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Oct. 1-2
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Oct. 2-4
Austin, Texas

Rural Multiracial and Multicultural Health Conferences
Dec. 3-5
San Antonio

Rural Health Policy Institute
Feb. 4-6
Washington, D.C.

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NRHA, ORHP and Grantmakers bring rural health collaboration to White House
NRHA hosted the White House Meeting on Opportunities for Public-Private Collaboration in Rural Health Care in partnership with ORHP and Grantmakers in Health this week. NRHA CEO Alan Morgan served on a panel alongside HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield and other Administration officials from USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services to identify areas of collaboration and partnership.
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NRHA briefs Capitol Hill on importance of rural hospital payments
To prepare Capitol Hill staff for NRHA's July 31 March for Rural Hospitals, NRHA took part in a briefing of the House of Representatives on the importance of protecting Medicare payments for rural hospitals. We know that the challenges of delivering health care in rural America remain great. We need your voice. Join NRHA in D.C. on July 31. Your hospital's Medicare payments depend on it.
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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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NRHA mourns the loss of a friend and colleague
NRHA is saddened by the loss of long-standing NRHA Border Health Initiative partner Frank Cantu. Frank passed away July 16 after complications from a heart attack. Prior to his retirement in April, Frank served as field director of the Office of Rural Health Policy's border health division for 10 years. He was an integral part of the NRHA's Border Health Initiative and will be greatly missed by NRHA staff and members.
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Senators: Rural hospitals hobbled by digital divide
HealthLeaders Media
Members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee suggest that Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the national coordinator for health information technology, has little or no idea of the challenges rural health care providers face as they grapple with Meaningful Use requirements.
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Join the fight for rural hospitals with NRHA's free event
Rural hospital funding faces the biggest threat from both Congress and the Administration in years. Cuts to critical access hospitals have again been proposed, and hundreds of millions of dollars to rural PPS hospitals will be lost if Congress does not act by Oct. 1. If these threats become reality, rural hospitals will be forced to cut services and close doors. Register now to join NRHA July 31 in D.C. for a free education and advocacy event.
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Study: Sterilization more common among rural women
Reuters
Rural women, especially those without much education, are more likely to have their "tubes tied" in their 20s and early 30s than urban and suburban women, according to a new study. It's possible, researchers speculated, that more rural women get sterilized because they don't have access to or can't afford long-term but reversible forms of contraception, such as intrauterine devices.
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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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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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Be a rural rock star in the Lone Star state
Get your ticket today for NRHA's Rural Health Clinic Conference, Oct. 1-2, and Critical Access Hospital Conference, Oct. 2-4, in the live music capital of the world, Austin, Texas. You'll discover the best rural-relevant ways to navigate Accountable Care Organizations, manage ICD-10 implementation and code changes, integrate telemedicine and achieve meaningful use, transform to a patient-centered medical home model and more from experts and colleagues from across the country. Register today to save hundreds on both events.
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    Empower Scan
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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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    Rural health initiative expands into fourth county
    ThedaCare
    The Rural Health Initiative is expanding. The initiative is designed to improve farmers' health by taking health care directly to them by sending a nurse free-of-charge to their farm to provide information, referrals to area services and listen to health concerns. The Rural Health Initiative was formed after the ThedaCare-led Community Health Action Team took a deep dive into rural health care and heard directly from farmers and their families about their concerns.
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    8 things you need to know now about ICD-10
    By Charlotte Bohnett
    The United States is the last country in the world with modern health care to adopt ICD-10 diagnosis codes, but it will join the crowd on Oct. 1, 2014. This massive ICD-10 change is quickly approaching, and it affects all of us in the health care field. Thus, there is no time like the present to start your ICD-10 education. Here are the eight things you need to know now about ICD-10.
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    Primary care shortfall could be worse than predicted
    American Medical News
    The U.S. appears to be falling behind in its effort to avert an impending primary care physician shortage, according to a recent study published in Academic Medicine that tracked the specialty choices of residents and fellows as they entered practice. About a third of physicians who deliver patient care are family doctors, internists or pediatricians, according to the American Medical Association's 2013 Physician Characteristics and Distribution in the U.S.
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    What community health centers mean to Americans; how they manage chronic diseases
    The Huffington Post
    If 75 percent of your income was spent on funding a medical condition that could have been prevented in the first place, that would get your attention, right? As a nation, most of our health care dollars are allocated to the treatment of chronic diseases. That's more than $1 trillion a year spent on treating preventable and chronic conditions. The impact extends beyond dollars spent. More than half of Americans suffer from one or more chronic diseases every year, making them the leading causes of death and disability.
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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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    Hospitals reduce patient harm, costs through national initiative to foster a culture of patient safety
    Medical News Today
    A national network of hospitals committed to caring for the vulnerable has prevented 1,184 harmful events and saved nearly $12 million through a federal initiative to reduce hospital-acquired conditions and preventable readmissions.
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    Share your story
    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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    Nurse practitioners slowly gain autonomy
    Stateline
    When the federal health law takes effect in January, some 30 million more Americans are expected to have health insurance, many for the first time. An already critical shortage of primary care providers may make a doctor's appointment hard to come by. Increasingly, you might hear, "The nurse will see you now."
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    Free online education for HIT training, informatics, exam prep and more
    The federally funded HITECH workforce training program will end Sept. 30, but there is still time to download the entire HITECH curriculum or access individual courses online. Bellevue College maintains multiple HIT training programs through ONC funding. ONC has also funded courses specific to public health staff on health informatics fundamentals. Also offered is a collaborative HIT certified associate exam prep with content provided by ONC and funded by the National Science Foundation.
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    NRHA partner webinar: Building hospital relationships, volumes
    Rural hospitals have a strong story to tell about improving health care quality. NRHA partner Legato Healthcare Marketing will host the session "Using quality data to improve employer relationships and patient volumes" at noon CST July 30. Participants will be better able to define and promote quality and use it to build hospital relationships and volumes.
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    Rural Roads: Rural food deserts leave residents hungry for nutritious options
    USDA defines a rural food desert as anywhere residents have to travel 10 or more miles to reach a full-service grocery store. Approximately 23.5 million Americans live in a food desert and experience a lack of access to fresh, healthy and affordable food, which contributes to a poor diet and can lead to higher rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
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    Observation status costly for hospitals
    HealthLeaders Media
    Article states that hospitals are likely losing money and incurring ill will from patients when they assign them to observation status under Medicare rules, especially if the patient has a general medicine diagnosis, and is female, an 18-month study of the practice at a Wisconsin academic medical center has found.
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    Most health care records now are electronic
    USA Today
    An ever-expanding amount of the nation's medical records — millions of prescriptions, medical reports and appointment reminders — are now computerized and part of an ambitious electronic medical records program, the Administration reports. The goals of electronic medical records include better and faster exchanges of information between doctors who share a patient, reducing duplication of tests and procedures, eliminating errors on prescriptions and providing patients with quicker access to their own records.
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    Skip social media; risk alienating patients
    American Medical News
    Physicians who forgo social media in their practices run the risk of falling behind patients' growing demands for digital communication and allowing negative reviews to define their reputations. Social media experts said physicians don't need to spend a lot of time online to meet patients' increasing digital demands. But they do need at least a minimal presence to enhance their practices and protect themselves from unfair criticism.
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    Quality and Clinical Conference commences; Texas is next
    NRHA
    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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    Physician assistants in rural America
    By Maria Frisch
    There is a shortage of doctors in rural America, and this is not a new problem. Since 2009, federally qualified rural clinics have received significant federal support, designed to improve access to cost-efficient care.

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    NRHA, ORHP and Grantmakers bring rural health collaboration to White House
    NRHA
    NRHA hosted the White House Meeting on Opportunities for Public-Private Collaboration in Rural Health Care in partnership with ORHP and Grantmakers in Health this week.

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