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Category Archives: Health Care

Research Alert: State Variations in the Rural Obstetric Workforce

May 31, 2016

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers
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Special Edition: Rural Health ODF- June 7th

May 31, 2016

Save the Date — June 7 at 3:30 pm EDT

We are holding a Special Edition CMS Rural Health Open Door Forum call on June 7 at 3:30 pm.  The call will include two important topics:  an opportunity to give CMS input on the HHS Budget proposal for CAH payment, and an update on the CMS Quality Payment Program.

The FY 2017 Budget includes a series of Medicare legislative proposals that would help extend the life of the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund by over 15 years.  These proposals focus on policy objectives such as promoting high quality, efficient care, improving beneficiary access to care, and more closely aligning payments to providers with costs of care.  Among these proposals is the proposal to reduce Critical Access Hospital reimbursement from 101 percent of reasonable costs to 100 percent of reasonable costs.  This proposal would result in a savings of approximately $1.7 billion over 10 years.  We hope you can join us to share your thoughts on this proposal along with specific information on the impact on your hospital,  at the next Rural Health Open Door Forum scheduled for Tuesday June 14th from 3:30 to 4:30 EST.  We look forward to your participation.

CMS is embarking on an outreach effort regarding its Quality Payment Program.  Participants will hear details on how to ensure they are getting the latest information on this very important initiative.  You can get more information on the QPP by going to

Funding Opportunity

May 25, 2016

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Senior wellness models; HIP-C legislative news; Funding: health workforce faculty, community development; Resources: Rural ACO update, MACRA rural support; more

May 25, 2016

Rural Health Information Hub

View the 5.25.16 updates.

June 21 Webinar: Using Telehealth to Deliver Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME)–For Public Distribution

May 25, 2016

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Faculty Loan Repayment Program Now Open!

May 25, 2016

Application cycle is open

The 2016 Faculty Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open and will close on June 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Read the 2016 Application and Program Guidance (PDF – 374 KB) carefully before you start your 2016 Faculty Loan Repayment Program application.

Technical Assistance

Participate in the Faculty Loan Repayment Program Technical Assistance Conference Call:
Date/Time: June 9 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET
Dial-in: 1-888-982-4610
Passcode: 2741206

About the program

The Faculty Loan Repayment Program provides loan repayment to individuals who have an interest in pursuing a career as a faculty member in a health professions school. Program applicants must be from a disadvantaged background, have an eligible health professions degree or certificate, and have an employment commitment as a faculty member at an approved health professions institution for a minimum of two-years.


Program participants receive funds (up to $40,000 for two-years of service) to repay the outstanding principal and interest of qualifying educational loans. The qualifying educational loans must be obtained prior to the application deadline of June 30, 2016.

Funding Preferences

To obtain funding preference an applicant must:

  • Be employed full-time or part-time at an eligible health professions school
  • Submit a written agreement that the school will match the award payment from the Faculty Loan Repayment Program

Apply Now

Video: 2016 Faculty Loan Repayment Program

Learn More
Application and Program Guidance (PDF – 374 KB)
Faculty Loan Repayment Fact Sheet (PDF – 240 KB)

(TTY: 1-877-897-9910)
Weekdays (except Federal holidays), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

May 25, 2016

What’s New

VA Announces Telemental Health Resource Centers. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ new Telemental Health Resource Centers “will provide Veterans, particularly those living in rural areas, with rapid access to mental health services where local barriers exist.”  The first of seven locations is already operational in West Haven, CT and focuses on severe mental health issues such as chronic depression and bipolar disorder.  The remaining resource centers – in Charleston, SC; Salt Lake City, UT; Pittsburgh, PA; Boise, ID; Seattle, WA; and Portland, OR – will open this summer.