Health Care Home team hosts conference calls and webinars. Free and low cost health care home registry tools and resources for Minnesota clinics webinar is April 22, noon-1 p.m.
On March 22, the Minnesota Department of Health adopted final rules establishing eight baskets of care and the associated quality measures. A basket of care is a collection of services that are paid separately under a fee-for-service system, which ordinarily the provider combines in a full diagnostic or treatment procedure.
HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
The Minnesota e-Health Initiative 2010 Report to the Minnesota Legislature (PDF: 65 pgs/751KB) includes a summary of activities, an introduction to the HITECH Act and Minnesota's response to it, and priorities for 2010.
The Federal Communications Commission released Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan. The proposal includes an extensive section on health care and specific policy recommendations for lifting barriers to telemedicine.
ORHPC NEWS AND RESOURCES
Thirty-two applicants received Loan Forgiveness Program awards. The Dentist Program received nine applications and offered awards to two final-year students. The Nurse Faculty Program received 12 applications and made seven awards to final-year students. The Nurse Program received 14 applications and made six awards to final-year students. The Rural Midlevel Practitioner Program received 17 applications and made eight awards to final-year students. The Rural Physician Program received 17 final-year resident applications and four received awards. Five Rural Pharmacist Program awards were made to final-year students; the program received 34 applications. The next application cycle will open July 1.
Snapshot: Minnesota Health Care Workforce
Craig Baarson visited Southside Medical Clinic in Minneapolis. Craig also met with Mankato Clinic (Mapleton) and Hennepin County Medical Center and the Minnesota Asian/American Health Coalition.
Doug Benson, Deb Jahnke, Mary Ann Radigan and Anne Schloegel toured the remodeled Southside Dental Clinic and Administration in Minneapolis.
Deb Jahnke and Anne Schloegel visited Cedar Riverside People's Center. Craig Baarson joined Anne and Deb at United Family Medicine.
Kristen Tharaldson met with Mike Myers, division director of the Tribal Development Division of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe about health information technology. Kristen traveled to Cass Lake Indian Health Services to meet with Karen Davis about telemental health services.
Kristen Tharaldson participated in the Rural Voices Leadership and Policy Workshop.
Welcome to Ed Van Cleave, who is joining ORHPC this month as our health workforce senior analyst.
The Minnesota Primary Care Loan Fund: Ongoing
Summer Health Care Intern Program: Facilities must apply by April 19
Rural Health Collaborative Research (see right side of Clinical and Translational Science Institute Web site)
Rural Workforce Development
Rural Training Track - Technical Assistance Demonstration Program (HRSA-10-192)
Nursing Scholarship (HRSA)
Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program (USDA)
National Health Service Corps and NEW Part-time National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Programs (HRSA)
State Trauma Advisory Council vacancy for a rural hospital administrator will be posted April 5 (PDF: 26KB/1pg).
Be an ORHPC grant reviewer
Serve on one of these Minnesota state task forces seeking members:
Many Faces of Community Health October 28-29
Future of health care alive and well in Staples through health care homes and baskets of care.
Tri-County Hospital in Wadena featured in the Great Lakes Regional Stroke Network March 2010 issue of Wave.
The Minnesota Board of Pharmacy Prescription Monitoring Program is scheduled to go live mid-April. Pharmacies have been reporting prescriptions since January 4, 2010. The site provides information on how providers may participate. Currently medication histories are available for most Minnesotans through the Minnesota Health Information Exchange (MN HIE). MN HIE is a partnership of payers, providers and the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls received a Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant to create a regional home care agency. St. Gabriel's Hospital will create an implementation plan that addresses the home care needs of clients in Albany, Baudette, Breckenridge, Little Falls and Park Rapids in Minnesota and Carrington, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Lisbon, Oakes and Williston in North Dakota. St. Gabriel’s Hospital applied for the grant on behalf of all Catholic Health Initiatives facilities in the two states.
Michael Youso joined Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital as chief executive officer in January.
Terry Hill, executive director of the National Rural Health Resource Center in Duluth, was quoted in ModernHealthcare article, Some say rules could put stimulus cash out of reach.
The Minnesota Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Network hired Richard Smestad as deputy director. The Minnesota AHEC is a statewide network supporting the health professional workforce needs of rural and urban underserved Minnesota communities in five regional centers representing 67 of Minnesota’s 87 counties.
Stratis Health is offering a wide array of online training sessions targeted for specific provider audiences.
The University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Southern Maine released The Potential Impact of Pay-for-Performance on the Financial Health of Critical Access Hospitals (PDF: 1pg/150KB).
The Great Lakes Regional Stroke Network added teleconferences and a dysphagia page to the updated site.
GE Healthcare, Intel and Mayo Clinic Explore New Models of Health Care Delivery.
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Four Patient Safety and Quality meetings are scheduled in April, sponsored by Minnesota Hospital Association and Stratis Health.
Minnesota Rural Palliative Care Initiative Outcomes Congress is April 8 in St. Cloud.
Meaningful Use for CAHS Technical Assistance and Services Center - Health Information Technology webinar is April 13.
Healthy Teeth for Children (PDF: 142KB/1pg) preview is April 15 in Minneapolis. Receive a free DVD in English, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese to help you improve dental health literacy in your community.
Lean Processes for Healthcare and Workflow Redesign for Performance Improvement is April 15 in Duluth, hosted by .Rural Health Resource Center.
Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians Spring Refresher is April 15-16 in St. Louis Park.
Trauma Performance Improvement Seminars will be offered at four locations in May.
Minnesota Stroke Conference 2010 is May 11 in St. Cloud.
National Rural Health Association's 33rd Annual Rural Health Conference is May 19-21 in Savannah, Georgia.
Symposium on Small Towns Finding Solutions and Redefining Communities is June 9-10 in Morris.
National Rural Health Association's Medication Use in Rural America Conference is June 16-18 in Kansas City, Missouri.
The 2010 Minnesota e-Health Summit is June 16-17 in Brooklyn Park.
Minnesota Rural Health Conference is June 28-29 in Duluth.
Sixth International Roundtable on Community Paramedicine and the annual National Rural EMS Summit August 9-13 in Vail, Colorado.
View online all previous issues of the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care publications.
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