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A Conversation with Kate Hill
Jul 17, 2018 - Radio interview with Kate Hill, a registered nurse and the Vice President of Clinical Services at The Compliance Team (TCT) where she directs their Rural Health Clinic Accreditation program. Discussion includes the work of TCT and how accreditation works, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Federal Register
Jul 17, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Eligibility of Drugs, Biologicals, and Radiopharmaceutical Agents for Transitional Pass-Through Status Under the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS); 2) Medicare Subpart D-Private Contracts; and 3) Medicare Disproportionate Share Adjustment Procedures and Criteria, which provides additional payment to hospitals that serve a disproportionate share of low-income patients. Comments are due by September 17, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2019; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Quality Payment Program; and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program Federal Register
Jul 13, 2018 - Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and other Medicare Part B payment policies. Provides information on payment for rural facilities and providers throughout. Comments on the proposed rule are due by September 10, 2018. Official publication of this notice is scheduled for July 27, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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A Conversation with John Gardener
Jul 10, 2018 - Radio interview with John Gardener, CEO of the Telluride Regional Medical Center (TRMC) in Telluride, Colorado. Discussion includes the community of Telluride and the particularities of healthcare there, including efforts to establish a Critical Access Hospital, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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CMS Aiding Small, Rural Practices Can Improve MIPS Participation
Jul 6, 2018 - Details a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) which found that small and rural practices are more likely to struggle with Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participation, because of challenges related to legacy program requirements, a lack of financial and staff resources, and technology issues.
Source: EHR Intelligence
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A Conversation with Katie Peterson
Jul 3, 2018 - Radio interview with Katie Peterson, Chief Nursing Officer at Pender Community Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital in Pender, Nebraska. Discussion includes Pender and its hospital, recruitment and retention, and the hospital's work with behavioral health and telehealth, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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Vulnerable Rural Hospitals Face Tough Decisions On Questionable Billing Schemes
Jul 3, 2018 - Details the controversy over a relatively new practice of buying rural hospitals and using them to bill insurance companies for lab tests performed offsite for patients who have never been to that hospital. While struggling rural hospitals may initially regard being purchased as a positive, especially when their revenue increases and debts begin to be paid off, the practice has come under scrutiny and there is concern that these rural hospitals will be held responsible for the actions of their new owners.
Source: NPR
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A Conversation with Darrold Bertsch
Jun 26, 2018 - Radio interview with Darrold Bertsch, CEO of Sakakawea Medical Center, a Critical Access Hospital, and Coal Country Community Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, both in rural North Dakota. Discussion includes the work of these two facilities, difficulties related to recruitment and retention, and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request Information Collection Request Title: Health Resources and Service Administration Uniform Data System, OMB No. 0915-0193-Revision Federal Register
Jun 26, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comment regarding the burden estimate for information collected through the HRSA Uniform Data System (UDS) from grantees, including health centers and look-alikes, and Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention (NEPQR) program awardees. Notice includes several proposed changes for the 2019 UDS collection. Comments are due by August 27, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Proposed Standards for the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Payment Program's Quality Bonus System Federal Register
Jun 26, 2018 - Response from the Health Resources and Services Administration to comments received on the October 16, 2017 Federal Register notice proposing to create a quality bonus system for the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Payment Program (CHGME). Includes a consideration for improving access and quality of care for rural and underserved communities.
Source: Federal Register
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