NOSORH Annual Meeting: See You in Boston!

The NOSORH Annual Meeting is next week in Boston! The planning committee has once again put together an incredible agenda. We look forward to seeing you there!

Here’s a schedule of key events: Read More


Sponsor Spotlight: Hall Render

Hall RenderCorporate sponsors are not only an important resource for funding for the mission of NOSORH, they are experts in rural health and often partners to the State Offices of Rural Health. This important work will be featured in a series of articles leading up to the NOSORH Annual Meeting.

Since its establishment in 1967, Hall Render has become one of the largest health care law firms in the country and continues to grow. Over 200 attorneys and advocacy specialists provide legal services on all matters of health care, including rural health issues, to over 1,500 clients in 45 states. They represent rural health care systems, critical access hospitals, rural health clinics, and federally qualified health centers, among others. Read More



Building Impact with National Rural Health Day

NRHD Logo_Noember19,2015NOSORH is collaborating with Impact! Communications to help focus the “Power of Rural” messaging, enhance resources and broaden the reach of National Rural Health Day (NRHD). Join us during the Annual Meeting breakout session, “National Rural Health Day and the Power of Rural” on Wednesday, September 7 at 3:30 pm, for a discussion on how to leverage NRHD and the “Power of Rural” key messages to disseminate information, build partnerships and document the impact of rural programs in your state. Session participants are encouraged to take part in the discussion by sharing ideas and providing input on how best to support SORHs and community efforts for NRHD. Read More



Louisiana Flooding Generates Cooperation Among SORH and Clinics

Widespread flooding in southern Louisiana last month damaged at least 100,000 homes and killed 13 people. The impact was felt mostly in urban Baton Rouge and surrounding neighborhoods. But the flooding also affected rural areas and rural clinics. According to Tracie Ingram, director of the Louisiana SORH, two independent Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), which the SORH helped establish, experienced massive flooding.

“Thanks to the SORH Grant and our relationship with these providers, we found out immediately and were able to assist them in getting relocated and retain their licenses,” Ingram said. Both RHCs were back up serving rural citizens in alternative locations within four days of being flooded. Read More


Region B SORH Meeting Held in Nashville

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e great state of Tennessee last month. The meeting was full of informative presentations, beginning with learning about Tennessee’s long-term plans to address the state’s “BIG 4” : tobacco use, obesity, physical inactivity, drug deaths (in order). Tennessee is working to move their county health rankings into the top 10 in the nation. This region has been especially hard hit with hospital closures and several states shared stories on the community impact. Read More


Region E SORH Meeting Held in Medora

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The Region E SORH meeting was held August 16-17 in Medora, North Dakota. Every state in the region was represented with a total of 34 attendees. The Region E Planning Committee put together a great agenda with speakers from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Office of Regional Operations, RUPRI, Oregon Office of Rural Health, Center for Rural Health and the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis. Read More


Committee Clips

committee clipsNOSORH 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. Led by Past President Mary Sheridan, the Nominating Committee has released the information on the slate of officers to be voted on at the NOSORH Annual Meeting next week. Thanks to Melissa Van Dyne (MO) who volunteered to run for President-Elect and Corie Kaiser (OK) who once again volunteered to be nominated as Secretary. NOSORH bylaws dictate SORH Directors as the voting members of the organization.  Read More


RHIhub Spotlight

RHIhubThe RHIhub continues to add tools and features to assist rural communities in building effective community health programs. RHIhub recently partnered with NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis and the

University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center to create two new Evidence-Based Toolkits for Rural Community Health, which help rural communities make the best use of limited funding and resources. Read More


Policy Update

policyThe following update was provided by Hall Render, NOSORH Legislative Liaison:
CMS Releases Final IPPS Rule for FY 2017
On August 2, CMS issued its final rule for the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) for fiscal year 2017. The rule would increase payment rates by 0.95% compared to 2016 rates. CMS will also implement the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act, which requires hospitals and CAHs to provide written and oral notification to Medicare enrollees receiving observation services under outpatient status for more than 24 hours. Read More

Save-the-Date: 2017 National Rural EMS Conference

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Join rural EMS leaders from across the nation for the 3rd annual National Rural EMS Conference! The conference will be held April 25-26, 2017, in Fargo, North Dakota.