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October 7, 2016

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Register Today for the 5th Annual Missouri Human Rights Conference

October 7, 2016

Registration for the 2016 Missouri Human Rights Conference is now open.

This one-day event is packed with great speakers and up-to-date information to help you learn about current discrimination issues in Missouri.

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Stay tuned for additional details about this year’s conference.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

October 7, 2016

What’s New

White House Rural Forum – Watch Live Online Wednesday, October 5 at 8:30 am ET. Tomorrow, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Chair of the White House Rural Council, will convene a White House Rural Forum at Penn State University to discuss the Obama Administration’s rural strategy, what worked, and how rural communities can continue building on the success of the past eight years. He will also urge policy makers, foundations, non-profits and the private sector to recognize the increasing opportunities for investment in America’s rural communities. Vilsack will be joined by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, rural leaders and state and federal officials in this discussion of the economic drivers and quality of life issues in small towns and rural communities. Follow the conversation on Twitter at #RuralResults.

NHSC Corps Community MonthDuring the month of October, the National Health Service Corps will celebrate the role that NHSC clinicians play in bringing essential primary care to underserved communities.  Of the Corps’ 9,600 clinicians, more than 2,100 are working in rural areas.  This year’s theme is Share Your Service, and Corps members have uploaded videos about their experiences on  the NHSC Facebook and Twitter pages.  Participate in the NHSC Job Fair on October 18th and, on October 19, make the message louder by joining the NHSC Thunderclap.

Too Few Patients Getting Treatment for Opioid Disuse.  A new study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) examined pharmacy records in states approved to prescribe buprenorphine, the drug that helps manage cravings and withdrawal from opioid use.  New federal rules this year raised the number of patients a doctor can treat from 100 to 275 (see Policy Updates below); the JAMA study found that only 10 percent of doctors are prescribing to 75 or more patients.  Researchers also found that the treatment is not lasting long enough, with the mean length of prescribing at 53 days per patient.  One challenge is that Medication-Assisted Treatment is meant to be a combination of prescription and counseling, which is often difficult to find in rural areas.


A rural EMS revolution

October 7, 2016

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CARE Connection – Update from the NAFC

October 7, 2016

Education and Training for Free & Charitable Clinic Staff and Volunteers

Providing the best health care possible to the medically underserved requires continued education and training for America’s Free and Charitable Clinic staff and volunteers, which is why that is a crucial initiative of the NAFC.

Last month, over 350 members of the Free and Charitable Clinic community joined together in Orlando, Florida for the NAFC 2016 Charitable Health Care Symposium. The Symposium was a huge success, providing an opportunity for clinic staff and volunteers to share ideas and lessons learned, network and providing tangible information that could be used when they returned home to serve their patients and communities throughout the country.

Please consider making a donation today to help support life-saving efforts such as education, scholarships, on-going training and improving patient care. Donate Now


Webinar Invitation: Keys to Writing a Successful RHND Grant Program Application on 10/13 at 2 pm ET

October 7, 2016

Hello NOSORH Membership,

You’re invited to participate in a webinar on the Keys to Writing a Successful Rural Health Network Development (RHND) Grant Program Application next Thursday, October 13th at 2 pm EASTERN. This webinar is intended for State Offices of Rural Health, Rural Hospitals, Rural Clinics, Rural Networks and any other interested applicant from your state.  Please forward this information on to anyone interested in applying.

Objectives of the webinar are:

  • Describe the steps necessary to write a successful Network Development grant application.
  • Answer 10 key questions before making the decision to apply for this funding.
  • Identify resources to support the grant application effort.


  1. Click here.
  2. Click Register.
  3. On the registration form, enter your information and then click Submit.

See the attached flyer for more information. Webinar recording will be sent to all registrants.

Wipfli Alerts & Updates: Form 1095-C Error Message

October 7, 2016

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