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Available Funding

April 6, 2015

Funding for respite and supportive services for caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is available now through June 2015.

For more information about how to apply, please contact Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at: 1-800-272-3900, or visit:

Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

April 2, 2015

The Rural Assistance Center is a collaborative effort of the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health, and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI); and is funded by a grant through HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy. View the RAC Online newsletter.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

March 31, 2015

Hot off the Presses

  1. On March 20th, CMS released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for Meaningful Use Stage 3, which is the final stage in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. To review the 301 page NPRM before March 30th, click here.In addition, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has announced the proposed 2015 Edition Certification Criteria for health IT products. To review the 431 page NPRM before March 30th, click here.

    These NPRMs are scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on March 30 and will be available online at this link for the Stage 3 NPRM and this link for the 2015 Edition Certification Criteria NPRM. A fact sheet for both proposed rules can be found here.



Alzheimer’s Respite funds now available

March 23, 2015

The Alzheimer’s Association of St. Louis has been awarded a contract to make respite funds and supportive services available to persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia and their caregivers.  Through a partnership with Heartland Chapter and the Greater Missouri Chapter Alzheimer’s Associations, services will be available throughout the state of Missouri.  Individuals can call the 24/7 Helpline: 1.800.272.3900, to be connected with the local Chapter.

Save-the-Date – 2015 National Training Program Workshop

March 23, 2015

Registration for the 2015 CMS National Training Program (NTP) Workshops will open in late June 2015.   You’ll receive more information via email as it becomes available, including directions to register and hotel information. Below are the tentative locations/dates for the Workshops. You’re are invited to attend in the location of your choice.

  • Baltimore, MD – August 5-6, 2015 (Co-hosted by the CMS Philadelphia Regional Office and Central Office)
  • St. Louis, MO – August 10-11, 2015 (Co-hosted by the CMS Chicago and Kansas City Regional Offices)
  • Dallas, TX  August 18-19, 2015 (Co-hosted by the CMS Dallas and Atlanta Regional Offices)
  • Garden Grove, CA – August 24-25, 2015 (Co-hosted by the CMS Denver, San Francisco and Seattle Regional Offices)
  • Freeport, ME – September 1-2, 2015 (Hosted by the CMS Boston Regional Office)

We’re also excited to offer some new things this year: 

  • Five national workshops
  • Some new cities
  • 2 Full Days
  • 2 Tracks (Basic and Advanced)
  • Free WiFi in breakout rooms
  • GREEN “materials. The NTP Training Workbooks/Meeting Materials will be available for download on the registration website prior to the workshops. If you want a hard copy, you’ll have access to download and print the materials in your choice of format (handouts, notes pages, or workbooks). Otherwise, you can download the materials to your tablet, laptop or on a USB.

Note: The New York Regional Office will conduct 1-day local workshops in New York and New Jersey. Dates and locations to be determined.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

March 23, 2015

Hot off the Presses


  1. A new funding opportunity from HRSA can help rural communities address challenges in growing their own health care provides.  The Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) focuses on developing pipeline programs to get disadvantaged students interested in health care careers.  HCOP aims to increase the diversity of the health care workforce through the recruitment and training of educationally or economically disadvantage backgrounds. One key milestone of the program is high school graduation of potential health care professionals.Applications are open to health schools and training programs, and the due date is May 15th by 11:59 PM Eastern. This grant program has changed from previous years, and rural applicants are encouraged to apply. More information on HCOP, including two Technical Assistance Webinars, can be found here.


REGISTER NOW: CMS 2015 PQRS & Value Modifier Webinar: March 31, 2015

March 23, 2015

The Philadelphia Regional Office of CMS will be hosting a new webinar on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 12:00 Noon EDT to provide an overview of the requirements of the 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and the Value-based Payment Modifier (VM).  The link to register for this call can be found here:

This call is intended for eligible professionals, practice managers, office staff, and all other interested parties who deal with the PQRS and VM programs.  The dial in number and link to the webinar will be given upon registration.  If we maximize attendance on this call, there may be additional calls scheduled soon. Please share this meeting invitation with partners, members, and colleagues who would benefit from this information.  Thank you.