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Resources by Topic: Legislation and regulations

CMS Nursing Home Resource Center
Provides information for nursing home providers and CMS partners on regulations and guidance, training and resources, technical information, payment policy, and recent COVID-19 data and related policies. Includes resources and guidance for people in nursing home and their caregivers.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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NIEA Advocacy to Address COVID-19
Provides legislative updates and resources supporting tribes, tribal schools and communities, and states to ensure they have the means to address COVID-19.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Indian Education Association
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Critical Access Hospital Requirements: CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
Provides a reference source for Critical Access Hospital (CAH) requirements related to the final rule from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), "Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers." Includes excerpts from the final rule as well as related CMS interpretive guidelines for CAHs. Addresses development of an emergency plan, related policies and procedures, communications, training, and more.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
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Investing in a Health Workforce that Meets Rural Needs
Offers suggestions for advancing sustainable financing of rural training and practice and developing strategic planning to build a more flexible, dynamic, and interprofessional rural workforce. Includes a brief overview of current graduate medical education financing in the United States.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Council on Graduate Medical Education
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2021 Rural Advocacy Agenda
Outlines the American Hospital Association's federal policy priorities for rural hospitals in 2021. Offers recommendations in the areas of payment and reimbursement, care coordination, maternal and obstetric care, behavioral health, regulations, health information technology, workforce, and prescription drug prices.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Virtual Communication Services in RHCs and FQHCs Frequently Asked Questions
Provides information for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) regarding billing and payment for virtual communication services as established in the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Medicaid's Role in Health Care for American Indians and Alaska Natives
Provides an overview of the federal government's role in providing healthcare to American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). Discusses AI/AN demographics, economic and health disparities, and access to healthcare and insurance coverage. Describes the structure of the Indian Health Service (IHS), services provided, and IHS financing and spending. Highlights special rules and protections that apply to AI/AN Medicaid beneficiaries. Presents a series of policy issues that have been raised regarding the Medicaid and IHS relationship, as well as opportunities for improving Medicaid's role in providing healthcare to AI/AN populations.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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New and Expanded Flexibilities for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE)
Provides an overview of changes to Rural Health Clinic (RHC) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) requirements and payment policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes information on exceptions to the productivity standards for RHCs during the public health emergency. Discusses new payments for telehealth services, the expansion of virtual communication services, the revision of the home health agency shortage requirements for visiting nursing services, and accelerated or advance payments.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions – Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Information and resources for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) rural health program recipients and stakeholders related to COVID-19 and its impact on rural health programs and rural communities. Addresses funding, telehealth, healthcare delivery, grant-related travel, and grants management. Includes a section with detailed information on the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) COVID-19 Testing Program.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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Critical Access Hospital eCQM Resource List
Resource list for electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs), reflecting new materials and updates from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for 2020 reporting.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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