Hospitals and others can apply through July 17 for grants of up to $500,000 each for equipment and technical assistance to provide telemedicine services in rural areas, the Department of Agriculture announced May 16. The fiscal year 2017 grants are...

USDA accepting applications for rural telemedicine grants and more


USDA accepting applications for rural telemedicine grants

Hospitals and others can apply through July 17 for grants of up to $500,000 each for equipment and technical assistance to provide telemedicine services in rural areas, the Department of Agriculture announced May 16. The fiscal year 2017 grants are through the Rural Utilities Service Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program, which provides funds to improve telemedicine and distance learning services in rural areas.

Applicants must serve a rural area, demonstrate economic need and provide at least 15% in matching funds. For more on the program and how to apply, click here.

[ via AHA News Now ]

    

Mendal Kemp announces retirement date of Aug. 31

Mendal Kemp, Director of the MHA Center for Rural Health (CRH) and Director of the Rural Hospital Alliance (RHA), has announced that he will be retiring from MHA effective August 31, 2017.  Mendal has been employed by MHA for 15 years and has advocated and provided outstanding support for Mississippi’s small and rural hospitals.

Mendal began his employment with MHA on April 15, 2002, as the Rural Hospital Flexibility Coordinator.  Prior to coming to MHA, Mendal served as COO of Millcreek Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility in Magee, MS, VP for Development at Youth and Family Centered Services in Austin, TX, and Director of Health Facilities Licensing and Certification at Mississippi State Department of Health. 

Mendal received his undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi and Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Mississippi College.  He is an U.S. Army veteran, serving one year in Viet Nam.  Mendal finished his military career in the Mississippi National Guard and retired as a Master Sergeant.  Mendal is a native of Carthage, MS and he and Rita, his wife of 42 years, have two daughters and four grandchildren.   

Mendal has provided MHA and the small and rural hospitals of Mississippi with outstanding service and he will be very difficult to replace.  He has dedicated his life to serving his country, state,  and the health care needs of all Mississippians.  Please join MHA in congratulating Mendal Kemp on his retirement.

    

RHIhub Webinar: Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse in Rural Communities

On May 17, RHIHub will host a webinar, Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse in Rural Communities, at 1 p.m.

The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) and NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis will introduce a new Rural Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Toolkit designed to help rural communities plan, implement, and sustain substance abuse services. Developed by NORC on behalf of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), the toolkit identifies model programs and resources that will benefit rural communities seeking to implement substance abuse prevention and treatment programs. A key focus area of the toolkit is to provide best practices for implementing prevention programs and increasing access to treatment and support services in rural communities. This webinar will feature two examples of successful programs funded by FORHP, including lessons learned.

Click here for more information and to register.

    

CMS Launches New Quality Payment Program Education Initiative for Rural Practices

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is working to ensure that small physician practices can transition smoothly to new payment models under the Quality Payment Program. On February 17, CMS announced plans to provide direct technical support and education on the Quality Payment Program to practices with 15 or fewer clinicians. The $20 million award to 11 community health organizations will provide training at no cost to eligible clinicians and practices, and CMS intends to invest an additional $80 million to continue the program over the next four years.

Read more here.

    

USDA Grant Provides Resources for Telehealth Equipment and Software

This USDH grant, available for up to $200,000, provides technical assistance and instruction for using eligible equipment, including any related software; developing instructional programming that is a capital asset and providing engineering or environmental studies relating to the establishment or expansion of the phase of the project to be financed with the grant. For more information, contact Kerrie Hora at 910.986.2493 or Kerrie@avizia.com.

    

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