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Available Webinar: “Coding For Injections & Infusions”

The Association for Rural & Community Health Professional Coding invites you to join them for the webinar:Coding for Injections & Infusions” on: December 20, 2018 from 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm EST.  The webinar will be followed by 30 minute live Q&A Session.  See below for Course Information and to Register.

Rural Health Coding & Billing Documentation Bootcamp

Back by Popular Demand – Sign Up Now!!

The Association for Rural & Community Health Professional Coding (ARHPC) will be conducting a “2019 Missouri Rural/Community Health Clinical Coding & Billing Documentation Bootcamp, here in Jefferson City, Missouri on January 16 – 17, 2019. The cost for the training is $175.00 per person. 

Washington University Webinar: Buprenoprhine Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Missouri

12/7/18

WEBINAR:     Buprenoprhine Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

                        in Missouri Primary Care

WHEN:            December 14, 2018

TIME:               12:00pm-1:30pm

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/27892ba619c328bcc5b9141539e44ee6

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This video consultation will include:

1) Ned Presnall, STR Integration consultant: 20 minute didactic on the Medication First Model and evidence supporting integration of Opioid Use Disorder in primary care settings

2) Pete Pirotte, MD: 20 minute presentation on Jordan Valley’s program of buprenorphine treatment in an FQHC setting. Topics will include induction, patient flow, medical decision making, case management, and behavioral health treatment.

3) 45 minutes will be devoted to question/answer/discussion.

Providers from all RHCs and other primary care settings are encouraged to join this live video consultation whether your are already treating OUD and want to compare notes or would like to consider beginning OUD treatment.

Additional technical assistance for primary care OUD treatment implementation in Missouri is available.

Please contact Ned Presnall if you have any questions at: npresnall@gmail.com, or by phone at: 314-397-6805.

 

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements

November 29, 2018

 What’s New

USDA Report on Rural Individuals’ Telehealth Practices.  The Economic Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture used detailed household data to analyze three basic telehealth activities as practiced by consumers age 15 or older: 1) online health research; 2) online health maintenance (communication with health providers, including communicating with medical practitioners, maintaining records, and paying bills); and 3) online health monitoring via devices that exchange data remotely with medical personnel.  The research found that rural residents were less likely than urban to engage in these telehealth activities, and the report breaks down the findings by income, education and other demographic factors.

Suicide Surveillance Strategies for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities.  The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is a federally-supported organization working to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.  This November 2018 report from the SPRC summarizes their findings on suicide prevention research, in an effort “to better understand how American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities can gather information about suicide—in ways that are feasible and culturally appropriate.”  The report acknowledges the difficulty of collecting data around the sensitive topic of suicide, and also that “each tribe is different and has its own unique culture, so what works in one community might not work in another.”  Their findings and recommended strategies are meant to form a foundation for suicide surveillance in tribal communities, but the report stresses that local adaptation is critical to success.  Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued research indicating that an estimated 70 percent of AI/AN who died by suicide lived in rural areas and more than a third of suicide deaths occurred among young people, ages 10-24 years.  See the Funding Opportunities section below for notices related to this topic. (more…)

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements

December 6, 2018

What’s New

New Data on Suicide Mortality from the CDC.  Using data from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a report on rates of suicide in the United States from 1999 to 2017.  The data brief ranks suicide as the second leading cause of death for people aged 10-34 and the fourth leading cause for ages 35-54.  For the most recent year studied, the age-adjusted suicide rate for the most rural counties was nearly twice (1.8 times) the rate for the most urban counties.  In a separate data brief from the CDC, the NVSS showed there were 70,237 drug overdose deaths in 2017.  The surveillance system found that, among persons aged 15 and over, adults aged 25-54 had higher rates than other age groups.  West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania were the three states with the highest observed age-adjusted overdose death rates in 2017; the four states with the lowest rates were Texas, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.

New Federal Report: Reforming America’s Healthcare System through Choice and Competition.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in collaboration with the Departments of the Treasury and Labor and the Federal Trade Commission collaborated to develop this report, which identifies challenges to and recommendations for improving the health care system.  It describes the influence of state and federal laws, regulations, guidance, and polices on choice and competition in health care markets and identifies actions that states or the Federal Government could take to develop a better functioning health care market.  Rural relevant issues addressed include scope of practice, workforce mobility, and telehealth.  (more…)

HRSA – Rural Residency Planning & Development Grant Program

December 5, 2018

Rural Residency Planning and Development Grant Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2019 Rural Residency Planning and Development (RRPD) Program via Grants.gov.  The purpose of this grant program is to develop new rural residency programs or Rural Training Tracks (RTT) in family medicine, internal medicine, and psychiatry to support expansion of the physician workforce in rural areas. The new rural residency programs or RTTs are intended to be sustainable through separate public or private funding beyond the three-year RRPD grant period of performance. Up to 28 awardees also will receive technical assistance from the Rural Residency Planning and Development – Technical Assistance Center, which was awarded via cooperative agreement in September 2018, for the duration of the project period. Hospitals, medical schools and community-based ambulatory settings that have a rural designation along with consortia of urban and rural partnerships are eligible to apply for a grant award.  Applications are due March, 9, 2019.

HRSA has scheduled a technical assistance webinar to help you understand, prepare, and submit an application for this NOFO for Monday, December 17, 2018 from 2 – 3:30 pm ET.  The webinar will provide an overview of pertinent information in the NOFO and an opportunity for applicants to ask questions. Questions about this grant opportunity can be directed to Tracey Smith (tsmith@hrsa.gov) and Jemima Drake (jdrake@hrsa.gov).

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcement

November 15, 2018

FY 19 Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Planning

HRSA/FORHP is pleased to announce a second round of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (Planning). The purpose of this program is to support treatment for and prevention of substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder, in rural communities.  In FY 18, HRSA made 95 awards and in FY 19, HRSA anticipates making approximately 120 awards.  The current Planning awardees can be found on the HRSA website.  Any domestic organization forming a consortium of four or more members in a rural community may be eligible to apply for funding.  More information on eligibility and requirements can be found in the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Interested applicants may attend a live technical assistance webinar on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST.

For further details on how to access this webinar, please see page (ii) in the Notice of Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov.

Applications are due on January 15, 2019, with a program start date of June 1, 2019. Please contact ruralopioidresponse@hrsa.gov with additional questions.