Oglala Lakota Nation

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.
Ready for disaster - checking off the items on the emergency preparedness form

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...

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.
U.S. Capitol

What’s next after failed attempt to repeal and replace the ACA?

After seven years (and 50 votes) to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), House Republican leaders and President Trump last Friday decided to pull the American Health Care Act (AHCA) bill when efforts to garner the necessary 216 votes for passage could not be achieved. House caucus groups met Tuesday morning to regroup, reflect and prioritize their next steps related to the health care agenda.
State radio system

State radio system software patches available through end of year

Local agencies have until Dec. 31, 2017, to purchase software patches to make their Motorola XTS/XTL radios compatible with the South Dakota State Radio System's eventual upgrade to the P25 system. The patches cost $600. After that date, the radios will continue to operate until the state system turns on P25 functionality.
CMS Rural Health Care Summit

CMS to release information next month on Rural Community Hospital Demonstration 5-year extension

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) says that it will release further information on the implementation of the second 5-year extension period...
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State licensure office encouraging providers to check out CMS’s ‘Hand in Hand’ training

The South Dakota Office of Licensure and Certification is encouraging nursing facilities and other health care providers to view and educate staff on the “Hand in Hand” training program from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The six-part series includes training on the disease process, abuse and reporting abuse, communication, actions and reactions, abuse prevention and making a difference in the life of residents with dementia.
State Capitol in Pierre

SD Legislature approves FY 17 budget with $37M in reductions

The Joint Appropriations Committee of the South Dakota Legislature has has approved the FY 17 amended budget with a reduction of $37 million. The House and Senate are expected to vote on the measure on Friday.

SD Legislature passes bill establishing rate-setting methodology

The South Dakota House has passed a bill establishing a rate-setting methodology for services delivered by community-based health and human services providers. Senate Bill 147 passed Tuesday on a 61-6 vote. The bill previously passed the Senate, but the Senate will need to agree to significant changes after the House Health and Human Services Committee "hoghoused" the bill by replacing all its original language.