The Branch
A monthly update for NOSORH members and partners
March 2023
Register Now: National Rural EMS & Care Conference
Join NOSORH, the National Association of State EMS Officials, and the Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care on the afternoons of April 18-20 for the 8th annual National Rural EMS & Care Conference! This virtual conference brings together rural EMS stakeholders from across the country for three half days of education and networking. Register as an individual or with the special group rate for rural ambulance services. Register here by April 13, 2023. 

Visit the Conference web page for additional details or contact Caroline Wroczynski, NOSORH Education Manager, at
NOSORH Accepting Speaker Proposals for SORH Regional Partnership Meetings
In partnership with the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), NOSORH is now accepting proposals to bring meaningful education to the State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) Regional Partnership Meetings in 2023. SORH Regional Partnership Meetings are an opportunity to focus on regional rural health needs and opportunities. There will be five meetings this May-July. 
Speakers are invited to submit a proposal(s) to present rural innovations, research findings, model programs, resources, and projects to help SORH build partnerships and address the needs of rural communities. Proposals are due by March 8, 2023. 
Please click here to learn more about the SORH Regional Partnership Meetings. 
For questions, please contact Trevor Brown at or 248-357-2343. 
New Wipfli Report: State of Rural Healthcare
Wipfli, LLP, recently published a report based on a survey of more than 100 rural healthcare organizations across 25 states to learn how they’re coping with economic and regulatory challenges. Despite a record number of rural hospitals closing during the past two years and several other rural hospitals at risk of closure, the State of Rural Healthcare report reveals that organizations surveyed are cautiously optimistic for the future. Two-thirds of respondents said their financial situation today is the same or better than it was five years ago. Looking ahead, over 75% of rural providers expect their revenue to grow or remain flat over the next three years. 

Download the full reportto learn how rural healthcare organizations plan to maintain their financial health.  
Resources Available as Public Health Emergency Declaration Ends
The Biden Administration announced the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) Declaration is anticipated to end on May 11, 2023. This will significantly impact CMS Certified Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Please see this linked CMS publication to learn moreClick here to learn more about how the end of the PHE Declaration will affect other provider types.

The National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) is the nation’s top resource for all things related to RHCs. NOSORH recommends reviewing their article The Approaching End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and Its Implications for RHCs and keeping an eye on the Resources tab for any upcoming TA webinars. 
Administration for Strategic Preparedness & Response (ASPR) Offers COVID-19 Therapeutic Resources 
The Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) leads the nation’s medical and public health preparedness for, response to, and recovery from disasters and public health emergencies. In the process of accomplishing its mission, ASPR partners with hospitals, healthcare coalitions, biotech firms, community organizations, advocacy groups and with state, local, tribal, and territorial governments. 

ASPR is working with partners to help ensure an equitable response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Efforts to address COVID-19 include the provision of access to life-saving medicines; deployment of medical supplies and equipment from the Strategic National Stockpile; and supporting the research, development, and acquisition of tests, treatments, and vaccines. On a more local level, ASPR offers technical assistance, resources, and tools to help public health and medical professionals respond to the pandemic in their communities. 

Click here for a listing of ASPR’S COVID-19 Therapeutic resources, as well as resources from other agencies. 
Free Suicide Prevention Workshop for Service Providers in Rural Communities
Between 2000 and 2020, suicide rates rose 46% in non-metro areas compared to 27.3% in metro areas. Now more than ever, learning actionable skills to help individuals at risk can make a critical difference. SafeSide Prevention and UR Medicine Recovery Center of Excellence together are offering a free, half-day workshop that provides participants with a systematic framework for suicide prevention. This comprehensive training for service providers in rural communities includes special focus on youth, substance use, and Indigenous communities. The interactive workshop features video demonstrations, active discussion groups, and access to the latest research on best practices. For a year after the workshop—also at no cost—you can take advantage of ongoing support, including monthly Q&A video calls and online discussion forums. Register now and choose from one of three workshop dates: March 21, May 23, or July 25 from 12:00-3:30 pm ET.
USDA Launches Rural Data Gateway to Strengthen Partnerships and Expand Access to Resources in Rural
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development unveiled the Rural Data Gateway, a new resource to make the Department’s data for rural projects easier to access for its partners and people living in rural communities. The Rural Data Gateway will help USDA better target resources to those who most need them in rural places. It also will help the Department be a stronger partner to rural people, entrepreneurs, government officials and other stakeholders.
1:30 pm ET
With a new federal budget in hand, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has been working hard to develop new programming to better respond to rural health needs, while also maintaining proven grant activities. To keep partners updated, FORHP will provide an overview of their investments and preview grant efforts that they expect will be funded this year. 
3:00 pm ET
Rural Health Clinic (RHC) participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) has grown significantly. The National Association of Rural Health Clinics, CMS, and Rural Health Value (RHV) will share an overview of MSSP, highlight RHC opportunities, review 2024 MSSP changes, and provide time for Q&A. Please register in advance. 
2:00 pm ET
Join the Kansas State Office of Rural Health for an overview of the Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) Conditions of Participation and Medicare reimbursement model and how Rural Hospital Improvement Grant funds can be used to support the costs of conversion to this new provider type.