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CIHQ – August 26 WEBINAR – Proposed Changes to CMS Conditions of Participation for Hospitals

August 2, 2016

The Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality Presents:

Proposed Changes to CMS Conditions of Participation for Hospitals


Please join us for CIHQ’s August Webinar:

Title: Proposed Changes to CMS Conditions of Participation for Hospitals
Date: Friday, August 26, 2016
Time: 2PM (ET)
Time: 1PM (CT)
Time: 12N (MT)
Time: 11AM (PT)

In June of 2016, CMS published proposed changes to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (COP) for acute care hospitals. If approved, these changes represent one of the most significant revisions to the COP’ in several years.

Join us for this informative webinar as we systematically review the proposed changes and discuss their impact on hospitals across the United States.


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If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Benson at 805-934-8500

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

August 1, 2016

What’s New

County Health Rankings: What Works for Rural Health.  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation issued a follow-up to their 2016 County Health Rankings, outlining specific policies and programs rural communities can implement to improve health and wellbeing.   Within the report, you’ll find details about finding and choosing the right solution for your community; what’s working to prepare and strengthen local workforces, improve diet and exercise, and reduce injuries; and a discussion of the many factors that influence health. Strategies that have been studied and deployed in rural communities are emphasized throughout the report.
Read more

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

August 1, 2016

View the Research Alert.

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

July 29, 2016

View the Research Alert.

Smart Growth Strategies

July 28, 2016

View the Article: A New Program to Help Rural Places Use Smart Growth Strategies

‘Health Professionals Incentives Program’ Webinar Now Available

July 28, 2016

The Office of Primary Care and Rural Health has uploaded a new ‘Health Professionals Incentives Program’s (HPIP) webinar to their website at:  for you to use as a reference.

If you have further questions regarding HPIP Programs, please contact Lee Temmen in the Primary Care Office at (573) 751-6219, or by email to:

Medicaid Focus Group in Southeast Missouri

July 28, 2016

Health Literacy Missouri is organizing focus groups to speak with groups of people in southeast Missouri and we need your help! We need help recruiting focus group participants. We are recruiting for three different groups: people who have Medicaid, people who are uninsured, and healthcare providers who provide care to those populations. The goal of the focus group study is to gain a better understanding of people’s use of Medicaid, reduce barriers to care, and improve health literacy.

The focus groups will be held in 4 communities in southeast Missouri: Poplar Bluff, Kennett, Sikeston, and New Madrid. Focus groups participants will receive snacks, drinks, and a $25 Visa gift card for taking part. See the recruitment flyers and letter for more information, or check out the post on our website: .

Attached are flyers for each community and a recruitment letter for physicians. If you could help us spread the word and recruit participants, we would really appreciate it. I know many of you have been working hard in southeast Missouri for a while now, so I am hopeful you can help generate interest. If you know people who are interested, please have them contact Jenna Eichelberger, Program Associate at Health Literacy Missouri: 314-361-9400 or

Kennett Flyer
Sikeston Flyer
Poplar Bluff Flyer
New Madrid Flyer