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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

November 13, 2014

Hot Off the Presses

1. ORHP is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program (Network Planning).  This is a one-year community-driven program targeted to assist in the planning and development of an integrated health care network.  Health care networks can be an effective strategy to address a broad range of challenges unique to rural communities by bringing together rural providers and other community organizations.  For grantees, this funding provides an opportunity to implement new and innovative approaches to adapting to a changing health care environment that may serve as a model to other rural communities to better align and coordinate local health care services.  The increasing focus on showing value in health care delivery creates incentives to develop regional systems of care that preserve local autonomy for rural communities while also ensuring access to the appropriate continuum of care for the local service population.  Previously funded projects supported efforts related to workforce, behavioral health, telehealth, care coordination, health information technology, and outreach and enrollment.  Network planning activities that model evidence-based frameworks or models that work are encouraged.

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National Rural Health Day

November 6, 2014

Webinar Flyer – http://nosorh.org/nrhd-2014-webinar-flyer/

Virtual Job Fair Job Seeker Registration Open

November 6, 2014

As valued partners of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), please encourage job seeking clinicians to participate in the upcoming National Health Service Corps (NHSC)Virtual Job Fair to connect and network with prospective employers. The Virtual Job Fair offers real-time interaction with representatives from NHSC sites to discuss job openings, site information, benefit packages and populations served.

Virtual Job Fair
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
6:45 – 10:00 pm ET
Register Now

To participate in the Virtual Job Fair, job seekers need to:

  • Have access to a computer, smartphone or other mobile technology with access to the  Internet, and a phone line the day of the job fair
  • Be seeking a medical, dental, or mental and behavioral health position

For more information, please visit the NHSC Virtual Job Fair web page or email us at NHSCVirtualJobFair@hrsa.gov. Thank you for helping to spread the word about this opportunity!

Rural Health Network Planning Program Funding Announcement

November 5, 2014

ORHP is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program (Network Planning). This is a one year community-driven program targeted to assist in the planning and development of an integrated health care network. Health care networks can be an effective strategy to address a broad range of challenges unique to rural communities by bringing together rural providers and other community organizations. For grantees, this funding provides an opportunity to implement new and innovative approaches to adapting to a changing health care environment that may serve as a model to other rural communities to better align and coordinate local health care services. Network planning activities that model evidence-based frameworks or models that work are encouraged. Previously funded projects include topics such as workforce, behavioral health, telehealth, care coordination, health information technology, and outreach and enrollment.
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Rural Matters

October 28, 2014

View the Rural Matters: An Online Event and 3 New Features

2014 Missouri Rural Health Champion

You Vote, You Decide.

The nominations are in!  Here you will find the nominations for the Rural Health Champion of 2014.  You have one week to vote so please do so now!  Voting will be open until 5:00 pm, Friday, October 31, 2014.  

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

October 21, 2014

Hot Off the Presses

1. On October 8, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report examining Medicare beneficiaries’ payments for outpatient services at Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). The report found that Medicare beneficiaries paid more in required coinsurance** at Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) than they would have if they received the same services at a prospective payment system (PPS) hospital, because cost sharing calculations are different in the two settings. As noted in some of the media coverage of the report, many people have Medicare supplemental insurance policies that cover the coinsurance, so many beneficiaries are not paying the higher cost sharing directly. For specific services investigated, beneficiary cost sharing averaged 2 to 6 times more at CAHs than at PPS hospitals. Since the method for calculating outpatient coinsurance at CAHs (20 percent of charges) is set by statute, it would require Congress to change the law to change the amount of cost sharing paid by beneficiaries. Additionally, any reduction in beneficiary payments due to lower beneficiary cost sharing would require an increase in Medicare payments to CAHs so that they continue to receive a total payment of 101 percent of costs (the sum of the Medicare payment and the cost sharing).

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