Community Based Care Transition Program applications are being accepted for test models to improve care transitions of high risk Medicare beneficiaries.
A Critical Access Hospital in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area affiliated with an outpatient, ambulatory care clinic may be approved to participate in a three-year expansion pilot of the National Health Service Corps (NSHC) programs. Eligible providers must split their time between the approved CAH and clinic according to program requirements. Each CAH is limited to 10 total NHSC participants during the three-year pilot project. More information is online or contact Deb Jahnke at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-201-3845.
UPCOMING ORHPC MEETINGS
The Rural Hospital Flexibility Committee is meeting October 20 in St. Paul.
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Judy Bergh, Craig Baarson and Anne Schloegel visited Bigfork Valley, Cook Hospital, Deer River Health Care Center (link no longer available), Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital and Scenic Rivers Health Services (Cook). They also met with PortageHealth, a third party administrator.
Jill Myers Kemper left ORHPC at the end of September to take a job with OptumHealth. We appreciate all of her contributions and we will miss her enthusiasm and leadership.
Mark Schoenbaum wrote Critical Access Hospitals: Hubs for Rural Health Care (link no longer available) for Minnesota Medicine.
Congratulations, Mark, for receiving the 2011 Distinguished Service Award from the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health!
Community Clinic Grant pre-applications are due October 7.
Minnesota's Loan Forgiveness applications are due December 1.
Rural Hospital Capital Improvement Grant applications will be available October 10 and due December 16.
Be an ORHPC grant reviewer. Please contact Doug Benson at email@example.com or 651-201-3842 or Cindy LaMere at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-201-3852 with your name, profession, place of employment and contact information.
Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program (announcement HRSA-12-083) applications are due November 22.
Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program applications from state and local governments are due October 31.
Pilot studies using Community-Based Participatory Research to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities applications from researchers in the Midwest Division of the American Cancer Society are due October 15.
UnitedHealth HEROES Service Learning Grant applications to fight childhood obesity are due October 17 from nonprofits, service-learning coordinators, schools and health profession students.
Openings in the Secretary of State's September press release include:
Special rural health issue of American Journal of Clinical Medicine papers are due October 15.
Country Doctor of the Year nominations are due October 15.
The Minnesota GO vision presents 50-year objectives to inform all transportation planning, construction and delivery investment and service decisions. Challenges and opportunities include the aging population, health care costs, and floods and water quality. Comment by October 21.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship applications are due November 9.
Presentations for the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health are due November 15.
The Compliance Team, Inc. is accepting applications from critical access hospitals to participate in the Accreditation Demonstration Project (link no longer available). Once completed, an application for deeming authority will be submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Michael Wilcox, M.D., responds to questions in: Paramedics filing health care gap as need grows.
In August, Chad Cooper was named chief executive officer of St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Mahnomen Health Center received a federal grant to support adoption of health information technology and certified electronic health records.
Glacial Ridge Health System and Northfield Hospital and Clinics completed the attestation to meaningful use process.
Carlton County received youth suicide prevention program funding.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is expanding its Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record pilot to include Minneapolis VA Health Care System and Minnesota hospitals through the Community Health Information Collaborative Health Information Exchange. The VA expansion will include veterans in Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin.
The University of Minnesota-Rochester, which prepares students for careers in health sciences, is featured in Inventing a New Kind of College: Don't Lecture Me on American Radio Works.
Unity Family Healthcare staff and Morrison County health care and emergency services agencies received violence prevention training through Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program funding (link no longer available).
Sanford Health and WebMD developed fit, to promote health and wellness and prevent obesity among 2- to18-year-olds.
Sen. Al Franken was named 2011 Legislator of the Year during the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health’s (link no longer available) annual conference.
Mississippi Headwaters Area Dental Health Center in Bemidji received an $80,000 Health Center Planning Grant Award from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Minnesota Rural Health Cooperative hired Denise Schneekloth as executive director.
Appleton Municipal Hospital, Clearwater Health Services (Bagley), Cook County North Shore Hospital (Grand Marais), Deer River HealthCare Center, Lakewood Health Center (Baudette), New River Medical Center (Monticello), Perham Memorial Hospital and Home, Rainy Lake Medical Center (International Falls), Redwood Area Hospital and River's Edge Hospital & Clinic (St. Peter) are participating in the Stratis Health led Rural Patient Safety Culture Project.
Bigfork Valley Hospital (Bigfork) (link no longer available) and Riverwood Healthcare Center (Aitkin) (link no longer available) are expanding with assistance from Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board grants.
Sanford Health announced Letter of Intent with Clearwater Health Services (CHS) (link no longer available). CHS includes Memorial Hospital (Bagley) and the attached CHS clinic, the Clearwater Ambulance Service and the CHS clinic in Clearbrook.
The Minnesota Community Healthcare Worker Alliance meets the first Wednesday of each month. Contact Joan Cleary at email@example.com for more information.
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Community Paramedicine Insights Forum webinar is the third Monday of each month at 2 p.m.
The National Association of State EMS Officials is October 2-7 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Meaningful Use Boot Camp in Granite Falls is October 11 for clinics and October 12 for hospitals through the Regional Extension Assistance Center for HIT (REACH) .
Rural Economic & Wellness Regional Symposium is October 13. Contact Judy Neppel at 218-281-8323 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accountable Care Organizations, Accountable to Whom? is a Minnesota Physician Publishing Health Care Roundtable October 13 in Minneapolis.
Meaningful Use Boot Camp in Grand Forks, North Dakota is October 25 for hospitals and October 26 for clinics through the Regional Extension Assistance Center for HIT (REACH) .
The Sixth Annual Many Faces of Community Health Conference is October 27-28 in Minneapolis.
The Ninth Annual American Indian Health Research Conference is October 28-29 in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety & Health Forum is November 16-17.
View online all previous issues of the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care publications.
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