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Becker’s Hospital Review- 50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know

January 29, 2015

The Becker’s Hospital Review just released their 2015 edition of its list of “50 rural hospital CEOs to know” ( and it is our honor to congratulate ‘three’ State of Missouri Presidents and CEOs who were named on their list.

These three CEOs are dedicated to advancing healthcare in their communities and go above and beyond tackling the challenges of providing healthcare in their rural or small towns with vigor.

  • Thomas Keim. CEO of Ste. Genevieve (Mo.) County Memorial Hospital
  • Ron Ott. President and CEO of Fitzgibbon Hospital (Marshall, Mo.)
  • Paul Taylor, JD. CEO of Ozark Community Hospital (Springfield, Mo.)

Please congratulate and recognize them for this wonderful honor!!

EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge

January 29, 2015

Last Friday, ONC held and Million Hearts held the ONC EHR Innovations for Hypertension Control (aka “protocols) Challenge phase 2 kickoff. The video recording and slide set are attached. On the video the two phase 1 challenge winners discuss their progress incorporating hypertension protocols into their EHRs and into their delivery systems. The next phase of the challenge will be to spread the tools described by the winners on the video.

Webinar recording:

EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge website:

View the EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge Webinar document.

Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

January 21, 2015

The Rural Assistance Center is a collaborative effort of the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health, and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI); and is funded by a grant through HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy.  View the RAC Online newsletter.

2015 NHSC Loan Repayment Program

January 21, 2015

The 2015 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open and will close on March 30, 2015 at 7:30 PM EST.

This Program provides loan repayment assistance to licensed primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health providers who serve in communities with limited access to health care. There are both full-time and half-time service options.

The 2015 application cycle is expected to be competitive. On average, it can take up to three weeks to complete an application so applicants are encouraged to apply early. This year the process may improve for applicants, now that some loan information can be automatically populated by the National Student Loan Data System.


Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

January 20, 2015

Hot Off the Presses

1. The 26th Annual Rural Health Policy Institute will take place February 3rd-5th, 2015 in Washington, DC. This event marks the largest rural health policy gathering in the country and includes updates from Federal partners, Administration officials and other rural health policy stakeholders. Dr. Mary Wakefield, HRSA Administrator, will present an update from HRSA on Tuesday, February 3rd. On Thursday, February 5th, Doug O’Brien, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development in the US Department of Agriculture, will give an update on the work of the White House Rural Council. Following his presentation will be two important panels on recent rural health research topics. The first presentation, featuring Gopal Singh of the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau and two ORHP grantees, Alana Knudson of the National Opinion Research Center and the University of North Dakota Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center and Jan Probst of the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center, will focus on new data that highlight current trends in rural health disparities. The second presentation, focusing on rural hospital closures, will feature Sarah Young and Sarah Bryce from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) and Mark Holmes and George Pink from the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program. To view the latest agenda, registration information and preconference details, please visit:


CMS MLN Connects™ Weekly Provider eNews

January 15, 2015

MS MLN Connects™ Weekly Provider eNews

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Stroke Webinars

January 15, 2015

Midwest Affiliate Small, Rural & Critical Access Hospital Bi-Monthly Get With The Guidelines Stroke Webinars