May 27, 2015
Attached is the May 2015 Newsletter from the National Center for Rural Health Works! We hope you enjoy it and here are the highlights from the newsletter:
- 2014-2015 Current Year Work Projects’ UPDATES
- The Economic Impact of a Hospital Closure on a Rural Community
- The Economic Impact of Rural PPS Hospital
- 2014-2015 Current Year Outreach Activities
- EMS Budget Generator presented to NASEMSO
- Summary Document: “Economic Impact of Rural Health Care,” Updated October 2014
- Other Activities (Not Funded through RHW Grant Funds)
- Impact of Medicaid Demonstration Project
Information on our next regional workshop is also attached. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in State College, PA. The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health is sponsoring the workshop. The workshop is presented in conjunction with the National Center for the Analysis of Healthcare Data (NCAHD).
Information will be presented on the following topics:
- Health impact
- Community health needs assessment (CHNA)
- Health budgeting.
- Mapping and spatial data analysis to further support the outcomes of Rural Health Works
- How to download healthcare workforce provider data FREE through NCAHD’s portal at: http://gis.ncahd.org/
The Workshop Flyer is attached with more detailed information and a registration form.
May 26, 2015
The Missouri Rural Health Association in partnership with Missouri Ozarks Medical Center and Medical Revenue Solutions is offering affordable on-line ICD-10 training. The On-line training is $50 per site per class. YES, with just $50, you can train a class full of employees on the new Coding & Guidelines requirement to begin October 1, 2015.
It is not too late to enroll but sites are limited and will be filled in order of enrollment. See the attached brochure for more information.
The remaining 5 courses are still available:
View the online training sessions
ICD-10 Code Set & Guidelines Part 1, 2, 3, & 4 Beginning June 2!
ICD-10 Provider Documentation Offered June 16!
May 22, 2015
Dentist Supply, Dental Care Utilization, and Oral Health Among Rural and Urban U.S. Residents
Do adults in rural locations report lower dental care utilization or higher prevalence of dental disease or both compared with their urban counterparts? This analysis of data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) shows that residents of non-metropolitan counties were significantly less likely than residents of metropolitan counties to report having a dental visit or teeth cleaning in the past year and significantly more likely to report undergoing tooth extraction. These findings persisted even when controlling for demographic factors, income, insurance and health and smoking status. Policies aimed at increasing the supply of generalist dentists who will choose to work in rural areas may reduce these substantial rural/urban disparities in access to oral health care and dental outcomes.
Eric Larson, PhD
WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
Additional Resources of Interest:
May 22, 2015
HOT OFF THE PRESSES
1. A new report from the President’s Council of Economic Advisors examines poverty in Rural Areas and the safety net programs that “lifted about 9 million rural people out of poverty in 2013, including about 1.6.million children.” Part of the White House Rural Council’s effort to address child poverty, the report documents the impact of federal programs like Social Security and SNAP and shows that poverty in rural areas fell by nearly half between 1967 and 2012. Related to this effort, don’t miss The Health and Well-Being of Children in Rural Areas, a chartbook released by HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau last month.