While members of congress are away on recess, efforts are underway to try and revive legislation to repeal and replace portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  A group of three Republican senators; Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Florida, and Dan Heller of Nevada, are continuing to push an alternative health care proposal that would use...
Excitement is building for the much-anticipated total solar eclipse that will be passing over the United States on Monday August 21st, between 1:00pm – 1:30pm CDT. While South Dakota is not in the path of totality, onlookers will experience between 75% to 95% of the sun covered by the moon. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) wants to make...
The Community Healthcare Association of the Dakotas (CHAD) is hosting an in-depth training on transforming practice using the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) standards, with a focus on the redesigned 2017 PCMH assessment process and ways to effectively transition from the 2014 standards. The training will be held at the Dakota Event Center in...
Mac McMillan, co-founder and CEO of CynergisTek, Inc., a top-ranked information security and privacy consulting firm focused on the health care IT industry, will join convention attendees on Thursday, Sept. 21, to discuss the latest information in cybersecurity.  He will present a real-world example of one health care facility’s experience with a cyberattack and offer practical advice on how...
The South Dakota Board of Nursing is proposing changes to the ARSD Chapter to amend the definition section to include a registrant and add the requirements for the operation of an unlicensed assistive personnel registry. Additionally, the rules define the application process for registration, renewal, reactivation requirements and a process for denial or removal from the registry.  The Board...
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The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed canceling two bundled payment models, the cardiac and expanded joint replacement models. The proposed rule, which was sent to the Office of Management and Budget last week, would cancel the cardiac and surgical hip and femur fracture treatment mandatory bundling payment programs, known as the episode payment models. It also...
President Trump signed into law the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 last week. The legislation provides $2.1 billion in funding to continue the Veterans Choice program, which was authorized under the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 and extended in April. The program allows veterans to receive certain care from non-VA providers rather than...
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released Hospice Compare this week. The data published on the site represents data collected from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016. The measures released include patient preferences and managing pain and treating symptoms. CMS intends on publicly reporting eight CAHPS survey measures on Hospice Compare beginning in 2018, with scores...