CMS Now Accepting Applications for the Medicare Shared Savings Program – Apply by June 17

May 24, 2024

CMS Now Accepting Applications for the Medicare Shared Savings Program – Apply by June 17

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is now accepting applications for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

In this program, groups of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers collaborate, with the goal of offering coordinated high-quality care to people with Medicare.

ACOs inexperienced with risk-based payments and who provide care to rural and underserved beneficiaries may be interested in Advance Investment Payments, and those interested in alternative payments for primary care providers may consider the ACO Primary Care Flex Model. Interested ACOs must first apply to the Shared Savings Program.

Email questions to: SharedSavingsProgram@cms.hhs.gov

To learn more about the application process, register for the upcoming June 5 webinar on Completing Phase 1 of the Application and Avoiding Common Deficiencies.

Learn more about Medicare Shared Savings Program

Learn more about Advance Investment Payments

Learn more about the ACO Primary Care Flex Model

Apply Here

Health Workforce Resource Showcase: The Rural Telementoring Training Center, Thursday May 30

May 20, 2024

Health Workforce Resource Showcase: The Rural Telementoring Training Center, Thursday May 30

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s), Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (IEA) invites you to a one-hour showcase of the Rural Telementoring Training Center (RTTC) with 15 minutes of Q&A to follow.

The RTTC provides free training, tools and technical assistance to support the implementation and evaluation of Telementoring programs for rural and remote health care workers. By using a “train-the-trainer” approach, the RTTC aims to provide the tools organizations need to develop or expand their own Telementoring programs.

The RTTC’s overarching goal is to support the delivery of evidence-based, high-quality Telementoring programs that expand access, build cultural proficiency, and improve the quality of health care in rural and remote America.

This showcase is intended to introduce you to the Rural Telementoring Training Center and help you consider how the RTTC can support your work in addressing public health priorities including maternal health, mental health and substance use, and health workforce.

Cost: Free

When: Thursday, May 30, 1:00 p.m. CT

Register Here

Telehealth Roundup: Maternity Care Deserts, Friday, May 24

May 20, 2024

Telehealth Roundup: Maternity Care Deserts, Friday, May 24

Access to maternity care is a significant component of maternal health and positive birth outcomes.

Maternity care deserts are counties where there is a lack of maternity care resources, where there are no delivering hospitals or birth centers offering Obstetric care and no Obstetric providers.

Tune into Telehealth Roundup: Maternity Care Deserts with Dr. William Greenfield to learn more about maternity care deserts and hear about some possible solutions.

Cost: Free

When:  Friday, May 24, 2:00 p.m. ET

Register Here

USDA Webinar: Mental Health in the Rural Workplace, Tuesday, May 21

May 20, 2024

USDA Webinar: Mental Health in the Rural Workplace, Tuesday, May 21

For Mental Health Awareness Month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hosts experts sharing resources and experiences supporting employers and employees in rural workplaces.

Speakers from Recovery Friendly Workplace – New Hampshire, American Farm Bureau Federation, and Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention will share information about how their programs and resources can support employers’ and employees; mental health in rural workplaces.

Cost: Free

When: Tuesday, May 21, 1:30 p.m. ET

Register Here

Webinar: Improving Health Equity for Dually Eligible Enrollees in Rural Areas – Tuesday, May 21

May 20, 2024

Webinar: Improving Health Equity for Dually Eligible Enrollees in Rural Areas – Tuesday, May 21

More than two million people or 21 percent, who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid live in rural communities.

The federal Medicare and Medicaid Coordination Office is hosting a webinar to explore the health equity challenges facing rural communities-particularly as they affect individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid-and provide innovative, evidence-based strategies health plans can employ to address them.

In this conversation, Resources for Integrated Care’s speakers will explore the health equity challenges facing rural communities particularly as they affect dually eligible individuals. Speakers will discuss health and social disparities in rural areas, the role of social determinants of health (SDOH), innovative partnerships, and provider engagement.

Cost: Free

When: Tuesday, May 21, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET

Register Here

State Strategies to Improve Behavioral Health for Those Experiencing Homelessness

May 20, 2024

State Strategies to Improve Behavioral Health for Those Experiencing Homelessness

The Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) issued an Informational Bulletin to highlight available Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) opportunities to improve access to mental health (MH) and substance use disorder (SUD) services for individuals experiencing homelessness.

It discusses Medicaid demonstrations, the Health-Related Social Needs (HRSN) Guidance and HRSN Framework to provide clinically appropriate services such as housing transition services and case management, and demonstration projects to improve access to the full continuum o9f care for SUD treatment, including in short-term residential treatment and inpatient settings.

It also provides a list of resources for improving access to MH and SUD treatment and to support for people with these conditions who are experiencing or at risk for homelessness.

According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, about 18 percent of people experiencing homelessness live in largely rural Continuums of Care, which are local planning bodies responsible for coordinating the full range of homelessness services in a geographic area.

Read CMCS Bulletin

Webinar – New Medicare Behavioral Health Providers: Incorporating MHCs and MFTs Into Your RHC – May 9, 12:00 p.m. CT

April 25, 2024

Webinar – New Medicare Behavioral Health Providers: Incorporating MHCs and MFTs Into Your RHC – May 9, 1:00 p.m. ET

The National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) is hosting a free, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)-supported webinar with information on incorporating Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) and Mental Health Counselors (MHCs) into Rural Health Clinics (RHCs).

Medicare coverage of Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors in RHCs began January 1, 2024. This webinar will feature representatives from the National Board for Certified Counselors and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, who will provide information to ensure RHCs are equipped to consider expanding behavioral health services. Additional time for Q&A will be provided. Advanced registration is required.

Cost: Free

When: Thursday, May 9, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. CT

Register Here

Call for Speaker Proposals: SORH Regional Partnership Meetings

January 5, 2024

Call for Speaker Proposals: SORH Regional Partnership Meetings

Are you passionate about driving positive change in rural health? Here’s your chance to share your experiences and insights with State Offices of Rural Health (SORH).

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) invites you to participate in the 2024 SORH Regional Partnership Meetings in collaboration with the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP). Your unique insights and expertise can play a pivotal role in shaping the future of rural health.

Proposals are due on January 19, 2024.

Region Specific Topics

  • Region A
    • Role in New England Health Association
  • Region B
    • Georgia legislative tax credit program to address hospital closures
    • Community Paramedicine
  • Region C
    • Presentations on Artificial Intelligence (AI) specifically related to State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) work and implementation
    • Rural Maternal and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOM) grant experiences
    • Presentations on addressing Dental Access/Care – low-income access to care, especially for children and in more rural areas
  • Region D
    • Presentations on Artificial Intelligence (AI) specifically related to State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) work and implementation
    • Developing Partnerships
  • Region E
    • Rural Veterans Initiatives

See Complete Topic List

Submission Guidelines

  • Proposals should align with one or more of the stated topics
  • Submissions must include a clear objective and outline of the presentation
  • Proposals should offer:
    • practical,
    • innovative
    • and actionable insights
  • Collaborative presentations showcasing partnerships and multi-stakeholder initiatives highly encouraged
  • Presentations designed to fit a 45-minute session format

Additional Information

  • The planning committee, comprised of SORH members and FORHP representatives will review the proposals.
  • Notifications of acceptance sent out by early March 2024.
  • Speakers are responsible for their registration, travel, and accommodation arrangements.
  • Selected presenters will submit their Travel Pre-approval form at least eight (8) weeks before anticipated travel.
    • Eligible presenters will receive one night’s lodging and associated expenses.
    • Must request a second night’s lodging in advance.

For questions about the meeting please contact Caroline Wroczynski, NOSORH Education Manager at carolinew@nosorh.org

For technical questions regarding submission proposal please contact Trevor Brown, NOSORH Program Coordinator, at trevorb@nosorh.org

New Information for Rural Emergency Hospitals

January 2, 2024

New Information for Rural Emergency Hospitals

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated their fact sheet on the new provider-type designation that allows hospitals at risk of closure to remain in operation with Emergency Department services, observation care and a limited number of outpatient services. CMS recently added details for:

  • Indian Health Service and other tribal-operated hospitals making the change to Rural Emergency Hospital (REH);
  • Changes to monthly payment amounts to REHs and how they’re reported
  • The HRSA supported REH Technical Assistance Center that is helping hospitals meet the requirements for converting to this new provider type.

Click Here to View Fact Sheet

REH More Information

 

Upcoming Webinar – NOSORH State of the Healthcare Industry – Market Updates for Rural, Monday, August 28 at 3:00 p.m.

August 25, 2023

Upcoming Webinar – NOSORH State of the Healthcare Industry – Market Updates for Rural, Monday, August 28 at 3:00 p.m.

You are invited to attend the webinar: State of the Healthcare Industry – Markey Updates for Rural on August 28, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORN) will cover new regulations and market dynamics and explain their effect of rural providers.

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand new regulations and laws that have occurred during the last 90 days
  • Describe the current market dynamics of the healthcare industry
  • Evaluate the effects of these trends on rural providers
  • Apply this understanding to their own organization

Click here to register