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Welcome to SDAHO’s Post-Acute Radar, designed to keep our post-acute providers updated on major changes in regulatory, quality and payment initiatives that may be heading your way.

Each page below contains a brief synopsis of an initiative, icons to show whether the initiative falls into regulatory, quality or payment categories, links to additional resources and a timeline of expected implementation dates and deadlines.

Coronavirus Spotlight Podcasts

​Checkout the LeadingAge podcast series, Coronavirus Spotlights, featuring presentations by members and subject-matter experts who have been guests on live online policy updates. Listen...
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SDAHO Education for the Week of April 19

Check out the upcoming educational opportunities provided through the week of April 19.  Click on the title to register for the session. April 20 |...

Emerging Stronger After COVID-19: Priorities for Health System Transformation

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the undeniable fractures and weaknesses exposed in the American health care system, the National Academy of Medicine...

CMS issues Hospice Payment Rate Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule on April 14, 2021 providing routine updates to hospice base payments and...

LeadingAge 2021 Collaborative Care & Health IT Summit

The 2021 Collaborative Care & Health IT Innovations Summit, happening virtually June 8-10, is the premier conference for information technology leaders in the long-term...

National Healthcare Decisions Day: April 16, 2021

South Dakota and the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations, along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to...

CMS Releases Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Payment Proposed Rule

​The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule on April 13, 2021 that would update Medicare payment policies and rates...

Joint CDC and FDA Statement on J&J Covid Vaccine

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released a joint statement from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and Federal Drug Administration (FDA)...
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CMS Releases Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Payment Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule on April 12 proposing updates to Medicare payment policies and rates for...

Healthcare Hero Highlight: Juneanne Volk

Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes. Some have superpowers and wear fancy capes others might be more discrete. Juneanne (June) Volk a retired...

HVAC Elements Healthcare Symposium

HVAC Elements (O’Connor Company, G & R Controls and Balancing Professionals) is hosting a Healthcare Symposium on May 25-26, 2021 at the Hilton Garden...

SDAHO Welcomes Loretta Bryan as Clinical Improvement Consultant

SDAHO welcomes Loretta Bryan! Loretta recently joined SDAHO as the Clinical Improvement Consultant. Within this position, Loretta will work closely with hospital quality staff...

HIMSS South Dakota Chapter Virtual Spring Forum

​HIMSS South Dakota is excited to formally announce the dates for their virtual annual meeting. Join HIMSS SD for their virtual HIT Spring Forum...

SDAHO’s Education for the Week of April 12

​Register today for the upcoming education during the week of April 12. Check out our event calendar for other upcoming educational opportunities from SDAHO...

COVID-19: Rural Health Clinics Lump Sum Payments

Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) will be reimbursed by Medicare for COVID-19 vaccine administration the same way they are reimbursed for flu and pneumococcal shots:...

South Dakota Medicaid Updates COVID 19 FAQ with Billing Guidance

​South Dakota Medicaid has published an updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for providers on COVID-19. The updated FAQ contains additional information and billing guidance...

Careers in Aging Week: April 18-24

Save the date for Careers in Aging Week! While COVID-19 may have slowed the movement of people into the Long Term Services and Support...

DSS Updates Health Home Quality Incentive Payment Methodology

​The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) is updating the quality incentive payment methodology for the health home program. A total of $500,000...

One Year of COVID: Healthcare Heroes Turn the Tide

In 2020, COVID-19 showed how our world could change in a matter of days. Now—thanks to the bravery of South Dakota's healthcare workers—we see...

April is National Occupational Therapy Month

During the month of April, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) celebrates Occupational Therapy Month and the more than 213,000 occupational therapists, occupational therapy...

South Dakota 2021 Legislative Session Review

The 2021 South Dakota Legislative session has officially come to an end. The COVID-19 pandemic led to an increased interest and focus on healthcare. Overall, it...

SDAHO Education for the Week of April 5

​Register today for this weeks educational offerings. CE's are available to participants. Check out our event calendar for other upcoming educational opportunities from SDAHO...
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CMS Issues Guidance Resuming Hospital Survey Activities

CMS is lifting hospital surveys limitations as of March 23, 2021. CMS initially limited hospital surveys to immediate jeopardy complaint allegations for a period...

FEMA Warns of Funeral Assistance Scams

​The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received reports of scammers reaching out to people offering to register them for funeral assistance. While FEMA...

South Dakota Department of Health Announces the Start of Phase 2 of COVID-19 Vaccine...

​The South Dakota Department of Health announced the statewide move to Phase 2 of South Dakotas’ COVID-19 vaccination plan beginning Monday, April 5, 2021. With this...

CDC Updates Guidance for Nursing Homes

CDC gave a major make-over to long-term care guidance on March 29. The guidance “Preparing for COVID-19 in Nursing Homes,” has been renamed “Interim...

Senate Votes to Extend Medicare Sequester Relief

On March 25, 2021, the Senate passed by 90-2 vote to extend Medicare sequester relief until the end of 2021, temporarily eliminating the 2%...

Healthcare Hero Highlight: Brookings Health System Respiratory Therapists

​Respiratory Therapists are integral members of any healthcare team. Like many healthcare professionals on the frontlines of this pandemic, respiratory therapists are tired. Their...

CMS extends federal marketplace special enrollment period until August 15

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services extended the special enrollment period (SEP) launched February 15 for the federally facilitated marketplace in response to the COVID-19 public...

Community Health Workers Improve Patient Care

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are critical for improving quality improvement initiatives because they provide insight into patient needs and the patient experience. As trusted members of...

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