The next Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program (Nurse Corps LRP) application cycle is expected to open in January 2020. Eligible Critical Shortage Facilities (CSFs) must be located in, designated as, or serving a mental health or primary medical care ...
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Does Your Critical Shortage Facility Qualify for Nurse Corps? and more


Does Your Critical Shortage Facility Qualify for Nurse Corps?

The next Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program (Nurse Corps LRP) application cycle is expected to open in January 2020. Eligible Critical Shortage Facilities (CSFs) must be located in, designated as, or serving a mental health or primary medical care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).
 
To determine the eligibility of your CSFs, all potential applicants and administrators are encouraged to check and verify sites by using the Health Workforce Connector and the HPSA Find databases.
  • The Health Workforce Connector is a searchable database for all Nurse Corps LRP approved service sites, including those with current job openings.
  • The HPSA Find allows participants to find shortage areas by address. Include the street address, city, state and zip code. P.O. Box addresses cannot be used.

For additional information on CSFs and site types, read the 2019 Nurse Corps LRP Application and Program Guidance. In addition, if you have any questions about this process you may also contact the Customer Care Center at 1-800-221-9393, Monday through Friday (except federal holidays), 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET.

    

Apply now for the HRSA Vulnerable Rural Hospital Assistance Program

Application deadline: October 31, 2019

Program Information:

  • 30 hospitals will be selected for technical assistance in 2020, with 5 receiving on-site support and 25 receiving remote facilitation.
  • Through the technical advisory center, the Texas A&M Center for Optimizing Rural Health (CORH) offers guidance, resources, and recommendations.
  • The work between CORH and the hospitals is a partnership. In collaboration with the CORH team, hospitals will take an active role in identifying priorities and implementing action plans.

More information is available here. For any questions, please contact CORH at 855-234-0712 or info@optimizingruralhealth.org.

    

Small Rural Hospital Transition Project Grants

In response to the increasing number of rural hospital closures, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy administers the Small Rural Hospital Transition Project (SHRT). The program provides technical assistance through onsite consultations to eligible hospitals that have 49 beds or less and are located in a federally-designated persistent poverty county.

Core areas of technical assistance include: 1) financial operational assessment (FOA) and 2) quality improvement (QI) projects. A total of nine hospitals will be selected based on a competitive process. A minimum of three FOA projects and three QI projects will be selected in each core area.

Interested applicants that meet SRHT readiness requirements and project expectations are encouraged to apply by October 16.  

    

MHA Webinar Series: Critical Access Hospital Conditions of Participation

This annual favorite is back in September a four-part format to review recent changes in each section of the Critical Access Hospital CMS Conditions of Participation manual. The webinars will cover the entire CAH CoP manual. It is a great way to educate everyone in your hospital on all the sections in the CMS hospital manual especially ones that applies to their department.

Hospitals have seen a significant increase in survey activity by CMS along with an increased number of deficiencies. Common deficiencies and how to avoid them will be discussed. The October 2018 changes rewrote all the swing bed regulations. They also now contain the swing bed interpretive guidelines and survey procedures which are under Appendix PP. Changes were made to the survey process and procedures. This program will also discuss the proposed changes in 2019 in the Hospital Improvement Rule, which includes the requirements to have an antibiotic stewardship program, medical records, QAPI, nursing, and more.

Register and learn more here.

    

HRSA issues rural health care collaboration guide

The Health Resources & Services Administration recently released a guide to help rural hospitals and other health care providers together identify and address the health needs in their communities. Among other tools, the guide illustrates through case studies how providers in two communities created networks and partnerships to improve the efficiency of care, optimize resources and improve the lives of their residents.

    

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