Washington University Webinar: Buprenoprhine Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Missouri

December 7, 2018

WEBINAR:     Buprenoprhine Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

                           in Missouri Primary Care

WHEN:            December 14, 2018

TIME:               12:00pm-1:30pm

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This video consultation will include:

1) Ned Presnall, STR Integration consultant: 20 minute didactic on the Medication First Model and evidence supporting integration of Opioid Use Disorder in primary care settings

2) Pete Pirotte, MD: 20 minute presentation on Jordan Valley’s program of buprenorphine treatment in an FQHC setting. Topics will include induction, patient flow, medical decision making, case management, and behavioral health treatment.

3) 45 minutes will be devoted to question/answer/discussion.

Providers from all RHCs and other primary care settings are encouraged to join this live video consultation whether you are already treating OUD and want to compare notes or would like to consider beginning OUD treatment.

Additional technical assistance for primary care OUD treatment implementation in Missouri is available.

Please contact Ned Presnall if you have any questions at: npresnall@gmail.com, or by phone at: 314-397-6805.

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements

November 29, 2018

 What’s New

USDA Report on Rural Individuals’ Telehealth Practices.  The Economic Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture used detailed household data to analyze three basic telehealth activities as practiced by consumers age 15 or older: 1) online health research; 2) online health maintenance (communication with health providers, including communicating with medical practitioners, maintaining records, and paying bills); and 3) online health monitoring via devices that exchange data remotely with medical personnel.  The research found that rural residents were less likely than urban to engage in these telehealth activities, and the report breaks down the findings by income, education and other demographic factors.

Suicide Surveillance Strategies for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities.  The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is a federally-supported organization working to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.  This November 2018 report from the SPRC summarizes their findings on suicide prevention research, in an effort “to better understand how American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities can gather information about suicide—in ways that are feasible and culturally appropriate.”  The report acknowledges the difficulty of collecting data around the sensitive topic of suicide, and also that “each tribe is different and has its own unique culture, so what works in one community might not work in another.”  Their findings and recommended strategies are meant to form a foundation for suicide surveillance in tribal communities, but the report stresses that local adaptation is critical to success.  Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued research indicating that an estimated 70 percent of AI/AN who died by suicide lived in rural areas and more than a third of suicide deaths occurred among young people, ages 10-24 years.  See the Funding Opportunities section below for notices related to this topic. Continue reading “Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements”

HRSA – Rural Residency Planning & Development Grant Program

December 5, 2018

Rural Residency Planning and Development Grant Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2019 Rural Residency Planning and Development (RRPD) Program via Grants.gov.  The purpose of this grant program is to develop new rural residency programs or Rural Training Tracks (RTT) in family medicine, internal medicine, and psychiatry to support expansion of the physician workforce in rural areas. The new rural residency programs or RTTs are intended to be sustainable through separate public or private funding beyond the three-year RRPD grant period of performance. Up to 28 awardees also will receive technical assistance from the Rural Residency Planning and Development – Technical Assistance Center, which was awarded via cooperative agreement in September 2018, for the duration of the project period. Hospitals, medical schools and community-based ambulatory settings that have a rural designation along with consortia of urban and rural partnerships are eligible to apply for a grant award.  Applications are due March, 9, 2019.

HRSA has scheduled a technical assistance webinar to help you understand, prepare, and submit an application for this NOFO for Monday, December 17, 2018 from 2 – 3:30 pm ET.  The webinar will provide an overview of pertinent information in the NOFO and an opportunity for applicants to ask questions. Questions about this grant opportunity can be directed to Tracey Smith (tsmith@hrsa.gov) and Jemima Drake (jdrake@hrsa.gov).

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcement

November 15, 2018

FY 19 Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Planning

HRSA/FORHP is pleased to announce a second round of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (Planning). The purpose of this program is to support treatment for and prevention of substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder, in rural communities.  In FY 18, HRSA made 95 awards and in FY 19, HRSA anticipates making approximately 120 awards.  The current Planning awardees can be found on the HRSA website.  Any domestic organization forming a consortium of four or more members in a rural community may be eligible to apply for funding.  More information on eligibility and requirements can be found in the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Interested applicants may attend a live technical assistance webinar on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST.

For further details on how to access this webinar, please see page (ii) in the Notice of Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov.

Applications are due on January 15, 2019, with a program start date of June 1, 2019. Please contact ruralopioidresponse@hrsa.gov with additional questions.

Rural Health Research & Policy Center – Information

November 30, 2018

Changes to Merit-based Incentive Payment System

The Quality Payment Program (QPP) was established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The QPP consolidates existing Medicare pay-for-performance programs – the Physician Quality Reporting System, the Physician Value-based Payment Modifier, and the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program for Eligible Professionals – into a unified, cohesive program. MIPS is one of the two tracks of the QPP program and the regulatory framework for MIPs was originally provided by MACRA and CMS’s calendar year (CY) 2017 QPP final rule. This brief discusses changes to the original MIPS regulatory framework brought about by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 and the CY2018 QPP final rule.

Click to download a copy: Changes to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System Pertinent to Small and Rural Practices, 2018


Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements

November 15, 2018

What’s New

Today is National Rural Health DayThe Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) joins the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), along with state and local organizations across the country, in recognizing the challenges of delivering health care in rural communities, as well as the many creative ways these hurdles are overcome.  FORHP activities this year include online events with federal partners at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  In addition, a Twitter Chat hosted by @HRSAgov will have an open Q&A on the benefits and barriers to implementing telehealth in rural areas.

Funding Opportunities

Rural Veterans Health Access Program Letter of intent November 30. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is collaborating with the Veterans Rural Health Resource Centers to improve access to care for rural veterans through Critical Access Hospitals, other rural health providers and the Veterans Affairs system.  Eligible applicants are state organizations participating in the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program.  Three awardees will receive $300,000 per year for efforts toward meeting one or more of three objectives for the program: 1) coordinating care for veterans among primary care and specialist health providers in a geographic region; 2) increasing access to mental health and/or substance use disorder services; and 3) increasing access to crisis intervention services and the detection of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and other signature injuries of veterans.  The application deadline is February 12, 2019. Continue reading “Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements”

National Rural Health Day Webinars from CMS, CDC & FORHP

November 13, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have joined forces with the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) to ‘Celebrate Rural’ and innovative practices by hosting the below webinars.


Tuesday, November 13

Five Ways Pharmacists can be Antibiotics Aware 

Webinar from 1–2pm ET

This educational activity from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is designed to review updated information on common antibiotic use problems encountered by general clinical pharmacists. Discussion of case-based scenarios will be used to demonstrate how to identify and prioritize antibiotic-related problems and explain examples of employing effective stewardship strategies in the acute care setting. The presenters will use a variety of active techniques to communicate information and facilitate discussion of the clinical scenarios. The webinar will be receiving pharmacy continuing education credits but other healthcare professionals such MDs and nurses are welcome to participate.

Thursday, November 15

CMS Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) Efforts in Rural Health 

Webinar from 1–2pm ET

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a webinar to highlight examples of Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) projects that address access to care and harm reduction in critical access and rural hospitals.

More events will be posted as they are finalized, so check out the HRSA website regularly: https://www.hrsa.gov/rural-health/about-us/rural-healthday.html


National Rural Health Day Webinars – Next Week

November 09, 2018

Celebrate the ‘Power of Rural’ with the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, who will be hosting 3 live, 30-minute webinars happening on  November 15, 2018!   


NRHD Webinar: Policy and the Power of Rural

  • Start: November 15, 2018 11:00 am
  • End: November 15, 2018 11:30 am Eastern

This conversation will focus on the current and future work of rural health policy, how rural citizens can communicate with policymakers and their communities to make an impact on rural health, and the impact of a changing Congress.

Register Now

Andrew Coats
Shareholder, Hall Render Killian Heath and Lyman


NRHD Webinar: Rural Networks: Making a Difference in the Opioid Epidemic

  • Start: November 15, 2018 3:00 pm
  • End: November 15, 2018 3:30 pm Eastern

During this 30 minute conversation, participants will learn how small rural networks are collaborating and innovating with their communities to address the opioid crisis in rural New York.

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Facilitated by Karen Madden: New York Office of Rural Health

Rebecca Evansky – Project Manager, Adirondack Health Institute                                                                 Charlotte Crawford – Chief Executive Officer, Lakes Plains Community Care Network


NRHD Webinar: A Conversation on Rural EMS

  • Start: November 15, 2018 4:00 pm
  • End: November 15, 2018 4:30 pm Eastern

This conversation will focus on the current state of rural EMS and how leaders are educating and bringing innovation to their states.

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Facilitated by Teryl Eisinger: NOSORH Executive Director

Andy Gienapp
Manager, Office of Emergency Medical Services, Wyoming Department of Health


Available Training: Family-Based Behavioral Treatment for Obesity

November 8, 2018

Please visit http://chlnkc.org/ongoing-research/ for information on an exciting training opportunity for Family-Based Behavioral Treatment for Obesity. Participants can attend a two day training December 6th-7th at the Children’s Mercy Holmes Office Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Training sessions will run from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on day one and 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on day two.

Please note that while there is no fee for the training, attendees are responsible for hotel, travel and meal costs outside the lunch provided during the sessions.

Continuing education units for this training have been approved for American Psychological Association (APA) and Social Work.