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Accountable Health Communities: New Funding Opportunity

January 20, 2016

Community Prevention and Multi-Sector Stakeholder Web Forum Series

Advancing Accountable Health Communities: A New Funding Opportunity to Spur Clinical and Community Partnerships

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Wednesday, January 20
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) recently announced a new $157 million funding opportunity, the Accountable Health Community Model (AHC) to better bridge clinical care and social services. The AHC model acknowledges the critical need to address underlying social determinants of health and equity and emphasizes clinical-community partnerships. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will award up to 44 cooperative agreements in three tracks. Please join our Web Forum to learn more details about the AHC Funding Opportunity Announcement from CMMI staff as well as reflections and insights specific to emerging opportunities this new funding will provide.


Research Alert: FORHP Research Center Journal Publications between October 2014 and September 2015

January 20, 2016

View the Rural Health Research articles.


Rural Public Health

January 20, 2016

Rural Public Health Systems: Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Population Health

RHC Billing Training Meeting

January 20, 2016

Save the Date!

Rural Health Clinic Billing Meeting  sponsored by Midwest Health Care, Inc featuring Carolyn Duncan as our trainer

March 8, 2016   Cape Girardeau, MO
March 22, 2016   Columbia, MO 

This RHC Billing Meeting will be an entire day of detailed RHC Billing.  We will feature Provider/Hospital Based Billing, but all RHCs should be interested.  We will be covering all New RHC Services, CPT Coding Requirements and an update to MO HealthNet Managed Care Billing and MO HealthNet Wrap Around requirements.

We will be sending detailed information by mail and by newsletters.  Information will also be available at, Rural Health Clinic page, Billing Training Seminar on left.

Cost will be $ 200 per seat.

Registration Deadline – March 1, 2016

You may reserve your seat now by contacting Tamara Niedbalski directly at

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

January 14, 2016

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What’s New

Accountable Health Communities Model – applications due March 31.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently accepting applications for an effort that seeks to address the gap between clinical and social needs for beneficiaries.  Over a five-year period, CMS will implement and test promising service delivery approaches that link beneficiaries to community services in five core areas:  housing instability and quality, food insecurity, utility needs, interpersonal violence, and transportation needs.  Through cooperative agreement awards ranging from $1 million to 4.5 million, up to 44 bridge organizations will partner with state Medicaid agencies, clinical delivery sites and community service providers to test three scalable approaches that link clinical and community services.  Rural providers and organizations with knowledge of beneficiaries needs and longstanding networks of community care are in a unique position to take part in the model and help determine the impact of social needs on health care quality and cost.  There are various tracks within the AHC model, all of which could be a good fit for rural community organizations.  However, we would encourage rural organizations with an interest in the model to take a close look at Track 3. Applicants must submit a non-binding letter of intent by February 8.  For more information, send an email to and sign up for one of the webinars on January 21 or January 27.


Grant Writing – study at home 8 week certificate course

January 7, 2016

GRANT WRITING study at home 8 week certificate course: starts Feb. 11, 2016. Ten CEUs and a grant writing certificate may be earned through Fort Hays State University’s (Hays, KS) distance learning, NO TRAVEL course. Very positive student feedback, reasonable cost at $175.  See a detailed description at:  Email  or call 785-628-5840 if you have any questions. Thank you. – Keith Campbell, PhD

CMS Region 7 Updates

January 7, 2016

The attached document contains updates and information on the following:

  • 2017 Annual Issuer Letter & Unified Rate Review Timeline Guidance
  • Agents/Brokers: Help Consumers Prepare for the 2015 Tax Season
  • Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Snapshot – Weeks 7 and 8
  • Resources at the Ready
  • Faith Weekend of Action
  • Videos to use for ACA Faith Weekend of Action
  • Accountable Health Communities Model Announced
  • Upcoming Webinars

CMS Region 7 REA Team