wheel, as proven models have been studied and evaluated, and highlighted as replicable models on the Gateway.  ORHP encourages you to visit the Community Health Gateway http://www.raconline.org/communityhealth/ and explore the website to learn about the various tools and resources available.  For further questions, please contact: Nisha Patel, Director, Community-Based Division/ORHP, npatel@hrsa.gov. (more…)

Rural Women’s Health Study

January 17, 2014 

The Rural Women’s Health Study is a research project, based in Missouri, that aims to collect information from women and their health care providers regarding the strengths and challenges of finding help for domestic violence in a rural area. Women who live in rural parts of the state who receive their primary health care at either a 1) federally qualified health center or 2) rural health clinic are encouraged to contribute to this research, as are health care providers (doctors or nurses) who work at a rural health clinic or federally qualified health center. Participating in this study means sitting down with the researcher to answer a few questions at a location of your choosing, at a time that is convenient for you.

Learn more about how to participate.

Save the Date!

Save the date for the 6th Annual Rural Health Conference.
June 5, 2013 – Stoney Creek Inn, Columbia, MO 

Affordable Care Act Webinar July 12, 2012

Join us on Thursday, July 12, 2012
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EST (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM MST)

This webinar will include an overview of the new health reform law, the Affordable Care Act, and highlight those sections of the law that are especially helpful for children and families. The Affordable Care Act Increases access to necessary preventative services to help keep children and families healthy. This session will describe the new protections for health insurance consumers, and provisions to lower costs and improve care. This is a repeat from the March 8 session due to technical difficulties we had during that session
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Call for Abstracts – 11th Annual Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Conference

November 14-16, 2012

Call for Abstracts information
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) and the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health (both based in the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health), as well as the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (University of Nebraska Medical Center) will host the 11th Annual Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Conference Nov. 14-16 at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

This conference will provide an opportunity for researchers, healthcare practitioners, agricultural producers, and agricultural businesses to communicate on rural and agricultural needs, rural health care and agricultural safety and health.

Abstracts are being accepted for all rural and agricultural health and safety research, surveillance, education, outreach, and intervention presentations. Abstracts focusing on grain handling, grain safety, agricultural confined spaces, and Research to Practice (r2p) activities are highly encouraged.

The deadline for abstract submission is July 16, 2012. 

Information regarding the conference can be found http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/icash/events/MRASH/2012/index.html or by contacting Aaron Kline at aaron-kline@uiowa.edu or 319-335-4065.

Rural Surgeons’ Course Announcement

The American College of Surgeons’ Nora Institute for Surgical Patient Safety is holding its second annual skills course for rural surgeons.
“Advanced Skills Training for Rural Surgeons: Complex Wound Care and Specialized Diagnostic Techniques”

Saturday, September 29, 2012
98th Annual Clinical Congress Chicago, IL
8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

This course is designed to address the scope of practice unique to the rural surgeon. The pre-course didactic portion will cover basic concepts of wound management, including facial and hand injuries and the basic principles of using skin flaps for wound closure. There will also be didactic material on the basic principles of ultrasound. The on-site portion of the course will utilize immersive simulation and hands-on mentored practice to present modules managing difficult wounds, including lacerations of the hand and face. The ultrasound module will include the use of ultrasound for diagnosis and treatment of breast lesions and central line insertion.
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Invitation to HHS Affordable Care Act Listening Session

U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services Affordable Care Act Regional Listening Session
Missouri Foundation for Health and St. Louis Regional Health Commission
invite regional safety net providers and consumers to
discuss the impact and implementation of the Affordable Care Act with
HHS Assistant Secretary Ned Holland, Jr., and Regional Director Judy Baker.

A small panel will briefly discuss key issues and
then event participants will be asked to share their experiences.
The event will conclude with remarks by
Assistant Secretary Holland and Regional Director Baker.
An informal reception will follow.
WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 2011
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
WHERE: Forest Park Visitor’s Center Trolley Room
5595 Grand Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63112

View Event Summary & Tentative Agenda

Click here to register.

MO HIT Assistance Center Advisory: Privacy & Security Webinar/Audio Conference October 12th

Columbia, MO—If you have an EHR or plan to implement one soon, the privacy and security of those electronic health records should be at the top of your checklist.  Although you may turn to EHR and IT vendors to help you establish the basic mechanisms to safeguard this data, the on-going security and privacy of this information largely rests on the individuals who input and access this data each day, people like you.

 According to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), carelessness, not computer hacking, is the number one threat to health record security in our country.  So your thoughtful and careful handling and use of electronic health records, computers, and electronic devices can greatly impact the safety of this information and reduce the risk of a breach in your practice. 

On Wednesday, October 12, Missouri Health Information Technology Assistance Center will present “EHR Privacy and Security” a Webinar and audio conference to help providers build a basic understanding on this issue.  Rebecca Thurmond Fowler, a system security analyst-principal for the Division of Information Technology, the central IT department at the University of Missouri – Columbia will cover a document created for the MO HIT Assistance Center to help organizations identify and correct weaknesses in the area of information security. Fowler will discuss the use of checklists and how your organization’s answers can reveal holes in your security program.  This type of assessment can help administrators ensure that their organization is in compliance with applicable federal and state laws.  The free presentation will begin at 11:30 am and will include a short discussion about risk assessment methodology and will include examples from the University of Missouri.

The Webinar and audio conference does not require preregistration, but space is limited.  To view the Webinar online go to: https://www.accuconference.com/customer/join/ and enter the following:

  1. Conference Dial In Number 1-800-775-6608
  2. Conference Code 42898225
  3. Name “Your name”

To connect to the audio presentation by phone:

  1. At the specified time, dial the Access Number 1-800-775-6608
  2. When prompted, enter your Participant Code followed by #.
  3. Your Participant Code is 42898225#

Participant Star Commands
*4-Volume – Pressing *4 will increase/decrease the volume.
*6-Mute – Participants can mute/unmute their own lines by pressing *6

For information on the Medicaid and Medicare EHR incentive programs, EHR adoption, or how the MO HIT Assistance Center helps health care providers adopt and achieve meaningful use of certified EHRs, please visit the Missouri Health Information Technology Assistance Center Web site http://www.EHRhelp.missouri.edu, E-mail us EHRhelp@missouri.edu, or call us toll-free 1-877-882-9933.

Information on Joining Missouri's Health Information Exchange

Missouri’s Strategic Implementation Process (“MOSNIP”) invites providers to register for attendance at the July 13 meeting in Columbia to hear the latest about Missouri’s Health Information Exchange, ICD-10, and 5010. Membership in MOSNIP provides the benefit of membership in the national Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange – Strategic National Implementation Process (“WEDI SNIP”), and access to all the many resources offered by WEDI SNIP. Click here for registration information.