Join Rural EMS Leaders from across the nation for the 2nd National Rural EMS Conference: Building Integration & Leadership for the Future in San Antonio, Texas on April 21-22, 2016. NOSORH’s Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care (JCREC) invites Rural Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Directors, State EMS Officials, State Offices of Rural Health, Flex Program Managers, hospital administrators, elected officials, medical directors & other interested EMS partners to attend. During the conference participants will learn about the future of rural EMS, community paramedicine, systems of care, performance improvement, ambulance service sustainability, rural EMS education, simulation in motion, and much more. Check out the NOSORH website for more details. Read more.
As the calendar turns to February, Congress begins in earnest the fiscal year 2017 appropriations cycle. President Obama’s final budget request should be delivered to Congress on February 9. The budget request is expected to adhere to the discretionary spending levels established by the two-year budget deal Congress agreed to last fall. While the non-binding budget request will be declared dead on-arrival by House and Senate Republicans, it does offer a glimpse of Democratic priorities for 2016.
Below is a look back at some of things Congress did in January related to rural health care and health care in general.
Senate Prepares to Re-Introduce Rural Hospital Reform Bill: One of the primary goals of the Senate Rural Health Caucus is the re-introduction of the Craig Thomas Rural Hospital and Provider Equity (R-HoPE) Act. In the last Congress, Sens. Al Franken (D-MN) and Pat Roberts (R-KA) introduced the measure, which is intended to help rural communities address the challenges they face when it comes to providing quality health care. The bill recognizes that rural health providers have different needs than their urban counterparts and attempts to place rural providers on an equal playing field with doctors and hospitals throughout the nation. Read more.
The NOSORH Board met in person earlier this month to assess and adopt strategies to ensure the vitality and value of the Cooperative Agreement (CA) activities, the organization and to build the capacity of NOSORH to ensure the 2016-18 strategy delivers high value partnerships, activities and services for SORH. The NOSORH Board represents nearly 50% of the members across the nation. The meeting began by discussing the major issues facing SORH today and what SORHs need to do to stay relevant and thrive in the next 5 years. NOSORH’s President, Scott Daniels (HI) reports, “The Board Planning Meeting showed there is a lot we want to accomplish as an organization over the next year and helped to prioritize the work that needs to get done. It also highlighted that we will need the participation of all the SORHs if we are to be successful in achieving our goals.” Read more.
On National Rural Health Day 2015, the Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH) hosted The Rural Collaborative: Kentucky’s First Rural Health Network Showcase, Funding Workshop, and Idea Exchange. The one-day event highlighted the work that has been accomplished across the state as it relates to the HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) Community Based Division grants. Attendees also received assistance in preparing to submit competitive applications for upcoming opportunities.
“It is encouraging to witness the impact these investments have made across our rural communities”, said Ernie Scott, KORH Director. Read more.
Registration is now open for the Rural Training Track Collaborative Annual Meeting in Denver, February 24-26, and a final agenda is available here: http://rttcollaborative.net/annual-meeting/
Join other rural medical educators from rural training programs around the nation, to achieve the following:
RHIhub recently updated the following topic guides on the RHIhub website:
NOSORH offers Steal Sheet articles for SORHs to distribute in emails, in your (or your partners’) newsletter, on web sites, Facebook pages, etc. The February Steal Sheet includes:
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