August 18, 2014
Hot Off the Presses
1. On Friday, September 19th, 2014 from 2-3 PM ET, Mark Holmes, PhD and George H. Pink, PhD from the North Carolina Rural Health Research Center will host a webinar entitled “Change in Profitability and Financial Distress of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) from Loss of Cost-Based Reimbursement.” Information and registration for the webinar is available at: http://www.ruralhealthresearch.org/webinars/critical-access-hospitals. The webinar will focus on the financial distress of Critical Access Hospitals, and will present summaries of three recent reports:
August 11, 2014
The AMA Foundation and AmeriCares have both released Requests for Proposals for two separate grant programs supporting free and charitable clinics. Both grant programs will provide two-year grants of $10,000 to clinics to implement the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program.
Pre-diabetes is a preventable health condition that increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Estimates show that 79 million people in the United States have prediabetes, but less than ten percent are aware of their condition. The goal of these programs is to increase the identification of prediabetes among free clinic patients and improve their health-related outcomes.
Please note that while these programs are similar, they have separate application processes, implementation requirements and eligibility guidelines:
• AmeriCares Transforming Prediabetes Care Initiative grant application
• AMA Foundation’s Healthy Communities/Healthy America grant application
• Chart comparison of both grant programs
Interested clinics should carefully review both organizations’ programs to determine which opportunity is the best fit for them. Clinics will only be accepted into one of these two programs. The deadline for submitting your application to both programs is September 22, 2014.
July 22, 2014
Hot Off the Presses
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the White House Rural Council today announced the award of eight grants, totaling $815,051.50, which will improve access to health care for Veterans living in highly rural areas. The grants will assist over 11,000 Veterans in 7 states and 56 counties by providing up to $50,000 per highly rural area to fund transportation services for Veterans to and from VA medical centers and other facilities that provide VA care. The grants are part of a program authorized by Congress to help state Veterans Service Agencies and Veterans Service Organizations operate or contract for transportation services to transport Veterans to VA medical centers and other facilities that provide VA care. If you want to reach out to a grantee in your area, the list of grantees is as follows: