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Midwest Heart Failure Quarterly Webinar

August 28, 2015

Save The Date!
September 9, 2015

Clinical Implications of Entresto


FREE Evidence-Based Decision Making Training

August 20, 2015

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Prevention Research Center in St. Louis will be offering an Evidence-Based Decision Making course on August 26-28, 2015, at the Saint Louis University Salus Center.  We realize this is short notice, but the course has several available seats.  We want to make sure all of our contacts throughout the state and especially those in the St. Louis region are aware of this free training opportunity.

To register for the course, please complete the form at the following website before close of business on Friday, August 21, 2015.  If you are interested in registering after that time, please contact the course coordinator directly.  Her contact information is included at the end of this e-mail.

The material covered in the course applies to all public health stakeholders who are seeking to use resources effectively and efficiently.  The course is designed to increase participants’ understanding of evidence-based principles and to increase the utilization of systematic approaches in day-to-day public health practice.

The course begins at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26, and ends at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, August 28.   A flier with additional information is attached.   For more information, please contact Linda Dix, Evidence-Based Public Health Course Coordinator, at 314-935-0121 or

Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

July 30, 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.

Get Link’d Conference Partnering Health & Transit to increase health access in Missouri.

July 29, 2015

The Get Link’d Conference is ready for registration!  Join us this Fall,  October 13-14, 2015!  Visit the website at to find out more!

Due to the exciting developments happening at the national level, the Missouri Rural Health Association Get Link’d Conference will be sharing exciting new information and ideas as it relates to Partnering for Health Access in Missouri. With Rides to Wellness, the Federal Transit Administration’s Ladders of Opportunity Health and Transportation Initiative, improving access to care through public and private partnerships has emerged as a national priority, particularly via public transportation. Learn how joining forces could affect future policy development.

We are bringing together a diverse array of partners with whom to network, a broad panel of presenters, and many examples of successful healthcare and transportation partnerships throughout the nation. In addition, HealthTran, funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health, is on the edge of expanding services and gaining new partnerships, collecting valuable transit-health data, and exploring additional funding sources that could potentially skyrocket ridership.

MRHA appreciates your support and asks that you share this information with all contacts and organizations you believe would be interested in attending. If you have previously shared information on this conference, we ask that you please resend notification of the new changes in our dates and program.

*For everyone who has fought the battle of a transportation barrier, saw poor health outcomes due to lack of the ability to get to a health provider, or know how the quality of life is directly related to independence, this is the conference to attend to ask questions and get answers!

Rural Behavioral Health Practice Conference on Oct 9

July 21, 2015

Conference Purpose:   Make quality continuing education available to behavioral health professionals about the particular practice issues involved in working with rural people and communities.  For a short summary of the conference, Click on this short video.

Rural practitioners continually adapt their work to the needs of rural people and communities, as well as to new practice models and research.  This conference will help you work with rural care’s ethical demands, rural disasters, rural indigenous people, and rural schools.  This program is designed for psychologists and other behavioral health professionals and is at the intermediate to advanced levels.

Date:  October 9, 2015 – Friday, see conference website for times in each time zone.

Locations:  Attend by individual webcast or at group webcast sites.  Origination at the University of Minnesota-Morris.

To register, get more information, or to sponsor/exhibit, click   Cost:  $110; $90 partner members; $20 FT students

Continuing Education Hours:  7.5 CEs from the Minnesota Psychological Association, an APA-approved CE sponsor*


  • Jeffrey Leichter & Jonathan Aligada, Keynote:  Navigating ethical challenges in rural integrated primary care settings: A primer for behavioral health therapists
  • Randal Quevillon, Disaster Mental Health in Rural Communities: Suggestions for Planning and Response
  • LaVerne Demientieff & Sam Demientieff, Historical Trauma, Historical Strengths: An Indigenous Perspective of Navigating Wellness Today
  • JP Jameson & Kurt Michael, Mental Health Practice in Rural Schools: The Assessment, Support, and Counseling (ASC) Center Model
  • Posters on cutting edge research in rural behavioral health

Please forward this conference information to your members, staff, faculty, and students and place it in any electronic newsletters and on email lists that you have available.  Attached is a flyer you can also use.  We would very much appreciate your assistance in letting professionals know about this opportunity to learn about advances in rural behavior health practice.  If you have questions about the conference, please contact Conference Coordinator Kay Slama, Ph.D., at or 320-905-6051.


July 10, 2015

Are you aware that more and more hospitals are going through a community health needs assessment process, even though it is not a requirement?

How does your local hospital benefit from a community health needs assessment?

How do you provide a community health needs assessment process at a low cost to the community?

How important is it to your community to maintain and sustain primary care health services locally?

Do you know that a community health needs assessment will increase the local community’s awareness of the importance of sustaining local health care services?

Would you like to see the benefit of having better communication, coordination, and collaboration amongst the health care providers, local businesses, industries and organizations, and local residents?

Through a training session on RURAL HEALTH TOOLS/TEMPLATES, participants will be able to answer these questions.

The National Center for Rural Health Works (RHW) will provide a session on community health needs assessment process (CHNA) and how CHNA will benefit the local community; i.e., local residents, local health care providers, local economy, local businesses/industries. Sessions will also be presented on economic impact analysis to support local hospital and health services and on health feasibility/specific health service needs assessments. Ann Peton, Director of the National Center for the Analysis of Healthcare Data (NCAHD), will demonstrate how to use mapping and spatial data analysis to further support the outcomes of RHW.


Save the Dates – Webcasts for RHCs and CAHs

July 2, 2015


Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am, Central Daylight Time (CDT)

Clinic Waiting Room Diabetes Education Video Project
Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Diabetes Webcast

Webcast link:

The objective of this Webcast is to increase the awareness of the problem that Diabetes presents in Rural Health Clinics in Kansas and Missouri; and to present the Clinic Waiting Room Diabetes Education Video Project as a tool that can help with patient health literacy regarding Diabetes.

Target Audience
RHC staffs, along with other public health staff and stakeholders, are invited to participate in this Webcast. Please forward this announcement to your rural health contacts and stakeholders as appropriate.


Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am, Central Daylight Time (CDT)

Clinic Waiting Room Diabetes Education Video Project
Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Diabetes Webcast

Webcast link:

The objective of this Webcast is to increase the awareness of the problem that Diabetes presents in Critical Access Hospitals in Kansas and Missouri; and to present the Clinic Waiting Room Diabetes Education Video Project as a tool that can help with patient health literacy regarding Diabetes.

Target Audience
CAH staffs, along with other public health staff and stakeholders, are invited to participate in this Webcast. Please forward this announcement to your rural health contacts and stakeholders as appropriate.

Save The Date for the 2015 MPCA Annual Clinical & Quality Conference!

June 17, 2015

Dates for Missouri Primary Care Association’s 2015 Annual Clinical & Quality Conference have been set for October 22-24, 2015!  Registration and lodging information will be provided in the near future.  We hope to see you in October!

Second Victim Experience: Train-the-Trainer Workshop

June 17, 2015

Second Victim Train-the-Trainer Workshop
Thursday, September 24, 2015
St. Louis, MO
Cost: $399 per person and $350 for additional attendees from the same facility
Max attendance is 40 people.

Registration Information

Learn about New Economic Impacts: Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants and Nursing Homes

June 10, 2015

Rural Health Works is presenting a regional workshop on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in State College, PA. The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health is hosting the workshop.

View the RHW Workshop Flyer

TWO NEW ECONOMIC IMPACT TEMPLATES will be featured in the workshop:

  • Models to Estimate the Economic Impact of a Rural Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant
  • An Overview of Nursing Homes and the Economic of Rural Nursing Homes


  • Illustrates how the hospital/health services are an economic engine/driver to a local economy.
  • Illustrates how the hospital/other health services contribute to local sales tax.
  • Can illustrate construction investment of a local hospital or other health organization, through additional jobs and labor income.
  • Hospital is the cornerstone of all local health services.
  • Loss of a hospital causes local economy to severely decline; over time, may lose the other health care providers (i.e., physicians, pharmacies, etc.).
  • Rural hospital is one of the largest employers, typically one of the top two employers.
  • Hospital and other health services support recruitment and retention of local businesses/industries and retirees.


May 2015 Newsletter and Regional Workshop Announcement – Nat’l Center for Rural Health Works

May 27, 2015

Attached is the May 2015 Newsletter from the National Center for Rural Health Works! We hope you enjoy it and here are the highlights from the newsletter:

  • 2014-2015 Current Year Work Projects’ UPDATES
    1. The Economic Impact of a Hospital Closure on a Rural Community
    2. The Economic Impact of Rural PPS Hospital
  • 2014-2015 Current Year Outreach Activities
    1. EMS Budget Generator presented to NASEMSO
    2. Workshops
    3. Webinars
    4. Summary Document: “Economic Impact of Rural Health Care,” Updated October 2014
  • Other Activities (Not Funded through RHW Grant Funds)
    • Impact of Medicaid Demonstration Project

Information on our next regional workshop is also attached. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in State College, PA.  The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health is sponsoring the workshop. The workshop is presented in conjunction with the National Center for the Analysis of Healthcare Data (NCAHD).

Information will be presented on the following topics:

  • Health impact
  • Community health needs assessment (CHNA)
  • Health budgeting.
  • Mapping and spatial data analysis to further support the outcomes of Rural Health Works
  • How to download healthcare workforce provider data FREE through NCAHD’s portal at:

The Workshop Flyer is attached with more detailed information and a registration form.

Critical Access Hospital Conferences presented by Eide Bailly

April 30, 2015

Connecting Community & Care 2015
Critical Access Hospital Conferences
presented by Eide Bailly
Kansas City, MO| Minneapolis, MN

Why You Should Attend:

  • Engage with individuals who know the unique needs of rural health care and join the discussion on topics ranging from Telehealth to Leadership skills to Strategic Financial Planning and even Board Governance
  • Hear award-winning, humorous and inspirational keynote speaker Renee Rongen deliver a message that will make you laugh and learn navigation tips for embracing the change in your personal and professional life
  • Network with your peers to share insights and find solutions that work best in rural communities
  • Protect your most valuable asset, your skills. Your skills are not only the key to value creation, but to innovation to improve the administration of care in your community
  • Bring one trustee for free with each paid registration!

Check out the full lineup for this year’s conference or register at:

2015 Stroke Bootcamp – May 29, 2015

April 29, 2015

Reminder of the St Louis Stroke Boot Camp coming soon.  Please forward to anyone you think may be interested.

2015 Stroke Coordinator Boot Camp
Friday, May 29, 2015
Hilton Frontenac Hotel
1335 South Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO  63131

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)

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

March 31, 2015

Hot off the Presses

  1. On March 20th, CMS released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for Meaningful Use Stage 3, which is the final stage in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. To review the 301 page NPRM before March 30th, click here.In addition, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has announced the proposed 2015 Edition Certification Criteria for health IT products. To review the 431 page NPRM before March 30th, click here.

    These NPRMs are scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on March 30 and will be available online at this link for the Stage 3 NPRM and this link for the 2015 Edition Certification Criteria NPRM. A fact sheet for both proposed rules can be found here.