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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

April 22, 2016

What’s New

CMS Announces Its Largest Primary Care Initiative. The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services recently launched the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) Model, which is expected to accommodate more than 20,000 providers and transform the way primary care is delivered. Building on the foundation of the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, a four-year plan rolled out in October 2012, the CPC+ is a primary care medical home model redesigned with a multi-payer structure (Medicare, commercial and state payer partners).  The five-year initiative, set to start on January 1, 2017, is an opportunity for rural providers to gain access to financial resources and quality improvement efforts.  The five year initiative is set to start on January 1, 2017.  CMS will first solicit payer proposals to partner with Medicare and announce their selections by July 15, 2016.  After that, practices within geographic reach of the selected payers will be able to submit applications up to September 1, 2016.  For questions about the model or the solicitation process, please email

Profile:  San Luis Valley and the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Program.  The primary challenge to implementing drug abuse treatment programs for the San Luis Valley (SLV) Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is a misperception that Naloxone, an “opioid antagonist” that reverses the effects of overdose, enables drug addiction. To overcome that challenge, SLV has focused on educating their community about the severity of opioid overdose, particularly among chronically ill patients and not recreational users, and emphasized the lives saved by Naloxone.  Just six months into their funding from FORHP’s Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant, SLV has held numerous  educational sessions and community workshops to bring providers, policymakers, and law enforcement up to speed with the opioid problem, stocked local pharmacies with Naloxone, and trained first-responders in administration of this potentially life-saving drug.  You can learn more about SLV’s Naloxone Education Empowerment Distribution Program (NEED) in the newest addition to Rural Health Models and Innovations at the Rural Health Information Hub.


CMS Seeks Rural Input on Unique Payment Model – Webinar Wednesday April 27 3-4pm ET

April 21, 2016

As a follow up to the announcement we shared with you last week regarding the Request for Information (RFI) from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center on the regional budget payment concept, FORHP is pleased to announce that Rural Health Value will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday April 27 from 3:00-4:00pm ET.

The Rural Health Value team will provide, from their perspective, an overview of why this RFI is significant, elements of the RFI that are of particular importance to rural, and suggestions on how to frame response to CMS.  There will also be time for discussion and questions from call participants.

Call Details
Date:  April 27th, 2016
Time:  3:00-4:00pm EDT
Phone Number:  800-779-5339
Passcode:  1700131
Adobe Connect URL:

New from RHIhub: Naloxone distribution project; Funding for new health centers, broadband; Reports on ACA & hospital financial performance, REC program; more

April 20, 2016

Rural Health Information Hub

View the 4.20.16 updates.

Complimentary Webinar – HIV Prevention, Testing and Management in Rural Communities

April 20, 2016

What steps can clinicians take to prevent HIV transmission and optimize HIV care in rural communities?

Southern Indiana has experienced an unprecedented outbreak of HIV infection over the past year, driven largely by an epidemic of injection drug use in rural America. Primary care clinicians, mental health professionals, and addiction specialists in this region have an essential role to play in preventing new HIV transmissions among individuals at high risk and providing HIV medical care to those who have been newly diagnosed.

Upon completion, participants should be able to describe effective elements of a comprehensive strategy to prevent HIV transmission among individuals who inject drugs and live in rural communities

HIV Prevention, Testing, and Management in Rural Communities

Date: Tuesday, May 3
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM Central Time

Cost: Free

Target Audience: Primary care clinicians (physicians, nurses, NPs, PAs), mental health professionals, addiction specialists, and other clinicians interested in preventing or managing HIV


Diane Janowicz, MD
Medical Director for MATEC-IN
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine
Fellowship Program Director-Infectious Diseases
Indianapolis, IN

Matthew Miles, MD
Internal Medicine Chief Resident, Safety and Quality Improvement
Indiana University Internal Medicine Residency Program
Indianapolis, IN


JOIN the Missouri Rural Health Association to meet the challenges of rural health organizations and addressing access to care

April 19, 2016

JOIN Missouri Rural Health Association

The Missouri Rural Health Association (MRHA) is addressing the challenges of rural Missourians and rural health care organizations. Join now and become part of the solution. We are looking for healthcare leaders to take rural health to a new level!


* An increased aging population
* Shrinking health care dollars
* Increasing demand for new skills and innovative ideas
* Overcoming health care barriers for patients with chronic and multi diagnoses


To meet these and many other challenges, MRHA is helping drive change by:

*  Gathering/sharing relevant data to help members make informed decisions and direct policy change.
*  Strengthening peer networks to increase opportunities for collaboration and shared learning.
*  Challenging public and private funding sources to invest more robustly in rural communities.
*  Serving as a voice for members on rural health issues at the state and national levels.

Rural Monitor: school-based health promotion; Funding: NHSC site applications, healthcare broadband; NACRHHS reports: child poverty, delivery system reform; more

April 18, 2016

Rural Health Information Hub

View the 4.13.16 updates.

Funding opportunity — WEBINAR: Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Grants – Rural Outreach

April 18, 2016

We would like to share the following information and encourage participants to join the webinar that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will be hosting on April 21 at 2:00pm EDT. This will feature a Q&A session focused on rural applicants.

EDA plans to release the Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) and begin accepting applications for the 2016 round of Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program funding on April 25, 2016; the application period will be open for 60 days.  In this 2016 round, a total of $15 million in Federal funding is available to create and expand cluster-focused proof-of-concept and commercialization programs and early-stage seed capital funds through the i6 Challenge and the Seed Fund Support (SFS) Grant competition, respectively.

Rural communities have catalyzed economic growth in their communities and regions by supporting innovators and entrepreneurs, and RIS grants can support these efforts.  While you’re welcome to join any of the series of webinars, we encourage you to join our webinar on April 21 at 2:00pm EDT, which will feature a Q&A session focused on rural applicants.

This series of webinars aims to encourage all potential applicants to think about their strategies for developing regional opportunities, partnerships, and approaches by sharing the RIS Program’s high-level objectives.  OIE staff will provide an overview of the Program and its objectives and RIS grantees will provide real-world highlights of their RIS projects, including the problems they set out to solve and the activities, outputs, and impacts that their RIS grants have supported.  Each webinar will end with a Q&A session that will be open to all participants but that will focus on specific categories of applicants or geographies as noted below.  EDA will host the webinars at the following times:

  • April 19 at 2:00pm EDT (with a Q&A focused on HBCUs and community colleges): join this webinar;
  • April 20 at 3:30pm EDT (with a Q&A focused on smart cities): join this webinar; and
  • April 21 at 2:00pm EDT (with a Q&A focused on rural communities): join this webinar.

Additionally, EDA will host a post-launch webinar on May 5, 2016, at 2:00pm EDT.  During this webinar, EDA staff will present a detailed overview of the 2016 RIS FFO and will take questions from attendees.

In order to ensure that you are able to connect to the webinar, please click the appropriate link above 15 minutes before the webinar begins.

If you have any questions please contact Sarah Hochman (