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News by Topic: Clinics

May 3, 2021 - Describes bipartisan legislation, Strengthening Rural Health Clinics Act of 2021, that fixes a technical issue to protect existing Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) from sudden, unexpected Medicare payment rate changes that were part of the December 2020 COVID-19 relief bill.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Apr 23, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comment on forms related to the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program. HRSA uses the data collected to optimize COVID-19 testing and vaccination; track health center capacity and the impact of COVID-19 on operations, patients, and staff; and better understand training and technical assistance, funding, and other health center resource needs. Comments are due by June 22, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 15, 2021 - Summarizes the impact of H.R. 1868 on Rural Health Clinics. Includes a link to the full text of the legislation which was signed by President Biden on April 14, 2021.
Source: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
Mar 26, 2021 - Summarizes results of a survey by the National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) that found 55% of Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) are actively involved in administering COVID-19 vaccines to patients and over 90% are involved in educating patients about the vaccine. Describes that 43% of RHCs had vaccination plans disrupted by a lack of vaccine supply.
Source: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
Mar 23, 2021 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announcing the temporary delay the effective date of the December 23, 2020, final rule regarding access to insulin and injectable epinephrine for low-income health center patients. The delay is to ensure that implementation of the rule does not impede HHS and health centers' work responding to and mitigating the spread of COVID-19, as well as to further consider and address comments regarding the impact of the final rule. The final rule is now effective July 20, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 19, 2021 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comments on the following information collections: 1) Verification of Clinic Data—Rural Health Clinic Form and Supporting Regulations; 2) Psychiatric Unit Criteria Work Sheet; 3) Medicare Part D Reporting Requirements; and 4) CMS Identity Management (IDM) System. Comments are due by May 18, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 18, 2021 - Highlights the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), designed to ship doses of the vaccines directly to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC). The program aims to increase vaccinations in rural areas and among homeless persons, public housing residents, and migrant workers.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Mar 11, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comments on a proposal to further delay the effective date of the December 23, 2020, final rule regarding access to insulin and injectable epinephrine for low-income health center patients to July 20, 2021. Comments on the proposed delay are due March 14, 2021.
Source: Federal Register