The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy provides these updates in Rural Route, the monthly newsletter published by the Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC). Contact Nicole Clement at nclement@ruralcenter.org if you would like to subscribe to receive the newsletter.

Federal Flex updates for October 2017 include: Flex Program Workshop, fourth year added to current Flex grant cycle, PIMS update, 340B recertification, EMSC Pediatric Readiness Quality Collaborative and antibiotic stewardship webinar

Federal Flex updates for September 2017 include: PIMS reminders and updates and HRSA substance abuse treatment and opioid response grant annoucements

Federal Flex updates for August 2017 include: New Flex year (Fiscal Year 2017), Notice of Award (NOA)/PIMS webinar, Tropical Storm Harvey

Federal Flex updates for July 2017 include: 2017 Reverse Site Visit, Flex grant Notices of Award, Fiscal year 16 PIMS, Flex Program logic model

Federal Flex updates for June 2017 include: Fiscal Year 2017 Non-Competitive Continuation (NCC) reviews and Notices of Grant Award, PIMS updates, Flex Program Reverse Site Visit (RSV)

Federal Flex updates for May 2017 include: Supplemental Flex funding webinar, PIMS Data Tool, use of PIMS data, Flex Program direction and development

Federal Flex updates for April 2017 include: Flex grant Non-Competing Continuation (NCC), Flex Program Forum

Federal Flex updates for March 2017 include: Fiscal year 2017 Flex grant NCC release

Federal Flex updates for February 2017 include: A personal story about the importance of rural health care, TASC 90 webinar recording available, EHB deadlines and the Flex Grant Non-Competing Continuation (NCC)

Federal Flex updates for January 2017 include: Virtual Knowledge Group webinars, Federal Financial Reports (FFRs), MBQIP update about Outpatient and Population and Sampling glitch, Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

Federal Flex updates for December 2016 include: Demonstrating Flex Program outcomes, carryover instructions and template, PIMS tools and guidance to come

Federal Flex updates for November 2016 include: National Rural Health Day, PIMS data, Federal Financial Reports (FFRs), HRSA Grant conference call playback

Federal Flex updates for October 2016 include: MBQIP influenza immunization measures, PIMS data, CMS Rural Health Solutions Summit, MIPS final rule

Federal Flex updates for September 2016 include: PIMS questions and answers call playback, MBQIP IMM-2 reporting instructions, Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers

Federal Flex updates for August 2016 include: 2016 Flex Program Reverse Site Visit presentations and Communicating the Message activity, sign up for FORHP weekly update, new FORHP staff, Flex grant Notices of Award (NOA), save the date Flex grant NOA webinar

Federal Flex updates for June 2016 include: New FORHP staff, MBQIP Monthly, reminders from submitted NCC progress reports, resources available from Rural Health Value, TASC and the National Rural Health Resource Center, HRSA grants website, Flex Program Reverse Site Visit

Federal Flex updates for May 2016 include: New PIMS data collection format, NCC reports, article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) about CAH surgical procedures, Flex Program Reverse Site Visit

Federal Flex updates for April 2016 include: FORHP staff update, Flex grant Non-Competing Continuation available in EHB and reminders, HRSA grant atisfaction Survey, Flex Program Reverse Site Visit

Federal Flex updates for March 2016 include: Flex grant Non-Competing Continuation (NCC) reminders, carryover requests, quarterly reports, FORHP Flex Program Workshop, Flex Program Reverse Site Visit

Federal Flex updates for February 2016 include: NRHA Policy Institute, carryover requests, Flex grant Non-Competing Continuation, quarterly reports, MBQIP VKG, PIMS measures review webinar, State Flex Program Core Competencies webinar

Federal Flex updates for January 2016 include: Rural hospitals issues group, Flex orientation webinar, Federal Financial Reports (FFRs), MBQIP VKGs, carryover requests, Core Competencies for Flex Program Excellence webinar, Flex grant Non-Competing Continuation (NCC), FORHP Flex Program Workshop, Flex Reverse Site Visit, Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rules