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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

March 23, 2015

Hot off the Presses


  1. A new funding opportunity from HRSA can help rural communities address challenges in growing their own health care provides.  The Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) focuses on developing pipeline programs to get disadvantaged students interested in health care careers.  HCOP aims to increase the diversity of the health care workforce through the recruitment and training of educationally or economically disadvantage backgrounds. One key milestone of the program is high school graduation of potential health care professionals.Applications are open to health schools and training programs, and the due date is May 15th by 11:59 PM Eastern. This grant program has changed from previous years, and rural applicants are encouraged to apply. More information on HCOP, including two Technical Assistance Webinars, can be found here.


REGISTER NOW: CMS 2015 PQRS & Value Modifier Webinar: March 31, 2015

March 23, 2015

The Philadelphia Regional Office of CMS will be hosting a new webinar on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 12:00 Noon EDT to provide an overview of the requirements of the 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and the Value-based Payment Modifier (VM).  The link to register for this call can be found here:

This call is intended for eligible professionals, practice managers, office staff, and all other interested parties who deal with the PQRS and VM programs.  The dial in number and link to the webinar will be given upon registration.  If we maximize attendance on this call, there may be additional calls scheduled soon. Please share this meeting invitation with partners, members, and colleagues who would benefit from this information.  Thank you.

Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

March 23, 2105

The Rural Assistance Center is a collaborative effort of the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health, and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI); and is funded by a grant through HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy. View the RAC Online newsletter.

RACONLINE Winter Issue

February 27, 2015

View the Winter 2015 Issue

NOSORH Grant Writing Institute 2015

February 26, 2015

NOSORH is pleased to announce registration is now open for the 2015 Grant Writing Institute: Rural Health Grant Writing Specialist Training.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to write better grant proposals, turn rurality to your advantage, acquire additional writing experience, and more. Participants will benefit from learning about a range of approaches to grant writing from an array of rural health partners. This series is perfect for beginners seeking to gain the skills to research and draft   winning proposals from various   agencies.

The NOSORH Grant Writing Institute was developed to meet the unique needs of rural grant writers – like you! And like many before you, the education gained through this course will speak for itself. “I have a lot more confidence in grant writing now- will refer to my notes frequently!” says a 2014 graduate. And, “I enjoyed this webinar and very much enjoyed all the webinars in the GWI. I gained a lot of information that I can use in future research projects, managing staff, collaborating with community partners, finding funding sources, and writing and editing future grants. Thank you, Kassie!” says another.


ICD-10 Coding Training

February 25, 2015

ICD-10 Code… Are you Ready?

Missouri Rural Health Association is working to bring affordable ICD-10 Training to rural Missouri providers. View the online training sessions.

Application webinar on funding opportunities

February 24, 2015

REMINDER: Application webinar on HRSA/FORHP rural health funding opportunities

Attention Delta Region Community-Based Organizations, Educational Institutions, Health Providers, Local Development Districts and Other Interested Parties:

Please join the Delta Regional Authority and the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA)/Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) to learn about two new opportunities for health-related funding that has the potential to make a huge difference in rural communities.  The first program will provide funding for health professional training in partnership with local educational institutions, while the second program supports building and strengthening rural health networks.