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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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DOH: South Dakota reports lowest ever rate of infant deaths in 2016

South Dakota reported its lowest ever rate of infant deaths in 2016. The state Department of Health says new data shows 12,270 births and 59 infant deaths in 2016 for a rate of 4.8 deaths per 1,000 live births. That’s a drop from 7.3 in 2015 and below the previous low of 5.5 in 2000.

DSS mailing out Disproportionate Share Payment surveys to inpatient hospitals

The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) is mailing out Disproportionate Share Payment surveys to inpatient hospitals. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the final Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) audit and reporting rule in the Federal Register on December 19, 2008.
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State amending Home and Community-Based Services (ASA) Waiver for South Dakotans

State officials are amending the Home and Community-Based Services (ASA) Waiver for South Dakotans as part of the transition of the Division of Adult Services and Aging (ASA) from the Department of Social Services (DSS) to the Department of Human Services (DHS).
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State seeking information on decisions to admit nursing home residents

The state Department of Health, Department of Social Services and Department of Human Services are seeking information that impacts a nursing facility’s decision to admit a nursing home resident. The information gathered from nursing home providers will be included in the annual review process related to the need for additional nursing facility beds or new nursing facilities.
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SD Diabetes Coalition introduces improved website

The South Dakota Diabetes Coalition has introduced an improved website. The coalition aims to collaboratively improve the quality of life for all South Dakotans at risk for, or affected by, diabetes. Visitors are encouraged to share the website with colleagues, patients, friends and family.
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Oglala Lakota Nation hosting workshop on developing strategies to strengthen health career opportunity programs

The Oglala Lakota Nation is hosting a workshop on Tuesday, May 16 on developing strategies to strengthen health career opportunity programs on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
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Fire chief to lead South Dakota Healthcare Coalition

Retiring Sioux Falls Fire Chief Jim Sideras is taking on the role of executive director of the South Dakota Healthcare Coalition. Sideras' new position will require him to work closely with four regional state healthcare coalitions and a governing board to enhance statewide relationships for health care facilities in emergency preparedness, response and recovery.

Office of Rural Health seeking feedback on proposed rules

The Office of Rural Health/EMS Program is seeking feedback on the proposed rules package following successful passage of Senate bill 48 which allows...
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April is Donate Life Month

“Let it Bloom” activities are happening all across South Dakota this April as health care providers celebrate Donate Life Month. The celebration, instituted by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003, features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those who have saved lives through the gift of donation.