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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 29, 2015

RURAL HEALTH RESEARCH

1. Population in rural areas continues to decline, according to new analysis from USDA’s Economic Research Service.  Movement in and out of non-metro counties resulted in a net loss of about 100,000 people since 2010.

2. A new paper from the RUPRI Center examines care coordination programs that provide support for rural communities beyond medical care.  The report looks at “how different  programs and approaches are working, who benefits, and makes policy recommendations” for integrating health care and social support services in rural areas.

Visit the Rural Health Research Gateway to search past reports and learn about current projects.

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 19, 2015

WEBINARS, EVENTS AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

1. FORHP’s Rural Health Value program will hold a webinar on Monday June 22nd at 2:00pm EDT to talk about the newly developed Rural Taxonomy of Population and Health-Resource Characteristics.  This tool can help rural communities identify others with similar demographics, socioeconomics, and availability of health care resources.  Then these communities can learn from one another to develop strategies, adopt innovations, form learning collaboratives, and more.  The webinar will briefly explain how the tool was developed and show participants how it can be used by rural communities and stakeholders.    No registration is required.  To join, go to https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/rural_taxonomy/, using dial-In #888-950-9404 and participant Code 4550932.

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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

Annoucements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 12, 2015

HOT OFF THE PRESSES

1. On June 4, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule updating the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).  This payment system created by the Affordable Care Act is intended to promote greater participation in Accountable Care Organizations, also known as ACOs, to coordinate high quality care for Medicare patients.  Read the final rule in the Federal Register and learn more about rural ACOs  at the Rural Health Research Gateway.

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Annoucements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 9, 2015

HOT OFF THE PRESSES

1. FORHP is pleased to announce new awardees for the 2015 Rural Health Network Development Planning grant program. These grants provide up to $100K to support a range of activities to help rural communities identify and address local health care challenges.  The awards go to 24 rural communities in 20 states with a wide range of projects, from health workforce, to behavioral and mental health, implementing health IT, and many more areas of focus.  For more information about the Rural Health Network Development Planning program, please contact Amber Berrian at aberrian@hrsa.gov.
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Webinar on Prevelance of Opioids and the Workforce to Provide Treatment in Rural and Urban Settings

June 9, 2015

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2015
Time: 10:00am Pacific, 11:00am Mountain, 12:00pm Central, 1:00pm Eastern
Duration: approximately 60 minutes

Holly Andrilla from WWAMI and John Gale from Maine will provide an overview of their research on the prevalence of opioid use disorders in rural and urban settings and discuss issues with regard to workforce and providing treatment. Question and answer will follow.

The United States is experiencing an epidemic of opioid-related deaths driven by excessive prescribing of opioids, misuse of prescription drugs, and increased use of heroin. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has funded research at the WWAMI and the University of Southern Maine Rural Health Research Centers to explore the prevalence of opioids in rural and urban settings, as well as availability of workforce to provide treatment for opioid use disorder. Holly Andrilla from WAMMI and John Gale from Maine will provide an overview of their research with Q&A to follow.
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