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Rural Health Information Hub

January 19, 2017

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Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

January 19, 2017

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FORHP Announcements – January 13, 2017

January 18, 2017

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

What’s New

CDC: Rural Americans at Higher Risk of Death.  On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study on the five leading causes of death in rural America, the first in a series of reports on the disparities that create “a striking gap in health between rural and urban Americans, ” according to CDC Director Tom Frieden.

Factors contributing to the decline in rural life expectancy include demographic, environmental, economic, and social factors, many of which CDC will examine as part of a series of rural-focused Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports.  The MMWR delivers objective, scientific public health data and recommendations each week to state health departments and more than 250,000 electronic subscribers.  The rural-focused MMWRs represent a significant focus on rural issues by the CDC and will be a feature in the FORHP Announcements this year.  The increasing mortality in rural areas was also a topic of a recent report from the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services.

New Rural Health Model in Pennsylvania.  Also on Thursday, the CMS Innovation Center announced a new model opened to test the predictability of global budgets for rural hospitals in Pennsylvania and determine if they enable services tailored to the needs of local communities. Under this Model, monthly payments made by Medicare fee-for-service and all other participating payers would be based on a fixed amount for inpatient and outpatient services. In addition, rural hospitals would be allowed to redesign delivery to invest in quality measures and preventive care in a way that meets their patients’ needs. The funding will be used to oversee the Model, collect and analyze data, and provide technical assistance toward several targets, including increasing access to care, reducing rural health disparities and decreasing deaths from substance use.

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Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

January 18, 2017

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Rural Health Information Hub

January 17, 2017

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2017 NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program Application Cycle is Now Open!

January 17, 2017

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Need your help to spread the word – 2017 Workplace Wellness Forum

January 17, 2017

We need your help to spread the word about the 2017 AHA Workplace Wellness Forum.  The target audience is Human Resources professionals, company benefits managers, company wellness champions, volunteers passionate about workplace wellness.  Please share with your networks as you see appropriate.

The event is free and registration is required.  Thanks for your help!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Rachelle at Rachelle.bartnick@heart.org