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News stories from the past 60 days.

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Federal Register
Oct 4, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment by November 5, 2018 on the following information collections: 1) Eligibility of Drugs, Biologicals, and Radiopharmaceutical Agents for Transitional Pass-Through Status Under the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System; 2) Medicare Subpart D — Private Contracts; and 3) Medicare Disproportionate Share Adjustment Procedures and Criteria.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) Final Rule for FY 2019, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, and SNF Quality Reporting Program; Correction Federal Register
Oct 3, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making corrections to the August 8, 2018 final rule with the same title. The changes are effective as of October 1, 2018. Includes considerations for rural providers throughout.
Source: Federal Register
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2019 Eligible Hospital eCQM Flows are Available Now
Sep 25, 2018 - Discusses the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) 2019 electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) flows for eligible hospitals, which have been published to the eCQI Resource Center. This includes a guide to help users understand the flows.
Source: eCQI Resource Center
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Fixing What Ails You: Rural County to Reopen Hospital
Sep 19, 2018 - A hospital in Lee County, Virginia is set to reopen their local hospital after closing five years ago. Highlights the long-term efforts to maintain the building during the closure and community and state support to to bring services back to the area.
Source: National Association of Counties
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AHA, Hospital Leaders Announce 340B Good Stewardship Principles
Sep 18, 2018 - Press release from the American Hospital Association (AHA) announcing new principles for ensuring good stewardship of the 340B program on behalf of leaders from both the AHA and individual 340B hospitals. These principles are designed to help 340B hospitals strengthen the program as well as communicating the value of the program directly.
Source: American Hospital Association
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American Hospital Association: Charting a New Path to Health Care Innovation
Sep 5, 2018 - Press release from the American Hospital Association (AHA) announcing the creation of the AHA Center for Health Innovation. This center aims to guide hospitals and health systems in responding to the changing health landscape, both in terms of challenges and opportunities.
Source: American Hospital Association
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How Hospitals Are Addressing the Needs of Underserved Children
Sep 4, 2018 - Highlights three hospitals from around the country that work to improve the health of underserved children, two of which are in rural areas. Winona Health in Minnesota holds Healthy Kids events to reduce childhood obesity through physical activity in play environments. FirstHealth in North Carolina has established three dental care centers to increase access to oral healthcare.
Source: American Hospital Association
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CMS: Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2019 Rates; Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers; Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs (Promoting Interoperability Programs) Requirements for Eligible Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Eligible Professionals; Medicare Cost Reporting Requirements; and Physician Certification and Recertification of Claims Federal Register
Aug 17, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to revise the Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) for operating and capital related costs of acute care hospitals and to update payment policies and rates for inpatient services provided by long-term care hospitals. Also includes new requirements for eligible health professionals, hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals participating in Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs, among other things. Includes implications for rural facilities throughout. The final rule will be effective on October 1, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Last Updated: 10/4/2018