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Available Data Health Disparities Report LGBT Health in Rural Missouri

September 23, 2016

The Office of Primary Care and Rural Health has developed a new Data Health and Disparities and Equalities report (attached) entitled: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Health in Rural Missouri.  This report, as well as past reports, can be found on the State Office of Rural Health’s website at:  http://health.mo.gov/living/families/ruralhealth/publications.php.

Veterans Choice Program Education for Community Providers

September 23, 2016

Veterans Choice Program Education for Community Providers

The Veterans Choice Program was established so that eligible Veterans who are enrolled in the VA health system can receive care in their communities. Health care providers interested in participating in the Veterans Choice Program must establish either a Patient Centered Community Care (PC3) contract or a Choice Provider agreement with one of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-approved contractors, Health Net Federal, or TriWest Healthcare Alliance. Both offer educational resources to help providers better understand the process.

TriWest offers free live, interactive webinars for providers that cover the appointing and authorization process, secondary authorization requests, overall health care management process, billing and claims procedures, other health insurance, and medical documentation requirements. A live demo also explains how to use the secure Provider Portal to complete administrative tasks, such as uploading medical documentation and checking claims status.  To register for a TriWest webinar, visit https://vapccc.triwest.com/PCCCWeb/index.html#/provider-webinars to view the webinar schedule. Choose the webinar date and time which works best for you, and follow the registration instructions on Page Two. Please note: all webinars are scheduled in Mountain Standard Time or Arizona Time.

Similarly, Health Net’s provider orientation webinar covers an overview of Patient-Centered Community Care (PCCC) and the Veterans Choice Program, including covered regions, how to become a provider, and Veteran eligibility. Also, a presentation familiarizes providers with Health Net’s PCCC program, regions and attributes. The application promotes awareness of the Veteran experience: where they live; unique needs and challenges such as Veteran Integrated Service Network locations, socio-economic and health challenges; and VA resources.  To access Health Net’s provider resources, visit https://www.hnfs.com/content/hnfs/home/va/home/provider/education.html.

September 29 Webinar: NACRHHS Policy Briefs on Emergency Care Models and Rural Opioid Misuse Implications

September 22, 2016

The Rural Health Information Hub will be hosting a free webinar.

Title: NACRHHS Policy Briefs on Emergency Care Models and Rural Opioid Misuse Implications
Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016
Time: 11:00 am Pacific, 12:00 pm Mountain, 1:00 pm Central, 2:00 pm Eastern

The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health (NACRHHS) has released two new policy briefs with recommendations to the Secretary of U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) on ways to address pressing issues. The first, Alternative Models to Preserving Access to Emergency Care, examines alternatives for provision of emergency care and ancillary services in the light of the recent surge in rural hospital closures. The second, Families in Crisis: The Human Service Implications of Rural Opioid Misuse, discusses opioid use disorder in rural areas, which face great challenges given their limited health and social service infrastructure.

Speakers: TBA

The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services is a 21-member citizens’ panel of nationally recognized experts who provide recommendations on rural issues to the Secretary of the Department.

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Get Application Help on Thursday, Sept 29 at 7 PM ET

September 22, 2016

Get Answers to Your Questions!

NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program Technical Assistance Call & Online Chat
Thursday, September 29, 2016
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

Are you planning to apply for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program?

NHSC staff members will be available online and over the phone for two hours on September 29 to answer any questions about the program application or service commitment.

There are TWO ways to submit a question:

  1. Use the number below to ask a question over the phone.
    Dial-In: 1-888-324-4392
    Passcode: 1058390

2. Click here to submit your question online. While you’re waiting for it to be answered, check out the questions/responses from other potential applicants.

Reminder – make sure you meet these basic S2S program requirements!

  • Enrolled as a full-time student in the final year at a fully accredited medical or dental school in an eligible allopathic, osteopathic, doctor of dental surgery, or doctor of dental medicine degree program.
  • U.S. citizen (U.S. born or naturalized) or U.S. national
  • Planning to complete an accredited primary care medical (required) or dental (encouraged) residency in an NHSC-approved specialty

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Free Webinar – Oct 1st RHC Billing Updates

September 22, 2016

RHC Billing Updates
FREE WEBINAR
Hosted by Hometown Health

Is your Rural Health Clinic ready for the new billing requirements? Join HomeTown Health for this informative webinar led by Helen Williams with Azalea Health and Dale Gibson. The purpose of the RHC webinar is to overview current and upcoming billing changes that become effective on October 1, 2016.

RHC Billing Updates
September 28, 2016
1:00 PM ET

Register

For any additional questions or to speak with the panelists, please email us at Info@AzaleaHealth.com.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

September 21, 2016

What’s New

New Recommendations from Rural Health CommitteeThe National Advisory Committee on Rural Health (NACRHHS) has released two new policy briefs with recommendations to the Secretary of U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) on ways to address pressing issues.  The first, Alternative Models to Preserving Access to Emergency Care, examines alternatives for provision of emergency care and ancillary services in the light of the recent surge in rural hospital closures. The Committee is concerned with how rural communities can maintain timely access to emergency and other core healthcare services in communities too small to support a full-service hospital but which need more services than offered by a typical primary care clinic.  Families in Crisis: The Human Service Implications of Rural Opioid Misuse discusses opioid use disorder in rural areas, which face great challenges given their limited health and social service infrastructure. Fatal opioid overdoses in rural areas have increased at unprecedented rates from 2012-2014 and now are as high as or higher than rates in all metro areas. The Committee issued several recommendations on how the Department can respond to this crisis.  Save the date and watch this space for details about a webinar on Thursday, September 29 at 2:00 pm ET to discuss the Committee’s findings.  The NACRHHS is a Federal advisory committee with 21 members appointed by the HHS Secretary. Each year, the Committee produces a series of briefs on key rural health and human service topics with recommendations for the Secretary. More information about the Committee is available at http://www.hrsa.gov/advisorycommittees/rural/.

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Rural Health Information Hub

September 21, 2016

View the Rural Health Information Hub updates.