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HCC's Rural Health Network Programs Growing Strong
January 2018 (Rural Health Information Hub)
The Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri(HCC) is a rural healthcare network comprised of over 50 organizations that serve Missouri’s Lafayette, Carroll, Ray, Saline, and Eastern Jackson counties. This network provides a centralized effort to ensure adequate provision of healthcare services to the public. It also serves as a source of advocacy for healthcare providers. Read more.

Concordia Students Gather Donations to Help Underserved
December 2017
The Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri provides health services to county residents that are directly connected to the needs that exist. It consists of a variety of organizations that provide programming such as “Healthy Smiles for Life,” “Mental Health First Aid” and the Live Well Clinics, including the one in Concordia. Student Council chose this organization because of the amount of services that they provide for our school and community.
With the help of Student Council co-sponsors Mrs. Brianne Bredehoeft (school counselor) and Miss Natasha Ohmart (3rd grade teacher) Student Council elected to do a competition between grade levels to supply the warehouse that the HCC maintains. The items we collected are items that cannot be purchased with food stamps, including blankets, soaps, shampoo and conditioner, towels, and paper goods such as toilet paper. Each item was assigned a point value and the classroom with the most points in each grade level won a popcorn party. Items were collected from December 4th-18th, with the HCC coming to pick up the items on December 19th. Thanks to our very generous community, we were able to fill their trailer with items to serve the community in the coming weeks. The winning classrooms were Mrs. Beissenherz’s kindergarten, Ms. Edwards’ first grade, Mrs. Brizendine’s second grade, Miss Ohmart’s third grade, Miss Wieberg’s fourth grade, Mrs. S. Bredehoeft’s fifth grade, and Mrs. Williams’ sixth grade.

Group photo of students:

(Pictured: Front – Olivia Hemme, Dakota Reynods, Ava Hemme, Jackson McManus, and Lilly Wycoff. Second Row: Olivia Rolf, Hannah Goolsby, Kiya Inman, Dillon McGinnis, Aaron Brown, Wyatt Oliveros, Jacey Jolly, and Emily Wilkens.)

Community Health Worker Classes Start January 2018!
Community Health Worker Certification online classes will start in January via State Fair Community College. See informational flyer, or contact HCC's Suzanne Smith at 660.259.2440 for more details.

HCC CEO Toniann Richard Talks Rural Health

Check out HCF's blog post.

ACA Open Enrollments Run through December 15, 2017
Press Release  (PDF 79 KB)        Ad  (PDF 587 KB)

HCC Celebrates Rural Health Day on November 16, 2017
Day Honors the Late Melanie Corporon with a Day of Service
Press Release  (PDF 116 KB)        Ad  (PDF 684 kB)           

HCC 2017-2020 Strategic Plan (PDF 405 KB)
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National Council for Behavioral Health

Get October's latest health care policy updates.

New HCC Video Offers Insight into the Rural Health Network, Programs and Clinics

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The Cost of Food Insecurity on Health
October 2017
Watch video provided by HCF of Greater KC

Show-Me ECHO Community Health Flyer

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Talking Politics: Federal Funding Could Hurt Missouri Hospitals
October 2017
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Missouri Budget Project: Federal Public Service, Congressional Fact Sheet 2018
See breakdown. (PDF)

Building Inclusive Clinics Workshop
Wedensday, October 4, 2017
Lexington Methodist Church
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri is excited to partner with the University of Missouri to hold a “Building Inclusive Clinics Workshop” on Wednesday, October 4 at the Lexington United Methodist Church from 9 am – 5 pm. I have attached a flier for your information regarding the details. This workshop is available to you as a member of the HCC Network for only $25!
Register, today!

Live Well - Buckner Adds Katherine Snodgrass, DDS to the Dental Team!
August 2017
Dr. Katherine Snodgrass
a recent graduate from University of Missouri- Kansas City School of Dentistry, is excited to begin practicing in Buckner. A graduate of Blue Springs South High School, she went on to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Missouri-Columbia before pursuing her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at UMKC. As a dental student, Dr. Snodgrass was an active member of the American Student Dental Association, the Association of Women Dentists, the Missouri Dental Association, and Psi Omega Fraternity.

Dr. Snodgrass married her high school sweetheart, Philip, in 2014. Together they enjoy traveling, trying new restaurants, hanging out with their niece and nephews, and spending time on the lake. They have a black lab puppy, Zoey, who loves to swim and take long walks.

Dr. Snodgrass is looking forward to providing quality comprehensive dental care to her patients.

340B Program Offers Large Prescription Drug Discounts for Area Patients
August 2017
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HCC's Rural Jobsite Matches Employers with Job Seekers
June 2017
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HCC CEO Toniann Richard Named to Lafayette County Housing Authority Board
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REACH Healthcare 2016 Annual Report
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HCC Talks with KMZU About its Telehealth Program in Orrick Schools

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Higginsville EMS Providers Now Certified as Community Health Workers
May 16, 2017
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'Know Your Numbers' Community Outreach Seminar at Live Well Community Health Center - Concordia
May 10, 2017
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REACH Healthcare - Immigrant Health Report: Barriers to Health Care for Immigrant and Refugee Populations
April 2017
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HCC/Live Well Expands Network Membership to Eastern Jackson County
Tuesday, April 18 - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Mid-Continent Public Library, 19 E. Jefferson Street in Buckner
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Live Well Community Health Centers Provide Health Coverage Support to Women & Children
Show-Me Healthy Babies, Presumptive Eligibility Among Clinic-Supported Programs
February 2017
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Live Well Carrollton, McCoy Samples Mattingly Partner to Expand Access to Dental Care
February 2017
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Rural Healthcare Workforce
February 14, 2017
Maintaining the healthcare workforce is fundamental to providing healthcare quality and access in rural areas. Rural healthcare facilities must employ sufficient numbers of healthcare professionals who are capable of meeting the needs of the community in many ways. This includes having proper licensure, education and training, and cultural competency skills. Strategies on these, as well as how to optimize the way in which health professionals are used as well as enhancing care coordination are provided in this article

Missouri Budget Project
FY 2018 Budget
February 3, 2017

Some of the Governor's budget recommendations are now available online through the Office of Administration. As details are released, MBP will prepare budget summaries.

MBP offers several resources concerning Missouri’s budget and budget process, including:

“How Missouri Funds State Services: Introduction to the Missouri budget.”
Budget Basics - Issue Primers

Tax Policy Update - Marketplace Fairness

The Senate Ways and Means Committee heard testimony from a wide variety of supporters representing business interests, social advocates, and local government. The overwhelming support will go a long way to encourage lawmakers to move the issue forward.

Along with the Missouri Budget supporters included the Missouri Retailers Association, Empower Missouri, Associated Industries of Missouri, the League of Women Voters, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Kids First, St. Louis Regional Chamber, Missouri Children’s Leadership, Council, Missouri Grocer’s Association, Missouri Coalition of Children’s Agencies, Wal-Mart, the Missouri Municipal League, The Missouri Association of Counties, Missouri Parents as Teachers, City of Springfield, Greene County, and St. Louis Municipal League. Just one witness testified in opposition to a very specific item in the bill concerning the sourcing of rented appliances.

If you have not yet joined the coalition in support of this issue, please consider doing so by clicking here.

With hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts looming, it is critical for Missouri to update its tax code so that it can collect taxes that are owed, and ensure a level playing field for businesses that provide valuable jobs and support local communities.

Learn more about the Marketplace Fairness Act


The proposal that would require the state to apply for a global Medicaid waiver and transition Medicaid funding to a block grant remains on the calendar for consideration by the full Senate.

The Senate has been slow debating bills this week, and we are uncertain when SB28 will be taken up. If you haven’t already contacted your Senator to tell them you oppose this risky proposal, please click here to do so now.

The bill poses a serious risk to health services for Missourians, and the fiscal health of the state. Currently, federal payments to the state are based on actual health care costs. Under a block grant, the state would receive a specific set of funds, regardless of health spending needs. If Missouri’s costs exceed the amount in the block grant, it will have to use its own funds to make up the difference – or cut health services or eligibility for thousands of Missourians.

In addition, the bill does not include clear provisions that would require any final waiver come back to the legislature for final approval. Instead, a joint committee on public assistance would take public testimony regarding the changes, but it would have unelected bureaucrats make the final decision about changes to Missouri’s health care services and the General Assembly would not have final say regarding the changes.

Circuit Breaker Property Tax Credit

More than 100,000 Missouri seniors and people with disabilities would lose a modest property tax credit in order to pay for another corporate tax cut, under a proposal advanced by the Senate Ways and Means Committee this week.

Despite having one of the lowest effective corporate income tax rates in the country, the Senate Committee Substitute for SBs 285 and 17 would eliminate the circuit breaker property tax credit for seniors and people with disabilities that rent their homes, and cap other tax credits including Low-Income Housing and Neighborhood Assistance, to further reduce the corporate tax rate.

Read MBP's press statement here.

HCC to Hold Accountable Care Organization and Data Sharing Presentation & Discussion
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Register here.

Noon – 2 p.m.
Live Well Community Health Center – Concordia
Lunch Provided
Please join HCC Leadership and network members for a learning session on Accountable Care Organizations in Rural America, by Shannon Calhoun of Caravan Health and the need for developing shared platforms for data integration across multiple integrated systems of care and technology.  A discussion will be held at the end of the meeting to determine next steps for HCC Network to consider regarding funding opportunities for shared data platforms. 

Register here.  Learn more

Building Relationships through Donor Workshops: Workshop 11 
Friday, January 27, 9 a.m. - United Methodist Church in Lexington, Mo

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HCC Warehouse Provides $650,000 In-kind Donations to Area's Underserved
December 2016
Downloard article (PDF 787 KB)

HCC Helps Consumers Enroll in ACA Marketplace
November 1, 2016
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Community Innovation Network Framework: A Model for Reshaping Community Identity
October 18, 2016
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HCC's Live Well Clinics Designated as Veteran's Choice Program Providers

October 4, 2016 (PDF 63 KB)
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HCC and its Live Well Centers Deliver Over $5 Million in Economic Impact
September 19, 2016
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HCC Impacts Work-based Relationships with Business-Social Intelligence
September 19, 2016
Follow this link for details. (PDF 81 KB)

American Hospital Association: Expanding Access Points for Primary, Dental and Behavioral Health
September 15, 2016
Find out how LRHC and HCC are collaborating to increase access. (PDF 178 KB)

HCC Launches Rural Job Site
September 13, 2016
Follow this link for details. (PDF 79 KB)  Visit Rural Job Site

National Rural Health Resource Center: 2016 Financial Leadership Summit Report
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HCC of Rural Missouri's Economic Impact Soars!
August 5, 2016
An independent review conducted by Capital Link reveals that HCC continues to extend its reach and impact in the communities it serves. In 2015, the recently published report concluded that HCC's total annual economic impact hit $5,227,337 and generated $700,000 in tax revenue. Follow this link to view the full report.

Health Care Foundation of Greater KC Bids Farewell to Rhonda Holman​

HCC of Rural Missouri 2015 - 2016 Annual Report (PDF 2.27 MB)

Rural Network Leads Way With Intentional Collaboration
The Rural Monitor (Federal Office of Rural Health Policy) - Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub)
Article   Video

HCC Health Information Technology Workgroup
The Rural Monitor (Federal Office of Rural Health Policy) - Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub)
Article with video footage

HCC, Orrick School District Partner to Launch Telehealth Clinic for Students
July 14, 2016
For rural communities like Orrick, Mo. in Ray County, barriers to quality health care access are common. As for the students living in these communities, this could mean traveling to neighboring cities to receive care for common ailments like cold, flu, ear infections and other typical illnesses. The Orrick R-XI School District, in partnership with the Health Care Collaborative (HCC) of Rural Missouri, is embarking on cutting-edge technology to deliver quality health care to students. To make health care more accessible, students who have been granted parental consent can be treated for common ailments like cold, flu, ear infections and other illnesses through a new Telehealth Clinic on school grounds slated to open late fall of the 2016-2017 school year.
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HCC Talks Rural Health

May 23, 2016 
After more than a decade and nearly 50 new employees later, it’s safe to say that the Lexington, MO-based Health Care Collaborative (HCC) of Rural Missouri is a major player in Lafayette County and in rural health care in this region. The rural health network emerged from an obscure two-person nonprofit organization to the only organization in the nation to have not one but four Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). These Live Well Community Health Centers serve Buckner, Carrollton, Concordia, Waverly and surrounding areas, and provide dental, behavioral health primary care and social support services. Read entire release.

HCC and CCMH Partner to Expand Health Care Access
May 17, 2016
Rural health care has it challenges: provider shortages, transportation, access to specialty services and a high concentration of uninsured residents all make for an uphill battle when it comes to health care delivery. However, in Carrollton, there is good news. Last December, Carroll County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) partnered with Lexington, Mo.-based Health Care Collaborative (HCC) of Rural Missouri to co-locate a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) called the Live Well Community Health Center – Carrollton (1413 N. Jefferson). Services include primary care as well as pediatrics, well-woman care and Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals. Read entire release.

Lafayette Counyty Positions for Homeless Count
January 19, 2016
Every year, HUD requires continuum of care organizations (CoCs) to conduct a “Point in Time” or PIT count of homeless individuals, countywide. The goal of the data collected is to end homelessness by providing funding for efforts by nonprofit providers and state and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families – while reducing the trauma that dislocation causes. Additionally, the program opens access and effective utilization of support helps, as well as positions homeless individuals and families to become self-sufficient. Read entire release.

Tax Season and ACA: What you Need to Know
January 18, 2016
The Health Care Collaborative (HCC) of Rural Missouri is working on behalf of Lafayette County residents to help individuals and families meet federal law (Affordable Care Act or ACA) for health insurance. This means most people are required to get insured or potentially pay a penalty. The deadline to apply for insurance through Missouri’s federal exchange, the Health Insurance Marketplace, is January 31, 2016. If you had insurance in 2015 through a private insurer, the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid or Medicare, you will need to indicate that when you file your 2015 tax return.
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CDC Health Indicator for Lafayette County/Summary Comparison of Peer Counties (JPG 1.70 MB)

Pictured: Front – Olivia Hemme, Dakota Reynods, Ava Hemme, Jackson McManus, and Lilly Wycoff.

Second Row: Olivia Rolf, Hannah Goolsby, Kiya Inman, Dillon McGinnis, Aaron Brown, Wyatt Oliveros, Jacey Jolly, and Emily Wilkens.

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