HRSA Payment Program for RHC Buprenorphine-Trained Providers

Date: January 27, 2022

In June 2021, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) launched an effort to improve access to substance use disorder treatment by paying for providers who are waivered to prescribe buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid use disorder.  Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) still have the opportunity to apply for a $3,000 payment on behalf of each provider who trained to obtain the waiver necessary to prescribe buprenorphine after January 1, 2019. Approximately $1.5 million in program funding remains available for RHCs and will be paid on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. Send questions to There is ongoing availability of a free online course for waiver eligibility training from the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine and the Providers Clinical Support System.

Building Tomorrow’s Virtual Healthcare with Today’s Technology

Date: January 27, 2022

HRSA’s National Telehealth Technology Assessment Resource Center will host a free, two-day virtual event featuring several telemedicine case scenarios where patients, caregivers, and providers present virtual care models such as emergency services, behavioral health, school-based care, remote patient monitoring and direct to consumer patient care. Attendees will have an opportunity to discuss the various telehealth technologies used in the telemedicine scenarios with the vendors and other leaders in the industry who are developing and implementing innovative ways of using technology to enhance patient care.

Webinar Dates: February 2 and February 3

Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM CT

Register Here

Patient-Centered Medical Home Health Equity Technical Assistance Symposium

Date: January 27, 2022

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Bureau of Primary Health Care, home to Community Health Centers, is holding a two-day symposium on health equity in the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). Participants will hear about and discuss best practices and lessons learned from peers and experts in the fields of health equity, quality improvement, and accreditation/recognition. 

Symposium Dates: January 31 and February 1

Time: 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM ET

Register Here

Application Assistance for RCORP Behavioral Health Funding

Date: January 27, 2022

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) staff will provide information for a successful application to the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Behavioral Health Care Support funding opportunity. 

Webinar Date: February 3

Time: 1:00 PM ET

Call-In number: 1-833-568-8864;  participant Code: 66603797.

Registration is not required to attend the 90-minute session; for those who cannot, a recording can be obtained by writing to


NOFO Announcement: Health Workforce Research Center (HWRC) Cooperative Agreement Program

Date: January 27, 2022

New Funding Opportunity Available!

Health Workforce Research Center (HWRC) Cooperative Agreement Program: HRSA-022-054

The application deadline is April 14, 2022

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released this new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcement in support of the Health Workforce Research Center (HWRC) Cooperative Agreement Program.  The purpose of the HWRC Cooperative Agreement Program is to support and disseminate rigorous and state-of-the-art applied research that strengthens evidence-based policy and enhances the Federal Government’s and the public’s understanding of issues and trends in the health workforce. 

HRSA anticipates awarding approximately $4.95 million for up to 9 cooperative agreements.

Eligible Applicants Include:

  • States
  • State workforce investment boards
  • Public health or health professions schools
  • Academic health centers
  • Indian tribes or tribal organizations
  • Faith-based and community-based organizations
  • Others

Have questions?

Join the technical assistance webinar:

  • Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET

For dial-in only:

  • Phone Number: 833-568-8864
  • Meeting ID: 161 118 0929
  • Passcode: 37635955

NOFO: CMS Commits Over $49 Million to Reduce Uninsured Rate Among Children and Boost Medicaid Enrollment Among Parents, Pregnant People

Date: January 27, 2022

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) committed a record $49.4 million to fund organizations that can connect more eligible children, parents, and pregnant individuals to health care coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Awardees—including state/local governments, tribal organizations, federal health safety net organizations, non-profits, schools, and others—will receive up to $1.5 million each for a three-year period to reduce the number of uninsured children by advancing Medicaid/CHIP enrollment and retention.

“No one should be left without access to critical health care, especially during the pandemic,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. “This historic funding opportunity is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing efforts to get as many Americans covered with affordable, quality health coverage. We encourage grassroots organizations and other trusted voices to help us reach and enroll some of our hardest-to-reach populations, including children and parents-to-be.”

“CMS is using every tool available to expand access to coverage and care,” said CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure. “The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to advancing health equity, and encourages organizations that serve children, their parents, and pregnant individuals in diverse and underserved communities to apply. These organizations play a pivotal role in connecting people to coverage since families and individuals often seek help from community organizations they know and trust.”

Supporting President Joe Biden’s 2021 Executive Order on Strengthening Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, this notice of funding opportunity leverages the Connecting Kids to Coverage program to continue making health care more accessible and affordable. Funded organizations will provide enrollment and renewal assistance to children and their families, as well as pregnant people—a new optional target population in this year’s award announcement.

Applicants will be encouraged to consider a range of activities, including:

  • Engaging schools and other programs serving young people;
  • Bridging racial and demographic health coverage disparities by targeting communities with low coverage rates;
  • Establishing and developing application assistance resources to provide high-quality, reliable enrollment and renewal services in local communities;
  • Using social media to conduct virtual outreach and enrollment assistance; and
  • Using parent mentors and community health workers to assist families with enrolling in Medicaid and CHIP, retaining coverage, and addressing social determinants of health.

This unprecedented funding is vital to making sure children are enrolled in coverage, especially those who are eligible for but not yet enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP coverage. Studies show that, of the approximately four million children who remain uninsured, 2.3 million are eligible for Medicaid and CHIP. Many families do not know that their children may be eligible or understand how to enroll. Disparities also remain particularly pronounced among specific groups. American Indian and Alaska Native children experience the highest uninsured rate (11.8%), for example, followed by Hispanic (11.4%) and non-Hispanic Black children (5.9%).

In addition, Medicaid and CHIP play a critical role by providing coverage for over 42% of births in the nation, nearly half of which are to Black, Hispanic, or American Indian/Alaskan Native individuals. Because Medicaid and CHIP coverage is a key step in ensuring access to necessary prenatal care and healthy birth outcomes, this funding opportunity is including pregnant individuals as a new target population. Expanding the outreach target population to include pregnant individuals will also directly lead to increased enrollment of eligible children in Medicaid and CHIP; generally, the infants born to individuals who are enrolled in these programs at the time of birth are automatically deemed eligible for Medicaid and CHIP for one year.

The Helping Ensure Access for Little Ones, Toddlers, and Hopeful Youth by Keeping Insurance Delivery Stable Act of 2017 (HEALTHY KIDS Act) provided continued funding for outreach and enrollment aimed at reducing the number of children who are eligible for, but not enrolled/retained in, Medicaid and CHIP. Since 2009, $216 million has been awarded to more than 294 community-based organizations, states, and local governments to support the enrollment and retention of eligible children in Medicaid and CHIP.

Applications will be accepted through March 28, 2022. For more information, visit

Healthcare Professionalism -Register Today

Date: January 26, 2022

What does it mean to be professional? Why is it essential for healthcare teams?  Expert presenter Kimi Yuchs, DNP, will share insights and strategies that will strengthen resilience and professionalism as hospitals continue to navigate the pandemic. 

Webinar Date: February 10, 2022

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CT


Professionalism is an indispensable element in the compact between health care professionals and society. This compact is historically based on trust and putting the needs of patients above all other considerations. As hospitals continue to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic, the professionalism of the team and the individual gains greater importance.

Topics include:

  • Describe key elements of professionalism for health care professionals.
  • Identify how health care crises affect the resilience professionalism of health care workers.
  • Determine effective strategies to strengthen resilience in healthcare teams during times of crisis.

Featured speaker:

Kimi Yuchs, DNP, RN, NE-BC, understands the challenges and rewards of healthcare leadership. She has worked in administrative positions in long-term care, public health, and medical oncology. She is passionate about developing successful, professional healthcare teams.

Cost: $150.00 per facility or $25.00 per individual.
VIP Subscribers: Use as part of your subscription.

Contact hours: 1.0 Nurse Contact Hour

This webinar will be recorded.

Medicare FY 2022 Inpatient PPS Graduate Medical Education Final Rule Provisions

Date: January 25, 2022

In late December, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule for FY 2022 on implementation of the 1,000 graduate medical education (GME) slots established in the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), 2021, phasing in 200 slots per year over years, for a total of $1.8 billion in new funding for residencies over the next 10 years.

The final rule will enhance the health care workforce and fund additional medical residency positions in hospitals serving rural and underserved communities. It implements statutory changes to GME caps for rural training tracks and changes to the determination of per resident amounts. Attached, NRHA compares each of these three sections with our June comments, explaining what was final, and what the Administration didn’t act on.

Additional Residency Positions: Apply by March 31, 2022

The first round of 200 residency slots will be announced by January 31, 2023, and will become effective July 1, 2023. You can apply online for Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Section 126 additional residency positions. Submit fiscal year 2023 applications no later than March 31, 2022. For details, see the Section 126: Distribution of Additional Residency Positions section of the Direct Graduate Medical Education webpage.

Overall, the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is supportive with the final version of this regulation and is happy to see CMS implement the 1,000 new residency slots in a manner that will disperse the FTEs to the communities most in need. NRHA will continue monitoring implementation of these slots into the future. Beyond the yearly Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS), NRHA will continue working with Congress and the Administration to ensure the rural health workforce expands and that policy is created with rural providers in mind. For questions on this year’s IPPS, or on NRHA’s workforce priorities, contact Josh Jorgensen (

2022.01.07 IPPS GME Final Summary.pdf