The Branch
A monthly update for NOSORH members and partners
May 2022
National Rural EMS Conference a Success! Resources Available
NOSORH, NASEMSO, and the JCREC would like to thank everyone, the sponsors, attendees, and speakers, for making this year the most successful conference in its 7-year history. This year, the 243 attendees were surveyed, and 97% indicated an increase in knowledge, 98% said the objectives were met, and 97% also indicated a level of satisfaction with the conference.

Participants noted:
“I would like to thank everyone for their time and information provided. This has been very beneficial for our department. We are a very rural department and learning ways to better serve our patients is gratefully appreciated!”

“I loved it. So many good ideas, information, etc.”

All the session recordings with available slides are posted on the NOSORH website. If there are questions, please contact Matt Strycker at stryckerm@nosorh.org.
Virtual Performance Improvement Summit for RHCs Hosted by Lilypad and The Compliance Team
Please join Lilypad and The Compliance Team for the 2022 Rural Health Clinic Virtual Summit, June 21-22. From 12:00-2:00 pm ET each day, notable rural health experts will share their creativity, ingenuity, and experience, including specific RHC case studies, to support performance improvement. Learn from national experts and RHC practice managers and gain actionable strategies for success under new Value-Based Purchasing models; Gain updates on policy/regulatory issues; See examples of RHC-specific PDSA improvement initiatives; Discover how to leverage PCMH accreditation for alternative payment models, and; Review checklists of the most important priorities for al RHCs, including state, regional and national benchmarks for financial and quality metrics.

There is no charge to attend the Summit. Review the speakers and agenda and register for this informative and important event now. 
Rural Health Clinical Congress Spring 2022 – A Free Virtual CME/CE Event for Clinicians in Your State 
NOSORH is proud to partner with RME Collaborative for the Rural Health Clinical Congress Spring 2022, a FREE virtual CME/CE conference! This multi-topic event will be broadcast live on Saturday, May 21, 2022, starting at 8:00 am CT. Click here to learn more about this unique continuing education event and help us spread the word by inviting clinicians in your area to participate.
Questions? Contact RME Collaborative at cme@cmeruralhealth.com.  
New NOSORH Learning Opportunities Coming Soon
NOSORH has three new rural-focused learning opportunities on the way! The NOSORH Primary Care Institute, a live, nine-part web-based Institute, will be open for registrations next month! Primary care is the cornerstone of the rural healthcare delivery system. The need for a collaborative approach to primary care service delivery is more important than ever in the ever-changing rural health landscape. This Institute will prepare participants to address the unique opportunities and challenges regularly faced by rural primary care providers of all types. 

Following close behind the Primary Care Institute will be the Community Development Course and the Leadership Institute. Registration is anticipated to open in mid/late June. Keep an eye out for additional information coming soon! 
Rural Health Policy Update
The White House recently unveiled their Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 budget request to Congress. Included in the budget request are:

  • $13 million for the State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) program. This request represents a $500,000 increase over the enacted FY ’22 level from the 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act which Congress passed in March. NOSORH is asking all State Offices to contact their congressional delegation and ask for Congress to increase programmatic funding for the SORH program to $15 million in FY 2023.
  • $58 million for Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Grants. This request is $5 million less than the FY 22 enacted level. NOSORH is promoting with members H.R. 6400, the Save America’s Rural Hospitals Act, which includes a section reauthorizing the Flex program and increasing funding. NOSORH is looking to introduce a standalone Flex reauthorization bill this Congress.
  • $10 million for the Rural Health Clinic Initiative. This is a new line in the Rural Health budget portfolio and is intended to allow rural health clinics to fund the salary of a behavioral health provider, address provider burnout, and expand the availability of services such as mental health screenings, counseling and therapy.
  • $165 million for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program, an increase of $30 million above FY22 enacted. This program supports substance use prevention, treatment and recovery services for opioids and other substance use in the highest risk rural communities. Congress is making behavioral health one of their priority healthcare issues this Congress.

The appropriations process should play out in Congress for the remainder of calendar year 2022. The deadline for Congress to pass FY 23 funding is September 30, 2022. However, given it’s a midterm election year, it’s almost certain Congress will not pass a spending bill until late November or early December. 
Join NOSORH at the National Rural Health Association’s Annual Conference
Members of the NOSORH team will be heading to the Annual National Rural Health Association conference in Albuquerque, NM, scheduled from May 10 – 13! Stop by the partner table in the exhibit hall to get details of a few SORH-specific events during the conference as well as just catch up.

NOSORH members are invited to a “Meet & Greet” on May 11 at 5:00 pm in the Anasazi room. A listening session on the NOSORH efforts to grow capital resources for rural communities will be held for SORH on May 11 at 1:30 in the Laguna Room.  
Featured Community Star
Henry County Medical Center
Paris, Tennessee
 
In 2021, HCMC spearheaded a virtual meeting with over 20 community partners sharing data and discussing how to move forward with their plans to meet the community’s needs. From their work, #SilenceTheShameTN took flight. The broad-scale community health initiative provides education, actively works to reduce mental health stigma, and addresses poverty. Recognizing that you’ve got to take the show on the road to reach people where they are, Community Champions share information in the community and through social media.

October
5-6
Harrisonburg, VA
November
17
National Rural Health Day
Stay tuned for new resources at powerofrural.org!
#PowerofRural