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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy – July 15

July 15, 2016

What’s New

Federal Efforts to Address Opioid Epidemic.  On July 6, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced several new initiatives aimed at “one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States,” disproportionately affecting rural areas.  The effort focuses on three key priorities: 1) improving opioid prescribing practices; 2) expanding access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder; and 3) increasing the use of naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses.  Progress to date on the HHS Opioid Initiative, begun last year, includes $1.8 million for the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Program, which affords access to naloxone in rural communities.  Last week, the White House requested $1.1 billion to continue and expand efforts. On Wednesday, July 13, Congress approved $181 million in funding through 2021, a bill the president has said he will sign.  Related, the National Safety Council issued a report on the progress that states are making that includes a roadmap for strengthening laws and regulation.


Learn How to Bill Correctly in Our New Provider Compliance Section

July 14, 2016

View the MLN Connects® Provider eNews.

Connect with Employers at the Virtual Job Fair on July 19

July 14, 2016


Virtual Job Fair
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
6:45 – 10:15 p.m. ET

Register Now

Join the Virtual Job Fair to connect and network with prospective employers and find job vacancies in all NHSC and NURSE Corps eligible disciplines from the comfort of your own home.

The Virtual Job Fair offers real-time interaction with representatives from National Health Service Corps (NHSC) sites and NURSE Corps critical shortage facilities.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about job openings, site information, benefit packages, and populations served to get your questions answered.

To participate you need to:

  • Have access to a computer, Smart Phone or other mobile technology with access to the Internet, and a phone line the day of the job fair
  • Be seeking a medical, dental, or mental and behavioral health position

Space is limited! Learn more about the Virtual Job Fair and register today.

Questions? Contact us at

To search additional job vacancies, check out the NHSC Jobs Center.

Don’t delay, register today for the July Virtual Job Fair!

Early Childhood Mental Health: Tips and Strategies

July 14, 2016

View the conference flyer.

Research Alert: Looking Ahead: Rural-Urban Differences in Anticipated Need for Aging-Related Assistance

July 14, 2016

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

View the Research Alert.

Rural Health Information Hub

July 14, 2016

View the Rural Health Information Hub updates.

Missouri Perinatal Health Management Pilot

July 14, 2016

If you’re a provider in one of the following counties, please visit for an important message about a new Medicaid pilot program for high-risk pregnant women. The counties listed below can expect to be contacted by our partner, Alpha Maxx, regarding some of your pregnant patients:

  • Pemiscot
  • Dunklin
  • New Madrid
  • Mississippi
  • Scott
  • Stoddard
  • Butler
  • Cape Girardeau

For provider and policy issues regarding MHD Clinical Services Programs, including Pharmacy, The Missouri Rx Plan (MORx), Psychology, Exceptions, and Medical Precertifications, email us at:

Questions and comments regarding any other issues should be directed to: