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A Conversation with Ryan Neville
Feb 13, 2018 - Radio interview with Ryan Neville, the President and CEO of Memorial Medical Center, a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in Wisconsin. Discussion includes challenges related to providing care in rural areas and effective methods of physician recruitment and retention, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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A New Study on Redesigning Care for Vulnerable Patient Populations
Jan 29, 2018 - Blog post from the American Hospital Association (AHA) discussing an upcoming study, lead by their Health Research and Education Trust, that will identify factors that lead to performance improvement in safety-net hospitals, build an evidence base for redesigning care for vulnerable populations, and inform policy decisions that affect safety-net organizations.
Source: American Hospital Association Blog
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CMS: Medicare Program; Request for Nominations to the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment Federal Register
Jan 26, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting nominations to fill vacancies on the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment. The Panel advises the Secretary of HHS and the Administrator of CMS on the clinical integrity of the Ambulatory Payment Classification (ACP) group and their associated weights, and supervision of hospital outpatient therapeutic services. Panel members must be full-time employees of hospitals, hospital systems, or other Medicare providers that are subject to the OPPS. Some of the panel members must be from rural regions and/or represent Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Two vacancies will occur in calendar year 2018 and nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis.
Source: Federal Register
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Report: Hospitals Not Always Best Fit for Rural Communities
Jan 17, 2018 - Discusses a recent study which found that Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) may not be the best format to provide care in rural communities because of low patient volume and high fixed costs. Other models for how this care could be provided can be controversial because of the economic role CAHs play in rural communities. Also touches on alternate models which have been or will be presented to Congress for consideration. (May require registration for full article.)
Source: Modern Healthcare
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A Conversation with Marty Fattig
Jan 16, 2018 - Radio conversation with Marty Fattig, CEO of a Critical Access Hospital in Nebraska, the Chairman of the Rural Health Advisory Commission, and a member of the Critical Access Hospital Advisory Council and the Critical Access Hospital Advisory Board on Quality. Discussion includes electronic health records and the use of technology to improve rural healthcare, the work being done by the Nemaha County Hospital, and the value of small, rural hospitals' flexibility, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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A Conversation with Bill Sexton
Jan 9, 2018 - Radio interview with Bill Sexton, former president of the National Rural Health Association and the Chief Executive Officer of Crossing Rivers Health, a rural hospital in Wisconsin. Discussion includes the development of the Rural Hospital Flexibility Act, the work being done at Crossing Rivers Health including using telemedicine to provide behavioral healthcare, and the work of the Rural Wisconsin Health Collaborative and the Rural Veterans Health Initiative, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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CMS: Medicare Program: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Correction Federal Register
Dec 27, 2017 - Corrects several technical errors that were printed in a December 14, 2017, final rule revising the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and the Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System for calendar year 2018. The original final rule and listed corrections take effect January 1, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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How One Rural North Carolina Hospital Defeated Bankruptcy
Dec 21, 2017 - After several consecutive years of declining revenue, Morehead Memorial Hospital in Eden, North Carolina, heavily indebted and unable to locate a partner, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July 2017. Through a contested bidding process and eventual court ruling, Morehead Memorial was acquired by UNC Health Care. UNC Health Care assumes ownership of Morehead Memorial on January 1, 2018, and is committed to keeping it open for at least five years, while also investing $20 million over the next three years.
Source: North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC
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