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Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

October 25, 2016

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Grant Opportunity FW: Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program

October 25, 2016

This FY 2017 ANEW Program FOA seeks to expand upon the efforts that began in FY 2015 under the Advanced Nursing Education (ANE) Program to increase academic-practice partnerships around the country.

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The ANEW Program supports innovative academic-practice partnerships to prepare primary care advanced practice registered nursing students to practice in rural and underserved settings through academic and clinical training. Closing date for applications is January 25, 2017.

The partnerships support traineeships as well as infrastructure funds to schools of nursing and their practice partners who deliver longitudinal primary care clinical training experiences with rural and/or underserved populations for selected advanced nursing education students in primary care nurse practitioner (NP), primary care clinical nurse specialist (CNS), and/or nurse-midwife (NMW) programs, and facilitate program graduates’ employment in those settings.

Eligible applicants include entities that provide registered nurses (RN) with training that leads to master’s and/or doctoral degrees that prepare nurses to serve as primary care nurse practitioners, primary care clinical nurse specialists, and nurse-midwives.

Applicants may include accredited schools of nursing, nursing centers, academic health centers, state or local governments, and other public or private nonprofit entities authorized by the Secretary of HHS that confer degrees to RNs for primary care NP, primary care CNS, or nurse-midwife education. Federally recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations as well as faith-based or community-based organizations may apply if they are otherwise eligible.

Current ANE awardees from FY 2015 and FY 2016 are eligible to apply for the ANEW Program funding opportunity, but their applications must include a project different from their currently funded ANE project.

For profit entities are not eligible under this FOA.

Technical Assistance

Date:  Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Time: 2:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Dial-in #: 888-282-1744
Participant Passcode: 6266489

Replays are generally available one hour after a call ends.
Phone #: 888-293-8912

NHSC and Nurse Corps press release

October 25, 2016

The attached is a press release from earlier this week regarding the awards given out by the NHSC and Nurse Corps.

Save the Date! Join us for National Rural Health Day “WebSights” on Nov. 17!

October 25, 2016

Save the Date!

Join up for as many WebSights as possible and invite others too!!

IRF and LTCH Public Reporting Update – CDC & NHSN Rebaseline Guidance

October 21, 2016

CMS Open Door Forum

As noted in the Rebaseline Timeline posted in the June 2016 National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Newsletter, the CDC submitted standardized infection ratios (SIRs) to CMS using the new 2015 baseline starting with 2016 Q1 data.  The Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) and Long-term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Preview Reports that CMS provided on September 1, 2016 contained calendar year (CY) 2015 healthcare-associated infection (HAI) SIRs in accordance with the new NHSN baselines based on nationally collected data from 2015. However, providers were unable to use NHSN to verify the accuracy of the HAI data contained within their preview reports for the Compare sites during the 30-day preview period established for this purpose.

Consequently, CMS will begin publically displaying the NHSN data on the Compare sites for IRFs and LTCHs in the next quarterly refresh in spring 2017 instead of in fall 2016.  Providers will have the chance to appropriately review their HAI data and inquire about data they believe to be discrepant. IRFs and LTCHs will receive preview reports in December 2016 for the data that will be displayed in spring 2017.

This change will affect the posting of quality performance data on the following quality measures:

  • NHSN Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) Outcome Measure (IRFs and LTCHs)
  • NHSN Central-Line Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) Outcome Measure (LTCHs only)

When the IRF and LTCH Compare websites are launched in fall 2016, the following quality metrics will be displayed:


  • Percent of residents or patients with pressure ulcers that are new or worsened (short stay)
  • All-cause unplanned readmission measure for 30 days post-discharge from Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities


  • Percent of residents or patients with pressure ulcers that are new or worsened (short stay)
  • All-cause unplanned readmission measure for 30 days post-discharge from long-term care hospitals

To assist IRFs and LTCHs in understanding the use of the rebaselined data and how to monitor their data using the new baseline, a document has been posted in the downloads section of the IRF Quality Public Reporting and LTCH Quality Public Reporting webpages.

Rural Health Information Hub

October 19, 2016

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Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

October 19, 2016

View the Research Alert.