Rural Route
November, 2020
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FORHP Updates
CAH Recognition Spotlights!
Harrison County Community Hospital
TASC Updates
MBQIP Updates
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Hello everyone,

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a great upcoming holiday.

We enjoyed seeing many of you at the November TASC 90 the Integration of Rural Health Clinics and Hospitals. If you weren't able to attend, the webinar playback and slides are available here.

We are also looking forward to seeing you at the Virtual Knowledge Group on December 17th. This webinar will include a discussion on Flex program staff engagement, wellness best practices, and employee satisfaction. We are also preparing to send out the 2021 Flex Fundamentals Guide: An Introduction to the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program. This will be mailed to your office and also available online.

As always, thank you for reading the newsletter. If you have questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or TASC.

Andy Naslund
Program Coordinator

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) Updates   
Dear Flex Coordinators,
As we flow into the holiday season, I find myself reflecting on what I have been grateful for throughout the year. This year has certainly tested us, but it has made me more appreciative of the people I (virtually) surround myself with; this includes you all. I am astounded by your patience, resiliency, and adaptability in the face of so much uncertainly.

Please take note of these important upcoming due dates for your Flex Program:
We've also valued your input and patience as we've been working through a major revision for how the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) data reports are produced.  We encourage you and your MBQIP subcontractors to participate in the December 3rd MBQIP Virtual Knowledge Group which will include a focus on the new reports. More details are here, or click here to register.

I am incredibly thankful to be working with you all.

Stay Healthy,

 CAH Regulatory Update
Continue reading CAH Regulatory Updates (Flex Forum login required - contact TASC for details)

Please keep your Flex staff contact information current by emailing Andy Naslund and completing the State Flex Program Contact Information Form whenever there are staffing changes in your office. 
Upcoming Events
MBQIP VKG hosted by Stratis Health -- Thursday, December 3, 2020  from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Central Time.

SHIP Webinar hosted by SHIP TA Team -- Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Central Time.

Flex VKG hosted by TASC -- Thursday, December 17, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Central Time.
Please send your MBQIP questions to tasc@ruralcenter.orgTASC will ensure your question reaches the appropriate person.
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