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

Rural Health Information Exchange

February 3, 2022

Recognize health information exchange (HIE) and information blocking concepts. Understand the health information exchange direction of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT for rural hospitals and clinics. Discover initiatives shared from a rural Regional Health Information Organization. Explain how state Flex Programs could support rural health information exchange efforts.

Upcoming Flex Virtual Knowledge Group

March Virtual Knowledge Group

March 3, 2022

Flex Virtual Knowledge Group (VKG) webinars provide a forum for state Flex Programs to share successes, discuss challenges, and brainstorm strategies for improvement and Flex Program excellence.

Upcoming Workshop

Spring 2022 Flex Program Virtual Workshop

March 21, 2022

The goal of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy's (FORHP) Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program Virtual Workshop is to provide new or existing Flex Program staff an orientation to the Flex Program.

Upcoming Webinar

2022 Flex Program Virtual Reverse Site Visit (RSV)

July 19, 2022 to July 21, 2022

"Bridging the Future: Innovation, Adaptation, and Equity for Rural Health Care"
The 2022 Flex Program Virtual Reverse Site Visit will take place online this year and will include presentations by keynote speakers, state Flex Programs, FORHP staff, and TASC staff.

Past Events

Past Webinar

Accessing and Using EMS Data to Support Rural EMS Improvement

January 12, 2022

Following this webinar, participants were be able to: List sources of EMS data and recognize common obstacles related to accessing EMS data. Recall how baselines are established. Discuss how outputs and outcomes are different, and give examples of how to measure project outcomes.

Past Flex Virtual Knowledge Group

January Flex Virtual Knowledge Group

January 6, 2022

Flex VKG webinars provide a forum for state Flex Programs to share successes, discuss challenges and brainstorm strategies for improvement and Flex Program excellence.

Past Flex Program Telehealth Webinars

Telehealth Response to the Pandemic in Rural Hospitals and Clinics

December 16, 2021

This telehealth webinar is the second of a six-part series for Flex Fiscal Year 2021 focused on rural telehealth topics to build state Flex Program knowledge and understanding of the use of telehealth and the response to the pandemic in rural hospitals and clinics. 

Past Webinar

Sustainable Rural EMS: Navigating Change

December 14, 2021

This webinar playback focuses on the Sustainable Rural EMS: Navigating Change guide. This guide can assist rural communities in navigating a change from unsustainable volunteer EMS and ambulance service models to those that are sustainable.

Past TASC 90 Webinar

Flex Program Outcome Measures

December 9, 2021

Learn from the Flex Monitoring Team about potential outcome measures for activities in the Operational & Financial Improvement Flex Program area. Hear from State Flex Programs on implementation of outcome measures in Flex Program activities. Engage in conversation about the future and feasibility of outcome measurement in the Flex Program.

Past Rural HIT Coalition

Artificial Intelligence in Rural Health Care

December 7, 2021

Define artificial intelligence and its relevance to health care. Discuss the application of it and machine learning to rural health care. Explain how to support Flex Programs in creating an awareness of artificial intelligence for their CAHs and RHCs.

Past Webinar

FORHP Fireside Chat

December 2, 2021

Discuss expectations for the Flex Year 3 QI Project, including the Quality Innovation Labs, and get questions to Q Project questions. Hear updates on MBQIP, including eligibility requirements for Flex Program Year 4, and share feedback with FORHP on MBQIP, QILs, and other QI needs in your state.

Past Flex Virtual Knowledge Group

Provider-Based Rural Health Clinics

December 1, 2021

Identify current issues facing RHCs. Identify opportunities for Flex Programs to help support efforts related to provider-based RHCs. Pinpoint where to find resources to support state Flex Program activities with provider-based RHCs.

Past Flex Program Telehealth Webinars

Telehealth in the Rural Hospital Emergency Department

November 30, 2021

Identify what telemedicine services consist of in a rural hospital ED. Recall evaluation results related to the effectiveness of tele-ED for rural hospitals. Relate the value of adoption and efficient use of tele-ED from a critical access hospital perspective. Identify resources available to hospitals related to tele-ED.

Past Webinar

Enhancing Antibiotic Stewardship Programs in Critical Access Hospitals

November 17, 2021

This webinar, co-hosted by CDC and FORHP, will feature two high-performing critical access hospital antibiotic stewardship leaders sharing implementation and enhancement tips, and overviews of the University of Washington Tele-Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and The Joint Commission’s upcoming revisions to their antibiotic stewardship standards.

Past Webinar

Public Health Emergency Updates and Discussion

November 4, 2021

Hear from peer Flex leaders on their successes and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic and recent COVID-19 surges. Collectively identify what is currently working and where challenges are still present with the PHE. Identify what additional support is needed around the current PHE.

Past 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 Rural HIT Coalition


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.

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.


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, $1,560,000 (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.