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USDA: Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) Inviting Applications for the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2018 Federal Register
May 22, 2018 - The Rural Business-Cooperative Service invites applications for loans and grants under the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) Programs for fiscal year 2018. The agency will select successful applications and funding will be awarded to the extent that appropriation funding is made available.
Source: Federal Register
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New Population Health Portal Updates, May 2018!
May 11, 2018 - The National Rural Health Resource Center, in cooperation with the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, has updated its Population Health Portal with two new scenarios in the Data Tool for a hospital or county to analyze the data in the portal and extract the data for further analysis in Microsoft Excel.
Source: National Rural Health Resource Center
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CMS: Medicare Program: FY 2019 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System and Quality Reporting Updates for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2018 (FY 2019) Federal Register
May 8, 2018 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update FY 2019 prospective payment rates for inpatient hospital services provided by inpatient psychiatric facilities, including extended units of acute care or Critical Access Hospitals. Also updates quality measures and includes a request for information related to health information technology, among other things. Comments on the proposed rule are due June 26, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program: Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System for Federal Fiscal Year 2019 Federal Register
May 8, 2018 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update prospective payment rates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRF) for FY 2109. Also seeks comment on removing the face-to-face requirement for rehabilitation physician visits and expands the use of nurse practitioners and physician assistants to meet IRF requirements. Comments on the proposed rule are due by June 26, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Even With Rural Hospital Rescue Project, Advocates Admit Not All Should Be Saved
May 8, 2018 - Details the Rural Hospital Transformation Act in Tennessee, which would help struggling rural hospitals restructure and downsize in order to be more economically stable and avoid an abrupt closure. The Department of Economic and Community Development will work with the Tennessee Hospital Association to create a new business model or help facilitate partnerships. Some rural hospitals have transitioned into freestanding emergency rooms or primary care clinics.
Source: Nashville Public Radio
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CMS: Medicare Program: Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Proposed Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2019 Rates; Proposed Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers; Proposed Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs (Promoting Interoperability Programs) Requirements for Eligible Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Eligible Professionals; Medicare Cost Reporting Requirements; and Physician Certification and Recertification of Claims Federal Register
May 7, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on a proposed rule to revise the Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) for operating and capital related costs of acute care hospitals and to update payment policies and rates for inpatient services provided by long-term care hospitals. Also includes new requirements for eligible health professionals, hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals participating in Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs, among other things. Includes implications for rural facilities throughout. Comments on the proposed rule are due by June 25, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program: Announcement of the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment (the Panel) Meeting on August 20-21, 2018 Federal Register
May 4, 2018 - Announces the annual meeting of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment on August 20-21, 2018. The Panel is charged with advising the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the CMS Administrator on issues concerning the clinical integrity of Ambulatory Payment Classification groups and their associated weights, and hospital outpatient therapeutic services supervision issues.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; Extension of the Payment Adjustment for Low-Volume Hospitals and the Medicare-Dependent Hospital (MDH) Program Under the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) for Acute Care Hospitals for Fiscal Year 2018 Federal Register
Apr 26, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announces a one-year extension of certain temporary changes to the payment adjustment for low-volume hospitals and extends the Medicare-Dependent Hospital Program through FY 2022.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS Proposes Changes to Empower Patients and Reduce Administrative Burden
Apr 24, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a rule that would update Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) in an effort to improve patient access to electronic health records and hospital price information and make it easier for providers to spend time with their patients.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Eligible Hospitals and CAHs: Attestation Hardship Exception Applications Are Now Available
Apr 20, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR Incentive Program is accepting applications from eligible hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals for hardship exceptions. Applications are available online and include instructions.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services EHR Incentive Programs
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