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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

December 22, 2014

Hot Off the Presses

1.  The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is pleased to announce several organizational changes.  We have established an Administrative Operations Division and have elevated the Policy Research Team to division status.  In addition, the word “Federal” has been added to the beginning of our name to reinforce the statutory charge in our authorizing language (Section 711 of the Social Security Act) to advise the Secretary and others in the Department on rural health issues.   For more information about the Office, please visit the FORHP website at http://www.hrsa.gov/ruralhealth/. For more information about the organizational changes, the Federal Register Notice can be found here.

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Funding Opportunity

December 17, 2014

The Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program funding opportunity announcement (FOA) was recently announced!  Please pass along this message to anyone who may be interested in applying.  More information on the program purpose and eligibility can be found online at: http://bhw.hrsa.gov/grants/geriatricsalliedhealth/gwep.html and in the attached FOA.

HRSA will host four Technical Assistance Webinars this week and regional sessions the week of January 5th.

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

December 8, 2014

The Affordable Care Act

1. As the ACA’s second open enrollment period continues, a new tool from the Kaiser Family Foundation maps marketplace enrollment by state and at local level to compare the number of people eligible for a marketplace plan with the share who signed up.

The resource, Mapping Marketplace Enrollment, calculates by local area the percentage of potential ACA marketplace enrollees that signed up for a health plan in a federally-based exchange by mid-April 2014. It also displays the number of potential enrollees and the number of plan sign-ups in 100,000-resident statistical geographical areas associated with a zip code. Rural assistors and stakeholders may be interested in using this local data to target special enrollment efforts to areas where a relatively low percentage of possible enrollees were enrolled during the last open enrollment period. Stakeholders may also be interested in the most recent the Medicaid Enrollment Report for September 2014.

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Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

November 25, 2014

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.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

November 20, 2014

Hot Off the Presses

Attention Rural Providers: In August, Congress  enacted the Veterans Choice Act, which enables veterans to see a local,  non-VA provider, if they reside further than 40 miles from a VA site of  care or face an appointment wait time of longer than 30 days. Veterans who live at least 40 miles from a VA facility have already been mailed a Veterans Choice Program card and may come to you for their care.  However, before providers can be reimbursed for providing care to eligible veterans, they must sign a participation agreement. More information is forthcoming, but in the meantime, if you have questions, please visit the Veterans Choice web site at: www.va.gov/opa/choiceact or call 866-606-8198.

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Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

November 13, 2014

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.

 

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

November 13, 2014

Hot Off the Presses

1. ORHP is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program (Network Planning).  This is a one-year community-driven program targeted to assist in the planning and development of an integrated health care network.  Health care networks can be an effective strategy to address a broad range of challenges unique to rural communities by bringing together rural providers and other community organizations.  For grantees, this funding provides an opportunity to implement new and innovative approaches to adapting to a changing health care environment that may serve as a model to other rural communities to better align and coordinate local health care services.  The increasing focus on showing value in health care delivery creates incentives to develop regional systems of care that preserve local autonomy for rural communities while also ensuring access to the appropriate continuum of care for the local service population.  Previously funded projects supported efforts related to workforce, behavioral health, telehealth, care coordination, health information technology, and outreach and enrollment.  Network planning activities that model evidence-based frameworks or models that work are encouraged.

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