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Category Archives: Current Affairs

Research Alert: Adverse Childhood Experiences in Rural and Urban Contexts

May 18, 2016

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers. View the Research Alert.

Opioid epidemic feature article & model program; Funding: behavioral health workforce; Reports: VA HIE success, rural child poverty; more

May 18, 2016

Rural Health Information Hub. View the 5.18.16 updates.

EMS Grant Writing 101 Virtual Conference- June 15, 22 & 29

May 18, 2016

View the EMS Grant Writing Virtual Conference Flyer.

Research Alert: Health Information Exchange: A Strategy for Improving Access for Rural Veterans in the Maine Flex Rural Veterans Health Access Program

May 17, 2016

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers. View the Research Alert.

Timely Transitions: A monthly SRHT newsletter!

May 17, 2016

Pender Community Hospital Surpassing Project Goals
Pender Community Hospital (PCH)
located in Pender, Nebraska is a 21-bed critical access hospital whose vision is “to be the best place to get care and the best place to give care.” In addition to acute and emergency care, they provide cardiopulmonary/sleep services, diabetes education, geriatric assessment, imaging, obstetrics and gynecology services. Specialty clinics include audiology, cardiology, counseling, ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, OB/GYN, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, podiatry, pulmonology, urology, surgery and wound/ostomy/continence/foot and nail care.
READ THE FULL HOSPITAL SPOTLIGHT ARTICLE…

Staff on the Road
Are you planning to attend the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) 39th Annual Rural Health Conference in Minneapolis on May 10-13? If so, we hope you will stop by the National Rural Health Resource Center/Rural Health Innovations booth during your break. SRHT staff attending include:

  • Sally Buck, Chief Executive Officer, (218) 216-7025
  • Terry Hill, Senior Advisor for Rural Health Leadership and Policy, (218) 216-7032
  • Alyssa Meller, Chief Operating Officer, (218) 216-7040
  • Rhonda Barcus, Program Specialist, (904) 321-7607

We’d love to see you there!

Bethany Adams, Senior Program Manager, and Caleb Murphy Siem, Program Specialist, recently traveled to Holdenville General Hospital (HGH) in Holdenville, Oklahoma for the second of two onsite visits to complete HGH’s financial operational assessment (FOA). At this visit, Eric Shell, Stroudwater Associates, presented the findings and recommendations from the first field visit and the leadership team worked diligently to create an action plan to guide their upcoming work. We look forward to hearing about the outcomes from their project next year!

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

May 17, 2016

What’s New

USDA Addresses Opioid Epidemic.  U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack laid out a strategy to combat the heroin and opioid crisis and launched a series of rural town halls where rates of overdose are particularly high.  In New Hampshire, where the announcement was made, one person dies from a drug overdose nearly every day.

Policy Update

Comments Requested: Interoperability for EHRs – Submit by June 3. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is seeking feedback on its plan to achieve widespread exchange of health information through Electronic Health Records (EHRs).  ONC hopes to establish the metrics that will be used to determine if the goal of interoperability for the entire nation has been met by December 31, 2018 as planned.  Congress declared under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) that the metrics be in place by July 1, 2016.  Rural providers may be subject to meeting these metrics and should consider providing input on the unique challenges to interoperability they may face.
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Models: Reducing teen substance abuse, service integration; Funding: Teen pregnancy prevention, CATCH; Reports on RHC use by Medicaid beneficiaries; more

May 11, 2016

Rural Health Information Hub. View the 5.11.16 updates.