TASC Events

2014 Flex Conference Webinar Series

Wed, May 14, 2014 to Mon, Aug 11, 2014

Framing Rural Health Value

The Framing Rural Health Value webinar series is in place of past in-person National Flex conferences and aims to assist State Flex Programs with designing and maintaining responsive technical assistance and education for critical access hospitals (CAHs) in the emerging value-based health care system. Through panel presentations, cohort conversations and case study review, State Flex Program participants will:

  • Explore how the core areas of the Flex Program can be supported by performance frameworks in the emerging value-based health care system
  • Discover CAH and State Flex Program examples of Flex-supported activities in alignment with performance excellence frameworks
  • Understand Flex Program supportive interventions for financially distressed CAHs on the verge of closure
  • Expand the awareness and use of resources targeted to support State Flex Programs and their CAH

Webinar Series Details

The webinar series will periodically occur from May 14 through August 11, 2014 with a sequential curriculum focusing on strengthening the understanding and application of a performance excellence framework to support both CAHs and State Flex Programs. The performance excellence framework ensures a comprehensive and holistic approach to sustaining and improving the performance of CAHs in clinical, quality, finances, operations and customer service. This framework is not recommended as a one-size-fits-all concept or as sequential steps that need to be followed in an exact order. It is flexible; the use of such a comprehensive framework allows both CAHs and State Flex Programs to maximize and document success in the changing health care environment.

The webinar series will include 7 plenary webinars, 3 cohort webinars and 3 applied exercises for each participant.

Who Should Participate

  • State Flex Program Coordinators, State Office Directors or those directly involved with State Flex Program work.
  • Each state will register for only one phone line for each of the plenary webinars and participate in the same group for each of their 3 cohort conversations.
  • If a state would like to have more than one person participating, please join on the same phone line.

For more information about this event, please contact:

Nicole Clement
(218) 727-9390, ext. 228
nclement@ruralcenter.org

Archived Events

Flex Program Workshop

Mon, Apr 7, 2014 to Wed, Apr 9, 2014
Location: Duluth, Minnesota
 
The goal of the Flex Program Workshop is to provide new or existing Flex Program staff an orientation to the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program. The Flex Program Workshop covers multiple topics, including basic critical access hospital finance, quality and performance improvement concepts, information on emergency medical services (EMS), community benefit, and some hints for achieving a successful state program. Each of the sessions will be presented by either TASC staff or a subject matter expert, including speakers from ORHP and the Flex Monitoring Team. All of the speakers have vast knowledge and rural experience in the subject area. A webinar will be held prior to the Workshop to provide participants with helpful introductory information such as the history and overview of the Flex program and available tools and resources from TASC. By the completion of the Workshop, participants will have insight about what services TASC provides and how TASC can assist you, and TASC, in turn, will learn more about your State Flex Programs. Additionally, there will be three follow-up calls after the Workshop to continue to build knowledge about Flex-related topics.  

The Flex Program Workshop is supported by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and coordinated by the Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC), a program of the National Rural Health Resource Center.  

Space is limited! For more information  please contact: 

Nicole Clement
(218) 727-9390, ext. 228
nclement@ruralcenter.org

Webinar: Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) Refresher

Mon, Mar 24, 2014

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Central Time

Discussion included:

  • A brief refresher on the purpose of MBQIP
  • Moving from reporting data to using the data for quality improvement
  • Examples from State Flex Programs on how they are putting MBQIP data into action with critical access hospitals
 Webinar materials:
MBQIP Refresher [PDF - 397 MB] Paul Moore, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
 
For more information about this webinar, please contact:
 
Nicole Clement
(218) 727-9390, ext. 228

Webinar: Flex Grant Guidance Technical Assistance

Tue, Mar 18, 2014

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Central Time

Discussion included:

Technical assistance regarding the non-competing continuation guidance for the State Flex grant for the coming grant year (fiscal year 14).

The recording and supporting materials of this event are available in the Flex Program Forum.

For more information about this webinar, please contact:

Nicole Clement
(218) 727-9390, ext. 228
nclement@ruralcenter.org 

Conference Call: Quality Improvement Virtual Knowledge Group (QI VKG)

Wed, Jan 22, 2014

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Central Time

Discussion to include:

  • How to approach your QIO
  • How to get started collaborating
  • How to maintain the relationship
  • Ways to work together
  • Methods of communication
  • Subcontracting tips
  • Examples of collaboration projects
  • Experiences, including successes, obstacles, best practices, and lessons learned, etc.

For more information about this call, please contact:

Margo Kulseth
218-727-9390, ext. 239
mkulseth@ruralcenter.org

TASC 90 Webinar: Setting a Context for Emerging Oversight and Analysis of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs)

Mon, Jan 13, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Central Time

Discussion included:

  • Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) and TASC updates
  • CAH Regulatory updates

Topics and Speakers:

Setting a Context for Emerging Oversight and Analysis of CAHs [108 KB - PDF] Tom Morris, Associate Administrator for Rural Health Policy, FORHP
National Health Service Corp State Loan Repayment Program Update [328 KB - PDF] Captain Jeanean Willis-Marsh, Director, Division of National Health Service Corp (NHSC)
Recording

For more information about this webinar, please contact:
Nicole Clement
(218) 727-9390, ext. 228
nclement@ruralcenter.org 

Conference Call: Financial and Operational Improvement Virtual Knowledge Group

Mon, Nov 25, 2013

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Central Time

Discussion to Include:

  • What resources do state Flex Coordinators need to support their knowledge and understanding of CAH finances?
  • What questions do Coordinators have that are not covered by existing CAH finance resources?
  • What feedback do Coordinators have on existing CAH finance resources, including the Annual CAH Financial Indicator Report and CAH Finance 101 manual?
  • What CAH finance questions do Coordinators hear from their CAHs that they would like resources to support?
  • What frameworks or networks have Flex Coordinators established to respond to finance questions from their CAHs?

For more information about this call, please contact:

Tracy Morton
(218) 727-9390, ext. 227
tmorton@ruralcenter.org

TASC 90 Webinar

Wed, Nov 13, 2013

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Central Time

Discussion included:

  • ORHP and TASC updates
  • CAH Regulatory update

Webinar materials:

Regulatory update [PDF - 400 KB] Alicia O'Brien, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Summary of State Flex Program EMS Activities [PDF - 724 KB] John Gale, University of Southern Maine, Maine Rural Health Research Center
Special Innovation Project: Emergency Department Transfer Communication [PDF - 357 KB] Mary Lou Haider, Stratis Health
Data Collection Guide: Emergency Department Transfer Communication Measures [PDF - 456 KB]
Recording 

For more information about this webinar, please contact:
Nicole Clement
(218) 727-9390 ext. 228
nclement@ruralcenter.org 

Flex Program Workshop

Mon, Oct 14, 2013 to Wed, Oct 16, 2013

Location: Duluth, Minnesota

The goal of the Flex Program Workshop is to provide new or existing Flex Program staff an orientation to the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program. The Flex Program Workshop covers multiple topics, including basic critical access hospital finance, quality and performance improvement concepts, information on emergency medical services (EMS), community benefit, and some hints for achieving a successful state program. Each of the sessions will be presented by either TASC staff or a subject matter expert, including speakers from ORHP and the Flex Monitoring Team. All of the speakers have vast knowledge and rural experience in the subject area. A webinar will be held prior to the Workshop to provide participants with helpful introductory information such as the history and overview of the Flex program and available tools and resources from TASC. By the completion of the Workshop, participants will have insight about what services TASC provides and how TASC can assist you, and TASC, in turn, will learn more about your State Flex Programs. Additionally, there will be three follow-up calls after the Workshop to continue to build knowledge about Flex-related topics.  

The Flex Program Workshop is supported by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and coordinated by the Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC), a program of the National Rural Health Resource Center.  

Space is limited! For more information  please contact: 

Nicole Clement
(218) 727-9390, ext. 228
nclement@ruralcenter.org

TASC 90 Webinar: Review of MBQIP Phase 2 Data

Wed, Aug 14, 2013

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Central Time

Discussion included:

  • ORHP and TASC Updates
  • CAH regulatory update
  • A review of the data resulting from Phase 2 of MBQIP
Webinar materials:
 
For more information about this webinar, please contact:
Nicole Clement
(218) 727-9390 ext. 228
nclement@ruralcenter.org

2013 National Conference of State Flex Programs & Pre-Conference Workshop

Mon, Jul 22, 2013 to Wed, Jul 24, 2013

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Bethesda, Maryland

The 2013 National Conference of State Flex Programs marks the 14th year that State Flex Programs have convened to share information about the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). This conference will focus on the latest information and issues in the Flex Program including states sharing stories of their Flex Program experiences and successes with one another. We look forward to your attendance at what is sure to be an informative and enjoyable conference. 

Conference objectives include:

  • Provide education in the areas of quality improvement, financial and operational improvement, health system development and community engagement
  • Allow State Flex Programs to share their experiences and successful programs
  • Provide an opportunity for attendees to network with their peers
  • Strengthen the capacity of State Flex Programs and their partners to preserve access to quality healthcare in rural America

In addition to the conference, there will be a pre-conference workshop on the topic of program evaluation on Monday, July 22, 2013 from 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm Eastern time at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Bethesda, MD. All state Flex program personnel attending the National Conference of State Flex Programs are invited to attend the workshop.

Evaluation Workshop objectives include:

  • Understand the need for program evaluation, what evaluation can provide, and what happens when you do not evaluate
  • Explore the critical components of program evaluation
  • Participate in hands-on learning activities regarding evaluation frameworks, stakeholder engagement, assessment methods, and post-activity outcome evaluation

The intended audience both for the conference and the pre-conference workshop is State Office Directors, Flex Coordinators/other key Flex personnel (two per state), the Flex Monitoring Team, the TASC Advisory Committee, and staff of the Office of Rural Health Policy.

The National Conference of State Flex Programs is supported by the Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Presentations and handouts

For more information, please contact:
Nicole Clement
(218) 727-9390, ext. 228
nclement@ruralcenter.org

TASC 90 Webinar: The Quality Reporting Process in Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs)

Wed, May 15, 2013

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Central Time

Critical components discussed:

  • Understand the need for quality data for measuring performance
  • Understand the quality reporting process in CAHs
  • Learn the basics of the CART tool
  • Identify the current challenges and solutions for CAH public reporting
  • Discover progress made by CAHs in performance improvement using quality data 
Discussion to include:
  • ORHP and TASC Updates
  • CAH regulatory update
Call materials:
ORHP Regulatory Update [PDF - 358 KB] Aaron Fischbach, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Quality Framework: Acute Care Hospital [PDF - 1.78 MB] Sarah Cottington, Telligen
Using Quality Data to Drive Performance Improvement [PDF - 153 KB] Barb Cote, Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital
 
For more information about this webinar, please contact:
Nicole Clement
(218) 727-9390 ext. 228
nclement@ruralcenter.org 

Flex Program Workshop

Mon, Apr 22, 2013 to Wed, Apr 24, 2013

The goal of the Flex Program Workshop is to provide new or existing Flex Program staff an orientation to the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program. The Flex Program Workshop covers multiple topics, including basic critical access hospital finance, quality and performance improvement concepts, information on emergency medical services (EMS), community benefit, and some hints for achieving a successful state program. Each of the sessions will be presented by either TASC staff or a subject matter expert, including speakers from ORHP and the Flex Monitoring Team. All of the speakers have vast knowledge and rural experience in the subject area. A webinar will be held prior to the Workshop to provide participants with helpful introductory information such as the history and overview of the Flex program and available tools and resources from TASC. By the completion of the Workshop, participants will have insight about what services TASC provides and how TASC can assist you, and TASC, in turn, will learn more about your State Flex Programs. Additionally, there will be three follow-up calls after the Workshop to continue to build knowledge about Flex-related topics.  

The Flex Program Workshop is supported by the federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and coordinated by the Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC), a program of the National Rural Health Resource Center.  

Space is limited! For more information  please contact: 

Nicole Clement
(218) 727-9390, ext. 228
nclement@ruralcenter.org 

Conference Call: Quality Improvement Virtual Knowledge Group

Thu, Mar 21, 2013

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Central Time

Discussion to include:

Discussion about MBQIP data reports, more details to come

For more information about this conference call, please contact:
Margo Kulseth
(218) 727-9390, ext. 239
mkulseth@ruralcenter.org 

Conference Call: Balancing the Flex Coordinator Role Virtual Knowledge Group

Fri, Mar 8, 2013

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Central Time

For more information about this conference call, please contact:
Kate Stenehjem
(218) 727-9390, ext. 236
kstenehjem@ruralcenter.org 

Webinar: Flex Grant Guidance Technical Assistance

Wed, Mar 6, 2013

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Discussion to include:

Technical assistance regarding the Non-Competing Continuation (NCC) guidance for the state Flex grant for the coming grant year (FY13).

For more information about this webinar, please contact:
Nicole Clement
(218) 727-9390, ext. 228
nclement@ruralcenter.org 

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