Calendar of Events

State-Wide Webinars, Events, & Funding Opportunities

Tuesday November 28, 2017 12PM-1PM: The Current State of Telehealth Reimbursement – Federally and within Maryland
Based on the first Maryland Telehealth Alliance (MTel) meeting in October, MTel received a number of requests for an overview of the current state of Telehealth Reimbursement within the state of Maryland.
PRESENTER: Dr. Kerry Palakanis, CEO of Crisfield Clinic and Treasurer, Maryland Telehealth Alliance (MTel)
COST: Free to all registered MTel Members. (To register to become a MTel members, click HERE.)

December 6, 2017: Rural Health Services Outreach Program
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) has announced that it will be accepting applications for its Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program through December 6, 2017. Successful awardees will receive up to $200,000 a year for three years to improve healthcare access in rural communities by implementing evidence-based or promising practice models. Applicants may apply under the regular Outreach track for projects that focus on any health-related topic, or under the newly created track addressing cardiovascular disease called Health Improvement Special Project (HISP).  More information can be found HERE.

December 7, 2017: 14th Annual Health Equity Conference
The Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities’ mission is to address ​the social determinants of health and eliminate health disparities by leveraging the Department’s resources, providing health equity consultation, impacting external communications, guiding policy decisions and influencing strategic direction on behalf of the Secretary of Health. $30 Pre-registration, $40 day of, if space permits. More information and Registration can be found HERE.

December 15, 2017: Open Enrollment Ends
Those without health insurance through a job, Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or another source that provides qualifying health coverage can enroll using Maryland’s Health Connection (MHC). Managed by the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, MHC is the state’s health insurance marketplace under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The period to enroll for health insurance began November 1, 2017 and runs through December 15, 2017. Plans acquired in this period begin coverage on January 1, 2018. Those who are currently covered by a plan for 2017 should log into their accounts beginning on November 1, 2017 to learn their status.

December 18, 2017: MCHRC Grant Applications Due
The Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC) issued  the FY 2018 Call for Proposals (RFP), which looks to support programs that preserve or enhance the state’s ability to serve vulnerable populations regardless of insurance status; promote health equity by reducing health disparities and addressing the social determinants of health; and support community-based projects that are innovative, sustainable, and replicable. The CHRC anticipates awarding approximately $2.2 million in new grant funding this fiscal year. Letters of Intent (LOI) will be due on November 14 (12 noon), and full grant proposals will be due December 18 (12 noon). Grant awards are expected to be made by the CHRC in mid-February 2018.
This year’s RFP looks to support three categories of programs: (1) Promoting delivery of essential health care services: primary/preventative care services, dental services, and women’s health care services; (2) Addressing the heroin and opioid epidemic through integrated behavioral health service delivery; and (3) Promoting food security and addressing childhood and family obesity.

January 2, 2018: Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Competition Submissions Due
HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) announces a prize competition to support the development and testing of low-cost, scalable technology-based innovations to improve the ability of prenatal care providers to monitor the health and wellbeing of pregnant women remotely, especially women who live in rural and medically-underserved areas who have limited access to on-site prenatal care. The January 2, 2018 is the first phase. The full schedule can be found HERE.

January 23, 2017: The 2018 Legislative Session is quickly approaching and MRHA is thrilled to host the 2nd Annual MRHA Legislative Forum. All the exciting details and agenda will be coming soon, so stay tuned! MRHA is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Outstanding Rural Health Legislator Award. This award is presented for outstanding leadership and public service in promoting legislation and/or policy solutions to benefit rural communities. Please submit nominations by December 8th HERE.

Ongoing Programs

Kresge Foundation: Developing Healthy Places Grant
The quality of one’s health is determined by multiple factors: the natural environment, lifestyle, genetic factors and, to a small degree, medical care. Yet, for many people, it is the conditions in which they live that most inhibit their health. Their neighborhoods have limited access to affordable fresh food, safe places for recreation, high-quality education and living-wage jobs. They may be exposed to environmental hazards due to the proximity of polluting industries and substandard housing. Addressing these conditions begins to promote health equity among people in low-income neighborhoods and fosters improved health for entire communities. Through this focus area, we support three initiatives: 1) Healthy Housing and Neighborhoods, 2) Healthy Food Systems that benefit low-income communities, 3) Equitable Transportation and Land Use.  More information available HERE.

Health Quality Innovators:
Improving healthcare takes technical skill and clinical knowledge. Making health quality breakthroughs calls for creativity. We take a different approach to every healthcare provider because each one is different. But our goal is always the same: to create a spark that ignites lasting change.
Leave Behind Widget Cards
Resource Center Info Card

HQI Final Rule Announcement

Home is Where the Heart Is: Insights on the Coordination and Delivery of Home Health Services in Rural America:
Access to home health in rural areas is an important public policy concern, particularly with the growing number of older adults residing in rural America. This qualitative study seeks to better understand how home health services are provided in rural areas, and identifies facilitators and barriers to providing care. Rural home health agency administrators and discharge planners reported a variety of challenges with providing home health services to rural Medicare beneficiaries, including insufficient reimbursement, Medicare requirements, and recruiting and retaining an adequate workforce. External financial support, affiliation with a hospital, integrated EHR systems, and strong relationships with hospitals were identified as facilitators for providing rural home health services. The facilitators and challenges identified in this study offer insights about the delivery of home health services in rural communities that should be considered by policy makers, innovators, and providers as rural healthcare evolves. The study can be read in full HERE.

Rural Hospital Insurance of America
The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) and HealthSure announce the creation of a new risk and insurance management program available to all rural hospitals in  America. Called Rural Hospital Insurance of America (RHIA), the program’s overarching purpose is to ensure rural hospitals, stay safely ahead of the game. The RHIA program is offered to all rural and critical access hospitals nationwide (NRHA membership is not required). Its mission is to keep all American rural and critical access hospitals safely ahead of the game. Program members benefit from group buying power, access to innovative, class-leading solutions, and the collective wisdom that comes from decades of dedication to rural hospital success. More information can be found HERE.

Stem the Tide – Addressing the Opioid Epidemic
The American Hospital Association (AHA) has developed a toolkit to provide guidance and resources to hospitals and health systems on how to work with patients, clinicians, and communities to step the opioid epidemic. The toolkit will be updated regularly to help the field move forward in addressing the opioid epidemic in communities. The resources included in this toolkit were vetted by a multidisciplinary team of experts. Information is categorized into topic areas, including:

• Clinician education on prescribing practices;
• Non-opioid pain management;
• Addressing stigma;
• Patient, family, and caregiver education; and,
• Collaborating with communities.

Access the toolkit HERE. For additional information on available resources for effective prevention, treatment, and recovery of substance use, visit the MDH webpage HERE.

Board Meetings

December 19, 2017 10AM-12PM: Conference Call
February 27, 2017 “All Day” Strategic Planning Meeting: Maryland Hospital Association, 6820 Deerpath Road Elkridge, MD 21075
April 24, 2018 10AM-11:30AM: Conference Call
June 26, 2018 10AM-12PM: Maryland Hospital Association, 6820 Deerpath Road Elkridge, MD 21075

Committee Meetings:

Legislative Committee: December 20, 2017 1:00PM
Conference Planning Committee: TBD until Spring, 2018