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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 28, 2015

The Rural Assistance Center will be hosting a two part webinar series from the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services. Part one in the series will focus on the policy briefs the committee has issued on rural healthcare. Part two in the series will cover the briefs issued on rural human services. Please join RAC for these free webinars.

Featured Speakers:
Committee Chair Ronnie Musgrove, along with several other NACRHHS members

Part One of Two

Title: Health Update from The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Time: 11:00 am Pacific, 12:00 pm Mountain, 1:00 pm Central, 2:00 pm Eastern
Register Now

The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services has issued several recent Policy Briefs on rural healthcare. Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the Committee has focused much of its work on how the ACA would be implemented in rural America. The webinar will address two briefs that cover enrollment in and pricing of insurance plans and premiums for rural populations on the 2014 Health Insurance Marketplaces. The third brief discusses the provision of hospice benefits to the rural population.


Part Two of Two

Title: Human Services Update from The National Advisory Committee on Rural and Human Services
Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Time: 11:00 am Pacific, 12:00 pm Mountain, 1:00 pm Central, 2:00 pm Eastern

Register Now

The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services will discuss its recent Policy Briefs on Rural Humans Services. In its first Policy Brief, the Committee examined the intersection of federal human services programs and rural poverty and included two case studies about two different types of anchor organizations to coordinate rural Human Services. In the other Policy Brief they discuss the unique needs and characteristics of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in rural America.

 About the Rural Assistance Center

The Rural Assistance Center is a free, federally funded resource that provides information to help build quality health and human services in rural America. RAC is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.

Connecting to the Webinar
Please note, there are a limited number of seats available; however, we hope to make a recording available on our website after the live event. This webinar is free. A phone connection and high-speed internet are required to participate. Connection details will be emailed to you prior to the event.

If you have questions or problems with the registration process, please contact Cathy Westerhausen at or 701.777.0584.

Registration Open – National Rural EMS Conference

January 26, 2015

National Rural EMS Conference: Building Integration & Leadership for the Future

WHEN: May 5-6, 2015

WHERE: Cheyenne, Wyoming

COST: $200 (includes meals)

WHO’S INVITED: Rural EMS Directors, State EMS Officials, State Offices of Rural Health, Flex Program Managers, hospital administrators, elected officials, medical directors & other interested EMS partners.

LEARN ABOUT: The future of rural EMS, community paramedicine, systems of care, performance improvement, ambulance service sustainability, rural EMS education, simulation in motion, and more.

DRAFT AGENDA: Click here.



Little America Hotel, 2800 West Lincolnway, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009
For reservations phone: 800.445.6945
Group rates from $99 – $129, depending upon your needs and room availability.
Room block name: Rural EMS Conference

HOST: Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care

  • National Association of State EMS Officials
  • National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
  • National Rural Health Resource Center
  • National Rural Health Association


TRAVEL TO CHEYENNE: There are a number of options for getting to Cheyenne.

  1. Air: Great Lakes Airlines – offers connections to United Airlines and Frontier Airlines.
  2. Rental Car:  Cheyenne is 100 miles or 90 minutes from Denver.
  3. Shuttle: GreenRide – 888.472.6656 or


QUESTIONS: Contact Stephanie Hansen at 208.375.0407

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: