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February 2, 2017

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February 1, 2017

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FORHP Announcements – January 31

January 31, 2017

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

What’s New

Medicare ACO Track 1+ ModelCMS offers new details on the Medicare Accountable Care Organization Track 1+ model, which will begin in 2018. The model will qualify as an advanced alternative payment model under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act by incorporating more downside risk than is currently present in Track 1 of the Medicare Shared Savings Program.  It is designed to help small practices move toward performance-based risk and to allow small hospitals, including rural, to participate.   

Request for MACPAC Nominations  – February 24. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is requesting nominations for new members to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). The U.S. Comptroller General appoints MACPAC’s 17 commissioners, who come from diverse regions across the United States and bring broad expertise and a wide range of perspectives on Medicaid and CHIP, review Medicaid and CHIP access payment policies, and make recommendations to Congress. Appointments take effect May 1, 2017.

Request for MedPAC Nominations – March 10:  The GAO is also accepting nominations for Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) appointments that will be effective May 1, 2017. MedPAC is an independent congressional agency that advises the U.S. Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program and is also tasked with analyzing access to care, quality of care, and other issues affecting Medicare. This is an opportunity for rural providers and stakeholders to submit nominations for MedPAC members who can bring their perspective and expertise on the financing and delivery of health care services in rural areas.

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Rural Economy and Population

January 31, 2017

Releases for the week of: January 23, 2017 to January 27, 2017
New from USDA’s Economic Research Service

Federal Tax Issues
ERS research focuses on the most important features of Federal tax law and how they affect farmers and the broader rural economy. This release updates information on Federal tax policy issues and Federal estate taxes.

State Fact Sheets
The ERS State Fact Sheets provide information on population, income, poverty, food security, education, employment, organic agriculture, farm characteristics, farm financial indicators, top commodities, and agricultural exports. Data are available for all States, and for metro/nonmetro breakouts within States. Links to county-level data are provided where available. With this release, statistics on poverty, educational attainment, per capita income, and earnings per job have been updated with the latest available data.

Available Rural Health Coding & Billing Specialist Training

January 30, 2017

Due to overwhelming demand, the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services/ Office of Primary Care & Rural Health is offering another “Rural Health Coding & Billing Specialist (RH-CBS)Training” on March 20 & 21, 2017, at the Capital Mall – Community Room, in Jefferson City, MO, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

With the April 2016 requirement by CMS to require RHCs to provide HCPCS code-level detail (CPT and HCPCS-2) – it has never been more important to make sure you are documenting and coding for 100% of what is done.  Billing is not supposed to change – but if you aren’t documenting and coding correctly, revenue may be left on the table!

The training session is free to attend but enrollment is limited and will fill up quickly.

Please see the following links: Training Details/Information, Agenda and to Register online, or for PDF version.

Grant Writing Institute – Register Now

January 23, 2017

NOSORH Grant Writing Institute

Rural Health Grant Writing Specialist Training

Registration is now open for the next NOSORH Rural Health Grant Writing Institute.  This is a 9-part web-based series focused on all aspects of grant writing with a special focus on rural health. Topics include documentation of need, grant budget preparation, development of evaluations, work plans and identifying sources of grant funds. This course is appropriate for State Offices of Rural Health staff and rural health partners such as RHCs, CAHs, and other rural health organizations.

You can find full details in this brochure.
Class size is limited, so we encourage you to click here to register now!

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Kassie Clarke
(888) 391-7258 ext. 105

2017 DTA Foundation Grant Process is Now Open

January 19, 2017

The Dental Trade Alliance Foundation is now accepting preliminary proposal summaries for their 2017 grant programs!

The DTA Foundation will award nine $25,000 grants in 2017, one of which will be a joint DTA Foundation/Dental Lifeline Network grant.

If your organization has an innovative pilot project designed to improve oral health care for the growing number of Americans in need, or has an innovative pilot project specifically related to providing access to comprehensive dentistry for individuals with disabilities, who are elderly, or medically compromised, please review the 2017 Preliminary Proposal Guidelines and Criteria.

Each applicant must demonstrate that their innovative pilot project will not only improve access to oral care in their immediate area, but also have the potential to grow and be implemented in other areas of the country.

New for 2017: In order to be invited to complete a full application for a DTA Foundation grant, your organization will be required to submit an electronic 2017 Preliminary Proposal Summary Form. The DTA Foundation will not accept grant applications from any organizations that have not been invited to move on in the review process. Preliminary proposal summaries are a requirement for all organizations. No exceptions will be made.

Preliminary proposal summaries must be received no later than February 15, 2016.

Visit our website for more information and FAQs.

The DTA Foundation has awarded just over $1.7 million dollars in grant funding to 83 innovative projects designed to increase access to oral health care since the inception of the grant program in 2002. Past recipients have used DTA Foundation seed money for innovative programs designed to improve the access to and productivity of the oral health care system, leveraging more than $5 million in additional funding for these promising projects.

In 2013, the DTA Foundation and the Dental Lifeline Network joined forces to create a grant program to specifically support projects that provide access to comprehensive dentistry for society’s most vulnerable individuals who are elderly, medically compromised, or with special needs and have no other way to get help.