Skip to main content
RSS

Rural Health
Top Stories

Top news stories from the past 60 days. For more, see news by topic or news by state.

CMS Announces New Model to Lower Drug Prices in Medicare Part D and Transformative Updates to Existing Model for Medicare Advantage
Jan 18, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation announced a new payment model for Medicare Part D plans as well as updates to the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) model. These models aim to lower drug prices and to create new ways to meet the healthcare needs of specific populations, prevent disease, and expand the use of telehealth.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
view details
Opioid Prescriptions Almost Twice as Likely for Rural vs. Urban Americans
Jan 17, 2019 - Discusses a study which found that, despite opioid prescriptions declining in general, there is a disparity in this reduction between urban and rural areas. Patients in rural counties had an 87% higher chance of receiving a opioid prescription than patients in large, central metropolitan counties.
Source: U.S. News and World Report
view details
Efforts to Expand Access to Oral Health Care to Continue in 2019
Jan 15, 2019 - Looks at trends in the expansion of access to oral healthcare and makes prediction about 2019. Includes discussion of states that expanded Medicaid, dental therapy legislation, dental therapy training programs, and industry changes like medical-dental integration, value-based purchasing, and practice consolidation.
Source: Pew Charitable Trusts
view details
A Reflection in Print of a Year of Rural Philanthropic Advocacy - 2018
Jan 14, 2019 - Blog post from Campbell University highlighting several of the most-viewed articles produced by Philanthropyworx and the Rural Philanthropic Analysis Project in 2018 covering various topics related to rural philanthropy.
Source: Campbell University Blog
view details
State Laws Slow Down High-Speed Internet for Rural America
Jan 11, 2019 - Discusses state laws that prevent electric cooperatives from providing broadband, focusing especially on Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Delves into the effectiveness of local cooperatives in expanding electricity into rural areas of the country and arguments that the same could be true for broadband expansion as well as the perspective that this is not the best method for expansion.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
view details
Data Maps the Impact of Where a Child Grows Up
Jan 9, 2019 - Details the Opportunity Atlas, a collaboration between researchers at the Census Bureau, Harvard University, and Brown University, which provides county-level data on children's outcomes into adulthood. Data from each county can be analyzed by race, gender, income, and by location-specific details like access to good schools, affordable housing, safe neighborhoods, and quality healthcare. Includes some discussion of how this data can be used and the value of local solutions.
Source: Culture of Health Blog, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
view details
Medicaid: What to Watch in 2019 from the Administration, Congress, and the States
Jan 8, 2019 - Issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation on Medicaid issues to watch in 2019. Includes information on Medicaid expansion, Medicaid waivers, initiatives to address the opioid crisis and substance use disorders, public charge changes, financing for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and payment and delivery system reforms, including those impacting rural providers.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation
view details
USDA Announces Plan to Protect SNAP Participants’ Access to SNAP in February
Jan 8, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a plan to provide full benefits for participants in the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for the month of February. Prior to this announcement, SNAP benefits for January were fully funded but, due to the government shutdown, February's benefits were not.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
view details
After Bitter Closure, Rural Texas Hospital Defies The Norm And Reopens
Jan 7, 2019 - Details a rural Texas hospital that has re-opened, bucking the trend of rural hospital closures in the state. Discusses the circumstances which have led to the high number of closures within the state and what the hospitals new management intends to do to improve the facility's economic situation, including getting the facility classified as a Critical Access Hospital (CAH).
Source: Kaiser Health News
view details
Quality Improvement Interventions Improve Efficacy of Depression Screening and Follow-Up
Jan 3, 2019 - Details a new study featured in the most recent edition of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. Researchers implemented interventions to improve the efficacy of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment for depression at a rural Virginia Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with three clinic sites.
Source: The Joint Commission
view details
The Farm Bill Shows a Shift to a More Innovative Rural America
Jan 3, 2019 - Details portions of the recently passed Farm Bill designed to encourage the work of innovators, entrepreneurs, and small business owners in rural areas. This includes funding for technology infrastructure, digital job training centers, and other physical locations like makerspaces and co-working offices.
Source: New America
view details
2020 Census Needs Funder Support to Ensure Rural Inclusion
Jan 3, 2019 - Discusses the importance of an accurate count in the upcoming census, especially in rural areas where it can be more difficult to arrive at an accurate count. Census numbers are used to determine federal funding distribution as well as things like hospital sites and where investments in infrastructure are made. Highlights one foundation in Minnesota that has been heavily invested in ensuring an accurate census count in their area and includes tips for how other foundations can do the same.
Source: National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
view details
A Conversation with Lauren Hughes
Jan 1, 2019 - Radio interview with Dr. Lauren S. Hughes, a practicing family physician and Deputy Secretary for Health Innovation at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Discussion includes the state of rural health in Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model, which provides a global budget so hospitals can rely on stable funding, and a path from volume- to value-based payments, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
view details
Rural Hospital Travel Times Increase, Hamper Patient Care Access
Dec 28, 2018 - Discusses a study from the Pew Research Center that looked at average travel times to the nearest hospital for people living in different areas of the country. On average, rural residents are 17 miles from a hospital, while urban residents are 10 minutes away and suburban residents are 12 minutes away. Also touches on high rates of adverse social determinants of health and chronic illness in rural areas, as well as on rural hospital closures.
Source: Patient Engagement HIT
view details
Federal Judge Halts 340B Drug Payment Cuts
Dec 28, 2018 - Provides an overview of the recent ruling against cuts by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the 340B drug pricing program. Includes rationale for the ruling and input from both sides of the issue, including some discussion of potential consequences to other federal health programs.
Source: HealthLeaders
view details
Speak Your Piece: Rural Trend in Lung Disease Heads in the Wrong Direction
Dec 28, 2018 - Opinion piece on the disparity of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in rural areas, written by Wayne Myers, M.D., a retired physician and a former director of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.
Source: The Daily Yonder
view details
HHS Recommends Prescribing or Co-Prescribing Naloxone to Patients at High Risk for an Opioid Overdose
Dec 19, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a guidance for healthcare providers and patients on the benefits of naloxone and recommended that it be prescribed in conjunction with opioids, especially for patients who are on relatively high doses, have underlying health conditions, or who take other medications that can increase opioid complications.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
view details
Congressional Report: Drug Companies, DEA Failed to Stop Flow of Millions of Opioid Pills
Dec 19, 2018 - Details a recently released report from the majority staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee. This report found that prescription opioid distributors failed to conduct proper oversight and monitoring of the quantity of opioids send to individual pharmacies. It also found that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) did not properly use a database designed to monitor prescription painkillers from manufacturers to sellers, curtailed enforcement of distributors, and allowed disagreements within the agency to affect the way cases were handled. (May require subscription to view full article.)
Source: The Washington Post
view details
Up to $120K in Loan Repayment for Graduating Medical and Dental Students
Dec 19, 2018 - Announces that the deadline for the 2019 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program has been extended to December 27, 2018. This program provides up to $120,000 to medical or dental students in their final year of school in return for working at an approved NHSC site in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration, National Health Service Corps
view details
CMS Seeks Public Comment on Accrediting Organizations and Conflicts of Interest
Dec 18, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issues a Request for Information (RFI) seeking comment on the financial relationship between CMS-approved Accrediting Organizations (AOs) and the healthcare facilities they review and monitor. This RFI is specifically looking for public input on whether AOs providing consulting services to the facilities they monitor and charging fees for those services creates conflicts of interest. Comments accepted through February 18, 2018.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
view details
A Conversation with Joe Lampard
Dec 18, 2018 - Radio interview with Joe Lampard, the Vice President and partner at HPSA Acumen, a company that analyzes healthcare shortage areas. Discussion includes Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and the work of HPSA Acumen, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
view details
An Epidemic Is Killing Thousands Of Coal Miners. Regulators Could Have Stopped It
Dec 18, 2018 - Delves into the high rates of new Black Lung cases, the likely cause of the high rates as well as how much it is impacting even relatively young miners, and the gaps in regulations that led to this epidemic.
Source: NPR
view details
To Understand Life Expectancy Fall, Start in West Virginia
Dec 18, 2018 - Highlights West Virginia's health challenges, including those over the last 20 years, as indicators for health concerns across the country. The state typically experiences health issues years before the rest of the country catches up, and so serves as a indicator for looming national challenges. Includes discussion of suicide rates, drug use, overdoses, and overdose deaths, blood-borne illnesses associated with injection drug use, obesity and related illnesses like heart disease and diabetes, and overall life expectancy.
Source: Associated Press
view details
Surgeon General Releases Advisory on E-Cigarette Epidemic Among Youth
Dec 18, 2018 - Details an advisory released by the Surgeon General related to the high rates of e-cigarette use among youth. According to the National Youth Tobacco Survey, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the percentage of high school-age children reporting e-cigarette use in the past 30 days jumped more than 75% from 2017 to 2018. Use among middle school-age children increased by nearly 50%.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
view details
For Rural Americans, Healthcare and Hospitals Can Be Far Away
Dec 17, 2018 - Details results from a new study looking at the distance, travel time, and type of nearest hospital for more than 10,000 U.S. adults. Rural residents were more likely to say access to good doctors and hospitals is a major problem and tended to have longer average travel times to the nearest hospital. Also breaks down travel times by region and touches on rural hospital closures.
Source: City Lab
view details
White House, Congress Focus on Improving Access to Dental Care
Dec 17, 2018 - Details recent efforts to improve access to oral healthcare in underserved areas, including a report from the White House calling on states to consider authorizing dental therapy and removing restrictive supervision requirements. Discusses President Trump's signing of the Action for Dental Health Act, which enables more organizations to qualify for federal grants to develop oral health prevention programs and expands how grants can be used to address access to oral health care. Also includes information on the Surgeon General's first planning meeting for a new report on oral health to be released in 2020.
Source: Pew Charitable Trusts
view details
When Staying Healthy Depends on Whether You Can Get a Ride
Dec 14, 2018 - Discusses the difficulty in accessing needed healthcare for people in rural areas, focusing primarily on rural Kentucky. Transportation services, like those provided through Medicaid, may provide the only means for some rural people to access care, but these programs often have long wait times for patients.
Source: PBS
view details
Moving Work On Social Determinants Of Health From Health Funders To Health Funder Partnerships
Dec 13, 2018 - Blog post from Health Affairs discussing a meeting of 75 rural-serving leaders who attended the Southern Convening of Rural Philanthropists: Bridging the Public and Private Divide to collaborate on ways to close the chasm between rural private and public healthcare funders and organizations working in rural communities.
Source: Health Affairs Blog
view details
USDA Launches New Program to Create High-Speed Internet e-Connectivity in Rural America
Dec 13, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $600 million in loans and grants through their ReConnect Program. This funding will help build broadband infrastructure in communities with fewer than 20,000 people in an effort to expand broadband access in rural America.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
view details
FCC Takes Further Steps to Improve Quality, Expand Availability of Rural Broadband
Dec 12, 2018 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced additional funding for the Connect America Fund, a program that helps expand broadband deployment and make broadband service more affordable in rural areas. Also includes information on updates to the program which will help to close the digital divide.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
view details
Researchers Make the Case for Home-Based Medical Care
Dec 12, 2018 - Details the findings of a recent study that looks at trends in the use of home-based care as well as the characteristics of the patients receiving this care, including sex, race, ethnicity, rural versus urban settings, and state of residence. Rural residents had significantly lower home-based care usage rates than metropolitan residents. This disparity is attributed to reduced access due to distance from providers.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
view details
Healthier Communities Start With Kids
Dec 10, 2018 - Discusses communities around the country that were selected to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Raising Places, an effort to explore how to create healthier communities for kids to grow up. Focuses on rural Hudson, New York and the changes that were made, including improvements to transit system.
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Culture of Health Blog
view details
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Our Community Health Representatives 1968-2018 – Standing Tall for 50 Years
Dec 7, 2018 - Blog post from the Indian Health Service (IHS) commemorating the 50th anniversary of the IHS Community Health Representatives Program. The goal of this program is to provide quality healthcare services to American Indian and Alaska Native people within their communities through the use of well-trained, paraprofessional healthcare workers.
Source: Indian Health Service
view details
CMS Finalizes Rule on the Risk Adjustment Program for the 2018 Benefit Year
Dec 7, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule entitled "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Methodology for the HHS-Operated Permanent Risk Adjustment Program for 2018." This rule reissues, with further explanation, the HHS-operated risk adjustment methodology established for the 2018 benefit year.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
view details
Low-Income, Rural Kids at Higher Risk for Second- or Third-Hand Smoke Exposure
Dec 6, 2018 - Press release from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on a recent study which looked at second- and third-hand smoke exposure in children in rural North Carolina and Pennsylvania. The study found that infants and toddlers in low-income, rural areas may be at higher risk than previously reported.
Source: National Institutes of Health
view details
Five-Year Trends Available for Median Household Income, Poverty Rates and Computer and Internet Use
Dec 6, 2018 - The U.S. Census Bureau released the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (ACS) five year estimates. The ACS data release includes statistics for every county in the country on more than 40 social, economic, housing, and demographic topics. This press release specifically highlights data on median household income, poverty, and broadband subscription.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
view details
USDA Invests in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 46 States
Dec 4, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $1.2 billion through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure for 936,000 rural residents. This funding will assist 234 water and environmental infrastructure projects in 46 states.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
view details
A Conversation with Brant Couch
Dec 4, 2018 - Radio interview with Brant Couch, the President of HealthSure, the program manager for the Rural Hospital Insurance of America (RHIA). Discussion focuses heavily on the work of the RHIA and on how rural hospitals can effectively manage risk, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
view details
Study Finds Tele-ERs Save Money, Improve Physician Recruitment in Rural Hospitals
Dec 3, 2018 - Highlights a new study from the University of Iowa which found that rural hospitals that use telemedicine to assist emergency room (ER) providers save money and struggle less with recruitment of new physicians. The study author says the results suggest that expanded use of tele-emergency services could help small, rural critical access hospitals maintain their ERs.
Source: Iowa Now
view details
HHS Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergency in Alaska Due to Earthquake Damage
Dec 3, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has declared a public health emergency in Alaska due to the recent earthquake. This declaration allows HHS agencies like the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) greater flexibility in responding to the needs of the people affected by the disaster.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
view details
In Rural Appalachia, Can Health Care Become the New Coal?
Dec 3, 2018 - Discusses a rural Kentucky town that has turned to healthcare jobs to provide a more diversified economic infrastructure. Includes a local community college providing healthcare training opportunities.
Source: PBS
view details
CMS Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program Results for Fiscal Year 2019
Dec 3, 2018 - Fact sheet from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program (VBP) Results for Fiscal Year 2019. The Hospital VBP adjusts what Medicare pays individual hospitals under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) based on the quality of inpatient care that hospital provides.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
view details
CMS Strengthens Nursing Home Oversight and Safety to Ensure Adequate Staffing
Nov 30, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced initiatives related to nursing home oversight and safety, including sharing data with states when potential issues related to staffing levels arise and the availability of onsite registered nurses, clarifying how facilities should report hours and deduct time for staff meal breaks, and providing facilities with new tools to help ensure their resident census is accurate. These actions are designed to improve transparency and ensure adequate staffing and high-quality care.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
view details
Another Drug Crisis: Methamphetamine Use By Pregnant Women
Nov 29, 2018 - Discusses a recent study documenting increased use of amphetamines among pregnant women in recent years. The study found disproportionate growth of the use of these drugs in the South, the Midwest, and the West, with rural areas having a higher rate than cities. Also touches on the not-uncommon trend of women using both amphetamines and opioids simultaneously, and the difficulty associated with stopping use of both while pregnant.
Source: NPR
view details
U.S. Life Expectancy Declines Again, a Dismal Trend Not Seen since World War I
Nov 29, 2018 - Data released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show a continued decline in life expectancy. Suicide and drug overdoses continue to be major factors in the decline, with 2017 drug overdose deaths more than quadruple the number in 1999 and suicide rates increasing by a third between 1999 and 2017. Suicide rates in rural counties are reported to be nearly double that of urban counties for 2017.
Source: The Washington Post
view details
Deadline for Critical Access Hospitals to Submit Hardship Forms is November 30, 2018
Nov 28, 2018 - The deadline for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) to submit a hardship exception application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the 2017 payment year is November 30, 2018. The exception would make them exempt from penalties if the CAH can prove that demonstrating meaningful use would result in significant hardship for the facility.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
view details
USDA Announces Investments in Rural Community Facilities That Will Benefit More Than 761,000 Americans
Nov 28, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $291 million through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program to build or improve community infrastructure and essential services. This funding go towards 41 projects and impact 761,000 residents in 18 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
view details
Wage Index Reform Could Buoy Rural Hospitals
Nov 28, 2018 - New report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General looks at how Medicare reimbursement rates vary between rural and urban hospitals and suggests changes to the hospital wage index tool used to calculate them. (May require subscription to view full article.)
Source: Modern Healthcare
view details
How Hospitals and Health Systems Are Using Telehealth in Rural Areas
Nov 27, 2018 - Details ways that telehealth are being used to improve health in rural areas across the country. Touches on the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) designated Telehealth Centers of Excellence in South Carolina and Mississippi and successful telehealth programs in Maine, including one that provides telepsychiatry and one that provides preventive care to patients with multiple, high-risk diagnoses.
Source: American Hospital Association
view details
New Online Tool Displays Cost Differences for Certain Surgical Procedures
Nov 27, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched an online tool for comparing Medicare payments and copayments for certain surgical procedures performed in both hospital outpatient departments and ambulatory surgical centers. This new tool, the Procedure Price Lookup, displays national averages for the amount Medicare pays as well as the national average copayment amount a beneficiary with no Medicare supplemental insurance would pay the provider.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
view details
A Conversation with Amy Yauk
Nov 27, 2018 - Radio interview with Amy Yauk, the Director of Nursing at Harper County Community Hospital (HCCH), a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Buffalo, Oklahoma. Discussion focuses the work of HCCH, the quality of care they provide, and their company culture.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
view details
CMS Takes Action to Lower Prescription Drug Costs by Modernizing Medicare
Nov 26, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed policies for 2020 intended to strengthen and modernize the Medicare Part C and D programs. These policies aim to provide more tools to negotiate lower drug prices and to pass pharmacy rebates on to seniors to lower prescription drug costs.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
view details
CMS: Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2019; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Quality Payment Program; Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program; Quality Payment Program Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstance Policy for the 2019 MIPS Payment Year; Provisions From the Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care OrganizationsPathways to Success; and Expanding the Use of Telehealth Services for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Under the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention That Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act Federal Register
Nov 23, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of a final rule and interim final rule to address changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and other Medicare Part B payment policies and finalize policies included in the interim final rule entitled "Medicare Program; CY 2018 Updates to the Quality Payment Program; and Quality Payment Program: Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstance Policy for the Transition Year" to address the uncontrollable circumstances that MIPS eligible clinicians faced due to hurricanes in calendar year 2017. Also addresses some of the changes proposed in the Medicare Shared Savings Program for Accountable Care Organizations that were included in the August 2018 proposed rule. Finally, the interim final rule implements changes to permissible telehealth originating sites for treatment of a substance use disorder or co-occurring mental health disorder for telehealth services furnished on or after July 1, 2019. Includes comments received and CMS's response to them for all sections of the rule.
Source: Federal Register
view details
Rural County Champions a Culture of Health
Nov 21, 2018 - Highlights a rural county in Oregon and their efforts to improve their health rankings and make healthy choices easy for members of their community. This county addressed youth tobacco use, created a rural residency program, and improved graduation rates, among other things.
Source: National Association of Counties
view details
Dementia in Indian Country
Nov 21, 2018 - Blog post from the Indian Health Service (IHS) on dementia. Dementia incidence is high among Native American and Alaska Native people. Tools to evaluate and test for dementia were not developed for tribal populations. Because the average life expectancy used to be much shorter, dementia is a relatively new problem that tribes may not have the language or understanding to describe.
Source: Indian Health Service Blog
view details
ACA Premiums Costlier in Rural America
Nov 21, 2018 - A recent analysis of federal data reveals that premiums for silver plans under the Affordable Care Act can be significantly higher in rural areas than in urban areas. The researchers speculate that this is result of limited competition between insurance providers in rural areas.
Source: HealthLeaders
view details
CMS: Medicare Program: Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs Federal Register
Nov 21, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of a final rule with comment period to revise the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and the Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) payment system for calendar year 2019. Among other things, this final rule updates the requirements for the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) program and the ASC Quality Reporting program, as well as the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey to remove communication about pain questions. The final rule is effective on January 1, 2019 and comments are due by December 3, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
view details
CMS Launches Efforts to Improve Patient Safety, Quality of Care in Nursing Homes
Nov 20, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a three-year initiative to improve quality of life for nursing home residents by equipping nursing home staff, administrators, and stakeholders with technical tools and assistance to enhance care. This initiative is through the Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment Program (CMPRP) and will develop tools to help nursing home professionals reduce adverse events, improve dementia care, reduce staff turnover, and improve staff performance.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
view details
A Conversation with Marc Ringel
Nov 20, 2018 - Radio interview with Dr. Marc Ringel, a Senior Clinical Instructor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Discussion includes ways in which technological advances help and hurt medical providers, patients, and their relationship, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
view details

Information on this page is also available via RSS feed: rss icon
Learn more about RHIhub's RSS feeds