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Accountable Health Communities Model Announced

January 7, 2016

The Department of Health and Human Services today announced a new funding opportunity of up to $157 million to test whether screening beneficiaries for health-related social needs and associated referrals to and navigation of community-based services will improve quality and affordability in Medicare and Medicaid.

The five-year program, called the Accountable Health Communities Model, is the first Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center model to focus on the health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, including building alignment between clinical and community-based services at the local level.

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Heart Failure Webinar – Jan 13th

January 7, 2016

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January 12, 2016 Deadline – Citizens Institute on Rural Design

January 7, 2015  Deadline January 12, 2016

Do you live in a rural community? Are you faced with a design challenge?

  1. Review the Eligibility requirements. The Request for Proposals for 2016-2017 is out now!
  2. Build a team: talk to local leaders, citizens, and organizations about partnering with you to host a workshop.
  3. Questions about the process? Check the FAQ‘s and register for  our pre-application assistance calls!
  4. Our application deadline for our 2016-2017 workshops is January 12, 2016. Apply here.

Rural Monitor

January 6, 2016

Rural Monitor: Scott Ekblad interview; Accountable health communities & small provider quality grants; Reports: VA, ACO care coordination, network governance, more

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FORHP Funding Announcement: Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program (Quality)

January 6, 2016

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2016 Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement  Grant Program (announcement number: HRSA-16-019).  Application materials are available at:

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to provide support to rural primary care providers for implementation of quality improvement activities.  There are several changes to the program this year including alignment of the project with Delivery System Reform (DSR), demonstrating an improvement in health status, and showing a reduction in emergency department visits due to chronic disease.  Organizations will identify a patient population to track over the three-year project period, implement an evidence-based quality improvement model to provide a framework for improving care delivery, and use health information technology (HIT) to collect, report, and utilize information on cost and quality.

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January 19 — RHC Technical Assistance Webinar (with call-in)

January 6, 2016

The next RHC TA call/webinar will be held on Tuesday, January 19th from 2:00pm – 3:00pm EASTERN.  The call/webinar will be on the new Chronic Care Management (CCM) benefit and how RHCs and their patients can benefit from this new service.

We have arranged for speakers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to present information on what RHCs will have to provide in the way of CCM services, what you will need to do to get your patients signed up for this service, how to bill for this service and the service delivery requirements.

Please note that there MAY be limited webinar capacity for this presentation.  However, if you are unable to make the webinar link, you can still listen in on the call.  A copy of the slides will be made available ahead of time for download.

Here is the attendee call-in information and webinar link for the January 19th call.

Participant passcode: 4343459

Please feel free to share this with others who may benefit from the information being presented.  You do not need to register for this call and there is no charge for participation.

If you have any questions you would like to submit ahead of time or an area you would like to be sure the speakers cover, please send your questions/comments to: and put RHC TA question/comment in the subject line.

This presentation is part of the RHC TA webinar series sponsored by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and hosted by the National Association of Rural Health Clinics.

Missouri Telehealth Summit

January 6, 2016

Missouri Telehealth Summit – View the flyer
January 28, 2016