CMS seeks feedback on rural workforce, behavioral health and social determinants of health

September 9, 2021

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting three listening sessions this month. They seek feedback from hospital staff, providers and executives in rural Washington on experiences, needs, strategies and recommendations unique to our region. To register, please click on the links below. For questions, please contact Assistant Director of Rural Programs Tianna Fallgatter at The details on the three listening sessions are below:

  • Social Determinants of Health:  How are and should Social Determinants of Health influence design and delivery of services?
    1-3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021
    Register in advance here.
  • Behavioral Health:  What are the major barriers to providing behavioral health services? How has rural health care continued to be impacted by the opioid epidemic? Are there impacts caused by undiagnosed, untreated, or inadequately treated behavioral health care on the delivery of services?
    1-3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2021
    Register in advance here.
  • Workforce: How do we meet the health care workforce needs over the next 10–20 years in rural areas?
    1-3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021
    Register in advance here.


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