Healthy Grants Workshop

Date: June 1, 2021

Time 12:00- 2:30 PM CST

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The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will hold a new session every two weeks through August 24. Each session includes two to three topics, from grants policies, financial monitoring, and grant budgeting, to Prior Approvals, an Electronic Handbooks overview, and more.


Free Chronic Care Management Toolkit

May 21, 2021

Address and improve patient chronic conditions with a new Chronic Care Management (CCM) Toolkit from the Health Quality Innovation Network (HQIN). This guide will help you develop CCM processes with your own team or form a collaborative partnership between a physician practice and a local pharmacist or other community partners.

This turnkey resource features:

  1. A comprehensive overview of the different aspects of providing CCM services.
  2. Guidelines to identify your implementation team that will develop your next steps.
  3. Implementation strategies for a successful CCM trial.
  4. Tools, templates, and resources to support your CCM implementation or improvement efforts.

To get started with this FREE toolkit, contact

FORHP Announcements

May 20, 2021

CDC: Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage Between Urban and Rural Counties. In the latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC collected data on vaccine doses administered across the rural-urban continuum and found that coverage was lower overall, among all age groups, and among men and women in rural compared with urban counties.

GAO on Maternal Mortality and Morbidity for Rural Areas. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) researches Federal government operations and reports fact-based, non-partisan information. This report notes that data collected for federal maternal health programs isn’t always separated and analyzed for rural and underserved areas, and provides an update on recommendations GAO made to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

CRS Insight on 5G Fund for Rural America. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) provides objective policy and legal analysis to committees and members of the U.S. House and Senate. This brief describes legislation and activity carried out by the Federal Communications Commission to provide up to $8 billion over the next 10 years to bring voice and broadband service to rural areas.

CMS Daily Digest Bulletin

May 19, 2021

Cognitive Impairment: Medicare Provides Opportunities to Detect & Diagnose

Do you have a patient with a cognitive impairment? Medicare covers a separate visit for a cognitive assessment so you can more thoroughly evaluate cognitive function and help with care planning.

3 Things You Need to Know:

  1. If your patient shows signs of cognitive impairment at an Annual Wellness Visit or other routine visit, you may perform a more detailed cognitive assessment and develop a care plan
  2. The Cognitive Assessment & Care Plan Services (CPT code 99483) typically start with a 50-minute face-to-face visit that includes a detailed history and patient exam, resulting in a written care plan
  3. Any clinician eligible to report Evaluation and Management (E/M) services can offer this service, including: physicians (MD and DO), nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and physician assistants

Effective January 1, 2021, Medicare increased payment for these services to $282 (may be geographically adjusted) when provided in an office setting, added these services to the definition of primary care services in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, and permanently covers these services via telehealth.

Get details on Medicare coverage requirements and proper billing at

FREE Webinar: HCAHPS Frontline Series

Date: Every Wednesday at 12:00 PM CST starting on May 19, 2021


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The Sponsor Code is MO2021

The Missouri Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (ORHPC) is pleased to provide FREE to all rural hospitals the Custom Learning Systems’ HCAHPS Frontline Series, Everyone’s A Caregiver – Hospital of Choice.

  • The series launches the week of May 19 at 12:00 PM CT.
  • The series consists of 11 webinars, which are 45 minutes each.
  • One webinar is held per month.
  • All webinars are recorded and available for two weeks following the premier of the webinar.
  • Five of the webinars are designed for all staff with the remaining six webinars designed for nursing staff.

Deadline this week! Apply for the Primary Care First Model by Friday, May 21

The deadline to submit a Primary Care First Cohort 2 practice application is this Friday, May 21—less than one week away! Access the Primary Care First Online Application Portal now to complete your application.

For assistance completing your application, interested practices are highly encouraged to review the Primary Care First Request for Applications (RFA), which is available on the Primary Care First website. You may also access resources posted on the Primary Care First website for information on a variety of model topics, including model eligibility requirements, the model payment and attribution methodology, and the practice application. These resources include but are not limited to the following:

Questions or Feedback?

If you have questions or feedback, please email

For additional information about Primary Care First, please visit the model website at

Maternal Health Webinar Series ~ Substance Use Disorder and Pregnancy

Date: June 22, 2021

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST

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The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA), Office of Regional Operations (ORO) in Regions 5, 6, and 7 invite you to a webinar on Substance Use Disorder and Pregnancy. This webinar is part of ORO Regions 5, 6, and 7’s Maternal Health Webinar Series. The series’ goal is to highlight innovations and promising practices as well as resources to promote and further maternal health and well-being across the lifespan.


HRSA Announces $50 Million in Funding to Optimize Use of Virtual Care in Health Centers

May 18, 2021

HRSA announced the availability of up to $50 million for HRSA-funded health centers to further efforts to advance virtual care. This competitive, one-time funding opportunity will support health centers in optimizing the use of virtual care to increase access and improve clinical quality for medically underserved communities and vulnerable populations.

Award recipients will develop and implement innovative, evidence-based strategies that can be adapted, leveraged, and scaled across the country to optimize virtual care. The awards will support increased use of telehealth services and other virtual care strategies such as remote patient monitoring, digital tools for patient engagement, and enhanced health information technology integration.

Applications are due in on Friday, July 16, and in HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) on Tuesday, August 17.

Visit the fiscal year (FY) 2022 Optimizing Virtual Care (OVC) technical assistance (TA) webpage for the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), pre-recorded TA webinar, and other resources.

Join the OVC applicant question and answer session:

Tuesday, June 1
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Join the day of the session
If you prefer to join by phone: 833-568-8864
When prompted, enter meeting/webinar ID: 161 029 3366

FREE WEBINAR: Getting Started with Telehealth in the Primary Setting – May 21, 2021

Date: May 21, 2021

Time:8:00 AM – 12:00 PM CT


The Missouri Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (ORHPC), through the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP), is pleased to offer a 4 hour virtual training “Getting Started with Telehealth in the Primary Setting”.

Course includes:

  • An introduction to Telehealth and Telemedicine
  • Facilitating a School Telemedicine Visit
  • Facilitating a Telemedicine Visit with  Primary Care Provider

Participants will have access to 4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Participants will also have the option to take the optional Telehealth/Telemedicine Facilitator Certification exam in June.