CDC’s State of Vaccine Confidence Insights Report: Vaccination in Rural America Special Report

October 6, 2023

CDC’s State of Vaccine Confidence Insights Report: Vaccination in Rural America Special Report

This report examines vaccine confidence and uptake among rural populations in the United States, between 2017 and 2023, with a focus on COVID-19 vaccination. The report also covers differences in vaccine uptake among rural, suburban, and rural populations, including discussions around concerns about vaccination and identifies strategies for successful outreach to rural areas.

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Upcoming Webinar – First Rural Physician and Advanced Practice Provider Compensation Survey Results

September 15, 2023

Upcoming Webinar – First Rural Physician and Advanced Practice Provider Compensation Survey Results

Earlier this year, Stroudwater partnered with the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) to develop a physician and advanced practice provider compensation survey for rural organizations. This survey provided much-needed insight into provider compensation by state and region.

During this webinar, Stroudwater in partnership with NRHA will share:

  • The results of the first rural-focused compensation survey
  • How being a part of a health system impacts compensation
  • How compensation competitiveness is impacted by state practice environments

The results of this survey will allow rural hospitals to use data to make more informed decisions when considering provider compensation and additional benefits.

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New Resource – Building a rural Nursing Workforce with Fisher-Titus Medical Center

August 30, 2023

New Resource – Building a rural Nursing Workforce with Fisher-Titus Medical Center

Check out this podcast episode, Building a Rural Nursing Workforce with Fisher-Titus Medical Center, featuring a discussion with clinical leaders from Fisher-Titus Medical Center in rural Ohio. Hear discussions on recruitment and retention strategies with a concentrated effort on recruiting international nurses, to ensure patient care in the community.

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Related Resources:

Retaining a Rural Nursing Workforce: It Takes a Village

Advocating for Rural Health Providers

AHA Health Care Workforce Scan

Leadership Dialogue Series: Peggy Abbott from Ouachita County Medical Center

Surging Input Costs Create Many Challenges for Hospitals and Health Systems

HQIN Office Hours on Reducing Readmissions

August 10, 2023

HQIN Office Hours on Reducing Readmissions

This session, Hear From Your Peers: What Works to Reduce Readmissions, will feature speakers from Health Quality Innovators’ (HQI) network of hospitals, including critical access, rural and acute care hospital settings. Each speaker will share their hospitals experience with readmission reduction strategies, key implementation tips, and results. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions and network with other peers seeking ideas on what is working to reduce readmissions.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Examine new options for reducing readmissions
  • Connect with peers for assistance on operationalizing new interventions
  • Feel empowered to apply new strategies to strengthen your readmission reduction portfolio

This session will have something applicable for each hospital within the HQI network.

Date & Time: You can choose to attend one or more of the following session:

  • August 10, 2023 11:00 a.m.
  • September 14, 2023 11:00 a.m.
  • October 12, 2023 11:00 a.m.
  • November 9, 2023 11:00 a.m.

Register Here

 

Seeking Public Comment – Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE)

July 17, 2023

Seeking Public Comment – Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE)

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) seeks public comment on proposed revisions to the procedures and standards that guide the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) systematic review. ACF is committed to a rigorous and transparent review process. The proposed revisions include procedures related to virtual home visiting research. They also include updates to clarify HomVEE’s definition of subgroups, limit the eligibility of certain findings for review, and strengthen standards for validity.

View proposed changes to HomVEE Handbook of Procedures and Standards (Version 2.2)

Comments are due by July 28, 2023, 5:00 PM – Please submit comments via email to HomVEE@dcf.hhs.gov.

 

Primary Care Training and Enhancement-Language and Disability Access (PCTE-LDA) (HRSA-23-123) Top 5 FAQs

June 23,2023

Primary Care Training and Enhancement-Language and Disability Access (PCTE-LDA) (HRSA-23-123) 

Top 5 FAQs

Q1: If an applicant intends to apply for both focus areas (LEP and IDD), will the trainees need to be trained in both focus areas?

       A: No. Trainees do not have to be trained in both tracks. However, if the trainee elects to do so, they are required to complete the clinical rotation in each                focus area.

The required clinical rotation for the LEP and the physical/IDD track is:

    • Two months for physician assistant students and medical residents
    • Two weeks for medical students

Q2: Do trainees have to participate for two consecutive months/weeks or can the rotation be spread throughout their period of training?

         A: No. The clinical rotation may be spread throughout their training.

Q3: Can I apply for more than one training level, such as physician assistant students, medical students, and primary care residency programs, or should I submit a separate application for each?

         A: Yes. You may submit an application that includes one or more eligible training programs from the same applicant organization. You must submit the                   accreditation documentation for all training programs included in your application.

Q4: If I submit one application for each focus area, will approval only be granted for one of the focus areas?

         A: Multiple applications from an institution are allowable. However, only one application from an organization with the same Unique Entity Identifier                     will be funded.

Q5: Are medical students required to do a two-month clinical rotation?

        A: No. Medical students are required to do a two-week clinical rotation for the Language Assistance for Individuals with Limited English                             Proficiency (LEP) focus area or a two-week clinical rotation for Care for Individuals with Physical Disabilities and/or Intellectual and Developmental      Disabilities (IDD) focus area. If medical students train in both focus areas, they are required to complete a two-week clinical rotation in each focus area.

More questions? 

Check out the full list of FAQs and Technical Assistance Webinar recording.

Applications accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET on July 3, 2023.

National Rural Health Day -Rural Health Champion Nominations – Due 08/01/2023

June 6, 2023

National Rural Health Day – Rural Health Champion Nominations

 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care is seeking nominations for 2023 Missouri Rural Health Champions.  Awards will be presented on November 16, 2023, during the Missouri Rural Health Day Celebration.  This award is designed to honor a minimum of one individual and one group, depending on the number and type of nominations received. The person or group honored should demonstrate how their contributions are making a difference in Missouri rural health care through collaboration, education, innovation and communication. Check out the Missouri Rural Health Day celebration of 2022!

The nomination deadline is August 1, 2023.

Please take a moment to nominate an individual or group through the Rural Health Champion Award Link HERE

Questions?

Contact: ORHPCinfo@heath.mo.gov / 573-751-6445

 

Safety in Agriculture for Youth

May 30, 2023

Safety in Agriculture for Youth

Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) is a grant project funded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop a sustainable and accessible national clearinghouse for agricultural safety and health curriculum for youth. For the funding period of 2021-2025, the SAY Project now consists of three funded projects that each focus on a different aspect of youth farm safety.

New Resources:

Click here to view Farm Youth Safety Video

Medicare Cost Report Compliance Camp

May 24, 2023

Medicare Cost Report Compliance Camp

Click Here to Download Information Packet w/Camp Syllabus

AIHC has partnered with KraftCPAs LLC to bring you this exciting program and opportunity to Certify as a Cost Report Specialist. Certification is optional after camp. Network with other professionals, learn the Medicare cost report process, and train to become a Certified Cost Report Specialist (Optional) Online, after camp!

This training camp is designed for novice or seasoned cost report preparers who would like to enhance their skillset by obtaining a professional certification and recommended for:

  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Accounting staff
  • Revenue cycle professionals
  • Reimbursement professionals
  • Employees tasked with gathering information for Medicare cost reports at healthcare organizations.

Experienced Cost Reporting Professionals will have the option to certify as a Certified Cost Report Specialist (CCRS) after successful completion of the Medicare Cost Report Training Camp.

Upon registration you are given ready access to downloadable information such as:

  • COVID and Cost Reporting
  • Overview of DSH
  • FAQ
  • e-Filing requirements
  • Documentation Requirements
  • Abbreviations & Terms
  • Sample cost report
  • Cost Report and Compliance Video.

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the preparation of Medicare cost reports, with some experience either gathering information for cost reports or actively preparing cost reports for an institutional healthcare organization.

Advanced Preparation: A number of documents will be provided to you electronically before camp begins. You are responsible for reviewing these documents prior to the first day of camp.

Program Level: Basic

Instructional Delivery Method: Group Live

A hard copy training manual is provided at camp. Additional training materials are provided to you electronically after the training camp ends.

Earn Continuing Education Units:

18 CEUs – This program has been approved for 18 continuing education units by the American Institute of Healthcare Compliance for AIHC Certified Professionals. These continuing education units may be applied towards the Ethics or HIPAA Category CEU Renewal Requirements for all AIHC credentials. They may also be applied towards the Core Category CEU Renewal Requirements for ALL AIHC credentials.

Participants will earn 12 CPE credits/ Field of Study:

  • Specialized Knowledge – The American Institute of Healthcare Compliance is registered with the National Associate of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.
  • State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.
  • Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org

Earn your “CCRS” credential – attend camp, certify online after camp. Cost to certify is already included in camp tuition.

Medicare-certified institutional providers, such as hospitals, SNFs, HHA, FQHC, and RHCs are required to submit an annual cost report to a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC).

Certification is recommended for:

  • Chief Financial Officers (CFOs)
  • Accounting staff
  • Revenue cycle and reimbursement professionals
  • Employees tasked with gathering information for Medicare cost reports at all healthcare organizations.

Who should attend?

  • Novice or seasoned cost report preparers working for an institutional provider
  • CPA or consulting firm assisting institutions to file cost reports who desire training and certification as a cost report specialist

When: October 24 – 25

Where: Dallas, TX

Cost

  • AHIC members pay $695
  • Non-members (public) pay $825

Registration Deadline: October 10 @12:00 pm EDT

Click Here to Download Information Packet w/Camp Syllabus

Governor Mike Parson signed Senate Bill (SB) 51

May 16, 2023

Governor Mike Parson signed Senate Bill (SB) 51

On April 27, Governor Mike Parson signed Senate Bill (SB) 51, which allows Missourians more direct access to physical therapy services, into law. A signing ceremony was held in Governor Parson’s office at the State Capitol where he was joined by SB 51 sponsors, Senator Karla Eslinger and Representative Brenda Shields, and other stakeholders.

“We are all about streamlining processes and making it easier for Missourians to receive the services they need without unnecessary government burdens,” Governor Parson said. “SB 51 will make access to physical therapy care easier for more Missourians, while reducing patient costs and protecting their quality of care. We are proud to sign this good piece of legislation into law and look forward to more being sent to my desk soon.”

Provisions of SB 51 can be found below:

  • Qualified physical therapists may treat patients without a prescription or referral from a physician;
  • Qualified physical therapists may provide certain educational information, fitness or wellness programs, screenings, and consultations without a prescription or referral from a physician; and
  • Physical therapists are required to consult with an approved health care provider after every 10 visits or 30 days, whichever occurs first, before continuing therapy.

For more information on SB 51, click here