The Senate appears to be moving toward a potential vote next week on new legislation recently introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) that would repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The sponsors are attempting to garner the needed 51 votes for passage before reconciliation instructions expire...
The Health Resources & Services Administration’s (HRSA) Office of Regional Operations in Denver will be hosting a free webinar targeted at behavioral health partners and stakeholders in Region VIII states who wish to learn more about HRSA programs and funding opportunities, as well as how to approach the grant application process. The free webinar will be held on Thursday, September...
LifeSource has honored the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO) for its efforts in encouraging hospital staff and community members to enroll in their state registry as organ, eye and tissue donors. LifeSource Hospital Liaison Cary Wencil and Hospital Services Manager Katie McKee recently presented Scott A. Duke, SDAHO’s president, with LifeSource’s platinum recognition award for its support of...
For those member CEOs and administrators looking ahead to the first district meetings following our annual convention, the dates, times and locations are as follows: District 1 – Friday, October 13, 2017, 10 a.m. to noon, Spearfish at Spearfish Regional Hospital District 2 – Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 10 a.m. to noon, Milbank at Milbank Area Hospital Avera District 3 – Wednesday,...
  What are the best ways to ensure that physician candidate interviews are as productive and effective as possible? Merritt Hawkins, Endorsed Business Partner of SDAHO & the nation’s leading physician search firm, addresses that question in a new white paper entitled Structuring an Effective Physician Interview. The white paper examines the steps that must be completed before the interview takes...
The American Hospital Association (AHA) shared with members its newest MACRA resource, the MACRA Decision Guide, to help hospitals and clinicians determine which quality payment program (QPP) track – the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or alternative payment models (APMs) – would be best to pursue. The decision guide prompts individuals through a series of questions which lead to...
This year, the PAC set a goal to raise an additional $10,000 by offering a raffle for a seven-day trip to Hawaii valued at $5,000 and for a beautiful quilt crafted by Darcy Duke valued at $500.
Senate Republicans continued to press forward related to important health care issues, as the number of legislative days dwindle prior to the end of the federal “fiscal” year, September 30th. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee is holding bipartisan hearings through this week, and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said that he hopes to release a bipartisan health care bill...
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will conduct a special open door forum on September 28 at 1:00 p.m. (CST) to provide information and solicit feedback on the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014. The forum will focus on the IMPACT Act’s goals; update attendees on the RAND contract activities for item development, including pilot...
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On September 6, CMS issued a Survey & Certification Memo to state survey agency directors to clarify guidance under Appendix A of the State Operations Manual (SOM) to address the following: Definition of a hospital as “primarily engaged” in providing inpatient services (psychiatric and critical access hospitals (CAHs) excluded) The number of inpatients required at the time of survey...