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April 7, 2016

HRSA Surveys Grantees

Survey Aims to Improve the Quality of Services, Assistance, and Support

Some 4,500 grantees across all agency programs were invited last week to complete the second annual Grantee Satisfaction Survey.

The survey aims to give agency program staff and decision-makers benchmarks in such areas as efficiency, timeliness, responsiveness, quality, and overall satisfaction with HRSA programs, products, and services.

“This is a chance to interact with our grantees in a very direct and meaningful way, both on what we’re doing well and where we could improve,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae. “And because it goes out to everyone, it represents a valuable snapshot in time as we continue our quality improvement efforts.”

The survey, administered by the Office of Planning, Analysis and Evaluation (OPAE), will run for about four weeks. Last year, nearly six out of ten survey responders replied — with overwhelmingly positive results: More than 90 percent of grantees reported that they were “very satisfied” or “satisfied” on 28 questions. OPAE is working with CFI/Federal Consulting Group to field the survey, and grantees should have received an invitation from CFI requesting participation.

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Webinar: Rural Integrated Service Delivery; Models: healthy eating, fitness for veterans; Reports: CAH preventable readmissions, state telemedicine gaps, more

April 6, 2016

Rural Health Information Hub.

View the 4.6.16 updates.

April 14 Webinar: Integrating Health and Human Services in Rural Communities

April 4, 2016

The Rural Health Information Hub will be hosting a free webinar.

Title: Integrating Health and Human Services in Rural Communities
Date: Thursday, April 14, 2015
Time: 11:00 am Pacific, 12:00 pm Mountain, 1:00 pm Central, 2:00 pm Eastern

The Rural Health Information Hub and the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis will introduce a new Rural Services Integration Toolkit designed to help rural communities improve access to health and human services. Developed by NORC on behalf of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), the toolkit identifies model programs and resources that will benefit rural communities seeking to implement services integration programs. A key focus area of the toolkit is to provide best practices for implementing services integration programs that support children and families living in poverty in rural communities. This webinar will feature two examples of successful programs funded by FORHP, including lessons learned.

Need your help reaching out for presenters for the Get Link’d Conference

April 4, 2016

Attached is the presenter letter of invite and packet with presenter information and application.  Please send out a personal invite to EVERYONE you know who has something to share with others in regards to addressing the transportation barriers of Missourians.

New Policy Brief: Reducing Readmissions in CAHs

April 1, 2016

Reducing Potentially-Preventable Readmissions in CAHs

New Policy Brief Available

Preventable hospital readmissions are considered to be a marker of poor-quality care and may reflect problems with care coordination. Additionally, they place a significant financial burden on the health care system. Since October 1, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has penalized Prospective Payment System (PPS) hospitals with excess readmissions by reducing their Medicare payments under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) authorized by the Affordable Care Act. Currently, CAHs are exempt from these penalties; however, readmission rates are an area of focus in the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP). It is important for CAHs to examine their readmission rates and consider implementing strategies to reduce potentially-preventable readmissions.

This policy brief identifies successful evidence-based interventions that have been conducted to reduce readmissions in CAHs and other small rural hospitals.

CMS Region 7 Update

April 1, 2016

View the March 31, 2016 updates.

Integrating Oral Health and Primary Care Training

March 31, 2016

The Bureau of Health Workforce’s
Division of Medicine and Dentistry Presents:


Tuesday, April 12, 2016
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (ET)

Click HERE to Register!

Featured Speakers:

Renée W. Joskow, DDS, MPH
CAPT, U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS)
Senior Dental Advisor
Health Resources and Services Administration

Judith Haber, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN
The Ursula Springer Leadership Professor in Nursing
Executive Director, Oral Health Nursing and Practice (OHNEP) Program
Executive Director, Teaching Oral Systemic Health (TOSH) Program
New York University College of Nursing

Hugh Silk, MD, MPH
Director, From the First Tooth, Engaging Medical Clinicians in Oral Health
Professor, Department. of Family Medicine & Community Health, UMass Medical School
Lecturer (PT) Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Medical Director, Primary Care Wellness Center/Community Healthlink

Special Guest:

Marcia Brand, Ph.D.
Senior Adviser for National Policy and Programs
DentaQuest Foundation


Jennifer Holtzman, DDS
Dental Officer, Division of Medicine and Dentistry
Bureau of Health Workforce
Health Resources and Services Administration