Webinar: Data and How to Use it in Population Health Transition to Value

Date: May 19, 2022

Data and How to Use it in Population Health Transition to Value

Date: July 12, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CT

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Facilitators: Tonne McCoy, Technical Assistance Coordinator, National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health

This web session will provide an entry-level overview of how to gather and use data to take a step in the transition from volume to value. It doesn’t matter what electronic medical record system you use, or even if your practice is using paper charts. You are already collecting the patient data needed to analyze. This engaging session will provide practical application of quality metrics, data collection, and the use of that data in telling the story of services provided. 

By attending this webinar, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify the quality metrics your practice can use to start the volume to value journey
  • Describe how to pull and aggregate the patient data
  • Detail easy and simple formulas in Microsoft Excel to analyze your patient data (i.e. sum, average, count, and conditional formatting)

This event qualifies for one ACHE qualified education credit.

Webinar: Building a Strong Foundation for RHCs in the Transition to Value

Date: May 19, 2022

Building a Strong Foundation for RHCs in the Transition to Value

Date: June 15, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CT

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Speaker: Tammy Norville, NOSORH

Foundation cornerstone strength determines the overall integrity of the structure. Think of your outpatient health care practice as a building. What is the cornerstone that will ensure the strongest foundation to support a flexible infrastructure that leads to long-term sustainability? How is it ensured that the foundation of the organization has the strength and flexibility needed to maneuver the fluidity of the current health care landscape? 

This one-hour webinar will dive into Accountable Care Organizations via the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) model, the importance of the transition to value basics for rural health care providers, examine Rural Health Clinic Value Payment Options considerations, and new opportunities to explore current services delivered, such as Chronic Care Management, Transitional Care Management, Principal Care Management, and integration of services such as Behavioral Health and Oral Health. This session will lean into these and other service lines that will move the needle in the transition toward value. 

By attending this webinar, participants will be able to: 

  • Define the cornerstone of the business of health care
  • Communicate the importance of the transition to value basics for rural health care providers
  • Identify RHC value payment options
  • Describe at least two new opportunities/current services that might impact your transition to value (i.e. CCM, PPM, etc.)

This event qualifies for one ACHE qualified education credit.

Join for a Webinar on Supporting Pediatric Behavioral Health Amidst Shortages

Date: May 19, 2022

Enhancing Access to Pediatric Behavioral Health Amidst Shortages, Webinar Series Part 2

Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2022     

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

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Webinar Description:

This session will highlight leading New England programs enhancing the mental health and well-being of pregnant and postpartum women and, thereby, their infants’ social and emotional development, through culturally appropriate treatment and recovery support services. The session will also describe strategies to enhance access to pediatric behavioral health by building frontline provider competency and provider training supports.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain awareness of programs and investments related to behavioral health available from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), such as the Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program and the Screening and Treatment for Maternal Depression and Related Behavioral Disorders Program.
  • Discuss effective strategies to enhance access to affordable, community –based treatment and recovery support services, locally or via telehealth especially in rural and medically underserved areas.
  • Identify opportunities to offer care coordination support to pediatric health care providers and health care providers serving pregnant and postpartum women. Provider types include pediatricians, obstetricians, gynecologists, mental health care providers, and other primary care providers.
  • Gain further insight into the continuum of behavioral health services and collaborations between primary care and hospital-based services.

Featured Speakers:

Sarah Guth, MD, Consulting Psychiatrist, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Consultation Service, University of Vermont Medical Center

Sarah Hagin, PhD, Pediatric Psychiatry Resource Network (PediPRN) Program Manager, Bradley Hospital, Riverside, Rhode Island

Reid Plimpton, Program Manager, Northeast Telehealth Resource Center, Augusta, Maine

Madhavi Reddy, MSPH, HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development (DMCHWD), Senior Public Health Analyst, Rockville, MD

Kathryn Wolfe, LICSW, LADC, Maternal Depression Grant Program Administrator, VT Department of Health

Webinar Moderator:

Matthew Salaga, JD, Public Health Analyst, Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, Region 1 Boston, Massachusetts

About:

This webinar is a close collaboration between HRSA IEA Region 1 and the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center. The series’ goal is to highlight sustainable models of telehealth and best practices to increase access to health care and reduce health disparities.

To access the recording of Part 1-Pediatric Behavioral Health, Sustainable Strategies Panel, please click here.

For more information about the series, contact Veronica Roa at vroa@hrsa.gov.

For more resources and tools about telehealth, visit: https://www.hrsa.gov/rural-health/telehealth/index.html.

REGISTER NOW: Addressing Meth Use in the Midwest: Local Data Collection and Use in Iowa

Date: May 13, 2022

Addressing Meth Use in the Midwest: Local Data Collection and Use in Iowa

Use of methamphetamine impacts people across the Midwest in many ways. Join the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Region 7 Harm Reduction Workgroup for the ongoing series of brief, 30-minute webinars that explore tools and strategies to address meth use. The next webinar will provide an example of how local data on meth use can be collected and how that data can be used to inform initiatives.

Date: May 26, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM CT

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

For questions, please contact Rae Hutchison at CHutchison@hrsa.gov.

The Addressing Meth Use in the Midwest webinar series is hosted by the HHS Region 7 Harm Reduction Workgroup: the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Intergovernmental and External Affairs (IEA), Administration on Community Living (ACL), and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

REGISTRATION OPEN: Navigating the Intersection of Health and Housing

Date: May 12, 2022

Navigating the Intersection of Health and Housing

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA), Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (IEA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) invite you to attend a virtual meeting on Navigating the Intersection of Health and Housing. The neighborhoods in which people live, work, learn, and play in have a major impact on health and well-being. The meeting will highlight a variety of federal programs and resources focused on housing and health.

Date: June 9, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM CT | 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

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

Featured Speakers

  • Christie Appelhanz, Regional Administrator, Administration for Children and Families
  • Lacey Boven, Regional Administrator, Administration for Community Living
  • Flora D. Chavez, Enforcement Analyst, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Myesha Kennedy, Public Health Analyst, Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Pamela Smith, Senior Community Planning and Development Representative, Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

For more information about the session, contact Rae Hutchison at CHutchison@hrsa.gov.

FY 2023 IPPS/LTCH PPS Proposed Rule Overview for Hospital Quality Programs

Date: May 11, 2022

FY 2023 IPPS/LTCH PPS Proposed Rule Overview for Hospital Quality Programs

Date: May 18, 2022

Time: 2:00 PM EDT

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Description:
The purpose of the event is to provide an overview of the Fiscal Year 2023 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS)/ Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System (LTCH PPS) Proposed Rule as it relates to the Hospital IQR, Hospital VBP, HAC Reduction, Hospital Readmissions Reduction, and Medicare Promoting Interoperability Programs.

Speakers
Julia Venanzi, MPH, Program Lead, Hospital IQR and VBP Programs
Quality Measures and Value-Based Incentives Group (QMVIG)
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Alex Feilmeier, MHA, Lead Solutions Specialist
Value, Incentives, and Quality Reporting Center (VIQRC)
Validation Support Contractor
Jessica Warren, RN, BSN, MA, FCCS, CCRC, Program Lead
Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program, QMVIG, CMS
Jennifer Tate, MPH, MLS(ASCP)CM, Program Lead
 HAC Reduction Program, QMVIG, CMS
Sophia Chan, PhD, MPH, Program Lead, HRRP, QMVIG, CMS

Rural Providers’ Guide to ACO Participation in 2023

Date: May 11, 2022

Rural Providers’ Guide to ACO Participation in 2023

Date: May 18, 2022

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CT

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is increasing the incentive to move into value-based care as well as the penalties for clinicians who don’t participate in an advanced alternative payment model. CMS also acknowledged that it expects every Medicare beneficiary to be in an accountable care plan by 2030.

By participating in an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), rural providers have the unique advantage to improve outcomes, reduce costs, and deliver high-quality, coordinated care. In 2023, rural providers can join an ACO with no fees, no start-up costs, and minimal risk. With limited barriers to entry, now is the time for rural health systems to take advantage of the benefits of accountable care.

Join Lynn Barr, Founder of Caravan Health and Chief Innovation Officer of Signify Health, as she reviews ACO participation options available in 2023.

This webinar will discuss the benefits and important aspects of the Medicare Shared Savings Program and CMS’ newly announced ACO REACH program. Attendees will also learn the mechanisms and lessons learned for achieving long-term, population health success.

Optimize Patient Outcomes, Value, and Financial Stability With A Transitional Care Program in Your Rural Post-Acute Care

Date: May 11. 2022

Optimize patient outcomes, value, and financial stability with A Transitional Care Program in Your Rural Post-Acute Care

Date: May 19, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CT

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Utilize swing beds at your facility to increase access for a broader patient group. Improving post-acute care in rural areas can reduce rural-urban disparities in patient outcomes after hospitalization and improve the financial stability of CAHs. Allevant Solutions focuses on a transitional care model that involves the patient and family, makes available the full resources of the Critical Access Hospital, and focuses on measured outcomes and evidence-based processes to ensure patients get the best care possible. The Transitional Care Program is centered on teamwork, communication, and collaboration. Allevant Solutions will cover the Transitional Care model as well as the business benefits of utilizing and marketing your swing bed program, discuss staff training and education, and review process improvement methodologies that can be used to grow your swing bed volume.

What you will learn:

  • Participants will be able to understand the value of developing high-quality Post-Acute Transitional Care in Critical Access Hospitals in response to a growing patient population and demands and challenges in acute care hospitals. 
  • Participants will be able to begin to quantify the opportunity and understand the key steps to initiate, implement and track progress in developing high-quality Post-Acute Transitional Care.
  • Participants will learn how Transitional Care is an effective way to incorporate population health, chronic disease management, and wellness.

CMS Stakeholder Call

Date: May 10, 2022

Join CMS for a Stakeholder Call on the Medicare Coverage Policy for Monoclonal Antibodies Directed Against Amyloid for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease 

On April 7, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a national policy for coverage of aducanumab (brand name Aduhelm™) and any future monoclonal antibodies directed against amyloid approved by the FDA with an indication for use in treating Alzheimer’s disease. From the onset, CMS ran a transparent, evidence-based process that incorporated more than 10,000 stakeholder comments and more than 250 peer-reviewed documents into the determination.

As a part of CMS’ continued commitment to engage stakeholders on an ongoing basis, CMS will hold a national stakeholder call on May 11, 2022 to review the recent finalized coverage decision on monoclonal antibodies directed against amyloid for the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease. CMS will review the overall coverage process, the finalized decision, and address questions as time allows.  

When: May 11, 2022, 11:00 AM ET

Who should attend: This stakeholder call is intended for anyone in the healthcare industry, but specifically for healthcare issuers, providers of healthcare, and healthcare advocates.

RSVP: https://cms.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_WPnryrzfS_eQnwp6Fnndag

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

This meeting is closed to press. 

Additional Resources: 

To read the final NCD CED decision memorandum, visit: https://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/view/ncacal-decision-memo.aspx?proposed=N&ncaid=305

Rural Public Health Workforce Training Network Technical Assistance Program

Date: May 4, 2022

Rural Public Health Workforce Training Network Technical Assistance Program

Application Deadline: June 8, 2022

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA), Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), announced the availability of nearly $48 million in American Rescue Plan funding for community based-organizations to expand public health capacity in rural and tribal communities through health care job development, training and placement. Rural Public Health Workforce Training Network awardees will be able to use this funding to address workforce needs related to the long-term effects of COVID-19, health information technology (IT), and other key workforce issues.

HRSA’s Rural Public Health Workforce Training Network Technical Assistance Program (RPHWTN-TAP) will provide technical assistance (TA) to rural health care networks responding to the critical need for more trained public health professionals which has amplified since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The TA will help networks expand the public health workforce capacity by supporting job development, training and placement in rural communities. Specifically, the TA will strengthen the ability for networks to develop formal training & certification programs in these four workforce training area:

  • Community Health Support;
  • Health IT and/or Telehealth Technical Support;
  • Community Para-Medicine; and
  • Case Management Staff and/or Respiratory Therapists

Approximately $500,000 per year will be available for a three-year period of performance.

FORHP will hold a webinar for applicants on Thursday, May 5, 2022 from 1 – 2 p.m. EST. A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend. For dial-in information, view the NOFO on Grants.gov, click the Package tab, then Preview, and Download Instructions; technical assistance information is on page (ii).