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Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Aug 14, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of a proposed rule. Rural specific provisions include: proposing to allow opioid treatment programs (OTPs) to use Medicare telehealth for substance abuse counseling; requesting information on rural access to opioid use disorder treatment; updates to several payment codes for Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers; proposed revisions to physician supervision of physician assistants to better align with state laws; a proposed Medicare ground ambulance data collection system that would include information on types of services provided in rural areas; proposed revisions to certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) to align pre-surgery evaluation and pre-discharge standards; request for feedback on small and rural practices participating in MVPs; a proposed update to the MIPS rural area definition correcting the file name; and requesting comments on Promoting Interoperability performance measures related to OUD prevention and treatment that would be applicable to clinicians in rural areas. Comments are due September 27, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 26, 2019 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) requesting comments on the burden estimate of a planned information collection revising the Uniform Data System (UDS). HRSA collects UDS data annually from health centers; the revisions are intended to align several UDS clinical measures with CMS electronic specified clinical quality measures (eCQM). Comments are due September 24, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 25, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $42 million to support the use of health information technology (HIT) in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).The funding will support data sharing and patient data access.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jul 24, 2019 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of reinstatement of an information collection, the Health Center Patient Survey (HCPS). The HCPS collects information from patients about access and use of healthcare services, sociodemographic characteristics, health behaviors, health conditions, and satisfaction of healthcare received from HRSA-supported health centers. Comments are due September 23, 2019.
Source: Federal Register

Last Updated: 7/30/2019