NAO Update
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April 8, 2013

1. From the Executive Director's Desk
I am writing from Washington, D.C. this week, where the NAO Spring Meeting is just getting underway. We have an excellent turnout and the week promises to be very full and invigorating! I'm eager to see and catch up with many of you! We'll try to post updates of the conference on the NAO Facebook page and via the NAO Twitter feed for those of you unable to make the meeting. I know it's going to be an incredibly useful and exciting week.

CE Event Registration
There has been an inquiry regarding AHECs using different "event registration" systems for CE. Has anyone used any of the following? If so, please do let me know what your experience has been. Thanks!

  1. cvent
  2. Xenegrade
  3. Rievent

Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request
Please take a minute to review the linked notice issued by HRSA concerning agency information collection activities for Title VII programs. You may want to consider submitting a comment. A strong AHEC response is suggested; click here for details.

Have a great week!


2. From A-TrACC
VMH Webinar 311T-A: Issues of Women Returning from Combat led by Lieutenant Commander Erin M. Simmons, PhD, a US Navy Clinical Psychologist. Women military service members returning from deployment to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan face gender-specific readjustment issues as they transition back to their local communities. This webinar will provide an overview of the mental health concerns of women veterans within the context of military culture, gender-specific roles, available support resources, and effective treatments.

April 25, 3 to 4 pm EST. Register

3. National AHEC Annual Report and Brochure
The 2012 NAO Annual Report and 2013 update of the NAO Brochure will be available for the NAO Spring Meeting. Order your copies for legislative visits! Click here for the order form.

4. Timely Report on Physicians Remaining In-State after Residency Training
Researchers at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina released a timely report analyzing whether physicians remain in-state after finishing residency training and if residency training programs are producing physicians that practice in medically underserved areas. This investigation shows that although medical schools in North Carolina are expanding, physician supply in the state has not increased because physicians are likely to leave the state after completing their residency. However, graduates of North Carolina's Area Health Education Center (AHEC) residency programs are more likely to practice in primary care and AHEC general surgery residents are more likely to locate in rural areas.

5. HHS Intergovernmental and External Affairs Notification: CMS Proposes Help for Consumers Navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace
(April 3, 2013; From Paul Dioguardi, Director, Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule today outlining standards that Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces must meet, and clarifying earlier guidance about the Navigator program.

Navigators are organizations that will provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.

"Navigators will be an important resource for consumers who want to learn about and apply for coverage in the new Marketplace," said CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.

Millions of Americans will be eligible for new coverage opportunities in 2014. For those who are not familiar with health insurance, have limited English literacy, or are living with disabilities, Navigators will serve an important role in ensuring people understand the health coverage options available to them. Navigators will provide accurate and impartial assistance to consumers shopping for coverage plans in the new Marketplace.

Navigators are a significant component of efforts to enroll Americans in the Marketplace. And CMS will ensure that all consumers who need customer service can receive it from trained professionals. In addition to Navigators, consumers will have access to assistance through services such as a call center, where customer service representatives can provide referrals to the appropriate state or federal agencies, or other forms of assistance programs including in-person assistance personnel, certified application counselors and agents and brokers.

Open enrollment in the Marketplace begins Oct. 1, 2013, with coverage to begin Jan. 1, 2014. To access the proposed rule released today, click here. Please contact if you have any questions.

6. HHS Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs News Bulletin
Click here for the chock-full Bulletin from March 29, 2013. It is full of helpful info on the Affordable Care Act, educational resources and links, grants, and more.

7. Now Online! Latest Journal of the National AHEC Organization: Collaborative Educational Innovations
The Editorial Board of the Journal of the National AHEC Organization is proud to let you know that the publication is now online. Go to and find the 2013 issue or simply click here.

Mission Statement: The National AHEC Organization supports and advances the AHEC Network to improve health by leading the nation in the recruitment, training and retention of a diverse health workforce for underserved communities.

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