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CMS Region 7 Updates

April 15, 2016

View the 4.15.16 updates.

Webinar: QIN QIOs Building Diabetes Self-Management Program Capacity in Rural Communities – Monday, April 25th at 1:30pm (Eastern)

April 13, 2016

You’re invited to participate in the QIN QIOs Building Diabetes Self-Management Program Capacity in Rural Communities on Monday, April 25th at 1:30pm (Eastern).

Objectives of the webinar are:
Diabetes is a serious public health concern in the United States. According to the CDC, it affects 29.1 million people, or approximately 8.3 percent of the population. This webinar will showcase the work of two Quality Innovation Network (QIN)-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) in building diabetes self-management program capacity for Medicare populations in rural communities.

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the diabetes related work of QIN QIOs.
  • List a strategy for engaging the community in a diabetes self-management program.
  • Identify how you may partner with your local QIO to improve health outcomes in your community.

View webinar flyer

How to Register –

  1. Click here
  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 –

2016 NHSC New Site Application Cycle is Now Open!

April 12, 2016

View the HRSA bulletin.

CMS Region 7 Marketplace Partner Briefing

April 11, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Kansas City Regional Office invites you to a special Marketplace Partner Briefing.

Social Security Benefits & the Marketplace

John Powell
Regional Communications, Social Security Administration

Who should attend:
Navigators, Enrollment Assistance Personnel, Certified Application Counselors, and Champions for Coverage 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST


If you are aware of any organizations that may benefit from attending this webinar, please feel free to forward this invitation to them.

We look forward to your participation.  If you have any questions or have difficulty registering, please contact Nick Clasen at or call 816-426-6319.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Kansas City Regional Office
601 E 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106
Ph: 816.426.5233

Enhancing Access to Behavioral Health Care: A Webcast Series on Tele-Behavioral Health – Starts April 14th

April 11, 2016

Enhancing Access to Behavioral Health Care:
A Webcast Series on Tele-Behavioral Health

Presented by HRSA’s Office of Regional Operations

April 14, 2016
April 28, 2016
May 19, 2016

1:00-2:00 pm EDT
This free Webcast Series is designed for provider organizations who would like to developor expand tele-behavioral health services for underserved populations.

An Introduction to Tele-behavioral Health: What’s New and Why it Makes Sense (April 14, 2016)

The Finger Lakes Community Health Center Model of Tele-Behavioral Health (April 28, 2016)                 

Implementing Technology Assisted Care into Behavioral Health Settings: A Framework for Change (May 19, 2016)

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Rural Insider April 2016

April 11, 2016

Message from State Director Janie Dunning

Being able to assist rural Missourians is something that hits home for me. Growing up in rural Missouri, I know how much of a positive impact opportunities can bring to small communities.

This edition of The Rural Insider has information about a few of our housing programs.

Housing is one of the things that make a community great. Offering housing opportunities is crucial to carrying out the mission of Rural Development to improve the quality of life for all rural Americans.

I am proud to say that since 2009, Rural Development has invested more than $4 billion in funds through our Single Family Housing Direct Loan and Grant Programs to the state of Missouri.

With the help of our partners, we have made a tremendous impact on the people of Missouri. I believe we are building better futures for families and individuals. Together, we can continue to provide opportunities and make a difference in this great state.

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

April 8, 2016

What’s New

Study:  Collaboration Aids Health Care for At-Risk Populations – A new report released Thursday, April 7 examines the performance of health care providers serving disadvantaged communities and identifies six practices (page 23) that deliver higher quality and improved outcomes.  Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) the study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine supports the HHS health reform strategy that shifts Medicare payment from volume to value.  One common theme that emerged from researching 60 case studies for the report is the role of collaboration between medical and social services, lining up with recent federal initiatives, including Rural IMPACT announced in September last year and the Accountable Health Communities Model, which is accepting applications until May 18.

White House Announces Additional Action to Address Opioid Epidemic – The Federal government is making a concerted effort to curb the rise in opioid addiction and overdose with eight actions announced March 29th that include funding for treatment services, overdose reversal drugs, syringe services programs, and strategic community policing. (See the Funding Opportunities section below for new grant programs stemming from this announcement.)  According to research, “the highest rates [of fatal drug overdoses] now occur in predominantly rural states, including West Virginia, New Mexico, Utah, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Nevada, Kentucky, and Tennessee.”  As part of the effort, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the rule that strengthens access to mental health and substance abuse services for low-income individuals.  The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act puts mental health on the same footing as medical care and will benefit more than 23 million people covered under Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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