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Rural Hospitals Feel the Squeeze as Medicare Extender Funding in Flux
Dec 13, 2017 - Discusses the impact of Medicare extender provisions supporting rural hospitals that expired on September 30, 2017. If Congress doesn't delay cuts to these programs by December 31st, reduced payments for rural hospitals could begin at the start of the year. (May require registration for full article.)
Source: Modern Healthcare
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USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Invests in the Safety, Health of Farmers
Dec 8, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded six new grants to support farmer health and safety. These grants, funded through the Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification (YFSEC) Program and state and regional AgrAbility initiatives, aim to prevent serious injuries and fatalities associated with farming through education and support.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
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Sen. Hatch Pushes Bipartisan Effort to Renew Funding for Rural Counties, Schools
Dec 7, 2017 - Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) are leading a bi-partisan group of 32 senators advocating for a re-authorization of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Program to be included in any legislation proposed before the end of the year. The SRS program, which supports public schools, emergency services, and other essential services for more than 775 rural counties, expired in September of this year.
Source: KUTV
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IHS Announces $3.2 Million in Grants for Zero Suicide Initiative
Dec 4, 2017 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) awarded eight grants in its Zero Suicide Initiative to support projects that implement a comprehensive and culturally informed approach to providing suicide care in the Indian health system. These grants, totaling $400,000 each, were given to three IHS direct service locations and five tribal sites in five states.
Source: Indian Health Service
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USDA Helps Rural Communities Restore Water Systems Damaged by Disasters
Nov 29, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded two grants through the Water and Waste Disposal Technical Assistance and Training Grant program to help rural water and sewer utilities recover from recent and future natural disasters. These $500,000 grants will provide training and technical assistance, onsite repairs, and utility management advice for communities of 10,000 people or fewer and will help rural utilities apply for Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) disaster programs and file insurance recovery claims.
Source: United States Department of Agriculture
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request Federal Register
Nov 27, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to revise information collection efforts related to the Rural Health Network Development (RHND) Program, which supports mature, integrated rural healthcare networks that have combined the functions of participating entities to address the healthcare needs of a specific rural community. The proposed revisions will change several measures in the areas of network infrastructure, sustainability, community impact, and access and quality of healthcare. Comments regarding these revisions must be submitted no later than January 26, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program Performance Improvement and Measurement Systems (PIMS) Measures, OMB No. 0906-0009-Revision Federal Register
Nov 27, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to revise information collection efforts related to the Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program Performance Improvement and Measurement Systems (PIMS). The revisions will reduce the number of measures collected from Outreach Program grantees, and add requirements for data collection to help inform the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Heart Age Calculator and BMI Percentile Calculator for Child and Teen. Comments regarding these revisions must be submitted no later than January 26, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Industry Voices—the FCC's Rural Health Care Fund Is a Victim of Its Own Success
Nov 27, 2017 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a proposal to increase the $400 million annual cap on the Rural Health Care Fund. Among other things, this proposal would target funding to rural and tribal healthcare providers and prioritize the distribution of grants based on remoteness, type of service requested, whether the funding will come from the Telecom Program or the Healthcare Connect Fund, and the economic need of the provider's population.
Source: FierceHealthcare
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RUS: Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels for the Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities Grant Program Federal Register
Nov 27, 2017 - Corrects errors that were published in an October 12, 2017, notice (82 FR 47446) announcing funding levels and application deadlines for the fiscal year 2017 Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities Grant Program. Corrections apply to the scoring of high poverty areas, clarifying that areas of high poverty will receive 10 priority points rather than 15.
Source: Federal Register
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RUS: Distance Learning and Telemedicine Loan and Grant Programs Federal Register
Nov 27, 2017 - Final rule from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) designed to streamline, revise, and update the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. The DLT Program works to encourage and improve telemedicine and distance learning in rural areas through the use of computer networks and other advanced technologies. Included changes seek to reduce the regulatory burden of applying for the grants and ensure funds are awarded to projects with the most demonstrable need. Provisions of the rule take effect December 27, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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