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CMS Region 7 Updates

June 3, 2016

View the 6.2.16 updates.

HRSA eNews

June 2, 2016

HRSA Funding Opportunity to Support Leadership Training for People Living with HIV

The needs of people living with HIV have continued to evolve over time, and it is essential that the diverse perspectives and experiences of people living with HIV continue to be an integral part of program planning and implementation at all levels. To ensure that people living with HIV are engaged and their voices continue to be heard, HHS has directed $2.5 million from the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund to support a new initiative to provide leadership training for people of color living with HIV.

HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau is leading this effort and recently published a Funding Opportunity Announcement, Leadership Training for People of Color Living with HIV.
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Rural Monitor: Illinois Network Puts Hospitals’ Needs First; more

June 1, 2016

Rural Health Information Hub

View the 6.1.16 updates.

Research Alert: Quality Measures and Sociodemographic Risk Factors: The Rural Context

June 1, 2016

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

View the Research Alert.

Research Alert: State Variations in the Rural Obstetric Workforce

May 31, 2016

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers
View the Research Alert.

Grant Opportunity

May 31, 2016

Historic Preservation Fund Grants to Underrepresented Communities

The National Park Service announces the availability of grants to support the survey, inventory, and designation of historic properties associated with communities currently underrepresented in the National Register of Historic Places and among National Historic Landmarks. Applications due July 15.

Special Edition: Rural Health ODF- June 7th

May 31, 2016

Save the Date — June 7 at 3:30 pm EDT

We are holding a Special Edition CMS Rural Health Open Door Forum call on June 7 at 3:30 pm.  The call will include two important topics:  an opportunity to give CMS input on the HHS Budget proposal for CAH payment, and an update on the CMS Quality Payment Program.

The FY 2017 Budget includes a series of Medicare legislative proposals that would help extend the life of the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund by over 15 years.  These proposals focus on policy objectives such as promoting high quality, efficient care, improving beneficiary access to care, and more closely aligning payments to providers with costs of care.  Among these proposals is the proposal to reduce Critical Access Hospital reimbursement from 101 percent of reasonable costs to 100 percent of reasonable costs.  This proposal would result in a savings of approximately $1.7 billion over 10 years.  We hope you can join us to share your thoughts on this proposal along with specific information on the impact on your hospital,  at the next Rural Health Open Door Forum scheduled for Tuesday June 14th from 3:30 to 4:30 EST.  We look forward to your participation.

CMS is embarking on an outreach effort regarding its Quality Payment Program.  Participants will hear details on how to ensure they are getting the latest information on this very important initiative.  You can get more information on the QPP by going to