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Maternal Health in Rural Tennessee

Please join us on June 02, 2021 for our Free Online Event!
Webinar Agenda:
8:30-9:00 - Welcome from RHA of TN and Dr. Kimberly Lamar, PhD,
MPH, MS, Assistant Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Health,
Office of Health Disparities Elimination
09:00-9:45 - Access to Maternal Health in Rural TN-9:00-9:45am-
(Presenters: Tamara Currin and Mary Nell Bryan)
09:45-10:00 - Short Intermission
10:00 – 10:45 - Impacts on Health Outcomes 10:00-10:45a-
(Presenters: Courtney Burgin and Monique Anthony)
10:45-11:00 - Short Intermission
11:00-11:45 - Improving Rural Health Outcomes at the State and Federal Levels-
(Panelists: Kinika Young and Jacy Warrell)

 

                    

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How an $8.5 billion federal COVID-19 relief package could help rural hospitals in the South

The below article written by Maria Clark, published in the Tennessean March 24th discusses the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package executed on March 11th that includes $8.5 billion in funding set aside for rural health providers. 

The article quotes representatives from the National Rural Health Association and Rural Health Association of Tennessee. (Read article here)

Nursing Students Take the Field - Featuring Milan Highschool

Milan High School in West Tennessee began the school year in-person in August of 2020. It felt like a relief to resume some normalcy after the school had closed its doors in March due to COVID-19. Amid the modifications necessary to conduct safe in-person learning was the need for clinical interns in the Health Science program to stay on school grounds.

Local health care facilities restricted access. The fourth-year nursing students had anticipated the internships. Instructor Amy Watson began to search for a project that would give the students a learning experience and still operate within the scope of restrictions and safety requirements.

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TennCare III Shared Savings Quality Measures Protocols

From Division of TennCare: 

Providing high-quality care and supporting TennCare members to improve their health is a longstanding primary objective of the TennCare program. The TennCare III Demonstration waiver agreement certainly prioritizes this goal by directly tying any potential shared savings the state might achieve to maintaining or improving quality of care as measured by a set of quality performance measures. As valued partners and providers in the TennCare program, we wanted to update you on the selection of these measures.

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Updated the List of Reportable Codes for Drug Overdose Reporting (DOR)

Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) has Updated the List of Reportable Codes for Drug Overdose Reporting (DOR)

Effective January 3rd 2021, the Drug Overdose Reporting (DOR) List of Reportable Diagnosis codes was updated to include new Opioid-related ICD-10-CM codes. This update reflected changes made as a result of the ICD-10-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee for federal fiscal year 2021. The T40.4X[1-4] coding structure for synthetic narcotics of unintentional, intentional self-harm, assault, and undetermined intent were revised. The changes allow for more specific reporting of drug overdoses involving synthetic opioids for initial and subsequent encounters. In particular, it allows the TDH to identify drug overdoses involving fentanyl, which has become more important to understand as overdoses involving fentanyl have increased rapidly in the last five years. Please ensure that your hospital is including the new codes when reporting drug overdoses to TDH. For more information and to obtain the full List of Reportable Diagnosis codes see the TDH Drug Overdose Reporting website. The new ICD-10-CM codes are indicated with an asterisk.

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2021 Tennessee Reportable Disease List

The 2021 List of Reportable Diseases in Tennessee, effective January 1, 2021, can be found at the following link: https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/reportable-diseases.html. Included are the list of reportable diseases and guidance for healthcare providers and laboratories regarding reporting requirements. Important changes in 2021 include:

Healthcare Providers/Facilities Only:

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Volunteer Tennessee New Tools

Volunteer Tennessee, the state commission on national and community service, has established the Tennessee Serves Network to engage more Tennesseans in volunteer service. The network is a statewide collaboration of volunteer centers dedicated to bringing people and community together through an online volunteer portal.

And, now your organization can engage potential volunteers through this statewide system for free! Please click here for more information and learn how to register for an account. You can also contact Shannon Duke, Volunteerism & Training Manager at 615-253-8585 or [email protected] for more information.

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Interview: Reach Radio

Executive Director, Jacy Warrell, has a conversation with Fran Ayalasomayajula of Reach Radio. Jacy discusses RHA's services to the community, challenges especially in education about COVID, developing community trust with key stakeholders, dealing with cultural differences and different demographics, coping styles for counties with no rural hospitals, and many more.

Grant Announcement

Rural Health Association of Tennessee will receive a grant from Delta Regional Authority to launch "pre-apprenticeship" program in West Tennessee.

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Commissioner Piercey Talks COVID Testing and Vaccine

 

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Leading Through Crisis – Lessons from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

 

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Governor Lee Declares November 19th Rural Health Day

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Commissioner Schwinn COVID and Education

Letter to Commissioner Smith RE: Cover Rx

With 46 other organizations across Tennessee, Rural Health Association of Tennessee sent a letter to Commissioner Smith with Department of TennCare to request smoking quit aids be added to the CoverRx formulary.  

The full letter may be read here.

Letter in Support of the CDC

Rural Health Association of Tennessee signed on to a letter with 346 other organizations to support the work of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in their efforts to fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19).

You may read the full letter here.