Webinar: Ask National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) Any RHC and/or COVID-19 Related Question!

Date: November 23, 2020

Time: 1:00 CT


Join National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) as they tackle all the most common (and some less common) questions pertaining to RHCs and COVID-19. Topics anticipated include:

  • Provider Relief Fund 
  • Paycheck Protection Program
  • RHC COVID-19 Testing Fund Program
  • RHCcovidreporting.com
  • Telehealth Policy
  • Public Health Emergency Policy
  • Cost Reporting Issues

The webinar will be moderated by Nathan Baugh, the Director of Government Affairs for NARHC, and feature two extremely knowledgeable individuals on Rural Health Clinic issues:

  • Shannon Chambers, the Director of Provider Solutions for the South Carolina Office of Rural Health and a Consultant for NOSORH’s Connections for Community Care Project; and
  • Charles James Jr, the President of NARHC and the President/CEO of North American Healthcare Management Services.

This webinar is being provided free of charge. However, you must register in advance. If you have issues registering and are using Internet Explorer, try using another browser. If you continue to have issues, please contact us and we will assist you, 866.306.1961.  

For this webinar there will be no phone number to call into. You will need to join via your computer or log into the GoToWebinar app on your mobile device. When the webinar begins you will be connected to audio using your computer’s speakers.

A copy of the slides and a recording will be available within a few days after the webinar is complete at https://www.narhc.org/narhc/<!– –>TA_Webinars1.asp

If you have any questions about registering please email us at asst@narhc.org.


Make sure you continue to report data on RHCcovidreporting.com! Remember the deadline to get your October information into the portal is November 30th!

Hypertension Supplemental Funding Available Now

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces a new supplemental funding opportunity, the fiscal year (FY) 2021 National Hypertension Control Initiative Supplemental Funding for Health Centers (NHCI-HC). Submissions are due in HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) by 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 3.

A live question and answer session will provide an overview of the funding, including the data-based award criteria.

Thursday, November 19
1:00-2:00 p.m. CT 
Join the webcast the day of the session
Call-in: 800-369-1721
Passcode: 1115374

See the NHCI-HC technical assistance (TA) webpage for submission guidance, example forms, and other TA resources.

Funding Opportinity: Improving Social Determinants of Health – Getting Further Faster

The National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) has partnered with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to offer Improving Social Determinants of Health – Getting Further Faster. The aim is not to fund new innovation, but rather identify existing projects that could benefit from a thorough evaluation – leading to a rural-specific evidence base. Applications are due Tuesday December 8, 2020 at 5:00pm ET.

Funding Opportunity: Building Workforce Capacity of Rural and Frontier Local Health Departments to Respond to COVID-19

The National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) is offering the Building Workforce Capacity of Rural and Frontier Local Health Departments to Respond to COVID-19. Awards of up to $35,000 will support one of two focus areas: contact tracing and testing, or vaccine administration. Applications are due November 30, 2020.

Webinar: Let’s Talk about CHART…for Lead Organizations!

Date: November 18, 2020

Time: 12:20 PM Central

In September 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center (CMMI) released the notice of funding opportunity for the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Community Transformation Track.

CMMI states that the “CHART Model will test whether aligned financial incentives, increased operational flexibility, and robust technical support promote rural health care providers’ capacity to implement effective health care delivery system redesign on a broad scale.”

This second session in the Rural Health Value team’s Let’s talk about CHART! series will help you plan and prepare for a CHART Community Transformation Track application. The session’s focus will be on CHART Lead Organizations, although all interested stakeholders are welcome to participate. Join the discussion with the Rural Health Value team and guest experts who have led or participated in other rural global payment programs to understand:

  • What it takes to serve as a Lead Organization
  • What the key planning and readiness activities are which should be underway now as part of the pre-application process
  • What partners Lead Organizations will need and want to engage
  • And more

The target audience includes rural hospitals, state offices of rural health, state-based payers, health systems, rural health networks, and others interested in potentially pursuing participation in the Model.

  1. Visit the registration page.
  2. Enter the information as prompted.
  3. You will receive a confirmation email.
    Note: This confirmation email may go to your spam or junk folder.

Contact Karla Weng

Rural Health Value is a national initiative funded by a cooperative agreement from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) with the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis (RUPRI Center) and StratisHealth. The Rural Health Value team analyzes rural implications of changes in the organization, finance, and delivery of health care services and assists rural communities and providers transition to a high-performance rural health system.

Health Center Facility Loan Guarantee Program Update

The HRSA Health Center Facility Loan Guarantee Program (LGP) facilitates access to capital funding and reduces financing costs for health centers by guaranteeing up to 80 percent of a loan. With interest at an all-time high, HRSA is working to streamline and reintroduce the program to eligible health centers. Earlier this year, the first loan guarantee was issued since the release of the LGP Instructions in early 2020. Grace Community Health Center (Corbin, KY) recently converted an old bowling alley into a state-of-the-art women’s health care facility. With the approval of a HRSA loan guarantee, Grace Community Health Center secured favorable financing terms for the new service site with double the exam rooms, improved workspaces, and increased staff capacity. They anticipate serving an additional 2,000 patients because of the project. Visit the LGP webpage for information and resources.

National Rural Health Day 100% Community Live Event

November 19, 2020 at 1:00 PM Central

Register Here!

On National Rural Health Day (NRHD), Katherine Ortega Courtney, Ph.D., and Dominic Cappello, authors of 100% Community: Ensuring 10 Vital Services for Surviving and Thriving, will discuss their groundbreaking research & roadmap they’ve created to help rural counties learn how to work together in new ways to create local systems of health, safety, education, & economic stability.

HHS Expands Relief Fund Eligibility and Updates Reporting Requirements

October 22, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is announcing the latest Provider Relief Fund (PRF) application period has been expanded to include provider applicants such as residential treatment facilities, chiropractors, and eye and vision providers that have not yet received Provider Relief Fund distributions. On October 1, 2020, HHS announced it would be making up to $20 billion in new Phase 3 General Distribution funding available for providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. HHS is also focused on ensuring the safe continuity of all types of health care delivery despite this pandemic. As such, the Administration is committed to providing relief resources in an equitable manner to assist the diverse health care provider community regardless of whether they accept Medicare or Medicaid payments. HHS is also announcing it will be updating its most recent PRF reporting instructions to broaden use of provider relief funds.

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