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DRCHSD Monthly Newsletter - February 2023

DRCHSD Monthly Newsletter - February 2023

Upcoming Events

The DRCHSD Team has many educational events in store for program participants in the upcoming months. Be on the lookout for the following events.  

Behavioral Health Toolkit Webinar  

Description: This webinar will share materials that focus on stopping the stigma associated with mental health and starting the conversation about behavioral health.   

Date & Time: Thursday, March 2 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. CST  

Telehealth Webinar Part 1: Remote Patient Monitoring   

Description: Hear from two DRCHSD peers on how they implemented and used remote patient monitoring (RPM) in their rural hospitals.   

Date & Time: Thursday, March 16 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. CST  

Telehealth Webinar Part 2: Telehealth for Older Adults  

Date & Time: Thursday, March 23 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. CST  

National Health Services Corps Webinar  

Description: Learn how to apply to become a National Health Service Corps (NRHC) site. NHSC-approved sites provide outpatient, primary health care services to people in health professional shortages areas.   

Date & Time: Thursday, March 30 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. CST  

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Webinar Part 1: Welcome to FORHP!  

Description: Hear more about the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) priorities and programs, including community-based programs that could serve your rural residents.   

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 5 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. CST  

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Webinar Part 2: Federal Grants 101  

Description: How do I search for a federal grant? What’s a NOFO and how do I use it? What makes for a successful federal grant application? These questions and more will be answered on this webinar.  

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 12 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. CST


Delta Region Community Health Systems Development (DRCHSD) Program 2023 Annual Summit Event

Each September the DRCHSD Program holds its annual Summit Event.

For the last three years, due to the pandemic, we have held this event virtually. This year, for the first time since 2018, we will host the summit in person on Wednesday, September 13, and Thursday, September 14 at the Hilton Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee.

As a reminder, it is a program requirement that each actively participating cohort member CEO and Community Champion attend this event.

Please expect to see a save-the-date and more information in your inbox in the coming weeks. Should you have any questions about the 2023 Summit, please email Caleb Lozinski.


Telehealth Policy Update

The Health Resources and Services Administration's Office for the Advancement of Telehealth has released guidance in relation to policy changes after the Covid-19 Public Health Emergency. Several of the highlights are shown below however refer to the article for a more detailed description and additional guidance.   

Permanent Medicare changes

Temporary Medicare changes through December 31, 202

  • Federally qualified health center (FQHC)/rural health clinic (RHC) can serve as a distant site provider for non-behavioral/mental telehealth services.
  • An in-person visit within six months of an initial behavioral/mental telehealth service, and annually thereafter, is not required.
  • Telehealth services can be provided by a physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, or audiologist.

Temporary changes through the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Monthly Delta Spotlight  

Stepping Up - Health Equity in Rural Hospitals Podcast Series  

Description: This four-part podcast series brings together a variety of voices to discuss the steps rural hospitals can take to implement sustainable health equity programs and efforts.   

Series Objectives:

  1. Understand the importance of and learn tips for establishing an internal culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  
  2. Identify and cultivate diversity, equity, and inclusion leaders within the organization and community.  
  3. Understand the importance of data for identifying and addressing disparities and learn best practices for collecting and using information.  
  4. Recall and utilize examples of successful efforts and appropriate data in rural community health equity programs and initiatives.
Webinar Recordings

Recently Held Webinars  

DRCHSD Revenue Cycle Improvements Part I: Front and Back-End Cycle Management Best Practices  

Description: This session reviewed the top revenue cycle challenges hospitals are facing in today’s environment and provided best practices in the areas of the front and back end of the revenue cycle.  

DRCHSD Revenue Cycle Improvements Part II: Middle Revenue Cycle Best Practices and Social Determinants of Health  

Description: This session provided attendees with best practices managers should attempt to implement for middle revenue cycle functions and social determinants of health in order to succeed in today’s healthcare environment.  

DRCHSD Revenue Cycle Improvements Part III: Physician Practice Management Best Practices  

Description: Physician practices and rural health clinics (RHCs) face operational and reimbursement changes constantly. This session provided attendees with best practices managers should attempt to implement for operational success and maximization of reimbursement.

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