Category Archives for "Force for Health Partners"

New Report Summarizes ARC Recovery-to-Work Listening Sessions

Establishing a Recovery Ecosystem to include multiple sectors and services. Addressing recovery needs and developing recovery communities. Coordinating services to help individuals in recovery navigate needed services. Expanding education skills training opportunities and recovery-friendly workplaces. Sharing effective practices to help communities assess, plan, and develop strategies that promote the recovery ecosystem. These are some of the […]

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Opioid Death Rates Soared in Communities Where Pain Pills Flowed

July 17, 2019 – The Washington Post Death rates from opioids soared in the towns, cities and counties that were saturated with billions of prescription pain pills from 2006 through 2012, according to government death data and a previously undisclosed database of opioid shipments made public this week. The highest per capita death rates nationwide […]

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Reducing Stigma: Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals

Licensed alcohol and drug counselors, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers can get continuing education credit for this five-hour e-learning course on cultural competency.  The course covers all aspects of cultural identity – including ethnicity, ability, gender identity, and socioeconomic status among others – that have an influence on the therapeutic process. The course can […]

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Pathways to Safer Opioid Use Training.

This interactive online training is sponsored by the American Public Health Association and the U.S. Department of Health and Human services to help clinicians and public health officials understand safe and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain.  Continuing education credits are available for the one-hour course.  The training can be accessed here.

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CMS Issues New Guidance on State Waiver for Health Insurance

Section 1332 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act permits states to apply for State Innovation Waivers (aka Section 1332 Waivers or State Relief and Empowerment Waivers) to pursue innovative strategies for providing high value and affordable individual health insurance regardless of income, geography, age, gender, or health status.  As a follow-up to the […]

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Comments Requested: Specialty Care Models to Improve Quality of Care and Reduce Expenditures

On July 10, 2019, CMS put on public display a proposed rule that would implement two new mandatory Medicare payment models under section 1115A of the Social Security Act—the Radiation Oncology Model (RO Model) and the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices Model (ETC Model). The proposed RO Model is an innovative payment model designed […]

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Comments Requested: Methods for Assuring Access to Covered Medicaid Services-Rescission

On July 11, 2019, CMS released a proposed rule that would remove the regulatory text that sets forth the current required process for states to document whether Medicaid payments in fee-for-service systems are sufficient to enlist enough providers to assure beneficiary access to covered care and services consistent with the Medicaid statute. In the proposed […]

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Comments Requested: FCC Proposes $100 Million Connected Care Pilot Program

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), under its existing Rural Health Care Program authority, is proposing a three-year, $100 million Connected Care Pilot program that would support bringing telehealth services directly to low-income patients and veterans.  It would provide an 85 percent discount on connectivity for broadband-enabled telehealth services that connect patients directly to their doctors […]

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HRSA Awards $20 Million to 27 Organizations to Increase the Rural Workforce Through the Creation of New Rural Residency Programs

On July 18, 2019, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded approximately $20 million for Rural Residency Planning and Development Program (RRPD) grants. Recipients across 21 states will receive up to $750,000 over a three-year period to develop new rural residency programs while achieving accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. “Health […]

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HRSA Recognizes 10 States for Top Performance at Critical Access Hospitals

On July 11, 2019, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) presented ten states with the 2019 Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project Quality Performance Awards. These awards recognize achieving the highest reporting rates and levels of improvement in Critical Access Hospitals over the past year. The 10 top performing states are: Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Michigan, Utah, […]

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Ways and Means Committee Launches Rural and Underserved Communities Health Task Force

WASHINGTON, DC – On July 16, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee announced the creation of the “Rural and Underserved Communities Health Task Force.” A bipartisan group of four co-chairs will lead the new effort: Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX), Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL), and Rep. Terri […]

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CMS Releases MACRA Data

The number of clinicians who participated in MACRA’s Advanced Alternative Payment Model track increased from 2017 to 2018, while the number of clinicians who participated in MACRA’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System decreased, according to preliminary data CMS released last week. CMS Administrator Seema Verma also noted that more clinicians are expected to receive a positive […]

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