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CMS Region 7 Marketplace Partner Briefing

April 11, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Kansas City Regional Office invites you to a special Marketplace Partner Briefing.

Topics:
Social Security Benefits & the Marketplace

Speaker:
John Powell
Regional Communications, Social Security Administration

Who should attend:
Navigators, Enrollment Assistance Personnel, Certified Application Counselors, and Champions for Coverage 

When:
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST

RSVP:
http://cmsr7marketplacebriefing4-20.eventbrite.com  

If you are aware of any organizations that may benefit from attending this webinar, please feel free to forward this invitation to them.

We look forward to your participation.  If you have any questions or have difficulty registering, please contact Nick Clasen at Nickolas.Clasen@cms.hhs.gov or call 816-426-6319.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Kansas City Regional Office
601 E 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106
Ph: 816.426.5233
ROkcmORA@cms.hhs.gov

Enhancing Access to Behavioral Health Care: A Webcast Series on Tele-Behavioral Health – Starts April 14th

April 11, 2016

Enhancing Access to Behavioral Health Care:
A Webcast Series on Tele-Behavioral Health

Presented by HRSA’s Office of Regional Operations

April 14, 2016
April 28, 2016
May 19, 2016

1:00-2:00 pm EDT
This free Webcast Series is designed for provider organizations who would like to developor expand tele-behavioral health services for underserved populations.

An Introduction to Tele-behavioral Health: What’s New and Why it Makes Sense (April 14, 2016)

The Finger Lakes Community Health Center Model of Tele-Behavioral Health (April 28, 2016)                 

Implementing Technology Assisted Care into Behavioral Health Settings: A Framework for Change (May 19, 2016)

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Rural Insider April 2016

April 11, 2016

Message from State Director Janie Dunning

Being able to assist rural Missourians is something that hits home for me. Growing up in rural Missouri, I know how much of a positive impact opportunities can bring to small communities.

This edition of The Rural Insider has information about a few of our housing programs.

Housing is one of the things that make a community great. Offering housing opportunities is crucial to carrying out the mission of Rural Development to improve the quality of life for all rural Americans.

I am proud to say that since 2009, Rural Development has invested more than $4 billion in funds through our Single Family Housing Direct Loan and Grant Programs to the state of Missouri.

With the help of our partners, we have made a tremendous impact on the people of Missouri. I believe we are building better futures for families and individuals. Together, we can continue to provide opportunities and make a difference in this great state.

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

April 8, 2016

What’s New

Study:  Collaboration Aids Health Care for At-Risk Populations – A new report released Thursday, April 7 examines the performance of health care providers serving disadvantaged communities and identifies six practices (page 23) that deliver higher quality and improved outcomes.  Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) the study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine supports the HHS health reform strategy that shifts Medicare payment from volume to value.  One common theme that emerged from researching 60 case studies for the report is the role of collaboration between medical and social services, lining up with recent federal initiatives, including Rural IMPACT announced in September last year and the Accountable Health Communities Model, which is accepting applications until May 18.

White House Announces Additional Action to Address Opioid Epidemic – The Federal government is making a concerted effort to curb the rise in opioid addiction and overdose with eight actions announced March 29th that include funding for treatment services, overdose reversal drugs, syringe services programs, and strategic community policing. (See the Funding Opportunities section below for new grant programs stemming from this announcement.)  According to research, “the highest rates [of fatal drug overdoses] now occur in predominantly rural states, including West Virginia, New Mexico, Utah, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Nevada, Kentucky, and Tennessee.”  As part of the effort, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the rule that strengthens access to mental health and substance abuse services for low-income individuals.  The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act puts mental health on the same footing as medical care and will benefit more than 23 million people covered under Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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REVISED LINK for HRSA Webinar April 12: Integrating Oral Health and Primary Care Training

April 7, 2016

The Bureau of Health Workforce’s
Division of Medicine and Dentistry Presents:

CLINICAL TOOLS WEBINAR SERIES: INTEGRATING ORAL HEALTH AND PRIMARY CARE TRAINING

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (ET)
Click HERE to Register!

Featured Speakers:

Renée W. Joskow DDS, MPH
CAPT, USPHS
Senior Dental Advisor
Health Resources and Services Administration

Judith Haber, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN
The Ursula Springer Leadership Professor in Nursing
Executive Director, Oral Health Nursing and Practice (OHNEP) Program
Executive Director, Teaching Oral Systemic Health (TOSH) Program
New York University College of Nursing

Hugh Silk, MD, MPH
Director – From the First Tooth – Engaging Medical Clinicians in Oral Health
Professor – Dept. of Family Medicine & Community Health – UMass Medical School
Lecturer (PT) Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Medical Director – Primary Care Wellness Center/Community Healthlink

Special Guest:
Marcia Brand, Ph.D.
Senior Adviser for National Policy and Programs
DentaQuest Foundation

Moderator:
Jennifer Holtzman, DDS
Dental Officer, Division of Medicine and Dentistry
Health Resources and Services Administration

Open Payments 2016: Prepare to Review Reported Data Call — Register Now

April 7, 2016

Tuesday, April 12 from 2:30-3:30

To Register: Visit MLN Connects Event Registration. Space may be limited, register early.

Industry is currently submitting data to the Open Payments System on payments or transfers of value made to physicians and teaching hospitals during 2015. When data submission ends, physicians and teaching hospitals are given 45 days to review and dispute records attributed to them. In order to review the data, physicians and teaching hospitals need to register in the Open Payments system.  The system is available for physician and teaching hospital registration. The review and dispute period will begin in April 2016 and last for 45 days. CMS will publish the 2015 payment data and updates to the 2013 and 2014 data on June 30, 2016.

Physicians and teaching hospitals, find out how to access the Open Payments system to review the accuracy of the data submitted about you before it is published on the CMS website. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Agenda:

  • Overview of the Open Payments national transparency program
  • Program timeline
  • Critical deadlines for physicians and teaching hospitals to review and dispute data

Target Audience: Physicians, teaching hospitals and physician office staff.

This MLN Connects Call is being evaluated by CMS for CME and CEU continuing education credit (CE). Refer to the call detail page for more information.

Grantee Survey, Donate Life, Autism, New Opioid Guidelines – HRSA eNews

April 7, 2016

HRSA Surveys Grantees

Survey Aims to Improve the Quality of Services, Assistance, and Support

Some 4,500 grantees across all agency programs were invited last week to complete the second annual Grantee Satisfaction Survey.

The survey aims to give agency program staff and decision-makers benchmarks in such areas as efficiency, timeliness, responsiveness, quality, and overall satisfaction with HRSA programs, products, and services.

“This is a chance to interact with our grantees in a very direct and meaningful way, both on what we’re doing well and where we could improve,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae. “And because it goes out to everyone, it represents a valuable snapshot in time as we continue our quality improvement efforts.”

The survey, administered by the Office of Planning, Analysis and Evaluation (OPAE), will run for about four weeks. Last year, nearly six out of ten survey responders replied — with overwhelmingly positive results: More than 90 percent of grantees reported that they were “very satisfied” or “satisfied” on 28 questions. OPAE is working with CFI/Federal Consulting Group to field the survey, and grantees should have received an invitation from CFI requesting participation.

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