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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Federal Register
Oct 23, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking public comment on the following information collections: 1) Federal Qualified Health Center Cost Report; 2) 21st Century Cures Act Section 12002 IMD Study, which looks at the effects of the 2016 Medicaid Managed Care final rule's provisions for coverage of IMD services; 3) Medicare Program; Prior Authorization Process for Certain Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetic, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS); 4) Transparency in Coverage Reporting by Qualified Health Plan Issuers; 5) Data Collection to Support QHP Certification and other Financial Management and Exchange Operations; and 6) The State Flexibility to Stabilize the Market Grant Program Reporting. Comments are due by December 24, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; CY 2019 Inpatient Hospital Deductible and Hospital and Extended Care Services Coinsurance Amounts Federal Register
Oct 17, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the inpatient hospital deductible and the hospital and extended care services coinsurance amounts for services furnished in calendar year 2019 under Medicare's Hospital Insurance Program (Medicare Part A). These rates are effective on January 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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County Teams with Co-op to Bring Telemedicine to Veterans
Oct 15, 2018 - Describes a collaboration between a rural Kentucky county's library, a Veterans Administration (VA) hospital, and a rural telecom cooperative to offer medical services to veterans using telemedicine. The service, called the "Virtual Living Room," allows veterans to use the library's computers and broadband internet, provided by the co-op, to connect with their doctors at the VA hospital.
Source: National Association of Counties
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Another Rural Missouri Hospital to Close, Urgent Care Facility to Replace It
Oct 12, 2018 - Citing low patient averages as the cause, Ripley County Memorial Hospital will be the 5th in the state to close in the last 8 years. The emergency department will be converted to an urgent care clinic providing services seven days a week to serve patients in an outpatient setting.
Source: Missourinet
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CMS Acts to Help with Hurricane Michael Emergency Response
Oct 11, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced efforts to ensure that healthcare facilities and providers in Georgia can continue operations and provide access to care despite the effects of Hurricane Michael by waiving certain Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) requirements. CMS has also created special enrollment opportunities for individuals to access healthcare and taken steps to ensure dialysis patients obtain critical life-saving services.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CMS Takes Steps to Help with Hurricane Michael Emergency Response
Oct 10, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced efforts to ensure that healthcare facilities and providers in Florida can continue operations and provide access to care despite the effects of Hurricane Michael by waiving certain Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) requirements. CMS has also created special enrollment opportunities for individuals to access healthcare and taken steps to ensure dialysis patients obtain critical life-saving services.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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A Conversation with Portia Brown
Oct 8, 2018 - Radio interview with Portia Brown, Vice President of Valley Health Page Memorial Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital in Luray, Virginia that also has five Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) associated with it. Discussion includes her role as a Rural Health Fellow with the National Rural Health Association; the Undergraduate Primary Care and Rural Education (UPCARE) project, an education program focused on training nurses to serve in primary care and mental health in rural areas of the state; and a program being deployed in RHCs that uses a clinical pharmacist to address potential opioid addiction in patients.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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Indian Health Service Provider Vacancies a ‘Never-ending Cycle’
Oct 8, 2018 - Discusses a recent Government Accountability Office report examining causes of and potential solutions to high staff vacancy rates at Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities.
Source: High Country News
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Rural Hospital Is on the Mend
Oct 7, 2018 - Details the financial challenges of a rural hospital in Pomeroy, WA and solutions the facility has found to reduce expenses and increase revenue, including hiring additional providers to staff the clinic, thus providing more stability for patients seeking care.
Source: Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls Press
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CMS: Medicare Program; Town Hall Meeting on the FY 2020 Applications for New Medical Services and Technologies Add-On Payments Federal Register
Oct 5, 2018 - Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services announcement of a town hall meeting to be held on December 4, 2018 to discuss FY 2020 applications for add-on payments for new medical services and technologies under the Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS).
Source: Federal Register
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