Category Archives: Health
July 20, 2017
Critical Access Hospitals Measure up for Quality. Quality improvement efforts by Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) were recognized on Wednesday with awards to the ten states achieving the highest reporting rates for quality over the past year. Through their state-level participation in FORHP’s Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) grant program, the ten awardees – Wisconsin, Maine, Utah, Minnesota, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nebraska, Indiana and Massachusetts – supported their CAHs by providing technical assistance resources and sharing best practices for quality improvement. Under the Flex program, low-volume hospitals take on quality improvement initiatives in the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) and voluntarily report on quality measures relevant to the care they provide.
Awards for Radiation Exposure Screening and Education. FORHP recently awarded approximately $1.6 million over a three-year project period to support outreach services to individuals affected by nuclear weapons testing that took place from 1945 to 1962, impacting 12 Southwestern states and exposing tens of thousands of uranium miners, truck drivers and desert-dwellers known as “downwinders” to radiation. The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) was instituted in 1990 to compensate affected people and the act was broadened in 2000 to include the Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program (RESEP). Many downwinders, former uranium industry workers, and participants who were onsite for testing are now deceased but may have surviving family members who are eligible for compensation. The eight RESEP grantees recently awarded will disseminate information on radiogenic diseases and the importance of early detection, screen eligible individuals for the diseases and cancers that result from radiation exposure, and provide referrals for medical treatment. A priority for these organizations is to assist with the filing of new RECA claims.
July 14, 2017
REGISTER NOW- 2017 MISSOURI RURAL HEALTH CONFERENCE AUGUST 15-17, 2017 at The Lodge at Old Kinderhook Camdenton, MO
THERE IS STILL TIME FOR YOU TO GET REGISTERED FOR THE MISSOURI RURAL HEALTH CONFERENCE!
This year the Missouri Rural Health Association, Missouri Hospital Association, Missouri Primary Care Association and the Missouri Dept. of Health & Senior Services, Office of Primary Care, as Collaborating Partners, invite you to attend our joint 2017 Conference. The Conference is Scheduled for August 15-17, 2017 at The Lodge at Old Kinderhook, Camdenton, Missouri.
This year’s conference focus continues with access to care to improve health outcomes of rural residents. New this year, will be workshops to include special focus for FQHC clinics and rural hospitals. Coming together to learn, understand, and build bridges, breaking down barriers and increase health access for all. Our expected audience will include Health Care providers, Community front line & in-home workers, Social Service Agencies, Public Health, Mobility Managers & Coordinators, Policy Makers and Transportation Professionals to name a few.
Please find attached our conference packet with all our most current information and registration forms for your convenience. You may also visit our website for more information as it becomes available at www.morha.org under the Education and Training Tab for 2017 Missouri Rural Health Conference. Online registration is open at this clickable link: https://www.morha.org/?event=missouri-rural-health-conference. We will be sending out newsletters periodically through constant contact to keep you up-to-date.
IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF LODGING THE GROUP RATE DEADLINE IS JULY 16th, so please make arrangements quickly to insure availability! Call direct to 1-888-346-4949 with group code “170814MRHA”. If you encounter any hotel difficulties, please call Paige Jones direct at 573-317-3552.
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June 11, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Kansas City Regional Office invites you to attend the 2017 Medicare National Training Program (NTP) Workshops.
This year we are pleased to offer the Workshop in 4 different locations. The same agenda and information will be provided at all Workshops.
When and Where
Kansas City, MO
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 12:30PM – 5:00PM
Thursday, August 10, 2017 8:00AM – 4:30PM
St. Louis, MO Area
Monday, August 14, 2017 12:30PM – 5:00PM
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 8:00AM – 4:30PM
Thursday, August 24, 2017 12:30PM – 5:00PM
Friday, August 25, 2017 8:00AM – 4:30PM
Des Moines, IA
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 12:30PM – 5:00PM
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 8:00AM – 4:30PM
July 11, 2017
Rural Health Network Development Planning Program – July 1. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) will award approximately $2.3 million to 23 awardees for the 2017 Rural Health Network Development Planning Program (Network Planning). This is a one-year, community-driven program designed to assist in the planning and development of an integrated health care network at the local level. By emphasizing the role of networks, the program creates a platform for medical care providers, social service providers, and community organizations to coalesce key elements of a rural health care delivery system for the purpose of improving local capacity and coordination of care.
The Network Planning program will aid providers as they move from focusing on the volume of services to focusing on the value of services. For grantees, the award (of up to $100,000) provides an opportunity to implement new and innovative approaches towards a dynamic health care environment that may in turn serve as a model for other rural communities. The incoming cohort of Network Planning grantees have projects that focus on behavioral health, care coordination, infrastructure, health information technology, and health education. Additionally, four projects are proposing to address the loss of local health and/or social services as a result of a recent rural hospital closure or conversion and/or loss of ambulatory services.
July 7, 2017
In the latest edition of its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Rural Health Series, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) examined reported data in the United States to compare rates of incidence and death from cancer in rural and metropolitan areas. The findings show that nonmetropolitan rural areas had lower incidence of cancer but higher rates of death than metropolitan areas.
But not all cancers are the same and geography can play a role in their incidence. Overall, nonmetropolitan counties had higher incidence and death rates for cancers related to smoking, e.g., lung and laryngeal cancers, and those that can be prevented by screening, such as colorectal and cervical cancers.
The CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System collects data about health-related risk behaviors across the United States and the data there indicates that some risk factors such as tobacco use, excessive body weight, and exposure to cancer-causing agents more commonly reported by rural residents could account for some of the disparities between rural and metropolitan cancer death rates.
Evidence-based interventions – that is, addressing the problem in ways that have been proven effective – can be used to reduce risk factors at both the individual level and the population level. The report points to some of these interventions in The Guide to Community Preventive Services. For rural-specific guidance, our office recommends resources available at the Rural Health Information Hub.
Researchers indicate that some disparities may be attributed to lack of cancer screening in rural areas, whether testing and follow-up care are unavailable in medically underserved areas or only accessible through health insurance. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends cancer screening as an important aspect of cancer prevention and control because it can detect cancer at treatable stages.