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NRHA in The Washington Post: Osteopathic doctors may help alleviate rural doc shortage
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The national shortfall of family doctors, pediatricians and other generalists is expected to reach 52,000 by 2025. And only 9 percent of physicians practice in rural areas, where 20 percent of the U.S. population lives. “That’s where osteopaths have been largely helpful — in primary care and especially for those in need,” said NRHA’s Brock Slabach. And their footprint appears to be growing. More

Explore Louisville with colleagues from across the country
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NRHA’s 36th Annual Rural Health Conference, the nation’s largest gathering of rural health professionals, comes May 7-10 on the heels of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville. There are plenty of opportunities to turn your trip into a vacation and explore renowned caves and caverns, the history behind the iconic Louisville Slugger and the life of hometown hero Muhammad Ali. Register now to save $100. More

NRHA sets its sights on the world
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NRHA has established the association’s International Rural Health Task Force to help lay groundwork for enhancing members’ expertise and experience. As issues in access to care parallel similar issues in other rural parts of the world, NRHA is looking to provide further leadership on rural health issues by fostering international connections in rural health and opportunities for members with international expertise and interests. More

NRHA’s Daily Yonder column: Sequestration, Medicaid and mortality
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Medicare cuts from sequestration will cost rural communities 12,000 health care jobs. But even bigger problems await rural residents in states that don’t expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Since rural areas have a disproportionate share of elderly and poor people, Medicaid expansion would have a more significant impact in saving lives and improving economic conditions for rural, writes NRHA’s Brock Slabach. More

HRSA webinar: HIT and quality for safety net providers
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This webinar titled “Using Clinical Decision Support in Safety Net Provider Settings” explores how safety net providers can implement and use a clinical decision support (CDS) system at 2 p.m. EST March 22. A CDS complements an electronic health record, helping to ensure all patients in a practice receive appropriate and timely preventive services and the right test, the right medication and the right treatment. Meaningful use requires that each clinician implement one CDS rule relevant to their specialty or clinical priority along with the capability to track compliance with the rule.More

Free webinar: Health literacy needs and barriers of rural patients
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Julie Halverson, University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center assistant researcher, will present a webinar titled “Health Literacy and Rural Residence: Identifying and Addressing Needs” at noon CST March 28. The webinar will identify health literacy needs and barriers among a sample of rural cancer patients, examine how cultural values influence help-seeking and identify resources that address health literacy needs and barriers. More

ONC releases materials on CAHs, EHR and health IT benefits
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In an effort to support better care coordination and access to patient information in rural America, HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator recently released content specific to critical access hospitals and other small hospitals, the benefits and implementation of electronic health records, as well as meaningful use incentives. More

National Health Service Corps invites providers to virtual job fair
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Primary care medical, dental and mental and behavioral health providers in your state are being invited to register and participate in the NHSC Virtual Job Fair from 7-10 p.m. EST March 19. It makes finding job opportunities easy and convenient for clinicians and students with busy schedules who are interested in serving at Indian Health Service centers and Tribal clinics. Primary care providers from all over the country are welcome to participate. More

NRHA Partners offer free webinars on ICD-10 implementation and patient safety
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Contexo Media will present “Understanding and Preparing for ICD-10-CM/PCS” at noon CST March 20 to guide you through the basics of ICD-10-CM and PCS by clarifying the different code sets and defining project management requirements. “Safety — A Call to Action” will be presented by Verge Solutions to discuss the National Association for Health Care Quality’s patient safety strategies and goals at noon CST March 21. More

ONC offers free vouchers for health IT professional examinations
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HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator is offering free vouchers for health IT professionals to take one or more of the health IT professional exams. Exams will cover six key areas and must be taken by April 1. As of February, more 17,000 individuals in rural communities have taken part in the training offered through the program. More

Top 100 CAHs named
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iVantage Health Analytics’ 2013 “Benchmark Performance for Critical Access Hospitals” study is an extension of the industry’s first rural hospital ratings program developed by this NRHA Corporate Partner. See which hospitals made the company’s list. More

NRHA advocacy blog: Senate appropriations committee releases continuing resolution
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The Senate Appropriations Committee recently released its draft continuing resolution which would fund the government for the remaining six months of fiscal year 2013, operating under the caps and sequestration established in the budget control act. NRHA continues to advocate on behalf of all rural health programs. More

Fiscal cliff health care policy fix: Good for rural patients, taxpayers
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Rarely do federal lawmakers come upon a policy that can expand access to critical health care services and simultaneously save taxpayers money. More

HHS takes ‘time out’ on meaningful use stage 3 rule-making
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HHS is effectively taking a “time out” in its rule-making process to ponder the best way to move forward with stage three of electronic health record meaningful use objectives intended to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health care. More

Study: Patients balk at considering cost in medical decision-making
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In recent years, consumers increasingly have been encouraged to factor cost into their medical decisions — by, for example, avoiding unnecessary tests, buying generic drugs and reducing visits to the emergency room. The hope is that a patient better educated and more engaged in his or her health decisions will choose options that will both promote better health and decrease costs. More

Casting call for new TV show focusing on rural health care providers
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A New York City-based television production company is developing a new television series about rural physicians, nurses or midwives for a major cable network. The show will focus primarily on health care professionals who work with women and babies. Dynamic medical workers who spend a large portion of their time visiting their patients outside a typical office setting are sought in a casting call for this new show. More

How to track, attack a superbug
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Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently held a press conference to announce the need to “sound an alarm” on the advance of CRE, a highly drug-resistant bacteria. CRE and other superbugs are found mostly in hospitals and long-term care facilities. More

Solar power brings health care to rural areas
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At the 2013 Samsung Africa Forum, Samsung Electronics Africa launched its Solar Powered Health Centre model in Cape Town, South Africa, marking the start of a large-scale medical initiative on the continent. The mobile centers are built for use in remote rural areas, and intended to eliminate the economic and geographic barriers that prevent people across Africa from obtaining quality medical treatment. More

Apply now for scholarships through NURSE Corps
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The 2013 NURSE Corps Scholarship Program — formerly known as the Nursing Scholarship Program — application cycle is now open. Through their scholarship and loan repayment programs, NURSE Corps is empowering and enabling nurses to follow their passion for helping and healing others. The deadline to apply is 7:30 p.m. EST May 2. More

National Nutrition Month sheds light on childhood obesity
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The New Mexico Department of Health has released “The Weight of Our Children: New Mexico Childhood Obesity 2012 Update” to coincide with National Nutrition Month. The fact sheet reflects data collected in an effort to understand and address the problem of childhood obesity. Data was analyzed by grade, gender and ethnicity, and results were weighted to represent the kindergarten and third grade public school populations in New Mexico. More

Health care cuts from vaccinations to research
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Sequestration spares Medicaid and almost all of Medicare, but automatic cuts to other federal health care programs will make it more difficult for low-income Americans to get maternal and infant care, vaccinate their children and receive treatment for mental illness. More

ONC: Hospitals make strides to show meaningful use
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Hospitals are making good progress acquiring and implementing basic electronic health record systems that are capable of showing meaningful use, but only a small minority has comprehensive EHRs, according to a pair of new reports from the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT. More

A bump in the road to accountable care?
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The pioneer accountable care organizations have long been the shining stars of the Affordable Care Act’s strategy to rein in the country’s out-of-control spending on health care. The 32 organizations are part of a Medicare pilot project called for in the health law that could revolutionize the health system by paying doctors and hospitals for quality of service rather than the volume of services. Pioneers would be offered a bonus for giving patients high-quality care at a reduced cost. If they failed to hit certain quality targets or did not manage to reduce the cost of care, they would be dinged accordingly. More

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The Million Hearts™ Initiative

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Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease is responsible for 1 of every 3 deaths in the country. Million Hearts™ is a national initiative that has set an ambitious goal to prevention 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The impact will be even greater over time.

Million Hearts™ aims to prevent heart disease and stroke by:

  • Improving access to effective care.
  • Improving the quality of care for the ABCS.
  • Focusing clinical attention on the prevention of heart attack and stroke.
  • Activating the public to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle.
  • Improving the prescription and adherence to appropriate medications for the ABCS.

The Million Hearts™ initiative will focus, coordinate, and enhance cardiovascular disease prevention activities across the public and private sectors in an unprecedented effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years and demonstrate to the American people that improving the health system can save lives. Million Hearts™ will scale-up proven clinical and community strategies to prevent heart disease and stroke across the nation.

Million Hearts™ brings together existing efforts and new programs to improve health across communities and help Americans live longer, healthier, more productive lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are the co-leaders of Million Hearts™ within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, working alongside other federal agencies including the Administration for Community Living, National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Food and Drug Administration, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Office of the National Coordinator, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Key private-sector partners include the American Heart Association, and YMCA, among many others.

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FDIC Features Consumer Tips on Hot Topics for National Consumer Protection Week

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FDIC Features Consumer Tips on Hot Topics for National Consumer Protection Week
Other FDIC resources for consumers also highlighted

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 1, 2013
Media Contact:
Jay Rosenstein (202) 898-7303
jrosenstein@fdic.gov
In the last few years, there have been major changes in the way consumers handle their banking and other financial transactions. As a result of new laws and regulations and advancements in technology, it’s important for consumers to have as much information as possible to effectively manage their money and avoid scams. That’s why, in observance of National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) 2013, the FDIC has compiled a list of some of the most popular articles from its quarterly newsletter, FDIC Consumer News. The list can be found at www.fdic.gov/ncpw.
“The FDIC recognizes the importance of providing consumers with useful information to help them make informed decisions about their money and to protect themselves against scams,” said Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg. “For that reason, we are highlighting some of the FDIC’s most popular recent articles for the benefit of consumers with similar concerns.”
Examples of the articles that are featured on the FDIC’s Web page for NCPW include:
  • How to shop for an auto loan;
  • Advice on borrowing money to pay for college;
  • How long to keep documents such as bank statements and credit card bills; and
  • Tips for managing a mortgage.
The goal of FDIC Consumer News is to deliver timely, reliable and innovative tips and information about financial matters, free of charge. To find current and past issues of FDIC Consumer News, visit www.fdic.gov/consumernews or request paper copies by contacting the FDIC’s Public Information Center toll-free at 1-877-275-3342, by e-mail to publicinfo@fdic.gov, or by writing to the FDIC Public Information Center, 3501 North Fairfax Drive, Room E-1002, Arlington, VA 22226.
Also in connection with NCPW 2013, which is March 3-9, www.fdic.gov/ncpw features other FDIC resources for consumers on a variety of topics. Among them are “EDIE,” the FDIC’s online calculator that assists consumers and businesses in determining their deposit insurance coverage; BankFind, the FDIC’s online directory of insured institutions, including banks that changed names or no longer exist; and Money Smart, a financial education curriculum concentrating on the development of consumers’ financial skills and positive banking relationships.
“The FDIC is proud to be a partner in this year’s National Consumer Protection Week campaign and to support efforts to help people become informed consumers,” Chairman Gruenberg added.
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Congress created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 1933 to restore public confidence in the nation’s banking system. The FDIC insures deposits at the nation’s 7,083 banks and savings associations, and it promotes the safety and soundness of these institutions by identifying, monitoring and addressing risks to which they are exposed. The FDIC receives no federal tax dollars — insured financial institutions fund its operations.
FDIC press releases and other information are available on the Internet at www.fdic.gov, by subscription electronically (go to www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html) and may also be obtained through the FDIC’s Public Information Center (877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200). PR-16-2013

The FDIC’s Greatest Hits: Some of Our Most Popular Articles for Consumers

As part of National Consumer Protection Week 2013, the FDIC provides a list of some of the most popular articles from our quarterly newsletter, FDIC Consumer News (www.fdic.gov/consumernews). Take a look at the topics that many consumers are interested in (based in large part on “hits” on the FDIC’s Web site) and read the articles for helpful information and tips.
Your Financial Records: What to Toss and When
There are good reasons to hang on to financial documents such as receipts, bank statements and credit card bills, but how long should you keep them?
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Online Banking, Bill Paying and Shopping: 10 Ways to Protect Your Money
Internet commerce is fast and convenient, but it pays to take precautions.
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Lost and Found or Safe and Sound: How to Solve Mysteries of Old Bank Accounts
If you’ve found records of an old bank account, certificate of deposit (CD) or safe deposit box, here are tips to help you research and perhaps recover something valuable.
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Your Credit Reports and Credit Scores: Simple Steps to Make Them Better
Your credit report plays a large role in determining whether you’ll be approved for a loan, insurance or an apartment. So, it’s important to know what’s on your credit reports and how to rebuild your credit history after a financial setback.
http://assetshawaii.org/r/C/NjA0Ng/MTM4/0/0/a3JoY2FpQHlhaG9vLmNvbQ/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5mZGljLmdvdi9jb25zdW1lcnMvY29uc3VtZXIvbmV3cy9jbmZhbGwxMS9jcmVkaXQuaHRtbCMhIyE
Market-Linked CDs: Don’t Let the Possibility of Higher Returns Cloud Your View of the Potential Risks
These CDs have the potential to earn more than traditional, fixed-rate CDs, but there are questions you should ask before you purchase one.
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Higher Education, Lower Debt: Ways to Minimize the Borrowing Costs for College
The cost of higher education continues to go up, as does the debt students and caregivers often take on to finance it. Here are tips to avoid debt overload.
http://assetshawaii.org/r/C/NjA3OA/MTM4/0/0/a3JoY2FpQHlhaG9vLmNvbQ/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5mZGljLmdvdi9jb25zdW1lcnMvY29uc3VtZXIvbmV3cy9jbnNwcjEyL2VkdWNhdGlvbmRlYnQuaHRtbCMhIyE
What’s the Right Account for Your Everyday Banking Needs?
Take this self-test to help you decide which bank account is best for you.
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Auto Loans: Test Drive the Financing Before You Go to the Dealership
An auto loan is a big expense for most people, so research your options before committing to a loan for a car purchase.
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Debit, Credit and Prepaid Cards: There Are Differences
Many consumers use debit, credit and prepaid cards interchangeably, but they are quite different in how they work and the consumer protections available. Be sure to know the differences before you use them. http://assetshawaii.org/r/C/NjE0NA/MTM4/0/0/a3JoY2FpQHlhaG9vLmNvbQ/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5mZGljLmdvdi9jb25zdW1lcnMvY29uc3VtZXIvbmV3cy9jbnN1bTEyL3BheW1lbnRjYXJkcy5odG1sIyEjIQ
Managing Your Mortgage: Good Practices for Homeowners
Purchasing a home is a huge financial undertaking, so it’s important to carefully manage your mortgage. Here are some tips.
http://assetshawaii.org/r/C/NjE1OQ/MTM4/0/0/a3JoY2FpQHlhaG9vLmNvbQ/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5mZGljLmdvdi9jb25zdW1lcnMvY29uc3VtZXIvbmV3cy9jbndpbjEwMTEvbW9ydGdhZ2UuaHRtbCMhIyE

Ka’u Rural Health Community Association awarded HMSA Foundation Grant

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Kau Rural Health Community Association, Inc. board of directors is proud to announce that funding to support the “Ka’u Rural Health Academy” Program, a demonstration project that focuses on health, education, research opportunities and economic sustainability was provided by the HMSA Foundation.

Jessie Marques president states that the program will 1) provide and promote health education / prevention: Health & Wellness education; 2) establish a Youth Mentoring Program that fosters health career pathways, education, training and employment opportunities; and 3) introduce consumers to the use of health information and technology in the healthcare industry. The project is slated to begin March  2013 and is open to the general public.

Applications are now being taken for Office Manager and Program Assistant.  Interested applicants can mail Resume to:  KRHCAI  P.O. Box 878  Pahala, HI  96777.  Deadline for application is Monday January 21, 2013.

Fiscal Cliff Compromise Averts Tax Hikes and Delays Major Federal Spending Cuts

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Fiscal Cliff Compromise Averts Tax Hikes and Delays Major Federal
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Health and safety net programs remain on the chopping block.

January 3, 2013

WASHINGTON—The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) is encouraged that Congressional leaders and the administration were able to reach a compromise to avert the “fiscal cliff,” but urges lawmakers to work expeditiously on an agreement to reduce the debt through balanced spending reductions and tax increases before March 2013.

The last-minute deal maintains tax cuts for the middle class and temporarily extends unemployment insurance, both of which are especially important for low- and middle-income Americans struggling in the weakened economy.  But, the agreement merely delays the automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration, for two months, setting the stage for continuing budget battles.

“We are pleased that Congressional leaders and President Obama came together on a compromise that protects middle-class Americans.  We remain concerned, however, that the major spending cuts called for under sequestration threaten the nation’s public health infrastructure,” said Kathy Ko Chin, APIAHF president and CEO.  “Sequestration must be addressed through a balanced solution that combines spending cuts with revenue raises and protects critical health programs.”

Sequestration calls for an over 8 percent reduction in federal discretionary spending, coming at a time when major federal health initiatives, including health care reform implementation, are underway.  While funding for Medicaid, health care reform and other critical safety net programs are largely protected under the sequester, these initiatives will likely be targets for significant cuts as Congressional leaders work on a more permanent solution in the coming weeks.

APIAHF is closely monitoring fiscal and budget negotiations and remains committed to ensuring that public health funding, safety net programs and funding for health care reform implementation are fully protected.

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Learn more at http://www.apiahf.org/.

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