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Rural Health Information Hub

September 28, 2016

View the Rural Health Information Hub updates.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

September 28, 2016

What’s New

National Health IT Week, September 26-30.  Join the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMMS) and their co-sponsors for daily events held this week to raise awareness to the importance of Health Information Technology (HIT).  To help providers better understand and adopt HIT, the Office for the National Coordinator (ONC) released the Health IT Playbook with a section dedicated to Rural Care Settings, outlining the unique implications for implementing Electronic Health Records in rural areas and a site dedicated to resources for Critical Access Hospitals and small rural hospitals.

Indian Health Service Awards $6.8 Million for Telemedicine Services.  Last week, the Indian Health Services awarded a contract to Avera Health to provide telemedicine services in all 19 Great Plains Area service units, which serve approximately 130,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives. Telemedicine services use electronic communications to connect health care providers and patients for remote clinical appointments, as well as some nonclinical services. In some cases, specialty care furnished through telemedicine is supplemented by a nurse or assistant who is physically in the room with the patient. IHS has found that telemedicine can be one of the best ways to get health care services where they are needed most, and this contract expands telemedicine services as a means of strengthening access to care at IHS health facilities in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota.

FDA Seeks Technology to Reduce Opioid Deaths.  With support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) invites computer programmers, public health advocates, clinical researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators from all disciplines to create a mobile phone application that can connect opioid users experiencing an overdose with nearby carriers of the prescription drug naloxone, which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, but it is not widely available.


October webinars- registration open

September 28, 2016

ICAHN Professional Education Services is pleased to offer these two excellent webinars in October:

Proper Clinical Documentation to Avoid Liability
Wednesday, October 19 from 11:00 a.m.-noon

Managing Disruptive Patients and Families in Healthcare
Thursday, October 27 from noon-1:oo p.m.


VOTE Now!!! 2016 Rural Health Champion

September 27, 2016

It is now time to place your vote for our “2016 Missouri Rural Health Champion”.    

Please go to the Missouri State Office of Rural Health’s website, to view the nominees and to cast your vote (one vote per person).

The deadline to vote is October 14, 2016 and the winner will be announced on our website and at our Missouri Rural Health Conference on November 15–16, 2016, in Columbia, Missouri.

14th Annual Missouri Health Policy Summit

September 27, 2016

View information for the summit.

Read “The Rural Connection” Fall 2016 Issue

September 27, 2016

This issue of “The Rural Connection” highlights some of the many efforts underway to inform health care policy that impacts rural Veterans and rural health care delivery. This issue is the last in a four-part series on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ rural health strategic goals. In case you missed it, last quarter’s issue featured some of the many efforts underway to strengthen the community health care infrastructure where rural Veterans reside.

Free Webinar – Oct 1st RHC Billing Updates

September 27, 2016

RHC Billing Updates
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


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