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Tennessee Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Scholars Program

See the source imageThe TN AHEC Scholars Program seeks to develop, prepare, and sustain a culturally competent healthcare workforce that is prepared to deliver high quality care in a transforming heath care delivery system, with emphasis on training rural and urban underrepresented minority, and educationally disadvantaged students for practice in rural and/or underserved areas.

TN AHEC

TN AHEC is currently accepting applications for the 2022-2024 cohort. Click here for informational letter. Click here to view the program brochure.

NARHC Announcement: Behavioral Health

$5 Million for RHC Behavioral Health Initiative
Included in House Appropriations Report

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Certified Men's Health Educator Training

The Certified Men's Health Educator training course is aimed at professionals who are passionate about helping boys, men, and their families achieve true health and wellness.
 
The Certified Men’s Health Educator program is currently being offered free of charge to a limited number of healthcare professionals and non-healthcare professionals interested in improving the health of those living in their community, and who live or work in designated rural counties in Tennessee. Training for these professionals is provided by Men’s Health Network, in association with the Rural Health Association of Tennessee, and funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Those who successfully complete the course will earn the “Certified Men’s Health Educator” designation.

The CMHE program is also available, on a fee basis, to interested individuals and organizations. For information on how to enroll, please email [email protected] healthymen.org

Find out more and register for the training here.
Enter RHA2022 for a 100% Discount Code

 

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Younger Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Update

The following statement is from STLT Policy & Public Health Partnerships in regards to under 5 year old vaccinations:

On Saturday, June 18th, CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation to expand COVID-19 vaccination to children younger than 5 years of age. This decision now universally recommends COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 6 months and older, paving the way for about 20 million children in this age group to get vaccinated and allowing providers to begin vaccinating with either the Moderna or the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as soon as possible.

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Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC)

Financing for Renovations, New Facilities, or Other Needs

Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization and community development financial institution that was founded in 1993. PCDC offers affordable capital to community-based practices to make investments in their infrastructure and facilities to enhance access, quality and capacity of primary care, behavioral health, and other community-based services. Financing is available to support facility acquisition and renovation, new construction, alternative delivery models (like mobile units, telehealth, etc.), program and practice transformation, and technology acquisition. PCDC works with practices on projects that range in size and scope.

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Medicare Shared Savings

Medicare Shared Savings

Rural Advantage ACO, founded by North American HMS, is positioned to help RHCs with Medicare Shared Savings. Please contact Charles James with questions or visit the Rural Advantage website.

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Time Out for Men's Health

The Rural Health Association of Tennessee hosts a webinar titled, "Time Out for Men's Health" on June 02, 2022 from 10am-11am CST. Our guest speaker is Mike Leventhal, Executive Director with the Men's Health Network- Tennessee.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
  1. Who is Men's Health Network and why is men's health important?
  2. "The Silent Crisis" that is men's health.
  3. Ways and means for public health professionals to get involved and become part of the men's health movement.

We'd like for you to join us for this virtual event! Register Here

East Tennessee Regional Event: "Rural Resilience: Strengthening Restoration through Partnerships and Collaboration."

Registration for this event is closed. 

Join us on May 17th from 9:00am-2:00pm ET at Bishop Hall at East Tennessee State University as we partner with ETSU Rural and Community Programs and Coordinated School Health to bring you RHA of TN's East Tennessee Regional Event: "Rural Resilience: Strengthening Restoration through Partnerships and Collaboration."

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In-person 2-Day Documentation, Coding, & Billing Bootcamp for RHCs and FQHCs

Overview and Purpose

  • This 2-day bootcamp will be held at The Residence Inn, in Franklin, TN on June 23rd and 24th. This training focuses on clinical documentation, coding, & billing for Rural Health Clinics (RHC) and Federally Qualified Health Centers/Community Health Centers (aka FQHCs) and allows attendees to optionally earn the nation’s only RHC/FQHC-specific coding and billing credentials.
  • This Bootcamp course is designed to help revenue cycle staff pass an optional certification exam to become a Rural or Community Health Coding & Billing Specialist (RH-CBS or CH-CBS). Full attendance includes the live/virtual training sessions, a 90-day ArchProCoding membership (one year if you pass the optional exam), access to a 20-question practice exam, and access to the full certification exam. 
  • Hotel Booking Information: Call The Residence Inn (615) 778-0002 to book your room(s) and for special group rate register with The Rural Health Association of TN group for the nights of June 22nd and 23rd for $144 USD per night.  *Last Day to Book is Thursday, June 2, 2022
  • Training will be held at The Residence Inn Franklin Cool Springs 2009 Meridian Blvd. Franklin TN 37067
  • Click here to view the 2-day agenda

  

 

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General Preventive Medicine & Public Health Residency Program

General Preventive Medicine & Public Health Residency Program

The Public Health and General Preventive Medicine Residency Program (GPM) at Meharry Medical College (MMC) is for individuals who want to pursue a career in Preventive Medicine with a special interest in Maternal and Child Health, with emphasis on the health of underserved and rural communities. Board certification in a Primary care specialty will be enhanced by additional education and experiences in public health and prevention.

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GetCoveredTenn- Family & Children's Services

GetCovered Tennessee, a healthcare access program of Family and Children’s Service, is a great resource here in Tennessee! They are the state grantee for connecting uninsured Tennesseans with health insurance through TNCARE/CoverKids/Affordable Care Act. FCS is a non-profit offering free healthcare access service in all 95 Tennessee counties, and their services are free of charge. In addition to enrollment, they also provide educational training on TNCARE/Coverkids/Affordable Care Act or Health Assist Safety net programs, such as how to use your insurance coverage and what the insurance terms mean. 

GetCoveredTenn is a non-profit program providing free health insurance enrollment and healthcare advice to all Tennesseans. GetCoveredTenn has a team of 20 experts to help Tennesseans find quality healthcare through affordable insurance, access to community-based healthcare services, or both. Their services are free and unbiased.

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West TN Community Resource Expo

WEST TN COMMUNITY RESOURCE EXPO
JUNE 9 at 2:00PM-5:00PM
Haywood County Justice Complex
100 S. Dupree Ave. Brownsville, TN 38012

Everyone is welcome! Stop by to learn about health and wellness, employment opportunities, apprenticeships, volunteer programs, home ownership, education, and other resources.

For a table or more information please contact: Mandy Garman with TN Housing Development Agency at [email protected]

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Maternal HealthCARE

The March of Dimes Maternal HealthCARE (Collaborative to Advance Racial Equity) is taking a novel approach to community engagement that generates honest feedback that is of value to hospitals and health systems. This collaborative is seeking additional partnerships with statewide partners to join this collaborative. RHA of TN wants to be sure that the voices of rural Tennesseans are heard. If you or someone that you know would like to be apart of this collaboration, apply here

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Rural Health Leadership Radio: NRHA Fellows

Are you curious about what leadership solutions are available for rural healthcare leaders who are passionate about making a difference? This week on Rural Health Leadership Radio we explore another rural-focused leadership program that’s working to improve health equity, NRHA’s Rural Health Fellows Program. 

NRHA’s Rural Health Fellows program is a yearlong, intensive training program that develops leaders who can articulate a clear and compelling vision for rural America. Each year, NRHA selects 10 to 15 highly motivated individuals who have proven their dedication to improving the health of rural Americans through their educational or professional experience. The goal of the Fellows program is to educate and develop a network of diverse rural leaders that will step forward to serve in key positions in the association, affiliated advocacy groups, and local and state legislative bodies with health equity as the main focus. For more information, go to https://www.ruralhealth.us/programs/rural-health-fellows

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DisabilityWebinar titled: Resources for Healthcare Providers and Patients

April is Autism Awareness Month. The RHA of TN would like to share a pre-recorded webinar featuring Lauren Pearcy the Executive Director with the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities in a webinar titled, "Disability Resources for Healthcare Providers and Patients". 

We are continually focused on caring for the well-being of individuals with developmental disabilities. Through advanced research, we will get the help they need by providing resources that will support the health and safety of all the individuals. 

  Click here to view recording 

Welcome Engooden Health - Rural Health Clinic Sustaining Parnter

Engooden Health becomes Rural Health Clinic
Sustaining Member!

Engooden Health, a company redefining chronic disease management, today announced a partnership with the Rural Health Association of Tennessee (RHA of TN), granting members access to technology-enhanced chronic care management (CCM) services between provider visits. Engooden will provide association members with the ability to scale personalized interventions for patients living with chronic diseases to help improve their quality of life and health outcomes.

Health disparities within rural communities occur due to social determinants, including geographic isolation, socioeconomic status, and reliable food sources. These factors place larger populations of people at risk for having chronic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. Engooden’s proprietary technology, in partnership with RHA of TN, will help bring more ongoing and equitable care to Tennesseans by providing its members with outsourced services to rising risk patients in between office visits. 


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April RHC and FQHC Resource Updates

National Health Service Corps New Site Application Webinar Recording Now Available! Click here

The 2022 NHSC New Site Application Cycle is open and accepting applications through Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. E.T.
Have a question? Application help is available!
April 14, 2-4 p.m. ET: NHSC New Site Application Q&A Session #1
April 27, 12-2 p.m. ET: NHSC New Site Application Q&A Session #2


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TennCare Maternal Health

Thanks to the advocacy efforts of RHA of TN members and other organizations, dental coverage is now available for pregnant and postpartum women. Starting April 1st, pregnant women on TennCare will have dental coverage.  

An excerpt of the Notice of Change can be found below.

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HRSA Update Regarding the Uninsured Program and the Coverage Assistance Fund

The please see the following update from the Tennessee Department of Health:

The following information as released from HRSA regarding the Uninsured Program and the Coverage Assistance Fund. Please direct additional concerns to https://www.hrsa.gov/CovidUninsuredClaim or contact the HRSA Provider Support Line at (866) 569-3522. 

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RHA of TN hosts Virtual ArchPro Coding RHC Event

RHA of TN hosts, ArchProCoding Virtual Training for RHCs on April 20, 2022: 9am-2pm CST Curriculum specifics include:

  •  The “Key Components” associated with E&M code selection
  • The differences between the CPT and CMS E&M documentation guidelines
  • Discuss the use of utilization benchmarks to target potential risk areas
  • Explain the differences between the 1995 and 1997 examination guidelines
  • Determining the complexity of medical decision making (MDM)
  • The importance to ‘link’ ICD-10-CM codes to E&M services
  • Risks associated with certain EHRs solutions (e.g, “wizards”)
  • Distinguishing “problem-oriented” from “preventive” E&M services
  • What to look for when modifiers are reported with E&M services (e.g., -25)
  • How to use a well-constructed audit template to conduct reviews
  • Key steps to present audit findings to providers successfully and non-confrontationally

Attendees must be a certified Rural Health Clinic in the state of Tennessee.

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