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The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) has announced that it will be accepting applications for its Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program through December 6, 2017. Successful awardees will receive up to $200,000 a year for three years to improve healthcare access in rural communities by implementing evidence-based or promising practice models. Applicants may apply under the regular...
SDAHO Enterprises has entered into an Endorsed Business Program with Managed Care Advisory Group, LLC (MCAG) to offer members a class action settlement recovery service. MCAG will assist interested members in identifying and recovering significant funds from current and future class action settlements. MCAG has worked closely with thousands of physician practices and hundreds of hospitals to assist in the...
From LeadingAge, published on October 19, 2017 The LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) today announces the launch of its latest resource created to educate aging services providers and LeadingAge members on the technologies designed for the long-term and post-acute care market. The negative impact of social isolation—the experienced or perceived lack of personal relationships with family, friends and acquaintances who can...
Late last week, President Trump brought forward executive action that threatens to undermine coverage provided under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The first was an executive order intended to circumvent the ACA by making it easier for individuals and small businesses to buy alternative types of health insurance with lower prices, fewer benefits and weaker government protections. Specifically, the order...
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Recently, administrative leaders from the North Dakota Hospital Association (NDHA) and the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO) met in Aberdeen with James Driving Hawk, Acting Director, and other members of the Indian Health Services (HIS) Great Plains Area leadership team. The group discussed a number of important strategic topics and issues. Of special note, we received news that...
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In the wake of nursing home resident deaths following Hurricane Irma and pictures of Houston-area assisted living residents who were photographed sitting in waist-deep water due to the flooding that followed Hurricane Harvey, Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduced S. 1834, the Protecting Seniors During Disasters Act with bipartisan support. The legislation calls for the appointment of a National Advisory...
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and its contractor, Acumen, LLC, are conducting a field test for eight episode-based cost measures before possible use in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) cost performance category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). There are two National Provider Calls scheduled. The goal of the National Provider Calls is to provide detailed...
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On October 18, the Physician Compare 30-day preview period officially opened. Clinicians and physician groups have the opportunity to preview their 2016 performance information before it is publicly reported on Physician Compare later this year. Data available for preview includes: 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) measures 2016 Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) for PQRS measures 2016...
To celebrate October as American Pharmacists Month,  the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is spreading the message “Know Your Pharmacist, Know Your Medicine” and encouraging people taking medicines to learn about the ways pharmacists can support them. The CDC has provided a webpage of resources for pharmacists and other health professionals, including a webinar series, pharmacy guides and videos. The...
The California Hospital Association has established a Hospital Workers' Fire Relief Fund to help hospital employees affected by the recent wildfires burning across the northern part of state, with 100% of the proceeds disbursed to impacted workers. Donations to the fund are encouraged through October 31. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be disbursed to impacted workers.