Albany Advocacy Day: Join Our Team!

Albany Advocacy Day is Tuesday, February 13th! Please plan to join fellow members for an in-person Advocacy Day on February 13, 2018.  We will be meeting at 9am in Room 211 in the Legislative Office Building. (Please note, we may use the offices of the Commission on Rural Resources as a ‘home base’ during the day.) Members are responsible for setting up their own appointments. Contact Sara Wall Bollinger who is maintaining the master list to join the NYSARH team or to get further information. This is a great opportunity to network with colleagues while being the Voice for Rural New York, don’t miss out!

Strategic Plan for NYSARH

The Board of Directors engaged in a Strategic Planning process during 2017 that culminated in a vote to approve the plan in December. During this process, seven priority areas were identified: Advocacy Capacity Building Communication Finances Membership Networking System Transformation. You can view the full Strategic Plan here or see the Strategic Priorities Grid here.

Telehealth 101 Webinar (Session 1)

If you missed tuning in for yesterday’s webinar put on by Adirondack Health Institute and North Country Telehealth Partnership, we have you covered! You can go here to watch Session 1. Don’t forget to register for Session 2 on Tuesday, February 13th, at 1p.

Building an Expanded, Effective and Integrated Trauma-Informed System of Care in NYS

There is a growing movement behind understanding the impact of trauma on our region and advocating for Western New York to become a trauma-informed community. Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) is an approach that shifts thinking from “what’s wrong with you?” to “what’s happened to you?” with an understanding of the pervasive nature of trauma. As a result, members of the Community Health Foundation Fellows Action Network are accepting applications for the upcoming Trauma Informed Care Learning Collaborative. This free 7-month program is based on a train-the-trainer model where thirty (30) individuals representing the eight counties of Western New York will work to transform Western New York into a trauma-informed community via organizational/system change and advocacy. Participants will be trained...

Free Webinar: Enhancing Care Transitions and Medication Safety

Enhancing care transitions and medication safety is a critical focus for CMS. Over the last three years, the New England QIN-QIO has been partnering with providers to better understand and tackle drivers of poor care transitions.  Who should attend: Providers interested in learning about innovative efforts to enhance access to care for vulnerable populations and reduce unplanned hospital utilization. The New England Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO), in collaboration with the New England Rural Health RoundTable and the New York Rural Health Association, invites you to join us on  Wednesday- January 10th (11:30am -12:30pm) to learn what three rural New England providers implemented to address their patients’ unique needs.  Upon completion of this se...

Note from the NYSARH President: Autumn 2017

As we close out 2017 and move into 2018, we find ourselves grappling with an increasingly destabilized healthcare system. While much focus has been on larger issues such as the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP), Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) adjustment payments and the reauthorization process of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), there has been significant disruption brought on by many less noticeable factors that include both state and federal policy changes and funding cuts.  The cumulative effect of these dynamics exceeds destabilization and presents the clear and dangerous prospect of a significantly compromised healthcare delivery system. Rural communities are most vulnerable to healthcare delivery destabilization, whether the cause is from ...

Free Webinar: Don’t Get a Payment Penalty – Achieving QPP Reporting Success for Small and Rural Practices

Are you a clinician that is part of a small practice or located in a rural area? The New England Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIN), in collaboration with the New England Rural Health RoundTable and the State of NY’s Rural Health Association, invite you to join an informational webinar on December 6th from 11:30am-12:30pm. In this webinar, we will explore Quality Payment Program (QPP) eligibility and special considerations for your practice. There will also be a review of the QPP Program Year 2, which offers increased flexibility for small and rural practices. Upon completion of this webinar, you will be able to: Determine eligibility and describe the reporting requirements available for the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) transitio...

“SURVEY SEZ…” 2017-18 State Health Program Budget Cuts Hurting Rural NY and NYSARH Welcomes Policy Interns

The late summer and autumn months have been an active time for the New York State Association for Rural Health’s policy and advocacy committee. Many NYS rural communities are feeling the negative impacts from wide ranging health program cuts included in the 2017-18 NYS budget. NYSARH is leading an effort to quantify the full impact of these cuts on rural New York State and to formulate a compelling message which can be shared with state policy makers. Over the summer months we commissioned a survey which was circulated to all NYSARH members as well as other key rural stakeholders outside of the association. With an estimated $23.47 million cut from prevention, DSRIP support, Public Health and Work Force development funding, we sought to determine how were rural communities being effected a...

Strengthening the Rural Health Workforce: Tools, Resources and Outcomes

Join the Health Resources and Administration Services (HRSA) Workforce Ground Rounds Webinar Series on November 14, 2017, 3:30-4:30p.m. for Strengthening the Rural Health Workforce: Tools, Resources and Outcomes. Purpose: To increase awareness of health workforce needs in rural communities and share innovative, best practices regarding the need to recruit and retain health and allied health professionals in rural communities. Objectives: Discuss recruitment and retention issues in rural settings for health and allied health providers. Identify unique challenges of attracting health care providers to rural areas. Discover training opportunities and career ladder progression programs in rural areas. Learn more at online at BHW Grand Rounds.

Wall Bollinger Honored at NYSARH 2017 Conference

The New York State Association for Rural Health wishes to thank Sara Wall Bollinger, SWB Consulting Services in Fayetteville, for her dedication and leadership over the past two (2) years as the President of the NYSARH Board of Directors. ​ Under Sara’s guidance, NYSARH undertook a critical strategic planning process that guarentees to revitalize and re-establish NYSARH as the leader in rural health advocacy.

Telemedicine Delivers Better Access to Health Care

by Katherine Restrepo, Contributor While the Congressional GOP has good intentions to restore more health freedom at the state level, they have so far failed to reach a consensus. Meanwhile, market forces and the states are already working to make health care access more convenient, price transparent, and affordable. Telemedicine, for example, is a multibillion dollar industry and a leading innovation in the health care arena. Defined as “the use of technology to deliver health care, health information, or health education at a distance,” telemedicine helps people connect more quickly to their primary, specialty, and tertiary medical needs. Patients can submit questions about non-urgent health issues and receive responses from a distant medical provider within hours without having to sacri...

Improving Cancer Control in Rural Communities

by Robert T. Croyle, PhD Summary: Two new studies, one by NCI researchers and one led by CDC researchers, have found that cancer rates are higher in rural areas than in urban areas. The decrease in cancer death rates in the United States has been uplifting news for the nation. A point of frustration, however, has been the continued ethnic/racial and socioeconomic disparities in cancer outcomes. Two new studies are putting a spotlight on disparities that have received less attention: those in rural communities across the country. The studies — one by NCI researchers (on which I’m a co-author) and one led by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — found that cancer death rates are higher in rural areas than in urban areas. The CDC study also showed that, although ca...