November 12, 2013
This week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting two conference calls that are relevant to critical access hospitals (CAHs). The first call, on November 12, will include a discussion of the Hospital Inpatient Admission Order and Certification, as well as the “Two Midnight Rule” for inpatient hospital admissions (including CAHs). The second call, on November 13, is the Rural Health Open Door Forum which will include updates on: federally qualified health center prospective payment system proposed rule, rural health clinic contracting proposed rule, CAH 96 hour rule, and CAH OIG report.
See below for all call in information to participate in the calls. Recordings of the calls can be located one week after the call at the following locations: http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/OpenDoorForums/ODFSpecialODF.html and http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/OpenDoorForums/ODF_RuralHealth.html
November 12, 2013
Practice Facilitation Handbook: A Resource for New Facilitators and Their Trainers Webinar
Friday, November 15, 2013
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST
Practice facilitators are specially trained to work with primary care practices to improve the quality of care, patient experiences with care, and patient outcomes. Practice facilitation programs are burgeoning, and with that growth come the need to train facilitators in the skills and content they need to succeed.
November 8, 2013
Attached is a listing of the 2013 Rural Health Innovative Services Award Winners.
November 5, 2013
Stop and Send in your nominations for the 2013 Missouri Rural Health Champion! We want to hear your neighborhood/community/school Rural Health Champion success stories! In 250-500 words describe the following:
Who your nominee is (Name)
Nominations will close on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. Top nominees will have their nomination letters posted so all may read and vote from November 14-20. Winner will be announced on National Rural Health Day, November 21, 2013. Winner to be proclaimed the 2013 Missouri Rural Health Champion and receive plaque and honors commemorating their accomplishments!!!
What your nominee has done to be a Rural Health Champion (short excerpt explaining accomplishment(s))
Where your nominee is located (Town or Community/County where they work and live)
When your nominee became Rural Health Champion (Time frame in day(s)/months/years)
How your nominee is uniquely qualified for this award (the qualities they exhibit)
Why your nominee is the best person(s) for the Rural Health Champion Award
October 23, 2013
Due to the government shutdown, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has made the following changes to the Rural Health Network Development Federal Opportunity Announcement, HRSA-14-044:
- The due date for applications under this funding opportunity announcement is now on: December 6, 2013 at 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time.
- The technical assistance conference call/ webinar originally scheduled for October 10th has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time. The Adobe Connect webinar and call-in information is as follows:
Meeting Name: Rural Health Network Development Program
To join the meeting as a guest: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/ruralhealthnetwork/
Toll-free call in number: 888-946-3811
Participant Passcode for call in number: Network
For your reference, the Technical Assistance call will be recorded and available for playback within one hour of the end of the call and will be available until December 1, 2013. The phone number to hear the recorded call is 866-463-4105, Passcode, 5246.
The Technical Assistance call is open to the general public. The purpose of the call is to go over the grant guidance, and to provide any additional or clarifying information that may be necessary regarding the application process. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the call to answer any questions. While the call is not required, it is highly recommended that anyone who is interested in applying for the Rural Health Network Development Program plan to listen to the call. It is most useful to the applicants when the grant guidance is easily accessible during the call and if questions are written down ahead of time for easy reference.
This information will be updated in the funding opportunity announcement on www.grants.gov, and an email notification will go out with these changes to everyone who has downloaded the application on www.grants.gov
If you have any questions, please contact Leticia Manning, email@example.com or 301-443-8335.
Thank you for your continued support of ORHP!
October 7, 2013
The Alzheimer’s Association is currently accepting applications for the Respite Assistance Program. Missouri Alzheimer’s Service grants allow the Alzheimer’s Association to provide help to Missouri residents who provide care in their home to a loved one with Alzheimer’s (or a related disorder).
The Alzheimer’s Association Respite Assistance Program can provide reimbursement, up to $500, to help with the cost of respite care services or the cost of products (incontinent products, nutritional supplements, safety products, etc.).
More than 60 percent of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia caregivers rate their emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high; more than one-third report symptoms of depression. The Alzheimer’s Association can help identify the need for time off, and help pay for the care of a loved one while the caregiver receives some much needed rest.
For information on how to apply for the Respite Assistance Program or additional resources available in your community, call 800.272.3900.
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), in partnership with ORHP, has created a series of health IT webinars with varying topical concentrations. The first webinar on October 9th will focus on the use of mHealth (mobile/cellular healthcare) in rural settings. Webinars that follow may focus upon health IT workforce and population health measurement/data collection practices.
These free webinars will provide excellent ideas concerning how Flex coordinators, CAHs/small rural hospitals, rural health clinics, and other providers may want to use technology in the future to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of patient care. Some of these technologies may find their way into the SHIP or Flex program in some form, at some point; irrespecitve of that point, these webinars are a great opportunity to hear national thought leaders who’ve applied these innovative tools, in a thoughtful, outcome-focused way.