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 Rural HIT Coalition

Cybersecurity

October 26, 2021

Explain why health care is targeted by cyberattacks, who the attackers are, and the potential implications. Recognize the top cyber threats to health care organizations such as critical access hospitals (CAHs) and rural health clinics (RHCs). Discuss how health care organizations can practice preparedness and what to do in case of a cyberattack.

Upcoming Workshop

FORHP Flex Program Virtual Workshop

November 1, 2021 to November 10, 2021

The goal of the FORHP Flex Program Virtual 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 Events

Past Flex Program Telehealth Webinars

Rural Tele-Behavioral Health Part II

October 6, 2021

Recognize the opportunities and challenges for rural health providers in implementing and sustaining tele-behavioral health. List examples of rural models across different aspects of tele-behavioral health. Describe how Flex Programs could support tele-behavioral health for CAHs and RHCs. Identify evaluation and metrics for tele-behavioral health programs.

Past MBQIP Virtual Knowledge Group

State Flex Program QI Project Kick Off

September 16, 2021

Explore the new TASC-hosted SharePoint space and Quality Innovation Lab (QIL) email groups and understand expectations of use. Review examples of well written project plans and identify opportunities to enhance your state QI project plan. Receive instructions prior to the first round of QIL meetings. Hear general MBQIP updates.

Past Webinar

CAH Telehealth Guide

September 9, 2021

Understand the importance of telehealth implementation for CAHs and discuss best practices and resources for implementation. Comprehend the scope of telehealth implementation with regards to purchasing, staffing, maintenance, reimbursement, and reporting for outpatient services for CAHs.

Past Webinar

Flex Fiscal Year 2020 Wrap Up Webinar

September 2, 2021

Review the results of the Flex Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 PIMS data collection. Understand the requirements for the Flex FY 2020 PIMS data collection, the Flex FY 2020 End of Year Report submission, and the Flex FY 2020 Annual Federal Financial Report.

Past Rural HIT Coalition

August National Rural HIT Coalition

August 31, 2021

This call will include an update on state and federal HIT legislation and regulations as well as topics to be determined for discussion.

Past TASC 90 Webinar

Leadership and Mid-level Management

August 18, 2021

Understand the importance of leadership provided by mid-level managers at small rural hospitals. Gain awareness of new leadership resources to support mid-level managers.
Understand the role mid-level managers play in value-based payment models. Learn how Flex Programs can help support the leadership of critical access hospitals.

Past Flex Virtual Knowledge Group

Best Practices in Flex Program Contract Management

August 10, 2021

Identify contract management best practices and tips they can use for their Flex Program subcontracts or managing the life cycle of their QI project. Recognize how other Flex Coordinators troubleshoot contract management issues to improve office efficiencies and project outcomes.

Past Video

Fiscal Year 2020 Flex EMS Supplement Small Group Meeting

August 4, 2021

The purpose of this small group meeting was to highlight the latest information and issues in the Flex Program and to provide an opportunity for EMS supplement project grantees to share experiences, lessons learned, and successes from the second year of the multi-year supplement projects.

Past Flex Program Telehealth Webinars

Rural Tele-Behavioral Health

August 3, 2021

Define what tele-behavioral health consists of and how it is different from tele-mental health. State what a tele-behavioral health visit looks like for a patient. Recall data and evidence related to the effectiveness of tele-behavioral health. Identify the opportunities and challenges of implementing and sustaining tele-behavioral health for rural health providers.

Past Reverse Site Visit

2021 Flex Program Virtual Reverse Site Visit (RSV)

July 20, 2021 to July 22, 2021

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy's (FORHP) Flex Program Virtual Reverse Site Visit (RSV) is an opportunity for state Flex Programs to make connections, share best practices and gather lessons learned to better engage and empower CAHs in activities to support healthy rural communities.

Past Flex Program Telehealth Webinars

Tele-Monitoring of Rural Patients

July 7, 2021

Explain the basic components of remote patient monitoring (RPM) services. Describe the value of RPM to rural patients. Recall data and evidence related to the effectiveness of RPM. Recognize the opportunities and challenges of RPM for rural health providers. Understand what RPM means for value-based models.

Past Rural HIT Coalition

Quality and Effectiveness of Telehealth

June 17, 2021

View the playback from the National Rural HIT Coalition meeting with state and federal updates. Discussions included the quality and effectiveness of telehealth.

Past Flex Virtual Knowledge Group

State Flex Programs and Non-traditional Partners

June 15, 2021

Identify examples of non-traditional partnerships that can be beneficial in for state Flex programs. Discuss how to establish partnerships within state Flex program work. Recognize the value of seeking out other partnerships in your state and its positive impact on your state Flex program initiatives.

Past MBQIP Virtual Knowledge Group

State Flex Program Quality Improvement Project Prep

June 10, 2021

Participate in group sharing and discussion of plans and potential pain points regarding planning and implementation of the quality improvement (QI) project as outlined in your non-competing continuation (NCC). Hear general MBQIP updates.

Past Flex Program Telehealth Webinars

Virtual Primary Care

May 17, 2021

Define what virtual primary care is and what a visit looks like for a patient. Recall data and evidence related to the effectiveness of virtual primary care. Identify the opportunities and challenges of virtual primary care for rural health providers. Describe how COVID is affecting and may affect virtual primary care as a service line.

Past TASC 90 Webinar

Supporting New Models of Payment and Delivery

May 12, 2021

Gain knowledge regarding new models of health care payment and delivery. Understand updates to these models and the changes that have occurred from the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how Flex Programs can help support new models of payment and delivery.

Past Flex Program Telehealth Webinars

Telehealth Policy

April 26, 2021

Recall the usual elements of telehealth reimbursement policy. Recognize pre-COVID telehealth policy. Explain how the public health emergency (PHE) has affected telehealth policy. Describe other federal developments around telehealth policy. Summarize effects of PHE-related telehealth changes on rural health care organizations.

Past Flex Virtual Knowledge Group

Impact of Increased Telehealth Use on Quality, Finance, and Value-Based Care

April 16, 2021

Describe the financial and quality impacts of rural hospital and clinic telehealth use. Express market protection concerns for rural hospitals from non-traditional competitors with broad increased use and acceptance of telehealth. Recognize enhanced access to health care for rural patients. Recognize the benefits of telehealth use in value-based payment models.
Recall peer Flex Program experiences with telehealth initiatives

Past MBQIP Virtual Knowledge Group

State Flex Program Quality Improvement Project Brainstorming

April 15, 2021

Participate in group sharing of ideas regarding the Quality Improvement project for this year’s Flex NCC. Hear updates regarding CMS Hospital Star Ratings and electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs). Hear general MBQIP updates.

Past Conference Call

April National Rural HIT Coalition Call

April 13, 2021

This call will include an update on state and federal HIT legislation and regulations as well as topics to be determined for discussion.

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