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CMS Rural Open Door Forum

CMS Rural Open Door Forum
Presented by Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Carol Blackford, Director, Hospital and Ambulatory Policy Group

The Center for Medicare, at CMS, will provide an opportunity for live dialogue between CMS and the stakeholder community at large. All stakeholders who interact with CMS or work with consumers who rely on services that CMS provides will gain important information through this session. CMS will share current information about new initiatives and policies related to Medicare, Medicaid, among other issues, and will leave time for a question and answer session.  The Open Door Forums will highlight the collaboration and between CMS and a diverse spectrum of stakeholders. Open Door Forum link to come.


What is National Rural Health Day?

In 2010, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) created National Rural Health Day (NRHD) as a way to applaud the ongoing efforts, contributions, and collaborations occurring in rural communities to address unique challenges in accessing and delivering health care services. In the past six years, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) has planned, hosted, and participated in the annual event.

This year’s NRHD events will highlight the Power of Rural and center on the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSAs) Bureaus and Offices[1] and HHS agencies collaborations to improve rural health.

As part of its promotional events for NRHD, HRSA’s Bureaus and Offices, spearheaded by FORHP, will moderate a series of Twitter chats, one topic a day at 3 p.m. EST on Monday (the 13th), Tuesday (the 14th), and Wednesday (the 15th). The topics will focus on workforce development, the social determinants of health, and behavioral health, respectively. Join the Twitter chat conversations by following @HRSAgov and the #OurRural.


[1] Participating HRSA Bureaus and Offices in this year’s NRHD activities include the Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW), the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC), the HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB), the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the Office of Regional Operations (ORO), and the Office of Women’s Health (OWH). Other participating HHS agencies include the Agency for Health Research and Quality (ARHQ), the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), the Indian Health Service (IHS), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).