NARHC-News 2021 Spring Edition

April 23, 2021

HRSA Loan Repayment

HRSA’s National Health Service Corps (NHSC) has awarded scholarships and loan repayment to health care providers dedicated to working in areas with limited access to care for nearly 50 years. This award year will be the largest one in HRSA’s history and clinicians are encouraged to apply even if their organization’s health professional shortage area (HPSA) score has not been competitive for awards in the past. Additionally, the NHSC Loan Repayment Program will dedicate $15 million for awards to clinicians working at Indian Health Service facilities, Tribally-Operated 638 Health Programs, and Urban Indian Health Programs.

The NHSC opened its application for three loan repayment programs: the NHSC Loan Repayment Program, the NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program, and the NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program. The application closes on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Read More

Telling the Story of Rural Health Clinics: One Survey at a Time

It seems like everyone wants you to fill out a survey in today’s day and age. After almost every interaction with an organization or company, we are prodded (sometimes not so subtly) to fill out a survey or provide a 1-to-5-star rating. Healthcare is no exception as many of you probably do the same thing with your patients!

We all probably have survey fatigue at this point, but it remains an important and useful tool for organizations to gather data and figure out how to improve. NARHC is no exception to this rule, and needs you to fight the survey fatigue to help tell the Rural Health Clinic story in Washington D.C. & across the country. Read More

Providers Mandate COVID-19 Vaccine for Workers

The Houston Methodist hospital system is hoping to “lead by example” by mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for all of its workers.

“At Houston Methodist, we’ve made a commitment to offer our patients unparalleled safety, quality, service and innovation. When we choose to be vaccinated against COVID-19 we are prioritizing safety by helping stop the spread of this deadly virus and keeping our patients, visitors and colleagues safe,” Houston Methodist President and CEO Dr. Marc Boom said in an email to managers. Read More

NARHC has the Answers You’re Looking For!

Have you ever found yourself searching high and low for answers? What are the definitions of service? What exactly are the staff responsibilities according to RHC regulations? Where can you find guidance specific to RHCs? NARHC has the answers at the click of a button!

Take a moment to check out the Newly Redesigned RHC Federal Statute, Regulation, and Guidance pages under the Resources tab of our website.

Please note, updates from the Medicare payment reforms recently made have yet to be made. NARHC expects to receive updates shortly and will announce when the website has been updated.