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News by Topic: Critical Access Hospitals

A Conversation with Steve Tenhouse
Nov 21, 2017 - Radio interview with Steve Tenhouse, the CEO of Kirby Medical Center, a Critical Access Hospital in Illinois. Discussion includes the importance of a hospital's culture, lessons learned as a hospital CEO, and the importance of rural hospitals, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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Ways & Means Committee Leaders Announce Bipartisan Medicare Extenders Package
Nov 15, 2017 - The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means announced a bipartisan agreement to extend several expiring Medicare payment policies, including the Medicare Dependent Hospital Program and the Low-Volume Adjustment Program. The agreement includes offsetting the cost of these extensions with funding from other programs, including payments for Critical Access Hospital swing beds.
Source: U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means
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Critical Access Hospitals Unlikely to Engage in Advanced EHR Use
Nov 8, 2017 - According to a new study, Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) are less likely than other hospitals to use Electronic Health Record (EHR) data for performance measurement and patient engagement. The study suggested that this disparity could indicate a digital divide impacting small, rural and safety-net hospitals' ability to effectively use this data to improve the quality of patient care.
Source: EHR Intelligence
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The Joint Commission Issues Updated Emergency Management Requirements for Hospital, Ambulatory, Home Health and Hospice Settings
Nov 3, 2017 - The Joint Commission announced updates to its emergency management requirements for hospital, Critical Access Hospital, ambulatory, home health, and hospice settings in an effort to help healthcare organizations more effectively plan for disasters and coordinate with federal, state, tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems. These updates will be effective November 15, 2017.
Source: The Joint Commission
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Approval of an Application From the Joint Commission (TJC) for Continued CMS Approval of Its Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Accreditation Program Federal Register
Oct 27, 2017 - Announces the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) decision to approve the Joint Commission's application for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) that wish to participate in the Medicare and/or Medicaid programs. The Joint Commission's new term takes effect November 21, 2017, and runs through November 21, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
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