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First Steps to Healthy Babies: Program Aims to Reduce Opioid-Affected Births at Rural Hospitals
Nov 12, 2018 - Highlights a rural Minnesota hospital's experience with a significant and rapid increase of mothers with opioid use disorder (OUD) and infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). This was a dramatic change for the hospital, and for many others like it in rural areas of the state, which was largely unprepared to provide the necessary care. In response, this hospital and community collaborators developed a program to reduce the number of NAS births, and to help expectant mothers with OUD have a safe and healthy pregnancy and work towards recovery.
Source: Minn Post
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Revisions to Requirements for Discharge Planning for Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Home Health Agencies; Extension of Timeline for Publication of Final Rule Federal Register
Nov 2, 2018 - The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is extending the deadline for publication of the final rule entitled "Medicare and Medicaid Program: Revisions to Requirements for Discharge Planning for Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Home Health Agencies." The extension period is necessary because it has been more than 3 years since the publication date of the initial proposed rule and it will allow the agency more time to review the large number public comments that have been received. The extension is effective on November 2, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Rural Virginia County Hopes, After Years, to Reopen Hospital
Oct 31, 2018 - Details the efforts and challenges related to reopening a rural Virginia hospital. Also touches on the larger issue of rural hospital closings and the impact on rural residents who, as a result, may have diminished access to care.
Source: ABC News
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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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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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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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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Federal Register
Oct 4, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment by November 5, 2018 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; 2) Medicare Subpart D — Private Contracts; and 3) Medicare Disproportionate Share Adjustment Procedures and Criteria.
Source: Federal Register
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