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Research Alert: Health Information Exchange: A Strategy for Improving Access for Rural Veterans in the Maine Flex Rural Veterans Health Access Program

May 17, 2016

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers. View the Research Alert.

Timely Transitions: A monthly SRHT newsletter!

May 17, 2016

Pender Community Hospital Surpassing Project Goals
Pender Community Hospital (PCH)
located in Pender, Nebraska is a 21-bed critical access hospital whose vision is “to be the best place to get care and the best place to give care.” In addition to acute and emergency care, they provide cardiopulmonary/sleep services, diabetes education, geriatric assessment, imaging, obstetrics and gynecology services. Specialty clinics include audiology, cardiology, counseling, ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, OB/GYN, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, podiatry, pulmonology, urology, surgery and wound/ostomy/continence/foot and nail care.

Staff on the Road
Are you planning to attend the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) 39th Annual Rural Health Conference in Minneapolis on May 10-13? If so, we hope you will stop by the National Rural Health Resource Center/Rural Health Innovations booth during your break. SRHT staff attending include:

  • Sally Buck, Chief Executive Officer, (218) 216-7025
  • Terry Hill, Senior Advisor for Rural Health Leadership and Policy, (218) 216-7032
  • Alyssa Meller, Chief Operating Officer, (218) 216-7040
  • Rhonda Barcus, Program Specialist, (904) 321-7607

We’d love to see you there!

Bethany Adams, Senior Program Manager, and Caleb Murphy Siem, Program Specialist, recently traveled to Holdenville General Hospital (HGH) in Holdenville, Oklahoma for the second of two onsite visits to complete HGH’s financial operational assessment (FOA). At this visit, Eric Shell, Stroudwater Associates, presented the findings and recommendations from the first field visit and the leadership team worked diligently to create an action plan to guide their upcoming work. We look forward to hearing about the outcomes from their project next year!

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

May 17, 2016

What’s New

USDA Addresses Opioid Epidemic.  U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack laid out a strategy to combat the heroin and opioid crisis and launched a series of rural town halls where rates of overdose are particularly high.  In New Hampshire, where the announcement was made, one person dies from a drug overdose nearly every day.

Policy Update

Comments Requested: Interoperability for EHRs – Submit by June 3. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is seeking feedback on its plan to achieve widespread exchange of health information through Electronic Health Records (EHRs).  ONC hopes to establish the metrics that will be used to determine if the goal of interoperability for the entire nation has been met by December 31, 2018 as planned.  Congress declared under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) that the metrics be in place by July 1, 2016.  Rural providers may be subject to meeting these metrics and should consider providing input on the unique challenges to interoperability they may face.
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Models: Reducing teen substance abuse, service integration; Funding: Teen pregnancy prevention, CATCH; Reports on RHC use by Medicaid beneficiaries; more

May 11, 2016

Rural Health Information Hub. View the 5.11.16 updates.

Rural Population Health Learning Collaborative May 23, 2016 Webinar Notice

May 5, 2016

You’re Invited to Participate

Rural Public Health Learning Collaborative: Issues in Meeting Rural Health Obstetrical Needs – A Family Medicine Collaborative Approach in Western North Carolina (Webinar)

Date: May 23, 2016
Time: 2:30 pm Eastern

Objectives of the webinar are:

  • Review and discuss the number and type of health care and maternity care providers in rural Western North Carolina.
  • Describe the financial, demographic and liability issues and geographic factors impacting rural hospitals decisions to provide such services.
  • Discuss the concerns of families in seeking care during pregnancy
  • Describe the role of family medicine in meeting rural community needs for obstetrical services
  • Review the impact of medical students and family medicine residents in providing maternity services in rural communities.

How to Register –

  1. Click here to register
  2. Click Register.
  3. On the registration form, enter your information and then click Submit.

This call will be recorded and the viewable recording will be available on the NOSORH website –

Link * Engage * Sustain Missouri Rural Health Association

May 5, 2016

Join MRHA to address Access to Care for All

MRHA is making positive strides in addressing  the barrier of access to health and wellness  at the local, state, and federal level.  In 2016, Missouri will be the “one to watch” as MRHA takes on establishing a sustainable health and transportation program, HealthTran, and creating a statewide Mobility Management curriculum.  We want you to be a part of the excitement!

Visit to learn more.

A Personal Invitation from MRHA President

If you have never been an MRHA member, or have previously been a member but have been out of touch for a while, now is the time to join.  Our new mantra is “link-engage-sustain” . . . for full invite

Link to MRHA membership information

Get Link’d

Upcoming Get Link’d Conference brings health, transportation, and community leaders together to share, network and learn how working together we can address barriers  of  access to care.

Register on line on the MRHA website. 

Missouri Rides to Wellness

MO first in the Nation to host Rides to Wellness
Building partnerships through the FTA, Easter Seals, and CTAA,  MRHA is driving change and gaining recognition for inovative programs addressing access to care for rural Missourians.   Read the Executive Summary

Rural Monitor: LGBTQ healthcare; News: MIPS/APMs; Reports: Adverse childhood experiences; Health, United States; Improving IHS wait times, more

May 4, 2016

Rural Health Information Hub

View the 5.4.16 updates.