NOSORH committees are great focal points for engaging in many NOSORH initiatives.  Descriptions of all committees and contact information can be found on the NOSORH website. 

Finance – NOSORH released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for an investment advisor. RFPs are due by Monday, February 5th. For more information, contact Donna Pfaendtner.

PPMT – The Policy Program Monitoring Team meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 3 PM EST and works to respond to policy changes, respond to notices of proposed rulemaking, and looks at analysis of the impact of policy changes on rural populations. The work is chaired by John Barnas (MI) and Lynette Dickson (ND). This month, the committee worked with Harvey Licht of Varela Consulting Group, formerly of the New Mexico State Office of Rural Health, to consider comments to the Department of Health and Human Services on how to increase choice and competition for health care services. The comments filed provide a great overview of issues of completion in rural America and provide some simple summaries of current data. The committee also reviewed comments to submit to the FCC on Promoting Telehealth in Rural America.

JCREC-  JCREC’s first meeting of the year was held in early January and discussed submission of final edits of the JCREC 2017-2018 work plan. NASEMSO announced a change to their 2018 meeting schedules, with the Spring meeting to be held in May 2018 in Providence, RI. Another regional meeting will be held in the fall of 2018. The group also discussed a presentation of a National Rural Health Association EMS Policy Paper at the February 2018 NRHA Policy Forum.

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