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Jan 19, 2023 - The Coshocton Regional Medical Center has established a new walk-in clinic in Warsaw, Ohio. The goal of the clinic is to provide primary care to rural villages, meeting patients where they live.
Source: Coshocton Tribune
Jan 17, 2023 - Announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services detailing three accountable care initiatives for 2023, the Medicare Shared Savings Program, the Accountable Care Organizations Realizing Equity, Access, and Community Health (ACO REACH) Model, and the Kidney Care Choices (KCC) Model. These initiatives are expected to drive growth in participation, particularly in rural and underserved areas.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Jan 13, 2023 - The National Association of Rural Health Clinics shares information on the updated rural/urban definitions from the Census Bureau, which no longer defines the term "urbanized area." Since "urban areas" and "urbanized areas" are not the same thing, this policy change leaves the Rural Health Clinic program without a clear and explicit location standard.
Source: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
Jan 5, 2023 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) seeking comments on updates to the Uniform Data System (UDS) for performance year 2023. Updates include changes to demographic characteristics, staffing and utilization, and selected diagnoses and services rendered tables, among others. Comments are due by February 6, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 23, 2022 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is seeking comment on the initial draft of the update to the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) Certification Criteria. The updated criteria will be available on the SAMHSA CCHBC website before the end of December 2022. Comments on the draft are due January 20, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 22, 2022 - Announces that Congress proposes to expand Medicare coverage to include Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors. These providers in Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) can now generate a Medicare encounter, reimbursable at the RHC's All-Inclusive Rate, beginning January 1, 2024.
Source: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
Dec 21, 2022 - Describes challenges faced by a small clinic in the rural Mississippi Delta during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the coping strategies the director and staff have used to address burnout and promote staff retention.
Source: NPR
Dec 19, 2022 - Describes a new study analyzing how the COVID-19 pandemic affected Rural Health Clinics' operations and ability to provide cancer screenings. Results show the importance of maintaining telehealth availability and coverage to rural healthcare, and rural cancer care in particular.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Dec 5, 2022 - Announces the release of guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that the Good Faith Estimate (GFE) requirement scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2023 has been delayed. Notes impacts of the GFE requirements on Rural Health Clinics and outlines resources and assistance through the National Association of Rural Health Clinics.
Source: National Association of Rural Health Clinics