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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

September 2, 2016

What’s New

New Report:  Rural-Urban Differences in Coverage from Private Insurers.  Today, the Minnesota Rural Health Research Center released a new brief on the number of insurers available to consumers in rural and urban counties through the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace (FFM).  The researchers found that, of the 2,512 counties served by FFMs, 34% had only one or two insurers offering coverage. Of those, 80% of the counties were rural.

To access the MN brief, visit:

In June of this year, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation released analysis of the Affordable Care Act’s impact on individuals living in rural communities.  Key highlights from that report:

  • Coverage: Rural individuals, like those living in urban and suburban areas, have seen large coverage gains under the ACA – about an 8 percentage point increase from before the first open enrollment period through early 2015.
  • Premium tax credits: Among the 88 percent of rural consumers with premium tax credits, the average net monthly premium increased by $5, or 4 percent, between 2015 and 2016.
  • Access to care: Individuals in rural areas have seen improvements in access to care; the share who report being unable to afford needed care declined by nearly 6 percentage points from before the first open enrollment period through early 2015.


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

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.


August 16-17 training on DED programs

August 4, 2016

Trainings will cover Business Development, Community Development and Redevelopment programs administered by the Department of Economic Development’s Division of Business and Community Services.

  • August 16-17, 2016……………………………………………..Jefferson City
  • October 18-19, 2016…………………………………………….Kansas City Area
  • October 25-26, 2016…………………………………………….Cape Girardeau
  • November 9-10, 2016……………………………………………St. Louis Area
  • November 15-16, 2016………………………………………….Springfield

Facility locations and registration details coming soon!

Local government officials, non-profit representatives, business developers, community developers or members of a regional planning commission have an opportunity to attend a free training Aug. 16-17 in Jefferson City, offered by the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Division of Business and Community Services.

Anyone interested in business development, community development and/or redevelopment programs administered by the department should attend.  Participants will learn how development financing tools work in general in the pre-seminar primer, hear from local developers in the general sessions and discover details on incentives available for business and community development, as well as redevelopment.

The full agenda is available at

The seminar will take place at a community room at the DBCS office, 3600 Country Club Drive, Jefferson City. Use the Ross Store entrance.

SNF Quality Reporting Program Provider Training: Registration Open

July 27, 2016

CMS is hosting a 1-day training event on the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP). This event will be held in Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. The objective is to provide SNFs with assessment-based data collection instructions and updates associated with the changes in the October 1, 2016 release of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 and other reporting requirements of the SNF QRP.

Visit the SNF QRP Training webpage for more information and to register.

Get Link’d Conference – Register Now!

July 27, 2016

Register here for the Get Link’d Conference

Missouri Telehealth Network Training Conference – Nov. 9 & 10, 2016

July 25, 2016

Missouri Telehealth Network Training Conference

You are invited to attend the Missouri Telehealth Network Training Conference! We hope you will join us and learn more about telehealth and Show-Me ECHO.

Registration is now open! For the registration form, agenda and other information, please go to

When: November 9 & 10, 2016
Where: Assessment Resource Center, 2800 Maguire Boulevard, Columbia, MO

If you have questions, please contact Mary Beth Schneider at or contact our office at 573.884.7958.