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SNF Quality Reporting Program Provider Training: Registration Open

July 27, 2016

CMS is hosting a 1-day training event on the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP). This event will be held in Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. The objective is to provide SNFs with assessment-based data collection instructions and updates associated with the changes in the October 1, 2016 release of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 and other reporting requirements of the SNF QRP.

Visit the SNF QRP Training webpage for more information and to register.

Get Link’d Conference – Register Now!

July 27, 2016

Register here for the Get Link’d Conference

Research Alert: Colonoscopy Access and Utilization – Rural Disparities in the Carolinas, 2001-2010

July 26, 2016

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy – July 25, 2016

July 25, 2016

What’s New

Awards to Expand Training for Health Professions.  On July 20th, the Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $149 million in grants to increase the number of clinicians practicing across the country. The funds will support training programs in primary care, nursing, and psychology with emphasis on rural and underserved communities. In the most recent reporting year, BHW training programs provided clinical experience in more than 11,000 training sites in rural areas and supported more than 180,000 students from rural areas.

$36 Million for Health Information Technology.  The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced new awards for Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCN), which use technology to coordinate care for patients and achieve cost efficiencies.  Five of the 41 awards went to rural areas and will help the HCCNs participate in the Federal Health Information Technology Strategic Plan.

Telehealth to Treat Opioid Abuse in Rural Areas.  The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced a $9 million dollar investment to help primary care practices in rural areas provide treatment for people with opioid addiction.  The initiative will bring Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), an approach that uses both medication and behavioral therapy, to more than 20,000 patients.  Using a telehealth program called Project ECHO, remote practitioners will get expert training and consultation from specialists at academic hubs.  AHRQ’s plan is to build a blueprint for how other rural communities can overcome the barriers of ensuring access to treatment.


Vulnerable Rural Counties: The Changing Rural Landscape, 2000-2010

July 25, 2016

The South Carolina Rural Health Research Center at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina is pleased to announce the release of a findings brief “Vulnerable Rural Counties:The Changing Rural Landscape, 2000-2010″  The brief and fact sheet are on our website or can be accessed  through the links below.

Brief Link:

Fact Sheet Link:

This brief illustrates the distribution of rural vulnerable populations and the challenges they face. Understanding the demography of rural America is vital to understanding what programs, interventions and policy initiatives are needed to improve health care access, delivery and outcomes.

Questions pertaining to this brief should be directed to:
Kevin J. Bennett, PhD
Phone: 803-251-6317

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

July 25, 2016

View the Research Alert.

Rural Health Information Hub

July 25, 2016

View the Rural Health Information Hub updates.