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Save The Date for the 2015 MPCA Annual Clinical & Quality Conference!

June 17, 2015

Dates for Missouri Primary Care Association’s 2015 Annual Clinical & Quality Conference have been set for October 22-24, 2015!  Registration and lodging information will be provided in the near future.  We hope to see you in October!

Second Victim Experience: Train-the-Trainer Workshop

June 17, 2015

Second Victim Train-the-Trainer Workshop
Thursday, September 24, 2015
St. Louis, MO
Cost: $399 per person and $350 for additional attendees from the same facility
Max attendance is 40 people.

Registration Information

Annoucements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 12, 2015


1. On June 4, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule updating the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).  This payment system created by the Affordable Care Act is intended to promote greater participation in Accountable Care Organizations, also known as ACOs, to coordinate high quality care for Medicare patients.  Read the final rule in the Federal Register and learn more about rural ACOs  at the Rural Health Research Gateway.


CAPE Webinars: Behavioral Health Issues – June 11 and June 16, 2015

June 11, 2015

Forecasting Behavioral Health Outcomes using Google Trends

Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

June 10, 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.

Learn about New Economic Impacts: Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants and Nursing Homes

June 10, 2015

Rural Health Works is presenting a regional workshop on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in State College, PA. The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health is hosting the workshop.

View the RHW Workshop Flyer

TWO NEW ECONOMIC IMPACT TEMPLATES will be featured in the workshop:

  • Models to Estimate the Economic Impact of a Rural Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant
  • An Overview of Nursing Homes and the Economic of Rural Nursing Homes


  • Illustrates how the hospital/health services are an economic engine/driver to a local economy.
  • Illustrates how the hospital/other health services contribute to local sales tax.
  • Can illustrate construction investment of a local hospital or other health organization, through additional jobs and labor income.
  • Hospital is the cornerstone of all local health services.
  • Loss of a hospital causes local economy to severely decline; over time, may lose the other health care providers (i.e., physicians, pharmacies, etc.).
  • Rural hospital is one of the largest employers, typically one of the top two employers.
  • Hospital and other health services support recruitment and retention of local businesses/industries and retirees.


CMS Rural Health Open Door Forum

June 9, 2015

The next CMS Rural Health Open Door Forum is scheduled for:
Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015;
Start Time: 2:00pm Eastern Time (ET);
Please dial in at least 15 minutes prior to call start time.

Conference Leaders: Carol Blackford, John Hammarlund and Jill Darling.