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May 27, 2015

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May 2015 Newsletter and Regional Workshop Announcement – Nat’l Center for Rural Health Works

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
    1. The Economic Impact of a Hospital Closure on a Rural Community
    2. The Economic Impact of Rural PPS Hospital
  • 2014-2015 Current Year Outreach Activities
    1. EMS Budget Generator presented to NASEMSO
    2. Workshops
    3. Webinars
    4. 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:

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!

Open Payments Data Correction Period Began May 21, 2015

May 26, 2015

May 21: Open Payments 15-Day Data Correction Period Begins for Applicable Manufacturers and Group Purchasing Organizations

The Open Payments 15-day data correction period starts today, May 21, and will last for 15 days, ending on June 5. During this time, applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) should acknowledge and resolve disputes initiated by physicians and teaching hospitals during the review and dispute period conducted between April 6 and May 20, 2015. The 2014 Open Payments data will become public on June 30, 2015.

Note: It is important that applicable manufacturers or GPOs work directly with the physician or teaching hospital to resolve any disputes in accordance with the Final Rule. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is not responsible for mediating disputes.
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Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants

May 26, 2015

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Rural Research Alert: Dentist Supply, Dental Care Utilization, and Oral Health Among Rural and Urban U.S. Residents

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.

Contact Information:

Eric Larson, PhD
WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
Phone: 206.616.9601

Additional Resources of Interest:

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

May 22, 2015


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.

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