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Feedback on New Direction Request for Information (RFI) Released, CMS Innovation Center’s Market-Driven Reforms to Focus on Patient-Centered Care
Apr 23, 2018 - Last fall, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Innovation Center's New Direction Request for Information sought to collect ideas on how to promote patient-centered care and test market-driven reforms to provide price transparency, reduce costs, improve outcomes, and increase choices and competition to drive quality. The comments submitted in response are now being shared in order to promote transparency and facilitate further discussion on moving the Innovation Center in a new direction. Further comments are sought by May 25, 2018 on direct provider contracting, which would allow providers to take accountability for the cost and quality of care for designated populations.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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FDA Takes New Steps to Advance the Development of Innovative Products for Treating Opioid Use Disorder
Apr 20, 2018 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the first of two new draft guidances intended to aid the industry in developing new medications for use in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid dependence. This draft guidance, "Opioid Dependence: Developing Buprenorphine Depot Products for Treatment," focuses on ways drug companies can more efficiently explore innovations in depot buprenorphine products.
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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SAMHSA Is Announcing the Availability of up to $47.4 Million for Mental Health Awareness Training
Apr 19, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT) Grants of up to $47.4 million over the next three years. SAMHSA expects to fund up to 126 grantees with up to $125,000 per year.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Journal of Rural Health Call for Submissions - Integration of U.S. Rural Oral Health Care Into Primary Care
Apr 19, 2018 - The Journal of Rural Health is soliciting articles on rural oral healthcare for a special section of an upcoming issue. Topics may include access to or quality of care, integration into primary care, and innovation in reimbursement or collaboration models, among other things. The deadline for submission is August 15, 2018.
Source: Journal of Rural Health
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Apply to Participate in the 2018 CMS Study on Burdens Associated with Reporting Quality Measures to Receive Improvement Activity Credit for 2018
Apr 18, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is conducting the 2018 Burdens Associated with Reporting Quality Measures Study in order to understand the challenges clinicians face in collecting and reporting quality data and to make future recommendations for changes to reduce those burdens and improve data collection. Applications accepted through April 30, 2018.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services eHealth News Updates
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Building Healthy and Vibrant Rural Communities Now and for Generations to Come
Apr 17, 2018 - Remarks from Anne Hazlett, USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, presented at the National RX Abuse and Heroin Summit. Hazlett discusses the impact of the opioid epidemic on rural communities, the spread of blood-borne illnesses, and the efforts of the USDA to address it.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture Blog
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#SubHealth Announces Roundtable Discussion Sharing Personal Stories from the Opioid Crisis
Apr 16, 2018 - The U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee's Health Subcommittee has announced a roundtable discussion entitled, "Personal Stories from the Opioid Crisis," featuring issues like the rise of fentanyl and other synthetic drugs and patient brokering. This roundtable will include participants who have struggled with opioid addiction or who have lost family members to the epidemic.
Source: U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee
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'Walking Through History to Truth’ – Health and the American Indian
Apr 14, 2018 - Blog post from the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) highlighting Dr. Donald Warne's opening presentation at the 2018 AHCJ conference. Warne's speech included discussion of the health conditions on Native American reservations and the impact of historical trauma intermixed with personal opinions and experiences from his own life.
Source: Association of Health Care Journalists Blog
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How Housing Impacts the Health of People Living With HIV/AIDS
Apr 12, 2018 - Highlights the work of a research team evaluating how housing impacts people living with HIV/AIDS in Alabama. Their work includes assessing the health impact of affordable housing programs and identifying promising strategies for effective case management of people living with HIV/AIDS. This research extends across 10 counties in Alabama, nine of which are rural.
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Blog
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Committee Advances Legislation to Increase Accountability and Transparency at the Indian Health Service
Apr 11, 2018 - The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs passed the Restoring Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act, which would enact comprehensive reforms at the Indian Health Service in an effort to increase transparency and accountability, as well as to improve patient care standards and strengthen recruitment and retention of healthcare providers.
Source: United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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‘We’re Dying’: Feds Hear from Utahns Fighting on the Frontline of the State’s Rural Opioids Crisis
Apr 11, 2018 - Highlights the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) listening session on opioids in Utah, one of several visits to largely rural states in an effort to understand the impact of the opioid epidemic in rural areas. Touches on state-specific efforts to address it as well as concerns like limited treatment options and the difficulty of providing services in rural areas of the state.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune
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CMS Issues Final 2019 Payment Notice Rule to Increase Access to Affordable Health Plans for Americans Suffering from High Obamacare Premiums
Apr 9, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019, a final rule that is intended to increase state flexibility, improve affordability, strengthen program integrity, empower consumers, promote stability, and reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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SAMHSA Is Announcing the Availability of up to $4.7 Million for Improving Access to Overdose Treatment Grants
Apr 9, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for grants totaling up to $4.7 million over the next five through its Improving Access to Overdose Treatment program. Eligibility is limited to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), opioid treatment programs, or practitioners who have a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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IHS Announces New Program to Support Youth After Successful Substance Abuse Treatment
Apr 5, 2018 - Blog post from the Indian Health Service (IHS) highlighting the launch of their new program to address the gap in services that occurs when youth are discharged upon successful completion of a Youth Regional Treatment Center (YRTC) and return to their home community where necessary support systems may not exist. This program, the YRTC Aftercare Pilot Project, will develop promising practices to reduce alcohol and substance use relapse.
Source: Indian Health Service Blog
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SAMHSA Launches Evidence-based Practices Resource Center to Equip Clinicians, Strengthen Communities
Apr 5, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has launched an Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center containing Treatment Improvement Protocols, toolkits, resource guides, and clinical practice guidelines for a broad range of audiences. This Resource Center aims to provide communities, clinicians, policy-makers, and others in the field with information and tools to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Surgeon General Releases Advisory on Naloxone, an Opioid Overdose-Reversing Drug
Apr 5, 2018 - U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., released a public health advisory urging more people, including the friends, family, and individuals personally at risk of an opioid overdose, to carry naloxone, a potentially-lifesaving medication that can reverse the effects of such an overdose. It is estimated that 2.1 million people in the U.S. struggle with an opioid use disorder, with rates of opioid overdose deaths rapidly increasing.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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USDA Prioritizes Investments to Address Opioid Crisis in Rural America
Apr 4, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it is giving funding priority in two key grant programs to programs that address opioid misuse in rural communities. The Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program will give priority to applications focused on the epidemic in rural areas. The Community Facilities Grant Program is reserving $5 million for projects with this focus.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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A Conversation with Austin Gillard
Apr 3, 2018 - Radio interview with Austin Gillard, CEO of Clay County Medical Center, a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) with three Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) in rural Kansas. Discussion includes the work of Clay County Medical Center, hospital finances, and physician recruitment, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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Hospitals Are Leaving Rural America. Rural Americans Are Staying Put.
Apr 3, 2018 - Highlights the difficulties faced in rural America with affordable access to health care, increased health concerns for people in dangerous professions like farming, and rural hospital closures, among other things. Also touches on rural strengths and some potential solutions in progress.
Source: Talk Poverty
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RUS: Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels; Notice Federal Register
Apr 3, 2018 - USDA Rural Utilities Service announcement that applications for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program will be accepted through June 4, 2018. The DLT program provides funding to improve telemedicine services and distance learning services in rural areas through the use of telemedicine, computer networks, and related advanced technologies.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS Lowers the Cost of Prescription Drugs for Medicare Beneficiaries
Apr 2, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized policies for Medicare health and drug plans for 2019 that will save Medicare beneficiaries money on prescription drugs while offering additional plan choices. These policies include a reduction in the maximum amount that low-income beneficiaries pay for certain medications, among other things.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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HRSA: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services; Notice of Meeting Federal Register
Apr 2, 2018 - The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services will hold a public meeting on April 16-18, 2018 in Saratoga Springs, NY. Agenda items include Assessing and Mitigating the Effect of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Health Insurance Markets in Rural Areas, among other things.
Source: Federal Register
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Rural Communities Overwhelmed with Hepatitis See Few Options
Mar 31, 2018 - In rural Ohio the rate of hepatitis C infections nearly doubled in a two-year period and that doesn't count the number of new cases that go unreported. The sudden rise has been attributed to the increase in needle sharing and a lack of needle exchange programs in rural areas.
Source: Record Herald
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Opioid Prevention, Treatment and Recovery - What’s Working in Your Town?
Mar 30, 2018 - Highlights a new feature on the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) rural opioid misuse webpage that allows visitors to the site to report the prevention, treatment, and recovery actions that have been effective in addressing the opioid epidemic in their rural communities. This is part of a continuing effort to identify best practices and effective strategies to address rural opioid misuse.
Source: United States Department of Agriculture
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USDA Kicks off Rural Opioid Discussions
Mar 30, 2018 - Highlights the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) first of several local opioid roundtables. This first event was in Pennsylvania and attended by USDA Assistant Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett, local officials from rural counties in the state, and representatives from the USDA, the Pennsylvania state government, and local universities, faith-based organizations, hospitals, recovery centers, and law enforcement agencies.
Source: National Association of Counties
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U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths Continue to Rise; Increase Fueled by Synthetic Opioids
Mar 29, 2018 - A report in the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) found that the drug overdose epidemic is spreading geographically and increasing across demographic groups. It also found that recent increases in drug overdose deaths are driven by sharp increases in deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone, such as illicitly-manufactured fentanyl. In 2016, nearly two-thirds of drug overdose deaths involved opioids.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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A Conversation with John Henderson
Mar 28, 2018 - Radio interview with John Henderson, the CEO at Childress Regional Medical Center in Texas and the next President and CEO of the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals (TORCH). Discussion includes the work of and services provided by Childress Regional Medical Center, the state of rural health in the U.S., and the necessity of innovation, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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Infectious Disease Deaths Decline, but U.S. Sees Wide Disparity in Outcomes
Mar 28, 2018 - Details the results of a new study which found that deaths from infectious diseases decreased by 18% between 1980 and 2014 nationally, but that the outcome gap between rural and urban areas of the country has increased. (May require registration for full article.)
Source: Modern Healthcare
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HRSA Funded Research Shows Diabetes Mortality in Rural America a Significant Cause for Concern
Mar 27, 2018 - New research from the Southwest Rural Health Research Center and funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) found that rural America has a disproportionately high number of diabetes-related hospital deaths compared to urban America between 2009 and 2014. Mortality rates were highest within the rural areas of the South and Midwest.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Rural Hospital Shutdowns Force Communities to Take Care of Their Own
Mar 24, 2018 - Rural hospital closures mean communities must find other ways to get the care they need for their residents. In some cases employees that once worked at the hospital are now unpaid volunteers for the local rescue squad.
Source: CNBC
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Call for Papers: Community, Psychology, And Indigenous Peoples
Mar 21, 2018 - Call for Papers for a special issue of the American Journal of Community Psychology seeking articles related to research, practice, or teaching and navigating the intersections of indigenous psychology through "project-based" examples, the conflicts or ethical issues relevant to collaborating with indigenous communities, and engagement with indigenous communities and partners to advance a social justice agenda or incorporate indigenous knowledge. Proposals must be submitted to the Guest Editors by March 30, 2018.
Source: American Journal of Community Psychology
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IHS Efforts to Decrease ESRD Incidence Focuses on Routine Diabetes Care
Mar 20, 2018 - Blog post from the Indian Health Service (IHS) discussing National Kidney Month. Includes resources from IHS as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On the national level, kidney failure is rising, often caused by diabetes, but IHS and the CDC recently reported a 54% decrease in the incidence of End State Renal Disease (ESRD) among American Indian and Alaska Native people with diabetes.
Source: Indian Health Service Blog
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New Data Visualization Tool Enables In-Depth, County-by-County Look at Impact of Opioid Epidemic in Appalachian Region
Mar 20, 2018 - NORC at the University of Chicago and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) released a new Appalachian Overdose Mapping Tool integrating overdose mortality rates for each Appalachian county with data on unemployment, poverty, disability, and other socioeconomic variables.
Source: Appalachian Regional Commission
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SAMHSA Directing Supplemental Funding to Three States Hit Hard by Opioid Crisis
Mar 20, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced it will award additional grant funding to bolster treatment and prevention work being done through Opioid State Targeted Response (STR) grants in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and West Virginia. These one year awards of $333,000 are intended to target areas of greatest need.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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USDA Seeks Applications for Funding to Increase Access to E-Connectivity/Broadband in Unserved Rural Areas
Mar 20, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that they are accepting applications for their Community Connect program through May 14, 2018 to fund broadband infrastructure projects in unserved rural communities. Grants from $100,000 to $3 million are available, and require a 15% match from the applicant.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Releases Report to Congress On Medicare Payment Policy
Mar 15, 2018 - The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) released its March 2018 Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy, which includes analyses of the payment adequacy in fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare and a review of the status of Medicare Advantage (MA) and the prescription drug benefit, Part D. Also includes recommendations for changes and responds to a Congressional mandate on telehealth in Medicare.
Source: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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RUS: Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels; Notice Federal Register
Mar 15, 2018 - Announcement of the USDA Rural Utilities Services Community Connect Grant Program application period for Fiscal Year 2018 prior to the passage of final appropriations. The deadline for application submissions is May 14, 2018. The final total amount of funding available through the Community Connect program will be published on the USDA Rural Development website at a later date.
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Rural America Comes to HRSA
Mar 15, 2018 - Highlights the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) rural grantees conference and the work of several HRSA-funded projects improving health in rural areas across the country. Includes programs addressing chronic disease, hospital readmissions, opioid treatment, and more.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Secretary Perdue's Prepared Opening Statement on Rural Infrastructure
Mar 14, 2018 - News release containing the prepared remarks from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Purdue's testimony before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Rural Infrastructure. Includes discussion of rural transportation, water and wastewater systems, electric utilities, and broadband access.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Hoeven Holds Hearing on Combating the Opioid Abuse Epidemic in Indian Country
Mar 14, 2018 - Details the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs' oversight hearing on opioid abuse in Native American communities. In 2016, Native American Indians and Alaska Natives aged 12 and older reported the highest rate of opioid misuse of all minority groups. Includes the full remarks from Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, as well as a complete testimony and video of the hearing.
Source: United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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SAMHSA Is Announcing the Availability of Funds for up to $16.8 Million for the Healthy Transitions Program
Mar 13, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for its Healthy Transitions: Improving Life Trajectories for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Disorders grant program. This program, which will fund four grantees with up to $1 million per year for up to five years, aims to improve access to treatment and support services for 16-25 year olds with serious emotional disturbances or serious mental illnesses.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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RBS: Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Rural Energy for America Program for Federal Fiscal Year 2018; Notice Federal Register
Mar 13, 2018 - In order to allow applicants ample time to submit applications, the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service has issued this notice of funding available through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) prior to the passage of final appropriations. The two specific grant programs included in the announcement are: 1)Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Assistance, and 2) Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants. Deadlines are included in this notice, based upon funding amount requested. The final total amount of funding available through the REAP program will be published on the USDA Rural Development website at a later date.
Source: Federal Register
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Rural Maternity Care Losses Lead to Childbirth Risks
Mar 9, 2018 - Details the results of a recent study that found that 179 rural counties lost hospital obstetric services between 2004 and 2014. Rural communities that were adjacent to urban areas lost 103 hospital-based obstetric services while non-adjacent rural communities lost 76. It also found that preterm births and births outside of the hospital increased after obstetric services were lost in rural counties. According to the CDC, preterm births are the most frequent single cause for infant mortality. (May require registration for full article.)
Source: Modern Healthcare
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Mine the Gaps? 2018 Competition Challenges Students to Identify Research Gaps in Health Services Research
Mar 9, 2018 - AcademyHealth and the National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) of the National Library of Medicine are hosting the second annual HSRProj Research Competition. Graduate and undergraduate health policy, health services research, public health, health informatics, or information science/library science students are invited to join the contest to identify missing or underrepresented research topics, particularly in population health and social determinants of health. Competition deadline is March 23, 2018.
Source: NLM in Focus
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Medicare EHR Incentive Program Eligible Hospital Information
Mar 8, 2018 - The Medicare eligible hospital and CAH attestation deadline has been changed from Wednesday, February 28, 2018 to Friday, March 16, 2018 in order to provide hospitals with additional time to submit attestation and eCQM data.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Project ECHO Uses Telehealth to Improve Population Health: What’s Next for States?
Mar 7, 2018 - Highlights Project ECHO, a virtual learning and training model that uses video teleconferencing to improve access to healthcare for underserved people, focusing on the strides it has made in New Mexico as well as the other ways in which states have or will be deploying Project ECHO.
Source: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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USDA to Host Roundtables on Rural Opioid Misuse
Mar 7, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will be hosting monthly roundtables from March through July on the opioid epidemic in rural areas. These regional roundtables will bring together rural partners in Pennsylvania, Utah, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Maine, respectively, to address challenges and strategies for prevention, treatment, and recovery as well as how these measures can be replicated.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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A Conversation with Corie Kaiser
Mar 6, 2018 - Radio interview with Corie Kaiser, the Director of the Oklahoma Office of Rural Health, President of the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma, and President-Elect of the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH). Discussion includes the state of rural health in Oklahoma and the work of the Oklahoma Office of Rural Health, the Oklahoma State University Medical School's Rural Track Residency Training, and recent in-state hospitals converting to Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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Trump Administration Announces MyHealthEData Initiative to Put Patients at the Center of the US Healthcare System
Mar 6, 2018 - Announcement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of a new initiative from the Trump Administration that aims to give patients greater control over their healthcare data. The initiative, MyHealthEData, would allow patients to access their data and take it with them to new providers. Also touches on a speech given by CMS Administrator Seema Verma where she announced the launch of Medicare's Blue Button 2.0, which is a new, secure method for patients to digitally access and share their healthcare information.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Emergency Department Data Show Rapid Increases in Opioid Overdoses
Mar 6, 2018 - Press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlighting their recently released report which found that emergency department visits related to suspected opioid overdoses increased 30% in the U.S. from July 2016 through September 2017, according to data collected from 45 states. Overdoses increased for men and women of all age groups and in all regions, but varies by state and by rural/urban classification.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Medicare EHR Incentive Program
Mar 6, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a submission form for stakeholders to propose new measures in 2018 for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) participating in the the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in 2020. Proposals must be submitted by June 29, 2018 in order to be considered for including in rulemaking in 2019 and implementation in 2020 or 2021.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
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AHRQ Data Show Impact of Opioid Crisis at County Level
Mar 1, 2018 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released an online statistical resource that provides county-level comparisons of hospitalization rates for substance use, including opioids, alcohol, stimulants, and other drugs. They've also updated their interactive online map to provide county-specific data on opioid-related hospitalizations for 32 states.
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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How We Will Win the War on Opioids
Mar 1, 2018 - Blog post from the White House on the opioid epidemic and the Trump administration's efforts to address the crisis.
Source: The White House
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Medicare Expired Legislative Provisions Extended and Other Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Provisions
Mar 1, 2018 - Details the provisions in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 related to Medicare payment, including changes to outpatient therapy caps and the targeted medical review process, extensions to recently expired Medicare legislative provisions affecting healthcare providers and beneficiaries, changes to the payment adjustment for low volume hospitals and the Medicare dependent hospital program, and add-on payments for ambulance services and home health rural services.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
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Call for Nominations: Measure Applications Partnership
Feb 28, 2018 - The National Quality Forum (NQF) is seeking nominations for organizations and individual subject matter experts to serve on the Measure Applications Partnership (MAP), a public-private partnership convened by NQF to provide input to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the selection of performance measures for public reporting and performance-based payment programs. Nominations must be submitted by March 30, 2018.
Source: National Quality Forum
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HRSA Recognizes Champions of Rural Health
Feb 28, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has acknowledged seven rural organizations for improving healthcare quality, developing and implementing innovative strategies, adopting evidence-based and promising practice models, and leading sustainable advancements in increasing access to healthcare.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
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The Stigma of Mental Illness in Small Towns
Feb 28, 2018 - Highlights the impact of stigma in reducing mental health access in rural areas. Rural patients are more likely to avoid seeking mental health services, not only because they don't think they should need them, but because the lack of anonymity in small towns often means that they would not be able to keep it a secret. Also touches on the specific needs of older adults, who are more likely to feel this stigma and who are less likely to have access to a provider who has specialized in the specific needs of the elderly.
Source: Next Avenue
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Submit Rural Oral Health Care Articles for NRHA Journal
Feb 27, 2018 - Press release from the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) announcing that their Journal of Rural Health is seeking submissions focused on the integration of rural oral health in primary care.
Source: National Rural Health Association
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