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Category Archives: Webinar

Rural Health Information Hub

February 28, 2018

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New Medicare Card Webinar with Updated Material

February 26, 2018

New Medicare Card Webinar with Updated Material  (Rescheduled from February 21, 2018) February 28, 2018  2:00 PM CST – 3:00 PM CST  

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Kansas City Regional Office invites you to attend a New Medicare Card Webinar. Recent legislation requires CMS to remove Social Security Numbers from all Medicare cards to address the current risk of beneficiary medical identity theft, and to replace the cards with a unique number for each Medicare beneficiary. This webinar will address the new card design, the timeframe of the mailings and scenarios, what Medicare beneficiaries should do to ensure they receive their new card, and partner resources to help with education.

The goal of this free webinar is to educate those who serve people with Medicare and their caregivers so they can be a valuable resource on this initiative. Please share this invite with your partners.

CMS will host separate webinars and informational sessions for people with Medicare and their caregivers.

You can register for the webinar at  https://newmedicarecard022118.eventbrite.com

You will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite after completing your registration which will include the login information for the webinar.  If you don’t receive the confirmation email or have any questions or have difficulty registering, please contact Lorelei.Schieferdecker@cms.hhs.gov

New Medicare Card Webinars with Updated Information

February 2, 2018
New Medicare Card Webinars with Updated Material since 1/30/2018 webinar

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Kansas City Regional Office invites you to attend the New Medicare Card Webinars. Recent legislation requires CMS to remove Social Security Numbers from all Medicare cards to address the current risk of beneficiary medical identity theft, and to replace the cards with a unique number for each Medicare beneficiary. These webinars will address the new card design, the timeframe of the mailings and scenarios, what Medicare beneficiaries should do to ensure they receive their new card, and partner resources to help with education.

The goal of these free webinars is to educate those who serve people with Medicare and their caregivers so they can be a valuable resource on this initiative. Please share this invite with your partners.

There are multiple webinars so you can choose one that best works with your schedule. All webinars will provide the same information. CMS will host separate webinars and informational sessions for people with Medicare and their caregivers.

February 8, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
https://newmedicarecard020818.eventbrite.com

February 16, 2018 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
https://newmedicarecard021618.eventbrite.com

February 21, 2018 1:00 PM CST – 2:00 PM CST
https://newmedicarecard022118.eventbrite.com

Telehealth news from the Kansas, Missouri & Oklahoma

January 29, 2018

American Heart Month: Remote patient monitoring and heart health
Keeping hearts healthy is the focus of February’s American Heart Month, and telehealth is well-positioned to lend a hand. Digital stethoscopes and mobile echocardiograms make it easier for cardiologists to diagnose and treat patients in remote regions. Additionally, patient monitoring devices can collect and relay actionable data from a patient’s home to health care providers in real time. But like many other specialties, cardiology and stroke care are both victims of the unrequited love between telehealth potential and telehealth policy.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and experts have predicted a shortage of cardiologists in the next decade that will affect rural areas the most. The American Heart Association stresses the vital role telehealth can play in reducing morbidity and mortality from the disease by alleviating the maldistribution. These underserved areas have the potential to benefit greatly from telecardiology and telestroke care, but they are often the least equipped with technology and training.

In order for telecardiology and telestroke services to be effective, the AHA emphasizes that “programs need timely data, appropriate staff and a feedback loop to patients with sufficient empowerment to understand and implement instructions.” Remote patient monitoring (RPM) devices are promising tools to fit these needs in prevention, emergency care and transitional care. In one study, an RPM transitional care program for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart failure patients reduced 30-day hospital readmissions by 50 percent when compared to the control group.

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February Educational Webinars

January 29, 2018

Managing Endometriosis in the Rural Primary Care Setting

Endometriosis is a debilitating condition affecting up to 1 in 10 women in the United States. Delays in diagnosis and misdiagnosis are common, and optimal symptom control is challenging, given the limitations of current treatments. Women living in rural areas may be particularly at risk for poor health outcomes due to reduced access to care and a limited number of health care providers. Often, they turn to their primary care provider for evaluation and treatment. In this online CME activity, expert faculty will discuss strategies to improve the diagnosis and management of endometriosis, specifically in the rural primary care practice setting. This case-based program will review the latest advances in diagnosis, the efficacy and limitations of available and emerging treatments, and evidence-based strategies for delivering individualized care to patients with endometriosis.

Learning Objectives:

  • After completing this activity, participants should be better able to:
  • Identify signs and symptoms of endometriosis as well as strategies to improve its timely diagnosis.
  • Develop patient-centered treatment plans for women with endometriosis, based on individual drug characteristics and personal preferences.
  • Describe the role of surgery for endometriosis and the need for ongoing medical management to prevent disease recurrence

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

January 25, 2018

What’s New

DEA Broadens Access to Drug Treatment.  On Tuesday, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced a change in regulation designed to increase access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction in rural areas.  Under the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), prescribing authority for long-term use of buprenorphine, the drug used in outpatient addiction treatment, was expanded in 2016 to include qualified nurse practitioners and physician assistants.  In the same year, CARA also gave authority to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to increase the maximum number of patients that a qualified practitioner may treat from 100 to 275.  This week’s action by the DEA incorporates those changes into its regulations for the Controlled Substances Act and is intended to increase access to treatment in rural areas.  Research has shown that more than half of rural counties had no DEA waivered physicians in 2016.  Rural physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants can get no-cost MAT waiver training online from the Providers’ Clinical Support System.

Rural Health  Research

Rural Health Research 2017 Year in Review.  As noted above, the HRSA/FORHP-funded Rural Health Research Gateway published a report last year on the number of rural physicians prescribing buprenorphine.  The report was one of 16 peer-reviewed articles from 2017 on subjects ranging from the decline of obstetric services in rural counties to predicting financial distress and closure in rural hospitals .  Sign up for email alerts on the Gateway website to see research as soon as it’s released in 2018.

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Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

January 22, 2018

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