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Annoucements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 9, 2015


1. FORHP is pleased to announce new awardees for the 2015 Rural Health Network Development Planning grant program. These grants provide up to $100K to support a range of activities to help rural communities identify and address local health care challenges.  The awards go to 24 rural communities in 20 states with a wide range of projects, from health workforce, to behavioral and mental health, implementing health IT, and many more areas of focus.  For more information about the Rural Health Network Development Planning program, please contact Amber Berrian at
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Webinar on Prevelance of Opioids and the Workforce to Provide Treatment in Rural and Urban Settings

June 9, 2015

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2015
Time: 10:00am Pacific, 11:00am Mountain, 12:00pm Central, 1:00pm Eastern
Duration: approximately 60 minutes

Holly Andrilla from WWAMI and John Gale from Maine will provide an overview of their research on the prevalence of opioid use disorders in rural and urban settings and discuss issues with regard to workforce and providing treatment. Question and answer will follow.

The United States is experiencing an epidemic of opioid-related deaths driven by excessive prescribing of opioids, misuse of prescription drugs, and increased use of heroin. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has funded research at the WWAMI and the University of Southern Maine Rural Health Research Centers to explore the prevalence of opioids in rural and urban settings, as well as availability of workforce to provide treatment for opioid use disorder. Holly Andrilla from WAMMI and John Gale from Maine will provide an overview of their research with Q&A to follow.
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Free Telehealth Webinars

June 8, 2015

Free monthly telehealth webinars:


NHSC Scholar score 2015-16

June 8, 2015

The NHSC Scholar HPSA score to meet for 2015-16 cycle is a 16. Please see the Federal Register excerpt here:

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 2, 2015


1. On May 26, 2015, CMS released the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Managed Care proposed regulation.  This proposed rule modernizes Medicaid managed care regulations that have not been revised since 2002.  The rule seeks to strengthen actuarial soundness and align the requirements with other major sources of health insurance coverage, such as with Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace. The proposed rule also changes the definition of rural currently used by the Medicaid program to that used by the Medicare Advantage program.  This is important because, in those areas deemed rural, if there is only one managed care plan offered, the state must either seek a waiver with certain requirements (such as provider choice) or allow fee for service payments outside of the managed care plan.  Even under a waiver, the enrollee must have access to providers outside the plan’s network if the plan does not have the right provider in-network.

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USDA Grant Opportunity

May 27, 2015

View the grant information.

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.