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Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

July 8, 2015

Recruitment of Non-U.S. Citizen Physicians to Rural and Underserved Areas through Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Programs

Conrad State 30 J-1 visa waiver programs (commonly called Conrad 30 programs) allow international medical graduates (IMGs) training in the U.S. on J-1 visas to remain in the U.S. after completing residency to provide healthcare for rural and urban medically underserved populations. This study collected information from state health department personnel, using both quantitative and qualitative methods, to characterize national trends in waivers and factors related to states’ successful recruitment of IMGs for the years 2000-01 through 2009-10. States varied greatly in the number of waivers used and in the resources devoted to operating the Conrad 30 program. Over the decade there was a shift away from rural primary care placements of IMGs toward non-rural specialist placements. States with larger populations gained an increasing share of J-1 visa waiver physicians during the decade of the 2000s. States devoting more staff to the Conrad 30 program recruited more physicians seeking waivers. Whether or not states charged applicant fees had no association with the number of waivers used.

Contact Information:

Davis Patterson, PhD
WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
Phone: 206.543.1892
dpatterson@fammed.washington.edu

Additional Resources of Interest:

HRSA ORO Clinic Waiting Room Diabetes Education Video

July 7, 2015

Webcast Announcements:

Clinic Waiting Room Diabetes Education Video Project Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Diabetes Webcast
Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Clinic Waiting Room Diabetes Education Video Project Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Diabetes Webcast
Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

July 6, 2015

WHAT’S NEW

1. The 2016 Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Proposed Rule is on display for public inspection in the Federal Register.  One of the provisions includes an Emergency Department Transfer Communication quality improvement measure developed by Stratis Health.  The measure allows  for voluntary reporting by rural and Critical Access H The proposal also includes an update to the Two-Midnight rule, additional requirements for chronic care management billing, and a new payment code for Comprehensive Observation Services.  Official publication is scheduled for July 8th, but it’s now open for comment and will remain so until August 31st.

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Save the Dates – Webcasts for RHCs and CAHs

July 2, 2015

SAVE THE DATE

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am, Central Daylight Time (CDT)

Clinic Waiting Room Diabetes Education Video Project
Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Diabetes Webcast

Webcast link: http://services.choruscall.com/links/hrsa150722.html

Objective
The objective of this Webcast is to increase the awareness of the problem that Diabetes presents in Rural Health Clinics in Kansas and Missouri; and to present the Clinic Waiting Room Diabetes Education Video Project as a tool that can help with patient health literacy regarding Diabetes.

Target Audience
RHC staffs, along with other public health staff and stakeholders, are invited to participate in this Webcast. Please forward this announcement to your rural health contacts and stakeholders as appropriate.

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SAVE THE DATE!
Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am, Central Daylight Time (CDT)

Clinic Waiting Room Diabetes Education Video Project
Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Diabetes Webcast

Webcast link: http://services.choruscall.com/links/hrsa150529.html

Objective
The objective of this Webcast is to increase the awareness of the problem that Diabetes presents in Critical Access Hospitals in Kansas and Missouri; and to present the Clinic Waiting Room Diabetes Education Video Project as a tool that can help with patient health literacy regarding Diabetes.

Target Audience
CAH staffs, along with other public health staff and stakeholders, are invited to participate in this Webcast. Please forward this announcement to your rural health contacts and stakeholders as appropriate.

Save the Dates – Webcasts for RHCs and CAHs

July 2, 2015
Reaching Out with Technology: Meeting the Triple Aim with Telehealth
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Office of Regional Operations (ORO), Region 7 (IA, NE, KS, MO) proudly presents
a regional webcast on
Reaching Out with Technology: Meeting the Triple Aim with Telehealth
July 15, 2015, from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CST

Join the webcast and view the presentation online by clicking here: http://services.choruscall.com/links/hrsa150610.html

The purpose of this webcast is to give the participant an overview of the benefits of telehealth through the experiences of a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in rural upstate New York.  The presentation will provide a foundation of knowledge that will begin with what telehealth is and then go through how to build a solid telehealth program in a healthcare setting, including information on equipment, best practices and workflow integration. The program will review several scenarios for the use of telehealth and share data that illustrates its successful use for a rural health setting.
This webinar will feature presentations from:

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Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Certification is NOW AVAILABLE!

July 1, 2015

Today is July 1, 2015 and this means that applications are now being accepted for the joint American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and The Joint Commission Acute Stroke Ready Hospital (ASRH) certification program!  Please do let your hospitals that are candidates for this NEW certification know that they can now apply!  If sites have any questions about the application process, let them know to contact their TJC Account Executive for more information.

A press release and communications campaign around the program launch will occur in mid-July.

The Acute Stroke Ready Hospital certification program is geared towards TJC accredited community and critical access hospitals that do not have the extensive resources provided by Primary Stroke Centers or Comprehensive Stroke Centers. The goal of the program is to recognize those hospitals equipped to treat stroke patients with timely, evidence-based care prior to transferring them to a stroke center that can provide a higher level of care.  Sites can access the Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Certification Quick Guide, Prepublication standards – Requirements for Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Advanced Certification, and other resources from TJC here:  http://www.jointcommission.org/certification/acute_stroke_ready_hospitals.aspx

Sites can learn more about Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Certification and find links to fantastic resources on heart.org here:  http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/General/Acute-Stroke-Ready-Hospital_UCM_473926_SubHomePage.jsp

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 29, 2015

RURAL HEALTH RESEARCH

1. Population in rural areas continues to decline, according to new analysis from USDA’s Economic Research Service.  Movement in and out of non-metro counties resulted in a net loss of about 100,000 people since 2010.

2. A new paper from the RUPRI Center examines care coordination programs that provide support for rural communities beyond medical care.  The report looks at “how different  programs and approaches are working, who benefits, and makes policy recommendations” for integrating health care and social support services in rural areas.

Visit the Rural Health Research Gateway to search past reports and learn about current projects.

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