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Jul 10, 2024 - Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revising the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ACS) payment system for calendar year 2025. This proposed rule would also update and refine the requirements for the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) Program, Rural Emergency Hospital Quality Reporting (REHQR) Program, ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program, and Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program and proposes Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) for obstetrical services. Among other things, this rule would request information on options being considered for future changes to the Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating methodology and further information related to a Tribal Technical Advisory Group request to apply the Indian Health Service encounter rate to all outpatient tribal clinics. This proposed rule would also provide exceptions to the Medicaid clinic services benefit four walls requirement for Indian Health Service and Tribal clinics, and, at state option, for behavioral health clinics and clinics located in rural areas. Comments are due by September 9, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 10, 2024 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) will hold a public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers (ACMF) on July 23-25, 2024. Among other things, the ACMF will consider USDA programs and policies and their impacts on minority farmers and recommend action-oriented strategies that maximize the participation of minority farmers in USDA programs and services. Meeting materials will be available on the ACMF website. Pre-registration is requested.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 9, 2024 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for the second round of cooperative agreements for the Ending the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), and Syphilis Epidemics (known as "the Syndemic") in Indian Country (ETHIC II) program. The purpose of this program is to support communities to directly increase the diagnoses, treatment, and prevention of HIV, HCV, and syphilis. Applications are due by July 31, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 8, 2024 - Announces new awards to 6 tribal entities as part of the Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program. This initiative supports and promotes the health and well-being of expectant families and families with young children from birth to kindergarten entry in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
Source: Administration for Children & Families
Jul 8, 2024 - Announces $24.5 million in grants awarded to 23 tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations as part of a grant program to develop and improve access to public health services. The grant program comprises the Native Public Health Resilience Program and the Native Public Health Resilience Planning Program.
Source: Indian Health Service
Jul 8, 2024 - The Della Keats program, with a focus on rural Alaska Native students considering careers in health-related professions, lapsed due to a lack of funding, but is back for the first time since 2018. The initiative won a $1.3 million grant from the Indian Health Service that should fund it for at least 5 more years.
Source: Alaska Beacon
Jul 3, 2024 - Discusses the lack of electricity, and subsequently air conditioning, in homes during periods of extreme heat on the Navajo Nation. Details some of the obstacles accessing electricity and some of the entities that are working to overcome them.
Source: CNN
Jul 1, 2024 - Announcement from the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Housing Service of funding available for the Native Community Development Financial Institution (NCDFI) Relending Demonstration Program. The program will provide loans to qualified NCDFIs to relend funds to low-income recipients to acquire, build, rehabilitate, improve, or relocate dwellings on tribal land in rural areas. Applications are due August 9, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 26, 2024 - Highlights efforts by the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta to expand access to doula services for Black women in rural Georgia. Describes doula services including education, health system navigation, emotional support, and resource referrals. Discusses funding challenges and efforts to make doula services reimbursable by Medicaid in Georgia.
Source: WABE
Jun 20, 2024 - Features the perspectives of rural and tribal healthcare providers on rural health challenges and disparities. Explores possible solutions including increased funding, expanded telehealth services, and mobile clinics. Highlights the role of partnerships and community collaboration in providing care for South Dakotans living in rural and tribal areas.
Source: South Dakota News Watch