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FORHP Announcements – January 31

January 31, 2017

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

What’s New

Medicare ACO Track 1+ ModelCMS offers new details on the Medicare Accountable Care Organization Track 1+ model, which will begin in 2018. The model will qualify as an advanced alternative payment model under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act by incorporating more downside risk than is currently present in Track 1 of the Medicare Shared Savings Program.  It is designed to help small practices move toward performance-based risk and to allow small hospitals, including rural, to participate.   

Request for MACPAC Nominations  – February 24. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is requesting nominations for new members to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). The U.S. Comptroller General appoints MACPAC’s 17 commissioners, who come from diverse regions across the United States and bring broad expertise and a wide range of perspectives on Medicaid and CHIP, review Medicaid and CHIP access payment policies, and make recommendations to Congress. Appointments take effect May 1, 2017.

Request for MedPAC Nominations – March 10:  The GAO is also accepting nominations for Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) appointments that will be effective May 1, 2017. MedPAC is an independent congressional agency that advises the U.S. Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program and is also tasked with analyzing access to care, quality of care, and other issues affecting Medicare. This is an opportunity for rural providers and stakeholders to submit nominations for MedPAC members who can bring their perspective and expertise on the financing and delivery of health care services in rural areas.


FORHP Announcements – January 13, 2017

January 18, 2017

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

What’s New

CDC: Rural Americans at Higher Risk of Death.  On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study on the five leading causes of death in rural America, the first in a series of reports on the disparities that create “a striking gap in health between rural and urban Americans, ” according to CDC Director Tom Frieden.

Factors contributing to the decline in rural life expectancy include demographic, environmental, economic, and social factors, many of which CDC will examine as part of a series of rural-focused Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports.  The MMWR delivers objective, scientific public health data and recommendations each week to state health departments and more than 250,000 electronic subscribers.  The rural-focused MMWRs represent a significant focus on rural issues by the CDC and will be a feature in the FORHP Announcements this year.  The increasing mortality in rural areas was also a topic of a recent report from the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services.

New Rural Health Model in Pennsylvania.  Also on Thursday, the CMS Innovation Center announced a new model opened to test the predictability of global budgets for rural hospitals in Pennsylvania and determine if they enable services tailored to the needs of local communities. Under this Model, monthly payments made by Medicare fee-for-service and all other participating payers would be based on a fixed amount for inpatient and outpatient services. In addition, rural hospitals would be allowed to redesign delivery to invest in quality measures and preventive care in a way that meets their patients’ needs. The funding will be used to oversee the Model, collect and analyze data, and provide technical assistance toward several targets, including increasing access to care, reducing rural health disparities and decreasing deaths from substance use.


CMS Monthly Partner Briefing January 2017

January 17, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Kansas City Regional Office invites you to our Monthly Partner Briefing webinar.  January’s webinar will feature guest speaker Kimberly Nelson, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Regional Administrator servicing Region 7.  She will provide valuable information and local resources related to Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health.

The information provided is beneficial to partners who interact with Medicare beneficiaries, consumers enrolled in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, and the uninsured population.  Topics to be covered are:

  • SAMHSA as a HHS agency
  • Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Basics
  • Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity
  • State Systems
    • Accessing services in your community
    • State grants
    • Behavioral health safety net
    • Opiate crisis
  • Certified Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Q&A

In addition to Ms. Nelson’s presentation, CMS will provide appropriate updates on CMS programs.

Who should attend: SHIP/Medicare counselors, Navigators, Certified Application Counselors, Champions for Coverage, Providers, and Advocacy Organizations

When: Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 1:00PM – 2:00PM CT


You will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite after completing your registration, which will include the login information for the webinar.

If you are aware of any organizations that may benefit from attending this webinar, please feel free to forward this invitation to them.

We look forward to your participation.  If you have any questions or have difficulty registering, please contact Elissa Balch at

Black Lung Funding Opportunities

January 17, 2017

FORHP is pleased to announce that the Black Lung Center of Excellence (BLCE) and Black Lung Clinics Program (BLCP) funding opportunity announcements (FOA) are now available on  You can view the BLCE FOA here ( and the BLCP FOA here (

Through the BLCP, public, private, and state entities provide medical, outreach, educational, and benefits counseling services to active, inactive, and disabled coal miners throughout the country with the goal of reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with occupationally-related coal mine dust lung disease.  The BLCE cooperative agreement recipient will work with HRSA to help strengthen the operations of BLCP awardees, including through improved data collection and analysis.  You can view a list of current BLCP awardees here:

Technical assistance webinars will be held for both FOAs and will be recorded.  The dates and times for those are included in the FOAs.  Please feel free to share these opportunities widely with your stakeholders and partners.

Guide to Improving Patient Safety in Primary Care Settings by Engaging Patients and Families: Be Prepared to Be Engaged

January 4, 2017

Wednesday, January 18th, 2016 ~ 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST

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Show-Me ECHO 101 Webinar – Tuesday, December 20th

December 15, 2016

We are hosting our monthly Show-Me ECHO 101 Webinar on Tuesday, December 20th from Noon to 1:00 p.m.

To register contact Wendy Hough at 573.884.7958 or

2017 Oral Health Policy Conference! Registration is Now Open!

December 15, 2016

Registration for the 2017 Oral Health Policy Conference is now open!
For more information and to register

We look forward to seeing you there!