Rural Health and Primary Care
What's New and Featured Resources
Certification Program for Primary Care and Dental Tax Credits
Applications for the Primary Care Access Tax Credit Certification Program (Tax Year 2020) are now available. Eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Awards are made on a first come, first served basis to eligible candidates who submit complete applications with all necessary supporting documentation. Please follow the instructions carefully.
- Primary Care Initial Application and Attestation Form (Tax Year 2020) (PDF)
- Primary Care Instructions (Tax Year 2020) (PDF)
- Dental Initial Application and Attestation Form (Tax Year 2020) (PDF)
- Dental Instructions (Tax Year 2020) (PDF)
Please note that applications must be sent by mail and must be postmarked during the time-limited submission period of January 15, 2021 through February 18, 2021. Submissions with a postmark before January 15, 2021 or after February 18, 2021 will not be accepted. Please also note that this application is for new applicants only. Applications will be mailed to individuals seeking continued eligibility.
RHPCP Staffing Update
We are pleased to announce that Erica Dyer has joined the Rural Health and Primary Care Program. Erica started November 30th and comes to us from Maine General Medical Center. She has over 10 years of customer service experience and a solid understanding of the dynamics of a family medicine practice.
You may reach her by phone, 207-287-5524 or by email, email@example.com
Thank you very much for your patience during this transition and for your help in welcoming Erica to the rural health team.
You Can Still Commemorate National Rural Health Day
Although the day has come and gone, the spirit of National Rural Health Day stays with us all year long. There is still time read inspiring stories compiled by the National Association of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) in the 2020 Book of Community Stars. Be sure to check back often for more educational opportunities, links to funding opportunties and ways to connect with the rural health community.
Start Planning Now for National Rural Health Day 2021
National Rural Health Day is set to occur next year on November 18, 2021. Start planning how you can commemorate the day now.
Please make every effort to share your activities and/or consider making your facility a supporter of National Rural Health Day by completing our online form
J-1 Waiver Program
Please be advised that Maine's J-1 Waiver spots are filled for 2020. The next application period will begin on October 1, 2021.
Thank you to all the providers for your interest in living and working in Maine! We hope that you will find your employment enjoyable and fulfilling and will stay much longer than your three year commitment.
Guide to the J-1 Waiver Process
Applications for J-1 Waivers will be accepted starting October 1, 2020. We hope that you find our new guide to the process helpful as you are preparing your applications.
OSHA has developed guidance to help prevent worker exposure to SARS-CoV-2.
- OSHA's General guidance for all workers and employers
- OSHA's guidance for dental workers and employers
- OSHA's guidance for health care workers and employers
- OSHA's guidance for emergency response workers and employers
Now Available: Sentinel Events Newsletter
The latest newsletter prepared by the Sentinel Events Team of the Division of Licensing and Certification is available. Human factors in health care, risks in outpatient care, and Leapfrog ASC survey results are some of the topics covered.
A joint effort of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Maine Department of Public Safety's Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians, The Opportunity Alliance, Maine Psychological Association, and the Maine Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, the FrontLine Warmline serves health care professionals, such as physicians, nurses and counselors, as well as emergency medical services personnel, law enforcement, and others who are directly responding to the pandemic in Maine.
The FrontLine WarmLine is available to clinicians and first responders from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week by calling (207) 221-8196 or 866-367-4440.
On April 17, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published guidance for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Congress and CMS made several changes to the RHC and FQHC requirements and payments. These changes include new payment for telehealth services, expansion of virtual communication services, and revision of the home health agency shortage requirement for visiting nursing services, among others. The National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) recently hosted a webinar sponsored by FORHP to explain updates to RHC stakeholders.
Public Health Emergency Preparedness would like to invite you to join Maine Responds and the Maine Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) today!
What does Maine Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) do? – Our volunteer programs reinforce our state’s public health infrastructure and support low-stress/no-fault exercise environments that test critical response capabilities. When MRC members are not responding to an emergency or disaster – the vast majority of the time – your focus will be on public health and emergency preparedness. The manner in which this work occurs varies by unit and is driven by each unit’s and each volunteer’s individual interests.
- Read More About Maine Responds (PDF)
- Maine Medical Reserve Corps Website
- Register for the Maine Medical Reserve Corps Today
- Emergency Licensure Information and Application
Strategies for Disseminating and Implementing COVID‐19 Public Health Prevention Practices in Rural Areas
A piece by Beth Prusaczyk, PhD from the Dept. of Medicine Division of General Medical Sciences, Washington School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO to assist community stakeholders and/or those working with community stakeholders.
This fact sheet from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) identifies the signs of stress and provides a set of practical tips and actions for relieving it during a crisis.
Recommended Resources and Helpful Links
Use the following resources to obtain information and monitor the COVID-19 efforts.
- Northeast Telehealth Resource Center Telehealth Toolkit
- County Emergency Management Agencies
- American Hospital Association
- Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
- National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) COVID-19 Resources
- Public Health Emergency: COVID-19: 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides a list of help lines, websites, and virtual meeting options to support substance use treatment, as well as resources and information for mental health response to COVID-19. Be well and take care.
COVID-19 Announcement for Current NHSC Participants
The NHSC has mechanisms in place to ensure that, in the event of an emergency or disaster, participants are able to remain in compliance with their service obligation. Participants whose circumstances change – for example, they are required to be away from their approved service site more than the allotted seven weeks per service year; they become unemployed as a direct result of the outbreak; or they are directed by their employer to provide care outside of the NHSC-approved site – should contact a program analyst immediately via the Customer Service Portal for assistance.
COVID-19 Announcement for Nurse Corps Participants
The Nurse Corps has mechanisms in place to ensure that, in the event of an emergency or disaster, participants are able to remain in compliance with their service obligation. Participants whose circumstances change – for example, they are required to be away from their approved service site more than the allotted seven weeks per service year; they become unemployed as a direct result of the outbreak; or they are directed by their employer to provide care outside of a Nurse Corps-approved health care facility – should contact a program analyst immediately via the BHW Customer Service Portal for assistance.
Attention Health Centers: Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Resources for Health Centers
Access information and resources compiled by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Share the Facts
Here are some COVID-19 posters and social media templates to use and/or share.
- Stop the Spread Poster (PDF)
- Maintain Social Distancing Poster (PDF)
- Prevent the Spread in 7 Steps Poster (pink) (PDF)
- Prevent the Spread in 7 Steps Poster (blue) (PDF)
- A Guide to Mask Use (PDF)
- Wash Your Hands Social Media Template
- Avoid Touching Your Face Social Media Template
- What to do During a Crisis Social Media Template
- Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle Social Media Template
Report: Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
This report contains recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and are intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace.
Applying for the National Health Service Corps Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program or the Rural Community Loan Repayment Program? Get Your DATA 2000 Waiver
One of the tools to combat the opioid crisis is increasing the number of clinicians who are eligible to provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides free MAT training and resources, via the Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS)1, for eligible clinicians. After completing MAT training, eligible clinicians can request DATA 2000 waivers to treat opioid dependency with approved buprenorphine products.
Applicants for the NHSC SUD Loan Repayment Program or the Rural Community Loan Repayment Program may receive priority if they have DATA 2000 waivers.
Are you an employer in a rural area looking for a health care provider? Are you a health care professional looking for an opportunity in Maine?
3Rnetis a national network that matches health care professionals with employers in rural areas. Register today! It is a free resource for both health care professionals and health care facilities located in rural Maine.
Promoting access to quality health care for Mainers living in rural and underserved areas.
- Increase resources and reduce costs for health care statewide with a focus on rural areas;
- Facilitate communication among stakeholders on rural health issues;
- Increase access to primary, mental and dental health care services for underserved populations;
- Reduce geographic, financial, transportation and other barriers that prevent access to health care services.