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In this issue for December 7th:

 
SCORH Happenings 
Rural Enhancement Funding Opportunity

For Providers 
The Rural Hospital and Health System Affiliation Landscape – A Brief Review
Domestic and Sexual Violence Intervention and Prevention Seminar

Community
The 2019 Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Period Is Open - And Closes December 15th
BCN: Free Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings - Bamberg, SC
Article: ‘I don’t want to be a statistic’: Women in rural SC battle soaring
infant mortality

Rural Enhancement Funding Opportunity


Eligible Applicants: Rural Providers
Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Award Notification: Monday, February 4, 2019 (anticipated) 
Funding Award: Eligible for up to $8,000 per organization

The South Carolina Office of Rural Health has partnered with SC Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare and is extending a funding opportunity for rural health providers to advance their practices through modern technology including computers, information technology (IT) updates, educational materials, training, and/or portable medical devices. 

Applications must include a description of items in which the funding will be utilized. Examples of items can include but are not limited to the following: 
  • Computers (Examples: desktops and laptops) 
  • Information Technology (Examples: software to include Microsoft office and risk assessment tools) 
  • Portable Medical Devices (Examples: remote patient monitoring, blood pressure machines, pulse oximeter, vital signs machines, etc.) 
  • Educational Materials and Training (Examples: PCMH-CCE Continuing Education, Lean Six Sigma Training, IHI Improvement Coach) 
For more information, contact Darlene Hines at dhines@scorh.net.

Rural Enhancement Grant Application

The Rural Hospital and Health System Affiliation Landscape – A Brief Review


The shift from traditional fee-for-service to value-based payment requires major capital investment. Rural hospitals may be challenged by the volume-to-value transition because they may lack resources necessary to support new delivery models. As a result, many rural hospitals have considered affiliations with larger, better-funded regional health systems. However, rural hospital leaders often struggle to find the appropriate balance between local decision-making control and health system affiliation requirements. In this policy paper, we examine rural hospital and health system motivations for affiliation and present a non-exhaustive list of common affiliation structures with representative examples. Although hospital affiliation can take many forms, rural hospital leaders should develop a thoughtful strategy that weighs the benefits of affiliation versus independence.

Additional Resources

Domestic and Sexual Violence Intervention and Prevention Seminar

 
When: Friday, February 1, 2019 | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: South Carolina Medical Association
             132 Westpark Boulevard, Columbia, SC 29210
Price: SCMA Members - $49
           Non-members - $99 Early Bird Special | $125 after January 12, 2019
Topics: Human Trafficking, Opioid Addiction, Domestic Violence

The South Carolina Medical Association is hosting a Domestic and Sexual Violence Intervention and Prevention Seminar on Friday, February 1, 2019. Broaden your knowledge about sexual assault, human trafficking, and the role you can play to help combat this epidemic in South Carolina. The seminar will also include 3 hours of live “controlled substance training.” This activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits and 3.0 Controlled Substance Hours as required by multiple SC licensing boards.

For more information, contact Tara Stewart at TaraS@scmedical.org.
Register for the seminar here.

The 2019 Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Period Is Open - And Closes December 15th


The Healthcare Marketplace Open Enrollment period started November 1, 2018 and ends December 15, 2018. Enrollment in a health plan must occur before the December 15th deadline for coverage to begin January 1, 2019. Find more information on the Health Insurance Marketplace and health plans here.

Do you find the Health Insurance Marketplace confusing and difficult to navigate? 
Insure SC, an initiative of Palmetto Project, works collaboratively with other agencies and organizations to share unbiased, accurate, and culturally competent health insurance information with people around the state. It is a one-stop shop for health coverage options including Medicaid, Medicare, Marketplace, and private insurance. All services are at no cost. It is the first nonprofit insurance agency in South Carolina, and the second in the nation. Palmetto Project is committed to all South Carolinians having access to quality, affordable preventive, primary, and specialty healthcare services.
 
Learn more about InsureSC and schedule a free appointment here.

Free Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings - Bamberg, SC


When: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Low Country Family Health Center
             526 North Street, Bamberg, SC 29003

The South Carolina Best Chance Network Program, in partnership with MUSC and the Joseph F. Sullivan Center, provides free; high quality breast and cervical cancer screenings for women who meet program eligibility requirements.

You may qualify if you are:
  • A woman who lives in SC
  • Are 21 to 64 years old
  • Do not have insurance or are under-insured
  • Have deductibles of $1,000 or higher and/or diagnostic services not covered at 100%
  • Meet income eligibility guidelines.
For more information, contact Janette at 864-656-6342.
See BCN Bamberg Screenings Flyer here.

Article: ‘I don’t want to be a statistic’: Women in rural SC battle soaring infant mortality

GREENPOND — Shakima Stephens stands on the wooden back deck of her one-story ranch home, looking out over the thick and lush forest beyond her backyard. She places a hand on her round belly.

All she hears is silence, and that’s the way she likes it. Out here, her high school sweetheart-turned-husband grows fresh vegetables in their yard and takes their two sons hunting and fishing. 

But the isolation of living in rural South Carolina can be dangerous for pregnant women like Stephens. While fewer infants died in South Carolina last year, rates of infant mortality in rural counties still rival those in the developing world, according to numbers published by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control last week.
 

Read ore of the article here.
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