MHA Today | April 12, 2018

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April 12, 2018

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In This Issue
Congressional Committees Ponder Opioid Policy
HRSA Announces Rural Communities Opioid Response Funding Opportunity
Funding Opportunity Available For Rural Health Care Telecommunications
USDA Hosts Webinar On Applying For Telemedicine Grants

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Congressional Committees Ponder Opioid Policy

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Leslie Porth

The U.S. House of Representatives issued a white paper and press release regarding recommendations to combat opioid abuse. Also, the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held the first day of its hearing on the role of Medicare and Medicaid in opioid treatment. The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Pensions and Labor committee also held an opioid hearing, while the Senate Judiciary Crime and Terrorism subcommittee held a hearing on curbing the use of fentanyl.

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Quality and Population Health


HRSA Announces Rural Communities Opioid Response Funding Opportunity

Staff Contacts: Leslie Porth or Shawn Billings

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy announced plans to award as many as 75 grants to rural communities as part of a new Rural Communities Opioid Response initiative that will support treatment for, and prevention of, substance use disorder. The initiative will focus on the 220 counties identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as being at risk, as well as other high risk rural communities. Successful awardees will receive $200,000 for one year to partner with at least three other entities and to develop plans to implement opioid use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery interventions designed to reduce opioid overdoses among rural populations. The Notice of Funding Opportunity will be available on Grants.gov later this spring 2018. Please note that the process for registering for federal grants can take up to 30 days to complete. Learn more about how HRSA is addressing the opioid crisis with funding, resources and technical assistance

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Funding Opportunity Available For Rural Health Care Telecommunications

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The Universal Service Fund Rural Health Care program reduces the cost of broadband connectivity for rural public or nonprofit health care providers or networks. The fund is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company under auspices of the Federal Communications Commission. Rural Health Care applications for fund year July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019, must be completed by June 29, 2018. Because applications require multiple sequential forms, applications must be underway months before June 29. Visit the USAC website to see a calendar for filing window periods, as well as training events, webinars and resources.

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USDA Hosts Webinar On Applying For Telemedicine Grants

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will host two, 90-minute webinars for its Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program that helps rural communities with health-related telecommunications. The webinars will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 19, and at noon Wednesday, April 25. Registration is required at the respective links. The application deadline for this grant opportunity is Monday, June 4.

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Consider This ...

According to a survey of 1,054 adults, 43 percent of Americans say the use of prescription pain drugs is an extremely or very serious problem in their communities. While 53 percent of the public sees prescription drug addiction as a disease, 44 percent say it shows a lack of willpower or discipline, while 32 percent say it is caused by a character defect or bad parenting.

Source: The Hill