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Category Archives: Current Affairs

Research Alert: Looking Ahead: Rural-Urban Differences in Anticipated Need for Aging-Related Assistance

July 14, 2016

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

View the Research Alert.

Rural Health Information Hub

July 14, 2016

View the Rural Health Information Hub updates.

Missouri Perinatal Health Management Pilot

July 14, 2016

If you’re a provider in one of the following counties, please visit for an important message about a new Medicaid pilot program for high-risk pregnant women. The counties listed below can expect to be contacted by our partner, Alpha Maxx, regarding some of your pregnant patients:

  • Pemiscot
  • Dunklin
  • New Madrid
  • Mississippi
  • Scott
  • Stoddard
  • Butler
  • Cape Girardeau

For provider and policy issues regarding MHD Clinical Services Programs, including Pharmacy, The Missouri Rx Plan (MORx), Psychology, Exceptions, and Medical Precertifications, email us at:

Questions and comments regarding any other issues should be directed to:


CMS National Training Program Workshops

July 13, 2016

Registration for the 2016 CMS NTP workshops is now open at

As always, there will be no charge to you for the training. The locations and dates for the workshops are listed below. You are invited to attend at the location of your choice.

WESTMINSTER, CO: July 25–26, 2016
KANSAS CITY, MO: August 3–4, 2016
ATLANTA, GA: August 18–19, 2016
SEATTLE, WA: August 23–24, 2016
SYRACUSE, NY: August 30–31, 2016

NOTE:Registration requests will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until each meeting reaches capacity. The number of attendees from the same organization may be limited.

Rural Population Health Learning Collaborative July 25, 2016 Webinar Notice

July 13, 2016

You’re Invited to Participate

“Building Bridges in Amish Country: Cultural Lessons Learned from the Field” (webinar)

Day: Monday, July 25th
Time: 3:00 PM (GMT-4:00) Eastern Time

(US and Canada)

Melissa Thomas, PhD, MSPH, MSA, MCHES, C.CHW
As founding director of the nonprofit Center for Appalachia Research in Cancer Education (CARE), Dr. Melissa Thomas has served as Principal Investigator on a number of research studies aimed at reducing the burden of cancer through culturally-competent health education programs. Melissa also serves as Manager of Health Disparities Research in the Office of Health Equity at the OhioHealth Research & Innovation Institute in Columbus, Ohio. As a first-generation college student, Melissa has dedicated her life to empowering communities in memory of her grandmother, Mazie Thomas Reed, who died of cancer due to limited access to education and health care.

Linda Nisley, C.CHW
Linda grew up Amish in the Fredericksburg area. The oldest in a family of 5 brothers and 3 sisters, Linda found her calling early in life after watching her grandmother suffer and die from congestive heart failure, for she knew she wanted to do something to help others. She obtained her GED when she was 22 years old and then became certified as a State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA). She worked at the Walnut Hills Nursing Home for 10 years and also has been worked in private duty home healthcare for 8 years. Linda serves as the Mennonite Community Health Worker with Project Hoffnung: The Amish and Mennonite Breast Health project and was instrumental in expanding the program statewide.

Please register here:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Web link to use to access slides and recordings starting with the June 2016 webinar:

Save the Date! July 28 Webinar on the S2S Loan Repayment Program for Dental Students!

July 13, 2016

Mark your calendar!

Please join us on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET for the Students to Service (S2S) Webinar to learn more about the dental component of the program.  NHSC staff will go over the application process, program eligibility, and service commitment.  Login information will be forthcoming.

More announcements coming

Look for more information by visiting the S2S Website!

Best Regards,

National Health Service Corps

Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings Preview Report Update

July 13, 2016

Open Door Forum

Due to the July 4th holiday, the Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings Preview Reports will be available in CASPER folders the week of July 5th. These reports contain data that will be publicly reported on the Home Health Compare website in October 2016. Starting this quarter, the preview report includes additional information about the rating and how the results shown on the scorecard can be used by agencies for quality improvement.

The deadline to submit a request to have the star rating data suppressed is July 25, 2016. Please follow the directions laid out in the Preview Reports to submit a suppression request.

Any questions about these reports can be directed to