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News by Topic: Service delivery models

Sep 25, 2020 - The National Quality Forum (NQF) is seeking nominations for members of a new multistakeholder Rural Telehealth and Healthcare System Readiness Committee, which will create a measurement framework linking quality of care delivered by telehealth, healthcare system readiness, and health outcomes in a disaster. Nominations are due October 26, 2020.
Source: National Quality Forum
Sep 22, 2020 - Pre-publication notice of a final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services implementing two new mandatory Medicare payment models: the Radiation Oncology Model (RO Model) and the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices Model (ETC Model). The RO Model will test whether prospective episode payments to hospital outpatient departments and freestanding radiation therapy centers for radiation therapy episodes of care preserves or enhances the quality of care furnished to Medicare beneficiaries while reducing Medicare program spending. The ETC Model adjusts Medicare payments on certain dialysis and dialysis-related claims for participating ESRD facilities and clinicians caring for beneficiaries with ESRD based on their rates of home dialysis transplant waitlisting and living donor transplants. This rule will be effective 60 days after official publication in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for September 29, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 18, 2020 - During the COVID-19 pandemic, many barriers to telehealth services were removed due to new regulatory changes, benefitting both mental healthcare providers and their patients. Describes how telehealth can increase access to mental health services in rural areas as clinicians can work across state lines and discusses how the public could benefit from the telehealth expansions remaining in place after the pandemic.
Source: Vox
Sep 18, 2020 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is seeking comments on an information collection regarding the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which surveys people 12 and older about the use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. Updates relate to COVID-19 and telehealth utilization. Comments are due by November 17, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 8, 2020 - Describes Vermont Everyone Eats!, a food relief initiative that distributes federal CARES Act funds through a grant that pays restaurants to prepare meals for those in need in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including residents living in rural communities. The grant requires restaurants to source 10 percent of the food they use to prepare meals for the program from local farms.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Sep 7, 2020 - Interview with the executive director of the Community Resource and Counseling Center in Paxton, Illinois on how they have shifted to providing online mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses the challenges to accessing mental health services in rural areas and how they are overcoming those obstacles to enhance and provide care.
Source: Illinois Newsroom
Sep 3, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced an extension of the Rural Health Care (RHC) and E-Rate program gift rules waiver through December 31, 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Allows broadband providers to offer RHC and E-Rate program participants better internet access and equipment. Seeks to support telehealth and remote learning during the ongoing pandemic.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Sep 1, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) announced a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together on the Rural Telehealth Initiative. This initiative seeks to keep rural Americans connected to vital healthcare services and providers via telehealth by increasing collaboration and information sharing among federal agencies to address health disparities, resolve service provider challenges, and promote broadband services and technology to rural areas in America.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Aug 27, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) extending the timeline for publication of a final rule to modernize and clarify the physician self-referral regulations, originally proposed in October 2019. This allows CMS more time to analyze comments received on the proposed rule and make revisions where necessary. The final rule will be published by August 31, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 27, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comments and burden estimates on an information collection related to the Promoting Telehealth for Low-Income Consumers, COVID-19 Telehealth Program. Information obtained through the information collection will be used to evaluate whether or not the programs are in compliance with appropriate rules and procedures. Comments are due by September 28, 2020.
Source: Federal Register