• ORHPC’s Fact Sheet: CAH Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments is online (PDF: 79KB/2pgs)
• ORHPC and the Rural Health Advisory Committee released Telemental Health in Rural Minnesota (PDF: 879KB/61pgs).
• ORHPC received $730,183 to support Critical Access Hospitals and Emergency Medical Services through the Rural Hospital Flexibility Program. Later in the year, CAHs and EMS apply to ORHPC for Flex funding to improve access and quality and relieve some financial pressures.
STATE HEALTH REFORM
• Health Benefit Exchange comments are due September 3.
• Health Care Quality Measures-Rule Development comments are due September 8.
• MDH certifies state's first health care homes:
• Health Care Homes conference calls and webinars are every third Wednesday. These include an update on health care homes implementation and next steps, followed by a presentation on a certification-related theme. Questions are welcome.
HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
• See Minnesota's response to a request for public comments on criteria for the Health Information Exchange Accreditation Program (PDF: 142KB/14pgs).
Debra Jahnke, Mary Ann Radigan, Anne Schloegel and Lee Schutz met with staff and toured CentraCare Health System in Long Prairie, Lakeview Medical Clinic and St. Michael's Hospital in Sauk Centre and Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris.
Craig Baarson met with Anne Cazaban and Steve Rondestvedt at AXIS Medical Center (Minneapolis) about practice management and billing issues.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services held two days of seminars in the Twin Cities. Craig Baarson attended the community seminar on Medicare updates. Doug Benson and Deb Jahnke attended the Minnesota SafetyNETworking event focusing on populations beyond Medicare.
Deb Jahnke and Anne Schloegel toured Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center in Rochester.
Mark Schoenbaum toured Sibley Medical Center and presented an update on state and federal health reform to the board.
Karen Welle participated in the National Rural Health Association's health care broadband policy meeting in Washington, D.C.
Community Clinic Grant pre-applications are due October 1.
Loan Forgiveness Programs to health care students or residents are open for application through December 1.
Applications for the Healthier Minnesota Traditional Community Clinic Fund Grant are due September 23.
Applications for the Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant (HRSA-11-085) are due October 8.
Applications for the Rural Health Network Development Grant (HRSA-11-089) are due November 12. A technical assistance call is October 7.
Rural Community Hospital Demonstration Program applications are due October 14.
Serve on one of these Minnesota councils/boards seeking members:
Contact staff members to participate in Minnesota e-Health Initiative Workgroups.
Jim Boulger, Ph.D, is featured in the current issue of the National Rural Health Association publication Rural Roads. Dr. Boulger is Department of Behavioral Sciences professor, Family Medicine director, Center for Rural Mental Health Studies director and Family Medicine Preceptorship Program director at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Duluth.
The Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences named L. Gary Hart, Ph.D., as director.
Commissioner Sanne Magnan appointed Marty Witrak, Ph.D., R.N. as co-chair of the Minnesota e-Health Advisory Committee. Dr. Witrak is dean of the School of Nursing at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth and has been a member of the Advisory Committee since 2009. Fellow co-chair Walt Cooney, J.D., M.A., executive director of Neighborhood Healthcare Network, has served on the Committee since 2008 and as co-chair since 2009.
LifeCare Medical Center (Roseau) and Open Door Health Center (Mankato) received Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement grants.
Northeast Minnesota Area Health Education Center received a Rural Health Workforce Development Grant. It will be used for the mnHEALTHnet Palliative Care Initiative.
Paynesville Area Health Care System received a grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation to improve medication safety.
HHS Awards $159.1 Million to Support Health Care Workforce Training.
Sanford Health and WebMD announced an educational collaboration on children's health, nutrition and fitness.
Thief River Falls Area Ambulance was featured on WDAZ TV, Grand Forks. More about the Heart to Heart program is in the summer issue of the ORHPC Quarterly.
State fairgoers experienced telehealth at the Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center booth.
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Attend the Second Annual Rural Behavioral Health Practice Conference in person or by webcast, September 10, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Morris.
Rural Palliative Care Networking Group is meeting September 21in Mora.
A webinar on rural primary care workforce shortages and challenges in the context of recent policy developments is September 23, 1-2 p.m. CDT.
The national Rural Health Clinic and Critical Access Hospital Conference is September 28-October 1 in Kansas City.
The 2010 Community Health Conference: Looking, Leading, Moving Ahead is September 29-October 1 in Brainerd.
The Minnesota Hospice Veteran Partnership Conference: Serving Rural Veterans With Hospice and Palliative Care Needs is October 19-20 at the St. Cloud Civic Center.
Many Faces of Community Health 2010 Conference Time of Transformation: Roots & Redesign is October 28-29 in St. Louis Park.
Comprehensive Advanced Life Support (CALS) Hospital Conference: Building Resources for Rural Emergency Care is October 29 in Brooklyn Center.
View online all previous issues of the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care publications.
Minnesota Office of Rural Health and Primary Care