Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

HRSA Awards Rural Communities to Combat the Opioid Crisis. This includes $25.5 million to over 120 rural organizations to increase access to substance abuse prevention and treatment services serving rural populations across the country. Specifically, $19 million was awarded to 95 organizations under FORHP’s Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Planning and nearly $6.5 million to 26 rural organizations to expand the reach of the Rural Health Opioid Program. In addition, nearly $400 million is going to support 1,232 health centers across the country. To learn about HRSA-supported resources, please visit HRSA’s Opioid Crisis page.

State of Obesity 2018 Report.  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health have released the 15th annual State of Obesity report, announcing an “urgent need to increase evidence-based obesity prevention programs.” Based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the report finds that adult obesity rates are at or above 35 percent in seven mostly-rural states:  Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and West Virginia.  Also this week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released a final recommendation on behavioral weight loss interventions.


Funding Opportunities

Small Rural Hospital Transition Project – October 24.  Nine rural hospitals will be selected to receive on-site technical assistance for the transition to value-based care and Alternative Payment Models.  Applicants may select either a financial operational assessment or quality improvement project.  Preview questions in advance of the application period opening September 25th and get helpful hints for submitting a successful application.


NQF Final Report:  Rural-Relevant Measures for Healthcare Quality.  For the first time, the National Quality Forum (NQF) has released a set of quality measures for rural hospitals and ambulatory care facilities to improve quality of care and access in rural areas.  The measures were developed by a subgroup of the Measures Application Partnership (MAP), which formed a Rural Health Workgroup to provide recommendations from a rural perspective.

2018 Rural Hospital and Clinic Financial Summit Report. With the support of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, the National Rural Health Resource Center developed this report following a Summit of key rural hospital and clinic stakeholders to identify the most important financial indicators and strategies to transition to value-based payment. This report is designed to help rural hospital and clinic leaders meet this transition with financial success.