The USDA is making up to $17.5 million in grant funding available to support distance learning and telemedicine efforts serving rural America. The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program was published in the Federal Register on June 28, 2013. Applications for this program must be received by Monday, August 12, 2013.
1. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has released a funding opportunity in support of the rural Access to External Devices Grant Program. The purpose of this program is to: (1) purchase automated external defibrillators; (2) provide defibrillator and basic life support training in automated defibrillator usage; and (3) place automated external defibrillators in rural communities.
Affordable Care Act Implementation Update for Clinicians, Hospitals and other Healthcare Providers on January 9th at 2:00 pm ET. Gary Cohen, Director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, provides an overview of the recent Insurance Exchange regulations and guidance and discuss how it impacts clinicians and hospitals. All stakeholders are welcome to attend. For those who are not able to join on January 9th at 2pm – a recording will be available after the call for 30 days by calling 800-856-2276 (no passcode needed).
WHAT: Affordable Care Act Implementation Update for Providers
TOPIC: Insurance Exchange Update
Gary Cohen, Director, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight
DATE: January 9th 2:00 pm ET
DIAL IN: 888-455-2963 passcode: 2954962
Health Care Law 101 presentation on January 10th at 2:00 pm ET. The HHS Partnership Center presents on the main provisions in the Affordable Care Act, the health care law, and how to access care in your community. The HHS Partnership Center hosts a series of webinars for faith and community leaders. All webinars are open to the public and include a question and answer session.
TOPIC: The Health Care Law 101
DATE: January 10th 2:00 pm ET
Recently, CMS published the final rule for stage 2 of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had this to say: “The changes we’re announcing will lead to more coordination of patient care, reduced medical errors, elimination of duplicate screenings and tests and greater patient engagement in their own care.”
The rule provides new criteria that eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals must meet in order to successfully participate in the EHR incentive programs.
NRHA is hosting an exclusive webinar to help our members in understanding the content of the stage 2 meaningful use requirements and what impact those will have on your ability to comply.
CMS expert Rob Anthony will lead the conversation from 3-4 p.m. ET Sept. 6. For more information on the free webinar, and to register, click here.
Learn more about CMS stage 2 with this fact sheet and during NRHA’s Rural Health Clinic (Sept. 25-26) and Critical Access Hospital (Sept. 26-28) Conferences in Kansas City. Register here today.
Join us on Thursday, July 12, 2012
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EST (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM MST)
This webinar will include an overview of the new health reform law, the Affordable Care Act, and highlight those sections of the law that are especially helpful for children and families. The Affordable Care Act Increases access to necessary preventative services to help keep children and families healthy. This session will describe the new protections for health insurance consumers, and provisions to lower costs and improve care. This is a repeat from the March 8 session due to technical difficulties we had during that session
Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announced the FY 2012 application window for the Community-Oriented Connectivity Broadband Grant Program (Community Connect Grant Program). The Community Connect Grant Program is designed to provide financial assistance to furnish broadband service in rural, economically-challenged communities where such service does not currently exist.
For those interested in learning more about the program and application process, RUS is hosting two informational webinars scheduled for May 14th and May 24th from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET. Each session will be used to discuss program eligibility and regulatory requirements as well as provide guidance on how to submit a successful grant application.