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CMS Region 7 Updates

August 30, 2016

View the updates.

Now is the time to REGISTER for the Get Link’d 2nd Annual Conference

August 30, 2016

November 15-16, 2016
The Hilton Garden Inn
3300 Vandiver Drive
Columbia, MO

Our Rural Health Workshops will focus on:

  • Health Disparities
  • Rural Communities & the Health Insurance Marketplace
  • Missouri Rural Hospitals Update
  • Recruiting for the Generations
  • Alternative Payment Methods
  • Navigating Stark and Anti-Kickback Laws

Registration forms and agenda can be found at

Montana Active Communities Toolbox

August 30, 2016

The Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity (NAPA) Program’s Building Active Communities Initiative (BACI) is a collaborative project between the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and the Montana State University’s Office of Rural Health. As part of ongoing efforts to help Montana communities create safer and more walkable places, the Montana Active Communities Toolbox was created. This Toolbox was a joint effort among several Montana state agencies and organizations (the Montana Department of Transportation, Montana Department of Commerce, the Montana Department of Health and Human Services, Bike Walk Montana and the Western Transportation Institute) to provide guidance on finding resources and technical assistance opportunities at state and local levels. This Toolbox can be found at: and the Toolbox is under the Building Active Communities Resources tab at the bottom of the page. For any further questions, please feel free to contact Kara Hughes, NAPA Health Education Specialist, at

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

August 26, 2016

View the Research Alert.

Rural Health Information Hub

August 26, 2016

View the Rural Health Information Hub updates.

CPC+ Application Period

August 26, 2016

This month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) opened the application period for practices to participate in the new primary care model, Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), which is available to practices in Kansas and Missouri.  This model is an important opportunity to increase access and comprehensiveness of care to patients in rural communities. The CPC+ practice application period runs from August 1 – September 15, 2016.

CPC+ offers a unique chance for eligible primary care practices in 14 regions and states across the country to receive additional financial and technical support from Medicare and other payers.  Across these 14 regions, CMS’ goal is to have a large geographic spread and to ensure that rural practices are well represented in CPC+. In addition to the added support practices will receive from Medicare in CPC+, some may also be eligible for a 5% bonus payment for participating in an Advanced Alternative Payment Model through the proposed CMS Quality Payment Program.

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Academy Flyer

August 19, 2016

View the 3RNet Recruiting for Retention Academy flyer.