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‘HPSA Designation Process’ Webinar Now Available

June 27, 2016

The Office of Primary Care and Rural Health has uploaded a new ‘HPSA Designation Process’ webinar to their website at:  for you to use as a reference.

If you have further questions regarding HPSA Designations, please contact the Lisa Eastman in the Primary Care Office at (573) 751-6219, or by email to:

6th Annual Substance Abuse Prevention Conference

June 23, 2016

View the June 28th conference information.

Opportunity to Test New CMS Portal for the Quality Payment Program

June 23, 2016

CMS is looking for rural clinicians to help test a new portal/website for the Quality Payment Program that will be used, in part, to help clinicians determine if they qualify for the program.  If you or your colleagues are interested in providing feedback on this new portal/website, please contact Corey Henderson  at  At this time, there is no set timeframe for when the portal will be rolled out to the public.  Also, attached is a new Quality Payment Program newsletter that CMS launched this week.  You can subscribe to this newsletter at

Models: charity dental clinic, outpatient addiction treatment, and collaboration on quality-of-life; more

June 22, 2016

Rural Health Information Hub

View the 6.22.16 updates.

Research Alert: Free Webinar August 9! Geographic Variation in Health Insurance Marketplaces: Rural and Urban Trends in Enrollment, Firm Participation, Premiums, and Cost Sharing in 2016

June 22, 2016

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

View the Research Alert.

Hospice Quality Reporting: Annual Payment Update

June 21, 2016

Open Door Forum

CMS is mailing notifications to hospices that are not in compliance with Hospice Quality Reporting requirements; all notifications will be mailed by June 29. For CY 2015 (FY 2017) and after, CMS considers both Hospice Item Set (HIS) and Hospice CAHPS® survey data from January 1 through December 31 to determine the Annual Payment Update (APU) compliance threshold. If you receive a notice of non-compliance, you have the opportunity to submit a request for reconsideration on quality data submissions affecting your FY 2017 APU. See the instructions in your notification letter and on the Reconsideration Requests webpage.

2016 CMS Region 7 Health Insurance Marketplace Partner & Assister Workshop

June 20, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Kansas City Regional Office, invites you to the 2016 CMS Region 7 Health Insurance Marketplace Partner & Assister Workshop. Attendees will receive technical guidance and policy clarification from CMS experts.  Topics to be covered are:

  1.  Appeals
  2. Casework
  3. Communications/Resources
  4. Data Matching Issues
  5. Medicare & The Marketplace
  6. Special Enrollment Period Verification

Who should attend:
Navigators, Certified Application Counselors, Agents/brokers, Stakeholders

Thursday, August 04, 2016 from 08:30 a.m. to 04:30 p.m. CST
*Registration starts at 08:00 a.m. CST

Westin Crown Center

1 E Pershing Rd
Kansas City, MO 64108

*Space is limited, so we strongly encourage you to RSVP by COB July 22, 2016.
*Meals will not be provided

We look forward to your participation.  If you have any questions or have difficulty registering, please contact Nickolas Clasen at or Elissa Balch at .

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