Child Psych ECHO

April 17, 2017

We are looking for MDs, DOs, PAs and NPs who are interested in participating in our Child Psych ECHO!  There are a few spots still available for the first 6 month cohort.  Below is a description of the Child Psych ECHO as well as how to register.

Child Psych ECHO

The University of Missouri and Show Me ECHO are offering a free opportunity for primary care providers to get expert behavioral health specialist knowledge, in accordance with American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry guidelines. An expert team, led by Dr. Laine Young Walker, Division Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, will provide guidance and support to busy primary care providers in a virtual learning network.

In twice-monthly videoconferences taking place from noon to 1 PM on the second and fourth Friday of each month, interested providers can learn about best practices and evidence-based care for children with behavioral health concerns.

Topics for Case-based Learning and Discussion include:
• Oppositional Defiant Disorder
• Aggression
• Attachment
• Depression
• Anxiety
• PTSD/Trauma
• Eating Disorders

The Child Psych ECHO is planned for launch on Friday, May 12, 2017.

Participants may register at

Phone: 573-884-7958
Toll Free: 877-882-9933

CMS SPECIAL SESSION: Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) 12th Scope of Work (SoW)

April 14, 2017

CMS SPECIAL SESSION: Quality Improvement Organization (QIO)  12th Scope of Work (SoW)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is hosting a special session to gather information from all stakeholders, including the public, to inform the priorities and aims of the next phase of the QIO Program. The QIO Program is the largest federal program dedicated to improving health and healthcare quality at the local level for  Medicare beneficiaries.
Please join us and share your insights!
DATE: Thursday April 20, 2017
TIME: 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: CMS headquarters in Baltimore, MD and virtually
Register at

If you have questions about the event, please contact Monique Ndenecho at

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

April 12, 2017

What’s New

Perspectives on Rural Health.  The April 6th edition of the New England Journal of Medicine takes a deep dive into rural health with four articles, free to all readers, in the Perspective section.  Out of Sight, Out of Mind, is a commentary that was paired with the CDC’s recent report on mental and behavioral health for children in rural areas and suggests intervention in alternative settings such as school-based health centers.  The Maternal Health Compact looks at high rates of morbidity and mortality for childbirth in rural areas and considers ways that telehealth can improve outcomes.  A doctor explains how personal and professional  benefits outweigh the challenges of her rural practice in How Long Will You Be Staying Doctor? And in Thirty Miles at Sea, solutions for staffing the ED department on remote Nantucket Island involve much more than simply hiring doctors.

Commonwealth Fund: Findings on Rural Health. One Critical Access Hospital in Wisconsin used advance practice nurses to address a shortage in primary care physicians.  The innovative approach led to shorter stays, better quality of care, and greater patient satisfaction. This and other new models of care are outlined in a new report from The Commonwealth Fund, Transforming Care: Reporting on Health System Improvement. States like Pennsylvania use global payments to help rural hospitals struggling from loss of inpatient revenue, and rural providers are partnering more with community leaders to address social determinants of health.

CMS Selects Accountable Health Communities (AHCs).  The AHC Model is moving forward with identification of 32 local-level organizations that will bridge the gap between clinical and social need providers to address housing instability, food insecurity, utility needs, interpersonal violence, and transportation.   One example of how this can work in rural areas is offered by the Oregon Health & Science University, which plans to collaborate with more than 50 clinical sites across nine counties to coordinate services for residents.

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Show-Me ECHO 101 Webinar – April 12th

April 11, 2017

Have you heard about Show-Me ECHO?  Join our webinar tomorrow, April 12th, from Noon to 1:00 p.m. and learn about it!

What is ECHO you may ask?  ECHO creates ongoing learning communities where primary care clinicians receive support and develop the skills they need to treat a specific condition. Specialists serve as mentors and colleagues, sharing their medical knowledge and expertise with primary care clinicians. As a result, they can provide comprehensive, best-practice care to patients with complex health conditions, right where they live.

Our Show-Me ECHO Clinics include: Autism, Chronic Pain, Dermatology, Hepatitis C, and Childhood Asthma. In May we will be adding a Child Psych ECHO!

To register for the webinar please email Wendy Hough at or call our office at 573-884-7958.