Comments Requested: Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Policy, Payment, and Quality Provisions for CY 2020

On July 29, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that includes updates to payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2020. Proposals that may be of interest to rural stakeholders include adding telehealth […]

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Comments Requested: Proposed Updates to Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System

On July 29, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed changes to the outpatient prospective payment system and the ambulatory payment system for the 2020 calendar year. The proposals on price transparency are highlighted with CMS proposing that all hospitals, including rural PPS hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) make pricing […]

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Reports on Rural, Minority Social Determinants of Health Released

The Rural & Minority Health Research Center (RMHRC) is one of ten HRSA/FORHP-supported centers for research and policy analysis.  In this series of policy briefs, the RMHRC provides data on social determinants of health (SDOH) for four minority groups living in rural areas: African American, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Asian and Pacific Islander.  For […]

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OIG Issues Report on ACO Strategies for Transitioning to Value-Based Care Using Lessons From the Medicare Shared Savings Program

As part of the transition to value-based care, Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have developed a number of strategies to reduce Medicare spending and improve quality of care. This report describes the strategies that selected ACOs have found successful in reducing spending and improving quality of care. These strategies involve working to […]

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New Report Details Community Impact and Benefit Activities of Critical Access, Small Rural, and Urban Hospitals

The Flex Monitoring Team has released a new report on the community impact and benefit activities of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), rural non-CAHs, and urban hospitals. The report enables State Flex Programs and CAH administrators to compare the community impact and benefit profiles of CAHs nationally to the performance of CAHs in their state. The […]

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National Health Center Week, August 4-10, 2019

For more than 50 years, community health centers have delivered comprehensive, high-quality preventive and primary health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. Today, there are nearly 1,400 HRSA-funded health centers, operating approximately 12,000 delivery sites, across our country.  Health centers deliver care to the nation’s most vulnerable individuals and families, including people […]

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HHS Awards Nearly $42 Million to Expand Health Information Technology in Health Centers Nationwide

July 25, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded almost $42 million in funding to 49 Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs). These awards will enable the HCCNs to support 1,183 federally-funded health centers across all 50 states, the District of Columbia and […]

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Federal Office to Announce 2019 Rural Health Network Development Planning Program Grantees

On July 1, 2019, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) announced that it will award approximately $2.2 million to 25 awardees for the 2019 Rural Health Network Development Planning Program (Network Planning). This is a one-year, community-driven program designed to assist in the planning and development of an integrated health care network at […]

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Federal Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program Awardees Announced

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is pleased to announce approximately $6.3 million in grant awards to 32 rural communities across 19 states for the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement (Rural Quality) Program.  Each award recipient will receive up to $200,000 per year for a three-year project period to improve to patient health […]

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CMS Medicare OPPS and ASC Payment System CY 2020 Proposed Rule

On July 29, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed policies that follow directives in President Trump’s Executive Order, entitled “Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Health Care to Put Patients First,” that lay the foundation for a patient-driven health care system by making prices for items and services provided by […]

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CMS Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Policy, Payment, and Quality Provisions Changes for CY 2020

On July 29, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that includes proposals to update payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2020. This proposed rule is one of several proposed rules that reflect […]

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