Practice Support Update Blog

Applications Open for CMS Making Care Primary Model

Sep 13, 2023 1:30:00 PM / by Practice Support Team posted in Primary Care, rural health, practice management, CMS


In a Practice Support blog post last month, we highlighted basic information and eligibility criteria for the Making Care Primary Model.  The application deadline is approaching (November 30th), so we encourage you to learn more as you consider whether or not to consider participating.

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Ethical Challenges in Small Community Practice

Apr 25, 2023 9:24:00 AM / by Brooke Kochanski posted in Community, rural health, practice management


Join us on June 2, 2023 / 8:30 am–12:45 pm at Hawthorne Inn / Winston-Salem, NC

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Practice Support Team Provides Valuable Resource for Newton Family Physicians - Managing Difficult Patient Situations

Mar 22, 2023 2:15:00 PM / by Brooke Kochanski posted in rural health, practice support, practice management


One of Northwest AHEC's practices in located in Catawba County recently received a training from Practice Support staff on Managing Difficult Patient Situations. Practice Administrator for Newton Family Physicians P.A., Melissa White,  commended our staff and services "NWAHEC is a valuable resource for us and recently assisted us in some valuable training for my staff."


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2023 Physician Fee Schedule Update: On-Demand Webinar Now Available

Dec 28, 2022 1:00:00 PM / by Practice Support Team posted in COVID-19, telehealth, behavioral health, rural health, practice management


The global COVID 19 pandemic brought with it many flexibilities in rules surrounding delivery of telehealth services and behavioral health services. Subject matter experts from the Hospital and Ambulatory Policy Group presented on these updates in a recent webinar with the Rural Health Information Hub. RHI Hub has made recordings of that webinar along with slides and a transcript available to all.
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Please join us in celebration of rural health nursing!

Sep 22, 2022 7:30:00 AM / by Brooke Kochanski posted in Nursing, rural health


The 5th Annual NC AHEC Statewide Celebration of Rural Health Nursing Conference will take place via Live Webinar on November 4th.

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Register to Attend: COVID-19 Vaccine Webinar for Rural Communities

Nov 10, 2021 9:07:07 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in COVID-19, rural health


In recognition of National Rural Health Day, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) is hosting a COVID-19 Vaccine Webinar for Rural Communities.
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Grace Clinic of Yadkin Valley Prevents Chronic Disease Through Hepatitis C Screening Program

Nov 3, 2021 1:36:49 PM / by Practice Support Team posted in Primary Care, rural health, Free and Charitable Clinics, Hepatitis C, Preventive Care


Northwest AHEC Practice Support would like to celebrate great work going on in its seventeen-county region. Grace Clinic of Yadkin Valley in Elkin, NC was one of six Free and Charitable Clinics nationally that received funding from grantee: Becton, Dickenson and Company (NYSE:BDX) to provide multi-year diagnostic testing.  This initiative which began in 2017 is called Point of Care, Enhancing Clinical Effectiveness (PoCECE) program.  The PoCECE program provides a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) waived point-of-care test system consisting of instruments, reagents and quality control to perform the following tests: Cholesterol, LDL, HDL, Triglycerides, Macroscopic Urinalysis, Microalbumin, INR, Hemoglobin A1c, Strep A, HIV, Rapid Hepatitis C, Pregnancy, Flu A & B, and RSV.  The grants also include technical support consisting of standard operating procedures, equipment setup and configuration, competency training and documentation.1

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COVID-19: Provider Relief Funding Opportunity

Sep 22, 2021 9:15:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in COVID-19, Primary Care, rural health


watch and dollarsOn September 29, HRSA announced a new funding opportunity for health care providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding will include $8.5 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding for providers who serve rural Medicaid, CHIP, or Medicare patients, and an additional $17 billion for Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4. To expedite the funding process, providers will apply for both programs in a single application and HRSA will use existing Medicaid, CHIP and Medicare claims data in calculating payments. 

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Exciting Collaborative Learning Opportunity for State Designated Rural Health Centers

Apr 12, 2021 9:57:00 AM / by Brooke Kochanski posted in Social Determinants of Health, NCAHEC, nccare360, rural health centers, Office of Rural Health, rural health


The Office of Rural Health (ORH) and North Carolina Area Health Education Center (AHEC) invite you to participate in no-charge educational offerings to learn more about screening for unmet social needs, NCCARE360, and human service organizations in the region.

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