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After Losing Its Hospital, A Small Tennessee Town Shows One Way To Make Do
Feb 22, 2018 - Highlights rural Tennessee hospitals closures and their impact on rural residents while exploring the hospital-clinic hybrid that one community in the state has devised. While this facility does not provide 24 hour services, an emergency room, or surgery capabilities, it does provide more than a standard clinic including x-rays, breathing treatments, and an ambulance service.
Source: Nashville Public Radio
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Grant to Fund Assessment of Oral Health in Rural Children
Feb 20, 2018 - The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) received a $50,000 grant to improve pediatric oral health in rural areas of the state. This project, "Oral Health Status of Low-income Children in Pennsylvania: A Rural/Urban Comparison," will document the scope of school dental screening programs, identify school districts with school-based dental sealant programs, track dental referral patterns and outcomes, and look at the dental workforce and Medicaid claims data.
Source: PENN State News
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IRS, HHS, EBSA : Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance; Proposed Rule Federal Register
Feb 20, 2018 - Notice from the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Employee Benefits Security Administration requesting comments on a proposed rule to amend the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance to lengthen the maximum period from 3 to 12 months. Short-term limited-duration insurance is not required to comply with federal requirements for individual health insurance coverage. Comments on the proposed rule are due by April 23, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Trump Administration Works to Give Relief to Americans Facing High Premiums, Fewer Choices
Feb 20, 2018 - The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury issued a proposed rule that would allow consumers to purchase short-term, limited-duration health insurance coverage for any time period less than 12 months, rather than the current maximum period of less than three months. This rule aims to provide additional options to those who cannot afford health insurance under current regulations. A fact sheet on this proposed rule is available.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Rural Oral Health Summit Presents the Problem, Looks for Answers
Feb 12, 2018 - Details Campbell University Public Health program's Rural Oral Health Summit, which focused on the importance of care, high demand for providers, the impact of factors like poverty, dental insurance, and community resources.
Source: Campbell University
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Committee Continues Efforts to Prevent Opioid Epidemic from Harming More Americans
Feb 7, 2018 - Blog post from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means detailing the Health Subcommittee's second hearing on the opioid crisis this year. Subcommittee members heard from Vermont Governor Phil Scott as well as from several healthcare professionals about successful public-private partnerships in the Medicare program and steps that Congress can take to protect Medicare beneficiaries who are most at risk of opioid addiction.
Source: U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means
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HHS: Meetings Announcement for the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee Required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Federal Register
Feb 5, 2018 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcing the 2018 meetings of the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC). All meetings are open to the public, will include voting and deliberations on proposals for physician-focused payment models, and will be held in the Great Hall of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, D.C.
Source: Federal Register
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Tennessee Gets Green Light to Test Medicaid Drug Management Program
Feb 5, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a two-year pilot project in Tennessee wherein pharmacists work with Medicaid beneficiaries to improve medication adherence. (May require registration for full article.)
Source: Modern Healthcare
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HHS Approves New Healthy Indiana Medicaid Demonstration
Feb 2, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Indiana's Section 1115 waiver, the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP). The waiver has been expanded to include a work or community engagement requirement for able-bodied, working age Medicaid enrollees, as well as new funding authority to expand treatment options for substance abuse.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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5 Ways for Healthcare Providers to Get Ready for New Medicare Cards
Feb 1, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance to help providers prepare for new Medicare cards, which will replace the existing Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number with randomly-assigned numbers. Also links to the New Medicare Card provider page.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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