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You’re Invited 2017 Medicare Open Enrollment Period Partner Webinar

September 15, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Kansas City Regional Office invites you to our 2017 Medicare

Open Enrollment Period (OEP) Webinar.  Attendees will receive updates and resource information, which will be helpful during OEP.   Topics to be covered are:

  •  Medicare Plan Finder Changes and Demonstration
  • 2017 Medicare Part D Benefit Parameters
  • Preferred Pharmacy
  • Beneficiary Mailings Related to Open Enrollment
  • 2017 Plan Landscapes
  • Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) Balanced Billing
  • Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics/Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Round 1 2017
  • Program Integrity

To Register:

Click the date and time that best suits your schedule, and follow the instructions provided. The content is the same in each session, so participants need only attend once (but are welcome to attend multiple times, if desired).

Friday, October 7, 2016 1:30PM – 2:30PM

Thursday, October 13, 2016 9:30AM – 10:30AM

You will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite after completing your registration, which will include the login information for the webinar.

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

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

Delta Health Care Services Grant Program

September 15, 2016

The Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service is accepting fiscal year (FY) 2016 applications for the Delta Health Care Services Grant (DHCS) Program as authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016. Approximately $4,385,600 is available to be competitively awarded. The purpose of this program is to provide financial assistance to address the continued unmet health needs in the Delta Region through cooperation among health care professionals, institutions of higher education, research institutions and economic development entities in the Delta Region. The Agency is encouraging applications that direct grants to projects based in or serving census tracts with poverty rates greater than or equal to 20 percent.

Paper copies must be postmarked and mailed, shipped, or sent overnight no later than November 14, 2016. Electronic copies must be received by November 7, 2016.

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Industry Webinar Recording: ICD-10 Unspecified Codes

September 15, 2016

Educational Webinar:
ICD-10 Unspecified Codes

Topics Covered:
– October 1st end of ICD-10 “Grace period”
– Immediate and long term impact
– Best Practices to avoid denials and post payment reviews
– ICD-10 Resources and Tools

Thank you for attending the ICD-10 Unspecified Codes Webinar on September 14, 2016. If you were unable to attend, a recording of the webinar and a link to download the presentation and handouts are available at

USDA Helps Farms and Businesses Cut Energy Costs

September 15, 2016

USDA News Release

COLUMBIA, MO, September 15, 2016 – USDA is offering grants and loan guarantees to help rural businesses and agricultural producers reduce their energy costs and consumption. The funding is being provided through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).  Loans and grants are available to install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements.

“REAP is a community and economic development program. Any time a program can reduce costs for producers and businesses, the result is improved community stability and vitality,” said Missouri State Director Janie Dunning. “Through REAP, projects are funded which reduce operating costs for businesses, farmers and ranchers. These projects not only assist community and economic development, but the energy savings and energy advancements extend the life of existing energy resources and contribute to preserving a healthy ecosystem.”

Renewable energy systems include solar, wind, geothermal, anaerobic digesters, and renewable biomass.

Energy efficiency improvements include grain drying and handling, lighting, refrigeration, facility improvements (such as adding insulation or replacing windows), heating and cooling upgrades, motor replacements and automated control upgrades.

Cedar Creek Hardwoods, Inc. (Fredericktown, MO) received a $20,000 grant to upgrade their lighting and HVAC system which will lower their costs by 49%.

SP Aker-Haslag Poultry, LLC (Windsor, MO) received a $14,770 grant to upgrade six poultry barns with retrofits that will lower costs by 23%.

Grants of up to 25% of a project’s total costs are available.

  • The maximum grants are $250,000 for energy efficiency improvements and $500,000 for renewable energy systems

Loans guarantees of up to 75% of a project’s total costs are available.

  • The minimum loan is $5,000
  • The maximum loan is $25 million

For grant requests of $20,000 and less the application deadlines are October 31, 2016 and March 31, 2017. For grant requests greater than $20,000 the application deadline is March 31, 2017. Guaranteed loan applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis.

For information on REAP contact (573) 876-9321 or email

Don’t miss this great opportunity!

President Obama’s historic investments in rural America have made our rural communities stronger. Under his leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $212 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

September 15, 2016

View the Research Alert.

Rural Health Information Hub

September 15, 2016

View the Rural Health Information Hub updates

Industry Webinar: ICD-10 Unspecified Codes

September 13, 2016

ICD-10 Unspecified Codes
September 14, 2016  – 12:00 PM ET

Welcome to the Azalea Health Industry Webinar Series, dedicated to helping you successfully navigate the healthcare industry. When ICD-10 codes became mandatory in 2015, physicians were granted amnesty from Medicare and most commercial payers.  This grace period will officially end on October 1, 2016.  After this date, providers will be subjected to post payment reviews and denials if claims are submitted with unspecified codes. This webinar will provide an in-depth look at how the lifting of the grace period will affect your practice and its reimbursement, as well as best practices moving forward.

During this webinar, attendees will learn how to identify unspecified ICD-10 codes currently being used in their software and how to prepare from a billing & coding viewpoint and clinical documentation perspective.

For more information, contact Azalea Health at: or 877-777-7686.