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Rural Healthcare Quality News

News stories from the past 60 days.

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Federal Register
Jul 20, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking public comment by September 18, 2018 on its intention to collect information for the evaluation of CMS Quality Improvement Organizations' medication safety and adverse drug event prevention activities.
Source: Federal Register
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A Conversation with Kate Hill
Jul 17, 2018 - Radio interview with Kate Hill, a registered nurse and the Vice President of Clinical Services at The Compliance Team (TCT) where she directs their Rural Health Clinic Accreditation program. Discussion includes the work of TCT and how accreditation works, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Federal Register
Jul 16, 2018 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking comment by September 14, 2018 on an information collection related to the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Clinician and Group Survey Database. The Database contains data from AHRQ's standardized surveys which measure patient experiences with physicians and staff in healthcare practices.
Source: Federal Register
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AHRQ: Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality Federal Register
Jul 16, 2018 - The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality will hold an open meeting on July 18, 2018. Agenda items include an update on AHRQ's current research, programs, and initiatives, as well as updates on AHRQ data, analytics, and insights; making health services research relevant to the C-Suite; and AHRQ's opioids efforts.
Source: Federal Register
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AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality: Request for Nominations for Public Members Federal Register
Jun 8, 2018 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking nominations for public members to serve on the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality, particularly those with experience in the following areas: 1) conducting research, demonstration projects, and evaluations with respect to healthcare; 2) the fields of healthcare quality research or healthcare improvement; 3) the practice of medicine; 4) other health professions; 5) the private healthcare sector (including health plans, providers, and purchasers) or administrators of healthcare delivery systems; 6) the fields of healthcare economics, information systems, law, ethics, business, or public policy; and, 7) representing the interests of patients and consumers of healthcare. Nominations are due 60 days from publication of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
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MAP Rural Health Workgroup Second Draft Report Comment through July 2
Jun 4, 2018 - Project Alert from the National Quality Forum (NQF) announcing that the second draft report is posted to the NQF's Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) Rural Health Workgroup webpage. Comments will be accepted through Monday, July 2, 2018.
Source: National Quality Forum
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Quality Payment Program Exceeds Year 1 Participation Goal
May 31, 2018 - Blog post from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma announcing that 91% of clinicians eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participated in the first year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). CMS' goal had been 90% participation. The submission rates for Accountable Care Organizations and clinicians in rural practices were at 98% and 94%. Also touches on new CMS efforts to improve MIPS requirements.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Blog
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Last Updated: 7/20/2018