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July 17-19
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Oct. 1-2
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Dec. 3-5
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Feb. 4-6
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Quality and Clinical Conference commences; Texas is next
Rural professionals, including Tom Morris, Office of Rural Health Policy head, are currently discussing innovations in rural health care quality and federal updates in Chicago. Plan now to attend NRHA's Rural Health Clinic and Critical Access Hospital conferences Oct. 1-4 in Austin, Texas. The goal of these conferences is to share effective practices and policies and provide insight and best practices addressing many of the access, quality and patient safety issues confronted by CAHs and RHCs.
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How safety net hospitals are improving the patient experience
HealthLeaders Media
Despite some unique challenges, safety net hospitals are achieving strong patient satisfaction results by focusing on compassionate care and quality outcomes.
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ChargeAssist® was developed from the ground up to redefine how hospitals manage their CDM. ChargeAssist® is four critical tools in one:
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Newspaper editorial highlights need to preserve rural hospital programs
The Roanoke Times editorial board recently outlined the challenges many rural hospitals face in light of sequestration, DSH reductions and the pending expiration of Medicare-dependent hospitals and the low-volume hospital adjustment. NRHA urges all members of Congress to protect the rural health care safety net and to not allow these important rural provisions to expire Oct. 1. Join NRHA July 31 for a free event on Capitol Hill to make our rural voice louder.
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NRHA is coming to you, hosting regional meetings for hospitals
Preserving Community Hospitals regional events will bring together rural health experts to provide decision makers with the foundation, framework and options to make informed capital, affiliation and governance decisions. Register today to save $100 on the first of a series of events geared toward keeping rural hospitals and helping them thrive. The first of these regional events are planned for Aug. 20-21 in Seattle and Aug. 27-28 in Milwaukee.
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Do you or a colleague have an innovative project or a rural health solution that could benefit rural providers or patients? Have you recently received an award, promotion or changed jobs? Send us your story idea or career accomplishment, and you might be featured in an upcoming issue of Rural Roads.
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RAC and NORC create rural oral health toolkit
The Rural Assistance Center and NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis created a new rural oral health toolkit to help rural communities improve access to oral health care. The free toolkit contains resources to help communities develop oral health programs, building on best practices of successful oral health program models. The kit includes an overview on oral health in rural areas, program model examples, guidance on implementation, evaluation methods and more.
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VA offers interactive courses on rural veteran outreach and more
The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Rural Health (ORH) has partnered with the VA eHealth University, My VeHU, to deliver interactive live broadcasts of rural health specific content. Sponsored by ORH's Rural Health Professions Institute, these courses cover post-deployment care integration, facilitating co-managed care, rural community collaborations and veteran outreach, cultural competence and more. MyVeHU trainings are recorded for viewing on-demand.
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NRHA meets with House committee, reaffirms rural safety net needs
A recent meeting of NRHA staff with the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health reaffirmed the need for immediate grassroots engagement to protect rural health care. From individual provider payments to hospital programs and ambulance payments, many programs that protect access to health care for rural Americans are at risk. Join NRHA for the March for Rural Hospitals July 31 in D.C. This event is free, but registration is required.
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Change in life expectancy in rural America
Daily Yonder
Most of the U.S. counties with the worst declines in life expectancy in recent years are rural, according a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The Daily Yonder's Bill Bishop and Roberto Gallardo have done a series of reports on rural life expectancies. It's not being rural per se that causes residents to live shorter lives. Life expectancies correlate closest with a related set of factors such as income level, access to health care and medical insurance and the incidence of obesity and diabetes.
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    Accountable care organizations in rural America
    Rural Health Research & Policy Center
    This policy brief reports that Medicare ACOs currently operate in 17.5 percent of all U.S. non-metropolitan counties, including Medicare ACOs operating exclusively in nonmetropolitan counties. Furthermore, Medicare ACOs operate in nonmetropolitan counties in every U.S. Census Region. The implications for rural providers are significant. ACO participants — principally hospitals and physicians — and their competitors can no longer rely exclusively on a business model that prioritizes service volume as an operational priority. Instead, they must direct attention and resources to increasing clinical quality, improving patient experience and lowering the cost of care.
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    What does rural America want?
    ECT.coop
    Rural Americans want to protect their way of life. But they say they can't do it alone. That's one of the findings from a survey that suggests residents of small towns and communities want a fairer shake from a government they believe has overlooked them. In fact, while they're suspicious of big government, more than three-quarters of the respondents supported a government role in job training, renewable energy and loans and grants to jump-start economic development.
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    Apply to become a Rural Health Fellow
    NRHA is accepting applications for its 2014 Rural Health Fellows program through Aug. 31. The goal of the fellows program is to educate, develop and inspire a networked community of rural health leaders who will step forward to serve in key positions in NRHA, affiliated rural health advocacy groups and local and state legislative bodies. Fellows meet in person three times throughout the year to undergo leadership and advocacy training. Apply or share this opportunity today.
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    NRHA: DSH reductions, like mandate, should be delayed
    The recent surprise announcement by the Administration that the mandate provisions in the Affordable Care Act will be delayed for a one-year period comes at a time when there is great uncertainty in Medicaid expansion. The Administration has recognized that some delays in both Medicare and Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) cuts are warranted, however, clear policy between Congress and the White House is needed. Help us bring our message to Capitol Hill at a free event July 31 in D.C.
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    Join Journal of Rural Health editorial board
    The National Rural Health Association is accepting applications and nominations for Journal of Rural Health editorial board positions. "Serving on our editorial board is great way for rural health scholars to become more involved with NRHA, connect with fellow researchers and further contribute to our journal," says Ty Borders, Ph.D., journal editor. Terms for open positions begin Jan. 1, and board members serve three-year terms. Apply or nominate a board member by Sept. 30.
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    Challenges, opportunities in long-term rural mental health service
    Despite high levels of need, individuals in long-term care often fail to receive appropriate mental health services, especially in rural areas. This brief paper considers the challenges and opportunities for improving mental health treatment delivered to long-term care recipients in rural settings. It notes the prevalence of mental health problems in long-term care populations, describes deficiencies in the mental health care afforded to long-term care recipients and identifies barriers that hinder the remediation of these deficiencies.
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    NRHA works to promote 340B discount program expansion
    NRHA joined Safety Net Hospitals for Pharmaceutical Access to set the record straight on the importance of the 340B drug discount program in rural and other safety net hospitals. The program allows certain safety net hospitals which provide care to vulnerable populations to purchase drugs at a discount from the manufacturer. NRHA will continue to fight for the expansion of the 340B program to all rural providers.
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    Senate Appropriations Committee passes HHS spending bill
    The Senate Appropriations Committee recently passed the Departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services (HHS) fiscal year 2014 spending bill. The bill appropriates $164.3 billion to these programs, $42.5 billion more than the House allocated. Included in the appropriations is $5.2 billion needed to implement the Affordable Care Act. Join NRHA on Capitol Hill for a free event July 31 to ensure rural facilities are fully allocated.
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    NRHA partner offers webinar on rural quality measures
    Join NRHA partner Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative at noon CDT July 25 to learn how reporting quality measures improves the performance of rural hospitals. Participants will receive information on the role of quality in rural hospitals, the benefits of promoting quality measures and some examples of best practices of implementing quality measures reporting.
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    Physician assistants in rural America
    By Maria Frisch
    There is a shortage of doctors in rural America, and this is not a new problem. In 1977, the U.S. Congress enacted the Rural Health Clinics Act (Public Law [PL] 95-210) to address this issue. This act supported the work of physician assistants in rural areas by entitling PAs to receive reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid on a cost basis, thereby improving care access and reducing care costs in underserved areas. Since 2009, federally qualified rural clinics have received significant federal support, designed to improve access to cost-efficient care. Physician assistant programs also receive government funding to boost the primary care work force, in hopes of bolstering the numbers of providers who branch out to rural care.
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    At hospitals you may not get what you are charged for
    Kaiser Health News
    It's well known that the listed charges hospitals set for surgeries and other procedures — recently spotlighted by Medicare — bear little resemblance to the actual prices most patients end up paying. An analysis by Castlight, a San Francisco company that helps employers and workers compare provider prices, also finds that the hospital charges bear little relationship to the quality of the care.
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    Journal of Rural Health: Summer issue now available
    The Journal of Rural Health, a peer-reviewed international journal published by NRHA, is devoted to advancing professional practice, research, theory development and public policy related to rural health. The summer issue is now available to members via NRHA Connect. Articles include rural considerations in health insurance exchanges and promoting heart health in rural women.
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    Looks like the US is winning its war on childhood obesity
    The Washington Post
    For decades, researchers watched the widening waistlines of America's children with alarm, as report after report indicated rising numbers of overweight kids. In response, programs were implemented, mandates imposed and initiatives undertaken. Now, the studies are pouring in and the results are encouraging: Obesity rates are leveling off and even dropping, in a sign that the public health crisis of the moment may have eased.
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    Quality and Clinical Conference commences; Texas is next
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    Rural professionals, including Tom Morris, Office of Rural Health Policy head, are currently discussing innovations in rural health care quality and federal updates in Chicago. Plan now to attend NRHA's Rural Health Clinic and Critical Access Hospital conferences Oct. 1-4 in Austin, Texas.

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    NRHA member writes about how she aims to work herself out of a job
    NRHA
    Thinking back to 1981, I recall sipping strong coffee in rural Colombia, South America, pondering future employment in my native Arizona once my Peace Corps service ended. My knowledgeable and compassionate colleagues taught me the spirit of mentorship. In return, I mastered many roles.

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    Health care bill brings changes for rural clinics
    St. Joseph News-Press
    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed H.B. 315 at the end of the last legislative session. Part of the bill addresses mileage restrictions on physician assistants and advanced practice nurses.

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