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June 8, 2015

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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.


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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