NEW report! Health Status of Rural Minnesotans is on the Rural Health Advisory Committee website.
NEW fact sheet! Minnesota's Dental Assistant Workforce 2008-2009 is on the ORHPC Health Care Workforce Analysis Program website.
Tom Major joined the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care Health Care Workforce Analysis Program in August. Tom replaces Ed Van Cleave who retired in June. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-201-3846.
HEALTH CARE REFORM
Minnesota receives grant to help develop health insurance exchange (link no longer available).
Comments on the amendments to Health Care Quality Measures - Rule Development (link no longer available) are due September 14.
Medicare payment for health care home services to begin in October. Through Minnesota's participation in the Medicare Multi-payer Advanced Primary Care Practice demonstration, certified health care homes will be reimbursed for care coordination services provided to fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries. Participation information is online.
HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Regional Extension Assistance Center for HIT (REACH) services are available to all Minnesota and North Dakota providers—whether you have:
Rural Hospital Planning and Transition Grant applications are due September 19.
Indian Health Grant applications are due September 30.
Community Clinic Grant pre-applications are due October 7.
Minnesota's Loan Forgiveness applications are due December 1.
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.
Health care delivery system demonstration proposals are due to the Minnesota Department of Human Services by September 21.
H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant applications are due November 17 to provide education, training and job placement in industries, such as health care, for which employers are using H-1B visas to hire foreign workers.
Community Based Care Transition Program applications are being accepted for test models to improve care transitions of high risk Medicare beneficiaries.
Avera’s eEmergency services featured in the current issue of the Rural Monitor.
Minnesota health care providers Vicki Brady, N.P.; Kai Hjermstad, paramedic; Jane Hovland, R.N., L.P.; Heidi Korstad, M.D., Joyce Kramer, R.N.; Curtis Louwagie, M.D.; Clinton MacKinney, M.D.; Ruth Pallansch, N.P.; Mike Wilcox, M.D. weigh in on MPR about meeting challenges to rural patient care: Rural health, distance, money (link no longer available).
The Health IT Training Program at Normandale Community College (link no longer available) was featured on Fox 9 (link no longer available) and WCCO. The $500, online, six-month course has openings for the fall semester.
Augsburg College, College of St. Scholastica, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State University-Mankato, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, St. Mary's University of Minnesota and Winona State University received a total of $826,113 to expand nursing education, training and diversity.
Delta Dental of Minnesota Trust (link no longer available) gave funding to Metropolitan State University, Rice Regional Dental Clinic and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.
The State Health Access Data Assistance Center at the University of Minnesota is helping to implement health care reform.
Jim Boulger, Ph.D., professor and director of the Center for Rural Mental Health Studies at the University of Minnesota Medical School was interviewed for Med schools seek right fit for rural practice in the American Medical News.
Stratis Health's contract to serve as Minnesota's Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) was renewed for the next three years. Stratis Health has implemented the QIO contract since the program began in the 1970s.
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Community Paramedicine Insights Forum webinar is the third Monday of each month at 2 p.m.
Meaningful Use Boot Camp is September 7 for clinics and September 8 for hospitals. The Regional Extension Assistance Center for HIT (REACH) is offering the full-day sessions in St. Paul.
The Central Minnesota Regional Trauma Advisory Committee is meeting September 8 in St. Cloud.
Working with veterans and their families is the topic of the Third Annual Rural Behavioral Health Practice Conference (link no longer available) September 9 at UM-Morris, with a simultaneous webcast.
Learn the Basics of Starting a Telemedicine Program is September 21 in Minneapolis. This Great Plains TRAC half-day workshop is limited to 30 people.
Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs Annual conference is September 21-23 in Duluth.
The Rural Health Advisory Committee is meeting September 23 in St. Paul.
The State Trauma Advisory Council is meeting September 27 in St. Paul.
Rural Health Clinic and Critical Access Hospital Conferences are September 27-30 in Kansas City, Missouri.
The National Association of State EMS Officials is October 2-7 in Madison, Wisconsin.
The Southern Minnesota Regional Trauma Advisory Committee is meeting October 6 in Owatonna.
Rural Economic & Wellness Regional Symposium is October 13.
Accountable Care Organizations, Accountable to Whom? is a Minnesota Physician Publishing Health Care Roundtable October 13 in Minneapolis.
The Rural Hospital Flexibility Committee is meeting October 20 in St. Paul.
The Sixth Annual Many Faces of Community Health Conference is October 27-28 in Minneapolis.
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.
Minnesota Office of Rural Health and Primary Care