Governor Noem Announces Special Legislative Session

Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will call a special legislative session of the state legislature. The legislature will meet on Monday, October 5, 2020 to consider legislation related...

AHA Launches Digital Resources Related to COVID-19 Vaccine

When the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) emerged in late 2019, hundreds of individuals and organizations around the world quickly mobilized to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by...

Skilled Nursing Facility Healthcare-Associated Infections Measure

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with Acumen to develop a claims-based quality measure of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) for the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality...

Governor Noem Releases Framework for $100 million CARES Act Funding for Community-Based Healthcare Providers

Governor Kristi Noem announced a new framework on September 18 to designate up to $100 million in CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) for community based healthcare providers. To...

HHS Releases Notice on Provider Relief Fund Reporting Requirements

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on September 19th released a notice outlining reporting requirements for providers that received Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments.  The notice includes the categories of data elements...
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Upcoming Educational Opportunities

September 22, 11am CST | Emerging News (And Noise) about AI, Digital Health and Innovation, Gregory Fosheim The noise about the promise of artificial intelligence (AI), digital health and innovation...

CMS Receives Final Coronavirus Commission Report on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) received the final report from the independent Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes (Commission), which was facilitated by...

Providing A Positive Approach to Care

On September 30th SDAHO is hosting Jack York (Co-owner, It’s Never 2 Late) and Shelly Edwards (Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care) for 5 hours of engaging and dynamic...

Interim Rule Review Committee Approves South Dakota Medicaid Rule Changes

On September 15, the Department of Social Services Division of Medical Services presented a rules package to the Interim Rules Review Committee regarding changes to the South Dakota Medicaid...

CMS Seeks Comment on SNF Healthcare-Associated Infections Measures

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) is seeking input on measure specifications for Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Requiring Hospitalizations for...

Fall Prevention Awareness Week

Falls Prevention Awareness Week is September 21-25. On September 23, National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, the Great Plains Quality Improvement Organization will be hosting a falls Prevention webinar at...

COVID-19 Maintaining Healthcare Safety, Critical Care Load-Balancing & Behavioral Health Resources

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) released an Express message to include the following new resources: Maintaining...

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Strategy

Operation Warp Speed (OWS) is a partnership among components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DoD), engaging with private firms and...

CMS Releases Guidance on Value-Based Care Opportunities in Medicaid

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new State Medicaid Director's Letter to states encouraging states to advance value-based care (VBC) across healthcare systems in their states...

South Dakota Medicaid Updates COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

South Dakota Medicaid has updated the COVID-19 Provider Frequently Asked Questions document. Within the update, South Dakota Medicaid clarified acceptance of COVID-19 treatment inpatient hospital procedure codes effective August...

September is Suicide Prevention Month

September is nationally recognized as Suicide Prevention Month. All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness. Suicide is the tenth...
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CMS Targeted COVID-19 Training for Frontline Nursing Home Staff

National CMS/CDC Nursing Home COVID-19 Trainings Modules are available now, with five specific modules designed for frontline clinical staff and 10 designed for nursing home management. • Module 1: Hand...
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FY2021 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long Term Care Acute Care Hospital Final Rule

On September 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for acute care and long term care hospitals. The final rule will update Medicare...

CMS releases Informational Bulletin on Care for Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

In accordance with Section 1005(a) of the SUPPORT Act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released an informational bulletin regarding ways to improve the care of infants with...

COVID-19 Stress and Coping Resources from the AHA

In the face of the unprecedented challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying global public health emergency, it's important to acknowledge the toll that the current crisis is...
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