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2016 CMS Region 7 Health Insurance Marketplace Partner & Assister Workshop

June 20, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Kansas City Regional Office, invites you to the 2016 CMS Region 7 Health Insurance Marketplace Partner & Assister Workshop. Attendees will receive technical guidance and policy clarification from CMS experts.  Topics to be covered are:

  1.  Appeals
  2. Casework
  3. Communications/Resources
  4. Data Matching Issues
  5. Medicare & The Marketplace
  6. Special Enrollment Period Verification

Who should attend:
Navigators, Certified Application Counselors, Agents/brokers, Stakeholders

Thursday, August 04, 2016 from 08:30 a.m. to 04:30 p.m. CST
*Registration starts at 08:00 a.m. CST

Westin Crown Center

1 E Pershing Rd
Kansas City, MO 64108

*Space is limited, so we strongly encourage you to RSVP by COB July 22, 2016.
*Meals will not be provided

We look forward to your participation.  If you have any questions or have difficulty registering, please contact Nickolas Clasen at or Elissa Balch at .

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Kansas City Regional Office
601 E 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106
Ph: 816.426.5233

Announcements – June 17

June 20, 2016

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

What’s New

CMS Proposed Rule Changes COP for Hospitals – Comment by August 15.  In a new proposed rule formally issued on June 16th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) aim to change Conditions of Participation (COP) for all hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) to modernize current practices and improve quality of care for patients. Proposed changes include measures to reduce hospital-wide infections, promote antibiotic stewardship, prohibit discrimination against patients, and address workforce shortages by changing requirements for staffing. Additional changes for CAHs include a new requirement that CAHs develop and maintain their own Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement programs (QAPI).  The focus on quality recognizes the FORHP-supported Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) as a national quality measurement and reporting program that can assist CAHs with meeting this QAPI requirement.  Specific, actionable comments and suggested alternatives from rural stakeholders can help CMS develop the final regulation.


Show-Me ECHO Webinar – June 22, 2016

June 17, 2016

View the webinar flyer “Show-Me ECHO 101” on June 22nd from Noon to 1:00 p.m.

To register, contact Wendy Hough at or call our main line at 573.884.7958.


Proposed Rule to Improve Hospital Care

June 17, 2016

MLN Connects Provider eNews
View the e-News.

Rural Monitor: Rural solutions to opioid epidemic; Models: mental health for youth, community health promotion; more

June 15, 2016

Rural Health Information Hub
View the 6.15.16 updates.

Annual Health Policy Summit- Registration Now Open!!

June 15, 2016

Center for Health Policy – University Missouri
Save the Date! – Friday October 28, 2016

Registration Form

What Medicare or Small Business Health Options (SHOP) publications/information would be helpful to your company/organization?

June 15, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would like to know the products, materials, and messaging you need around the following:

  • Employees aging into Medicare
  • Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP).

In addition, we would also like to hear your suggestions for Medicare and SHOP related topics to be presented on one of the upcoming Employer Forum calls.

Submit any suggestions, comments, or questions to , with “Employer Forum” in the subject line.