News stories from the past 60 days.
Sep 13, 2021 - Announces $20 million in funding to entities in Alabama, South Dakota, Texas, and Washington to address disparities in health equity and increase healthcare access in rural areas. Notes that the four recipients serve 300,000 Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries in rural and tribal communities.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
CMS: Medicare Program; National Expansion Implementation for All Remaining States and Territories of the Prior Authorization Model for Repetitive, Scheduled Non-Emergent Ambulance Transports Federal Register
Aug 27, 2021 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the implementation dates for all remaining states and territories for the national expansion of the Prior Authorization Model for Repetitive, Scheduled Non-Emergent Ambulance Transports. This model tests whether prior authorization for repetitive, scheduled non-emergent ambulance transports helps reduce expenditures while maintaining or improving access to and quality of care.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 11, 2021 - Describes vaccination outreach efforts of a retired woman and the county commissioner in the majority Black, rural community of Panola, Alabama. Highlights the importance of empathetic, community-based responses to vaccine hesitancy and addressing logistical barriers to vaccine access rather than focusing on ideological reasons for people to not get the vaccine.
Source: The New Yorker
Last Updated: 9/13/2021