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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

April 5, 2018

Funding Opportunities

National Health Service Corps Scholarships – May 10.  Health professions students in eligible disciplines can receive payment for tuition, fees and other educational costs as well as a living stipend in exchange for serving two years at NHSC-approved sites in medically underserved rural, urban and tribal communities.

AHRQ Research Demonstration and Dissemination Grant – May 26.  The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will award grants of up to $400,000 to support health services research projects. Specific priority areas of focus are 1) accelerating Patient Centered Outcomes Research, 2) making health care safer, 3) evaluating expansions of insurance coverage, 4) improving health care affordability, efficiency and cost transparency. Priority populations for study are those in inner-city and rural areas, including frontier areas.

Grants for Distance Learning and Telemedicine Programs – June 4.  The Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program helps rural communities use capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. For example, the program can link teachers and medical service providers in one area to students and patients in another. USDA will host webinars on April 19th and April 25th on eligibility rules and application requirements for the DLT Grant Program. Eligible applicants include most entities that provide education or healthcare through telecommunications including: most state and local governmental entities, federally recognized tribes, non-profits, for-profit businesses, and consortia of eligible entities. Applicants are required to provide a minimum 15% match and awards can range from $50,000 to $500,000. For more information contact dltinfo@wdc.usda.gov.

Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans – Ongoing.  The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) at the USDA provides financing for the construction, maintenance, improvement and expansion of telephone service and broadband in rural areas.  Eligibility includes rurally-located non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses, state and local governments, and Federally Recognized Tribes.

Funding for Rural Water and Waste Disposal Projects –  Ongoing.  USDA Rural Development helps very small, financially-distressed rural communities with funding for predevelopment planning costs for water and sanitation infrastructure projects.  Eligible areas are those with a population of 2,500 or less, with a median household income below the poverty line, and includes Federally Recognized Tribes.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018, IHS Clinical Rounds: How to Effectively Use the National STD Curriculum

April 6, 2018

View the IHS Clinical Rounds Flyer.

USDA Offers Webinars in Regards to the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program

April 4, 2018

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program Webinars 

April 19 from 10:00 to 11:30 am EDT
April 25 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm EDT

USDA will host webinars on eligibility rules and application requirements for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. Experienced USDA staff will provide detailed guidance on how to submit a successful application.

The DLT Program’s Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) was published in the Federal Register on April 3.

You can register for the April 19 session here and the April 25 session here. We recommend you do this registration early and run a system check to ensure quick access on the day of the webinar.

If the registration links are not compatible with your browser, please copy and paste https://cc.readytalk.com/r/6td2t0801ysy into your browser for the April 19 session or https://cc.readytalk.com/r/rfb8pfq1vou6 for the April 25 session.

Questions? Please contact deborah.anderson@wdc.usda.gov or gayle.buckner@wdc.usda.gov or call (202) 720-0800 with any questions about these events.

Further details can be found in the attached flyer.

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USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

$300 off Rural/FQHC Coding & Billing Certification

April 3, 2018

Become a Rural or Community Health Coding & Billing Specialist (RH-CBS) or (CH-CBS)

Designed For Clinical Providers • Facility Managers • Coders/Billers
Document/Capture 100% Of Your Services, Get Maximum Legal Revenue, & Report Accurate Quality

$300 off until 4/15/18 Coupon Code 300offApril
Price increases on April 16, 2018 (Reg. Price $899)
$200 off April 16 -30, 2018
*** Approved for 11 Continuing Education Units by the AAPC and ARHPC***

All Online – Work At Your Own Pace
Course Information & Navigation

Broken into 6 main modules, you will have video presentations that walk you though the pre-requisites for the clinical documentation & coding portion of the RH-CBS and CH-CBS curriculum.

  • Module 1 –Separating Clinical Documentation, Professional Coding, and Proper Billing
  • Module 2 – Key Principles of Clinical Documentation & Coding
  • Module 3 -­‐ Evaluation & Management Documentation Guidelines
  • Module 4 -­‐ Surgical Package, Bundling, and Modifier Usage
  • Module 5 – Procedures, Radiology, Lab, and Medicine Coding for Rural & Community Health, and HCPCS-­‐2 Coding Highlights
  • Module 6 – Review of the “ICD-­‐10-­‐CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting”

To become certified: After watching the ~11 hours of video modules – you will get access to 3 hours of webinars that present billing for rural and community health centers, along with a practice exam and 100 question final exam.  Following each module – there are a handful of Quizzes and Review exercises that must be completed before unlocking the next video module.

INCLUDES 2018 BOOSTER PACK, Practice Exam, Billing Webinars, and Final Exam

QUESTIONS? info@RuralHealthCoding.com

*Cannot be combined with any other offer or used on previously purchased training*
Pay by check – Mail to ARHPC PO Box 1405 Tucker, GA 30085

Enter Coupon Code 50offMarch at Checkout to Receive Discount

  • Compatible on your tablet, laptop, computer or cell phone.
  • Study anywhere you have an internet connection.
  • Instructor Support

USDA Offers Webinars in Regards to the Community Connect Grant Program – Environmental Requirements- FY 2018

April 2, 2018

April 5th from 2:00* to 3:00 pm EDT
April 12th from 2:00 to 3:00 pm EDT

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will host webinars focused on environmental requirements for the Community Connect Grant Program. These webinars will inform participants about the major environmental requirements of the Community Connect Program. There will also be time for participants to ask the speakers specific questions on environmental reviews.

On March 15th, the Community Connect Grant Program’s Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) was published in the Federal Register.  A copy can be found here.

You can register for the April 5th session here and the April 12th session here. We recommend you do this registration early and run a system check to ensure quick access on the day of the webinar.

(If the above registration link does not work, please copy and paste https://cc.readytalk.com/r/5pj6gcnhk5hb&eom into your browser for the April 5th session or https://cc.readytalk.com/r/4a4xhr306d3j&eom for the April 12th session).

*(immediately following the general Community Connect webinar session from 1-2, start time is approximate)

Questions? Please contact the RUS at deborah.anderson@wdc.usda.gov or gayle.buckner@wdc.usda.gov or call (202) 720-0800 with any questions about these events.

Further details can be found in the attached flyer.

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USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

ER-Webinars-April-2018a.pdf

USDA Offers Webinars in Regards to the Community Connect Grant Program (FY2018)

April 2, 2018

April 5th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT
April 10th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will host webinars focused on the Community Connect Grant Program. These webinars will inform participants about the major eligibility and regulatory requirements of the program and will provide detailed guidance on how to submit a successful application. There will also be time for participants to ask the speakers specific questions about putting together an application.

On March 15th, the Community Connect Grant Program’s Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) was published in the Federal Register.  A copy can be found here.

You can register for the April 5th session here and the April 10th session here. We recommend you do this registration early and run a system check to ensure quick access on the day of the webinar.

If the above registration link does not work, please copy & paste https://cc.readytalk.com/r/5pj6gcnhk5hb&eom into your browser for the April 5th session or https://cc.readytalk.com/r/54s0o7ogdupz&eom for the April 10th session.

Questions? Please contact the RUS at deborah.anderson@wdc.usda.gov or gayle.buckner@wdc.usda.gov or call (202) 720-0800 with any questions about these events.

Further details can be found in the attached flyer.

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USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

CC-Webinars-April-2018a.pdf

Rural Health Information Hub

March 28, 2018

View the Rural Health Information Hub updates