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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 23, 2014

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  1. Local Foods, Local Places is a program supported by EPA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to help create more livable places by promoting local foods. From June 9 to July 15, 2014,communities are invited to apply for assistance from Local Foods, Local Places, which will provide direct technical support to selected communities to help them develop and implement action plans promoting local food and downtown revitalization. Special consideration will be given to communities that are in the early stages of developing or restoring local food enterprises and creating economically vibrant communities. Selected communities in Appalachia and the Delta region will be eligible to receive financial assistance to help them implement those plans.Local Foods, Local Places builds on the ARC-EPA-USDA Livable Communities in Appalachia partnership, which works to promote economic development, preserve rural lands, and increase access to locally grown food in Appalachian towns and rural communities. Communities anywhere in the United States are eligible to apply. Visit the website for more eligibility information and details on how to apply.
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Rural Health Innovation Services Award

June 18, 2014

This opportunity just out! Click here to view Rural Health Innovation Services Award details

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 12, 2014

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  1. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the availability of funding, totaling $60 million, to support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces in 2014-2015. Navigators provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Read more

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 5, 2014

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1. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Pharmacy Affairs (OPA) will hold a webinar on June 9th at 2 PM EDT for 340B stakeholders. As a result of the ACA’s 340B expansion, many rural hospitals are now eligible for this program and can take advantage of reduced pricing for outpatient drugs.  The objectives of the webinar are to update hospitals on the registration process and outline the upcoming changes to the registration database.  Please see webinar details below:

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Missouri Rural Health Conference

June 3, 2014

Save the date for the 7th Annual Missouri Rural Health Conference.

USDA for HIT

June 3, 2014

The Missouri Health Information Technology Center is sponsoring a “Missouri Marketplace” seminar to discuss the application process for eligible hospitals, rural health clinics and health providers seeking low-cost loans and grants for health information technology available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The center has partnered with the Missouri State Office of the USDA, MHA, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Office of Primary Care and Rural Health and the Delta Regional Authority to present this program.

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 2, 2014

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  1. For the 11th year in a row, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has produced the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) and the National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR). These reports measure trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiency of care. The reports present, in chart form, the latest available findings on quality of and access to health care. Chapter 11 of the NHDR focuses on quality and disparities in care for populations at elevated risk for receiving poor health care, including the rural population.

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