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RHIhub This Week - November 27, 2019

Upcoming Webinar

Introducing the Rural Suicide Prevention Toolkit Webinar
Join us Wednesday, December 11th at 12:00 p.m. Central as our featured speakers, Carrie Henning-Smith, Cathy Barber, Scott LoMurray, & Adam Swanson discuss the Rural Suicide Prevention Toolkit and describe strategies to establishing and sustaining suicide prevention programs in rural communities.

ICYMI: We also have a recording of the November 20 webinar Introducing the COPD Toolkit available online!

New RHIhub Issue Guide

Rural Response to Farmer Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
This new issue guide discusses the rising mental health crisis in farming communities and provides information on organizations and model programs that are addressing the challenges and mental health needs of this population.

Twitter Chats

Access to Funding For Rural Health Projects
In Case You Missed It: Last Thursday was National Rural Health Day! To celebrate the #PowerofRural, RHIhub and NOSORH hosted a Twitter Chat on Access to Funding for Rural Health Projects. Check out the full list of tweets from our #RuralHealthChat via List.ly.

 New in Our Online Library
 Information from around the web

Recent News

Americans' Drinking, Drug Use, Despair Wiping Out Life Expectancy Gains
Nov 26, 2019 -- Summarizes a study that reported three straight years of declining life expectancy in the U.S., attributed to an uptick in deaths from opioid and alcohol abuse as well as obesity. Describes a disparity between rural and urban life expectancies due to healthcare access and income inequality.
Source: American Journal of Managed Care

Advance Practice Providers Still Encounter Barriers to Prescribing Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder
Nov 25, 2019 -- Summarizes survey findings where rural and urban nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) were asked about their history and practice of treating patients with buprenorphine for opioid use disorder. Includes the demographic breakdown of the clinicians surveyed and identifies barriers to prescribing the treatment, such as concerns of misuse and a lack of psychosocial support services in their area.
Source: Clinical Advisor

Older and with Fewer Services, Rural Wisconsin Wrestles with Dementia
Nov 25, 2019 -- Many rural counties in Wisconsin lack elderly care services or dementia care specialists, so the spouses of those with dementia often take on the role of primary caretaker. Examines the toll the responsibility can take on loved ones and identifies strategies counties are taking to address the problem.
Source: Wisconsin State Journal

VA Reports Significant Increase in Veteran Use of Telehealth Services
Nov 22, 2019 -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces findings of a 17 percent increase in the use of telehealth among veterans in fiscal year 2019. Includes information on the VA's Anywhere to Anywhere initiative, the VA Video Connect app, and the ATLAS program, which were implemented to increase access to healthcare for veterans, no matter their location.
Source: The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Faced with Trauma, Tribes Fighting to Curb Rising Suicide Rates
Nov 21, 2019 -- Efforts are underway to address the increasing suicide rate among Native Americans in North Dakota and Minnesota; data remains limited, but prevention coordinators are working to collect more accurate numbers. A member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa describes her personal experience with losing a loved one to suicide.
Source: Grand Forks Herald

Rural Health at CMS: What's Been Done and What's to Come
Nov 21, 2019 -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator, Seema Verma, recognizes National Rural Health Day and highlights the work CMS is doing to advance and support rural health. Includes ways in which CMS increases provider engagement, expands innovative technologies, and empowers patients in rural America.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Time for New Perspective: Rural Nursing Workforce 
Nov 21, 2019 -- Opinion piece from a tenured nurse at the Iowa Online Nurse Residency Program who recalls the impact her first rural nurse leader had on shaping her career. Discusses recommendations to appeal to millennials in the healthcare workforce and highlights the importance of good leadership in developing high-quality nurses and strengthening rural facilities.
Source: National Rural Health Association

Breathing Easier: Meeting Addresses Implementation, Tracking of the COPD National Action Plan
Nov 20, 2019 -- The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) hosted a meeting to discuss goals and objectives of the COPD National Action Plan that was implemented to tackle the disease. Includes resources from various organizations and the Learn More Breathe Better program that help rural communities manage and prevent COPD.
Source: The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Study: What Do Long-term Rural Preceptors Need to Succeed?
Nov 19, 2019 -- Overview of a study whose participants consisted of rural alumni from the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences, most of which are now family physicians. Researchers focused on the physicians' experiences within the pipeline program in order to draw conclusions about successful long-term preceptorships.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians

Funding & Opportunities

AAPD Foundation Access to Care Grants
Grants to support community-based initiatives that provide dental homes to children who are underserved and/or have limited access to oral healthcare.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Dec 20, 2019
Sponsor: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry


Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Planning and Implementation Grants
Funding to support pediatricians and fellowship trainees in the initial planning and/or pilot stage of implementing innovative, community-based projects to increase children's access to optimal health and well-being and address unmet child health needs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Jan 15, 2020
Sponsor: American Academy of Pediatrics


Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Assistance Program
Grants for collaborative projects designed to address and prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in rural communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Letter of Intent (Optional): Jan 13, 2020
Application Deadline: Jan 27, 2020
Sponsors: Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice


Empowering Communities to Address Behavioral Health and Chronic Pain through Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs
Funding for public and private nonprofit entities to address behavioral health and/or chronic pain among older adults and adults with disabilities through the implementation of appropriate evidence-based self-management education and self-management support programs. Proposals should consider projects that reach a new population, such as rural communities, veterans, individuals with mental illness, or individuals with substance abuse/misuse issues.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Letter of Intent (Optional): Dec 19, 2019
Application Deadline: Jan 29, 2020
Sponsors: Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Empowering Communities to Reduce Falls and Falls Risk
Grants to help communities reduce falls and/or falls risk among older adults and adults with disabilities through the implementation of evidence-based falls prevention programs. An emphasis is on projects that will target specific populations, such as rural communities, underserved areas, veterans, caregivers, or Tribal elders.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Dec 16, 2019
Application Deadline: Jan 31, 2020
Sponsors: Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking
Grants to support community-based organizations in providing culturally relevant services to meet the critical needs of victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, as well as the development of innovative culturally specific strategies to enhance access to services and resources for victims who face obstacles to using more traditional programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Jan 20, 2020
Application Deadline: Feb 12, 2020
Sponsors: Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice


Office on Violence Against Women Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations
Grants to develop and implement outreach strategies targeted at, and provide victim services for, underserved populations of adult and youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Jan 23, 2020
Application Deadline: Feb 12, 2020
Sponsors: Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice

New Resources

Catalog of Value-Based Initiatives for Rural Providers
Summarizes rural-relevant, value-based programs currently or recently implemented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). Designed to help rural healthcare leaders identify HHS value-based programs that are suitable for rural participation. Catalog includes descriptions of each demonstration and provides direct links to the corresponding agency web page.
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
Date: 10/2019


Community Health Worker Roles and Responsibilities in Rural and Urban America
Results of a study to explore community health worker (CHW) roles and responsibilities, the growing professionalization of the field, and interactions between CHWs and other healthcare providers. Uses data obtained from focus groups conducted in Florida, Minnesota, California, and Massachusetts. Provides an in-depth look at the differences between CHW work in rural and urban areas, and offers insights to support continued growth of the field.
Sponsoring organization: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
Date: 11/2019


Evaluation of the Maryland All-Payer Model: Volume I - Final Report
Evaluation of the All-Payer Model operating under an agreement with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for hospitals in rural and urban settings implemented in Maryland in 2014. This model shifted the state's hospital payment structure to an annual, global hospital budget that includes both inpatient and outpatient hospital services. Report covers 4.5 years of implementation, and compares outcomes by rural and urban residency.
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Date: 11/2019


National Rural Health Day 2019 Community Stars
Collection of stories of individuals and organizations across the U.S. having demonstrated in significant ways, through innovation, leadership, commitment, collaboration, education, and communication, to make a positive difference in the health of the rural communities they serve.
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
Date: 11/2019


New Suicide Prevention National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) for Critical Access Hospitals
Identifies new National Patient Safety Goals for the Joint Commission's Critical Access Hospital Accreditation Program for hospital and behavioral healthcare programs. Covers minimizing the risk of suicide within the hospital environment, screening of patients for suicidal ideation, developing written policies and procedures addressing the care of at risk patients, and monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of policies. These standards are effective July 1, 2020.
Sponsoring organization: Joint Commission
Date: 11/2019


Rural-Urban Disparities in Health Care in Medicare
Examines rural/urban differences in the quality of healthcare received by Medicare beneficiaries in 2018, with breakdowns by race and ethnicity. Focuses on patient experience and clinical care measures, including screening for and management of health conditions and medication-related issues.
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Date: 11/2019


Strategic Options for the Modernization of the Indian Health Service Health Information Technology: Final Report
Identifies recommended approaches and next steps for modernizing the Indian Health Service use of health information technology (HIT). Addresses the needs of both patients and the health workforce that will use the system, as well as governance and a variety of technological issues. Lists constraints to HIT modernization along with proposed mitigations for those constraints.
Additional links: Roadmap: Executive Summary
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Date: 10/2019


Telehealth: An Opportunity for State and Territorial Health Agencies to Improve Access to Needed Health Services
Reports results from a 2019 telehealth capacity survey of state and territorial health agencies. Identifies strategies these agencies can take to advance state use of telehealth related to infrastructure, collaboration, and policy.
Author(s): Alexandra Kearly, Janet Oputa, Paris Harper-Hardy
Location: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 26(1), 86-90
Date: 2020


Telemedicine in Sexual and Reproductive Health
Overview of telemedicine use in sexual and reproductive healthcare by patients, and by providers in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas. Reviews the potential of telemedicine to increase access particularly in rural areas, identifies the range of reproductive health services facilitated by telemedicine, and covers Medicaid reimbursement, insurance coverage, and investment costs.
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
Date: 11/2019


Telemedicine Spotlight: WVU Medicine Potomac Valley Hospital
Highlights how a pilot program at the Potomac Valley Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Keyser, West Virginia, collaborated with J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, a 690-bed academic medical center and Level 1 Trauma center, as a telemedicine intensive care unit.
Sponsoring organization: Stroudwater Associates
Date: 10/2019

Open Calls for Contributions

Call for Abstracts (Presentation): ORAL: 2020 72nd Annual Kentucky Public Health Association Conference
Deadline: Dec 2, 2019
Kentucky Public Health Association
Event Dates: Apr 22 - 24, 2020
Covington, KY
Conference Website

Call for Presenters: 2020 23rd Annual Michigan Rural Health Conference
Deadline: Dec 13, 2019
Michigan Center for Rural Health
Event Dates: May 13 - 14, 2020
Grand Rapids`, MI
Conference Website

Call for Presentations: 2020 28th Annual NALBOH Conference
Deadline: Jan 1, 2020
National Association of Local Boards of Health
Event Dates: Aug 18 - 20, 2020
Grand Rapids, MI
Conference Website

Call for Abstracts: 2020 37th Annual AcademyHealth Research Meeting
Deadline: Jan 9, 2020
AcademyHealth
Event Dates: Jun 13 - 16, 2020
Boston, MA
Conference Website

Call for Presentations: Ohio's 2020 Opiate and Other Drugs of Abuse Conference
Deadline: Jan 10, 2020
Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities Foundation, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Event Dates: Jun 8 - 9, 2020
Columbus, OH
Conference Website

Call for Presentation or Poster: 2020 Annual Utah Public Health Conference
Deadline: Jan 13, 2020
Utah Public Health Association
Event Dates: Apr 8 - 10, 2020
Provo, UT
Conference Website

Call for Presentations: 2020 7th Biennial National Rural Grocery Summit
Deadline: Jan 20, 2020
Kansas State University
Event Dates: Jun 8 - 9, 2020
Manhattan, Kansas
Conference Website

Call for Abstracts: 2020 49th Annual AAIP Meeting and National Health Conference
Deadline: Mar 6, 2020
Association of American Indian Physicians
Event Dates: Aug 5 - 9, 2020
Tacoma, WA
Conference Website

Upcoming Events

Dec
3
BPHC All-Programs Webcast
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
bphcta@hrsa.gov
Dec
3
Introduction to the Three Technology Transfer Centers in HHS Region II
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Eastern
Focus: Training and technical assistance for substance misuse prevention, addiction, and mental health in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands
Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network, Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network
cneary@ssw.rutgers.edu
Dec
3
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) During Pregnancy
Time: 1:00 -2:00 p.m. Central
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Dec
4
Health Affairs Briefing: Rural Health
Twitter: Follow @Health_Affairs live during the event, and join the conversation with #RuralHealth
Health Affairs
Washington, DC
301.656.7401
customerservice@healthaffairs.org
Dec
4
Kentucky Hospital Association: CMS Hospital Improvement Final Rules Webinar
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Kentucky Hospital Association
twells@kyha.com
Dec
4
Maine Hospital Association: CMS Hospital Improvement Final Rules
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern
Maine Hospital Association
207.622.3073
lcouturier@themha.org
Dec
5
2020 Engagement in Rural Health
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Arizona
Arizona Rural Health Association, Arizona Telemedicine Program, Southwest Telehealth Resource Center
520.626.2493
Dec
5
HRSA Telehealth Learning Series: Expanding HIV Prevention Efforts and Treatment through Telehealth
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Central
Health Resources and Services Administration
NRios@hrsa.gov
Dec
5
Offering Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in Rural Communities
Time: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Central
Health Resources and Services Administration
AWaldrup@hrsa.gov
Dec
5
The Clinical & Legal Issues Related to Treatment of Patients Using Cannabis
Time: 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. Central
Illinois Health and Hospital Association
Dec
6
Southeastern Kentucky RHC Network Meeting
Kentucky State Office of Rural Health
Corbin, KY
606.439.3557 ext. 83583
marcus.pigman@uky.edu
Dec
9
Cost Reporting for Rural Health Clinics: Year-end Planning
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Central
Healthcare Business Specialists
423.243.6185
marklynnrhc@gmail.com
Dec
10
Building a Culture of Health for Latinos: Priorities, Challenges and Success Stories
Time: 3:00 Eastern
County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
608.265.8240
Dec
10
Rural Health Care Program: Request for Services Best Practices for FY2020
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Universal Service Administrative Company
800.453.1546
RHC-Assist@usac.org
Dec
10
Telemedicine Webinar: Reimbursement Update
Time: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Eastern
Global Compliance Panel
800.447.9407
support@globalcompliancepanel.com
Dec
12
Kentucky & Texas Hospital Association: Discharge Planning Webinar - Compliance with the New CMS Hospital & CAH CoPs
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern
Kentucky Hospital Association, Texas Hospital Association
twells@kyha.com
Dec
12
Kentucky & Texas Hospital Association: Discharge Planning Webinar - Compliance with the New CMS Hospital & CAH CoPs
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Kentucky Hospital Association, Texas Hospital Association
twells@kyha.com
Dec
12
National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) - Telehealth Office Hours
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern
National Association of Community Health Centers
Dec
12
Orientation to Agricultural Worker Health - Part 1 of 2
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Central
National Center for Farmworker Health
Dec
12
Wisconsin Hospital Association: Discharge Planning - Compliance with the New CMS Hospital & CAH CoPs
Time: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Central
Wisconsin Hospital Association
ataylor@wha.org
Dec
13
Western Kentucky RHC Network Meeting
Kentucky State Office of Rural Health
Hopkinsville, KY
606.439.3557
marcus.pigman@uky.edu
Dec
17
CMS Hospital Improvement Final Rules Webinar - Nursing, Medical Records, Infection Control & Antibiotic Stewardship Program
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern
Kentucky Hospital Association
twells@kyha.com
Dec
19
Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in Rural Arizona With AmeriCorps
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Arizona
Arizona Telemedicine Program, Southwest Telehealth Resource Center, U of Arizona College of Public Health
520.626.2493
Dec
19
Orientation to Agricultural Worker Health - Part 2 of 2
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Central
National Center for Farmworker Health
Jan
21
Medicare Billing for Independent and Provider-based Rural Health Clinics - Session 1 of 3
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Central
Healthcare Business Specialists
423.243.6185
marklynnrhc@gmail.com
Jan
21
UDS Mapper Advanced Topics: Geographic and Data Concepts Important for Population Health
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Central
American Academy of Family Physicians, Health Resources and Services Administration
udsmapper-support@udsmapper.org
Jan
21-23
2020 37th Annual Alaska Health Summit
Alaska Public Health Association
Anchorage, AK
907.450.2459
susan@iialaska.com
Jan
22
safeTALK - Preventing Suicide in Agricultural Communities - St. Cloud
Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Department of Health
Waite Park, MN
651.201.6012
stephen.moser@state.mn.us

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