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Rural Health Update

August 30, 2016

Reporting and Billing Updates for RHCs. Billing staff at Rural Health Clinics should be aware of new information provided by CMS to assist with reporting requirements for the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS), effective April 1, 2016.

NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment – deadline October 13. The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) provides up to $120,000 to medical (MD and DO) or dental (DDS or DMD) students in their final year of school in return for a commitment to provide primary health care full time for at least 3 years at an approved NHSC site in a Health Professional Shortage Area of greatest need. Those interested in applying should attend one of two technical assistance webinars on September 8 and September 29 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm ET. Dial-in 1-888-324-4392 , passcode 1058390.

Approaching Deadlines

R​ural Health Fellows Program – September 1
Comment: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System – September 6
Comment: Physician Fee Schedule Updates – September 6


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New Rural Physician Loan Repayment Program rule published

September 15, 2015

The rule to administer the New Rural Physician Loan Repayment Program have been published on the Department of Administrative Rules web site, September 15, 2015. The rule is open for public comment through October 17, 2015. The rules govern the administration of the program including: contract administration, full-time equivalency provisions, contract eligibility and selection criteria, contract breach and penalties, contract extension, and release from contract.

Questions on the rule should be directed to Cory Zastrow, 801-273-6641, czastrow@utah.gov. Reviews of the rule MUST be submitted in writing to Cory Zastrow no later than October 17, 2015. The rule may become effective on October 24, 2015.

The full text of the rule is available at: Utah Department of Administrative Services

FAMILY HEALTH AND PREPAREDNESS, PRIMARY CARE AND RURAL HEALTH

No. 39613 (New Rule): R434-45. Rural Physician Loan Repayment Program Rules.

SUMMARY OF THE RULE OR CHANGE:  The rules govern the administration of the program including:  contract administration, full-time equivalency provisions, contract eligibility and selection criteria, contract breach and penalties, contract extension, and release from contract.

ANTICIPATED COST OR SAVINGS TO:

- THE STATE BUDGET:  The rule will impose minor costs and duties to state government.  These costs will be administrative costs to the program.

- LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:  There are no expected costs to local government, other than the time it would take for them to fill out and complete the competitive employment site application.  Anticipate savings for those health care facilities that are matched with a rural physician.

- SMALL BUSINESSES:  There are no expected costs to small businesses, other than the time it would take for them to fill out and complete the competitive employment site application.  Anticipate savings for those health care facilities that are matched with a rural physician.

- PERSONS OTHER THAN SMALL BUSINESSES, BUSINESSES, OR LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES: There are no expected costs to businesses, other than the time it would take for them to fill out and complete the competitive employment site application.  Anticipate savings for those health care facilities that are matched with a rural physician.  Hospital would be required to match state dollars awarded rural physician.

COMPLIANCE COSTS FOR AFFECTED PERSONS:  There are no compliance costs.

COMMENTS BY THE DEPARTMENT HEAD ON THE FISCAL IMPACT THE RULE MAY HAVE ON BUSINESSES:  The rule will have no fiscal impact on business because it does not impose any requirements on business.  Rural hospitals may see an undefined benefit if it is matched with and receives the services from participating physician.

INTERESTED PERSONS MAY PRESENT THEIR VIEWS ON THIS RULE BY SUBMITTING WRITTEN COMMENTS NO LATER THAN AT 5:00 PM ON 10/17/2015

THIS RULE MAY BECOME EFFECTIVE ON:  10/24/2015.​


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New 3RNet Video Link

February 2015

As a core function of the Primary Care Office and State Office of Rural Health, getting jobs posted on the 3RNet site is paramount to success and exposure. More jobs on the site means more candidates finding YOU, and ultimately more candidate registrations. Last year, the jobs the 3RNet posted most were in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants. During that same time, the specialties/professions with the most candidate registrations were Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses and Physician Assistants. If you are looking for a certain candidate, it is crucial to have quality jobs for them to look at as an incentive to register with YOUR employment site. To help get the word out to facilities about posting job opportunities on 3RNet, the 3RNet has created a short video that walks facilities through the registration process.

If you have question, please feel free to contact Dennis D. Moser, on behalf of the Office of Primary Care and Rural Health, 435-865-8453. Good Luck in your search for qualified candidates!!


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Rural Health Update

February 2015

Rural health updates and policy updates, read about Policy updates, funding opportunities, Events and Tools, Resources availble.

Current Issue:

Issue 12.pdf ‐ (Jul. 2016 - Sep. 2016)

Previous Issues


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Let 3RNet make Recruiting to Rural and Underserved Areas easier - for FREE

January 9, 2015

3RNet.org is a nonprofit job board specifically geared to candidates interested in rural and underserved America.

By posting jobs on 3RNet through your state member's support, facilities gain access to over 43,000 actively registered candidates (we don't make cold calls ­ every candidate has chosen to sign up with us) and 300 new candidate registrations each month and 4,000 active job opportunities across the country.

Get started posting on 3RNet today
Go to https://www.3rnet.org/employer-registration. Fill out the form, selecting the state you wish to post jobs in and Click "Save Information". Once your application is submitted, it will go to the appropriate 3RNet organizational Member where it will either approve or deny your application based on their state criteria. You will be automatically notified via email, and if approved, jobs can be posted immediately.

If you have questions about the 3RNet site, you can contact them directly at www.3rnet.org or you can contact Dennis D. Moser, on behalf of the Office of Primary Care and Rural Health, at 435-865-8453, moser@suu.edu.

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