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Category Archives: Current Affairs

Upcoming “Adult Immunization & Billing Summit”

June 27, 2017

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS), Bureau of Immunization’s is holding an “Adult Immunization & Billing Summit”, on July 20 & 21, 2017.

MDHSS will also cover the travel costs of one Clinic Manager, Physician, or Nurse from a Federally Qualified Health Center or health system to attend the conference.

Click here for registration details and contact information.

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

June 23, 2017

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 22, 2017

What’s New

Continuing Population Loss for Rural Areas.  USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) tracks demographic change in non-metro areas and conducts research to help explain the relationship between population change and socio-economic well-being of rural residents. In its Population & Migration report released last week, the ERS finds that 14% of residents live in non-metro counties across the U.S., which cover 72 percent of the nation’s land area. This is only a -0.4 percentage loss over last year, but population loss is not evenly distributed across all rural areas. For those regions experiencing the most out-migration, ERS identifies rising unemployment, housing market challenges and energy sector developments as factors in a continuing decline in rural populations.

HHS Cybersecurity Keeps an Eye on Threats.  Last week, Microsoft and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported on vulnerabilities with Microsoft products similar to those that allowed the “WannaCry” virus to shut down large computer networks in May. DHS has identified a new threat, labeled “Hidden Cobra” that could possibly target health care and public health systems in the U.S.  Rural facilities may not be targeted as much as larger systems, but they may be less likely to have the resources to respond if they are hit, so it is especially important to remain vigilant and avoid these threats altogether.   HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) monitors cyber threats and maintains an up-to-date website with resources that may help.

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Proposed Quality Payment Program Updates to Increase Flexibility & Reduce Burden

June 22, 2017

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Rural Health Information Hub

June 22, 2017

View the Rural Health Information Hub updates.

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

June 22, 2017

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Top 20 CAH

June 20, 2017

Performance Excellence Awards for Critical Access Hospitals (Missouri Hospital awarded)

Recently, the National Rural Health Association announced its slate of 2017 Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals, selecting overall “Top 20 Winners” and “Top 20 Best Practice Recipients” in the areas of Quality and Patient Satisfaction.

Please join us in Congratulating:  Lafayette Regional Health Center in Lexington, MO for being honored as one of the recipients of the “2017 Top 20 Best Practice Recipient for Excellence in Quality” Award

The awards breakfast honoring all Top 20 CAH personnel will be held within NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference, Sept. 27-29 in Kansas City. The breakfast will occur on Friday, Sept. 29 at 8:30 a.m.

The press release and all related materials, including a criteria sheet, may be found here.