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2nd Annual Missouri Telehealth Summit

October 26, 2015

We are excited to let you know about the second annual Missouri Telehealth Summit!  It will be held Thursday, January 28th, at the Capital Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Jefferson City.  The summit is free, but space is limited and registration is required.  For more information and to register go to:

Health in Rural Missouri

October 26, 2015

Rural Women’s Health

Special Open Door Forum: The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act

October 22, 2015

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Special Open Door Forum:
Understanding The IMPACT Act-
Patient and Family Focused for Informed Decision Making
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
2:00 -3:30 pm Eastern Time
Conference Call Only

The purpose of this SODF call is allow patients, families, patient advocacy groups, disabled groups, and low-income health patients to provide information and to solicit feedback on the introduction of The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act (commonly called the IMPACT Act). The IMPACT Act requires that patient assessment data used in post-acute care settings (i.e., Skilled nursing facilities, Home Health Agencies, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, and Long Term Care Hospitals) be standardized to improve quality of care. The Act also supports the interoperable exchange of assessment data across post-acute care settings and other providers to facilitate coordinated care and improved beneficiary outcomes.

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

October 19, 2015


1. On October 15th, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that a new set of objectives proposed for Healthy People 2020 is open for public comment. This 10-year roadmap to better health for the nation relies on broad input from public health experts, officials and the general public. Rural health stakeholders have a chance to weigh in and ensure that this initiative takes into account unique rural considerations. Proposed additions to the 42 existing topic areas for health promotion include objectives for family planning; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health; disaster preparedness; and social determinants of health.

2. The most recent meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS) took place last month in rural Mahnomen, Minnesota, with 21 experts gathered to learn about issues at the local level and make recommendations to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell.  The Rural Assistance Center’s publication, Rural Monitor, gives an inside look at the 78th meeting, its location and the insights gained on two key issues, Rural Child Poverty and Delivery System Reform.

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Research Alert: Which Rural and Urban Hospitals Have Received Readmission Penalties Over Time?

October 15, 2015

Which Rural and Urban Hospitals Have Received Readmission Penalties Over Time?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program reduces Medicare payments for hospitals determined to have “excess” rates of patient readmissions for specific conditions. The purpose of this project was to assess rural-urban differences in the proportion of hospitals that received penalties under the Readmissions Reduction Program over time, and whether condition-specific hospital readmission rates differed for rural and urban hospitals.

Contact Information:

Peiyin Hung, MSPH
University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center

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Research Alert: Free Clinics in the Rural Safety Net, 2014

October 15, 2015

Free Clinics in the Rural Safety Net, 2014

This brief explores two issues. First, we examine where free clinics are located and describe their availability in rural counties across all 50 states. This information was derived from clinic listings on the website of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC). Second, through telephone interviews with leadership at 14 of the 21 state free clinic associations, we explore issues facing free clinics during the current period of change. Issues examined include perceived changes in demand subsequent to implementation of the Affordable Care Act and different funding models and strategies used by free clinics.

For more information, see the Fact Sheet

Contact Information:

Amy Brock-Martin, DrPH
South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
Phone: 803.251.6317

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New England Rural Health RoundTable hosting RHW Workshop!

October 15, 2015

The New England Rural Health RoundTable (RoundTable) will host a Rural Health Works (RHW) Training on Thursday, December 3, 2015. The training will be held at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center at 14 Mechanic Street, Southbridge, MA 01550. The National Center for Rural Health Works (RHW) will present the training.

The RHW workshop will provide training in (1) Economic impact, (2) Community health needs assessment toolkit, and (3) Budget studies (feasibility) for new or expanded health care services. The training is designed for professionals from agencies that are involved or plan to be involved in providing assistance to communities in any of these three areas. Enrollment will be limited to 25 participants and will be on a “First Come, First Serve” basis.

Ann Peton, Director, National Center for the Analysis of Healthcare Data (NCAHD), will provide a one-hour training session on how to use mapping and spatial data analysis to further support the outcomes of RHW.

The registration form is attached. If you have questions,contact Gerald A. Doeksen or Cheryl F. St. Clair at 405-744-9823, 9824 or 9814.