February 25, 2015
ICD-10 Code… Are you Ready?
Missouri Rural Health Association is working to bring affordable ICD-10 Training to rural Missouri providers. View the online training sessions.
February 24, 2015
REMINDER: Application webinar on HRSA/FORHP rural health funding opportunities
Attention Delta Region Community-Based Organizations, Educational Institutions, Health Providers, Local Development Districts and Other Interested Parties:
Please join the Delta Regional Authority and the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA)/Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) to learn about two new opportunities for health-related funding that has the potential to make a huge difference in rural communities. The first program will provide funding for health professional training in partnership with local educational institutions, while the second program supports building and strengthening rural health networks.
January 13, 2015
Medicare Update: Open Payments – New Tutorial Available; Reminder: Jan. 15 Q&A; System Down Through Late Jan.
Program Overview Video Tutorial Now Available
The 2014 Open Payments Program Overview and Enhancements – Video Tutorial is now available on the Open Payments website on the Resources page.
This video provides an overview of the 2014 Open Payments program year, along with general guidance on navigating the Open Payments system. During this 20 minute video, viewers can reaquaint themselves with the reporting process and timeline, get an overview of system enhancements, and learn where to access resources and information.
December 17, 2014
The Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program funding opportunity announcement (FOA) was recently announced! Please pass along this message to anyone who may be interested in applying. More information on the program purpose and eligibility can be found online at: http://bhw.hrsa.gov/grants/geriatricsalliedhealth/gwep.html and in the attached FOA.
HRSA will host four Technical Assistance Webinars this week and regional sessions the week of January 5th.
October 21, 2014
Hot Off the Presses
1. On October 8, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report examining Medicare beneficiaries’ payments for outpatient services at Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). The report found that Medicare beneficiaries paid more in required coinsurance** at Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) than they would have if they received the same services at a prospective payment system (PPS) hospital, because cost sharing calculations are different in the two settings. As noted in some of the media coverage of the report, many people have Medicare supplemental insurance policies that cover the coinsurance, so many beneficiaries are not paying the higher cost sharing directly. For specific services investigated, beneficiary cost sharing averaged 2 to 6 times more at CAHs than at PPS hospitals. Since the method for calculating outpatient coinsurance at CAHs (20 percent of charges) is set by statute, it would require Congress to change the law to change the amount of cost sharing paid by beneficiaries. Additionally, any reduction in beneficiary payments due to lower beneficiary cost sharing would require an increase in Medicare payments to CAHs so that they continue to receive a total payment of 101 percent of costs (the sum of the Medicare payment and the cost sharing).
September 8, 2014
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) is pleased to announce that the FY15 Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program funding opportunity announcement (announcement number: HRSA-15-039) is now available. To access the application package and learn more about the funding opportunity announcement, please click on: http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=264030 (look under ‘application package’ tab)