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

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.

Upcoming Webinar

Virtual Primary Care

May 17, 2021

This webinar will build state Flex Program knowledge and understanding of telehealth and the rural application. It will share examples of rural models and provide access to educational information and resources that can be disseminated to rural providers.

Upcoming MBQIP Virtual Knowledge Group

June MBQIP Virtual Knowledge Group

June 10, 2021

MBQIP VKGs provide a networking opportunity for state Flex Programs and subcontractors. Topics for discussion are determined based on MBQIP Data Reports, technical assistance trends and requests.

Upcoming Webinar

Tele-Monitoring of Rural Patients

July 7, 2021

This webinar will build state Flex Program knowledge and understanding of telehealth and the rural application. It will share examples of rural models and provide access to educational information and resources that can be disseminated to rural providers.

Upcoming 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 Events

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.

Past Workshop

FORHP Flex Program Virtual Workshop

March 29, 2021 to April 5, 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 Webinar

Flex Program FY21 Non-Competing Continuation (NCC)

March 25, 2021

The purpose of this webinar was to provide guidance on the Flex Program NCC Progress Report due Friday, May 14th. The Flex Program FY21 Non-Competing Continuation (NCC) Progress Report will be available in EHB on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 and will be due in EHB on Friday, May 14, 2021.

Past Webinar

Telehealth 101

February 24, 2021

Learn basic telehealth concepts. Understand telehealth regulatory changes and waivers during and after COVID. Identify ways that Flex programs can support the telehealth needs of CAHs and RHCs in their state. Understand how increased telehealth use could impact finances, quality improvement measures, and movement to value-based care and population health.

Past Rural HIT Coalition

Information Integration Efforts in Rural and Rural Tele-Mental Health

February 19, 2021

View a summary from the National Rural HIT Coalition meeting with state and federal updates. Discussion topics included HIT updates related to telehealth, COVID-19, infrastructure/ broadband, information integration efforts in rural, and rural tele-mental health initiatives.

Past TASC 90 Webinar

Rural Health Equity and the Flex Program

February 17, 2021

Understand the basics of health equity and the impact of President Biden's Health Equity Executive Order. Identify national health equity initiatives. Learn health equity activities relevant for state Flex Programs and CAHs.

Past Webinar

Potential Roles for Rural Ambulance Services in COVID-19 Vaccination

January 27, 2021

This webinar will cover potential roles for rural ambulance services in the COVID-19 vaccination. This event is supported by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and coordinated by TASC, a program of the National Rural Health Resource Center. 

Past Flex Virtual Knowledge Group

Carryover and Flex Grant Management

January 12, 2021

Understand the HHS carryover process and necessary steps required. Hear from Flex programs that have utilized carryover Flex funds. Hear examples of Flex programs shifting activities to avoid the carryover process.

Past Flex Virtual Knowledge Group

Flex Program Staff Engagement, Wellness Best Practices, and Staff Satisfaction

December 17, 2020

Discover staff engagement and wellness best practices for building Flex Program longevity. Identify employee satisfaction opportunities within different organization types (state government, non-profit, and university). Share innovative ways to celebrate Flex program successes.

Past MBQIP Virtual Knowledge Group

MBQIP Data Reports and Resource Review

December 3, 2020

Explore the updated MBQIP Data Reports and understand how to make use of them. Review available resources to support MBQIP at the state and hospital level in the context of the results of the Annual RQITA Assessment. Discuss additional MBQIP resource and support needs and requests.

Past Flex Virtual Knowledge Group

Evaluation Performance Improvement

November 23, 2020

State the purpose, components, and uses of program evaluation. Recall common performance improvement opportunities in program evaluation. Through an accompanying self-assessment, recognize their Flex program’s strengths, challenges, and barriers with program evaluation.

Past TASC 90 Webinar

Integration of Rural Health Clinics and Hospitals

November 5, 2020

Discuss the benefits of integration of primary care and rural hospitals, particularly regarding population health, value payment, and care coordination work. Explain how rural health networks enhance patient care, integrate services, and support the health of the people in their service areas.

Past Webinar

Flex PIMS Updates

September 2, 2020

Learn about results from the Flex Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Performance Improvement and Management System (PIMS) data collection. Understand the requirements for the Flex FY 2019 PIMS data collection. Discover resources available for PIMS data collection.

Past Reverse Site Visit

2020 Flex Program Virtual Reverse Site Visit (RSV)

August 4, 2020 to August 6, 2020

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 Virtual Knowledge Group

Health Equity

July 27, 2020

Discuss how to advance health equity in your state through Flex program initiatives. Discover strategies and activities from other Flex programs that promote health equity initiatives.

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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, $1,009,121 (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.