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Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Certification is NOW AVAILABLE!

July 1, 2015

Today is July 1, 2015 and this means that applications are now being accepted for the joint American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and The Joint Commission Acute Stroke Ready Hospital (ASRH) certification program!  Please do let your hospitals that are candidates for this NEW certification know that they can now apply!  If sites have any questions about the application process, let them know to contact their TJC Account Executive for more information.

A press release and communications campaign around the program launch will occur in mid-July.

The Acute Stroke Ready Hospital certification program is geared towards TJC accredited community and critical access hospitals that do not have the extensive resources provided by Primary Stroke Centers or Comprehensive Stroke Centers. The goal of the program is to recognize those hospitals equipped to treat stroke patients with timely, evidence-based care prior to transferring them to a stroke center that can provide a higher level of care.  Sites can access the Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Certification Quick Guide, Prepublication standards – Requirements for Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Advanced Certification, and other resources from TJC here:

Sites can learn more about Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Certification and find links to fantastic resources on here:

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 29, 2015


1. Population in rural areas continues to decline, according to new analysis from USDA’s Economic Research Service.  Movement in and out of non-metro counties resulted in a net loss of about 100,000 people since 2010.

2. A new paper from the RUPRI Center examines care coordination programs that provide support for rural communities beyond medical care.  The report looks at “how different  programs and approaches are working, who benefits, and makes policy recommendations” for integrating health care and social support services in rural areas.

Visit the Rural Health Research Gateway to search past reports and learn about current projects.

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 19, 2015


1. FORHP’s Rural Health Value program will hold a webinar on Monday June 22nd at 2:00pm EDT to talk about the newly developed Rural Taxonomy of Population and Health-Resource Characteristics.  This tool can help rural communities identify others with similar demographics, socioeconomics, and availability of health care resources.  Then these communities can learn from one another to develop strategies, adopt innovations, form learning collaboratives, and more.  The webinar will briefly explain how the tool was developed and show participants how it can be used by rural communities and stakeholders.    No registration is required.  To join, go to, using dial-In #888-950-9404 and participant Code 4550932.

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Save The Date for the 2015 MPCA Annual Clinical & Quality Conference!

June 17, 2015

Dates for Missouri Primary Care Association’s 2015 Annual Clinical & Quality Conference have been set for October 22-24, 2015!  Registration and lodging information will be provided in the near future.  We hope to see you in October!

Second Victim Experience: Train-the-Trainer Workshop

June 17, 2015

Second Victim Train-the-Trainer Workshop
Thursday, September 24, 2015
St. Louis, MO
Cost: $399 per person and $350 for additional attendees from the same facility
Max attendance is 40 people.

Registration Information

Annoucements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 12, 2015


1. On June 4, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule updating the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).  This payment system created by the Affordable Care Act is intended to promote greater participation in Accountable Care Organizations, also known as ACOs, to coordinate high quality care for Medicare patients.  Read the final rule in the Federal Register and learn more about rural ACOs  at the Rural Health Research Gateway.

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CAPE Webinars: Behavioral Health Issues – June 11 and June 16, 2015

June 11, 2015

Forecasting Behavioral Health Outcomes using Google Trends