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News stories from the past 60 days.

A Mental Health Funder Shifts Focus from Illness to Wellness in a Look Upstream
Feb 14, 2018 - The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health announced it would be offering grants for community-based projects in rural Texas addressing the social and environmental factors that contribute to poor mental health over time.
Source: Inside Philanthropy
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CMS: Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Programs: Announcement of the Extension of Temporary Moratoria on Enrollment of Part B Non-Emergency Ground Ambulance Suppliers and Home Health Agencies in Designated Geographic Locations Federal Register
Jan 30, 2018 - In order to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the statewide moratoria on the enrollment of new Medicare Part B non-emergency ground ambulance providers and suppliers of Medicare home health agencies, subunits, and branch locations in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The extension takes effect January 29, 2018, and also applies to the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in those states.
Source: Federal Register
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A Shrinking Number of Rural Texas Hospitals Still Deliver Babies. Here's What That Means for Expecting Moms.
Jan 17, 2018 - Discusses the financial pressures facing rural Texas hospitals trying to continue to provide prenatal and obstetrics services when it is frequently a service the hospital loses money on. In the present climate of rural hospital closings, hospitals weigh ending services that are vital to their communities against the risk of the hospital closing altogether.
Source: The Texas Tribune
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Rural Hospitals Will Suffer From Fine Print in Medicaid Deal
Jan 5, 2018 - Discusses Texas' Medicaid Wavier, which allows the state the partially privatize Medicaid and contains $25 billion for Texas hospitals, but will slowly phase out funding sent to hospitals for uncompensated care and Medicaid shortfalls. This has sparked concern for rural hospitals' financial viability.
Source: Texas Observer
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Last Updated: 2/15/2018