Pennsylvania Rural Hospital Leader Receives National Quality Spirit Award

University Park, Pa. – Larry Baronner, rural healthsystems manager and deputy director at the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH), received the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) Spirit Award on July 18, 2018 at a national meeting in Bethesda, Maryland, convened by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP).

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Pennsylvania Critical Access Hospital Program Receives National Recognition for Quality Improvement

University Park, Pa. – The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP). has recognized 10 states for outstanding quality performance of their Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in achieving the highest reporting rates and levels of improvement across the nation over the past year. The recognition was given on July 18, 2018 at a national meeting in Bethesda, Maryland, convened by FORHP. The CAH program is administered by State Offices of Rural Health; the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) leads the program in the state. Pennsylvania has 15 CAHs which serve the most rural communities in the state.

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The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) plans to award up to 75 grants to rural communities as part of a new Rural Communities Opioid Response (Planning) (RCORP) initiative in FY 18

Successful awardees will receive up to $200,000 for one-year to develop plans to implement opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery interventions designed to reduce opioid overdoses among rural populations.
The initiative will focus on the 220 counties identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as being at risk (PDF – 158 KB), as well as other high risk rural communities.

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CMS announces new model to address impact of the opioid crisis for children

Model to focus on children in Medicaid and CHIP who have physical and behavioral health needs, including substance use

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new Innovation Center payment and service delivery model as part of a multi-pronged strategy to combat the nation’s opioid crisis. The Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model aims to reduce expenditures and improve the quality of care for children under 21 years of age covered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through prevention, early identification, and treatment of behavioral and physical health needs. The model will empower states and local providers to better address these needs through care integration across all types of healthcare providers.

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CDC’s POLARIS Policy Portal Rural Health Page

CDC’s POLARIS Policy Portal Rural Health Page. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a rural motion graphic highlighting the unique challenges within rural areas and the need to implement community-specific public health strategies addressing rural-urban health disparities. The page also provides resources with information on chronic diseases, opioids, behavioral health, etc., including examples of successful public health interventions for rural communities.