Missouri Telehealth Network & Show-Me ECHO – Hepatitis C ECHO

August 8, 2018

Hepatitis (Hep) C ECHO Begins New Sessions this Fall

 Please join us this fall as the Hep C ECHO kicks off on September 7th with new topics that were inspired by the participants!  Some of these include:

  • “Roadmap to Screening, Testing, Diagnosis, Treatment, Surveillance, and Follow-Up”
  • “Chronic Hepatitis C: Pearls of Diagnosis”
  • “Hepatitis C Updates – Are There Any New Drugs Coming?”

For a complete list of didactic topics, please go to https://showmeecho.org/clinics/hepatitis-c/.

The Hep C ECHO meets the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month from Noon to 1:00 p.m.  To register you may go to the Show-Me ECHO website at https://showmeecho.org/register/.






Webinar Invitation: Working Together to Eradicate Pediatric Obesity

HRSA Office of Regional Operations (ORO) – Region VII – Kansas City (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska)

Working Together to Eradicate Pediatric Obesity

 Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2018  –   Time: 2pm – 3 pm ET / 1pm – 2pm CT

 The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) is hosting a free webinar featuring experts from the University of Kansas Medical Center that have developed treatment recommendations for pediatric obesity. During this webinar, you will hear about the prevalence of pediatric obesity and the use of telehealth for the treatment of pediatric obesity. Registration is available here. For more information, contact Carlos Mena at cmena@hrsa.gov or Nancy Rios at nrios@hrsa.gov.

This webinar is part of HRSA’s Telehealth Learning Webinar Series. The series’ goal is to highlight successful projects/best practices as well as resources to promote and further the use of telehealth technologies for health care delivery, education, and health information services.


HealthTran: “How to Implement the Program” – Register Now

August 6, 2018

The Missouri Rural Health Association is proud to share that HealthTran has received national attention in the Grant Watch, Health Affairs blog post written by John Feather:  https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20180801.405177/full/

At MRHA, the HealthTran team have been working on a community approach to addressing access to care and they have LAUNCHED in St. Joseph with their member, Northwest Health Services! 

They are ready to expand across Missouri and want to share their story.  Please join them at the Missouri Rural Health Conference, August 21-23 at Old Kinderhook Lodge in Camdenton.  You can register on line from our websites at: www.healthtran.org, or www.morha.orgIf you are interested in learning how to implement the program, a special four-hour session will be held Tuesday, August 21.  Register on-line today!  After August 10th, the registration fee will be $175.   

More great information can be found in the Mobility & Aging in Rural America, The Role for Innovation report, read more at:  https://www.giaging.org/documents/180509_GIA_Rural_Mobility_Funding_Guide_FF.pdf



Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

August 1, 2018

Special Open Door Forum:  

       “Sharing Federal Strategies to Address the Opioid Epidemic”

        Wednesday, August 15, 2018

         1:30 -3:00 pm Eastern Time

         Conference Call Only

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a Special Open Door Forum (SODF) for opioid prescribers to educate them on federal resources and strategies to combat the opioid epidemic.

The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.  This SODF brings together representatives from various federal agencies to discuss strategies and resources for safe prescribing as well as other opioid-related topics.

You will hear information from the following federal agencies:

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health & Human ServicesSpecial Open Door Participation Instructions:Conference ID #: 7785347A transcript and audio recording of this Special ODF will be posted to the Podcast and Transcripts website at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/OpenDoorForums/PodcastAndTranscripts.html for downloading.Thank you for your interest in CMS Open Door Forums.
  • For automatic emails of Open Door Forum schedule updates (E-Mailing list subscriptions) and to view Frequently Asked Questions please visit our website at http://www.cms.gov/opendoorforums/ .
  • Note: TTY Communications Relay Services are available for the Hearing Impaired. For TTY services dial 7-1-1 or 1-800-855-2880. A Relay Communications Assistant will help.
  • Participant Dial-In Number: 1-800-857-1738
  • We look forward to your participation.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

August 2, 2018

Funding Opportunities

ACF Funds Improving Rural Child Welfare – August 13.  The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will award up to $1.9 million for three years to help communities meet the broad range of needs for families involved with both substance misuse treatment and the child welfare system.  Recent research from the Office of the Assistance Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) shows that a higher rate of overdose deaths significantly increased the odds that children enter the foster care system in rural areas.  Eligible applicants are regional partnerships including the state child welfare agency and at least one other local organization, such as community health service providers, schools, or others providing services to children and families.  The Rural Services Integration toolkit can help rural providers implement evidence-based and promising programs to link patients and families to needed health and human services. Continue reading “Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy”