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Rural Spotlight — A Health Care Resource for Missouri

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

May 5, 2015

Hot off the Presses

1. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the 60 new awardees for the 2015 Rural Health Care Services Outreach (Outreach) grant program. Each grantee will receive up to $200,000 a year to implement three-year projects, which will help create innovative solutions to benefit the community and address its needs. These grantees will be working with a consortium of local health care providers to expand and enhance the rural health care service delivery system so that it is more coordinated and integrated. Because these grantees have adopted or adapted an evidence-based or promising practice model, they will maximize their time providing services to help improve population health and demonstrate outcomes, as well as implementing strategies to sustain their projects.  These funded organizations are helping to change how health care is being delivered in rural communities. Please watch this short video that will provide a glimpse into the new 2015 cohort.

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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

Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

April 29, 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.

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)

View Grant Opportunity

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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