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2015 Critical Access Hospital Rural Health Clinic Conference Update

February 17, 2015

Wipfli Critical Access Hospital Rural Health Clinic Conference Update

One Free Registration For Each Missouri Critical Access Hospital

Annual Critical Access Hospital and Rural Health Clinic Conference – Missouri
April 28, 2015, 7:30 a.m. – April 30, 2015, 12:00 p.m. (CST)
Hilton Branson Convention Center

Don’t miss the opening session with Michelle Rathman CEO Impact! Communications, Inc. Our MN audience raved about her ‘Reestablishing Community Relevance’ presentation!
Hotel deadline for reservations March 25, 2015
Click here for more details

Registration discounts available for three or more attendees from any one organization. Contact Sylvia Weise at sweise@wipfli.com for more information.

ORHP Funding Opportunity Announcement: Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program

February 6, 2015

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program (Care Coordination Program), a new, one-time funding opportunity created as one of the activities of the White House Rural Council.

Key attributes of the Care Coordination program:

  • Partnership: This grant program, which encourages new public-private partnerships in rural, will allow communities to have more support as they develop and implement their program.  In addition to this FORHP funding opportunity announcement, 11 foundations have expressed interest in considering providing additional funding for care coordination activities by applicants in this program who are in their service areas.  To find out further information on this opportunity, please visit: http://www.hrsa.gov/ruralhealth/philanthropy/carecoordination/index.html
  • Focus on Care Coordination: The main goal of care coordination is to meet patients’ needs and preferences in the delivery of high-quality, high-value health care.  Care coordination in the primary care practice involves deliberately organizing patient care activities and sharing information among all of the participants concerned with a patient’s care to achieve safer and more effective care.
  • Attention to Chronic Illnesses: Grantees of the Care Coordination Program will focus on activities related to one or more for the following chronic conditions:  1) Type 2 Diabetes; 2) Congestive heart failure (CHF); and 3) Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  The prevalence of these chronic diseases is increasing across the U.S. and is particularly problematic in rural areas. Applicants shall develop creative and innovative approaches to improve outcomes in one or more of the three pre-specified disease states and will track a minimum set of process and outcome measures.
  • Building the Evidence-base:  A priority for FORHP grant programs is the identification of rural evidence-based, which puts the focus on project outcomes and allows FORHP to showcase model programs through the Rural Community Health Gateway, located on The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) website (http://www.raconline.org/communityhealth/).  The Rural Community Health Gateway includes a variety of resources, including success program models and evidence-based toolkits, which can provide guidance and ideas to communities planning on developing similar programs.  The information gathered through the Care Coordination program will help populate the Gateway.

Funding availability:
Applicants can request up to $200,000/year for three years. To download an application for the  Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program (HRSA-15-123) please visit http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=273226  The deadline to apply is April 6th, 2015.

Program contact:
The program contact is Sara Afayee (SAfayee@hrsa.gov or 301-945-4169).

Thank you for your continued interest and dedication to rural health!

ORHP Funding Opportunity Announcement: Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling

February 4, 2015

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling Program (Benefits Counseling), a new one-time funding opportunity.

FORHP is committed to increasing health insurance coverage for all of rural Americans and is providing funding for this new community-based pilot program. The Benefits Counseling Program is targeted to improve outreach and service delivery in local and regional rural communities. The purpose of the three-year program is to expand health insurance outreach, education and enrollment efforts to eligible uninsured and newly insured individuals and families in rural communities. FORHP plans to award up to 10 new awards for $75,000 per year.

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ORHP Funding Opportunity Announcement: Rural Network Allied Health Training Program

January 30, 2015

In response to the White House Job-Driven Training initiative, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Network Allied Health Training Program (Allied Health Training), a new one-time funding opportunity.

The Allied Health Training Program supports the President’s Rural Health Care Initiative by focusing on rural recruitment and retention activities and builds upon the accomplishments of the Rural Health Workforce Development (RHWD) pilot program, which ended in 2013.  As a result of the RHWD Program, approximately 4,000 program participants completed their rural training/rotation, and of these, almost half said they plan on returning to practice in a rural area and a number of them have.  Moreover, there was a significant economic impact of $19 million within rural America from FORHP’s $12 million investment via the RHWD Program.

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ORHP Funding Opportunity Announcement: Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling

January 30, 2015

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling Program (Benefits Counseling), a new one-time funding opportunity.

FORHP is committed to increasing health insurance coverage for all of rural Americans and is providing funding for this new community-based pilot program. The Benefits Counseling Program is targeted to improve outreach and service delivery in local and regional rural communities. The purpose of the three-year program is to expand health insurance outreach, education and enrollment efforts to eligible uninsured and newly insured individuals and families in rural communities. FORHP plans to award up to 10 new awards for $75,000 per year.

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EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge

January 29, 2015

Last Friday, ONC held and Million Hearts held the ONC EHR Innovations for Hypertension Control (aka “protocols) Challenge phase 2 kickoff. The video recording and slide set are attached. On the video the two phase 1 challenge winners discuss their progress incorporating hypertension protocols into their EHRs and into their delivery systems. The next phase of the challenge will be to spread the tools described by the winners on the video.

Webinar recording: http://bit.ly/18q5jBx

EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge website: http://challenge.sites.usa.gov/challenge/ehr-innovations-for-improving-hypertension-challenge

View the EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge Webinar document.

Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

January 28, 2015

The Rural Assistance Center will be hosting a two part webinar series from the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services. Part one in the series will focus on the policy briefs the committee has issued on rural healthcare. Part two in the series will cover the briefs issued on rural human services. Please join RAC for these free webinars.

Featured Speakers:
Committee Chair Ronnie Musgrove, along with several other NACRHHS members

Part One of Two

Title: Health Update from The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Time: 11:00 am Pacific, 12:00 pm Mountain, 1:00 pm Central, 2:00 pm Eastern
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The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services has issued several recent Policy Briefs on rural healthcare. Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the Committee has focused much of its work on how the ACA would be implemented in rural America. The webinar will address two briefs that cover enrollment in and pricing of insurance plans and premiums for rural populations on the 2014 Health Insurance Marketplaces. The third brief discusses the provision of hospice benefits to the rural population.

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Part Two of Two

Title: Human Services Update from The National Advisory Committee on Rural and Human Services
Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Time: 11:00 am Pacific, 12:00 pm Mountain, 1:00 pm Central, 2:00 pm Eastern

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The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services will discuss its recent Policy Briefs on Rural Humans Services. In its first Policy Brief, the Committee examined the intersection of federal human services programs and rural poverty and included two case studies about two different types of anchor organizations to coordinate rural Human Services. In the other Policy Brief they discuss the unique needs and characteristics of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in rural America.

 About the Rural Assistance Center

The Rural Assistance Center is a free, federally funded resource that provides information to help build quality health and human services in rural America. RAC is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.

Connecting to the Webinar
Please note, there are a limited number of seats available; however, we hope to make a recording available on our website after the live event. This webinar is free. A phone connection and high-speed internet are required to participate. Connection details will be emailed to you prior to the event.

If you have questions or problems with the registration process, please contact Cathy Westerhausen at cathyw@raconline.org or 701.777.0584.