Rural Health Works Newsletter December 2016

December 21, 2016

View our newsletter, which now arrives twice a year. We hope you find it useful and can refer to our website for more information or feel free to call us.

There is information on our latest economic impact templates and about our workshops and webinars. Webinars are a new option for learning about specific tools and templates developed by the National Center. Be sure to call if you would like for us to present one to your constituents.

Site Registration Now Open for the November 17 Virtual Job Fair

October 27, 2016

Virtual Job Fair for Rural Sites
Thursday, November 17
7:00 – 10:15 p.m. ET
Register Now

Is your site in a rural area and has vacancies to fill? Participate in the upcoming Virtual Job Fair to promote your vacancies to health care providers across the country.

Participation is free! Site registration closes on Thursday, October 27.

To participate, your site must:

  • Be an active National Health Service Corps (NHSC) site or NURSE Corps critical shortage facility
  • Need to fill at least one vacancy in a category (Primary Care, Nursing, Mental and Behavioral Health, or Dental) for which you have a HPSA score of 14 or above
  • Have a completed NHSC Jobs Center Site Profile (Learn more about creating a Site Profile)
  • Have access to a computer, internet and a phone line

During the Virtual Job Fair, your site will have approximately 15 minutes in your own “virtual room” to present your site and job opportunities, the community you serve, and answer questions from participating job seekers. After the event, your site contact information will be provided to registered participants, and your site will be listed on our Virtual Job Fair web page.

For more information, please visit the Virtual Job Fair web page or email us at

Don’t miss this opportunity to promote your job vacancies – register today!


Sneak Preview of Presenters

October 19, 2016

We want to take a moment to share a few of our Get Link’d Conference SPEAKERS AND PRESENTERS!

Just $59 to attend

November 15-16, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn in Columbia, MO.

Senior Health Policy Advisor for the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (HRSA) , DR. PAUL MOORE will the general session speaker.  His lifetime of experience related to rural healthcare from both his family heritage and more than 30 years in community and hospital pharmacy.

Judy Shanley, Vice President, Education and Youth Transition at Easterseals will be sharing her knowledge of Mobility Management and Design Thinking Principals from the National Center for Mobility Management. Judy is working with NCMM, Easterseals, and Federal Transit Administration in developing Mobility Management certification program.

Carrie Porter,  Transportation Specialist/ Older Americans Act Sonusltant for the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources.  Serving 70 counties and 11 tribes in Wisconsin, she provides training and technical assistance to programs across the state. Carrie takes mobility management seriously and is working to bring Mobility Management Certification to a new level.

Visit our Website for more information about the Get Link’d Conference and Register On-Line Today!

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

September 2, 2016

What’s New

New Report:  Rural-Urban Differences in Coverage from Private Insurers.  Today, the Minnesota Rural Health Research Center released a new brief on the number of insurers available to consumers in rural and urban counties through the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace (FFM).  The researchers found that, of the 2,512 counties served by FFMs, 34% had only one or two insurers offering coverage. Of those, 80% of the counties were rural.

To access the MN brief, visit:

In June of this year, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation released analysis of the Affordable Care Act’s impact on individuals living in rural communities.  Key highlights from that report:

  • Coverage: Rural individuals, like those living in urban and suburban areas, have seen large coverage gains under the ACA – about an 8 percentage point increase from before the first open enrollment period through early 2015.
  • Premium tax credits: Among the 88 percent of rural consumers with premium tax credits, the average net monthly premium increased by $5, or 4 percent, between 2015 and 2016.
  • Access to care: Individuals in rural areas have seen improvements in access to care; the share who report being unable to afford needed care declined by nearly 6 percentage points from before the first open enrollment period through early 2015.

Continue reading “Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy”

Now is the time to REGISTER for the Get Link’d 2nd Annual Conference

August 30, 2016

November 15-16, 2016
The Hilton Garden Inn
3300 Vandiver Drive
Columbia, MO

Our Rural Health Workshops will focus on:

  • Health Disparities
  • Rural Communities & the Health Insurance Marketplace
  • Missouri Rural Hospitals Update
  • Recruiting for the Generations
  • Alternative Payment Methods
  • Navigating Stark and Anti-Kickback Laws

Registration forms and agenda can be found at

CPC+ Application Period

August 26, 2016

This month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) opened the application period for practices to participate in the new primary care model, Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), which is available to practices in Kansas and Missouri.  This model is an important opportunity to increase access and comprehensiveness of care to patients in rural communities. The CPC+ practice application period runs from August 1 – September 15, 2016.

CPC+ offers a unique chance for eligible primary care practices in 14 regions and states across the country to receive additional financial and technical support from Medicare and other payers.  Across these 14 regions, CMS’ goal is to have a large geographic spread and to ensure that rural practices are well represented in CPC+. In addition to the added support practices will receive from Medicare in CPC+, some may also be eligible for a 5% bonus payment for participating in an Advanced Alternative Payment Model through the proposed CMS Quality Payment Program.

Continue reading “CPC+ Application Period”

August 16-17 training on DED programs

August 4, 2016

Trainings will cover Business Development, Community Development and Redevelopment programs administered by the Department of Economic Development’s Division of Business and Community Services.

  • August 16-17, 2016……………………………………………..Jefferson City
  • October 18-19, 2016…………………………………………….Kansas City Area
  • October 25-26, 2016…………………………………………….Cape Girardeau
  • November 9-10, 2016……………………………………………St. Louis Area
  • November 15-16, 2016………………………………………….Springfield

Facility locations and registration details coming soon!

Local government officials, non-profit representatives, business developers, community developers or members of a regional planning commission have an opportunity to attend a free training Aug. 16-17 in Jefferson City, offered by the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Division of Business and Community Services.

Anyone interested in business development, community development and/or redevelopment programs administered by the department should attend.  Participants will learn how development financing tools work in general in the pre-seminar primer, hear from local developers in the general sessions and discover details on incentives available for business and community development, as well as redevelopment.

The full agenda is available at

The seminar will take place at a community room at the DBCS office, 3600 Country Club Drive, Jefferson City. Use the Ross Store entrance.