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Missouri Information for Community Assessment Training

January 9, 2015

Health Data Training Opportunity at MOTEC
February 18-19, 2015

The Bureau of Health Care Analysis and Data Dissemination at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is offering two health data courses.  Twenty seats are available in each session.  These courses are designed for administrators, program managers, health educators, program planners, or other staff who need to understand and present data for community health assessment and grant writing or to inform policy or decision making related to priority health issues.  Course 2 material builds upon Course 1, so attendance on both days is required.


Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designation

January 9, 2015

Rural Health Clinics:
The Primary Care Office which submits applications for Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designation, has requested that the State Office of Rural Health share the link below to encourage all Rural Health Clinics to apply for an Automatic HPSA designation, if they have not already.  While RHCs can use their county HPSA designation for state and federal programs, if the county designation is lost the RHC is without a HPSA designation.  The request for an Automatic HPSA designation is submitted directly to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) by completing the form provided on the website included below.

Please feel free to contact Lisa Eastman ( or Joyce Alexander ( by e-mail or by phone at 800/891-7415 with further questions.


January 6, 2015

Dear USDA Friends and Partners:

Office of Advocacy & Outreach (OAO) recently released its USDA 1890 National Scholars Program. The National Scholars Program is a major effort of the USDA and nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions (HBCUs) to award scholarships to students to attend one of the nineteen 1890 Institutions in any field of study in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences or other related disciplines.


Conference Opportunity — Missouri Location!

January 5, 2015

2015 Annual Critical Access Hospital and Rural Health Clinic Conferences with a conference location in Branson, Missouri.

See Conference Brochure, Registration Form, Conference Speaker Bios, & more….

Rural Health Information

December 31, 2014

It was learned that some CAHs billing Method II are not aware of the Feb. 28, 2015 deadline for PQRS reporting.  Here’s a link to a presentation:   and here’s the main PQRS page: .

Secondly, HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce began rolling out the Shortage Designation Management System in 2014, a new online system for shortage designation applications.  The Health Professional Shortage Area and Medically Underserved Area/Population designations determine access to additional reimbursement, participation in targeted programs and a threshold for grant applications.  Join Bureau of Health Workforce officials for this important webinar at 2 p.m. CDT Jan. 7 to learn about the data sources used and how the new application system works.  FYI, it is my understanding that this is a tool the State Bureaus of Primary Care will be using to submit shortage area designation applications to HRSA.

I hope this information is beneficial and that you’re having a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year!

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

December 31, 2014

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Rural Research Highlights

1. Rural-Urban Differences in Continuity of Care among Medicare Beneficiaries

In response to the Affordable Care Act and other reforms in the health care market, new models of care are being tested and implemented across the country. Care and payment models such as patient-centered medical homes, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and bundled payments depend on linkages between different types of health care providers to ensure continuity of care. To address concerns that health care in rural areas may be more fractured and thus a difficult place for these models to succeed, this brief from the  North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center measures continuity of care using detailed data on a sample of Medicare beneficiaries from 2000-2009.

More rural research can be found on


Rural Health Works December 2014 Newsletter

December 23, 2014

View the December 2014 Newsletter from the National Center for Rural Health Works.