TASC Events

This list includes upcoming and past Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC) events. Generally, the intended audience for live TASC events is State Office of Rural Health Directors and Flex Program Coordinators. Recordings posted in the past events list are available for anyone's use.

Virtual Knowledge Group recordings are available in the Flex Program Forum instead of the past events list below.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Webinar

Fiscal Year 2016 PIMS Data Report Out

January 25, 2018

Understand how FOHRP is analyzing fiscal year (FY) 2015 and FY 2016 PIMS data reported by Flex Programs. Discuss ways to use PIMS data and combine data from other sources to show Flex impact. Help FORHP improve PIMS data collection and reporting for FY 2017.

Past Events

Past Webinar

The Flex Program: Looking Ahead

January 18, 2018

This webinar recording will help the viewer understand plans for Flex Program planning. Hear ideas for Flex Program future direction. Explore environmental scan data reflecting the current state of critical access hospitals and the national Flex Program.

Past Virtual Knowledge Group

Capturing CAH Finance: Leveraging Data for CAH Financial Improvement

January 8, 2018

Know where to find resources to support CAH financial improvement. Discuss different ways states are utilizing tools and leveraging relationships to improve financial performance within their CAHs. Understand the value of the CAH Measurement and Performance Assessment System (CAHMPAS) data query tool, CAH Financial Indicators Reports (CAHFIR) and the use of subcontractors for financial improvement success.

Past Virtual Knowledge Group

ED-1 and ED-2: Incorporating Inpatient ED Measures into MBQIP

December 21, 2017

Participate in discussion about the Inpatient ED measures (ED-1 and ED-2) new to MBQIP. Understand the basics, review currently available CAH data and discuss best practices for quality improvement. Also hear updates on antibiotic stewardship measures, National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) enrollment and upcoming changes to the MBQIP Data Reports.

Past Virtual Knowledge Group

How a State Flex Program Can Prepare for an Impactful CAH Site Visit

December 4, 2017

Understand best practices for conducting a CAH site visit, discuss different ways states are utilizing tools and leveraging relationships to conduct a successful site visit and foster peer-to-peer sharing of CAH site visit templates, tools and resources.

Past TASC 90 Webinar

Flex Program Work with Rural Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

November 8, 2017

Learn the performance observations and evidence of rural accountable care organization (ACO) involvement. Discover opportunities for state Flex Program involvement in supporting value-based models of care and understand the successes and challenges of rural ACOs and how the state Flex Program can play a supportive role.

Past Virtual Knowledge Group

Utilizing the Core Competencies for State Flex Program Excellence

November 6, 2017

Review the purpose of the Core Competencies for Flex Program Excellence and how they relate to Flex grant requirements. Hear about the self-assessment and learn about technical assistance available from TASC to support development of the Core Competencies. Discover how Flex Programs are using them to improve their program performance.

Past Workshop

FORHP Flex Program Workshop

October 17, 2017 to October 19, 2017

The goal of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) Flex Program Workshop is to provide new or existing Flex Program staff an orientation to the Flex Program. Attendance at this event is open only to state Flex grantees.

Past Virtual Knowledge Group

Antibiotic Stewardship

August 17, 2017

Learn about antibiotic stewardship. Discuss MBQIP success, challenges and brainstorm strategies to assist hospitals toward reporting, participating, improving and excelling across the four MBQIP domains.

Past Reverse Site Visit

2017 Flex Program Reverse Site Visit

July 19, 2017 to July 20, 2017

View the presentations and materials from the 2017 Flex Program Reverse Site Visit (RSV). The annual RSV consists of the latest information about the Flex Program, including discussions related to delivering value in health care, the impact on CAHs and the sharing of best practices.

Past Virtual Knowledge Group

Future MBQIP Measures and Resource Needs

June 20, 2017

Learn about the future of MBQIP and resources needed and discuss MBQIP success, challenges and brainstorm strategies to assist hospitals to excel in data reporting and performance improvement.

Past TASC 90 Webinar

Population Health Portal Features and Use for State Flex Programs

February 14, 2017

Learn key features of the Population Health Portal, including a readiness assessment, resources and data scenarios. Discover how Flex can leverage them to support their CAHs and develop relevant activities based on CAHs’ needs. Understand how CAHs can use claims data to support population health management.

Past Document

National Rural HIT Coalition Meeting

February 6, 2017

Meeting summary from the National Rural HIT Coalition in-person meeting held on February 7, 2017. Topics include federal updates, privacy and security and MACRA and MIPS.

Past Webinar

PIMS Update

January 23, 2017

Learn how PIMS data is used by FORHP and FMT and how Flex Programs can combine other data sources to show the impact of the Flex Program.

Past TASC 90 Webinar

An Update on the Rural Transition to Value Models

November 9, 2016

Hear an update on the rural transition to value-based health care models. Discover new tools for CAHs to demonstrate value to partners and participation in alternative payment models (APMs).

Past Webinar

Cybersecurity Threats in Rural America: How to Protect Your CAH

September 27, 2016

Understand the threats of ransomware and hacking. Discover methods to assess risk of data breaches from cyber criminals. Learn about ways hospitals can protect their computer networks. Understand what hospitals need to do when a cyberattack or data breach occurs.

Past Document

The Grant Project Life Cycle: A Grant Subcontract Management Guide

September 13, 2016

This guide is designed to target opportunities within the Flex grant to improve the scope of work requirements for subcontracted consultants. It will assist state programs in building greater accountability with their subcontractors to deliver more meaningful information to improve program deliverables, reporting and demonstrating measurable program outcomes.

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This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB1RH24206, Information Services to Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Grantees, $1,100,000 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.