The Latest News From SDAHO

2 Weeks Until Facility PAC Goal Deadline

The SDAHO PAC Fundraising Campaign has received contributions totaling just under $25,000 so far. There are just two weeks left for the facility goal deadline of August 1. Facilities that meet their goal by this...

SNF and Hospice Providers Non-Compliance Letters

CMS is notifying Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) and Hospice providers that are non-compliant with the Quality Reporting Program (QRP) beginning July 16th. Receipt of such a letter indicates those providers failed to meet the reporting requirements of...

Public Comment Open: Child and Adult Core Sets of Quality Measures for Medicaid and...

The public comment period is now open for the draft report, Recommendations for Improving the Core Sets of Health Care Quality Measures for Medicaid and CHIP: Summary of a Multi-Stakeholder Review of the 2020...

CMS Guidance on EMTALA and Born-Alive Infant Protection Action

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released guidance on Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) and the Born-Alive Infant ​Protection Act. ​EMTALA requires Medicare participating hospitals (including critical access hospitals) to perform the...

South Dakota FY19 Ends with $19.4M Surplus

South Dakota’s actual sales and use tax receipts ended FY19 ($9.9M) lower than South Dakota legislative revised projections. Total ongoing receipts were ($4.4M) lower. This was offset by one-time FY19 receipts being $6.7M higher...

HHS Announces Formation of Quality Summit

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan recently announced the formation of the Quality Summit (QS), which will bring together key industry stakeholders and government leaders to discuss how current...

Agendas Announced for Mental Health Task Force Meetings

Senate Concurrent Resolution 2, passed during the 2019 Legislation Session, included a task forces to examine: Redefine Nursing Home Criteria and Build Capacity How to redefine Human Service Center (HSC) nursing home admission criteria and build...

United Heartland: Protecting Your Team. Protecting Your Patients

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, in 2017, nursing assistants had the fourth highest incidence rate of injury and illness due to musculoskeletal disorders among all occupations. These injuries resulted in the...

CMS Releases CY 2020 Home Health PPS Proposed Rule

SDAHO is currently reviewing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ calendar year (CY) 2020 proposed rule for the home health (HH) prospective payment system (PPS)​ expect a summary brief and impact analysis in...

PAC Gains Momentum

The SDAHO PAC Fundraising Campaign is underway and has received contributions that exceed $24,000 so far. The campaign includes target dates of August 1 (facility goals), and  concludes on December 31, 2019. The goal...

South Dakota MOST

Effective July 1, 2019, medical providers in South Dakota and their patients who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness will be able to translate their treatment goals and preferences into actionable medical orders,...

Opioid Prevention in Communities, Youth, and Higher Education

Prevention is key to prevent opioid abuse and overdose. Following up on a previous SDAHO article called Avoid Opioid Initiative, we want to highlight the work occurring in South Dakota on Prevention. The South...

CMS Announces Voluntary Appeals Settlement Options for IRFs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is accepting requests from inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) to settle appeals that were filed for redetermination with their Medicare administrative contractor (MAC) no later than Aug....

Donate to the PAC today! Find, recruit, and financially support pro-healthcare, pro-business candidates!

Please consider contributing to the SDAHO PAC. Help the association; find, vet, recruit and financially support pro-health care, pro-business candidates get elected. The campaign kicked off in May and has received contributions that exceed...

Vaping Law Effect July 1st

On July 1, the use of e-cigarettes or other vaping products will become illegal in almost all South Dakota workplaces and public buildings, including bars, restaurants and casinos. After a relatively quick and quiet debate,...

Mental Health Task Force Add Dates to the July Calendar

The South Dakota Legislature was active during this last legislative session working to resolve issues related to health care. The summer interim studies are slowly rolling out their schedules with the first round of...

Gov. Noem Appoints Laurie Gill as Secretary of Department of Social Services

Governor Kristi Noem announced that Laurie Gill will serve as Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS). She will begin serving in this capacity on July 9, 2019. “Laurie is committed to...

South Dakota HPV Vaccination Resources

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common virus; about one in four people are currently infected in the United States. ​From 2001 to 2014, 4,719 cancers diagnosed in South Dakota were in a...
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Controlled Substance Online Registration Starting July 1, 2019

The South Dakota Department of Health recently announced beginning on July 1, 2019, all new Controlled Substance Registry applications and renewal registrations, verifications, and changes to an existing registration, will be completed...

Statement on Executive Order on Improving Price and Quality Transparency

From Rick Pollack, President and CEO of the American Hospital Association. The AHA appreciates the Administration’s efforts to promote health care transparency on price and quality, and looks forward...