SD BMOE to hold June 8 public hearing

The South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners has scheduled a public hearing in Sioux Falls on June 8 to consider petitions for declaratory rulings on four issues about whether the attending physician can delegate the task of writing orders to the following health care professionals for residents of a nursing facility and whether writing orders is within the scope of practice for those professionals as defined by state law.

LeadingAge and UMass Boston establish LTSS Research Center

LeadingAge has teamed up with the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston to establish the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston. The center combines the expertise of applied and academic researchers with the unique perspectives of providers and consumers of long-term services and supports (LTSS).

CBO: House-passed version of AHCA would increase number of uninsured to 23M by 2026

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Wednesday scored the House-passed version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), saying the legislation would increase the number of uninsured people by 23 million in 2026 relative to current law. The report from the CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) said the bill would result in 14 million more uninsured people in 2018.
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DOH schedules hearing on rules for EMRs

The South Dakota Department of Health has scheduled a June 6 hearing on the regulation of emergency medical responders (EMRs) and revised rules for emergency medical technicians (EMTs). The hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. CDT at the Hayes Building, 600 E. Capitol Ave., Room 107.
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Changes to VA Choice program could strengthen access

Proposed changes to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Choice program would improve access to long-term care services for veterans closer to home....
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Medicare Hospital Wage Index review for 2018

Medicare Hospital Wage Index and Occupational Mix Data Analysis reports for 2018 will be released in the near future. Members are advised to review...
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Delay sought in insurance exchange subsidies

A hearing was held on Monday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on a request for a second...
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Applicants sought for AmeriCorps VISTA / Aging in Place

SDSU Extension is recruiting applicants interested in serving as AmeriCorps VISTA members for the Aging in Place Program. The application deadline is June 9.
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USDA representatives to participate in Rural Health Leaders Conference

The South Dakota Rural Health Leaders Conference will include a discussion with USDA Rural Development loan specialists Diane Sieperda and Tim Murray, who will provide information and guidance about project funding process.

Impact South Dakota elections: Support your SDAHO PAC

The Political Action Committee (PAC) campaign is gaining momentum. As in the past, SDAHO PAC is working together with our health systems partners to coordinate the campaign mailings. If you have not received the SDAHO PAC brochure, it will be arriving soon.
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Community partners sought for Aging Gracefully Expo

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says a collaboration between the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division and the South Dakota State University Extension Office will expand the Aging Gracefully Program (AGE) statewide.

The beach is calling. PAC raffle tickets on sale

SDAHO PAC set a goal this year to raise an additional $10,000 by offering a raffle for a seven-day trip to Hawaii and a beautiful handmaid quilt by Darcy Duke. Individual raffle tickets are $50, with a limit of 300.

Biennial membership survey completed

The South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO) recently completed its biennial membership engagement survey. The electronic survey was sent via email to nearly 80 executive leaders and achieved an overall participation rate of 47 percent.
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CMS delays CJR, bundled payments until Jan. 1

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has delayed the start date to Jan. 1 for the expansion of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model, the new bundled payment program for heart attack and cardiac bypass surgery services and the new cardiac rehabilitation incentive program.
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DOH seeks public input on Maternal and Child Health Block Grant submission

The South Dakota Department of Health is seeking public input as it prepares its FY 2018 Maternal and Child Health Block Grant submission to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).
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CMS releases SNF 2018 proposed payment rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2018 proposed payment rule for the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS). The proposed rule reflects the annual updates to the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) SNF payment rates and policies.
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OSHA extends electronic record-keeping compliance deadline

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says it is extending the July 1, 2017 compliance date for the electronic submission of the 2016 Form 300A report of injuries and illnesses. OSHA says it is delaying the deadline primarily because the agency has yet to roll out the secure website for posting the reports.