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Category Archives: Webinar

Webinar on Prevelance of Opioids and the Workforce to Provide Treatment in Rural and Urban Settings

June 9, 2015

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2015
Time: 10:00am Pacific, 11:00am Mountain, 12:00pm Central, 1:00pm Eastern
Duration: approximately 60 minutes

Holly Andrilla from WWAMI and John Gale from Maine will provide an overview of their research on the prevalence of opioid use disorders in rural and urban settings and discuss issues with regard to workforce and providing treatment. Question and answer will follow.

The United States is experiencing an epidemic of opioid-related deaths driven by excessive prescribing of opioids, misuse of prescription drugs, and increased use of heroin. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has funded research at the WWAMI and the University of Southern Maine Rural Health Research Centers to explore the prevalence of opioids in rural and urban settings, as well as availability of workforce to provide treatment for opioid use disorder. Holly Andrilla from WAMMI and John Gale from Maine will provide an overview of their research with Q&A to follow.

Free Telehealth Webinars

June 8, 2015

Free monthly telehealth webinars:


Rural Obesity Prevention Webinars

May 20, 2015

Obesity Prevention in Rural Communities: Stories from the Field

The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) and ChangeLab Solutions present a two-part webinar series featuring leaders from five rural communities or regions.

May 21, 11 AM – Noon PT / 2 PM – 3 PM ET

Invited Speakers:

  • Sarah Tennyson, Mountainwise (Western North Carolina) – Improving access to healthy foods in rural stores
  • Ray Sharp, Western Upper Peninsula District Health Department (Michigan) – Making rural streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Kathleen Hein, Crawford County (Wisconsin) – Creating a culture of wellness in rural schools


PQRS/Value-Based Payment Modifier: What Medicare Professionals Need to Know in 2015

May 20, 2015

“PQRS/Value-Based Payment Modifier: What Medicare Professionals Need to Know in 2015″ Video Presentation Posted to YouTube

A video recording of the “PQRS/Value-Based Provider Modifier: What Medicare Professionals Need to Know in 2015″ presentation has been posted to the CMS MLN Connects® page on YouTube.  This presentation is the same as the webinars that were delivered on March 31, 2015 and April 7, 2015.  A link to the video can be found here:

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

April 6, 2015

Hot off the Presses

  1. The 2015 Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series seeks to provide resources, information, and technical assistance through the use of innovative approaches to address the complex needs of rural community behavioral health.  These approaches are embedded in a public health approach that acknowledges the role that social, economic, and geographic elements play in the lives of individuals and how it impacts behavioral health and well-being.  Based on the needs of rural communities, direct attention has been placed on providing communities with information and resources on how to create and sustain services and supports so that rural communities are able to reduce the impact of behavioral health problems and promote a good quality of life for the entire community, including those with behavioral health challenges.


Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

March 31, 2015

Hot off the Presses

  1. On March 20th, CMS released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for Meaningful Use Stage 3, which is the final stage in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. To review the 301 page NPRM before March 30th, click here.In addition, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has announced the proposed 2015 Edition Certification Criteria for health IT products. To review the 431 page NPRM before March 30th, click here.

    These NPRMs are scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on March 30 and will be available online at this link for the Stage 3 NPRM and this link for the 2015 Edition Certification Criteria NPRM. A fact sheet for both proposed rules can be found here.



Save-the-Date – 2015 National Training Program Workshop

March 23, 2015

Registration for the 2015 CMS National Training Program (NTP) Workshops will open in late June 2015.   You’ll receive more information via email as it becomes available, including directions to register and hotel information. Below are the tentative locations/dates for the Workshops. You’re are invited to attend in the location of your choice.

  • Baltimore, MD – August 5-6, 2015 (Co-hosted by the CMS Philadelphia Regional Office and Central Office)
  • St. Louis, MO – August 10-11, 2015 (Co-hosted by the CMS Chicago and Kansas City Regional Offices)
  • Dallas, TX  August 18-19, 2015 (Co-hosted by the CMS Dallas and Atlanta Regional Offices)
  • Garden Grove, CA – August 24-25, 2015 (Co-hosted by the CMS Denver, San Francisco and Seattle Regional Offices)
  • Freeport, ME – September 1-2, 2015 (Hosted by the CMS Boston Regional Office)

We’re also excited to offer some new things this year: 

  • Five national workshops
  • Some new cities
  • 2 Full Days
  • 2 Tracks (Basic and Advanced)
  • Free WiFi in breakout rooms
  • GREEN “materials. The NTP Training Workbooks/Meeting Materials will be available for download on the registration website prior to the workshops. If you want a hard copy, you’ll have access to download and print the materials in your choice of format (handouts, notes pages, or workbooks). Otherwise, you can download the materials to your tablet, laptop or on a USB.

Note: The New York Regional Office will conduct 1-day local workshops in New York and New Jersey. Dates and locations to be determined.