Category Archives: Current Affairs
March 8, 2018
Interoperability, Patient Choice at HIMSS. On Tuesday, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma announced a new initiative, MyHealthEData, “to empower patients by giving them control of their healthcare data, and allowing it to follow them through their healthcare journey.” Speaking to attendees at the annual conference of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) in Las Vegas, Verma said that CMS plans to overhaul requirements for the agency’s meaningful use program and MACRA’s Quality Payment Program to increase the focus on interoperability and reduce barriers to compliance – both areas presenting a challenge to rural providers. The HIMSS Conference runs through the end of the week. Those in attendance can find our FORHP colleagues at HRSA Booth #10219 in the Federal Health IT Pavilion.
Updated Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America. The rural atlas, maintained and updated by the Economic Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides statistics on three broad categories of socioeconomic factors: demographics, including migration and immigration, education, and characteristics of veteran population; jobs, with employment trends, industrial composition and household income; and county classifications that include the rural-urban continuum, economic dependence, persistent poverty and other characteristics.
March 8, 2018
Rural Utilities Service Contract Administration Workshop
Please plan on joining USDA for the 2018 Rural Utilities Service Contract Administration Workshop. The workshop will be held on April 17th & 18th in Columbia, MO. The registration form, attached below, must be completed and emailed to Chris Collins at email@example.com by April 6th if you plan on attending.
If you have any questions about the workshop, please email Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (573) 208-0574.