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WINTER 2010

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DIRECTOR'S COLUMN

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Mark Schoenbaum

PLACE

“When the fire siren wails, two dozen of my neighbors and I act as one, on behalf of the community....”

This quote, from Population:485 author and EMT Michael Perry, captures the values that support the social web and safety net that maintains our well-being from rural townships to urban neighborhoods. Read the rest of the story.

Mark Schoenbaum is director of the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care and can be reached at mark.schoenbaum@state.mn.us or 651-201-3859.

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PARTNER FOCUS


EXPLORING CAREERS IN SCRUBS CAMPS

by Heather Orfe, HealthForce Minnesota

HealthForce Minnesota is using innovative camps to build interest in health care as the current workforce retires and the need for health care specialists and skilled workers in rural communities increases. Read the rest of the story.

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COMMUNITY FOCUS

 
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MINNESOTA TO TRAIN OVER 500 HEALTH CARE IT PROFESSIONALS

Estimates indicate a national shortfall over the next five years of approximately 51,000 health information technology workers qualified to meet the needs of hospitals and physicians moving to electronic health care systems. Four schools in Minnesota are part of a nationwide effort to ensure health care facilities and medical practices meet the requirements of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Normandale Community College is part of the Midwestern Consortium Health IT Short-Term Training Program. The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, the College of St. Scholastica, and the University of Minnesota - Crookston make up the University Partnership for Health Informatics. Read the rest of the story.

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SPECIAL FEATURE

CMS SELECTS MINNESOTA FOR MULTI-PAYER ADVANCED PRIMARY CARE PRACTICE DEMONSTRATION Including Medicare as payer for certified health care homes is a critical step for rural Minnesota

Last fall, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services selected Minnesota as one of eight states to participate in the Multi-payer Advanced Primary Care Practice (MAPCP) demonstration project. This demonstration will add Medicare to Minnesota’s existing multi-payer health care home initiative as a payer for certified health care homes. Read the rest of the story.

 

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SAVE THE DATE: THE MINNESOTA RURAL HEALTH CONFERENCE IS JUNE 27-28 IN DULUTH


Minnesota Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
P. O. Box 64882
St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0882
Phone 651-201-3838
Toll free in Minnesota 800-366-5424
Fax: 651-201-3830
TDD: 651-201-5797
www.health.state.mn.us/divs/orhpc

  MISSION: To promote access to quality health care for rural and underserved urban Minnesotans. From our unique position within state government, we work as partners with communities, providers, policymakers and other organizations. Together, we develop innovative approaches and tailor our tools and resources to the diverse populations we serve