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Oct 7, 2021 - Pre-publication notice of interim final rule from the Office of Personnel Management, Internal Revenue Service, Employee Benefits Security Administration, and Department of Health and Human Services implementing provisions of the No Surprises Act that provide for a federal independent dispute resolution (IDR) (Federal IDR) process to permit group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage and nonparticipating providers, facilities, and providers of air ambulance services to determine the out-of-network rate for items and services that are emergency services, nonemergency services furnished by nonparticipating providers at participating facilities, and air ambulance services furnished by nonparticipating providers of air ambulance services, under certain circumstances. These regulations are applicable January 1, 2022. These regulations are effective October 7, 2021. Comments are due by December 6, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 5, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration will hold a virtual public meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS) on October 25-27, 2021. The agenda will include discussions on Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration in Rural America and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on the Rural Emergency Hospital designation. Pre-registration is required by October 24, 2021. Written statements and request to make oral comments should be submitted to Steven Hirsch at least 3 business days prior to the meeting.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 5, 2021 - Describes a study of 172 rural hospitals that merged with larger health systems from 2009-2016, comparing them to 549 independent hospitals and finding that the number of acquired hospitals that offered any maternal or neonatal services decreased. Also notes that merged hospitals were less likely to offer surgical services and mental health services.
Source: The Rural Blog
Oct 4, 2021 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making technical corrections to the August 4, 2021, final rule for FY 2022 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System (IPF PPS). The correction is effective October 1, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 1, 2021 - Notice of final rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rescinding the December 23, 2020, final rule, "Implementation of Executive Order on Access to Affordable Life-Saving Medications." HHS is rescinding the rule due to excessive administrative costs and burdens that implementation would impose on health centers. This rule is effective November 1, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 1, 2021 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) simplifying the process for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part A, B, and C recipients to request a waiver of the core medical services expenditure amount requirement. This policy is effective October 1, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 29, 2021 - Highlights the challenges in providing care for COVID-19 patients at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, Kentucky, a rural hospital that is operating at 135% capacity, leading to creating alternative Intensive Care Unit (ICU) spaces and constructing a field hospital. Notes the significant increase in COVID-19 patients in September 2021 compared to the peak of the pandemic in 2020 and challenges related to workforce shortages.
Source: The Daily Yonder