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News by Topic: Federally Qualified Health Centers

How Copley Hospital Is Decreasing the Number of ED Visits by Connecting Its Community to Care
Feb 13, 2019 - Details the efforts of a rural hospital in Vermont to decrease super-utilizer visits to the Emergency Department and address the high costs of care in their community. By working with case managers, community health teams, and a local Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), the hospital was able to create a shared plan to coordinate available services.
Source: American Hospital Association
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Federal Register
Jan 31, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Contract Year 2020 Plan Benefit Package (PBP) Software and Formulary Submission; 2) Federal Qualified Health Center Cost Report; 3) Prospective Payments for Hospital Outpatient Services; 4) Medicare EDI Enrollment Form and EDI Registration; 5) Hospitals and Health Care Complex Cost Report; 6) Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs) for Individuals Under Age 21 and Supporting Regulations; 7) 21st Century Cures Act Section 12002 IMD Study; and 8) Medicare Advantage Application—Part C and 1876 Cost Plan Expansion Application Regulations under 42 CFR 422 (Subpart K) & 417.400. Comments are due by March 4, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Title: Health Resources and Service Administration Uniform Data System, OMB No. 0915-0193-Revision Federal Register
Jan 31, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comment on revisions to information collected through the Uniform Data System (UDS) from grantees, including health centers and look-alikes, and Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention (NEPQR) program awardees. Includes several proposed changes for the 2019 UDS collection. Comments are due by March 4, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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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
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