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Annoucements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 12, 2015

HOT OFF THE PRESSES

1. On June 4, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule updating the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).  This payment system created by the Affordable Care Act is intended to promote greater participation in Accountable Care Organizations, also known as ACOs, to coordinate high quality care for Medicare patients.  Read the final rule in the Federal Register and learn more about rural ACOs  at the Rural Health Research Gateway.

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CAPE Webinars: Behavioral Health Issues – June 11 and June 16, 2015

June 11, 2015

Forecasting Behavioral Health Outcomes using Google Trends

Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

June 10, 2015

The Rural Assistance Center is a collaborative effort of the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health, and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI); and is funded by a grant through HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy. View the RAC Online newsletter.

Learn about New Economic Impacts: Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants and Nursing Homes

June 10, 2015

Rural Health Works is presenting a regional workshop on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in State College, PA. The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health is hosting the workshop.

View the RHW Workshop Flyer

TWO NEW ECONOMIC IMPACT TEMPLATES will be featured in the workshop:

  • Models to Estimate the Economic Impact of a Rural Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant
  • An Overview of Nursing Homes and the Economic of Rural Nursing Homes

“WHY ECONOMIC IMPACT?” “HOW CAN ECONOMIC IMPACT BENEFIT RURAL HEALTH?”

  • Illustrates how the hospital/health services are an economic engine/driver to a local economy.
  • Illustrates how the hospital/other health services contribute to local sales tax.
  • Can illustrate construction investment of a local hospital or other health organization, through additional jobs and labor income.
  • Hospital is the cornerstone of all local health services.
  • Loss of a hospital causes local economy to severely decline; over time, may lose the other health care providers (i.e., physicians, pharmacies, etc.).
  • Rural hospital is one of the largest employers, typically one of the top two employers.
  • Hospital and other health services support recruitment and retention of local businesses/industries and retirees.

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CMS Rural Health Open Door Forum

June 9, 2015

The next CMS Rural Health Open Door Forum is scheduled for:
Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015;
Start Time: 2:00pm Eastern Time (ET);
Please dial in at least 15 minutes prior to call start time.

Conference Leaders: Carol Blackford, John Hammarlund and Jill Darling.

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Annoucements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 9, 2015

HOT OFF THE PRESSES

1. FORHP is pleased to announce new awardees for the 2015 Rural Health Network Development Planning grant program. These grants provide up to $100K to support a range of activities to help rural communities identify and address local health care challenges.  The awards go to 24 rural communities in 20 states with a wide range of projects, from health workforce, to behavioral and mental health, implementing health IT, and many more areas of focus.  For more information about the Rural Health Network Development Planning program, please contact Amber Berrian at aberrian@hrsa.gov.
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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.
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