Rural Route
October, 2020
In this Issue
FORHP Updates
CAH Recognition Spotlights!
Pinckneyville Community Hospital
TASC Updates
MBQIP Updates
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State Flex Profiles




Rural Health Value


Hello everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying a great fall season!

The Technical Assistances and Services Center (TASC) is looking forward to seeing at upcoming meetings over this next month, including the November TASC 90 on the Integration of Rural Health Clinics and Hospitals. There's a full list of November events below, but please let me know if you have any questions on upcoming meetings. 

Also, thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the Rural Route newsletter. If you haven't already, please try to take a moment and give us your thoughts on the newsletter by completing the 2020 Rural Route Assessment so you can provide feedback on the newsletter. The assessment is only a few short questions and we'd really appreciate you filling it out before or after you read the newsletter. As always, we also appreciate you taking the time to read this 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,
Thank you to everyone who assisted with the rapid request regarding ventilators earlier this month. We really appreciate the quick turnaround time! We hope to provide you with more information about next steps very soon.

Please take note of these important upcoming due dates:
  • The Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Flex Performance Improvement Measurement System (PIMS) report is due Friday, October 30th. Please use the resources, webinars, and tools and reach out to your Project Officer if you have any questions.
  • The FY 2019 End of Year Report is due on November 30th for all Flex programs, please reach out to your Project Officer if you have any questions.
  • If your program is one of the eight Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Supplement awards, you have the FY 2019 EMS Supplement End of Year Report due on November 29th, please reach out to Tahleah Chappel if you have questions on EMS.
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) will host "MBQIP Open Office Hours" to solicit feedback from state Flex coordinators on the new Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) report format and content. This event will be held on October 29th, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST. You should have received an invitation from the MBQIP Lead, Natalia Vargas. This interactive webinar event is appropriate for state Flex coordinators and state contractors assisting with MBQIP efforts. For any questions, please email

As a part of National Rural Health Day and Antibiotic Awareness Week, on November 18th, FORHP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be hosting a webinar on the Implementation of Antibiotic Stewardship Activities in critical access hospitals. The one-hour long webinar will start at 3 p.m. EST, please register in advance for this webinar.
 CAH Regulatory Update

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. 
TASC Updates
Recently updated: COVID-19 Funding Sources Impacting Rural Providers

TASC, in coordination with the FORHP, is pleased to provide an update of the COVID-19 Funding Sources Impacting Rural Providers guide. This funding resource is intended to support rural health care providers, along with their state and local partners, navigate the availability of federal funds to support the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic response and recovery efforts. This guide is updated regularly to capture changes in funding sources.
Seven tables, or matrices, are provided for quick reference at the beginning of this resource. The tables can be used to check eligibility of participation in funding sources by provider types: rural prospective payment system (PPS) and critical access hospitals (CAH), rural health clinics (RHC), federally qualified health centers (FQHC), long-term care (LTC) or skilled nursing facilities (SNF), tribal facilities, and emergency medical services (EMS). The tables also provide an at-a-glance view for each provider type sharing the different types of funds that may be accessed from various funding sources dependent on their participation eligibility. Each funding source is described in its own section of this resource with an executive summary followed by further detail on the use of funds, reporting requirements, hyperlinks to the legislation and detailed information.
Please feel free to share this updated resource broadly.
The guide can be found in COVID-19 Collection located on The National Rural Health Resource Center's website. This collection consists of trusted and reliable resources, such as the COVID-19 Funding Sources Impacting Rural Providers Guide, along with standing links to additional organizations' COVID-19 resources, FAQs, webinars, tools, and trainings. The Center aims to help direct the most up-to-date and relevant tools and resources to rural hospitals, clinics, and their communities. This Collection will be updated regularly to help assist with the abundance of circulating information relating to COVID-19.

Upcoming Events
Hosted by FORHP -- Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Central Time.

Flex webinar hosted by TASC -- Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Central Time.

MBQIP VKG hosted by Stratis Health -- Thursday, December 3, 2020  from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 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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