Registration Open for Second National Rural EMS Conference

EMS Photo (small)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.


Policy Update

policy-news-editedAs 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.


NOSORH Works to Establish Priorities for 2016-2018 and Welcomes New Members

BR Word cloudThe 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.


Kentucky SORH Uses National Rural Health Day to convene Outreach, Network and Network Planning Grantees

PP HandOn 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.


Build it Well and They Will Come: Rural Curriculum Development and Accreditation

RTTRegistration is now open for the Rural Training Track Collaborative Annual Meeting in Denver, February 24-26, and a final agenda is available here:

Join other rural medical educators from rural training programs around the nation, to achieve the following:

  1. Use a community engaged approach to building programs, designing curricula, and expanding capacity for medical school and residency education
  2. Better understand the standards of accreditation for rural residency programs
  3. Align curricular efforts in undergraduate and graduate rural tracks
  4. Form regional consortia for the purpose of growing a rural workforce
  5. Learn lessons from the history of RTTs for the purpose of curricular and program design
  6. Become part of a growing network of individuals and organizations engaged in rural training, both undergraduate and graduate medical education programs, from around the nation Read more.


RHIhub Spotlight

RHIhubRHIhub recently updated the following topic guides on the RHIhub website:

  • Rural Healthcare Quality – This topic guide covers how healthcare quality is measured and defined, as well as differences that exist for rural healthcare providers related to quality. This guide is maintained by Brandon Baumbach, RHIhub Rural Health Policy Specialist.
  • Conducting Rural Health Research, Needs Assessment, and Program Evaluation – This guide identifies the similarities and differences among rural health research, assessment, and evaluation. It also discusses common methods, provides contacts, addresses the importance of community-based participatory research in rural communities, looks at CHNA requirements, and examines the importance of building a rural evidence-based. Includes new questions related to strategies to share rural health research results. This guide is maintained by Maren Niemeier, RHIhub Information Resources Manager. Read more.


February Steal Sheet

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:

New Resources:

  • Registration Now Open for Rural Training Track Collaborative Annual Meeting

Funding Roundup:

  • Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant Program
  • Accountable Health Communities Funding Available

Click here for February Steal Sheet